Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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.

 

There will be a unique opportunity for teenage writers to develop their creative writing skills and learn from a professional writer at a free workshop in Swift Current.

The Chinook School Division will be dipping into reserve funds to make up a shortfall in operating funds after the release of the 2016-17 provincial budget on June 1.

The City of Swift Current is planning to require criminal record checks for candidates in the upcoming municipal election.

While Terry Carleton has been surprised by the amount of attention his custom-built 1934 Ford pickup has been receiving since last year, he is also very proud that the vehicle is the result of technical expertise based in Swift Current.

The success of the Cypress Hills Destination Area (CHDA) Inc. as a destination marketing organization for the Cypress Hills and surrounding area was featured as a case study at the annual conference of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA).

The Saskatchewan government announced the elimination of provincial funding to five urban parks in the province, including the Chinook Parkway in Swift Current, in the 2016-17 provincial budget.

Students at Herbert School enjoyed a day of fun activities on June 8 after the school received a grant of $2,000 from the At My Best program.

There were presentations on a wide range of topics at the annual conference of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) in Swift Current.

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