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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Many seats, few candidates

Twenty-five candidates filed for 21 West Plains seats up for election at the close of the filing period last Friday, meaning most seats will have one candidate for voters to chose from in the general election, Nov. 3. There will be several races to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Volunteering to fix the 'whole family unit'

Dealing with domestic violence can be complex and costly, let alone emotional. Since January 2013, A.R.M.S., Abuse Recovery Ministry Services, has been serving as the Cheney Municipal Court’s domestic violence advocate at no charge, handling cases...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 21, 2015 

Cheney reviewing Reid School demolition application

The city of Cheney is currently holding a public comment period on an application from Bernardo Wills Architects on behalf of Eastern Washington University to demolish the former Robert Reid Laborator...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 21, 2015 

Cheney schools seeing end of year growth spurt

At a time when enrollment tends to decline, full time equivalent student counts in the Cheney School District continue to grow. In a report presented to the Cheney school board at its regular meeting last Wednesday, Kassidy Probert, the district’s...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 21, 2015 

Lady Blackhawks win first District 7 title

Back to back home runs helped lift the Cheney High softball team to its first District 7 title with an 8-3 win last Saturday over visiting Pullman. The win gives the Lady Blackhawks the district's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 21, 2015 

Blackhawks advance to regional track action

The Cheney High track and field team advanced six individuals and a pair of relay teams from last Friday's District 7 meet to regional competition May 22 at West Valley High School in Millwood...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 21, 2015 

Blackhawks shot down in bid for return to state tournament

The Cheney High boys’ soccer team saw their season come to an end last weekend in perhaps the cruelest way possible — a 1-0 road shootout loss against Quincy Saturday. Despite being out shot 6-3, the Blackhawks played well, especially...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Cheney Hydroponics underway

Cheney's first marijuana production and processing facility is now open for business. Cheney Hydroponics co-owner Bill Youngs updated the City Council about the status of the growing and processing...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 14, 2015

Cheney man is one of two victims in Spokane River plane crash

A Cheney man perished in the crash of a light plane that appeared to experience engine problems prior to striking the Spokane River just above Upriver Dam and sinking last Thursday. Richard Runyon was one of two men aboard a 1996 Piper Malibu that...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    May 14, 2015

Commission OKs comp plan public process

At it’s regular meeting Monday night, May 11, the Cheney Planning Commission approved a draft of the city’s public participation plan for the upcoming, 18-month-long comprehensive plan update process. According to the plan, public participation...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    May 14, 2015

Twenty local offices on the November election slate

The filing period for individuals wishing to run for public office opened Monday, May 11, at the Spokane County Elections office, and with it the potential for a busy election season on the West Plains. Prospective candidates have until tomorrow,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    May 14, 2015

Cheney Fire Department invites public to open house May 16

Cheney Fire Department Lt. Tim Steiner thinks the last time the department held an open house, the city's emergency medical services six-year levy was up for renewal. That would have been Aug. 7,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 14, 2015

Hare named new Cheney High athletic director

Gregg Hare has been named the new athletic director and assistant principal at Cheney High School. Hare replaces current athletic director and assistant principal Jim Missel, who is retiring at the end of June after 33 years in education, 14 years...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 14, 2015

To understand science and history, learn to read the dirt

This is a fact: You can’t walk around Eldon Pueblo without stepping on a piece of history. For those who don’t know, Eldon Pueblo is an ancient Native American ruin about a mile east of Flagstaff in Northern Arizona, which is where I spent most o...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 14, 2015

Blackhawks down East Valley, Clarkston to reach title

The Cheney High boys' soccer team solved the riddle that was East Valley and found a way to win their second straight playoff game. Four minutes into the first overtime, the third-seeded Knights...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 14, 2015

Lady Blackhawks await opponent in district title game

The Cheney High softball team finds itself in an unusual position in the upcoming District 7 playoffs - playing the waiting game. The 18-2 Lady Blackhawks now sit back and watch as other league...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Artistic investiture

Eastern Washington University Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan dancers performed at the Investiture of Dr. Mary Cullinan as the university's 26th president last Friday at Showalter Hall auditorium. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Cheney's spring projects given funds

As part of a light agenda last Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council approved a contract with Shamrock Paving for residential street projects later this spring, including work on the city’s 50 Acre Park along Betz Road. Shamrock was the lowest...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    May 7, 2015

Cheney Clean Sweep verdict: Volunteers increase, tonnage drops

While overall tonnage was down, volunteerism at this year’s Cheney Clean Sweep was at an all-time high. The eighth annual community clean up day had 300 individuals ranging from young to old and from college students to long-time residents taking...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    May 7, 2015

School board adopts policies on government training, member insurance

The Cheney School Board moved quickly through a light agenda at its meeting last Wednesday, April 29. The board unanimously approved three items of old business, accepting adoption recommendations by staff of revisions to a pair of existing...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 7, 2015

League champs has nice ring for Lady Blackhawks

Cheney High’s softball team accomplished a major goal last week — one every Lady Blackhawks team sets at the beginning of the season, but never attained in the 23 years the sport has been played at the high school. Julia Boyd turned in a two-hit...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 7, 2015

Young Cheney girls capture league track and field title

It didn't take long for the Cheney High girls track and field team to return to the top of the Great Northern League. The Blackhawks scored in all events save one for a 94-56 win over visiting West...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 7, 2015

Blackhawks goal is to keep playing, and not go home

The Cheney boys soccer team missed winning their fourth consecutive Great Northern League soccer title by one game and two points - and in a way, head coach Mark Kiver is OK with that fact. In the league's five-team alignment, the regular season...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 7, 2015

Shining the weekly light on the West Plains Little League

This is probably a long time coming, 11 years long time is likely, but the Cheney Free Press has decided to add a new feature to our sports coverage line up. Beginning this week, the intrepid Free Press reporting staff will be bringing you a West Pla...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    May 7, 2015

Rosa's Pizza hangs on for West Plains Little League play win

Rosa's Pizza ran their record to 4-2 with a 6-4 win last Friday night over Cheney Free Press in West Plains Little League Majors Division action at Medical Lake's Waterfront Park. Rosa's Anthony...

 

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