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10 Years Ago

April 30, 2009

The Cheney City Council approved a resolution to accept a $69,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to install a remotely monitored camera in the downtown corridor in efforts to reduce and investigate crime.

TRIO, an organization of first generation students, and the Eastern Washington University Eagles track team pooled together volunteer students for a litter pick up in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhood in Cheney from the southeastern edge of the campus to Front Street on April 22.

Some Eastern Washington University students are eager to help Medical Lake Middle School students take some of the stress out of the school’s recent testing schedule by inviting them to participate in a new after-school program called HEAT, which stands for “Healthy Engaging Active Teens.”

The Lady Hawks softball team exploded for 13 runs in the first inning of their second game with visiting Riverside last Friday, capitalizing on nine hits and three Lady Rams errors en route to a 26-0 rout – and a no-hitter by pitcher Nicole Lane – for their first Great Northern League game.

20 Years Ago

April 29, 1999

Cheney Habitat for Humanity asked for a $6,000 gift from the Cheney City Council and was told the city couldn’t afford it.

Dr. Stephen Jordan, president of Eastern Washington University since last summer, was formally recognized during ceremonies last Thursday on the Cheney campus.

The Cheney High track and field crew kicked off the short Frontier League season in winning fashion last Thursday, as both the Blackhawk boys and girls whipped up on the visiting Clarkston Bantams.

30 Years Ago

April 27, 1989

The Cheney Cemetery Association has announced the dates of four “work days” during the next month, giving local residents the opportunity to help with the continual cleanup of Fairview Cemetery.

The Cheney School District’s attempt to sell surplus school property at Four Lakes has stalled, as the only bid on the property came in significantly under the district’s asking price.

Eastern Washington University professor Wayne Kraft has been selected to participate in an eight-week research seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Another three wins last week put the Medical Lake girls in the driver’s seat for the softball league championship this season, but the decisive games for that title could be played this weekend when the Cardinals take on another league leader, Kettle Falls, in a doubleheader at home.

40 Years Ago

May 3, 1979

Residents of the Cheney School District will have an opportunity this Tuesday, May 8, to vote on a $933,740 levy referendum; the request is $181,260 less than what was turned down by voters on Feb. 6 when the district fell short 3.6 percent of obtaining the necessary 60 percent favorable vote as required by law in Washington.

Runners of all ages and abilities gathered at Webberts’ Landing on Silver Lake last Sunday for the first annual Lakes Run sponsored by the Medical Lake High School Junior ROTC squadron.

Cheney clipped Medical Lake in a doubleheader April 27, winning 4-2 in the first game and 6-2 in the second. However, Cards coach Gary Glasgow noted it wasn’t because of his team’s defense or hitting.

50 Years Ago

May 1, 1969

Cheney gained 503 new residents during 1968 according to estimated census figures presented by City Clerk Roy Foss, bringing the total number of residents to 5,303.

One member of Legion Post 72 was honored for his assistance in organizing the Department of Washington of the American Legion 50 years ago and six were honored for 50 years membership at the Legion Post 72 golden anniversary dinner last Saturday night.

Medical Lake High School grade point averages ranged from 3.00, or B average, to 4.00, or A average for the third quarter grading period of the 1968-69 school year.


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