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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

Creating more space for education

Students and staff refer to it as "Red Square." It's the point of intersection between two main hallways in Cheney High School. During class change times, it's more jammed up with bodies than...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 29, 2015 

A less expensive alternative

In his quest to learn all he could about student habits at Cheney High School, resident and member of the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee Bill Johns said he went to the school one day during lunch and noticed school staff had only set up six...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 29, 2015 

Cheney levy to pay for education needs state doesn't cover

Cheney School District voters are being asked to renew the district’s Educational Programs and Operations (Maintenance and Operations) levy. Ballots were mailed last week, and need to either be postmarked or dropped off at local ballot drop off...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 29, 2015 

Connecting learning with fun and exercise

"What was the temperature yesterday in Cheney?" preschool teacher Patti Hendrickson asked the dozen or so students flitting about the Betz Elementary media center on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Hendrickson...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 29, 2015 

Deflate-gate is deflating The Game and all of us

Two things about “Deflate-gate,” this issue with 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots footballs used during their American Football Championship blowout of the Indianapolis Colts being under the NFL requirement for proper inflation. One,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 29, 2015 

West Valley, Pullman knock off Lady Blackhawks

A pair of losses last week left the Cheney High girls' basketball team searching for its first Great Northern League win of the season. The Lady Blackhawks dropped home games to West Valley and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 29, 2015 

Blackhawks fall to West Valley and Pullman

The Cheney High boys' basketball team losing streak extended to eight games with home losses to West Valley, 52-40, last Tuesday and 50-29 to 2A state-ranked Pullman Friday. The Blackhawks stayed...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 22, 2015

Local mayors: 'Give us our money back

The message delivered by local mayors at the Jan. 8 West Plains Chamber of Commerce breakfast was polite, but clear. It was the same one delivered again at a Jan. 12 press conference outside the city...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 22, 2015

Increasing demands for service

No matter one's familiarity with the Cheney Police Department's year-end report, the statistic still jumps out at you like a bright, flashing neon sign. In 2014, dispatchers in the department's...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 22, 2015

Cheney School District volunteer numbers are up

Numbers for volunteers, community involvement and highly capable students are up around the Cheney School District, according to a pair of reports given to the school board at its regular meeting Jan. 14. Jessica Deutsch, district volunteer services...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 22, 2015

Lady Blackhawks shoot their way to Golden Feather win

Despite a cold shooting night, the Cheney High School girls' basketball team found a way to take control of the annual Golden Feather Spirit Game at Medical Lake. With the basketball not falling...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 22, 2015

Cheney boys lose last-minute heart breaker

For Cheney High School boys’ basketball head coach Chris Dunn, the key for the Blackhawks re-entry into the win column after six straight losses is twofold — play four quarters of basketball and finish the game. Up by one after three quarters at...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Cheney City Council nixes power deal

Power issues were on display at the Cheney City Council's Jan. 13 meeting, the first of 2015. The main issue swirled around what to do with one megawatt (MW) of Tier Two power the city purchased in...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Zoning measures approved

Cheney’s Planning Commission approved a pair of measures at its regular monthly meeting Jan. 12 recommending changes to the city’s municipal code Chapter 21 on zoning. The first was Ordinance W-55 that proposed housekeeping amendments to address...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 15, 2015

Mop up

Firefighters clean up the scene of a one-car accident that took place last Wednesday west of Cheney on State Route 904 and Cameron Road. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 15, 2015

Sing out strong

A group of second- and third-grade students from Cheney School District's Windsor Elementary School performed a song from their recent Winter Concert for members of the West Plains Chamber of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    January 15, 2015

Cyber Patriots provide views of technology's 'real' world

Hanging out at a meeting of Cheney High School's Cyber Patriots club is like going to sleep and waking up in a non-English speaking country during the middle of a large community meeting. You don't...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 15, 2015

Three losses drop Cheney into Great Northern cellar

The Cheney High School girls' basketball team came up short last week in their bid to move up in the standings of the Great Northern League. Instead, the Lady Blackhawks dropped all three of their...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 15, 2015

Hawks come up short against Valley schools

Three straight road losses last week helped keep the Cheney High School boys’ basketball team at the bottom of the Great Northern League pack. The Blackhawks came up short in a couple of tough losses to Spokane Valley schools, beginning with a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    January 8, 2015

Police overtime remains a concern in Cheney

Cheney Police Chief John Hensley has a concern about the new contract with the city’s Police Guild. Hensley’s concern is with what he feels might be unrealistic expectations from the public and City Council members that new staffing levels contai...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 8, 2015

Cheney to review zoning chapter despite codifier's errors

The city of Cheney is inviting public comment on its notice of application making changes to the city’s municipal code chapter Title 21 — Zoning while also moving forward with the public hearing process. The comment period, which runs through...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    January 8, 2015

Cheney school bus driver ticketed in Monday collision

A Cheney School District bus driver was ticketed following a Monday morning collision with an SUV at the top of Sunset Hill in Spokane. According to a Spokane Police Department accident report, the bus was pulling out of a driveway onto the Sunset...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 8, 2015

Lady Blackhawks perfect at West Valley tournament

Rock and roll legend Meatloaf once sang that “two out of three ain’t bad.” For the Cheney High School girls’ basketball team, that was true with regards to last week’s trifecta of basketball games, although three out of three would have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 8, 2015

Nothing is certain anymore in the National Football League

It’s nice to think that there are specific certainties in life one can count on, so it’s a little disconcerting when something you thought you knew for certain, turns out to be questionable. Make sense? Neither did Sunday’s non-flag call late...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 8, 2015

First, fourth quarters are difference in Cheney loss to Clarkston

Cheney High School’s boys’ basketball squad earned a split of its games over the final week of the holiday break. The Blackhawks cruised to a 56-32 win over visiting Northeast A school Deer Park in non-league action Dec. 29. Cheney broke up a...

 

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