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Alonzo Sandoval, Salina Sandoval, Ashley Hintz, and Chris Hintz pose for a photo at the International Powerlifting League North American Championship powerlifting meet held Nov. 3-6 in St. Louis, Mo.

Don Botkin NLJ Reporter   Two local men competed on a national level at the recent International Powerlifting League North American Championship powerlifting meet held Nov. 3-6 in St. Louis, Mo. Chris Hintz and Alonzo Sandoval competed alongside some of the best powerlifters from around the nation...
A huge shoutout from the News Letter Journal to everyone who who makes this community a wonderful place to live! A special thank you goes to all of those who helped to make this year’s Person of the Year edition fantastic.  This year we have had the opportunity to highlight the work of eight people...

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Pat and Barb Crow have been nominated for the 2022 Person of the Year due to their significant donations to the School District Endowment Fund, specifically utilized for updating Crouch Auditorium. 

Avery Chick NLJ Correspondent   It would be fair to describe Pat and Barb Crow as the epitome of being humble, and they have, in fact, been described that way. Because of that, many in the community are unaware of the impact the couple has had on the quality of life here. Whether through their many...

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Ronnie Mills, pictured with his wife Mary, has been nominated for the News Letter Journal 2022 Person of the Year award because of his constant dedication to the community. Mills has served the children of this community for many years.

Although he has never hesitated to support the adults in our community, Ronnie Mills has been a figurehead here because of his commitment to support local children.  As a school board member for more than 20 years — and a volunteer at sporting events for even longer — Mills is a logical choice for...

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Tom Wright was nominated for the News Letter Journal’s Person of the Year for his many years of service through the Weston County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees and passion for children and education. Pictured is Wright with his wife, Kay. 

KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   “He’s about as community-oriented as anyone around here,” Pat Crow said about Tom Wright when he nominated the longtime school board member for the News Letter Journal’s Person of the Year.  Crow has known Wright since 1964 when the two of them started studying at...

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Tyrel Owens was nominated for the 2022 Person of the Year.

Walter Sprague Art and Culture Reporter   A nomination for the Newcastle Person of the Year 2022 for his engagement with the Newcastle City Council is Tyrel Owens. He has served on the council for two years, and has consistently asked questions and talked with the public and other agencies to make...

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Carol Crabbe has been selected as a 2022 Person of the Year nominee for her dedication to selflessly serving others by giving her time and resources to those who need it. Crabbe delivers meals for the Senior Center, drives elderly folks to their appointments and bakes goodies and meals as an act of kindness. According to Vina Morris, she “has such a caring heart for everybody” and “does so much for the community.”

Hannah Gross NLJ Correspondent   The small things in life are often the most important, and strong communities are built by those who work in the background helping whomever they can with the little things. Driving for the Weston County Senior Center, baking for an auction or just being a good...

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Daren Downs, nominee for the 2022 Person of the Year, in the ticket booth at the Dogie Theatre.

Walter Sprague Art and Culture Reporter   Service to Newcastle on the City Council combined with efforts to preserve the city’s history have earned Daren Downs a nomination for Newcastle 2022 Person of the Year.  Downs owns the old Craig Chevrolet on Main Street and recently purchased the Dogie...

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Ashley Tupper was nominated for the 2022 Person of the Year because of her newly renovated, full service medical clinic, and her constant dedication to her patients throughout the community.

The year 2022 was truly a hallmark year for Ashley Tupper and her family, as she took the full-service medical clinic she had only started recently and moved it into a new building — a building that had to be completely renovated with the help of her husband, Mike. The achievement is even more...

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Barb Hansen is always on the go, and she spends much of her time volunteering for organizations and events in the community and her church. Hansen is carrying on the legacy of her mother, Genevieve Roan, who also had a caring spirit, and many of Hansen’s friends wanted to show their appreciation for all the hard work she has poured into the community.

“Barb Hansen has a very big heart for the people of Newcastle, and we sincerely believe she is a worthy recipient of Person of the Year,” said Jane Abernathy, who nominated Hansen for the News Letter Journal’s annual award. “She is always eager to serve in so many ways that we thought this...

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