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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 16, 2015 

Cheney is among state's safest cities

With a good quality school system, well-maintained streets and a neighborly, small-town feel, Cheney has always been seen as a great place to live. According to a recently released survey by the consumer research company ValuePenguin, it’s also...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    April 16, 2015 

Cheney starts comprehensive plan update process

The Cheney Planning Commission is beginning the process of reviewing and updating the city’s comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is a long-range planning document outlining a community’s goals and polices guiding future land use, the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 16, 2015 

Lady Blackhawks cruise past Clarkston for seventh straight win

Off to their best start in years, the Cheney softball team kept its perfect season intact with a win over visiting Clarkston last Tuesday, April 7. The Lady Blackhawks used 11 singles to score seven runs in the third and four runs in the fourth for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 16, 2015 

Blackhawks back on top of GNL with win

It took the Cheney boys soccer team just five days to climb back into the win column after seeing their four-year long Great Northern League winning streak finally snapped at 45 by East Valley. Oliver Smith connected on an unassisted goal in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Betz Elementary School evacuated after bomb threat

A bomb threat last Tuesday afternoon, March 31, led to the evacuation of students at Cheney’s Betz Elementary School. Cheney Police Chief John Hensley said at 1:04 p.m. a woman contacted 911, telling the operator “I have a bomb in my car and a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 9, 2015

Components of an electrical rate increase

If you think there is something fishy about Cheney's upcoming 6 percent power rate increase, you'd be correct. The City Council recently approved the increase, the first in 14 years, in order to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Your not-so-private ballot

On the surface, co-chair of the Committee for the Support of Good Schools Richard Harris’ remarks to the Cheney School Board during the public comment portion of the board’s Feb. 25 meeting likely went unnoticed. In advocating for rerunning the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    April 2, 2015

Changing of the guard

West Plains Chamber of Commerce Executive director Kathleen Schreiber stepped down from her position March 31, but didn't have to go to far to begin her next career opportunity. In fact, she moved two...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    April 2, 2015

School district accepts third offer to purchase Fisher Building

When it comes to selling the Cheney School District’s surplused administration building, the district’s school board members likely hope there’s truth to the saying “Third time’s a charm.” For the third time in a year and two-thirds the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 2, 2015

Blackhawks second half efforts keep them perfect

It took second-half efforts to do it, but the Cheney High boys soccer team completed the first round of Great Northern League play with a perfect 4-0 mark with victories over Clarkston and West...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 2, 2015

Cheney girls on the road back to track and field success

In a couple years, Cheney High girls track and field head coach Tom Stralser thinks the group of young Blackhawks he has now will be very similar to the team he had two years ago - one that...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 2, 2015

Understaffed Bantams no match for Lady Blackhawks

The only thing that went wrong for the Cheney High School softball team last Saturday at Clarkston was they missed a pair of extra points and gave up a safety. The lack of four varsity starters for the Bantams due to the school’s early spring break...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    April 2, 2015

Blackhawk boys capture Ezra Gordon invite title

Sixteen top-five finishes helped propel the Cheney High boys track and field team to a win last Saturday at the 24-team Ezra Gordon Invitational in Colville. The Blackhawks scored 100 points, easily outdistancing second place Lakeside’s 71. Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Cheney electrical rates to go up May 1

For the first time in 14 years, Cheney residents will likely see an increase in the rate they are charged to consume electricity. At its last meeting in March on Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council unanimously approved a 6 percent increase in the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 26, 2015

Missel reduction

An era will end June 30 as Cheney High School assistant principal and athletics director Jim Missel has announced his retirement at the end of the school year. Missel said the decision has been in the works for awhile, and this past weekend he and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    March 26, 2015

Fender bender?

Neither driver was seriously injured in this two-car collision that took place Tuesday morning at the intersection of North Sixth Street and Betz Road in Cheney....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 26, 2015

Homelessness presents unique challenges for Cheney schools

Cheney School District Director of Student Support Services Kristi Thurston is worried when she thinks about homeless students in the district. When it comes to homeless students, there are many worries. Worries about getting those identified as...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 26, 2015

Cheney boy's track and field success is a matter of time

Patience. It's the key word when it comes to the 2015 Cheney High School boys' track and field team. For second-year head coach Bobby Byrd, patience is what's needed for a team that is stronger than...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 26, 2015

Cheney opens GNL play with wins over East Valley, Pullman

Road wins are huge in any league, and that's especially true with the Great Northern League's boys' soccer schedule where teams play each other three times - none of which come on neutral sites. So...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 26, 2015

Lady Blackhawks tee off on Prosser pitching

On the surface, Cheney High School’s 25-3 thumping of the Prosser Mustangs in softball action last Wednesday may seem to indicate potential signs of greatness. Lady Blackhawks head coach Gary Blake is a bit more cautious in his assessment. Cheney...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    March 26, 2015

Blackhawk girls open against GSL's Lewis and Clark

The Cheney High girls’ track and field team kicked off their 2015 season with a pair of meets last week. The Blackhawks held their own against a larger Lewis and Clark 4A team from the Greater Spokane League last Wednesday, March 18; winning nine...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 19, 2015

Cheney High School bond round two

The Cheney School District board of directors voted 4-1 to rerun the district’s $44.88 million bond proposal for expansion and renovation of its high school on the upcoming April 28 special election ballot. The district previously ran a vote on...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    March 19, 2015

Cheney council declares emergency to buy electrical parts

The Cheney City Council approved a resolution declaring an emergency in order to waive the competitive bid process and proceed with purchasing needed electrical components to repair a main underground switch cabinet damaged in a Feb. 15 auto...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 19, 2015

School board tables Fisher Building sale proposal

The Cheney School District board of directors elected to table a proposal by a pair of developers to purchase the surplused Fisher Building, at the board’s first regular meeting in March, March 11. The proposal by Collegetown Development, LLC, a co...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    March 19, 2015

Hawks News keeps Salnave Elementary students informed

It starts with an announcement on the school public address system: "Standby for Hawks news!" Several students immediately begin a countdown from 20, 19, 18...5...4...3...2...1 - the small,...

 

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