Daily Archives: August 10, 2017

Rare total solar eclipse to occur August 21; Special program on subject at Wellington Library Saturday

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — For the first time in decades, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States on Monday, Aug. 21, but it will depend where you are to see “how much” of the eclipse you will see. People in Sumner County will view a partial eclipse.

A total solar eclipse will be seen by anyone within the path of totality, which stretches from Salem, Ore. to Charleston, S.C. If you wish to see a total eclipse in Kansas you need to drive north and east.The path travels through the very far NE corner of the Sunflower State, and the centerline passes right over Troy at 1:05:55 p.m. Folks there will enjoy two minutes and 38 seconds of totality. Other towns that will see totality include: Atchison, Hiawatha and Seneca. Leavenworth has about a minute and 30 seconds. Information about where to view the eclipse click here.

People in the Wellington area will be able to view a partial solar eclipse at approximately 11:36 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, and end at 2:32 p.m. that day, for a duration of two hours and 56 minutes. Remember, it won’t be a total solar eclipse here. A link to see what Wellington people will see is here.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon’s shadow sweeps across the sun, and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere, the corona, can be seen. Those outside the path of totality will see a partial eclipse, in which the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

This Saturday, a special program will be held at the Wellington Public Library in preparation of the eclipse. Guest speaker will be Jerelyn Ramirez of the Kansas Astronomical Observers, who will present a program about the solar eclipse from 10-11:30 a.m.

City of Wellington to start Harvey Street improvement project next week

Contractors will begin a street improvement project along Harvey Avenue between Ash and Woodlawn as soon as next week.  The project consists of removing and installing concrete curbing, sidewalk ramps, and street base and asphalt surface.

This will require full closure of Harvey Avenue in this location for most of the duration of the project.  Access to properties on Harvey will be by alley behind the property.  Access to Seller’s Park will be from 9th Street as the Harvey entrance will be closed.

The City of Wellington anticipates this work will be completed by the middle of October 2017.

Wellington High School fall season officially starts Monday for five teams

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2017-18 school year is right around the corner, and the accompanying sports season is even closer. Wellington High School practice starts Monday as well for Wellington Middle School teams and high school and middle school teams across Sumner County. Remember, athletes must have a physical, signed by a physician and parent/guardian.

Wellington High School football

Here is a pre-season schedule for the WHS football program:

Saturday, August 11 – Conditioning drills – 8 a.m.

Monday, August 14 – Two-a-day football practices begin, morning at 6:30 a.m., afternoon practice times TBA.

Thursday, August 17  – First full day of pads for practice.

Saturday, August 18 – Scrimmage at the high school, starts in the morning at high school facility, 8 a.m.

Thursday, August 24 – Crusader Wellington High School scrimmage. Times TBA. 6 p.m.

WHS football game schedule (all games start on Friday at 7 p.m.):

Dunkirk playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Dunkirk”

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

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for intense war experience and some language).

Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star, with longtime Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer providing the score.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, August 9, 2017:

Updated: Inmate who escaped from Winfield Correctional Facility is obtained in Butler County

by Shane Farley, — An inmate who was missing from the Winfield Correctional Facility has been found in Butler County.

Lewis Mitchell

53-year-old Lewis Mitchell was last seen around 9:30 p.m before being reported missing. He was found in the Douglass area after an extensive search. Tuesday. He was considered dangerous.

Lewis Mitchell is 6 feet 1 inch tall weighing 210 lbs. He is 53 years old and has black/grey hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white state-issued t-shirt and blue jeans or grey sweatpants, possibly wearing a red hoodie.

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