Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Powerlifter Wayne Cormier completed his comeback year to the sport with a bronze medal at the 2016 Canadian Powerlifting and Bench Press Championships in Regina Feb. 15.

A presentation by a medical expert to raise awareness about prostate cancer was hosted by Swift Current Ride for Dad at the Living Sky Casino Feb. 10.

Last year’s decision by SaskPower to locate a new natural gas power plant in the Swift Current area was generally welcomed as good news for the region.

The City of Swift Current is finalizing the zoning designation and architectural controls for the new Cypress Point residential development next to the Elmwood golf course as the sale process for lots is getting under way.

The 6th annual Cramer Livestock and Crop Production Expo was the largest ever in the event’s brief history. The one-day event took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current Feb. 18. It drew visitors from around the province as well as Alberta.

The current exhibition at the Swift Current Museum highlights the important role of newspapers in the development of prairie society.

The Living Sky Casino hosted the fifth Pow Wow in Swift Current on Feb. 13 to 14. The event took place at the Stockade in Kinetic Exhibition Park. It is part of the North American Pow Wow circuit and drew participants from across Canada and the United States. There were participants from as far away as the Maritimes, Kansas, Oklahoma, Montana and the Dakotas. Dancers made two grand entries on the first day of the event and another grand entry took place on the second day. The total price pool for the Pow Wow was $65,000. There were 247 registered contestants and around 40 dancers also participated, but did not compete in the dance categories. There were 12 drum groups, each with between eight and 12 members, at the event.

 

The Swift Current Comprehensive High School Senior Colts basketball team hosted the 4th annual Doug Armstrong Memorial Invitational tournament on Feb. 12 and 13. The Colts played on the B side of the tournament after losing the crucial opening game 53-71 against the Humboldt Mohawks. The Colts remained undefeated during their other two games to win the B side. The Colts won 91-72 against the Yorkton Raiders and defeated the Weyburn Eagles 95-87. On the A side the St. Mary Marauders were unbeaten to win gold.

 

The Central School Choir gave people a preview of their upcoming Telemiracle 40 appearance during a performance at the Swift Current Mall, Feb. 13. The choir, under direction of music teacher Celia Hammerton, provided this public performance in support of a bake sale at the mall to raise funds for Telemiracle 40 on March 5 and 6. The choir has successfully auditioned to perform at this year's Telemiracle and their goal is to raise $6,000 for the event. The bake sale was a great success and they raised $1,032. Their final fundraiser will be the Central School Talent Show on March 3, where the school's custodial worker Ed Clarke will shave his head if the fundraising goal is achieved.

 

Acclaimed blues musician Jack Semple of Regina performed at Central School in Swift Current on Feb. 11 in support of a Telemiracle fundraiser by the Central School Choir. Semple donated $760 from ticket sales to Telemiracle and he returned to the school the following day to do a hands-on guitar workshop with Grade 7 students. The choir raised $1,265 from the silent auction and 50/50 raffle at his concert. The Central School Choir under the direction of music teacher Celia Hammerton has successfully auditioned to perform at Telemiracle 40 on March 5 and 6. This will be the fifth time that the choir will perform at Telemiracle since 2007.

 

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