Daily Archives: June 1, 2020

The 2020 election is set (minus write-ins)…. Hansel challenges Newell… Chambers vs. Boyd… Roitman to battle Hoffman… new county attorney…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2020 Sumner County Election has been set (barring a write-in campaign). There will be competitive races for several elected positions while others are running unopposed.

The deadline to file for state and local elections was at noon today. The state primary is slated for August 4. The general election is Nov. 3.

•Former Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel has thrown her hat into the ring and will challenge incumbent Jim Newell in the County Commissioner’s second district. The two will face off in the Republican primary.

•Sheriff Darren Chambers is being challenged by challenger Jason Boyd in the Republican primary as well.

•Marty Keenan, a Democrat, will be running for county attorney. Incumbent Kerwin Spencer, a Republican, decided not to run for re-election.

On the statewide level, in the 116th House of Representative District that encompasses west Wellington and most of western Sumner County, Rick Roitman, a Democrat, from Wellington has filed to challenge incumbent Kyle Hoffman of Coldwater.

In District 79 that encompasses the northeast part of the county, Cheryl Helmer of Mulvane is running for re-election and will see a Democratic challenger. There is a Democrat primary between Ken White of Belle Plaine and Richard Kautz of Mulvane.

In District 80 that is in south Wellington, Rick Rhiley, an incumbent from Wellington, is unopposed.

Larry Alley, the state senator of District 32, has secured a four-year term (barring a write-in campaign).

The full list of candidates for townships, committee persons, county and state election filings are as follows: 

Sumner County weekly jail bookings: May 25 – June 1, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 25 – June 1, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31, 2020

Wellington Police notes for this weekend: Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31, 2020:

Friday, May 29, 2020:

SCCDAT: Things kids try in middle school: sports, music, babysitting… alcohol

David Wendell Ginn, 78, Wellington: January 5, 1942 – May 29, 2020

Dave Ginn

David Wendell Ginn, lifelong farmer and rancher, became heaven’s newest ranch hand on May 29, 2020.  He died in Wichita, KS at the age of 78.

David was born on January 5, 1942, in Wellington. He was the youngest child of Orville and Bess Ginn of Corbin. He attended school at the Corbin Grade School near the family home, then graduated from Caldwell High School in 1959. He spent a year at Kansas State University before returning home to the farm that he loved. Over his 78 years, David never strayed far from the family homestead.

Throughout his life, David was a beloved uncle to his nieces and nephews, teaching them fun new activities like how to chew tobacco and how fast his car would go. These were done without the knowledge of his mother, who would have surely disapproved and is probably now making sure he knows how she feels about it.  

Bruce Applegate, 92, Wellington: May 12, 1928 – May 30, 2020

Bruce Applegate

Bruce (Jimmy) E. Applegate died Saturday, May 30, 2020, at his residence in Wellington at the age of 92. He was born the son of George F. Applegate and Christine E. Berger on May 12, 1928.

When Bruce was 8 years old he was diagnosed with polio and he lost the use of his right leg. He attended a local country school until the eighth grade, then began his life as a farmer working for his father and neighbors. On June 26, 1955, Bruce (Jimmy) E. Applegate and Alberta J. Kessinger were united in marriage in Wellington. They started their family with Donnie being the firstborn and Connie coming seven years later.

At that time, they lived four miles east of the home place until 1971 when they returned back to the farmstead, where they lived and celebrated 58 years of marriage until Alberta’s passing in September of 2013. Bruce served on many board of directors of agriculture county boards. His passion was tilling the soil, watching the crops grow, feeding the cattle and watching K-State sports. Bruce loved his family, family times and watching his grandsons out on the farm.

Kansas farmers experiencing another rough ride this year

Sumner Newscow report – Early on in the COVID-19 virus pandemic, it looked like agriculture might be an area that would maintain some semblance of normalcy. Farmers and ranchers tend to work in more solitary conditions than people working in suburban and urban office buildings and service industries, so they would be less likely to get sick themselves. They could go on helping produce the world’s food supply.

That sense of security, if there was one, was short-lived, however, with shifts in demand linked to closed restaurants and schools disrupting food supply chains, compounded by new coronavirus outbreaks among meat packing plant employees that resulted in temporary closures and more disruption to livestock marketing channels.

Using 2019 Kansas Farm Management Association members’ average net farm income as a baseline, a team of Kansas State University agricultural economists is estimating that net farm income in 2020 will fall from an average of $110,380 in 2019 to $14,358 in 2020, a drop of 87%.

The 2019 number was bolstered in large part by Market Facilitation Program payments provided to farmers to buffer the disruptive effects of trade disputes with other countries that were occurring prior to the pandemic.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log: May 25 – May 31, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for May 25 to May 31, 2020 is as follows: 

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