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Cheney Parks and Recreation holds school resource fair Aug. 22

Cheney’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding a back to school resource fair for students and their families gearing up for classes this fall. The resource fair takes place Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. – noon at the Wren Pierson...

 

Wild winners

Winners of the Wild Dog Youth Triathlon are pictured above in an Aug. 3 photo. The triathlon for kids ages 5-14 raised almost $300 for the proposed Cheney Dog Park. See the full story on page...

 

Kenworth Sales expands plans for West Plains facility

The Cheney Free Press reported in November 2018 Spokane manufacturer Kenworth Sales Company’s plan to build a new warehouse in the West Plains, just west of South Thomas Mallon Road on a 20 acre parcel located at 9010 W. Geiger Blvd. Now, new...

 

Cheney district adopts capital projects levy

The Cheney School Board’s July 31 meeting was a swift one, as multiple staff members delivered reports on matters essential to the future of the district. Superintendent Rob Roettger said the district has been working with Davis Demographics, a K-1...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    August 8, 2019

Medical Lake School Board inks school year budget

The Medical Lake School Board approved a new school budget on Tuesday, July 30. The details were outlined for board members by district staff at a public hearing held before the board’s regular monthly meeting. The $5.2 million 2019-2020 district...

 

Jarrells makes OSU honor roll

Oregon State University officials have announced that senior Molly E. Jarrells of Cheney has been named to the spring term 2019 Scholastic Honor Roll, achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Jarrels is one of 4,352 students earning the...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    July 25, 2019

Tennis-a-Thon brings in thousands

The 22nd annual 24 Hour Tennis-a-Thon was by all accounts another success this year as volunteers, coaches, players and participants came out to hit some balls, receive some lessons, and raise money...

 

Cheney School District works on capital projects levy

The Cheney School Board is bracing itself for an onslaught of new students in the coming years as it heard details on a new enrollment report at its July 17 meeting. The report indicates the district may be facing a student population of nearly 10,00...

 

EWU Spring Quarter Dean's List released

Eastern Washington University’s Spring Quarter Dean’s List was released this week and can be found at https://sites.ewu.edu/deanslist/. The EWU Dean’s List is released after every fall, winter and spring quarter. The fall and spring quarter...

 

Cheney-Spokane Ice Age Floods Institute holds Mima mound public lecture, tour

The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI) is sponsoring a free public lecture on the archaeological contribution of a common feature of Eastern Washington’s landscape — Mime mounds. Dr. Jerry Galm, Eastern Washington Unive...

 

Cheney hires new student support administrator

Cheney Public School’s director of student support services, Robin Andrus, will be leaving the district and school officials have hired Franklin Day to fill the position going forward, the district announced on Tuesday. Andrus has served in her...

 

Cheney residents earn advanced post-secondary degrees

A number of local students have recently received degrees and awards from post-high school institutions. They are listed below along with information about their university. Bruess makes Dean’s List Cheney High School alumnus Brayden W. Bruess has...

 

Rising up

Eastern Washington University’s Interdisciplinary Science Center rises between on the Cheney campus between the Science Building (right) and the Pence Union Building to the left. Ground was broken...

 

Betz recognized with state award

In honor of its significant growth in student reading, math and attendance, Cheney School District’s own Betz Elementary was presented with a Washington State Recognized School award last month, one of just 137 other elementary schools in the state...

 

Cheney FBLA excels at national conference

The Cheney FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) team had a great showing at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX June 30-July 2. The team had 24 members attend and all...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    July 4, 2019

Medical Lake board OKs summer school program

It was one of the faster meetings in memory as the Medical Lake School Board made quick work of an essentially pro forma agenda on Tuesday, June 25. With Superintendent Tim Ames absent, it fell on Assistant Superintendent Kim Headrick to answer...

 
 By EWU NEWS    Education    July 4, 2019

Late EWU social work professor honored at commencement

Students from EWU's School of Social Work commemorated a beloved instructor who passed away during the school year by wearing special stoles for the June 15 graduation ceremony. LuAnn "Lu" Brown, who...

 

Medical Lake High School second semester honor rolls

Medical Lake High School students who earned a 3.25 – 3.49 grade point average during the first semester of the 2018 – 2019 school year were placed on the honor roll. Students achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher earned a place on the Principal’s...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Education    June 27, 2019

Medical Lake schools come out ahead in state budget

If Medical Lake School District finance director Chad Moss had his way, school funding would be much simpler and less fluid. So much for wishful thinking. “There’s a lot of unknowns still,” Moss said of budgeting in general, a newly mandated...

 

Westwood Middle School releases fourth-term honor roll

Students named to Westwood Middle School’s term 4 honor roll are listed as follows: 4.0 Thayne E. Acedo, Elizabeth S. Bae, Lily J. Bare, Owen T. Barry, Elsa B. Bertelsen, Alyssa R. Brown, Kaitlyn M. Brown, Logan A. Burnett, Anathyn P. Burton,...

 

Awards and degrees for West Plains area college students

Zayas receives degree at Oregon State Cheney’s Minerva Zayas received a master’s of arts degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University during its 150th commencement on Saturday, June 15. University of Washington...

 

Bovine blues

Multiple Betz Elementary administrators had to face the music Wednesday, June 12, and pucker up: to a one-year-old, brown and white steer named Phoenix. The smooch heard round the school was the...

 

'Nothing really simple'

As school districts across the region announce significant layoff plans, Cheney School District officials have said they have no plan to do so. While no doubt a relief to many West Plains parents and teachers, it also sparks the question: how is...

 

Betz's got talent

On Thursday, June 13, Betz Elementary students gathered for an artistic extravaganza in the form of talent show performances from teacher Cindy Tilque's second-grade class. Students exhibited a...

 

EWU's Hank Steiner retires after 61 years teaching

A beloved Eastern Washington University English professor is officially retiring after 61 years of university teaching. Henry-York “Hank” Steiner, 87, has been teaching at EWU for 50 years and...

 

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