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From left: Tell Tavegie, Bailey Benshoof, Callie Hiser, Quint Perino, Rilee Lewis, and Josh Womack at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind. Kneeling is Rachel Sweet.

Tell Tavegie Saddle & Sirloin FFA Chapter Reporter   The trip is often referred to as “Once in a lifetime,” and seven Newcastle Saddle and Sirloin FFA members checked attending the National FFA Convention off their bucket lists. On Oct. 25, seniors Josh Womack, Rachel Sweet, Callie Hiser, Rilee...

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Second-graders performed several songs at the Newcastle Elementary School concert on Dec. 2 in the Crouch Auditorium. The popular school concerts are free and open to the public.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The Crouch Auditorium is once again being filled with the sounds of Christmas as students from all three of Newcastle’s schools take the stage to spread holiday cheer through December.  While the kindergarten through second grade students have already performed,...

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Pinnacle Bank sponsored the 18th Annual Festival of Trees, a fundraising event for non-profit organizations in the area. Bethany Palmgren displays a wreath up for bids.

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   The Pinnacle Bank’s 18th annual Festival of Trees raised a record sum of money at this year’s event on Friday, Dec. 3. The festival raised a total of $41,318 for four local organizations — FOCUS, Weston County Children’s Center, Weston County Humane Society and...

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Newcastle High School musicians, Elizabeth Haynes, Isabella Spencer, Dakotta Wheeler, Ilisah Covey, Maggie Mae Lorenz, Amesha Cummings, Travis Scribner, Kyah Miller, Steven Huey, Rachel Baird, Duncan Cox, Ryker Hespe, and Avery Chick participated in a two-day clinic in Buffalo on Nov. 19 and 20.

Avery Chick NLJ Intern   On Nov. 19 and 20, a group of Newcastle High School students traveled to Buffalo to participate in the Northeast District Honor Choir Clinic. A total of 13 students attended, nine of whom belonged to the choir and four members of the band. In order to be selected for...

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Brandi Williams competes in the Fall Brawl in Rapid City, S.D., joining one other woman and three Newcastle men in the event.

Submitted by Don Botkin   Nov. 11 marked the last U.S. Powerlifting Association meet in the area for the year and the first powerlifting meet for two Newcastle women. Kacy Botkin and Brandi Williams competed in the recent USPA powerlifting meet, the Fall Brawl, hosted by 605 Grit Fitness in Rapid...

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The Ferguson family has been singing together for many years, and they are going to be sharing their gift with the community during the annual Christmas Cantata in the Crouch Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Pictured are Julia, Esther, Joseph and Timothy. 

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   When a family works together, it can be a powerful thing. The ties that bind a family together are composed of the strongest material and held together by a love that keeps on growing. For one Newcastle family, making music together has been an important aspect of...

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RMS Cranes crew carefully inspect the staging area for moving a massive generator, making sure it will be safe and steady after removal from a trailer that broke down at the intersection of U.S. Highways 85 and 16 during the week of Nov. 8.

Walter Sprague Art and Culture Reporter   During the week of Nov. 8, the right lane of northbound U.S. Highway 85 was blocked for a few days. While driving a big rig with a large generator on a massive trailer, Tom Free, who was taking the oversized load to a wind farm in northern South Dakota from...

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Megan Piatowski opened Salty Dog Pet Grooming in Newcastle, and is preparing her new business location on Main Street, where The Hop restaurant used to be.

Braden Schiller NLJ Reporter   Tails all over Newcastle are wagging since Megan Piatowski arrived in Newcastle and opened Salty Dog Pet Grooming. Piatowksi is from Connecticut, where she earned her pet grooming license and began working. Piatowski and her fiancé, Josh Drost, had been visiting...
  Why should Realtors take continuing education courses? Being a real estate agent requires innovation and expertise, especially when you’re trying to expand your business and be the best at what you do. Look at some of the benefits of continuing education courses and see how being a lifelong...
KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter With many historic buildings, Newcastle’s Main Street has a lot to offer for history buffs and others interested in days gone by. But, maybe something more sinister lies in the walls of our historic buildings. What secrets might these structures be hiding?  On Thursday...

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