by Linda Stinnett, Derby Weekly Informer — A Derby attorney’s work to help a Wellington teacher in the 1980s defined the rights which all Kansas teachers shared for nearly 40 years. That More »
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gus Collins, Wellington City Manager, has submitted his resignation to pursue another career opportunity. Collins will complete his tenure here on June 1. The Wellington City More »
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Look at the picture. Myles Allan Richardson of Caldwell looks like an average happy little 1-year-old boy. But Myles, unfortunately, is one of about 30,000 people, More »
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is slated for Saturday, April 26. And the world needs to know you are having one for that weekend. Go ahead More »
by Linda Stinnett, Derby Weekly Informer — A Derby attorney’s work to help a Wellington teacher in the 1980s defined the rights which all Kansas teachers shared for nearly 40 years. That law was abolished this Monday when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the school finance law which affectively eliminated due process.
Lee Kinch served as the attorney for two cases which went before the Kansas Supreme Court in 1983. Each involved due process – the protection teachers were given under state legislation until it was repealed in Kansas on April 6 and signed into law by Brownback on April 21.
The case of Leota Coats, an eight-year language arts teacher and department chair at Wellington High School, came after her contract was not renewed in March 1980 when the school board decided to cut staffing due to declining enrollment.
According to the court opinion, Coats had the least seniority of the high school staff under consideration for non-renewal. The Wellington school board also considered her as unqualified to move to a junior high position, even though there were non-tenured teachers at that level.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Attorney’s office has submitted formal charges on those recently arrested by the Wellington Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s office (see story here).
The following charges have been made in Sumner County District Court:
The Wellington school board will be holding a special meeting on Thursday, April 24, at the USD 353 Central Office at 7 p.m. to discuss the safe and secure schools bond project.
The Wellington City Council will hold a Special City Council meeting at 5:45 p.m., on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the City Council Chambers, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas. The purpose of the SPECIAL MEETING is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected officials.
Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The fourth annual Sicily’s Run will be held Saturday, May 3 and there is still time to register for the 5K and half mile Fun Run. Runner, joggers, and walkers are welcome! Registration begins at 7:30 am at the Knights of Columbus building, 201 E. Harvey in Wellington. Those registering up to the morning of the event cannot be guaranteed a race t-shirt but are welcome to register.
The 5K will begin at 8:30 am and the ½ mile at 9:30 am. Daylight Donuts, coffee, and juice will be available for a donation beginning at 7:30 am.
All proceeds from Sicily’s Run go to the Sicily Zeka Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year until the year 2023, when Sicily would have graduated, a Wellington High School graduating senior pursuing a career in medicine will be awarded a scholarship.
Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington and the Health Care Authority Board will accept sealed bids on that real property and improvements thereon located at 513 East 16th Street, Wellington on or before 4 p.m. on May 2, 2014. Any and all bids may be rejected in the City’s sole discretion for any reason, or no reason.
The bids are further subject to City and Buyer agreeing on City retaining land for access to Highway 160, and arriving at all other acceptable contractual terms which are anticipated to be customary for sale of business property in this locale. Any sale will be for cash due in full less any down payment at closing.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gus Collins, Wellington City Manager, has submitted his resignation to pursue another career opportunity.
Collins will complete his tenure here on June 1. The Wellington City Council has called a special meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. It will be there where the council will officially accept his resignation and start the process of finding his successor.
He said he spoke to the mayor 10 to 12 days ago and told city staff officially on Monday.
“I have had the opportunity to spend eight wonderful years serving Wellington as City Manager,” Collins said. “I spent 23 years in El Dorado. The past eight years in Wellington has most certainly been the most rewarding.”
The Winfield girls would beat Wellington in game one 6-3. The Crusaders rebounded to beat the Vikings in a six-inning run-rule game in the nightcap 12-2. On the boys side, Winfield beat Wellington 4-3 in game one and 9-2 in game two.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Look at the picture. Myles Allan Richardson of Caldwell looks like an average happy little 1-year-old boy.
But Myles, unfortunately, is one of about 30,000 people, who has Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic, life threatening, chronic disorder which affects the lungs and digestive system. On May 10, family and friends of Myles will be walking in the Great Strides walk at Cowtown Museum in Wichita to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are calling it “Miles for Myles.”
Myles is the son of Haley Watts, the grandson of Eric and Dana Watts, the great grandson of Ed and Rosie Bernard and Brenda Volavka and the great-great grandson of Ruby Eshelman and Melvin Nelson. He was born on March 4, 2013 and at the age of 21 days was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.
“We are walking so that Myles can breathe,” Rosie Bernard said. “We want Myles to live past pre-school or even past the recent statistical report of life expectancy of 35 years.
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is slated for Saturday, April 26. And the world needs to know you are having one for that weekend. Go ahead and post your garage sale for the citywide garage sale in the “comment” section below. If you have a garage sale THIS weekend, advertise in the garage sale section in the previous post. We will remind the shopping troops periodically.
Happy bargain selling and hunting!
Linda Marie Banks, of Wellington, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 73.
Linda was born the daughter of Burris and Evelyn Louis (Hartzel) Montross on Sunday, March 30, 1941 in Independence.
On April 12, 1969, Linda and Edward H. Banks were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage before his death in 2002.
Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sons: Roy Hill and Richard Banks.
by Quinn McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hi, this is Quinn here again with something a little more serious. I’m the host of a dodge ball tournament to be held April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Middle School. The reason I’m doing this because it is actually a fundraiser.
I’m in the gifted program and we got to do our own project. I decided to address a real life problem– the problem of outdated books in the WMS library. The way I’m solving this is, of course, a dodge ball tournament.
So if your kid that’s in 3rd-8th grade might be interested, have him/her gather a team of six and fill the form and pay the entry fee.
Wellington Police Notes Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014:
The Sumner County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4. Salary range is $25,181 to $28,269 depending on knowledge and experience. An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required, but could be helpful.
Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment) may be picked up at the Sumner County FSA Office, 320 N Jefferson Wellington, KS between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Applications must be returned to the office no later than 4:30 pm, April 30, 2014.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Since it is Easter Sunday and it’s about renewal and hope, I’m turning over my Sunday blog to a sixth grader at the Wellington Middle School.
Each year, “The Excellence in Teaching Award” is sponsored by the USD 353 School Foundation Inc. and seeks to encourage and recognize the professional and leadership excellence of Wellington educators.
A USD 353 student can nominate a teacher. At the end of the year, a winner is presented the award and receives a $1,000 cash reward.
The other day, Carrie Lough, the mother of a sixth grader, shared with me a letter written by her son Mason. Mason if you remember was the 11-year-old boys who performed a piano solo “Colder Weather” at a Zac Brown Band concert in Wichita in 2012 (see story here).
She said for the past four years he has been nominating Jill Kiker, a third grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary, for the award.
“I’m not sure how they decide,” Carrie said. “But don’t listen to me, just read Mason’s letter.”
It’s a good one and we’re sharing it here.
Lori Yvonne Uchiyama Milton of Blackwell, Okla. died Tuesday, April 15th at the age of 38.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM at the South Haven Community Building in South Haven, Kansas.
Lori was born on April 21, 1975, in Wichita, Kansas, to Karen Hull Nagel and Ryan Uchiyama.
She was a new baby sister to Paul Newhouse.
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