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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 18, 2018 

Blackhawk swimmers down East Valley-Yakima, Toppenish

The Cheney High boys swimming team took two out of three in a double-dual meet with teams from the Central Washington Athletic Conference on Monday, Jan. 8, at the Eastern Washington University pool. The Blackhawks fell 111-56 to Selah, but knocked o...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 18, 2018 

Cheney rally falls short in spirit game loss to Medical Lake

For a while, Cheney High girls basketball head coach Lorin Carlon was concerned about his Lady Blackhawks team's ability to finish games strong. Now, it's the opposite. "All of a sudden, we can finish...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 18, 2018 

Cheney fire cause ruled undetermined

A fire that destroyed a four-unit building at Cheney's Washington Square Apartments may have been caused by a lit candle and a cluttered computer desk. According to a report written by Spokane Fire...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports    January 18, 2018 

Caterson receives Cheney's dispatcher of the year award

Next month will mark Cheney police dispatcher Don Caterson's 19th year with the department. That longevity brings with it a lot of experience he has imparted to newer dispatchers and even some...

 

Cheney school board OKs reallocation of project funds

The Cheney School District’s board of directors approved three items at their Jan. 10 meeting related to expansion and renovation of three elementary schools covered under a $52 million bond passed in February 2017. Two of the items were design...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 11, 2018

Council OKs special officer

In his first City Council meeting as mayor on Jan. 9, former Councilman Chris Grover presided over the passage of a pair of emergency measures, one of which gave the city's Police Chief the authority...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 11, 2018

Chris Grover takes over

Fifteen years ago, Chris Grover wrote down as one of his goals the desire to be the mayor of the city he has called home since the early 1980s - Cheney. While his timetable for fulfilling that goal...

 

Cheney musician's first solo album features father

Cheney musician/songwriter Brian Stai did his research when deciding where and how to record his second album. It was research that paid dividends not only with the where and the how - but also the wh...

 

Blackhawks hold off Bantams for first win in Clarkston since 2010

The Cheney High boys basketball team showed a bit of rustiness in their first game back from the New Year’s break in a 65-47 loss to visiting Pullman Jan. 3. Fortunately, the Blackhawks shook off that rust to do something they have only done once...

 

Seahawks' rushing woes could be solved through the draft

It’s no secret that one of the biggest disappointments with this year’s Seattle Seahawks — one that helped contribute to them missing the playoffs for the first time in six years — was the lack of a running game. OK, there was also a still...

 

Cheney earns league split with Clarkston, Pullman

The Cheney High girls basketball team opened the 2018 portion of their schedule with a convincing win against Pullman, but may have let one slip away on the road at Clarkston two days later. The Lady Blackhawks held a 34-33 lead against the Bantams...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News    January 4, 2018

Cheney police arrest four in assault/robbery at The Grove

Cheney Police Department investigators have arrested four individuals suspected of having taken part in an assault and robbery at The Grove apartment complex last October. According to the report, Cheney dispatch received two 9-1-1 hang-up calls...

 

Lady Blackhawks win two at Eagle Holiday Classic

The Cheney High girls basketball team just missed a perfect 3-0 finish in last week’s Eagle Holiday Classic at West Valley High School. The Lady Blackhawks knocked off Rogers and Lake Roosevelt, but came up just short of upsetting Idaho 4A...

 

Blackhawks end 2017 with loss to Mt. Spokane

Since reaching the .500 mark with a Dec. 15 victory at East Valley, the Cheney High boys basketball team has found the win column elusive in its last three games. The Blackhawks wrapped up 2017 with a 70-44 loss at home to Greater Spokane League Mt....

 
 By John McCallum    News    January 4, 2018

Cheney Special Olympics athletes need travel help

If you can offer financial help, have the ability to provide reduced - or free - airfare or are a pilot with a plane large enough to hold at least seven people, Cheney Parks and Recreation Special...

 

Cheney voters approve school bond

Sometimes, the third time can really be a charm. The Cheney School District found this out first hand as its third run over two years to get a capital facilities project bond measure passed to... Full story

 

Some nuts and bolts of the 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...

 

Fairchild Air Force Base celebrated 75th birthday

Fairchild Air Force Base turned 75 in March - and several hundred of its closest friends stopped by to celebrate. Fairchild began operations in early 1942, the culmination of community efforts that...

 

New apartment complex proposed in S.W. Cheney

Cheney’s planning department has received an application for construction of a new 85-unit apartment complex in the southwest portion of the city. Cheney Park Apartments are proposed for construction on two parcels of land at 1026 First St., just...

 

Pizza Factory is looking for Cheney franchisees; need no restaurant experience

California-based Pizza Factory is seeking to grow not only into new states but also in existing areas where it has franchises, and as such, is looking for individuals in Cheney who might want to go into the pizza business for themselves. All you...

 

Perhaps 2018 can be when we actually take control

Monday is the first day of 2018, and I for one am very happy for that. Frankly, 2017 has not been a very good year for me in many ways and I can’t wait to see it go bye-bye. As for 2018, right now I’m a little pessimistic about how good it will...

 

Blackhawk boys share 2A state track and field title

Almost 60 hours later, Cheney High boys track and field head coach Derek Slaughter still couldn't believe it. "It's surreal," Slaughter said Tuesday afternoon about his Blackhawk boys accomplishments...

 

Lady Blackhawks rally for non-league win over North Central

Keyed by a pair of Maggie Smith 3-pointers, the Cheney High girls' basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit and rallied for a 52-39 win over visiting North Central of the Greater...

 

Blackhawk boys drop two before Christmas break

The Cheney High boys’ basketball team missed a couple chances to head into the Christmas break with a winning record with a pair of losses against two good teams. The Blackhawks lost a close 59-53 game on Dec. 21 to a hot-shooting North Central...

 

Cheney adopts salary ordinance

Besides passing the almost $31.2 million 2018 budget, the Cheney City Council also took care of a number of year-end budget-related items as well as making a couple of purchases at their Dec. 12 meeting. The council held all three readings and final...

 

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