Weston County

STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED: PLEASE SEE EDITOR'S NOTE AT END OF STORY   Too many beers and a joke gone wrong led to a domestic dispute call and the arrest of Newcastle Police Chief Samuel Keller, 58, and the Newcastle City Council began the process of finding and hiring a new chief on Monday. Keller...

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Taylor Lendardson celebrates as her plane flies through the target as Ava, Jace and Charlie look on.

The Weston County 4-H Cloverbud Club, the Tumbleweeds, met on May 19 at the Weston County Fairgrounds to enjoy root beer floats to celebrate the beginning of summer — despite a few snowflakes flying.  The group then got busy creating paper airplanes. The youth created several different types of...

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Lori Materi, daughter of pilot Lawrence Materi, decided to get her pilot license about 10 years ago, even though she was terrified of flying as a child. Now, she continues to keep his memory alive high up in the sky.


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Lawrence Materi left his family with a legacy that touched the sky, even after he died in 1998. The avid pilot’s first introduction to flying was when he was a navigator aboard a Boeing B-29 in World War II. After coming home, he purchased a plane and began flying to help with ranch chores. Later, he began his drilling company, Materi Exploration, and used air planes in his operations to fly crews and equipment. 



Lori Materi remembers flying almost everywhere growing up.  It was just something her family did, and they rarely drove long distances. Her father, Lawrence Materi, can be credited with the legacy he left to his family — a legacy that reached new heights and allowed him and his family many...

Charles and Rita Martin pose for a photo during their wedding vow renewal celebration on April 9.

On April 26, 1992, Charles Martin married his “yellow rose of Texas,” Rita Thurber, blending their five boys and one girl to form a family of eight. Thirty years and two more kids later, not to mention 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild with another one “in the oven,” the Martins are still...
Chickens once roamed the backyards of Newcastle until the City Council outlawed the ownership of livestock and fowls, which includes domesticated chickens, within city limits several years ago, according to City Ordinance Chapter 4, Article I.  A growing group of community members have been...
The 2022 election season is shaping up to be an interesting one in Weston County, with several contested seats, high profile races and new candidates making their debut on the local political scene.  Filings for various seats at the city, county and state level officially closed on May 27 in...

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Seventh-grader Dagan Thompson attempts to artificially inseminate a prosthetic animal while Ty Miller times his attempt. Vincent Stanton and Coen Tavegie watch on in preparation for their turn. Miller, who spoke about his career and breeding animals, was one of eight presenters during the Men in STEM day at Newcastle Middle School on May 11.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   When you want to snag the interest of young men, it is always a good idea to start with the sort of things that interest young men.  Earlier this month, Newcastle Middle School partnered with professionals across the community to use things that appeal to young men...

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Sylte smiles and visits with Christie Wornkey and her other guests at her 90th birthday party on April 23.

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   One of the best gifts in life is family, but few of us live long enough to see several generations of our family be born, grow up and have families of their own.  Joyce Sylte, who just celebrated her 90th birthday at a party on April 23, is one of those fortunate...

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Henry (Hank) Vickers, pictured with his wife of 45 years, Alice. Vickers, a local veteran, recently passed away on March 27 of this year, leaving behind a life full of memories of his time in and out of the service. 

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   Like most veterans, Henry (Hank) Vickers, led an extraordinary life of service, both in and out of the military. Hank died on March 27 of this year, but the memory of his service lives on.  Hank was born in a small town in the heart of Minnesota, near the city of...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   Four members of the Weston County Health Services board of trustees were just selected by voters in this month’s special district election, but the board is already putting out a call in search of another individual interested in filling an open seat on the board....

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