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Eugene Ross, (left) pastor of the Cheney Community Church, and Donald Ross, pastor of the Christian Church, attended a Jan. 7, 1964 City Council meeting to protest a new Cheney ordinance permitting tavern and cocktail lounge dancing. Other pastors attending not in picture were the Rev. K. W. Larrison of the Methodist Church and Rev. George Allen of the Campus Christian Fellowship at Easter Washington State College. They were representing Ministerial Association of Cheney.

10 Years Ago

Jan. 22, 2004

The Cheney City Council affirmed Mayor Amy Jo Sooy's decision to require the Myer's family to remove a sign for their DJ's nightclub located at Fish Lake. Club owner Mike Myers was given 30 days to remove the sign on public right-of-way at the corner of SR 904 and Cheney-Spokane road but he appealed delaying the dismantling of the sign.

Residents addressed the Medical Lake City Council over concerns that proposed funding cuts by the Spokane Transit Authority this coming July would entirely eliminate bus service to the community.

Gary Blake was hired as the coach of the Cheney High School softball team. Blake came to Cheney after having coached a wide variety of teams from the college level at Whitworth College to various select teams.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 20, 1994

Jeffrey Alexander Garner, 24, a sophomore from Kirkland, Wash. fell 11 stories to his death from a catwalk access to the fire escape at Eastern Washington University's Pearce Hall dormitory. The accident came when students were evacuating the building because of the sounding of a fire alarm, and despite there being a five-foot fence along the walkway.

The Cheney School Board gave their blessing to a proposed $3.84 million maintenance and operations levy for district schools in 1995. The two-year measure would increase to $3.95 million in 1996.

Following basketball wins of 77-60 over Clarkston and 42-41 over West Valley, Cheney improved to 3-1 in the Frontier League. Rich DeMulling scored the game-winning basket on a layup as the buzzer sounded versus WV while Phil Ball scored a game-high 22 points against Clarkston.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 19, 1984

Statistics released by the Cheney Police Department showed crime in the city had decreased by 6 percent in 1983 with 226 Part-One crimes like armed robbery and car theft having been committed. This is down from a high of 291 such crimes in 1980.

EWU's rifle team, which finished seventh in the nation the previous year, was seeking a first-place finish in 1984. Team member Launi Meili from Cheney hoped to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Big wins by Tim Mason at 108 pounds, 122-pounder Curtis Talley and Phil Vigil in the 115-pound class led Cheney to a 45-21 wrestling win over Pullman.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 17, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 17, 1964

Opposition to Cheney's new ordinance allowing taverns and cocktail lounge dancing was voiced at a recent City Council meeting by the Ministerial Association of Cheney. "Drinking and dancing, when brought together, may well be a detriment to any community, especially in a college community," the resolution stated.

The Mother's March of Dimes, with the help Eastern Washington State College sorority Kappa Theta Chi, collected over $400 in donations during their one-day fundraising drive.

Cheney suffered its first basketball loss of the Northeast A League season and fell to 4-1 following a 63-47 setback to 6-0 Colville. Randy Liddell scored 16 points for the Blackhawks with John Marsh adding 15.

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