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Sumner Community Hospital is reducing prices with a focus on lab and radiology services

Sumner Community Hospital has done something that you rarely hear in healthcare.  The hospital has reduced pricing!  The main areas for price reductions are focused on lab and radiology services. Staff at More »

Wellington City Council advances budget that will call for a 2.69 mill increase

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council advanced its budget for the coming year at its meeting Tuesday by a 5-1 vote. Kip Etter voted against moving it forward. More »

Budget talks put Commissioner Newell and Sheriff Chambers at odds… again

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Commissioners are closing in on finalizing the 2020 budget – albeit some acrimony. The county is looking at a 4-mill increase from the More »

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The healthcare for all question

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The all-encompassing 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival results…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival results are in! We have the results for the parade, Cornhole tournament, $500 Grand Prize, Harvest photo, Perplexing Puzzle, Quilt Show, More »

19 photos that defined the 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival…

by Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas Wheat Festival has come and gone, but there are the photos. Here are 19 great photos that captured the spirit of the 2019 Kansas Wheat More »

Sumner Community Hospital is reducing prices with a focus on lab and radiology services

Sumner Community Hospital has done something that you rarely hear in healthcare.  The hospital has reduced pricing!  The main areas for price reductions are focused on lab and radiology services.

Staff at the hospital reviewed pricing and determined that an adjustment was necessary to be at or below other providers in the area.  Some tests were reduced by as much as 80% beginning in July.  The new pricing will help lower the out-of-pocket costs for patients that are facing higher deductible and coinsurance amounts associated and for patients that do not have health insurance.

Wellington City Council advances budget that will call for a 2.69 mill increase

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council advanced its budget for the coming year at its meeting Tuesday by a 5-1 vote. Kip Etter voted against moving it forward.

A public hearing is set for 6:30 p.m., Aug. 20 at the Council Chambers, where people may comment on the budget. Copies of the proposed budget are available and will be available on the night of the meeting.

The proposed budget calls for an increase of 2.69 mils, which would amount to $46.40 on a $150,000 home, or $15.47 on a $50,000 home. The total amount of tax revenue expected is $2,726,279.

Help wanted: Wellington Public School looking for maintenance/grounds employee

Wellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following position:

  •  Maintenance/Grounds 

Interested parties should complete the online Classified application found on our website, www.usd353.com, under Job Opportunities. For questions, please contact Chad Whaley at [email protected]

Enrollment is up at both Cowley and Sumner Campus

by Rama Peroo, Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications  — Trustees had an opportunity to hear of the college’s increase in enrollment during the annual monthly meeting held Monday in the McAtee Dining Center.

Summer enrollment at both the Sumner and Cowley campuses increased. While figures were unavailable at Sumner, Cowley’s headcount rose about 5 percent from this same date a year ago. The fall headcount continues to pace ahead of this same time last year.

Also during the meeting, the Board approved the 2019-2020 proposed operating budget of $22,828,761 after adjusting for the 2% cost of living for all full time and regular part-time staff, as well as final state appropriations. The proposed state appropriation budget is hereby approved for posting for the scheduled hearing of the public on August 12, 2019 at Cowley College’s Winfield Allied Health Center.

Dr. Gloria Walker, vice president of finance and administration, said the proposed mill levy will remain flat.

In other matters:

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wellington Board of Zoning Appeals to consider Special Use Permit application from Charter Equities II

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Administration Building located at 317 South Washington. The purpose of this meeting is to consider a Special Use Permit application from Charter Equities II, LC for the VNA site. 

Budget talks put Commissioner Newell and Sheriff Chambers at odds… again

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Commissioners are closing in on finalizing the 2020 budget – albeit some acrimony.

The county is looking at a 4-mill increase from the previous year the way the figures stand at the moment. Sumner County Commissioner Jim Newell is not too happy with it.

Darren Chambers

The commission will be meeting on Monday at 10 a.m. to put together the final draft. The budget hearing is slated for August 11.

There are several reasons for the proposed increase. Healthcare costs continue to spiral upwards. There is also the yearly battle over property tax revenue that is protested by the Kansas Star Casino.

Jim Newell

But there is also the renewed question concerning the Sumner County Sheriff’s request to increase its budget 17 percent so that his staff could receive a $1.50 raise. The proposal irritated Newell to the point he was swearing near the end of the budget talks at Tuesday’s commissioner meeting.

Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers, though, said it is necessary in order to retain staff, especially at the jail, and generate revenue for out of county prisoners.

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The all-encompassing 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival results…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival results are in! We have the results for the parade, Cornhole tournament, $500 Grand Prize, Harvest photo, Perplexing Puzzle, Quilt Show, Wheat Run, Tractor Pull, Edible Books, Coloring Contest, Downtown Art Exhibit, Bakers Bonanza, cow chip throw, bed races, and tricycle races below. Pancake eating contest results are still pending.

If you do not see your event results or would like to submit a picture, send them to the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] or [email protected].

First Christian Church float was the parade winner.

PARADE

  1. First Christian Church Vacation Bible School – $100 Chamber Bucks.
  2. Impact Bank – $75 Chamber Bucks.
  3. TECT Aerospace – $25 Chamber Bucks.

Dugan Brothers win first annual Cornhole competition.

CORNHOLE

  1. Girthy Bags – Tim and Tyler Dugan, $75 Chamber Bucks
  2. River Rats – Trey Jones, Pat Daugherty, $50 Chamber Bucks
  3.  Mavis Whales – Mark Bales, Travis Whaley, $25 Chamber Bucks.

$500 GRAND PRIZE

Daniel Garver breaks state record by solving Rubik’s Cube in 29.6 seconds

Daniel Garver is the state leader when it comes to Rubik’s Cube solving. (Courtesy photo).

Sumner Newscow report – The blistering speeds of the Wellington Middle School Rubik’s Cube team and solo competitor, Daniel Garver, have earned them Elite Team and Elite Cuber status, as well as top rankings in the You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube Speed League. 

The team solved 25 3×3 Rubik’s Cubes in 4:54 at the Orange County Public Schools Rubik’s Cube Competition. During the solo portion of the competition, Garver solved a single Rubik’s Cube in 29.6 seconds.

The Wellington Middle School team ranked second in Kansas among division 2 (grades 6-8) teams. Garver ranked first in the state among middle school students who competed at the Rubik’s competitions during the 2018/19 school year. 

Cowley College conducts veterans salute during Picnic in the Park

Pictured, from left, Doug Smith and Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle. Photo by Abby Hollins/Cowley College.

Sumner Newscow report — Serving as the sponsor of the Kansas Wheat Festival’s Picnic in the Park, Cowley College partnered with the Noon Lions Club, the Wellington American Legion Riders and the Kansas Army National Guard to honor veterans Wednesday evening at Wellington’s Sellers Park.

The event featured the Wellington American Legion Riders, the singing of the national anthem by Amanda Zogelmann, and a surprise presentation of a Quilt of Valor.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle, who is a veteran and member of VFW Post 1254, welcomed everyone and thanked the veterans in attendance for their service. He also thanked those in attendance from Sumner County for supporting the new Sumner Campus, which will begin fall classes at the Short General Education Center and Technology and Innovation Center in August.

Help wanted: Bartender, Custodian part-time at VFW Post 881 in Wellington.

Help wanted: VFW Post 881 is hiring for the following positions:

Bartender (part-time).

Custodian (part-time).

Applications are available at the Kansas Workforce, 314 N. Washington Street, Wellington; or in person at 424 E. Harvey, Wellington, Kans. – anytime after 2:30 p.m.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 15, 2019

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 15, 2019

19 photos that defined the 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival…

by Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas Wheat Festival has come and gone, but there are the photos.

Here are 19 great photos that captured the spirit of the 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival.

We have more than 100 Wheat Festival pictures on the Sumner Newscow photography site here

The Kansas Wheat Run was a family affair. 

Future artists hard at work at the sidewalk chalking at the United Methodist Church. 

Tricycle racing won’t be part of the Great Race, but it was at the Wheat Festival.

Post your FREE garage sale ads for this weekend here…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the comment section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team qualifies for Midwest Regional in Charleton, Mo.

The 2019 Wellington Sr. Babe Ruth team (click on photo for larger version, photo ID is below).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-18-year-old Senior Babe Ruth team is heading to the Midwest Regional in Charleston, Mo., July 18- July 21.

Made up mostly of players from the high school Crusader team this spring, Wellington qualified for the regional after finishing second in the Kansas State Tournament held in Columbus over the past weekend. Wellington fell to Parsons 9-3 in the Babe Ruth Championship.

The “Dukes” will be traveling almost eight hours to southeast Missouri, where they will be competing in a round-robin eight-team tournament involving teams from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado. Wellington will be competing in the “National Division” against the Missouri Tropics; Border, Colo.; and Watford City, N.D. The other division, “American”, will have Charleston, Mo., an unspecified Minnesota team, the Missouri Protectors and Parsons.

TNT Pest Control will “evaporate” those termites and other pests

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14, 2019

Wellington Police notes for this weekend: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14, 2019:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: July 8 to July 15, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 8 to July 15, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

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