Event center may be nearing resolution

In marked contrast to the closed-door executive sessions that have been typical of recent discussions of the matter, attorney Ray Hunkins spoke openly with the Weston County Commissioners last Tuesday via conference call on the subject of the troubled Weston County Event Center.

A settlement encompassing both repairs and financial reimbursement, which he believes the commissioners will find satisfactory, is nearing final agreement, Hunkins said.

Finding Funds

City meeting on Friday to discuss grants

The bike path that is designed to wind its way throughout Newcastle continues to expand, and City Engineer Bob Hartley approached the Newcastle City Council on August 17 to discuss the grants that he is in the process of applying for in order to fund the next phase of the path, which will go through the golf course, past the new fishing pond, and on to Saddle Sub Division.

Hartley is currently working on two grants to help aid in paying for not only the next phase of the bike path, but also to fund a restroom somewhere along the route and new tennis courts in Centennial Park (see Public Notice on page 14).

Hospital board preps for upcoming bid process

On August 20 at their regularly scheduled Weston County Health Services board meeting, attorney Jim Peck announced that a construction manager for a planned renovation of the hospital and manor has been hired. He also explained the bid process that will be involved with each of the separate phases of the construction.

CEO Maureen Cadwell also noted that the facility is still waiting for approval from the Department of Health to begin the project, adding that when she had talked to them early in the week they had informed her that WCHS was number one on their list. She said they would hopefully have the approval done by the end of the week of August 20, and informed the board that this approval must be received before any construction can begin.

ACT results are in

ACT results for Newcastle High School juniors who took the test last spring have recently become available, with students’ achieving an average composite score of 18.7 across the tested-for disciplines of Science, Math, Reading, and English.

Newcastle High School Principal Tracy Ragland said that’s well within the range in which his school’s juniors have historically scored.

Airport Gets An Upgrade

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The project to update the runway and many of the lights at Mondell Field should have been completed last week according to Airport Manager Tuff Streeter. The project that began two months ago, however, finished a few days later than expected due to Federal Aviation Association regulations regarding slope next to the runway.

“It’s a project we’ve hoped to get done for awhile…it’s a matter of getting the money and government in place,” stated Streeter. The upgrade included installing a number of new lights throughout the airport, new wind socks, strip drains, a new rotating beacon, and a five inch asphalt overlay on the runway.

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