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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Cheney loses 'game arcade' dispute

The first medicinal marijuana dispensary in Cheney is scheduled to open up in early January 2015, but not without some opposition from the city. The owners of 3 Green Thumbs, LLC, filed an application Oct. 6 to locate a dispensary in 900 feet of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 18, 2014 

Planning Commission OKs Cheney parks plan

The Cheney Planning Commission finally approved the city’s updated parks plan at its regular meeting Dec. 8. The commission began the public hearing process at their October meeting, but lack of a quorum at the November meeting pushed final review...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    December 18, 2014 

Blackhawks turn hard work into hardware

Marching band may not be a sport, but if you factor in how long and hard the member's of Cheney High School's band program put in practicing and preparing for competition, it might as well be. And if...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 18, 2014 

Even in defeat, Eagle football is still moving upward

Right from the start, something didn't look right last Saturday at Roos Field. Sitting in our season ticket seats for the Eastern Washington - Illinois State FCS quarterfinal playoff game, I felt...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 18, 2014 

Blackhawks triple 2013-2014 pre-season win record in five games

After the first five games of the 2013-2014 season, the Cheney High boys basketball team was still looking for its second win. One year later, things are different for the 3-2 Blackhawks. “Realistically, we’re about a quarter and a half from...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 18, 2014 

Lady Blackhawks earn split of road action last week

The Cheney Lady Blackhawks girls’ basketball team ran their non-league, pre-season record to 2-3 with a split of hard court action last week. The girls had little trouble knocking off former Great Northern League opponent Deer Park on the road...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 12, 2014

Cheney council OKs financial measures

A full Cheney City Council moved like a whirlwind through a resolution and ordinance packed agenda at its next to last meeting of 2014 Tuesday night, unanimously approving 11 separate items. Five of the items were financial measures needed to wrap...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 11, 2014

Cheney council OKs financial measures

A full Cheney City Council moved like a whirlwind through a resolution and ordinance packed agenda at its next to last meeting of 2014 Tuesday night, unanimously approving 11 separate items. Five of the items were financial measures needed to wrap...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 11, 2014

A mystery wrapped in a riddle

A Cheney girl, who went missing Thanksgiving evening, returned home last Sunday, Dec. 7, prompting questions from authorities about why she left and what she did during her 10-day disappearance....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 11, 2014

Awkward

Prospective music teacher Stephen Foster Brown (at left played by Trenton Riggs) finds the advances of Mrs. Piper (played by Ryleigh Skiles) a bit embarrassing - especially with her husband and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    December 11, 2014

Weather sends motorists slipping and sliding

A somewhat unexpected period of freezing rain led to a number of accidents and motorist calls for assistance throughout Cheney late last week. Over the Dec. 4-5 time period, Cheney police responded to 16 accidents and nine calls for assistance from...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    December 11, 2014

To change hearts and minds, maybe Christmas needs a seasonal shift

Christmas is my favorite time of year. The lights, the decorations and the music make for a festive atmosphere that’s invigorating and exhilarating. Usually, it can warm even the most chilled of hearts. For many, Christmas is a time of renewed hope...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    December 11, 2014

Blackhawks basketball teams off to identical starts

Both the Cheney High boys and girls basketball teams opened their 2014-2015 seasons with a five-day home stand in which they posted identical 1-2 records. The boys found their way into the win column...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Heavier train traffic ahead for Cheney

News of groundbreaking on a proposed $26 million shuttle loading grain terminal near Four Lakes Nov. 14 surprised city of Cheney officials — and they are hoping project proponents talk to them soon about the potential for more rail traffic through...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Council OKs 2015 budget

With no public comment received, the Cheney City Council closed its 2015 budget hearing at its regular meeting last Tuesday night, Nov. 25, and proceeded to unanimously adopt the city’s just over $23.37 million budget for the coming fiscal year....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    December 4, 2014

Searching for a holiday giving boost

Cheney Outreach Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids volunteer coordinator Sally Shamp says there are several changes with this year's 13th annual drive to collect presents for local youth. What's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    December 4, 2014

Fun served at Monterey Pub n' Grub

Things are a little different at Monterey Pub n' Grub, Cheney's newest restaurant. All it takes is a glance at the menu to figure that out. With names like "Hip Hugger," "Junkyard Dog," and "Thai One...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    November 27, 2014

Cheney vehicles targeted in theft waves

Cheney police are investigating a rash of thefts from motor vehicles that struck two residential areas in the city this past week. Between Nov. 19 – 22, 19 incidents of third-degree theft and one second-degree theft were reported, most taking...

 
 By John McCallum    Front Page    November 27, 2014

Slightly West of Spokane art tour brings three artists to Cheney

The fifth annual Slightly West of Spokane Artists Studio Tour happens this Saturday, Nov. 29, with something slightly new being added. This year's tour will give people in Cheney who can't make the...

 
 By John McCallum    Education    November 27, 2014

Cheney school board hears new graduation requirements

The Cheney School District board of directors held its first reading of both the policy and procedure for revising high school graduation requirements as part of a modified agenda at its Nov. 12 meeting. The agenda was modified due to tabling of...

 
 By John McCallum    Education    November 20, 2014

Cheney school board tables non-discrimination policy

Saying they needed more information and public input, the Cheney School Board voted at its Nov. 12 regular meeting to table adoption of an updated non-discrimination policy. The policy included new language recommended by the Washington State School...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014

Cheney council OKs 2015 levy amounts

The Cheney City Council unanimously approved a pair of ordinances at their Nov. 12 meeting, setting annual increases to the city’s regular property tax and emergency medical service levies. Increases are limited by state law to 1 percent of the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    November 20, 2014

Meeting Cheney's budget needs, and restless nights

During a June workshop, Cheney department heads were asked to answer three questions for attending City Council members: What are your department's short-term needs? What are its long-term needs?...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    November 20, 2014

CHS alumnus dies in mountain fall

A Cheney High School graduate died last week while climbing the 10,047-foot Middle Sister mountain in Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness west of Bend. According to news releases from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in Eugene, a 15-person search t...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    November 20, 2014

Masons run to help clothe foster children

Most people would agree it's gratifying to raise money for a good cause or charity. It's even more so when you're among those who have been impacted by that service. With regards to the latter, for...

 

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