Articles from the September 29, 2022 edition


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  • Cheney Merchants Association hosts "Revitalize Cheney" event

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Oct 28, 2022

    SEPT. 23 Revitalize Cheney, an event hosted by the Cheney Merchants Association (CMA), took place in the Historic District of Cheney on Sept. 23rd, 2022. The event showcased a few community members such as the local public library and Eastern Washington University. The event also drew attention to a few vacant rental spaces that are available. The CMA is now an Affiliate of the Washington Main Street program, a state-run project which aims at “Using local resources and initiative,” the website says. “The state program helps...

  • A visit to Eastern

    Updated Oct 12, 2022

    Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, traveled to Cheney last week to meet with students and staff at Eastern Washington University. During his trip, he also met the new university president, Shari McMahan. Special to The Journal...

  • Husband charged with first-degree murder

    Drew Lawson, The Record-Times|Updated Oct 12, 2022

    SPRAGUE — A Moses Lake man has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder after the dead body of 53-year-old Theresa Bergman was found 12 miles northwest of the city off Stolp Road around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. 54-year-old Charles R. Bergman of Moses Lake was charged Friday, Sept. 23 and arrested by the U.S. Marshal Service in New Stanton, Pennsylvania later that day. According to an affidavit filed in Lincoln County Superior Court last Friday that includes a...

  • Locals compete play in world championships

    Updated Oct 12, 2022

    The Brunettes/Spikes 70's AA slow pitch softball team, featuring players with West Plains ties finished second in a world championship tournament following play on Sept. 24 in Las Vegas. The team includes Cheney High softball coach Gary Blake, former Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins, Wayne Terry, a contractor from Medical Lake and Cam Preston who assists Higgins coaching softball at Medical Lake High School. The team went 8-3 overall and 2-1 in pool play that led to the...

  • Locals celebrate Sprague Days

    Joy Wilken, Special to The Free Press|Updated Oct 12, 2022

    SPRAGUE-The annual Sprague Days celebration here was held Sept. 10-11. The weather was nice, and the parade was one of the longest in years for the event sponsored by the city and local Chamber of Commerce. The car & bike show brought many from out of town. there were many vendors who offered a great variety of products for sale. The style show included several locals and past royalty to entertain the pleased crowd. Live music kept toes tapping and the free games for kids...

  • Man arrested for wife's death

    Roger Harnack, The Journal|Updated Oct 12, 2022

    SPRAGUE – The U.S. Marshal Service has apprehended a man wanted in connection with the death of his wife. Charles Bergman, 54, of Moses Lake, was arrested Friday night, Sept. 23, by U.S. Marshals in New Stanton, Penn., after a nationwide search. As of press time, he was awaiting extradition back to Washington state. Details of his arrest were not immediately available. Once extradited, Bergman is facing a probable charge of first-degree murder in Lincoln County for allegedly killing his 53-year-old wife, Theresa Bergman of M...

  • Strike up the band

    Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    The Cheney High School band provided entertainment at the home football game Friday night against University. Pictured from left, freshmen Rowan Svignemartin and Haley Pierce, and sophomore Zachary Bowman play during the pregame festivities. For game coverage, see Page B1....

  • Geiger Heights man named managing editor

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    CHENEY -- The Cheney Free Press has hired a new managing editor to lead coverage of the West Plains. Lucas Walsh, 33, of Geiger Heights, joined the newspaper staff Tuesday, Sept. 20. “To help contribute balanced and fair journalism to this great community,” Walsh said. “We’re excited to have a journalist on staff committed to providing readers ‘just the facts’ coverage,” Publisher Roger Harnack said. A working editor, Walsh will personally cover local news while leading reporters in the Free Press coverage area. The son...

  • Two Rural Roads CLOSED Till Oct. 6th

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Sept. 23, 2022 to Oct. 6th – ROADS CLOSED to through traffic only from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m: Depot Springs Road: from Cheney-Spangle Rd. to Short Rd. A county road crew is rebuilding and adding gravel to the road. Jackson Road: from Cameron Rd to Wright Rd. Please note that Emergency Vehicles can still get through to serve the public. A county road crew is adding material along the shoulders and ditches that run alongside the road. This work is being done to prevent future washouts of the r...

  • Medical Lake School Board approves ASB and lunch fee increase

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    MEDICAL LAKE – The School Board unanimously voted to increase the ASB annual fee from $15 to $25 during its meeting on Sept 27. Additionally, the Board voted unanimously to increase the Adult Lunch fee from $4.25 to $4.55. This increase is, in part, a consequence of a Federal requirement that compensates for supply chain and resource costs nationwide. Medical Lake Middle School Principle Matt Zeigenfuss commented on the ASB increase, stating “This was a necessary increase to offset several increasing costs.” The Board also...

  • German Shepherd causes collision

    Lucas Walsh, Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    CHENEY, Sept. 22. Two teens were involved in a traffic collision on the 904 Highway, headed east, on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22. State Patrol responded after a motorist slowed to avoid hitting a German Shepherd (pictured) that had wandered into the road. The driver directly behind rear-ended the lead car. The circumstances were still being investigated at the time, and further details will be released as soon as they are available. It does not appear that any injuries were...

  • Three new employees at the Free Press

    Cheney Free Press|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    CHENEY - Erikka Soto, Cheney 24, is our new receptionist at the front office. She works with the classified section of all the papers as well as obituaries. “Big change for me, the environment is positive and welcoming. I always have a smile on my face. I am a bit of an extrovert, and my coworkers are supportive of that.” Originally from Rock Spring, WY. Where she lived with her father and mother, Mario and Fredann Soto, she moved here in 2018 to get her BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. She is now pur...

  • Churches

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Church to start choir Cheney Free Press CHENEY – Cheney United Methodist Church is starting choir open to all singers in the community. “If you like to sing and don’t want it to be just for the shower, CUMC choir is looking for you,” Pastor Damian Carruthers said Friday. “Our Christmas Cantata is coming up and singers of all varieties (really good, good, and not so good singers) are invited to participate. The group will practice from 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the church, 204 Fourth St. Anyone interested in joining t...

  • Writers Workshop

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    She burst through the front door like a freight train on a clear track. He jumped out of his chair with a questioning look. She just smiled at him and said, “I have to get my Windex, Todd’s in the car!” “Who is Todd?” he asked with just a hint of jealously. “The yellow jacket from last night!” With that she blew back out the door. He just laughed. Last night when she returned from picking up the pizza, she asked him to remind her that there was a yellow jacket in the car that wouldn’t fly out. This morning she rushed off...

  • Wayne Just

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Oct. 8th, 2022 @ 12:30 pm The Cheney Rodeo Grounds Join us in celebrating the life of Wayne Just. Wayne cherished his family and friends, and he was blessed to have an abundance of both. Share your stories about Wayne at a celebration of his life. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected].... Full story

  • Miles "Mick" Tareski

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Apr. 7, 1962 – Aug. 7, 2022 Mick passed away unexpectedly on August 7, 2022. Mick was born April 7, 1962 in Spokane, Wash. to David and Donna Tareski. He grew up in Cheney where he worked on the family farm but more notably in his dad's repair shop and wrecking yard (Dave's Auto) where he learned his many amazing skills of working on cars, trucks and equipment. Even though there was always work to do, he and his brothers and sisters enjoyed each other and could always find t... Full story

  • Sandra Musser Belsby

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Nov. 6, 1943 – Aug. 19, 2022 Sandy unexpectedly passed away on Aug. 19, 2022 in Spokane, Wash. She graduated from Medical Lake High School in 1962. She was the mother of five children: Cindy Danielson (deceased) Dale Danielson, Becky Danielson Spilker, Erika Belsby and Sophia Belsby. She is survived by siblings John Musser, Terrie Musser and Wendy Musser, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded by parents Oscar and Donna Musser, brother Tom Musser, d... Full story

  • Gardening by Osmosis

    Margaret A. Swenson, Master Gardener|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Did September slip as quietly and quickly from your calendar as mine? I was just making my to do list for August and the month was gone. Fortunately or unfortunately, most of those things can still be done in September. Check with your municipal water agencies to reinstate your watering schedules. Your trees and shrubs, especially, need ample moisture to make it through winter after our hot dry summer. Usually the last mowing and fertilizing application for lawns is done in September. This is also an ideal time to install...

  • Blackhawks add to own demise

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    The University Titans left Cheney on Sept. 23 with a solid 27-8 Greater Spokane League football win where they rolled up nearly 300 total yards and got a pair of touchdowns from Malaki Miller. But the Blackhawks contributed mightily to the outcome in the game at Tom Oswald Field according to head coach Bobby Byrd. "The U-High defensive front was good, but at the end of the night it was our own mistakes that defeated us," Byrd wrote in an email. "We had opportunities and big...

  • Cardinals collect solid numbers at Nike XC

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    A group of Medical Lake cross country runners got to toughen up Sept. 24 at the Nike XC in Portland. This meet attracts dozens and dozens of teams and hundreds of athletes, many the crème-of-the-crop from the West Coast and the Cardinals came away with a number of notable performances and even some “I told you so’s” to their veteran octogenarian coach. Senior Reid Headrick jumped out of team competition and ran in the elite Danner division where he clocked a time of 16 minute...

  • Cheney soccer wins, loses tight matches

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Cheney soccer was, perhaps, within a shot of a perfect week. The Blackhawks lost 3-2 on penalty kicks, Sept. 19 but followed with a 2-1 win over Central Valley (Sept. 21) and a rout of Rogers 13-0 on Sept. 24. Tied at 2-2 on goals from Kayelee Kohlman in the 34th minute and Kaiti Low in the 77th minute — both assisted by Alex Miller — Cheney lost 3-2 on penalty kicks. “Emersyn Heuett and Paige Evens each made their penalty kicks and Kiah Klauss had a big save in the PK’s...

  • High School Sports Briefs

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    CROSS COUNTRY: Cheney boys, girls claim XC wins Cheney runners, both boys and girls, claimed two of three wins in a Greater Spokane League cross country quad dual Sept. 21 at Ferris. The Blackhawk boys were victorious over North Central 25-32 and 16-45 vs. Ferris. Mead won its race with Cheney 23-34. The Cheney girls won a squeaker 27-29 over NC and 15-50 against Ferris, losing to Mead 15-50. “On the guy’s side Adam Estock bounced back from a lackluster week-one to help run a solid No. 2 man for us,” head coach Derek Slaug...

  • Riverside runs over Medical Lake

    Paul Delaney, Contributor|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    Jake Gaffaey scored three times, Tyler Lenze and Gavin Jaeger each had a pair of scores as the Riverside Rams beat Medical Lake 52-0 Sept. 23 in a Northeast A League game at Holliday Field. The Rams led 14-0 after one quarter and 38-0 at the half and outgained the Cardinals 361 to 121 in total yards, 236 of that on the ground. Lenz had seven carries good for 87 yards rushing but added 90 more receiving. Gaffaney ran for 71 on seven attempts as the Rams evened their league...

  • Cheney masons make much needed donation to 2nd harvest food bank

    Updated Sep 29, 2022

    The Freemasons of Cheney donated to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank this month. This is nothing new to the Masonic Lodge, as they have been making annual donations to the food bank for more than 18 years. The Lodge usually makes a donation around November, when the "Tom's Turkey Drive" campaign takes place, but recently they received a letter from the food bank asking for a more urgent need. Food Banks have been hit hard the last few years, and an opportunity arose that the Lodge...

  • Hibbs to ride at Iron Legacy

    The Journal|Updated Sep 29, 2022

    RITZVILLE – Saddle up. The Iron Legacy Ranch will host a fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 2, to help Miss Rodeo Washington Lexy Hibbs. The event will run from 1-5 p.m. at the ranch, 651 N. Benzel Road. “Lexy is competing for Miss Rodeo America, and in the month of October she has to do an arena pattern on 50 different horses,” the ranch’s Heidi Tracy said in an email Friday. “So, ILR is going to saddle all their rideable horses and get her well on her way to 50 horses.” Tracy and r...

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