Daily Archives: July 21, 2020

Wellington Council votes down mask mandate for a second consecutive time

Sumner Newscow report — For the second time in as many meetings the Wellington City Council rejected a proposal making masks mandatory within the city limits at tonight’s meeting.

By a 4-2 vote, the proposal went down to defeat. Wellington council member Jennifer Heersche was the lone person to change her mind. During a special meeting held on Sunday, July 12, the council failed to get a second in turning down a mask proposal (see story here). The council was able to revisit the issue because the ordinance the first time around did not technically come to a vote because of the failure to get a second.

The ordinance was exactly like the July 12 proposal with one exception. The new ordinance provides that there will be no court costs assessed.

The discussion lasted for almost an hour and had four medical doctors from Wellington speak in favor of the mask mandate. The Sumner County Family Care Center also submitted a three-page letter signed by their physicians and physician assistants voicing their support. Councilmember Joe Soria made the motion with Heersche’s second. Robert Hamilton, Kevin Dodds, Guy Leitch, and Mike Westmoreland voted against the ordinance. Leitch was not in attendance due to sickness and voted via phone. 

Wellington PSQ training will resume next week starting Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press statement by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith:

“We will be starting back up summer conditioning (PSQ) next week on Monday, July 27. Following the local recommendations we will be once again outside at the track:

Monday through Thursday

High school: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Middle school: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Monday and Wednesday

Elementary: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Marjorie (Rose) Gift, 95, formerly of Wellington: August 27, 1924 – July 8, 2020

Marjorie Gift

Marjorie Gift (Rose), age 95, died on July 8, 2020 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Marjorie was a Wellington resident for 53 years. She was born on August 27, 1924, in Wichita, and was adopted at the age of 6 months by loving parents Walter and May Rose, farmers in Anson.

She attended school 10 years in Anson and graduated from Wellington High School in 1942.

She married Wayne Gift on October 25, 1942. They were residents of Corbin for a few years as her husband was employed by the grain elevator.  Two of their children, Judy and Gary, were born during that time. Donna and Lois were born after moving to Mayfield in 1950. While living there, Marjorie wrote the Mayfield Weekly News printed in the Wellington Daily News.

Marjorie lived in Wellington from 1960-2013, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and worked at the St. Lukes and Wellington Hospitals as a nurse aide.

49th Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield is postponed until September 2021

By Brady Bauman, — Officials from the Walnut Valley Association have announced that the 49th Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield will be postponed until September 2021, according to a news release Thursday afternoon.

WVA has been closely monitoring CDC and WHO recommendations related to mass gatherings and took this decision after communicating with local public health and city officials. For those who have purchased tickets for the 49th Walnut Valley Festival, these tickets will be valid for entry in 2021 and patrons can expect a direct mailing with details.

Contractors, vendors and workers will be contacted as soon as possible.

This year’s festival was scheduled for Sept. 16-20.

Plans call for a series of virtual concerts and events to take place in September 2020, with donations going to support performers and others suffering from the effects of the pandemic. WVA will continue to take NewSong Showcase entries, and plans to incorporate this into an online showcase in September 2020. Further details will be announced when available.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 20, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 20, 2020

Lange Auction to start online bidding on 96.8 acres of land on east edge of Clearwater

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Political advertisement: Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet endorses Sheriff Darren Chambers for re-election

“I am writing to support the re-election of Darren Chambers for Sumner County Sheriff.

I have had the privilege of working with Darren on a variety of issues throughout the years and have appreciated the strong relationship that has been built between Sumner and Butler Counties.

Having been in law enforcement for over 30 years, I recognize the qualities necessary to make a good and effective sheriff and Darren’s dedication to public safety in Sumner County has been outstanding.

Norman ‘Phil’ Harris, 79, Caldwell: Sept. 25, 1940 – July 8, 2020

Norman Phillip Harris

On July 8, 2020 Norman Phillip Harris, a loving husband and father of 3, died at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Kansas following a lengthy illness.

Phil was born September 25, 1940 in Caldwell, to Norman Keith Harris and Lola Gale Volk. He attended South Haven schools and graduated High School in 1958. After graduation he attended Ark City Junior College. In 1964 Phil was drafted to the United States Army where he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1988.

On March 20, 1966 he married Jacquie Koblitz in Wellington. Phil and Jacquie adopted 3 children: Rebecca Sue, Darren Phillip and Joshua Paul. They raised their family in South Haven, where the couple resided for 54 years of marriage.

Blue-Green algae presents dangers to livestock

Sumner Newscow report — Water is critical to the survival of all living creatures, but if that water source is compromised, it can have deadly consequences.

For cattle ranchers, watering their livestock from ponds and the presence of high amounts of blue-green algae can be a threat, said Scott Fritz, toxicology resident with the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic lab.

“It is common when we look at case histories to see a sudden, overnight death associated with blue-green algae,” Fritz said during a recent Cattle Chat podcast with the experts at the Beef Cattle Institute.

To avoid this tragedy, Fritz said cattle ranchers need to monitor the ponds that cattle drink from, especially in late summer.

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