Daily Archives: April 4, 2017

Wellington City Council meeting live feed – April 4, 2017

Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary Proclamation Day was a success in downtown Wellington

Caldwell Mayor Mark Arnold, Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel and Mayfield Mayor Larry Ford signing proclamation.

Sumner Newscow report — The Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary Proclamation Day was held in downtown Wellington Saturday after having been moved from the Girl Scout Cabin at the Wellington Lake because of the adverse weather conditions.

Despite the weather, it was a great time for all. The festivities started with the Mayoral Proclamation of the Chisholm Trail Marker (located north of Wellington Lake) as Caldwell Mayor Mark Arnold, Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel and Mayfield Mayor Larry Ford signed the proclamation.

Zach Daily trying out the blacksmith booth.

Then came the Crafts and Goods Fair; Trail Boss’ Chuckwagon Lunch, old fashioned fun and games, and horse and demonstrations. 

Chris Kop named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Chris Kop

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Chris Kop, a Wellington High School senior for the Crusader track team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the week.

Kop was a double-winner at the season opening track meet at Clearwater on Friday in both the shot put and the discus. Kop finished first in the shot put with a 46’2″ throw over 24 other competitors.

He then secured a second first-place finish in the discus with a 130′ 1″ throw.

For his effort, Kop will receive a FREE delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Sports today: More weather postponements; WHS track and golf teams open season

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — More postponements, updated sports schedule for rest of week, results of recent track meet, Monday’s golf tournament all make for a lengthy sports report:



•The Wellington High School tennis tournament at Chaparral as well as the home junior varsity tournament have been postponed. No make-up dates have been set.

•The C-team baseball game v. Belle Plaine, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed to a later date.


Updated schedule for rest of week: 

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: March 27 – April 3, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 27 to April 3, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: (The full report can be found here). 

Wellington has received 1.2 inches of rain in April

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington has received another .3 inches of rain over the evening, adding to the high moisture totals in April. Wellington had 1.2 inches on April 2. Total rainfall from our trusty rain gauge is 1.7 inches since April 1. For 2017, Wellington has received 13.1 inches. 

Two juvenile males identified with downtown business, DARE vehicle vandalism

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Police have identified two juvenile males, currently in custody, responsibility for the recent rash of vandalism in our community.  Investigators are currently preparing paperwork to be presented to the Sumner County Attorney’s office later this week.

Numerous downtown business windows including vehicle windows including that of the Wellington Police DARE vehicle.

Wellington DARE vehicle damage in a rash of vandalism in downtown Wellington Friday evening.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, April 3, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, April 3, 2017:

Judd-Jenkins: With Medicaid Expansion override failure, rural healthcare options diminish

by Jessica Lucas, Lobbyist Alliance for a Healthy Kansas — The Kansas House of Representatives attempted to override the Governor’s veto on Medicaid expansion on Monday morning, but fell short three votes. A successful override would have assured Medicaid insurance options for approximately 150,000 low income Kansans and was estimated to generate upwards of $600,000 annually for Sumner Regional Medical Center.

On the veto override vote, Sumner County elected officials voted as follows: Rep. Kyle Hoffman sided with Governor Brownback and voted to sustain the veto. Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins and Rep. Ed Trimmer voted to override in favor of Medicaid expansion. Rep. Hoffman was also a no vote on the original bill, while Reps. Trimmer and Judd-Jenkins were a yes. Senator Larry Alley voted no on the original bill. The Senate will not vote on the override since the House sustained the veto.

Anita Judd-Jenkins

After the veto override vote, Rep. Judd-Jenkins stated, “I’m disappointed that my fellow Representatives, who heard the same pleas as I did from their hospitals, nursing homes, doctors, and healthcare workers, did not stand with their constituents. When we see our medical dollars starved and our rural healthcare options diminish, we allow decay in our quality of life rather than empowering our communities. It’s personally a sad day for me.”

Before the Affordable Care Act  was passed, hospitals were paid a lump sum of money to treat the uninsured population. This offset their expenses for patients who couldn’t afford health insurance. When the ACA became law, the payments stopped because that money was redirected to Americans in the form of insurance through the expansion of Medicaid. But Governor Sam Brownback opted not to accept the federal money so hospitals have had to provide care without any kind of reimbursement.

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