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The ‘every-post-season-list-that-has-Sumner-County-players’ list

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Remember the good old days when we had sports? The 2019-20 high school basketball season was a good one even though it ended in the quarterfinals More »

Lincoln Elementary Parade brought teachers and students together again

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The pandemic shutdown is hard on almost everyone. But it is hard to gauge its effects on elementary children – where the school is oftentimes the More »

Sumner has second confirmed case of the COVID-19 in northern part of county

The following is a press release by Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig issued on April 2. ——— The Sumner County Health Department this afternoon received confirmation of a second COVID-19 case More »

BNSF Railroad will temporarily start changing crews at the Wellington yard office instead of current location

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad issued today… ——— “BNSF Railway will begin temporarily changing crews at the Wellington Yard office instead More »

Coronavirus cancellation and postponement list for Sumner County (and other vital information)…

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a comprehensive list of vital updated Coronavirus information, and Sumner County postponements and cancellations. The cancellation list is separated into six categories: Government, Schools, Churches, More »

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The ‘every-post-season-list-that-has-Sumner-County-players’ list

Eli Wiseman of Belle Plaine was the lone male Sumner County basketball player to be named a first-team all-state player. A junior, Wiseman helped Belle Plaine to a 17-5 record. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Remember the good old days when we had sports? The 2019-20 high school basketball season was a good one even though it ended in the quarterfinals of the state tournament due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Here is a collection of the all-state and all-league honors that Sumner County athletes have accumulated during the postseason.

Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-State team

Girls

Class 4A, honorable mention: Ali Zeka, Wellington, so.

Class 2A second team: Kara Koester, Conway Springs, sr.

Boys

Class 2A first-team: Eli Wiseman, Belle Plaine, jr.

Class 2A, honorable mention: Austin Hilton, Belle Plaine, jr.

Topeka Capital-Journal

SCCDAT news: You can climb out of depression

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Cowley College now enrolling for online classes

State Senator Alley: Cell Phone GPS Tracking raises concern for rural communities

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by District 32 State Senator Larry Alley for April 3.

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Larry Alley

“Good morning, hope all of you are safe and well. I have received many emails, texts, and phone calls concerning Cell Phone GPS Tracking by the State. This is and can be alarming, is it a violation of our privacy, is it Big Brother( Big Sister) watching us?

The Kansas Justice Institute ask these questions of Governor Kelly and she responded in her daily news conference. They are using public data from Unacast to monitor movement by county. However, they do not monitor individual cell phone traffic. Here is the web site you can see the data the State is using here.

As you can see the scoreboard gives each County a grade based on the amount of traffic movement that occurs within the County.

Concern has been raised that this method is unreliable, and easily manipulated for rural areas of our State. It is true the Governor widened her order to statewide partially because of this data. Herein lies the main concern, there is not a corner grocery store in most of our rural communities, the pharmacy is not just down the block, and the doctor’s office isn’t located on Main Street. Our Rural residents rely on these services the same as our metropolitan citizens do. They just travel farther to obtain them.

Barbara Jean (Daniels) Stonehocker, 85, Wellington: April 6, 1934 – April 2, 2020

Barbara Jean (Daniels) Stonehocker, age 85, died April 2, 2020, at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington, KS.

She was born on April 6, 1934, in Wellington, KS to Estus Cecil “Jack” and Pauline (McDonald) Daniels.

She was a 1952 graduate of Wellington High School receiving her LPN license in 1979, working in various nursing homes both in Wichita and Wellington.

She married Roy Stonehocker, Jr. in Newkirk, OK on October 5, 1953.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Virginia Jacobs and Helen Jones.

Asphalt surface project begins Monday on U.S. 160 in Wellington

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Sumner Newscow report — The FY 2020 CCLIP Project for East Highway 160 from Woodlawn Avenue to Day Street will begin Monday, April 6.  Flint Hills Materials, LLC of Wichita is the General Contractor for this project.  The project consists of milling 2-inch of asphalt off the surface and replacing with new asphalt.

One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout the duration of this project.

The intersections of US 160/Woodlawn and US 160/Day may experience times of closure for the milling or new asphalt installation.

Lincoln Elementary Parade brought teachers and students together again

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The pandemic shutdown is hard on almost everyone. But it is hard to gauge its effects on elementary children – where the school is oftentimes the center of their universe.

Thursday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School teachers and paras got together to ease the loneliness of not having school by having a parade exclusively for their students.

“I saw this on social media where other towns were doing this,” said Lincoln Elementary Second Grade Teacher and parade ringleader Jennifer Worley. “I wanted to do the same for our students.”

So Worley put together a plan. She got the addresses of every Lincoln Elementary student and put together a parade route through Wellington. Then on Thursday afternoon, the teachers came together decorated their vehicles with streamers, homemade signs and liquid chalk window markings. 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sumner has second confirmed case of the COVID-19 in northern part of county

The following is a press release by Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig issued on April 2.

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The Sumner County Health Department this afternoon received confirmation of a second COVID-19 case in Sumner County.  The patient is a woman in her 50s who resides in the northern part of the county.  She has been in quarantine.  All contacts have been identified and contacted.

If you have any questions or concerns please call the Sumner County Health Department at 620-326-2774.

BNSF Railroad will temporarily start changing crews at the Wellington yard office instead of current location

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad issued today…

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“BNSF Railway will begin temporarily changing crews at the Wellington Yard office instead of the current location east of town. The move will allow train crews to avoid being transported in crew vans and will allow individuals to better practice safe distancing. The shift is expected to impact 10 to 15 eastbound trains a day. BNSF will work to ensure that crew changes happen quickly so trains are not blocking crossing for extended periods of time.

To minimize impacts on residents living near the tracks, BNSF signal personal will begin installing new circuitry on all crossing guards that will turn off bells seconds after the gates are lowered. The new circuitry should be installed by April 14.

Commencement ceremonies at Cowley College postponed until Dec. 13

Sumner Newscow report — Due to the CDC guidelines on limiting sizes of groups due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus, Cowley College has decided to postpone its Commencement ceremonies. Originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 2 the Commencement ceremonies have been moved to Sunday, December 13 inside the Robert Brown Theatre. The time for the ceremony has yet to be determined.

In the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, Cowley College’s leadership teams understood how important Commencement is to its graduating students.

Cowley College welding students make signs for Sumner Campus

Sumner Newscow report — Students in Cowley College’s welding department recently made signs to display at the Sumner Campus in Wellington representing the incorporated cities in Sumner County.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said the idea of posting signage of the incorporated cities in Sumner County on the Sumner Campus was birthed from discussions by countywide cross-sectional team members, who helped plan the campus footprint and the designs of the buildings.

“At the heart of their discussions, the team members wanted Sumner Campus to be a unifying centerpiece of Sumner County,” Dr. Rittle said. “I am so pleased that these signs, fashioned by the hands of Cowley College students, are now in place symbolizing this spirit of unity.”

Mary Jane Appel, 86, Corbin: June 2, 1933 – March 31, 2020

Mary Jane Appel

Mary Jane’s life began on June 2, 1933, in Wichita. She was the daughter of Lester and Margaret (Baker) Bowles. Mary Jane was welcomed home by her older sister, Helen. She was educated in Wichita and Friendswood, Texas, and was a graduate of Wichita North High School. After high school, she continued her education and graduated from Friends University. Mary Jane was united in marriage to the love of her life, Raymond L. Appel on August 28, 1954, in Wichita at Friends University Church.

Mary Jane was employed as a kindergarten teacher until she was ready to begin their family. After starting her family, she and Raymond moved to Raymond‘s family farm near Corbin. They raised three sons and one daughter there. Her life was filled with caring for Randy, Steven, Karen and Roger. The one thing Mary Jane valued besides Jesus was family. She hosted numerous family Thanksgiving dinners over the years that included her sister, Helen and her family. These get-togethers created life long memories for all.

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus cancellation and postponement list for Sumner County (and other vital information)…

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a comprehensive list of vital updated Coronavirus information, and Sumner County postponements and cancellations.

The cancellation list is separated into six categories: Government, Schools, Churches, Community, Business and Restaurants.

If you have a business/church/organization with a cancellation or postponement, please contact us at sumnernewscow@gmail.com or provide it in the comments section below.

INFORMATION AND PROCLAMATIONS

•For updated Sumner County Health Department information concerning the coronavirus COVID-19, click on its Facebook page hereTo contact the SCHD directly, call 620-326-2774.

•For general updated information on the COVID-19 virus and its symptoms, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website by clicking here.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued a stay-at-home order. The executive order can be found by clicking here. No mass gathering can exceed 10 people.

•The Wellington Police Department has cumulated an “Essential business” list for places that can be open and those “non-essential” businesses that are to be closed. All businesses that remain open must follow these social distancing guidelines and the 10-and-under mandate:

Open: Healthcare, childcare, pharmacies, grocery stores/food banks/commodities, gas stations, auto repair and supply, banks, shipping and mail, laundromats/dry cleaning, motels and hotels, manufacturing companies, hardware stores, professional services (accountant, lawyers, insurance agents, plumbers, electricians, etc.), burial services, churches/religion institutions, media services, storage units, transportation – Walt, Uber, Taxi, outdoor activities – exercising, walking, running. city parks (playground equipment is closed).

Closed: Restaurants – dining area (curbside, carryout, delivery only), bars/nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms/fitness centers, barber shops/salons, K-12 schools per Governor’s order (meal and supply pickup is allowed).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Robert ‘Bobby’ Nelson, 85, Wellington: Dec. 15, 1934 – March 31, 2020

Robert “Bobby” Nelson, age 85, died Tuesday evening, March 31, 2020, at Botkin Health & Rehab in Wellington.

Bobby was born on December 15, 1934, in Wellington to Theodore Nelson and Viola (Haskins) Nelson. He married Amy Ethel Atwood on April 20, 1953 in Wellington, KS.  She preceded him in death in 1972.

Bobby worked for the City of Wellington and was also a self-employed tree trimmer.

Survivors include his children, Francis, Chris, Mark, Kelly, Judy, Cheryl, Naomi, step-daughter, Kathy; sisters, Alice and Carolyn; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter: March-April 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the latest newsletter by the Wellington Fire/EMS Chief Tim Hay:

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Newsletter March-April 2020

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Help wanted: Mill Creek is hiring for a full-time non-CDL driver

WHS Crimson Dancers will be holding virtual tryouts on April 1-15

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