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10 Years Ago

June 12, 2003

The Cheney City Council voted 6-1 with Curt Huff casting the only nay to approve new language for single family dwelling occupancy. The new code now specifies what constitutes family. Eastern Washington University students had protested the change but there was a general misunderstanding that the change would alter the number of non-related people who could live in a dwelling.

The Cheney Planning Commission agreed to a compromise with Vendervert Development over a wetlands issue that would allow construction of a third phase of apartments along Al Ogdon Way.

Woodward Field was buzzing as the host of the second Annual Relay for Life that drew 36 teams and raised over $38,000 locally to find a cure for cancer. Cheney’s event was part on a national effort that included 3,800 similar events nationwide.

20 Years Ago

June 10,1993

Aaron Harthcock, the 6-year-old Cheney boy who had been missing for nearly two weeks, was found safe on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in the care of his mother, Shirlynn. Authorities began the process of filing custodial interference charges against the mother. The boy’s father, David Harthcock, and wife Melony had legal custody of both Aaron and his 3-year-old sister.

The mood was reported to be generally positive following testimony of area government officials and residents to a federal panel studying the future of Fairchild Air Force Base. Presentees included Speaker of the House of Representatives, Fifth District Congressman Tom Foley.

EWU was set to graduate its class of 1983 which included 1,728 undergrads and 441 graduate students in ceremonies set for the Pavilion.

Cheney soccer player Jared Higbee was named the Most Valuable Player and earned a berth on the Frontier League’s First-Team. Joining him as a first-team selection was John Shamp with Levi Luhn named to the second team.

30 Years Ago

June 2, 1983

Respresentatives from EWU including president Dr. H. George Frederickson, Elanore Chase, chair of the board of trustees and student body presented Gina Hames gathered recently to add items for the school’s time capsule that was set to be opened in 2083.

Washington governor John Spellman was slated to give the commencement address at EWU June 10 at the Special Events Pavilion. The last governor to address EWU students at graduation was Dan Evans in 1968.

The EWU Board of Trustees approved a $3.3 million expansion of the Pence Union Building, a project that would last 18 months and include relocation of the bookstore to the PUB.

EWU athletic teams officially applied to move all programs from NAIA to NCAA Division 1. The move was to be effective in time for the upcoming 1983-84 sports season. Eastern’s baseball and women’s basketball teams were the only D I sports with others D II. The Eagles’ football schedule reflected the switch as it included contests with Boise State, Idaho, Montana and Montana State.

40 Years Ago

June 7, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

June 7, 1963

Commencement exercises were held for 91 seniors who graduated from Cheney High School. Superintendent R.C. Langton handed out awards while principal George Fisher presented diplomas.

Statistics released by Fire Chief Cecil Charlton showed the Cheney Volunteer Fire Department answered 15 calls in the first half of 1963. One-third of the calls came from the college, which had the most serious fire the report indicated. On average the department responds to 25-30 calls a year.

The annual American Legion Auxillery poppy sale collected more than $100.

Lakeland Village’s bakery was producing goods at an amazing rate with the weekly count including 2,500 loaves of bread, 1,500 pounds of cake batter, 300 pies and innumerable other goods.

Only one member of Cheney’s championship baseball team, Jamie Mullenix, finished the season batting over .300 for the 8-1 Blackhawks.


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