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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....

 

Volunteers needed in ML

One of Ivanna Lomas’ duties as the Medical Lake Parks and Recreation coordinator is to organize the city’s youth sports program. This includes getting equipment ready, managing the registration and finding volunteer coaches for teams. That last...

 

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....

 

Chasing after that 'ah hah' moment

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Devry Bursch, Charlie Buckner and Alexxis Bowes answered in unison when asked if they were ready to get into the adult world of work and budgeting - "No!" Understandable,...

 

News Briefs

Cheney, ML food banks receive Avista assistance Non-profits in Avista’s service areas in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska will be able to help more families in need this holiday season with over $500,000 in seasonal contributions made...

 
 By AL STOVER    News    December 22, 2016

Wreaths Across America

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake held its Wreaths Across America ceremony, Dec. 19 - rescheduled from Dec. 17 because of weather conditions. Hundreds of veterans, families and...

 

Budding young ML actress in real life drama

One of Caitlin Butcher's passions is theater. Butcher, who is 11 years old and attends Medical Lake Middle School, saw her first show, "Annie," when she was seven. She loves to watch dramas and...

 

STCU awards total of $5,000 to help teens make a difference

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) officers at Cheney High School received $1,500 from Spokane Teachers Credit Union's Hundred Dollar Project for coordinating, raising money and awareness...

 

Von Lehe remains ML school board president

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake school board closed 2016 at its Dec. 13 meeting with a few housekeeping items. In the reorganization of the board, Rod Von Lehe was re-elected school board president. Peggy Schweikhardt will remain vice...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 22, 2016

Airway Heights' iconic Buckhorn Inn is sold

A long chapter in the life of Noreen Pederson closed Nov. 30 when Airway Heights' venerable and iconic restaurant, The Buckhorn Inn, changed hands in a sale. The matriarch of the family, who owned the...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    News    December 22, 2016

Buck West purchases Boots' Cheney insurance business

Long time Cheney insurance business owner John Boots said the time was right to retire. Tom Benzel from Airway Heights with Buck West and Affiliates will pick up where Boots left off. For Boots, it will be a move on to other chores and lists....

 

Prendez exhibit comes to Downtown Student Gallery

Eastern Washington University's Downtown Student Galley will kick off 2017 with Jake Prendez's "Churro Know My Life" exhibit, which runs from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13. Prendez is an advocate for youth...

 

Making the giving season a year-round thing

For years at about this time of year, the Cheney Free Press has encouraged readers to make sure to do what they can to help those in the West Plains community who might be in search of food, gifts for Christmas and any number of other needs. There...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    December 22, 2016

To believe, or not to believe in Santa? - that is the question

Note: This column contains sensitive information about the existence of Santa Claus. Adults should silently read this piece in the presence of young children. In the last couple of weeks, some parents have probably had their children ask them that on...

 

Taxpayer funded infrastructure is better suited to public needs

The article “Airway heights gets $2.3 million transportation grant,” (CFP 12/08/16) seems benign enough, but a more substance discussion of state money lies behind it. In this divisive political time, it can be rather difficult to have an actual...

 

Gifts for Ethel

Ethel Laird (left) holds a teddy bear she received from Connie Provoncha (right) on Dec. 16 at a Medical Lake Food Bank giveaway. Laird was also given a quilt to take home. Provoncha, along with...

 

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 21, 2006 Students at Michael Anderson Elementary School organized a clothing and food drive at the school to spread some holiday cheer to the less fortunate in the community. Sixty children were chosen to take part in the “Fantasy...

 

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • Dec. 23, Light Fitness Hour (adults 50+),... Full story

 

Bill Crippen

Bill Crippen, 76, of Cheney, joined his mother and father Lelah and Lloyd Crippen, his wife Jody Crippen and son Richard Allen Crippen in heaven on Dec. 9, 2016. He had a long battle with dementia.... Full story

 

Churches

Cheney Community Church Cheney Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service, Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Our Sunday worship service will be at its regular time, 10 a.m., Christmas Day, Dec....

 

West Plains Briefs

Feed Cheney serving holiday dinner Dec. 26 The December Feed Cheney meal will be the day after Christmas, with a hot dinner served family style and groceries to take home. This month there will also be new jackets available, and the clothing bank...

 
 By NEWS SOURCES    News    December 22, 2016

Pair of I-90 accidents near Medical Lake keeps Washington State Patrol busy

Washington State Patrol troopers responded to a pair of accidents on Interstate 90 near Medical Lake last Saturday. At approximately 2:41 a.m., troopers responded to a single-vehicle accident near milepost 265 about five miles south of Medical Lake....

 

SCSO to offer women's self-defense course

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is offering two introductory women’s self-defense courses on Jan. 14, 2017. The first session runs from 8 a.m. – noon and the second is from 1-5 p.m. Both classes are at the Sheriff’s Office training...

 

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Dec. 11 Third-degree theft was reported on the 300 block of Oak Street. A U.S. flag was taken. Dec. 13 Nicholas L. Evans, 22, was arrested for third-degree theft on the 100 block of West First Street. He was shoplifting. John N. Osborne, 22,...

 

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