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2020 preview: What pandemic? All 7 Sumner County teams will be on the gridiron Friday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — High school football is about to begin.

Usually, that sentence automatically brings excitement. This year it not only brings excitement but astonishment. The fact we have gotten here is a testament that, well, who knows, it’s COVID-19 2020 so everything is out of whack.

If the season ends next week, it appears we at least have week #1 in the books. And all seven Sumner County teams got to participate. If this is a football game: Sumner County 7 COVID-19 0. But it’s early in the first quarter.

Here is a preview of the season ahead for the seven teams and the games starting Friday.

Clearwater at Wellington: For the full football preview on the Crusaders click here. Clearwater is ranked No. 10 in the preseason Wichita Eagle poll, and in “others” in the K-Preps poll.

Belle Plaine at Wichita Independent.

This is Belle Plaine’s year. Once the owner of the longest losing high school streak in the state, Belle Plaine is now one of the teams to beat. It is ranked No. 9 in the Wichita Eagle preseason poll. Belle Plaine went 8-2 in 2019 for its best season since 1991. But it lost to Garden Plain 56-0 in the second round of Class 2A.

Help wanted: Sumner County District Court Trial Clerk II – two open positions

Help wanted: Sumner County District Court Trial Clerk II – two open positions.

Clarification and grade: Range 12 Step A, $13.32 per hour.

Job duties: Receives, files, processes, and issues legal documents for case records, using chronological, alphabetical, and numerical filing systems, daily computer docketing, and update calendars. Compute applicable dates for hearings, issue summons, subpoenas, notices, orders, and other processes to litigants and attorneys. Locates and check out files for attorneys, court, and assist the public in location and review of requested documents. Receives and posts fees, fines, and other receipts. Prepares deposits and assists in other functions related to receipts and disbursements. Answers telephone, waits on the counter, assists in issuing marriage licenses, and in filling out various forms. Performs related work as required.

Required education and experience: Graduation from high school and six months of clerical experience.

Knowledge, abilities, skills: Knowledge and understanding of court procedures and policies are helpful. Skilled computer experience required (Windows and Microsoft Office). Ability to understand organization, operations, functions and scope of authority of the court or activity assigned. Must have the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and skill in typing. Must be able to work well with the public. Attention to detail is essential.

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Ghost sign: Restoration of Jacob Engle Dry Goods image from the 1800s

by Laura Lombardi, special to Sumner Newscow  – When an earthquake-damaged building in downtown Wellington was demolished in 2018 at the corner of Lincoln and Washington, a “ghost painting” from the 1800s was revealed. Hidden from view since the 1920’s, the sign is now being restored live on YouTube (click here).

Jacob Engle Dry Goods was established in 1892 and advertised their business in the era’s customary way with a large exterior sign painted on the limestone wall. Hand-painted by artists known as “wall dogs”, the oil-based paint made the signs durable enough to be visible a hundred years later.

“We wanted to preserve the nostalgic integrity of the sign by duplicating the original colors as closely as possible,” said Garrison Hullinger, Principal Designer*. “These signs were painted with house paint and since there are no color photos available, we researched 1800’s paint samples and compared them to the remaining wall pigments to get a color match.”

The Engle Store exterior back in the day (Click to enlarge).

Ghost sign hunters, people who travel hundreds of miles to view and photograph these historic treasures, are drawn by the mystery: What’s the story behind the sign? Or, in this case, what are dry goods?

Wellington Regent Theater this week: The New Mutants, Pretty Woman, and curbside treat pickup!

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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