Daily Archives: May 14, 2020

Kansas governor slows plan to reopen with ‘Phase 1.5’ starting Monday

Governor’s Kansas Reopening Plan
Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4
May 4 – June 1 June 1 – June 14 June 15- June 30 Jun 30 – July 5
Gatherings 10 max. 30 max. 90 max. TBD
Restaurants Open, 10 per table, tables 6 ft. apart, no max.
Casinos Closed Open Open Open
Gyms Closed Open Open Open
Barbers/Salons Closed Open Open Open
Tattoo/Massage Closed Open Open Open
Community Center Closed Closed Open Open
Big Venues Closed Closed Open Open
Fairs Closed Closed Open Open
Graduations Closed Closed Open Open
Pools Closed Closed Open Open
Organized sports Closed Open Open Open
Overnight summer camps Closed Closed Open Open
Licensed Daycare Camps Open Open Open Open
Bars/Clubs (drink only) Closed Closed Open Open
K-12/ higher education Closed Closed Closed Closed
Comm. Center/Libraries Closed Open Open Open
Hospital care (elected) Open, up to practitioners
Dentist and other care Open, up to practitioners
Unless specified by Exec. Order Open Open Open Open
Masks not required, suggested.
County plans may be more restrictive.

(In the above graph, that in red is a change today from Kelly’s previous reopening plan)

Sumner Newscow report — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday slowed down the reopening of Kansas’ economy, ordering bars and bowling alleys to remain closed through the end of the month and keeping some coronavirus-inspired restrictions in place until near the end of June.

Kelly’s new order will allow barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, gyms and fitness centers to reopen as planned Monday. Owners of such businesses had been among the loudest critics of Kelly’s reopening plan, saying they could resume operations safely with deep cleaning and social distancing.

Under the governor’s new order, salons still will have to take customers by appointment only, while gym and fitness centers won’t be allowed to have group classes or use their locker rooms for anything other than bathroom facilities.

Bars, night clubs, bowling alleys would remain closed until at least June 1 under Kelly’s new order, and summer camps, fairs and festivals would not be allowed until at least June 15.

Sumner County Court Docket: May 14 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Roundup: Wellington school board delays band uniform purchase during 4-hour meeting

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While debating the Sumner Learning platform dominated Monday’s meeting, there were plenty of other items on the agenda for the Wellington School Board. The meeting lasted approximately four hours.


For the second straight month, the board tabled a motion on the purchase of band uniforms for the Wellington High School and Middle School. The board had asked Wellington band instructor Allen Hiskin to rebid the uniforms last month with the new design and the total cost was $59,631.

Wellington board member Chris Buckman said he was concerned about the upcoming budget, especially with the recent events surrounding the pandemic. The board decided to hold off until July to see what the financial condition would be before making a purchase.


Wellington Curriculum Director Jen Kerns said more Chromebooks will need to be purchased than usual this summer because of the continuous home learning this spring. There are currently 30 broken Chromebooks. Typically, the school district purchases 300 new Chromebooks annually. They are on a continuous five-year cycle.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Potential harsh storm is in the forecast, 2 inches of rain has fallen this week already

Precipitation rates since Saturday. (Click to enlarge).

Sumner Newscow report — Oh, boy. Here we go again. Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair said there is a possibility of rough weather ahead, with the possibility of one to two inches in the next 24 hours.

There is also a possibility of large hail, 60 mph wind and a slight chance for a tornado. Let’s hope none of that materializes.

Nevertheless, we are still way ahead (or behind) where we were last year when south-central Kansas had 8.22 inches of rainfall on May 8, 2019. That resulted in all kinds of chaos over the next two weeks including a bridge going out south of the Wellington Turnpike exchange that resulted in bumper-to-bumper traffic through Wellington for a couple of days. 

Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield addresses future situation

Sumner Newscow report — The following was a press statement made by Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield released on the USD 353 website concerning Monday’s vote.


“I want to take a moment to address the upcoming changes that will be occurring at WHS for the 2020-21 school year. We know that many people are wondering what is next and what the plan is moving forward in regards to curriculum, personalized learning, and project-based learning.

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