Daily Archives: April 18, 2017

Driver’s Education enrollment is due April 21 at the Wellington Middle School

Sumner Newscow report — Driver’s Education enrollment is due April 21 at the Middle school. Openings in all both sessions and all four classes.

Below is the information for the course.

Who can take DE? Students who have completed their eighth grade year of school and who will be 14 years of age by May 31, 2017 but not yet 21 years of age by September 1, 2017.

When is DE? Students will be assigned to either a 7:45 – 9:45 a.m. class or a 10 a.m. – noon. Students will also be assigned several 1 hour 40 Minute driving blocks during the session. These driving assignments will be made by the driving instructor. In order to pass the course, students may not miss more than three days of the session. Students successfully completing the program will be given half of a credit toward graduation. The course will be Pass – Fail, with students expected to complete all instructional Modules at the stated mastery percentage.

The schedule is as follows: 

Wellington-Winfield baseball/softball game rescheduled for Wednesday

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington at Winfield baseball/softball has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. Varsity games only. Varsity softball on field #4. Varsity baseball on Field #1. Southwestern softball has a game scheduled on Field #3.

City of Wellington contemplates switching to automatic trash service; but start-up costs are significant

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council is contemplating a new way to collect trash. The problem, as always, is the costs of making the transition.

Last month, when the council gathered to look at looming city projects on the immediate horizon, the subject of trash came up. The city of Wellington is currently losing money on its waste collections to a tune of about $25,000 a year. Also, the city needs to buy two new trash trucks and perhaps a third by 2020 to round out full replacement of a four-truck fleet.

But instead of purchasing new rear-loading trucks at $150,000 to $180,000 a pop, the council instead is contemplating following the lead of many private trash companies and some municipalities and going with automation.

An automated trash service as the video illustrates will feature a truck with a side-loader (or front loader) that pulls up to the side of the curb. A mechanical arm reaches out and grabs a designated trash container before dumping trash into the bin. There would be two containers: one for regular trash and the second for recyclables.

The key difference from a customer standpoint: everyone would use city-sanctioned dumpsters and everyone would have to put their trash to the curb. Commercial customers, due to the sheer volume of trash consumed, would still be picked up with traditional rear-loaders.

The City of El Dorado has gone to fully automation since 2009. Brad Meyer, Director of Public Works at El Dorado, swears by it.

Wellington Rec Commission to hold monthly board meeting April 25 at 7 a.m.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Recreation Commission will be holding its monthly board meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7 a.m. The meeting will be located in the WRC Conference Room.

Connor Vaughn named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is nothing in the Big Cheese Athlete of the Week rules book that says the athlete has to be a high school student.

Therefore we are making 2012 Wellington High School graduate Connor Vaughn, Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Vaughn just ran the Boston Marathon (see story below). If you are running the Boston Marathon from Sumner County, then you are definitely the Big Cheese athlete of the Week. For his efforts, the next time he is in town, Vaughn is entitled to a FREE delicious large Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. 

Connor Vaughn of Wellington participates in 2017 Boston Marathon

Connor Vaughn completes the 2017 Boston Marathon in under three hours.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Connor Vaughn, a 2012 Wellington High School graduate, participated in this year’s Boston Marathon — considered one of the most prestigious long-distance races in the world.

Vaughn, the son of Tim and Elizabeth Vaughn, finished the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 1 second Monday afternoon.

He finished the race in 1,324th place and 1,239th amongst males. Not bad considering there were 30,074 runners in the Patriot’s Day marathon – 16,376 of them being male.

He averaged 6:50 minute per mile Monday.

Running was not something Vaughn was known for in high school. He played football and tennis for the Crusaders.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, April 17, 2017:

Wellington Police notes:
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Sumner Newscow precipitation table: April 18, 2017

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