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Fire at 5th Street residence causes major damage

A fire broke out at a 5th Street home on Wed. 11, 1939, and caused an estimated $1,000 in damages. In today’s dollars this would be over $21,000. The fire department arrived on the scene shortly after 8:00pm, and were able to... — Updated 1/12/2023



Cheney Congregational Church hosts the next installment of series Cheney Free Press CHENEY - Congregational Church continues its series titled “Baby Talk” this coming Sunday We’re exploring what we can learn about God and... — Updated 1/12/2023


This Week in History

Weather allows Cheney skating rink to open in Sutton park Parks and recreations department had admonished the residents against premature hopes that the ice skating rink would open... — Updated 1/6/2023


A New Year

A new year inspires us with the hope of a new beginning and opportunities abound. We see this as a chance to try new things, strengthen our resolve to do better, do more, be more. Winter is waning and spring is just around the... — Updated 1/6/2023



Join us on Sunday as we begin a new series, “Baby Talk”, where we will explore how we can learn about God through the mind and curiosity of a baby. We are a community of neighbors who seek and serve Jesus and who strive to crea... — Updated 1/6/2023


This Week in History

Cheney Free Press Dec. 30 1994 Lucas Walsh May Your Spirits Soar in 1994! Cheney Free Press wished you a happy and healthy new year on the front page of the 1994 issue. “We appreciate your loyal patronage!” The article... — Updated 12/29/2022



Emmanuel Lutheran Church December 29, 2022 All are welcome to worship us this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. as we gather for the last time as the people of Emmanuel. During the service, we will give thanks for the ministry that has... — Updated 12/29/2022



Cheney Congregational Church Join us on Christmas Eve for our candlelight service at 5:30pm. There will be nativity costumes for kids to dress up in and participate in the service. Anyone and everyone is welcome!  We will not hold... — Updated 12/22/2022


Writers Workshop

THE OLD MAN Carol Beason 16 December 2021 Our town was run down at the heels and everyone lived just this side of disaster but that didn’t mean we weren’t proud of what we had. We picked up trash, kept wayward weeds mowed... — Updated 12/22/2022


Medical Lake Winterfest 2022

Merry Christmas!... — Updated 12/22/2022


It Wasn't the Christmas Miracle

Vern Hopkins Our Montana ranch was on the Valley Creek Road, halfway between Arlee and Ravalli Junction. It laws about a quarter of a mile off the highway and across the Jocko River Bridge to our lane. One day around the middle of... — Updated 12/16/2022


This Week in History - Runaway shelters with Cheney police

This Week in History Cheney Free Press Dec. 13, 1935 Lucas Walsh On a Monday night in 1935, 16 year old Lyn Pierson wandered into the Cheney police station hoping to find shelter and food, a Free Press article of the time opens. Ly... — Updated 12/16/2022



Cheney Community Church Candlelight Service Four Lakes Community Church and others will be joining us on Friday December 23rd 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM to celebrate the lighting of the Christ candle and hearing a message from God’s word... — Updated 12/16/2022


Community Briefs

West plains Angels holiday food and toy drive for abandoned pets Cheney Free Press Lucas Walsh CHENEY – West Plains Angels, a Cheney non-profit, is holding their first food and toy drive for unloved and abandoned pets throughout... — Updated 12/8/2022


Operation Santa

The season of giving is here, and the Postal Service is putting out the call for kind-hearted, generous people across the country to sign up to adopt letters written to Santa. Those interested in adopting letters can go... — Updated 12/1/2022


Winter Bazaar

Cheney Holiday Extravaganza Craft Fair Dec. 3, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Cheney High School’s annual holiday craft fair will be held at Cheney High School, 460 N 6th St. The event will include hosting over 110 vendor booths, pictures with... — Updated 12/1/2022


Cheney PD chaplain reflects on his time with the department

CHENEY – Chaplain David Flowerdew tells us about serving his community as a chaplain with the Cheney police department. “I’ve been doing this since about 2010 for Cheney PD.... — Updated 12/1/2022


Rum by Prescription?

Though the end of the prohibition era wouldn’t come until the end of 1933 with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, liquor prescriptions were implemented throughout the country. A Cheney Free Press article details how, with... — Updated 12/1/2022



Emmanuel Lutheran Church December 1, 2022 All are welcome to worship at Emmanuel Lutheran Church this Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Advent mid-week services are held on Wednesdays at noon through Dec. 21. Sunday services... — Updated 12/1/2022


Dow excavating staff prepare Christmas lighting decorations

CHENEY - Wayne Dow, owner of Dow Excavating Inc., is out with his staff as they labor to to place the thousands of feet of lights for the Christmas season. "This is really about... — Updated 11/25/2022


Macy Rains places 9th overall in the state

On Wednesday two teams competed in the State Potato Evaluation CDE. Each of the 10 members competed in Oral Reasons, Blemishes, Seed Classes, and Grading. Team 1 scored 3rd in the... — Updated 11/23/2022



Emmanuel Lutheran Church Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday, November 27 at 10:30 a.m. for the First Sunday of Advent. Coffee hour follows the worship service. Free Community Pantry notice: Due to... — Updated 11/23/2022


The Cheney Free Press Moves its offices

This week, in 1924, the Cheney Free Press moved its press and offices to the Masonic temple in the heart of town. “After the move is completed,” the editor wrote, “the Free Press will have without doubt, the best newspaper... — Updated 11/23/2022


Holiday hoopla funding approved by city council

This event is a kick off event for the season. The start is at the Cheney library on December 2nd at 5:30-6:30. We will have letters to the care center, storybook reading, tree lighting, free hot cocoa, a proclamation from the... — Updated 11/23/2022


The Cheney Hotel reopens after extensive renovations

On Nov. 15 in 1921, the Cheney Hotel reopened as the Gilkey Hotel after several months of renovation. The Cheney Free Press made the announcement on Friday, Nov. 18. Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Gilkey “formerly of Medical Lake,” are at... — Updated 11/17/2022


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