Area News

City hires new community development director

By Andrew L Basden andrew@newcastlepacer.com   Todd Kennemer has been named the New Community Development Director for Newcastle. Kennemer is AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified and brings almost two decades worth of experience with him. “I worked as a City Planner and Community Development Director for 18 to 20 years, before that I…

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4-H elects new officers

The Newcastle 4-H elected new officers for the 2017-2018 year Monday, October 23. Taylor Elliott was elected as President, Emily Griffith as Vice President, Riley Coffey as Secretary, Kaitlyn Morgan as Reporter, Connor Morri- son as Recreation Leader and Wyatt Nikodym as Cloverbud Youth Leader. They are all looking forward to an amaz- ing year…

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A remarkable story of faith

In March of 2017, a woman in our church informed me that her sister was pregnant with a baby boy. This was her sister’s first pregnancy, but the little boy she was carrying had been diagnosed with a severe case of spina bifida. Her sister had recently gone to a high-risk obstetrician and her doctor…

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Sansevieria plants are masculine

     Back in October, a friend asked if I could give a talk about gardening or plants to his men’s Sunday school class.  I asked him for some hints about the level of garden or plant interest the group had.  I never got a clue beyond “just talk about whatever you want to.”      I mentally groaned…

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Chamber banquet Mardi Gras themed

  By Andrew L. Basden andrew@newcastlepacer.com   The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is fast approaching.  Each year the Chamber holds its annual banquet and auction. This year it will be Thursday, November 16 at the Showplace Theater located inside the Riverwind Casino.  Last years theme being Veterans. This year…

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Tri – City Hope Center expands, receives donation from FNBT

  By Andrew L Basden andrew@newcastlepacer.com   In November of 2009 the Tri-City Hope Center opened its doors for the first time operating out of storage units. Shannon Kowales, Founder/Director came up with the idea for TCHC the year before. ” I was working full time, taking care of my father who was dealing with…

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Musings from the Morgue – Saying goodbye

By Clarence B.Wright Publisher Dog-Gone-It. Although the phrase may seem trite, it has never resonated with me so deeply. I knew the day would come. It always does.  I was not as nearly prepared for it as I thought I was. I told myself time and again the day would come. It still hurt! It saddens me to announce…

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Racers softball team headed to state for 25th time

  By Todd Newville todd@newcastlepacer.com   The Newcastle Racers’ softball team is headed to the Class 4A state tournament once again – proving the Newcastle program’s credo of “tradition never graduates.” It has become the team’s calling card and head coach Mike Crossley is proving that the old winning habits won’t die within his program.…

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Introducing the 2017 Homecoming Court

Our first couple is…. Samantha Baker & Austin Cooper Samantha is the daughter of Jeff and Shelley Baker. Samantha is a member of the Newcastle Band. After graduation she plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and major in film and audio production.  Her favorite quote is from Walt Disney “Growing old is mandatory,…

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Racers pay it forward: NPS sends school supplies to Houston students

  By Andrew L. Basden andrew@newcastlepacer.com   Newcastle Public Schools is paying it forward by sending much-needed school supplies to students affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Newcastle is no stranger when it comes to disasters.  For decades tornadoes have wreaked havoc leaving behind miles of destruction.  Each time a disaster hit, communities from all…

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