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 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Hate crime or stupidity?

CHENEY – It was the last thing Linda Alvarado expected to see in the cold, frosty air of a Tuesday, Dec. 10 morning. While walking her dogs a little after 7, the Garden Manor Apar... — Updated 12/13/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Arrests made in Cheney vehicle vandalism spree

CHENEY – Police have arrested two individuals suspected of damaging at least 14 vehicles in the city overnight on Dec. 9-10. In a Dec.12 news release, Police Chief John Hensley... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Blackhawks boys start basketball season 0-2

CHENEY – The Frankie Keplinger era has started at Cheney High School boys’ basketball, with the Blackhawks still searching for that first win of the 2019-2020 season. Cheney... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

It's time to go bowling, again

It’s done. The college football post season has been finalized and is fast descending upon us like water poured from a 50-gallon barrel three feet above our heads. Not counting... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Lady Blackhawks open with win at Shadle

CHENEY – The Lady Blackhawks basketball squad is off to a 1-1 start, thanks to a split of non-league action last week. Cheney opened with a come-from-behind 58-47 win at Greater... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports 

Lady Blackhawks open with win at Shadle

CHENEY – The Lady Blackhawks basketball squad is off to a 1-1 start, thanks to a split of non-league action last week. Cheney opened with a come-from-behind 58-47 win at Greater... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Malicious mischief includes possible hate crime

CHENEY -- Police investigators are looking into possible links between "numerous" reports of damage to vehicles that took place overnight, Dec. 9-10. One of those occurred on Buena... — Updated 12/12/2019

 

Second-annual Cheney Christmas lights contest deadline Dec. 15

CHENEY – The local Kiwanis Club and the Gardeners of Cheney are sponsoring the second-annual Christmas lights contest to recognize the city’s best residential holiday lighting... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Education 

EWU opens Tawanka Hall food pantry location

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University's three-year old project to alleviate food issues among its students took a big step forward last Thursday, Dec. 5, with the opening of its... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Cheney City Council approves fiber optic contract

CHENEY – The City Council voted unanimously to enter into a contract to lease some of their dark fiber optic lines, hold a hearing on the vacation of property along 1st Street... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Depot move progressing

CHENEY – Progress continues to be made on moving the historic Northern Pacific Railroad Depot from its current location along Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks east of downtown... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News 

Christmas high-five

Eastern Washington University mascot Swoop exchanges greetings with a young attendee at last Friday’s Holiday Hoopla celebration in downtown Cheney. See more photos off the... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Seattle Amber Alert suspects apprehended in Cheney

CHENEY -- Police have stopped a motor home that was the subject of an Amber Alert out of Seattle earlier today (Dec. 10). The suspect vehicle, a 28-foot, tan 1992 Bounder motor... — Updated 12/11/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Council OKs saving for another fire truck

CHENEY – Faced with a decision on which one or more of eight department requests to fund out of general fund revenues, the City Council instead elected to put money into an... — Updated 12/9/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Christmas lights contest deadline Dec. 15

CHENEY – The local Kiwanis Club and the Gardeners of Cheney are sponsoring the second-annual Christmas lights contest to recognize the city’s best residential holiday lighting... — Updated 12/9/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Lake lands head coach job

SEATTLE – In a move that shocked the college football world, University of Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced on Monday he was stepping down after six years leading... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Collisions reminder of winter road preparedness

CHENEY – If anything, the multi-vehicle pileup that blocked both lanes of Interstate 90 between the Geiger and Medical Lake interchanges for hours Nov. 26 provided a sterling... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

The Community Clothing Exchange is open – and ready to help out

CHENEY – The Community Clothing Exchange is in somewhat of a unique position compared with other area non-profit organizations. Instead of needing donations, Exchange Director... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Forces beyond control

CHENEY – Outside influences may play larger roles in the future on the city’s Light and Public Works departments, City Council members found out during budget presentations at... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Grocery Outlet opens in Cheney to much fanfare

CHENEY – Logan Porter said he had never done anything like it before. The Cheney resident was among a throng of over 300 people who lined up in the cold, early morning hours on... — Updated 12/2/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Eastern's football season was one of ups and downs

Is it too early to do an autopsy on Eastern Washington University’s football season? If it is, tough, here’s one anyway. Like many, I chugged down the hype of “Advancing the S... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Sports

Blackhawks' Babcock ranked high in West Coast soccer

CHENEY – Blackhawks senior goalkeeper Trae Babcock recently took part in the annual EXOS Select 50 instructional showcase, held Oct. 10 in Carlsbad, Calif. where he and others... — Updated 11/27/2019

 

Thanksgiving should be a personal and national starting point

I found a copy of Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation setting aside the last Thursday in November as a day of thanksgiving on a website called “Abraham Lincoln Online.” I knew... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Cheney's public safety needs - Part 2

CHENEY – Like law enforcement, the city’s Fire Department is looking at adding much needed staff in 2020. Part of that has to do with reducing overtime and maintaining... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    News

Shopping Slightly West

CHENEY – Nov. 30 is “Small Business Saturday,” a day shoppers are asked to frequent those local proprietors often overlooked in favor of larger corporate organizations on... — Updated 11/27/2019

 

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