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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 21, 2014 

Wrong drive thru

An inexperienced, new driver on a driving permit hit the accelerator rather than the brake pedal of the pickup she was driving while pulling in to park at Spokane Teachers Credit Union's Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 21, 2014 

Primary election results certified with few changes

Spokane County election officials certified the results of the Aug. 5 primary on Tuesday, Aug. 19, wrapping up the vote by counting a final 403 ballots Aug. 18. There weren’t many changes from the results tallied two weeks ago. In the four-way...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 21, 2014 

Hanke sworn in as Cheney firefighter

Cheney finance director Cindy Niemeier administers the oath of service to the Fire Department's newest member Jon Hanke at the City Council's Aug. 12 meeting. From Okanogan, Hanke and his family have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 21, 2014 

Car club helps local organizations

Cheney's Stars Stripes, Boots & Spurs Car Club held a golf tournament fundraiser July 27 raising money for two area organizations, the Cheney Junior Rodeo and the veteran's group Time of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 14, 2014

Stockton steps down from council

The Cheney City Council is down a member with the resignation of Councilman Bob Stockton at Tuesday night’s first regular meeting of August. Mayor Tom Trulove read Stockton’s letter of resignation at the beginning of the meeting, in which the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    August 14, 2014

Cheney water passes annual testing

When it’s in good supply — which is most of the time — Cheney’s drinking water continues to be some of the cleanest water around. According to the city’s 2013 Annual Consumer Confidence Report, Cheney’s water tested below maximum...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    August 14, 2014

Cheney's Little Free Library helps promote literacy, love of books

The title of author Vivian Abell's 1973 crafts book might best sum up Cheney-area resident Carlila Hughes' newest literary adventure: "Don't Throw it Away." In Hughes' case, add don't file it away;...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    August 14, 2014

Fear prevents us from facing our country's challenges

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato, Greek philosopher, 427 – 347 B.C. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Ralph Waldo...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    August 14, 2014

Knocking off Sam Houston would be big for Eagles

One of the best football analogies I've ever heard came from Eastern Washington University head coach Beau Baldwin at last Thursday morning's West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast held outdoors...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 7, 2014

Election results show little party change

It would seem that when it comes to making changes in the status quo, West Plains, Spokane County and Eastern Washington 5th Congressional District voters are happy with the way things are. In primary election results Tuesday night in races where...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    August 7, 2014

Water refill going slow

The extended streak of hot weather and recent severe storm-induced power outages led the city of Cheney to issue mandatory outdoor watering restrictions on Monday, Aug. 4. Water usage for lawn irrigation systems and sprinklers was restricted for at...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 31, 2014

Four candidates vie in primary for 5th District House seat

Since winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004, incumbent 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has faced multiple challengers in every primary election except once, 2006....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 31, 2014

Cheney council considers changing assessments of electrical rates

The Cheney City Council is taking up consideration of a pair of proposed changes to ordinances that determine how the city goes about assessing electrical rates, fees and charges. At its last regular meeting of the month, July 22, the council in a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 24, 2014

Fire tales: 'Man, that's going to get really big, really quick'

For Pete and Teri Jo Christianson at Badger Lake, the worst of the Watermelon Hill fire closed in late Saturday night through early Sunday morning, but in the end passed them by. As the resident...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 24, 2014

Old adversaries, new challenger square off in county commissioner race

The primary race for the Spokane County Commissioner District 3 seat pits two adversaries from the last time the seat was contested in 2010 along with a relative political newcomer. Current incumbent...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    July 24, 2014

Cheney school board contemplates high school bond decision

Cheney School District board of directors received a financial outlook at their July 16 meeting concerning a possible bond vote to fund a remodel and expansion of the district’s high school — an outlook that left them with even more questions....

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    July 17, 2014

Council approves technical contract

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a contract for technical support at the city’s water and wastewater treatment systems at its July 8 meeting, as well as entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cheney School District on a...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    July 17, 2014

Commission resumes Cheney code review

The Cheney Planning Commission resumed its municipal code review process by taking a look at Chapter 22 – Subdivisions and Title, and Chapter 23 – Development Code Administration at their July meeting on Monday. The commission also took a look at...

 
 By John McCallum    More News    July 17, 2014

Karen McCormick plays Sutton Park

One of Cheney's own is returning Wednesday, July 23, to perform in the Summer Concert Series at Sutton Park. Karen McCormick - pronounced "Car-en" - is a 2013 graduate of Cheney High School who has...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Seeking lessons in last trip to Guatemala, for now

Next Wednesday, July 23, I leave again on a mission trip to Guatemala. It will be my third consecutive trip, fourth overall, and likely my last for a while — at least a year. It’s an amazing adventure to be in that country, to travel and...

 
 By John McCallum    Sports    July 17, 2014

Bandits sweep of Stealth extends league winning streak to eight

The West Plains Bandits 14U softball team wrapped up their regular season schedule with a road doubleheader sweep of Mead’s Stealth (Finch) team. The Bandits scored in the first five of six innings to win game one 10-5. In the nightcap, West...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Cheney adopts solid waste disposal plan

In what was really more a formality, the Cheney City Council adopted the city’s Comprehensive Municipal Solid Waste, Recycling and Moderate Risk Waste Management plan by a unanimous vote at its meeting Tuesday night. The city has long expressed...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    July 10, 2014

Criminal activity rises in Cheney

Cheney crime reports took an upswing in the April – June timeframe, enough so that overall the city is 6.5 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, ending a year and a half trend that had seen reports dropping each month. So far through...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 10, 2014

'We've called Cheney home'

Unlike several of his predecessors, new Cheney City Administrator Mark Schuller said he doesn't view his new position as a steppingstone to something greater. "We've called Cheney home for a number of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    July 10, 2014

Training ride

Members of the Cheney Rodeo 2014 Grand Entry team warm up before practice last Thursday. The 47th annual rodeo opens this Friday with "Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night" where many participants and...

 

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