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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 15, 2018 

Local levies headed for passage

School district administrators throughout Spokane County were breathing easier Tuesday evening as all of the educational and programs and operations levies appeared headed for passage. That included measures in Cheney and Medical Lake districts. At p...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 15, 2018 

All you need to do, is ask

Cheney Freemasons Greg Ammons and Rob Steiner want the community to know that local Masonic Temple Lodge No. 42 is alive, doing well and looking for new members. The latter is a situation many...

 

Cheney School District names Blackhawk alum new director of finance

The Cheney School District has hired a former Blackhawk as its new finance director. The district announced in a Feb. 8 news release it had selected Jamie Weingart as the next director of finance. Weingart replaces Kassidy Probert, who announced last...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 15, 2018 

Cheney commission gets code enforcement update

Cheney police department Capt. Rick Campbell explained to the city’s Planning Commission at its Feb. 12 meeting why it’s a good idea for residents to make sure their grass is mowed and yards are free of debris. Campbell has been handling code...

 

Unified Olympic Korea offers hope, if somewhat tainted by reality

Like many people watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday night, I felt some pride and a sense of hopefulness during the entry of the unified Korean team. South and North Korean athletes marching together, under the same flag...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 15, 2018 

Blackhawks advance in boys basketball playoffs

When it mattered most, Cheney High’s boys basketball team found a way to produce the program’s first playoff win in nine years. Trailing 40-30 heading into the fourth quarter last Wednesday in Clarkston, juniors Devin Cook and Camden VerStrate...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 15, 2018 

Lady Blackhawks season ends in loss to West Valley

A cold-shooting third quarter doomed the Cheney High School girls basketball team’s chances of advancing in the District 7 playoffs last Wednesday at West Valley. After taking a 24-18 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Lady Blackhawks had...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 8, 2018

Awards to be sought for Fisher preservation

Cheney's Historical Preservation Commission gave "enthusiastic support" at its Feb. 1 meeting to city staff to go ahead and prepare nominations for the School House Lofts student apartments for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 8, 2018

Cheney council rushes resolution to fix billing snafu

Cheney officials took the unusual step at the Jan. 23 City Council meeting of requesting passage of a resolution without actually having an official copy of the document to present to council. The resolution read aloud into the record by city...

 

Standing up to be individual catalysts for good

Scott Backovich's message to Cheney Middle School students gathered in the school's commons last Wednesday morning was pretty simple - be a catalyst for good. His reason for flying over 1,000 miles...

 

Cheney swimming sending relay team to state

The Cheney High boys swimming team’s 200-yard freestyle relay squad punched their ticket for a 2A state appearance in two weeks during Great Northern League/Central Washington Athletic Conference district competition last Friday and Saturday at...

 

Blackhawks head to Clarkston needing playoff win

Cheney High School’s two losses last week in Great Northern League boys basketball action were about as close as one could get, at least from a statistical standpoint. In their 60-52 home-loss to Pullman Jan. 30, the Blackhawks shot 21 of 52...

 

Cheney girls will need playoffs to end losing skid

If the Cheney High girls basketball team is to find its way back into the win column, it will have to come when it matters most — in the playoffs. The Lady Blackhawks dropped their fourth and fifth straight games in Great Northern League action...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 1, 2018

Council approves labor contracts

It’s a new year, and three of the city of Cheney’s employee unions have new contracts — including wage increases — thanks to City Council action that took place at its Jan. 30 meeting. The council approved a new contract with the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    February 1, 2018

Oakes named Cheney's officer of the year

It's a tough shift for many, but Cheney police Officer Chris Oakes doesn't mind pulling patrol duty on the graveyard shift. The late night to early morning timeframe presents many challenges that day...

 

Blackhawk boys 'put it to' West Valley

The Cheney High boys basketball team pulled off a sweep of the Great Northern League’s Spokane Valley schools last week — the crowning jewel of which was a 22-point thumping of second-place West Valley. Blackhawks head coach Gregg Smith said the...

 

Hopefully Edgar isn't too specialized for the 'Hall'

At least he’s closer. The “he” I’m referring to is Edgar Martinez, former Seattle Mariners famed designated hitter extraordinaire. The close is Edgar’s drive to selection to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers...

 

Lady Blackhawks drop pair in Great Northern League play

The Cheney High girls basketball team dropped a pair of Great Northern League games last week to the Spokane Valley schools. The Lady Blackhawks lost a tight contest to visiting West Valley, 53-47, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and despite staying close to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 25, 2018

The abbreviated Tom Trulove

Even Tom Trulove's short resume is long, although in Pullman mayor and fellow academician Glenn Johnson's view, that's pretty good. "I sometimes read (resumes from professors) 14-18 pages long,"...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 25, 2018

Commission gets economic outlook

Is Cheney ready for a KFC? Maybe, but right now, it’s likely Kentucky Fried Chicken isn’t ready to be in Cheney. This and other aspects of local economic development were part of the Cheney Planning Commission’s Jan. 8 meeting. The meeting...

 

Seniors acknowledged

Cheney High School swimming head coach Jennifer Hochwalt and the eight seniors on her squad embrace during Senior Night at the double-dual meet with Grandview and Prosser last Thursday. Six...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 25, 2018

School district begins high school permit process

Cheney School District officials have submitted an application to the city to begin the permitting and review process for the proposed expansion and renovation of the district's high school. Comments...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 25, 2018

Eastern student commits suicide

An individual believed to be an Eastern Washington University student apparently took his own life after a short chase through Cheney by area law enforcement. In a Jan. 23 news release, Cheney police department Capt. Rick Beghtol said on the evening...

 

Suicide touches people in more ways than you might think

It’s unfortunate, to say the least, but suicide seems to be in the news lately, especially in our area. The death last week of Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski has garnered much regional and national attention. What draws me t...

 

Blackhawks wrap up regular-season swimming with wins

The Cheney High boys swimming team wrapped up its regular season schedule by going 2-1 in Great Northern League/Central Washington Athletic Conference action last week. The Blackhawks downed the...

 

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