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Last updated 8/16/2018 at 9:44am

10 Years Ago

Aug. 21, 2008

Eastern Washington University began attending city of Cheney meetings to strengthen their relationship.

Volunteers from the community came together to renovate Medical Lake’s aging baseball field.

The city of Cheney’s State Route 904 enhancement project was delayed by the state.

20 Years Ago

Aug. 27, 1998

The first Medical Lake Food Bank Serve and Volleython was a huge success, raising $3,028,50.

The Medical Lake Police Department released a handout seeking applicants for a patrol officer position.

Cheney High School began selling an “all-year sports pass” that could be used for all their sporting events.

30 Years Ago

Aug. 25, 1988

Cheney implemented a 10-month program focused on recycling and litter control.

Medical Lake’s theft and burglary rate was on the rise, prompting the city to consider bringing back “Block Watch,” a neighborhood safety committee run by members of the community.

Cheney’s Launi Meili earned a trip to the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea for her shooting and rifle skills.

40 Years Ago

Aug. 24, 1978

The Cheney School District unanimously approved the annexation of the junior high and surrounding area.

A 100-ton hay fire destroyed a barn and caused an estimated $10,000 in damages.

Three men escaped from the Pine Lodge Correctional Center. One immediately turned himself in, while two others remained at large.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 22, 1968

Two students miraculously escaped injury when their car was hit by a train on the Four Lakes railroad crossing at the Medical Lake turnoff. The impact spun the car several times, which opened the car doors and sent luggage flying out of the vehicle.

Officials planned a meeting to discuss the planning and construction of the Four Lakes Golf and Country Club.

For the first time, registered voters in the Espanola precinct voted by absentee ballot due to the reduced cost.


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