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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Pay by parking app approved

CHENEY – City Council members took a second shot at amending a parking ordinance that would allow using electronic means to pay for parking on the streets around Eastern... — Updated 10/15/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Do you like oatmeal?

Cheney High School Future Farmers of America student Marisa Daceus (center right) asks students from Betz Elementary School what kind of breakfast cereal they like and do they know... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Passing of a legend

CHENEY – An Eastern Washington coaching legend passed away last week. According to the family, Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame basketball coach... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education 

Cheney FFA brings Betz students to the farm

CHENEY – Looking to instill interest in agriculture among young learners, members of Cheney High School’s Future Farmers of America Club staged a “Farm Day” last Wednesday,... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney group holds food drive at Mitchell's Oct. 19-20

CHENEY – The Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association is holding a food drive at Mitchell’s Harvest Foods in Cheney. The food drive will take place Saturday and Sunday,... — Updated 10/10/2019 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion 

Much to think about regarding impeachment

Some thoughts on impeachment. Under the Constitution, the House has the sole power of impeachment, which it has done 19 times in the past, a record that includes 15 federal judges... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawks fall to Cascade on road in overtime

CHENEY – Thankfully, the Blackhawks football team won't have to endure another long bus ride such as the one they made last Friday night to Leavenworth to face Cascade. The Kodiak... — Updated 10/15/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Wins keeps Blackhawks soccer atop Great Northern

CHENEY – The Lady Blackhawks soccer team ran their winning streak to a season-high four games with three shutouts this past week, keeping them one game ahead of second-place West... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawks slow pitch nails big win against Wildcats

CHENEY – If you thought the Cheney slow pitch softball program was too new to have any really big games, you’d be wrong. The Lady Blackhawks posted what could arguably be one... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawk swimmers find success at Yakima double dual

CHENEY – The Blackhawks girls swimming continued its winning ways, this time competing against Selah High School and co-op team consisting of swimmers from Toppenish and East... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Cheney runners get wins against Clarkston

CHENEY – The Blackhawks cross country teams had little trouble last Wednesday in their dual meets with visiting Clarkston. The boys easily downed the Bantams 17-46 on the course... — Updated 10/10/2019


Borderless fire service

CHENEY – Now that Medical Lake’s fire service has been annexed into Spokane County Fire District 3, are there other fire agencies in the region considering the same scenario?... — Updated 10/3/2019


Train, bus mishaps create traffic problems in Cheney

CHENEY – Cheney police had a busy afternoon last Thursday, Sept. 26, dealing with a variety of transportation issues. The first involved a Washington Eastern grain train that was... — Updated 10/3/2019


Cold catches Cheney High School without heating

CHENEY – Cheney Public School officials thought they had a good plan for installation of new boilers at the district’s high school this month — until a freakish winter storm... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Photos


Cheney High's boys cross country team knocked off visiting West Valley on Sept. 18 at Salnave Park to post their first dual meet win of the 2019 Great Northern League... — Updated 10/3/2019 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Photos


Cheney High's girls cross country team battled visiting West Valley on Sept. 18 at Salnave Park but came up just short of an upset of the reigning 2A state champion Eagles, losing... — Updated 10/3/2019 Full story

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks outlast weather, Cashmere, in 22-15 win

CHENEY – Weather and a tough opponent conspired to limit the Cheney High School football team's offensive output - but not their scoring. The Blackhawks got big plays when they... — Updated 10/8/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks haul in season's first slow pitch softball victory, winning streak

CHENEY – And just like that, the Cheney High school slow pitch softball team has its first ever win in its inaugural season. And not just its first win. The Lady Blackhawks... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Cheney downs West Valley to take Great Northern soccer lead

CHENEY – Cheney High’s girls’ soccer team got a pair of second-half goals and held on for a 2-1 win over visiting West Valley in a battle of Great Northern League unbeaten... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks sink Clarkston in dual swim meet

CHENEY – Cheney High’s girls swimming team won seven of eight individual events and swept all three relays in a 122-33 dual meet win over visiting Clarkston last Thursday at... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

It's gold for Cheney's Condon at national championships

CHENEY – Golfer Peter Condon won gold at the Special Olympics North America Golf Championships played Sept. 22-25 at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, near Nashville, Tenn.... — Updated 10/9/2019


Snow closes Cheney schools

CHENEY -- An unusual October snowstorm overnight Oct. 8-9 has led to the closure of all Cheney Public Schools today, Oct. 9. School Superintendent Rob Roettger said district... — Updated 10/10/2019 Full story


State Route 2 accident injuries five Reardan residents

REARDAN – Speed and weather are believed responsible for a two-car collision early Wednesday morning, Oct. 9, that injured five Reardan residents. According to a Washington State... — Updated 10/9/2019 Full story


Threat made at Cheney Middle

Cheney Middle School was the site of a threat of violence that was found on a stall wall in one of the girls' bathrooms on Monday, Sept. 23. According to Cheney Police Department... — Updated 10/1/2019


Medical Lake councilman protests affordable housing request

Homelessness and fire dominated the discussion at Medical Lake’s Sept.17 City Council meeting that was otherwise devoid of action items. In the council’s “Meetings and Other... — Updated 9/26/2019


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