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Helen Boots stands among upturned headstones in Cheney's Fairview Cemetery. Over 100 markers were vandalized or stolen.

10 Years Ago

Feb. 5, 2004

Cheney's growing population was becoming a concern for the city's fire department in that resources might be getting extended too thin Fire Chief John Montague reported. Calls had increased 16 percent up to 968 from 835 since 1999.

Thanks to some generous donations, the Medical Lake Food Bank was able to survive through some difficult times treasurer Duane Wolfe reported, adding that efforts to purchase their building on Lefevre Street were aided by a Gates Foundation grant.

The Jan. 16 passing of longtime Eastern Washington University professor Robert Reid was noted in an obituary. Reid, 85, was both a student at EWSC and returned to the school in 1953 to become principal at the campus school that would bear his name.

Medical Lake's so-called "steamroller" of a basketball team flattened yet another Great Northern League foe, Colville, 90-40. The Cards improved to 7-1 in league play and 12-2 overall as Dur Till was just shy of his third straight triple-double with 28 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

20 Years Ago

Feb. 3, 1994

Vandals destroyed and stole more than 100 headstones from the historic Fairview Cemetery west of Cheney along Salnave Road. Helen Boots, secretary for the Cheney Cemetery Association said some of the headstones dated back to the Civil War.

Despite a lack of snow, Medical Lake still held its Snowfest celebration and a fun run that attracted an estimated 50 participants.

Cheney's 47-46 boy's basketball win over East Valley allowed the Blackhawks to improve their Frontier League record to 5-1, a game behind 6-0 Colville. Tyler Harelson scored the wining basket on a 12-foot jump shot with four seconds to play.

30 Years Ago

Feb. 2, 1984

The Cheney School Board announced a March 20 date for a vote on a two-year maintenance and operations levy that would provide $975,000 for the 1985 school year and $985,000 for 1986.

Cheney's 25-24 wrestling win over Medical Lake completed a perfect 7-0 season and earned the Blackhawks their fourth straight Frontier League title. The key match was at 115 pounds where Cheney's Phil Vigil tied undefeated Steve Cross.

40 Years Ago

Feb. 1, 1974

Missing from our archives.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 31, 1964

Cheney Police Chief Jim Crawford found himself on the wrong side of the law when he was cited by judge Jack Crabb for failing to yield the right of way and causing an accident at 4th and B Street. Crawford, who said the road was slick and could not stop, was fined $15, which was suspended, plus $2 court costs.

Taffy, a buckskin horse belonging Gene Stark and who lived on a ranch near Spangle, died at age 38, the equivalent of 170 in human years.

With Medical Lake's 61-46 upset of Colville and Cheney's 61-46 win over Newport, the Blackhawks earned a tie in the Northeast A League standings with an 8-1 record. John Marsh scored 19 points and Howard Marsh 14.


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