Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

The Saskatchewan Abilities Council announced a significant rebranding to reflect the organization's focus on inclusion, equality and community.

The Swift Current Colts soccer team qualified for the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 3A boys provincials after a 4-2 win against the Prince Albert St. Mary Marauders, Oct. 20. The game took place at the SHSAA 3A boys regional soccer tournament, which was hosted by the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. The Prince Albert Carlton Crusaders won the tournament after a 7-0 win against the Colts in the final, Oct. 21.

 

Technology is helping high school and minor football players in Swift Current to practice tackling techniques in a safe manner through the use of a remote control tackling dummy. Players from the Colts football team at Swift Current Comprehensive High School and  bantam players from the Swift Current Steelers held their first practice sessions with the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) on Oct. 19. The MVP is a mobile, self-righting tackling dummy that is equipped with a motorized, remote control system. Its movements and speed can therefore be regulated during practice sessions. The MVP was donated to the two football programs by AGI Swift Current.

 

Award-winning Saskatchewan writer and historian Bill Waiser was the featured author at Write Out Loud, Oct. 18. He spoke about and read from his most recent publication, A world we have lost: Saskatchewan before 1905. The book won the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. The Write Out Loud series, which takes place at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, presents readings by acclaimed Canadian authors to local literary fans. Retired Saskatoon City police officer Ernie Louttit, the author of Indian Ernie: Perspectives on policing and leadership and More Indian Ernie: Insights from the streets, will be the guest author at the next Write Out Loud, Nov. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment.

 

The Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) chapter at Swift Current Comprehensive High School hosted a positive ticketing event at the school, Oct. 18. The event took place during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 15-21. Const. Chloe Lentz, the RCMP school liaison officer in Swift Current, and Tracy Church, a community relations coordinator with SGI's traffic safety promotion division, issued positive tickets to young drivers in the school's parking lot for wearing seat belts and obeying traffic rules. According to SGI there were 8,573 collisions involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 in Saskatchewan in 2016, and teen drivers were found to be at fault in 79 per cent of those collisions. While teen drivers represent just under seven per cent of drivers on Saskatchewan roads, they are involved in 13 per cent of collisions, 18 per cent of major injury collisions, and 15 per cent of fatal collisions.

 

The musical journey of Swift Current hip-hop artist Jacob Heinrichs has reached a new height with the completion of his debut album Everest.

The City of Swift Current will ask the Saskatchewan Municipal Board (SMB) to re-establish the current debt limit while over $7.3 million will have to be borrowed to finance various infrastructure investments in the 2017 budget.

The contributions of southwest Saskatchewan residents to their communities were recognized at a Celebrate Canada 150 medal ceremony in Swift Current.

The Swift Current Broncos perfect record away from home came to a close on Saturday night as they were handed a 5-4 overtime loss by the Kootenay ICE.

All five Saskatchewan Party leadership candidates emphasized the need to continue Brad Wall's legacy at their first debate in Swift Current, Oct. 19.

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