Daily Archives: May 6, 2020

Wellington Council gives preliminary approves to allowing Ascension Via Christi to open emergency health facility

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council gave preliminary approval to allowing Ascension via Christi to open an emergency health facility in the now-closed Sumner County Regional Medical Center at its meeting Tuesday.

Following Covid-19 guidelines, the meeting included some council members and a few city officials and the meeting was broadcast live over Youtube (see video above). Two council members were attending remotely.

Two Via Christi representatives gave an overall picture of their proposal at the meeting. The total cost of getting the hospital ready and the program up and running will be about $2 million. The city’s share would be $700,000.

Wellington Sanitation Department is running behind on routes today and tomorrow

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Sanitation Department is running behind on routes today and tomorrow. Any uncompleted sections of Wednesday routes will be finished Thursday morning.

Uncompleted Thursday routes will be finished Friday morning. 

Help wanted: City of Wellington Park Laborer – Downtown landscaping, seasonal positions, Sanitation Collector

Park Laborer — May 19 deadline

The City of Wellington is accepting applications for a Park Laborer-Downtown Landscaping position which generally involves routine manual labor including activities such as watering, fertilizing, planting, removing and trimming grasses, plants/flowers, hedges, trees and shrubs in the Wellington downtown area.

Working knowledge of different types of plantings and appropriate maintenance techniques preferred.  This is a seasonal position with flexible work hours between March and October. Salary range $10.42 to $15.10, DOQ.  Qualified applicants, please apply by 5 p.m., May 19, 2020, at or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152,   EOE, Drug-free workplace.

Seasonal positions — May 19 deadline

The City of Wellington is accepting applications for the positions of Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties.  Hours are generally Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., occasional Overtime may be required.  Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $8 per hour, EOE, Drug-free workplace.  Apply at or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS., open until all positions filled.

Positions available:  PUBLIC WORKS — Street, Cemetery, Park, Lake.

Rodger Dale Doherty, 71, Wellington: Dec. 18, 1948 – May 4, 2020

Rodger Doherty

Rodger Dale Doherty died on Monday, May 4, 2020, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, at the age of 71.

He was born the son of Charles and Ethel (Skaggs) Doherty on Saturday, December 18, 1948, in Chetopa, Kans. Rodger served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He operated Portraits by D in Topeka, Kans. for many years and in 2008 moved to Wellington and combined the business with Susan’s Portrait Designs.

On February 13, 2016, Rodger and Susan Bauler were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated four years of marriage. Rodger was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed building photography sets. He used his creativity as an inventor and was particularly proud of a photography posing table that he patented and used for school photography.

Wellington Rotary honors top seniors, eighth graders; scholarship and Cum Laude winners announced

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Rotary Club held its annual scholarship banquet virtually this year. Traditionally, the seniors are honored at the First United Methodist Church. The ceremony was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 5.

The Rotary Club honored the Cum Laude winners for the Class of 2020. It also honored the top 20 eighth graders. Then the Rotary provided two individual scholarships from longtime Rotary members who are no longer with us.

The two scholarship winners are as follows:

Ag economists warn against overreaction to meat industry structure in face of COVID-19

Sumner Newscow report – Tumultuous times in the meatpacking industry linked to the current new coronavirus pandemic has prompted calls for changes to the structure of the industry, but two Kansas State University agricultural economists are warning against overreactions to a structure that has been years in the making.

Hundreds of cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in some of the biggest meatpacking plants in the country, leading to supply chain disruptions as companies deal with absent workers and temporarily close plants, leading to a 40 percent loss of capacity in the industry.

The closures left livestock producers with a backlog of animals ready to go to market, which means higher feed costs and potentially heavier animals. On the other end of the supply chain, the disruptions mean spotty meat availability in grocery meat cases, with some supermarkets temporarily imposing limits on how much meat shoppers can buy.

Prompted by the situation, on April 28 President Donald Trump deemed meatpacking plants as “critical infrastructure” that must stay open.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Help wanted: Temporary full-time program technician

Help wanted: Temporary full-time program technician

The Sumner County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4, Grade 7 potential.  The salary range is $27,800 to $40,569 depending on knowledge and experience.  Depending on the duration of the temporary appointment, health benefits may be offered.  An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required but could be helpful.  Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment and KSAs – Knowledge, Skills & Abilities) may be picked up at the Sumner County FSA Office, 320 N Jefferson, Wellington, KS between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Applications and KSAs must be returned to the office no later than 4 p.m., May 15, 2020.   USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, and Lender.

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