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Looking Back


January 17, 2019

10 Years Ago

Jan. 29, 2009

The Cheney City Council voted to demolish the Wren Pierson Community Center when cracked support beams in the multipurpose room raised safety concerns.

Crews from all over the region responded to an overturned semi-truck in Tyler that flipped on a sharp bend on State Route 904 while approaching Interstate 90.

The Medical Lake School District purchased a new playground structure for its elementary school after its old wooden playground was torn down.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 19, 1999

Cheney Police Chief Jerry Gardner retired after 25 years as head of the department. He came into the position as the youngest police chief in the state and left as the longest-tenured.

A rally against university sexual assault was held at Eastern Washington University featuring self-defense demonstrations and a presentation aimed largely at male attendees.

The Cheney Kiwanis Club hosted a raffle to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity house being built in town.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 19, 1989

Cheney School District’s annual test scores showed that local students were performing much better than their peers nationwide.

The Cheney School Board agreed that the district-owned property at Four Lakes should be declared surplus, paving the way for its eventual sale.

New York writer and filmmaker Ally Acker gave a lecture at Eastern Washington University on the history of women in cinema.

40 Years Ago

Jan. 18, 1979

A total of 37 vehicles were towed in one evening to make room for city snow plows as Cheney began cracking down on its towing policy.

A butane torch and fumes from a recently lacquered wall led to a blaze in a commercial Cheney building that caused an estimated $20,000 in fire and smoke damage. The building was undergoing renovation into a health food store and was scheduled to open in less than a month.

The second annual mock political convention was held at Medical Lake High School. The event also marked the second year ever that a young woman was elected Associated Student Body President.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 16, 1969

Journalist William Worthy Jr. gave a presentation at Eastern Washington State College titled “Black Power and World Revolution.” The Cheney Free Press called Worthy “the Negro newsman whose ‘unauthorized’ six-week trip to Red China caused his passport to be taken away by the United States Department of State.”

The design for the Cheney Center Business District was presented in the hope that the changes would modernize and improve the city center.

A “Faculty wife and faculty women” tea was held at Eastern Washington State College.


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