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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

Cheney buys pole trailer

The Cheney City Council conducted a couple financial transactions at its final regular meeting in February. Tuesday night, Feb. 24, the council unanimously approved the sale of a 4,000 square foot piece of property in Golden Hills Phase II Addition o...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

And I add it to...

Snowdon Elementary School Principal Shawna Fraser explains to third-grade student Shaelynn Lowry some of her cooking uses for basil during an herb planting activity as part of the school's Heart...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 26, 2015 

cheney proposes moving portion of railway along sr 904

Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove believes that if you're going to point out a problem then you should also think about offering a solution. For Trulove and other city officials, the problem is the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    February 26, 2015 

At Cheney Les Schwab, it's Sparky and just Sparky

Walk into Cheney's Les Schwab store and ask for Ferrel Kaminski, and you'll likely get some blank stares from the staff. Walk in and ask for Sparky, and you'll eventually come face to face with a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    February 26, 2015 

Lots to remember for 109-year-old Flossie Dickey

When you live to be 109 years old, you end up with a lot of memories. So many that sometimes it's difficult to keep things straight, Cheney Care Center resident Flossie Dickey said as she celebrated...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 26, 2015 

Plenty of goodies up for grabs at Blackhawk Auction

When Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan found tackle Gary Gilliam in the end zone for a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt in the NFC championship game against Green Bay, he made history. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 26, 2015 

'High School Champion of the Stars Recognition Night' planned

Behind many athletes and teams, there are always good stories. Those stories are what Cheney High School athletics director Jim Missel hopes to find, and are just one of the reasons he is putting together the first “High School Champion of the Star...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 26, 2015 

Cheney High hosts basketball regional round

If you’re still looking for some quality high school basketball action, look no further than the Cheney High School gym this weekend. Cheney is the host site for regional boys and girls state playoff basketball games in the 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 19, 2015

Cheney High School bond comes up short

With election certification the only step remaining, the Cheney School District is poised to go 1 for 2 with last Tuesday’s special election ballot proposals. The district’s three-year Educational Programs and Operations (Maintenance and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 19, 2015

Buttercups galore

In something of a rarity, there was a three-way tie in the Cheney Free Press's annual first buttercup contest. Stopping by the office with indications that spring is not far off were 8-year-old...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    February 19, 2015

Sunday morning accident knocks out power to North Cheney

About 500 Cheney Light customers in the north end of the city were without power for part of Sunday after a vehicle struck a main switch cabinet on the southwest side of North Sixth Street in front of the Cheney School District transportation yard....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    February 19, 2015

Cheney School District agrees to lease fiber optic capabilities

The Cheney School District is planning on putting some of its excess fiber optic capacity — known as “dark fiber” — to a money making use through a contract with TW Telecom. The school board voted 4-0 at its first regular monthly meeting...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 19, 2015

Good-bye for now

This is my final Crunch Time column. Originally, the column was established by myself and former Cheney Free Press sports reporter Neil Pierson back in the fall of 2003 mainly as a vehicle with which to comment on issues taking place in sports, with...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 19, 2015

Surprise: Lady Blackhawks eliminate No. 2 WV

The Cheney High School girls' basketball team saved the best for last. The Lady Blackhawks ended a seven-game losing streak and notched their first win over a Great Northern League opponent with a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 19, 2015

Blackhawks boys end season with 70-42 playoff loss at Pullman

The Cheney High boys’ basketball season came to an end last Thursday in first-round playoff action on the hardwood at Pullman High School’s gym. The host Greyhounds’ stymied the Blackhawks for most of the evening, holding Cheney to just three...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 12, 2015

Cheney council approves lobbyist contract

In a short regular meeting Tuesday night, the Cheney City Council approved a one-year contract with the city’s Olympia consultant Jennifer Ziegler. According to the contract, Ziegler represents the city on legislative, regulatory and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 12, 2015

Cheney police dispatch is more involved than just 'calling all cars'

Watching Cheney Police Department dispatcher Valerie Richey handle her duties at the police station is like watching a concert musician perform on a cathedral organ. Richey balances the telephone...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    February 12, 2015

Cheney commission briefed on overlay ordinance

The Cheney Planning Commission held an informational workshop Feb. 9 on Ordinance W-58, an ordinance that establishes a Marijuana Overlay Zone in the city’s municipal zoning code. The workshop is part of the state’s legal process that began when...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    More News    February 12, 2015

Against the Grain to return fabric supplies to Cheney

The rumors are true - Mim is back! To individuals existing outside the world of quilting and other fabric endeavors that sentence likely means nothing. To those who love to turn yards of colorful clot...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education    February 12, 2015

Cheney Middle School track named for Van Kurens

Almost 150 people gathered at Cheney Middle School Jan. 29 to honor and name the school's track and field complex after a Cheney couple who are legendary in the sport. The Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Neighborhood    February 12, 2015

Open for reading

Cheney Middle School student Beckett Schoenleber (right) stands with homeowners Samantha and Logan Cook next to the Little Free Library he and his parents built and installed on the Cook's property...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    February 12, 2015

Cheney boys and girls wrap regular season

The regular season came to a close on Tuesday, Feb. 3, for the Cheney High School boys and girls basketball teams. Both Blackhawks squads fell in their final game to visiting Pullman, the girls 67-41 and the boys 42-30. The Blackhawk boys struggled...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 5, 2015

Council hears pair of zoning ordinances

Ordinances played a leading role on the Cheney City Council’s Jan. 27 meeting agenda. The council conducted public hearings on an ordinance inserting language changes into the city’s municipal code chapter on Zoning, and on a second dealing with...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 5, 2015

Something to smile about

West Plains residents along with local civic and business leaders enjoyed music, food and games at last Thursday's grand opening of DaBell Orthodontics in Cheney. See the story on page...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Front Page    February 5, 2015

A good deal moves to a better place

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce will need to find another presenter for its famous "Let's Make a Deal's" rubber chicken. Long-time chamber member and past board president Ed Neunherz passed away a...

 

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