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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The school opening question

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School board approves reopening plan, new calendar… Superintendent says key to this year is flexibility

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board unanimously approved its reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year (see full plan here). The big theme at the moment: everything is More »

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2020

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, August 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 Friday, August 7 More »

Wellington AD Luke Smith outlines fall season ahead… practice start-up dates… COVID sports rules

Above is the full virtual USD 353 Fall Sports meeting presentation by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith.  by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether or not a full fall sports season will More »

Enroll in Orion Education and Training – a diploma completion program for adults

It’s never too late to earn your high school diploma.  Orion Education is currently enrolling for the fall semester.  Orion’s high school diploma completion program provides a unique opportunity for people 19 and older to More »

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: August 3 to August 10, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for August 3 to August 10, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  More »

City of Wellington will be having ‘Free Chlorine Burnout’ from Aug. 13 to Aug. 27… What does that mean?

Free Chlorine Burnout, August 13 – August 27

Why are we temporarily switching from chloramines to free chlorine?

Chloramine is a very stable and long-lasting disinfectant in water systems. As a maintenance activity to optimize the water quality of the distribution system, the water plant will switch to free chlorine for disinfection for a period of about one month, or until the distribution system has been completely flushed for the following reasons:  Remove any biofilm and bacteria from the water distribution system pipes;  Reduce the formation of nitrates and nitrites (nitrification);  Reduce any taste and odor complaints;  This maintenance process is recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). After distribution system flushing is completed, the water plant will resume disinfection utilizing chloramines.

During this maintenance process, is the water safe to drink and use?

Darrell Bruner, 83, Caldwell: April 20, 1937 – Aug. 8, 2020

Darrell Bruner

Darrell Arthur Bruner, 83, died on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at his home near Renfrow, Okla. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, at Assembly of God, Caldwell.

Darrell was born April 20, 1937, in Enid, Okla. to Arthur and Alice Bruner. He grew up west of Renfrow, on a farm, attending first grade at District #30. He started school at Caldwell in the second grade and graduated with the Class of 1955. Subsequently, he began pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education at Friends University, Wichita. While at Friends, he was the president of the Singing Quakers, played trombone in the brass ensemble, and was elected junior class vice-president. After two years at Friends, he transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, Warner Fellowship, and Collegiate FFA. Darrell graduated OSU in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education.

Help wanted: Firefighter/paramedic or Firefighter/EMT

Help wanted: Firefighter/paramedic or EMT.

The Wellington Fire & EMS Department is accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter/EMT.  Applicants must be currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.  Applicants must be a certified Firefighter I or the ability to obtain that certification within 12 months.   Applicants must attend a physical ability test or a current CPAT will be accepted.  Interviews and physical ability test will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline.   Firefighter/EMT applicants will be required to attend paramedic class 1 year after hire.  A paramedic scholarship from the department is available. Starting annual salary for a Firefighter/Paramedic is $41,569 and for Firefighter/EMT is $35,744 this does not include FLSA overtime.  Salary step increase after 6 months and 1 year.

Wellington Fire & EMS employs 19 full-time personnel and one administrative staff.  The department responds on an average to 2000 EMS calls and 1300 fire calls annually.  Staff work 24-hour shifts and must reside within 20 miles of the fire station within 6 months.

The City of Wellington offers KP& F retirement, 10 paid holidays, vacation, Christmas savings plan, sick time incentive, health insurance and opportunities for overtime.

Apply and review the position requirements, at cityofwellington.net    Application deadline is August 21, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Contact Tim Hay at 620 326-7443 with any questions concerning this position.

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School board approves reopening plan, new calendar… Superintendent says key to this year is flexibility

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board unanimously approved its reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year (see full plan here). The big theme at the moment: everything is subject to change.

In the ongoing ebb-and-flow that is the Coronavirus pandemic, the Wellington school staff is implementing an 84-page contingency plan that will look much like a food buffet  – filled with several options to best suit individual students and the USD 353 staff.

The board also approved the 2020-21 calendar with its delayed start of Sept. 8. The school day will have 15 minutes each day to make up for the lost hour of not starting in late August. School is scheduled to end on May 21 and all the vacations and in-service days will remain the same.

How those school hours will be used by the students and their teachers and administrators will be the tricky part.

Don’t miss this 2020 Grasshopper model at Oxford Saw and Mower

Washington Elementary receives Challenge Award – a top 100 Kansas school

Sumner Newscow report — Jim McNiece, Kansas State Board of Education Representative, attended Monday night’s Wellington School Board meeting to present Washington Elementary with the Challenge Award.

This award recognizes schools for outstanding achievements and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas math and reading assessment results and other qualifying factors, specifically the sample size, ethnicity and social-emotional status of those taking the test. Graduation rates for high schools and chronic absenteeism rates for middle and elementary schools are also factored in. The top 100 Kansas schools are selected for this honor each year.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, August 10, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, August 10, 2020

Sumner County Commissioner Minutes: August 3 and August 4, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County Commissioner meeting minutes for August 3 and 4.

August 3, 2020 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris, 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley and Rose Mary Sanders, Ranson Financial. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of July 27 and 28. 

Second annual Crusader Baseball Golf Tournament slated for Sept. 12, sponsors needed

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2020

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, August 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020

Friday, August 7

Wellington AD Luke Smith outlines fall season ahead… practice start-up dates… COVID sports rules

Above is the full virtual USD 353 Fall Sports meeting presentation by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether or not a full fall sports season will materialize ultimately depends on another COVID-19 outbreak. Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith held a 14-minute virtual fall sports meeting to outline what parents need to expect in the months ahead when it comes to sports.

Smith said this video is an overview of the WHS/WMS sports. Individual teams should have their own meetings leading up to the season whether that will be in-person or virtually will be left to them.

STARTUP FALL SPORTS SCHEDULES:

High School practice:

Football: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the high school practice football field.

Enroll in Orion Education and Training – a diploma completion program for adults

It’s never too late to earn your high school diploma.  Orion Education is currently enrolling for the fall semester.  Orion’s high school diploma completion program provides a unique opportunity for people 19 and older to earn credits toward a high school diploma. Adults are able to work at their own pace, complete the needed courses and receive a high school diploma from a local school district. Courses meet the state and local graduation requirements and are available online. 

 Visit the websites at https://orioneducation.org/diploma-completion/locations/winfield

Contact the Belle Plaine or Winfield locations to enroll.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: August 3 to August 10, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for August 3 to August 10, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Sumner Sheriff Darren Chambers makes statement concerning primary campaign

Sumner Newscow report – The following is a press statement from Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers:

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Darren Chambers

“Today, I would like to thank my family and my friends, and the voters of Sumner County. I am humbled to serve as Sumner County Sheriff for another four years. 

My first responsibility and first concern are always the citizens of Sumner County. Covid-19 made things very different this year. We couldn’t hold the events we usually would and weren’t able to knock on doors either.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: Aug. 4 – Aug. 9, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Aug. 4 – Aug. 9, 2020 is as follows: 

Sunday blog: Politics aside, mail-in voting has merit and potential problems

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m not sure what I’ll be doing on Nov. 3, but I know what I won’t be doing.

I’m not voting.

Oh, I’ll vote. But it won’t be on Nov. 3, the day of the general election. I’ll either have voted via absentee ballot (see advanced ballot application here), or I’ll go down to the Sumner County Clerk’s office to advance vote which starts Oct. 14.

There is no way I’m going to the Raymond Frye Complex in COVID-19 2020 during a general election pandemic where every Tom, Dick, and Harriet votes and long packed lines are the norm. Think big gatherings are a problem at the moment? Ask Herman Cain. By the way, if you insist on voting in that room on Nov. 3, wear a mask.

As far as the whole mail-in ballot debate in 2020 is concerned, it is a slam dunk yes for me. As for the long-term? I’ll get back to you on that.

Friday Sumner County COVID-19 case count: Aug. 7…

Sumner Newscow report — Latest Sumner County COVID-19 Case count:

SUMNER HEALTH DEPARTMENT FIGURES: (Friday, August 7):

Sumner County has confirmed 94 positive cases: 87 recovered, 3 deaths, and 4 active. (July 31 cases: 72 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, and 19 active).

KDHE FIGURES (Friday, August 7)99 in Sumner County (Up 2 from July 31).

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Wellington City Newsletter: August 7, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Newsletter by City Manager Shane Shields was released today. The City Newsletter can be found here

Sumner County Court Docket: August 7 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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