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Three remain for Cheney Superintendent Job

CHENEY – The Cheney School District’s (CSD) superintendent position has been whittled down to three finalists. Those remaining in the hunt are Sean Dotson, superintendent of the Tumwater School District, Ben Ferney,... — Updated 4/21/2022


ARPA spending challenged

CHENEY – On April 12, Derek Beziotis, owner of Bene’s, a breakfast spot located on West First Street, told the Cheney City Council he feels “left behind” with their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding allocation. Beziot... — Updated 4/21/2022


School district may join vaping lawsuit

CHENEY – The Cheney School District (CSD) is considering joining a nationwide mass tort lawsuit against Juul Labs. The company is a maker of e-cigarettes that accounts for approximately 40% of the e-cigarette market. The Juul... — Updated 4/21/2022


Renovations and repairs coming to Cheney schools

CHENEY – The Cheney School District (CSD) is preparing for a slew of renovations and repairs to schools all over the district. Board members met on April 13 to discuss the Information and Condition of Schools (ICOS) capital... — Updated 4/21/2022


City to spend $58,000 on well fencing

CHENEY – The city council is allocating $58,000 of its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to put fencing around wells No. 2 and 3. A unanimous vote sealed the council’s decision at their April 12 meeting. The $48,698 bid... — Updated 4/21/2022


Cheney City Council approves sidewalk repair project

CHENEY – Walking the streets of Cheney is about to be much safer. The Cheney City Council has approved a plan to repair damaged sidewalks around the city during the regularly scheduled city council meeting on April 12. The... — Updated 4/14/2022


Cheney Shoe Barn going out of business

CHENEY – The Cheney Shoe Barn is closing its doors after two successful years of operation. Owner Kimberly Howard is moving back to Arizona to care for her mother, who recently... — Updated 4/11/2022


Search goes on for Roettger's replacement

CHENEY – The Cheney School District (CSD) is in the middle of its search for superintendent Rob Roettger’s replacement. Roettger has formally accepted a new position as superintendent of NorthEast Washington Educational... — Updated 4/11/2022


Betz Elementary PTA looking for sponsors

CHENEY – The Betz Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) needs sponsorships for their initial Color Run event. Lisa Tollett is coordinating the Run. Her goal is to make it an annual event and raise $10,000 through ind... — Updated 4/11/2022


Recycle center door installation begins this summer

CHENEY – Cheney’s recycle center is getting a new overhead door. Cheney city council unanimously voted on Tuesday, March 22 to approve resolution F-018 that allows Big Timbers Contractors to begin work on an overhead door... — Updated 4/11/2022


Nelson Athlete of the Week

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University's (EWU) Maggie Nelson was named the Big-Sky Conference's female field Athlete of the Week for her heptathlon performance during the Buc... — Updated 4/8/2022


Unified Sports Program champions inclusivity

CHENEY – Parents and children gathered at the Crunk's Sports Complex in Cheney on Wednesday, March 30, to watch the spring season's first unified sports soccer game. The unified... — Updated 4/8/2022


Cheney High School hires new principal

CHENEY – Two candidates entered the Cheney High School auditorium on Thursday March 24 and one left as it's new principal. On Friday, March 25, Brett Hale was named to replace... — Updated 3/31/2022


Eastern receives funding for Cybersecurity programs

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University has been awarded $2.8 million to bolster their Cybersecurity program. The money will be used to create an undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity as well as a master’s program for Cyber... — Updated 3/31/2022


Prom returns to Cheney High School

CHENEY – Prom is finally returning for Cheney High School (CHS) seniors (and juniors) this year after two years of COVID-19 lockdown and protocols. This year’s dance is at the Spokane Convention Center on May 14 from 8 to 11... — Updated 3/31/2022


Bi-County Honors Band and Choir take over Fox Theatre

SPOKANE – Talented student musicians from Eastern Washington performed in front of a packed house in Spokane's Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Bi-county Honors Band and Choir... — Updated 3/31/2022


Eastern president salary: $400,000 annually

CHENEY – The Eastern Washington University trustees on March 17 approved a $400,000 annual salary for new president Shari McMahan as part of her three-year employment contract. The contract was approved by unanimouis vote.... — Updated 3/24/2022


Planning Commission opposes Blackhawk Ridge

CHENEY – After discussing a proposed housing develpment March 14, the Planning Commission is recommending against Blackhawk Ridge. The proposed single-family home development would cover 9.11 acres between Irene Place and Summit... — Updated 3/24/2022


Cheney school names 'Employee of Year'

CHENEY – Charlie Pyke was named School District Employee of the Year on March 16. He came to the School District two years ago in 2019 as a substitute bus driver, and is now a pai... — Updated 3/24/2022


This is the first spring practice slate in two years

CHENEY – The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Eagles are gearing up for their first spring practice schedule in two years. EWU put out a press release on Friday March 18 stating the entire spring practice schedule as well as... — Updated 3/24/2022


City Well No. 5 contaminated

CHENEY – They city of Cheney sent notice to residents on March 2 that potentially harmful chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were found in Well No. 5. The well... — Updated 3/17/2022


Cheney Police to wear body cameras

CHENEY – Patrol officers with the Cheney Police Department will be sporting body cameras come March 21. The news of the addition to their apparel was announced during a city... — Updated 3/17/2022


Cheney receives ARPA Grant

CHENEY – The city of Cheney is the recipient of a $3.49 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant. The government funding intends to help communities of all sizes across the country get back on their feet following the... — Updated 3/17/2022


Eastern names new defensive coordinator

CHENEY – Former Eastern defensive line coach Jeff Copp is taking on the defensive coordinator role for the Eagles. Copp has taught every defensive position on the field during his tenured career and is familiar with the Big-Sky... — Updated 3/17/2022


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