Daily Archives: March 17, 2017

Council votes to guarantee loan for Sumner Regional Medical Center

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted to guarantee a loan the hospital is getting from a local bank to help with cash flow. The loan is for $150,000. But the city will only be on the hook for that if the hospital is unable to pay the loan off.

The vote was held at a special meeting at city hall Thursday. Sumner Regional Medical Center was discussed at length.

The hospital is in a little better shape than it was a year or so ago when it was in a crisis and there were fears it might close.

Kansas Reading Roadmap aimed to improve K-3 student literacy at 3 Wellington schools

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — A new federal grant has given three Wellington USD 353 Title 1 elementary schools, Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington, a chance to offer students a new no cost academic after-school program.

All of the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) programs are offered at no cost for students and their families. The three components of the programs are the three after-school programs, which are referred to as “academies,” LIFE (Literacy Integrated Family Engagement) Program, and KRR Summer Academy Program. The KRR is made possible by funding from the Kansas Department for Children and Families, with technical support from the Kansas State Department of Education.

KRR is a K-3 literacy program whose mission statement reads “providing individualized Instruction and interventions to meet the needs of all children. Parents, teachers, schools and community members work together toward a common set of goals.”

Wellington USD 353 started three KRR after-school academies: Kennedy, Lincoln , and Washington Elementary schools which run 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program began on Monday, Feb. 27 and will run through Thursday, May 18. The program targets students in grades K-3 by teaching reading interventions and strategies which help improve their reading skills using a fun, hands-on approach.

JC Penney store in Winfield to permanently close

by Shane Farley, — The JC Penney store in Winfield is one of several in Kansas that will be permanently closed by the retailer.

That store has operated at the Winfield Plaza for many years. The other locations slated for closure are in Chanute, Great Bend, Hutchinson and Lawrence.

JC Penney is also closing its store in the Ponca Plaza in Ponca City, Okla.

The company had recently announced it planned to close more than 100 stores but had not released a list. This list released Friday included 138 locations across the country.

Wellington Regent Theater movie of the week: The Shack

This week at the Regent Theater: “The Shack”

Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including some violence).

Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Movie Synopsis: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Regent Theater Spring Break Movie Matinees

‘Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail’ author to speak in Wellington Saturday

Dr. Leon Olivia

Sumner Newscow report – Dr. Leo Oliva, author and former professor of history at Fort Hays State University, will present “Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail” to members and guests of the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at the Wellington Public Library. Everyone is invited to attend the free program.

Olivia is fascinated by 19th Century Kansas early settler’s history, Native-American, and military history, and is currently working on a book with Alice Anne Thompson about women who traveled the Santa Fe Trail.

“I’m mostly interested in the 19th century,” Oliva said, “20th Century seems too recent.”

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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