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Crime is up in Cheney

Crime reports in Cheney jumped 16.8 percent in 2016, according to year-end statistics from the Cheney Police Department. The increase comes after a decline in 2015 of 8.68 percent over 2014 numbers -...

 

Tower of cheering Blackhawks

Cheney High School cheerleaders perform a routine for the fans at last Friday night's girls basketball game with the visiting Clarkston Bantams....

 

Cheney commission discusses over-occupancy

Over-occupancy of single-family homes in Cheney took center stage at the Jan. 9 Planning Commission meeting. During a comprehensive plan review of the city’s housing chapter, senior planner Brett Lucas noted language about housing balance under...

 
 By John McCallum    News    January 12, 2017 

Tricky commute

As if a heavy weekend snowfall and the first day of classes wasn't enough to snarl traffic, drivers coming into Cheney Monday morning also had to wait 10-12 minutes for a slow moving BNSF grain train...

 

Some nuts and bolts of the Cheney school bond

The Cheney School District’s capital facilities bond voters will begin considering later this month has many more parts and pieces than the $44.88 million measure that failed to receive a needed 60-percent majority twice in 2015. That bond was for...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    January 12, 2017 

A stranger's kindness is appreciated - especially when stuck

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the second time in about six months, I’ve been saved by a young girl. In August, I wrote about a recent mission trip to Guatemala, of trying to hike into a village during a rainstorm along narrow, muddy, slick footpaths...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 12, 2017 

Lady Blackhawks knock off Pullman, Clarkston

The Cheney High School girls basketball team's magic number last week was 51. That was the total number of points they needed in each game to notch two more Great Northern League wins - 51-35 on the r...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 12, 2017 

Blackhawks drop pair in Great Northern League action

The Cheney High School boys basketball team played a solid game for three quarters last Tuesday in Pullman, only to have another offensively-cold third quarter deny them an upset of the fifth-ranked Greyhounds, falling 59-53. The Blackhawks used...

 

Clearing space for safety

Cheney Fire Department officials are advising residents to not pile snow around fire hydrants and residential vents when they clear their sidewalks, driveways and other areas. "Fire hydrants should...

 

Cheney awarded state grant for Simpson Parkway preservation

Cheney’s Public Works Department received an early Christmas gift in the form of a grant helping fund street preservation work in 2017 on Simpson Parkway. The City Council approved a local agency agreement at its Dec. 13 meeting allowing it to...

 

Cheney school growth tops education stories in 2016

When it comes to Cheney Public Schools, the phrase "If you build it, they will come" might be a little behind reality. The school district is hoping voters approve a $52 million capital facilities...

 

Fisher Building to find new life with Eastern students

When it comes to the case of the Cheney School District’s surplused Fisher Building, apparently the fourth time was the charm. After three previous purchase proposals for the district’s former high school, junior high and administration building...

 

Cheney Free Press carries immediate impact

One thing is certain — 2017 will be an interesting year for journalism. In fact, it will be interesting for media in general. And, that might not be limited to just 2017, but 2018, 2019 and on. Nationally, we are all aware of the challenges to...

 

Cheney girls go 2-1 at Eagle Classic

By head coach Lorin Carlon's estimate, the Cheney High School girls basketball team had a successful appearance at West Valley's Eagle Classic tournament, going 2-1 overall. After wins in their first...

 

Blackhawks end 2016 with four-game winning streak

The Cheney High School boys basketball team ended 2016 with a four-game winning streak, including a pair of blowout wins at West Valley’s Eagle Classic tournament. The Blackhawks opened the streak with a 64-54 win over Lakeland of Idaho’s 4A Inla...

 

Sensing the burn

Cheney Fire Department and Eastern Washington University officials have collaborated on a solution reducing the frequency of fire alarm calls at two university residence halls while also improving stu...

 

To Santa, love, Colby

Colby Anderson puts the finishing touches on a Christmas card to Santa Claus at the Cheney American Legion Post 72's "Pictures with Santa" festivities, Dec. 21. Over 40 children of all ages stopped...

 

Better revenues improve Cheney's budget

A healthier than usual revenue stream helped change Cheney’s general fund budgeting process from one centered on cutting to one with the actual hope of planning for the future, leading it to be voted the No. 3 top news story of 2016. While the...

 

Winter Bethlehem

Cheney's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on North Sixth Street featured a snow-carved depiction of the Nativity prior to Christmas, complete with manger (above), three Wise men and a...

 

Postal artists

The Cheney branch of the U.S. Postal Service held its annual Christmas coloring contest, with five winners receiving a Christmas stocking full of goodies. Winners pictured above are front row, Alaina...

 

Eastern's PUB renovation project is underway

After a false start of sorts, Eastern Washington University's renovation of the Pence Union Building kicked off this past fall. The $35 million work on the student's main activity building brings...

 

Isaiah Rigo wins third straight cross country title

It's hard enough winning one state title in any sport. Cheney High School's Isaiah Rigo has accomplished that feat in cross country - times three. The junior won his third straight title in the...

 

Westwood MS at Junior Achievement Financial Park

Westwood Middle School students got the opportunity to spend several hours on Dec. 9 feeling what is like to be an adult with financial planning responsibilities at Junior Achievement's mobile... Full story

 

Council adopts 2017 budget

The Cheney City Council made quick work of a long list of agenda items at its Dec. 13 meeting, including final passage of the city’s 2017 budget. The council has held two workshops and three public hearings on the $26,345,400 budget since Sept. 19....

 

Little land for commercial, residential use

It may not be readily obvious to residents, but the city of Cheney has a good bit of vacant land on its hands. That is according to information from the Spokane County Assessor’s Office, and presented to the Cheney Planning Commission at its Dec....

 

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