Daily Archives: July 2, 2020

Sumner County Commissioners vote 3-0 not to require the use of face masks in public

Special meeting brings out 14 people today.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Commissioners voted 3-0 to “recommend” but not “enforce” Governor Laura Kelley’s executive order to mandatory wear masks during a special meeting held at the courthouse late this afternoon.

Using the recommendation of Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig’s suggestion, the commissioners signed an order that states (see full order here):

“The Board of Commissioners of Sumner County, Kansas, sitting both as the Board of County Commissioners and as the Board of Health of the County, that the use of face masks in public is not required in Sumner County…

“It is further resolved that the citizens of Sumner County are encouraged and otherwise recommended whenever possible to utilize face masks in an effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on Sumner County.”

The special meeting was a bit impromptu, as it was announced at 4:17 p.m. to start at 5:30 p.m. Commissioners, usually wearing business suits, came in informal garden clothes for the special meeting. Originally, the commissioners were to meet and discuss the order on Monday morning of next week but decided to pass the resolution regarding the use of face masks before the Fourth of July weekend. 

Clara Zimmerman, 92, Wellington: May 16, 1928 – July 1, 2020

Clara Zimmerman

Clara Frances Zimmerman, 92, of Wellington, died on July 1, 2020.  Clara was born on May 16, 1928 in Wichita, to John Mathias and Ernestine (Schwenker) Neises. 

When Clara was a child the family moved to the rural Belle Plaine area where she grew up participating in the family farming operation until she left home for college.  She attended Mount Zion rural school and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1946. She was a member of the Cicero 4-H club where she met her future husband, Reitzel. 

She attended Kansas State University during which time she studied horticulture and homemaking.  She married Reitzel Howard Zimmerman on May 16, 1949 and settled on the Zimmerman family farm where they raised their eight children. Clara was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oxford until the early years of her marriage when she and Reitzel began attending Mass at St. Anthony’s in Wellington. 

Sumner County Commissioners meeting today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Governor’s order

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Board of County Commissioners has called a special meeting for today, July 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., in the Sumner County Commission Chambers, at the Sumner County Courthouse after Gov. Laura Kelly released the details behind a statewide mask mandate that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

The full order can be found here.

The order requires Kansans to wear masks indoors, in most cases, or outdoors where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

The mandate has a few exceptions including children five years old or under, people with medical conditions that prevent wearing a face covering, people who are hearing impaired, eating at a restaurant, and some athletic events.

People who are inside or in line to enter indoor spaces, receiving healthcare services, using public transit or ridesharing services, and outside and unable to maintain six feet of distance must wear a face mask.

Wellington High School graduation is still on, but stay tuned

Sumner Newscow report — After it was announced that the Wichita School District has canceled its graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 24-26, Wellington will continue as planned, but will not rule out any changes.

The following correspondence was sent to Sumner Newscow today concerning the Wellington High School graduation scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at the WHS main gym.

“We have said from the beginning that we will celebrate our seniors on July 12 following local health officials guidelines, whatever those are at that time. We have been in constant contact with the Sumner County Health Department and reached out to them as late as yesterday for guidance.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly report: June 22 to June 29, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for June 22 to June 29, 2020, weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

93rd annual Sumner County Fair will be held July 30 – Aug. 2

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Everyone is invited and encouraged to show their AMERICAN PRIDE—COUNTY WIDE and come participate in and attend the 93rd annual Sumner County Fair to be held July 30-August 2 in Caldwell. Yes, COVID-19 necessitates some modifications and changes, but “the show will go on”!

To encourage entries at the fair, the fair board is sponsoring a special entry contest in both the junior and the open class divisions this year.  The contest will be a random drawing for cash prizes.  Each entry an exhibitor enters in the fair earns them one ticket in the drawing.  Then in the junior division each first premium sticker earns three more tickets; a second premium sticker is worth two more tickets, and a third premium sticker adds one more ticket.  In the open class a blue ribbon earns three additional tickets, a red ribbon is worth two more tickets, and a white ribbon adds one more ticket.

So, the more entries, premium stickers, and ribbons—the more times your name are placed in the drawing!  Prizes will be awarded in BOTH the junior and the open class divisions; a person can only win one prize.  Prizes will be given in cash and are $150 for the first name drawn, $100 for the second name drawn and $50 for the third name drawn in each division. 

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