Mayor Pam Gualtieri

Merry Christmas!   Just in time for Christmas, the Newcastle City Council voted to temporarily decrease water and sewer rates after continued blowback from the community when the council increased rates up to 200% for some users earlier this year.    On Dec. 4 during the regular council meeting,...

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The Newcastle City Council formally voted on Nov. 20 to deny a settlement offer from Weston County Commissioner Don Taylor, who was issued a citation by city police as the owner of the Mondell Heights Retirement Home for an alleged violation of a city ordinance three months earlier.   The offer was...
Newcastle has been forced to scrap plans to purchase two police vehicles from a dealer outside of the community after discovering that its former police chief, Chuck Bowles, failed to advertise for bids for the vehicles as mandated by state law.    On Nov. 6, Police Chief Derek Thompson alerted the...

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On Monday, Oct 16, Police Sergeant Derek Thompson smiles as the Newcastle City Council votes unanimously to promote him to chief of police during the city council’s regular meeting in the council chambers at city hall.

 
The Newcastle Police Department officially has a new chief after Sgt. Derek Thompson accepted the position offered to him on Oct.  16 and Mayor Pam Gualtieri swore him in to his new post during the City Council meeting. The previous chief, Chuck Bowles, was terminated on Oct. 2.    Gualtieri...
The Newcastle Police Department is once again without a chief after the official termination last week of the recently hired Chuck Bowles, after a tense exchange erupted and an executive session was called to discuss personnel issues, during the Oct. 2 Newcastle City Council meeting.    As...
With a short staffed-police department, crumbling infrastructure and a hefty police budget, Councilman Tyrel Owens suggested that the Newcastle City Council consider holding a public meeting to discuss the dissolution of the Newcastle Police Department, with a switch to Weston County Sheriff’s...
  Several Newcastle residents approached the Newcastle City Council on Sept. 5 to discuss their frustrations with recent rate increases for water and sewer use.    According to some of the residents in attendance, their bills had doubled after the rate increases went into effect and they were...

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Debris from the wreck can be seen inside the damaged businesses. 

Newcastle Mayor Pam Gualtieri has cited two state statutes in denying a formal written request by the News Letter Journal for reports regarding a car crash that occurred on July 30.    The incident in question happened at the western intersection of Main Street and the Highway 16 bypass at about 9:...
For the first time since 2019, the Newcastle City Council is moving toward increasing rates for water and sewer use.   On July 17, council members approved two ordinances referencing the increases.  Both ordinances will have to pass on two more readings, on Aug. 7 and 21, before the rates take...

Dogs and other animals will no longer be allowed at the sports complex if the ordinance amendment passed by the Newcastle City Council on first reading passes two more times. 

Pictured is Colby “Swamp Donkey” Rich reaches to tag a Hot Springs runner on one of the many fields that would be included in the ban. 

The Newcastle City Council has approved an ordinance on first reading that would forbid animals at the OC Kearney Field, a soccer and baseball sports complex, after concerns were raised about dog feces on the fields.    At the council’s June 5 meeting, Kandice Mefford, representing Newcastle’s...

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