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10 Years Ago

Dec. 10, 2003

The ghost of awnings past appeared to be influencing city policy as the Cheney City Council passed a new ordinance governing private business signs.

The proposed additions to Medical Lake’s gambling tax have two of the community’s businesses, The Dirty Shame Saloon and the Wagon Wheel Tavern, concerned about the plan to add pull tabs to the taxable items in a new gambling tax.

The city of Medical Lake’s 2004 budget, an estimated $6.5 million, was presented to review by Finance Director Pam McBroom. The budget was about $947,000 less than the current one.

With guard Dur Till scoring 23 points, Medical Lake toppled Cheney 65-63 in a non-league boy’s basketball game to go to 2-0 on the young season.

20 Years Ago

Dec. 9, 1993

The city of Cheney decided to put a hold on its practice of composting after it was determined the facility was operating without a permit.

The flu bug was hitting Cheney with a reported absence of 15 percent at Cheney High School and 12 percent at Cheney Junior High.

Medical Lake scored a 68-44 nonleague boy’s basketball win over Deer Park. Donovan Cathy scored 23 points.

30 Years Ago

Dec. 8, 1983

Stanley Baker, a short-term employee of the Cheney School District’s printing department, was released from his job after reportedly telling a Spokane newspaper he used district presses to produce counterfeit $20 bills. While with the district, Baker was on parole from a federal corrections center.

Four Lakes postmaster Patti Young announced her retirement after 30 years on the job.

For the second season in a row, a late basket at the buzzer was the difference for Cheney which lost to Mead 47-45 with Brian Quinnett leading the way with 13 points.

40 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1973

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1963

The Cheney school building problem, that of whether to replace the high school, “is an extremely complicated one,” John Hulvey, a member of the school facilities division of the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction said.

A one-hour program of carol singing was planned in downtown Cheney each Friday afternoon between now and Christmas. The program, sponsored by the Jay-C-Ettes, welcomed any and all to join the carolers.

Cheney High School basketball coach Don Monson was preparing to unveil his latest team in games against Pullman and Ritzville.


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