Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Swift Current powerlifter Wayne Cormier won gold in the bench press only competition at the 2018 Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championships and qualified for the upcoming International Powerlifting Federation World Open bench press championships in Finland.

The Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association (Ag & Ex) had a successful year during 2017, despite some financial challenges.

Swift Current's Central School raised a record amount of $13,594.23 for Telemiracle 42 through a variety of fundraising projects and donations received from the community.

Saskatoon-area writer, Dave Margoshes, is to be featured at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, March 21.

The process to develop a new residential neighbourhood in the northwest area of Swift Current took another step forward with the completion of the planning phase.

Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) hosted the 2018 Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) regional wrestling championships, March 3. The event was attended by 167 wrestlers from 27 schools. The Swift Current team finished third in the overall point standings behind Prince Albert's St. Mary High School in first place and with Carlton Comprehensive High School from Prince Albert in second place. Five wrestlers from Swift Current Comprehensive High School placed in the top four of their weight class to advance to the SHSAA provincial wrestling championships in Saskatoon on March 9 and 10. Aleah Nickel won her initial two bouts with a technical fall and the first place match with a fall in the 60 kg weight class to claim gold. Sebastien Marchand won all three his bouts in the 73 kg weight class with a technical fall to finish first. Luke Nelson won both bouts in the 65 kg weight class with a technical fall to claim first place. Colt Cornelson was the only competitor in the 53 kg weight class for males and advanced to provincials. Emmett Guider won silver in the 77 kg weight class. He was undefeated after three bouts and won each time with a fall, but he lost the first place match with a fall against Conley McLeod of St Mary High School. Swift Current's Josh Keller finished third in the 82 kg weight class to advance to provincials.

 

Swift Current's Central School raised a record amount of $13,594.23 for Telemiracle 42 through a variety of fundraising projects and donations received from the community. The school choir and bucket drummers performed at Telemiracle 42 on March 4, when music teacher Celia Hammerton and choir members made a formal cheque presentation on stage. The choir received a rousing send-off at the school during a pep rally on March 2. A highlight of the rally was the duct taping of Principal Angela Schindel and Vice-principal Mark Reiter to the gymnasium wall. Both of them were taped to the wall after students achieved the goal to raise $2,000 in the duct tape fundraising challenge for Telemiracle. Another large donation from Swift Current was made on stage at Telemiracle 42 by the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinette Club, which presented a cheque of $17,420.49. The money was raised through various events in the city in support of Telemiracle. This year's 42nd annual telethon achieved a new fundraising record of $7,151,256 that will be used to assist Saskatchewan residents to acquire special needs equipment and to access medical treatment.

 

The Saskatchewan Party's Everett Hindley became the new MLA for Swift Current after the March 1 by-election.

Several local authors were featured at the Write Out Loud Local Writers Night at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current, Feb. 21.

Artist Alix Gowan has created a collection of soft pastel drawings to reflect on human vulnerability and experiences of mental health.

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