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A Medical Lake running back carries the ball for the seventh-ranked Cardinals during a game in 1993.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 2, 2003

Cheney School District stood to lose nearly $20,000 if they chose to transport students from daycare locations to Betz Elementary.

A state appeals court overturned an earlier judgment that ordered the city of Cheney to pay former bar owner Tom Showalter nearly $27,000 for forcing him to remove an awning in front of the business.

The Cheney City Council ordered the city attorney to pursue legal action against downtown revitalization contractor Hidden Rivers, Inc. over problems with certain elements of the project.

Cheney got a 3-goal hat trick from midfielder/forward Yvette Strampe to lead her Blackhawks’ soccer team to a 3-1 upset of the visiting Ferris Saxons.

20 Years Ago

Sept. 30, 1993

Bill Phillip, a 53-year-old city of Cheney maintenance worker, was in serious but stable condition following his being buried for nearly 20 minutes after the collapse of a trench in which he was working.

Three area teens, David Banks, 18, Jason Cromer, 18, and Tanya Cromer, 19, were arrested in connection with a weekend vandalism spree that caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to The Fairways Golf Course. The suspects damaged several putting greens and golf courts.

The Cheney School Board voted to make it illegal for anyone to carry a loaded handgun onto any school property.

Following their 47-0 victory over Deer Park where Rob Baker caught three touchdown passes from Donovan Cathy, the Medical Lake Cardinals earned a No. 7 ranking in the State A football poll.

The Cheney Blackhawks made their Woodward Field home-away-from-home debut a success by toppling the Selah Vikings 29-7, improving to 3-0 on the season. Jeff Corlett hit 8-of-9 passes while backup Lance Hattemer was 5-of-7.

30 Years Ago

Sept. 29, 1983

Citing potential risks to sponsors and businesses, the Cheney Centennial Committee canceled an appearance of hot air balloons that would have taken people on rides as part of the celebration. The event was to have attracted 14 balloons, the largest gathering ever in the Northwest.

The Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees voted to postpone a project to expand the school’s Pence Union Building after all bids came in at least 30 percent over the projected $2.6 million budget.

Weber State scored the winning touchdown with three seconds remaining to defeat EWU 21-17 at Woodward Field, sending the Eagles to their first 0-3 start since 1975.

40 Years Ago

Sept. 27, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Sept. 27, 1963

A motion instructing the city attorney to amend Cheney’s ordinance restricting unauthorized trailer parking was approved by the city council at its most recent meeting. The ordinance, first written in 1957 and amended in 1959, required all trailer homes to be parked in the rear of an owners home.

A letter written by Garden Springs resident, Mrs. John H. Heinemann, and read before a gathering of 30 people, including school board members, by another resident, Mrs. George Schaefer, called for Cheney Schools Superintendent Richard Langston to resign. The contents of letter were not divulged and the board moved to approve Langston’s $17,400 yearly contract.

Gary Glasgow and Mike Shankle each scored touchdowns to lead the Medical Lake Cardinals to their first football victory of the season, 26-20 over East Valley.


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