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Write to the Point Restricting charitable acts restricts character

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter Could you spend $600 each day to feed lunch to hungry children in town? That's the fee Angela Prattis will face every day she feeds lunch to hungry children in the Chester Township in Pennsylvania. Prattis has been doing t... Full story


In Our Opinion: Once again, area voter apathy in primary prevails

With most of the vote tabulating done it appears Washington's primary election turnout is going to fall far short of Secretary of State Sam Reed's projection of 46 percent. And that's too bad. As of Monday, Aug. 13, 36.08 percent of registered Washin...


Wisconsin-style reforms may boost funding for Washington schools

By Paul Guppy Washington Policy Center Amid the swirl and controversy of the recall election in Wisconsin, the underlying policies the state Legislature enacted more than a year ago by passing Act 10 have been steadily implemented. Now that the dust... Full story


Paul Ryan pick as Romney's VP nominee now grabs as much gusto as it can muster

By Roger Simon Columnist A thrill is going up my leg. The hairs are standing up on the back of my neck. My palms are sweaty; my eyes are glazed. I am the Republican base. And Paul Ryan has come to save me. He is everything we could have dreamed of an...


A time of transition at Fairchild

By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter The last two weeks have been extremely active at Fairchild Air Force Base, with the change of command taking place Monday, Aug. 6. Former commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing Col. Paul Guemmer departed for Scott Air... Full story


Sports Week for Aug. 9, 2012

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Eastern Washington University fall camp Thursday, Aug. 9 - 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 - 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 - 4 p.m. (first practice in full pads). Sunday, Aug. 12 - 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 - 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 3... Full story


Spall, Norman compete at Western Zone Senior Championships

By JANINE HAMILTON Contributor Two Cheney swimmers, Makenzie Norman and Heather Spall, traveled to Fresno, Calif. for the Western Zone Senior Championships held at the Clovis North Aquatics Complex Aug. 2 to Aug. 5. As members of the Spokane-Cheney... Full story


Lady Hawks' McDowell to play college softball at Georgia's Savannah State

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Another former Cheney High School player is taking her talents to the collegiate level. Officials at Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. have confirmed that 2012 CHS graduate Mandy McDowell signed a letter of intent...


Crunch Time for August 16, 2012

From Roos to Reese, Eastern officials find themselves having to recover some ground By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Sometimes when covering a story you stumble across something else of importance. For example, last Tuesday I was up at Roos Field to take pict... Full story


12 Eagles earn preseason All-America honors

Nicholas Edwards leads group of five Eastern football players to receive All-America honors FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS A total of 12 Eastern Washington University football players have received preseason accolades as chosen by a variety of...


Tax measures added to November ballot

The Washington Attorney General's Office informed Secretary of State Sam Reed July 30 that two tax measures approved by the 2012 Legislature must go to the November ballot for a public advisory vote. It's the first time for a voter-mandated plebiscit...


Spokane County institutes burn ban in unincorporated areas

Unauthorized outdoor recreational fires are restricted while other uses are permitted Due to persisting hot and dry weather conditions, Spokane County officials have instituted a burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county, effective...


Airway Heights begins work on comp plan

Planning Commission still seeking a fifth member By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter The Airway Heights Planning Commission took the first steps in beginning a complete review of the city's comprehensive master plan in an effort to have the document review...


Planning Commission discusses new Cheney zoning districts

Expanded residential, new mixed use zone included in the proposed rewrite of the city's development codes By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter New zoning districts and changes to existing zones were introduced at the Cheney Planning Commission meeting Mond... Full story


Cheney's Roy Coumbs: Not lucky, just blessed

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter On a hot afternoon recently, Roy Coumbs was inside his Cheney home doing a crossword puzzle. The puzzles are supposed to help improve his cognition and memory. Though Coumbs, 68, looks healthy enough, less than three...


Eastern agrees to terms selling Higher Education Center to Pyrotek

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Eastern Washington University officials are hoping the third time is truly a charm when it comes to selling the Higher Education Center in Spokane. In a special teleconference meeting Aug. 8 the university's board of trustees... Full story


Council discusses garbage, water rates

By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter The Cheney City Council discussed the ongoing saga of solid waste disposal as well as potential changes to the water rate structure at its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 14. Public Works director Todd Ableman updated...


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