Daily Archives: July 14, 2020

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(updated, 4:30 p.m.) Commissioners won’t mandate masks despite Sumner County Health Officer’s recommendation to do so

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — They say the devil is in the details. By a 2-1 vote, this morning at the courthouse, the Sumner County Commissioners Steve Warner and John Cooney amended an emergency order proposed by County Health Officer Laura Rettig mandating wearing masks.

Warner and Cooney passed a watered-down version that would “strongly encourage” instead of “requiring” citizens to wear masks.

This marked the second time Sumner County Commissioners failed to pass a mask mandate – overturning the Governor’s Executive Order more than a week ago. But those who keep hoping for such a mandate can take solace that District 2 Commissioner Jim Newell has wavered on the issue.

Newell motioned to go with this morning’s Rettig’s original order. That motion failed due to a lack of a second. The commissioners would then vote 2-1 — Newell voting no — to pass an executive order that “strongly encourages,” the wearing of masks instead of a mandate.

The new Emergency Public Health Order can be found here.

Rettig, visibly displeased with the commissioner’s action, was asked her opinion of the ruling. She states:

Dr. Howard ‘Doc’ Schneider, 87, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1932 – July 11, 2020

Dr. Howard Schneider

Dr. Howard “Doc” Schneider died on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the age of 87 years old.

Dr. Howard Schneider was born on October 6, 1932, to Harold and LeVada Schneider in Wichita. At the age of 2, he moved to a farm near Douglass, where he attended high school. On January 22, 1951, he married Patsy Ruth Mitchell of Augusta.

Together they owned a farm outside of Douglass until moving to Kansas City, Kansas where Doc was accepted into UMKC to pursue his degree in Dentistry. Upon receiving his DDS degree in 1969, he moved the family to Wellington, Kansas in July 1969. Doc bought the practice of Dr. Floyd Hollingsworth above the Security State Bank where he began his 30-year practice in dentistry. He then relocated the practice to an office on Lincoln Street.

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Wellington’s Austin Fink, Belle Plaine’s Taylor Bohannon provides graduation speeches online

Sumner Newscow report — Both the Wellington and Belle Plaine High School graduations were canceled this past weekend. One of the unfortunate ramifications from the cancelations was losing high school graduation speeches.

Two seniors Austin Fink and Taylor Bohannon decided to show their speeches virtually.

Fink is a Summa Cum Laude for Wellington’s Class of 2020. Bohannon is a Valedictorian of the Belle Plaine senior class.

If you have a graduation speech whether you are a Summa Cum Laude in Wellington or a Valedictorian or Salutatorian at another school, go ahead and send us your video. Please put it on YouTube so we can get the code to share it here. Our e-mail is

Also, we will be making a virtual high school photo collage of the Wellington 2020 senior class to be featured in the future. We may have to do it 10 at a time.

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Majority of Sumner County Fair events for 2020 has been canceled

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Toni Wolff of the Sumner County Fair Association.


Due to the increase in the spread of COVID-19, the loss of entertainment vendors, and the wish for the health and safety of our friends and neighbors, the Sumner County Fair Board, with regret, announces the cancellation of the majority of the 2020 Sumner County Fair events. The decision was not an easy one to make and was only done after careful consideration for all those involved.

Last spring when initial plans for the fair were made, the board told the county 4-H and FFA youth to go ahead and purchase livestock for their projects and that whatever happened throughout the spring and summer, the fair board would provide a means for them to show and sell the animals.  Thus, one part of the fair that will be held will be the livestock shows. 

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 13, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 13, 2020

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly report: July 6 to July 12, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 6 to July 12, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: July 6 – Jan. 12, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, 2020 is as follows: 

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