Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Swift Current residents are facing a electricity rate increase of 5.1 per cent on July 1 and another rate increase of 5.1 per cent on Jan. 1, 2017 due to a SaskPower decision to apply for rate increases.

More details about the budget deficit of the Chinook School Division for the 2016-17 financial year came to light at a regular board meeting June 20.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is still raising funds to equip the Meadows, even though the first group of residents already moved into the new long-term care facility in Swift Current in early June.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:55

Second day of races at speedway rained out

The Speedy Creek Racing Association was only able to host one of two race events at the Living Sky Speedway due to inclement weather.

Two Swift Current families share a common experience as refugees who left everything behind in their birth country to start a new life in a distant city on the Canadian prairies.

A number of events will take place in Swift Current from June 19-25 during Refugee Week to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis.

Motorcycle riders cruised through Swift Current on June 11 to support the fight against prostate cancer during the 4th annual Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad.

The Sundrops, a musical group of talented siblings from Swift Current, raised $3,040 at a benefit concert for the ongoing relief efforts after the recent wildfire at Fort McMurray. The concert took place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre on June 12. The four members of the Folks family – Hailey, Lara, Darian and Jesse – are between the ages of 9 to 14, but they are already experienced musical performers. They entertained the audience with their family friendly music that varies from old-time favourites and top 40 hits to their own compositions. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Salvation Army's response to the wildfire to provide support to the resident of Fort McMurray. The event was attended by Major Don Grad of the Swift Current Salvation Army, who spoke about the organization's relief efforts since shortly after the fire. He noted that the Salvation Army's community response units have provided as many as 3,000 meals per day to emergency responders and the Salvation Army will continue to provide support to residents during the community's rebuilding period. The Sundrops also performed at a community event in Cabri on June 16 that raised funds for the Alberta wildfire relief efforts.

 

Roller derby fans were treated to a thrilling and tough game between the Swift Current Redneck Betties and a Prairie All Stars team at the Credit Union iPlex, June 11. The All Stars team, which featured players from Regina, Moose Jaw, North Battleford and Prince Albert, won the game 190-173, but the Redneck Betties played with determination throughout the evening. The All Stars only had a single point lead (102-101) at halftime. The Redneck Betties was leading 164-157 with less than 10 minutes left in the game, but the All Stars regained the lead after a few crucial bouts during the final part of the game. The Redneck Betties will play their final home game of the season on Sept. 17.

 

Motorcycle riders cruised through Swift Current on June 11 to support the fight against prostate cancer during the 4th annual Swift Current Telus Motorcycle Ride for Dad. The event had 124 registered riders and raised $53,000. The day-long event started at the Living Sky Casino with a breakfast and a parade through the city streets. Riders then participated in a poker rally on a route through southwest Saskatchewan that took them to Gull Lake, Shaunavon, Eastend, Maple Creek and back to Swift Current. The day ended with a talk by Dr. Francisco Garcia, a consulting urologist with the Cypress Health Region. The Swift Current Ride for Dad chapter presented a cheque of $16,780 to Dr. Garcia for his research into prostate cancer, which is done in association with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.

 

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