Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

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.

Families enjoyed outdoor activities on a bright winter's day during a fun community event to kick of the annual Ability Bowl fundraiser in Swift Current.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:07

Potash train derails west of Swift Current

The derailment of a potash train west of Swift Current shut down the railway line for less than 24 hours as crews worked overnight to clear and repair the track.

Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:06

Cramer Ag Expo knocks it out of the park

The 8th annual Cramer Ag Expo took place at Kinetic Exhibition Park in Swift Current, Feb. 22.

A Swift Current resident has started a GoFundMe campaign to sponsor a refugee family from Syria after visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon.

The City of Swift Current will allow the establishment of two cannabis retail stores in the community, but it intends to restrict the stores to the downtown area and to only allow industrial cultivation in the city's industrial zones.

Families enjoyed outdoor activities on a bright winter's day during a fun community event to kick of the annual Ability Bowl fundraiser in Swift Current. The SaskAbilities Swift Current branch hosted the 2018 Ability Bowl Winter Kickoff at ACT Park, Feb. 25. The event featured sled bowling, snow zumba, ice skating and horse wagon rides, while participants could take a break to enjoy chili and hot chocolate. This is the second year that the event was held to start the fundraising activities for and to raise awareness about the upcoming Ability Bowl. The 31st annual Ability Bowl in Swift Current will take place on April 21 and this year's fundraising goal is $75,000. Each Ability Bowl has a theme to add more fun to the day and teams can dress for the event to fit in with the theme. This year the beach will be coming to the bowling alley with the theme Beach Bowl. Swift Current ACT/UCT was the major sponsor of the kickoff event on Feb. 25. Club representatives were in attendance for a cheque presentation of $500 for the kickoff and the organization is also supporting the Ability Bowl with a donation of $2,500. Other sponsors of the Winter Kickoff were ServiceMaster, KIVA, Smoke Shack and Pebble Ridge Percherons.

 

A large crowd of about 250 people attended the 14th annual Field of Dreams sports dinner at the Legion Hall in Swift Current, Feb. 24. The event featured Toronto Blue Jays legends Jesse Barfield and Willie Upshaw, who played for the team during the 1980s. Right fielder Barfield recorded over 1,200 hits and 241 home runs during his 12- year Major League Baseball career. He received the Rawlings Gold Glove Award twice for his fielding performances. First baseman Upshaw made over 1,000 hits and recorded 123 home runs during his career. In 1983 he became the first Blue Jays player to reach 100 RBIs in a season. The two men participated in a question and answer session with emcee Ryan Switzer and also fielded questions from audience members. They spoke about the players they played with and against, their time as players in Canada, and they shared their views on today's game. A live and silent auction took place during the evening. The sports dinner is an important fundraiser for the Swift Current 57's baseball club. Field of Dreams Committee Chair Brad Woods said some of the funds from the event will be used to upgrade the batting cages and for other club expenses, for example uniforms for players.

 

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