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A list of countywide fireworks shows and shooting hours…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a list of public fireworks shows across Sumner County and the hours that people can shoot off fireworks over the holiday weekend. City More »

Special report: You may be paying more in taxes; but the Wellington city mill levy isn’t the reason

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As the Wellington City staff and the city council start preparing their budget for fiscal 2019, there will be lots of decisions to make. Ultimately, they More »

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The how much you spend on fireworks question

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The sale and discharge of fireworks for city of Wellington goes from July 1-4

Sumner Newscow report — As a reminder, the sale and discharge of fireworks for the City begins on July 1 and runs to July 4, 2017.  Hourly sales are from 10 a.m. More »

Wellington City Council gets first look at 2018 budget… requests far exceed projected income

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council got its first detailed look at the budget for 2018 at a special meeting Monday night. The council has about $500,000 more More »

Cupcakes to be sold this Saturday at Wellington Farmer’s Market

A list of countywide fireworks shows and shooting hours…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a list of public fireworks shows across Sumner County and the hours that people can shoot off fireworks over the holiday weekend.

City of WellingtonPublic Fireworks Show at Wellington Heat Baseball game at dusk on July 3. Heat vs. Clearwater Outlaws, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Shooting hours: July 1 to July 3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; July 4 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

City of Caldwell – Public fireworks show at baseball field on 305 W. First, at 9 p.m. on July 4.

Shooting hours: Start on 8 a.m. on July 3 – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 4 – 8 a.m. to midnight.

City of Belle Plaine – There will be a public fireworks show at the Buckaroo Barn. Bring your own lawn chairs. Hamburger and hot dogs will be sold to help Belle Plaine Junior League. Josie Gerard will sing the National Anthem. 

Special report: You may be paying more in taxes; but the Wellington city mill levy isn’t the reason

by James Jordan, Sumner NewscowAs the Wellington City staff and the city council start preparing their budget for fiscal 2019, there will be lots of decisions to make. Ultimately, they will have to set the tax rate, which will tell whether there will be an increase in taxes or not.

After going through records of the last several years, Sumner Newscow has found city taxes have not really gone up that much from a mill levy perspective. However, when you get your property tax statement(s) sometime next December, you might see an increase. Remember, the city proportion is only a small part of the total bill.

In 2016 in Wellington (see table below),, the city’s portion is just a third of the total tax bill, and your taxes could still go up even if the city lowers the tax rate.

There is a lot going into the tax formula. First, and foremost, there is the property valuations. No matter what your friendly Wellington City Council member might do to help you with smaller mill levies, if the appraiser values your property at a significant rate higher than years past, you are going to pay more.

Then there is the overall tax rate for several other governmental entities – not just the city of Wellington. There are USD 353 taxes, Sumner County taxes, Wellington Recreation Commission taxes, special indebtedness taxes. When it comes to taxes, everyone is an equal opportunity offender.

TNT Pest Control will help you get rid of your uninvited summer holiday guests

GET YOUR OUTDOOR SPACES READY FOR THOSE 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS!

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The sale and discharge of fireworks for city of Wellington goes from July 1-4

Sumner Newscow report — As a reminder, the sale and discharge of fireworks for the City begins on July 1 and runs to July 4, 2017.  Hourly sales are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each days.  Discharge times for July 1 to July 3 is 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and for July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.  Bottle Rockets are again illegal, and discharging fireworks from city streets is prohibited.

“We hope everyone enjoys the celebration, be safe, have fun but remember to clean up your firework trash,” said Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. “Should you have questions and/or concerns, contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331.

Wellington City Council gets first look at 2018 budget… requests far exceed projected income

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council got its first detailed look at the budget for 2018 at a special meeting Monday night. The council has about $500,000 more in requests than it has in projected income, so over the coming weeks the city will have to balance that amount.

City Manager Shane Shields told the council they could increase the tax levy, make cuts in the requests, or do a combination of the two. There is also the matter of how much to transfer from utility funds, and how much to keep on hand for contingencies.

For the first time, the city, as well as all other cities in the state, are under a state imposed budget cap. According to a formula the council could raise taxes by 4.49 mils, or $234,000, and if they go above that they would have to get voter approval.

In previous years the council has trimmed instead of raising taxes, and there are some options available.

Sumner Newscow precipitation table: June 27, 2017 report

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Angie Davis in need of kidney transplant

Help wanted: Dispatcher 1 – E911 Department

Help wanted: Dispatcher I – E911 Dept

Starting Training Pay: $12.81

The Dispatcher performs specialized work in receiving emergency calls for service and dispatching the appropriate police, fire, EMS, or Emergency Management agencies to the incident scene. High School Diploma or GED Equivalent is required.  Ability to use computer to maneuver through and operate Windows based Computer Aided Dispatch software and type 30 words per minute.  Ability to use radio/paging console.  Must pass minimum vision and hearing requirements and pre-employment drug screen.  May be required to complete other medical/psychological testing as determined by the 911 Director.  Typing and skills testing is required.

WILL be required to work night shift, swing shift, weekends, and holidays.  Overtime is frequently required.

Applicants with criminal histories will be disqualified.

Apply online at www.HRePartners.com.  Applications close 06/30/2017.  Complete job description available; contact the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Rm. 101, Wellington Ks 67152, ph 620-326-3395.  EOE

Donald Wilkie Nusbaum, 77, Wellington: March 8, 1940 – June 24, 2017

Donald Wilkie Nusbaum, age 77, of Wellington, died at Wellington Health and Rehab on Saturday, June 24, 2017.  Donald owned and operated an architectural models company in California for many years.  He retired in 2000.

Donald was born on March 8, 1940 in Sacramento, Calif. to Robert L. Nusbaum and Dorothy (Wilkie) Nusbaum.

He married Judith Muncey on September 1, 1962 in Portland Oregan.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald W. Nusbaum, Jr.; and brother, Richard L. Nusbaum.

Wellington Golf Association crowns match play champions in Harrison, Stocking and Gleason

By Bobby Wilson, Sumner Newscow — Derek Harrison, Brad Stocking and Trampas Gleason were the three winners of the Wellington Match Play tournament this weekend. The Wellington Men’s Golf Association held their annual tournament at the Wellington Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event was treated to cooler temperatures but the play was on fire. The event hosted 46 members who competed in three flights. Harrison was the Championship winner, while Stocking won the A Flight and Gleason the B Flight.

Championship Flight

The Championship Flight had some fierce competition that would take extra holes in two matches to decide a victor and the eventual Champion. On Saturday Charlie Ballard and Ty Wilson were all square after eighteen holes. Ballard the seasoned veteran would beat the local Senior Crusader golfer on the first playoff hole by making a birdie to advance.

14-year-old Blake Saffell gets his first hole-in-one

Blake Saffell not only makes a hole-in-one, but he supports the Kansas City Royals.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Steve Saffell was on the Wellington High School state champion golf team in 1983.

He has accomplished a lot in the golf world. But he hasn’t done one thing: hit a hole in one.

But his 14-year-old son has. Blake Saffell hit a hole in one yesterday afternoon on the Wellington Golf Course.

Using a 9-iron, Blake would step up to the Hole #17 red tee box at 3:45 p.m., and hit a golfball.

The ball would sail in the air, bounce onto the green and roll right into the hole – for his first ace of his life.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 26, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, June 26, 2017:

2017 Mosquito Spraying schedule announced

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Street Department will begin the following Mosquito spraying schedule on Wednesday, June 28:

SPRAYING AREAS

MONDAY: A- West of Vandenburgh Ave.

WEDNESDAY:  B – South of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Woodlawn.

FRIDAY: C- North of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Hargis Creek Watershed.

If rain or high winds occur during normal spraying hours (6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) that area will be done the next day (morning or evening) weather permitting, or the next week on the scheduled day.

Dr. Rittle hopes Cowley College- Sumner Campus will be in operation by Fall of 2018

The site plan for the Cowley College – Sumner Campus. (Click on drawing for larger viewing).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been almost eight months since Sumner County voters approved a sales-tax measure for the construction of Cowley College – Sumner Campus in last November’s general election. Since that point, a lot has happened. In late November, the Bill and Marjorie Short family, i.e. Short Land Company, LLC, announced the donation of 18 acres of land which is directly east of the Wellington Wal-Mart Super Center (see story here).

Dr. Dennis Rittle

Just this month four candidates are vying to become a Cowley trustees that will represent Sumner County. A primary will occur during the first week in August with the general election in November.

As far as the construction of the actual campus, Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, hopes to have the start of construction by the end of year. He hopes to have the campus open by the Fall of 2018 for classes.

There are currently some issues ahead that needs to be worked out between Cowley College and the city of Wellington. The issue at the moment is the construction of access roads leading to and from the campus. Wellington City Manager Shane Shields told the council at a recent work session of the possible expense. It could affect the overall transportation budget for the city.

We submitted a list of questions via e-mail for Dr. Rittle, about the upcoming road issue as well as a general construction issue. Here is his answers:

SN: What roads do you plan on constructing around the new Cowley College – Sumner Campus? 

Wellington Swim Team sets sights on Winfield; battled Haysville last week

This week’s Wellington Sailfish swimmers of the week are: Back row to front row, L-R: Megan Wylie, Maizy Cornejo, Hank Shinliver, Mia Hawks, Sadie Camblin, Owen Camblin.

by Allison McCue, Sailfish head swimming coach — The Wellington Sailfish are busy preparing for their upcoming swim meet at Winfield. The battle begins this Tuesday night. The opening race starts at 6 p.m. so make yourself over to Winfield if you wish to see some exciting swim action.

Last week, the Sailfish continued their journey to League Finals as they took on a power house team, the Haysville Piranhas. Tripling the size of Wellington, a fair match wasn’t exactly in the forecast last Tuesday. Several heats consisted solely of Haysville swimmers, which eventually gave them a lead over the Sailfish.

Putting scores aside, some very exciting things happened at the meet. For the the first time the 8 and under age group had the chance to compete in relays. There is something to be said about the bustling atmosphere when the youngest swimmers are in the water. Everything from shouts of encouragement to awes and goo’s are fairly easily made out.

The 8 and under age group had stellar results. The boys relay consisting of: Owen Camblin, Kenneth Dockery, Easton Lynnes and Noah McComb placed first in their 200-meter freestyle relay, while the 8 and under girls claimed second place in the lady’s division. The swimmers in this relay included: Emmalee Burden, Sophie Cornejo, Kinley Gregory and Kirstyn Gregory They were over the moon to receive blue and red ribbons at practice on Wednesday morning.

Our swimmers of the week included:

Sumner Sheriff weekly jail bookings: June 19 – June 26, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for June 19 to June 26, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Warren Gene Weiss, 80, Winfield: Jan. 19, 1937 – June 26, 2017

Warren Gene Weiss, age 80, died in Winfield, at Easter Seals Capper Foundation Care Home on Monday morning, June 26, 2017.

Warren was born on January 19, 1937 in Albuquerque, NM to Martin Weiss and Martha J. (Wahl) Weiss.

Warren is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald Weiss; and one sister, Barbara Bishop.

He is survived by his sister, Gloria Gray of Derby, KS.

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