• Police in Russell taught one unlucky man the ABC’s of driving on Dec. 27.
After a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 16 and 83 resulted in police detaining a 19-year-old Gambler First Nation Man.
The man was issued a breathalyzer and issued a 24-hour suspension.
Further investigation revealed A: booze in the car; B: the vehicle wasn’t registered; C: there were wrong plates on the vehicle D: the man was driving without a license; E: the car was impounded for 30 days.
» Russell Banner
• Roblin Skating Club member Kate Smith skated to gold at the Virden Skating Competition.
Her interpretive program titled ‘When Zombies come out to play’ earned her top scores in her level.
» Roblin Review
• It was another solid year for the City of Dauphin’s bottom line.
“When you do a budget, the are basically projections. You hope that you stay inside the budget and the last three years we’ve actually had surpluses,” Mayor Eric Irwin said.
Dauphin took a more conservative approach when it came to budgeting for property taxes this year, but with an increase in buildings being constructed that has put them over what they had expected for the year.
They also saved $100,000 by re-negotiating a new recycling contract.
» Dauphin Herald
• Curtis Gordon was on the front page of the Toronto Star after the Manitoba Hydro employee travelled to Ontario to help restore power to 300,000 residents.
“Toronto’s citizens treated us Manitobans like gold,” Gordon said. “It seems like every couple of hours citizens would bring us coffee or treats of some kind, doing what they could to keep our spirits up. It’s been an experience of a lifetime that I won’t forget. I”m ver glad I this opportunity to help the city of Toronto.”
» Boissevain Recorder
• Bailee Goodon is loving hockey at State University of New York in Oswego.
In her second year with the women’s hockey team, Goodon is helping lead the team.
“I have made Oswego my home...my teammates and my coaching staff are so connected and we are family,” she said about being so far away from Boissevain.
» Boissevain Recorder
• The Scotties Tournament of Hearts starts today in Virden at Tundra Oil and Gas Place.
Cory Barkley, a committee member, is pleased with the response the event has gotten from the public so far.
“Curling is a fairly popular sport for people to watch, the opportunity to see it live is exciting,” she said.
Westman Communications Group will show two games a day starting today and running through till Saturday.
» Virden Empire-Advance
• Minnedosa continues to move forward on a residential subdivision.
Council is working on plans to creat a 15-unit single-family dwelling subdivision south of Ninth Avenue.
The development, which takes up approximately 2.7 acres, is in the initial planning stages.
“We are proceeding with the development of the Stewart Hills estate. This agreement in principal is a high-level development agreement, it has been a long -time coming and we are thrilled to have progressed to this step,” Mayor Ray Orr said.
» Minnedosa Tribune
• Neepawa’s Matt Lowry is getting another shot in the American Hockey League after the 25-year-old forward was loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from the Evansville IceMen of the East Coast Hockey League.
Lowry had seven goals and 15 points in 19 games with the IceMen and has now played a dozen games and recorded one assist for the Tigers.
Lowry started the season with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, but was released after only playing in exhibition games.
» Neepawa Banner
• The Yellowhead Chiefs are starting to find their rhythm in the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League.
The Chiefs have jumped up into third place in the eight-team league, trailing only the Pembina Valley Hawks and the Winnipeg Avros.
Tatum Amy has played a key role in the team’s success, notching a goal in a tight 3-2 loss to the Hawks, and a hattrick in a 5-2 win over the Eastman Selects.
» Crossroads This Week
• Count them up: “One, Two, Three...Eight!”
In December, Meaghan Astle’s rink counted all eight rocks during a ladies curling game in Deloraine.
Pictured are Breigh Crepeele, Heather Janssens, Laura Williams and Meaghan Astle, along with their eight-ender.
» Deloraine Times and Star
• Providence College senior defenceman Steven Shamanski of Carberry has been named one of 20 finalists for the 2014 men’s hockey Senior Class Award.
Shamanski, 23, is playing his fourth season as a member of the Providence College Friars while majoring in accounting at the Rhode Island institution.
As co-captain, Shamanski is a leader for the Friars. He started his hockey career with the South West Cougars of the Manitoba AAA league before playing three years with the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL.
» Carberry News-Express
• Cadet Dragoon Nicky Guenther of Reston School was awarded his certificate confirming him as a Cadet Dragoon after being re-badge from the RCAC Beret Badge to the XII Manitoba Dragoons Badge.
Guenther took the cadet oath and was presented the award from Commanding Officer, Captain Kel Smith.
The Cadet Corps now stands at 23 Cadets, three Officers, one civilian instructor and one RCMP Constable.
» Reston Recorder