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Sumner County Commissioner Minutes: August 3 and August 4, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County Commissioner meeting minutes for August 3 and 4.

August 3, 2020 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris, 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley and Rose Mary Sanders, Ranson Financial. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of July 27 and 28. 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2020

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, August 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020

Friday, August 7

Wellington AD Luke Smith outlines fall season ahead… practice start-up dates… COVID sports rules

Above is the full virtual USD 353 Fall Sports meeting presentation by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether or not a full fall sports season will materialize ultimately depends on another COVID-19 outbreak. Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith held a 14-minute virtual fall sports meeting to outline what parents need to expect in the months ahead when it comes to sports.

Smith said this video is an overview of the WHS/WMS sports. Individual teams should have their own meetings leading up to the season whether that will be in-person or virtually will be left to them.


High School practice:

Football: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the high school practice football field.

Enroll in Orion Education and Training – a diploma completion program for adults

It’s never too late to earn your high school diploma.  Orion Education is currently enrolling for the fall semester.  Orion’s high school diploma completion program provides a unique opportunity for people 19 and older to earn credits toward a high school diploma. Adults are able to work at their own pace, complete the needed courses and receive a high school diploma from a local school district. Courses meet the state and local graduation requirements and are available online. 

 Visit the websites at

Contact the Belle Plaine or Winfield locations to enroll.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: August 3 to August 10, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for August 3 to August 10, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Sumner Sheriff Darren Chambers makes statement concerning primary campaign

Sumner Newscow report – The following is a press statement from Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers:


Darren Chambers

“Today, I would like to thank my family and my friends, and the voters of Sumner County. I am humbled to serve as Sumner County Sheriff for another four years. 

My first responsibility and first concern are always the citizens of Sumner County. Covid-19 made things very different this year. We couldn’t hold the events we usually would and weren’t able to knock on doors either.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: Aug. 4 – Aug. 9, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Aug. 4 – Aug. 9, 2020 is as follows: 

Sunday blog: Politics aside, mail-in voting has merit and potential problems

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m not sure what I’ll be doing on Nov. 3, but I know what I won’t be doing.

I’m not voting.

Oh, I’ll vote. But it won’t be on Nov. 3, the day of the general election. I’ll either have voted via absentee ballot (see advanced ballot application here), or I’ll go down to the Sumner County Clerk’s office to advance vote which starts Oct. 14.

There is no way I’m going to the Raymond Frye Complex in COVID-19 2020 during a general election pandemic where every Tom, Dick, and Harriet votes and long packed lines are the norm. Think big gatherings are a problem at the moment? Ask Herman Cain. By the way, if you insist on voting in that room on Nov. 3, wear a mask.

As far as the whole mail-in ballot debate in 2020 is concerned, it is a slam dunk yes for me. As for the long-term? I’ll get back to you on that.

Friday Sumner County COVID-19 case count: Aug. 7…

Sumner Newscow report — Latest Sumner County COVID-19 Case count:


Sumner County has confirmed 94 positive cases: 87 recovered, 3 deaths, and 4 active. (July 31 cases: 72 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, and 19 active).

KDHE FIGURES (Friday, August 7)99 in Sumner County (Up 2 from July 31).

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Wellington City Newsletter: August 7, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Newsletter by City Manager Shane Shields was released today. The City Newsletter can be found here

Sumner County Court Docket: August 7 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


$1 million project to replace U.S. 81 bridge in Sumner County is ongoing

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Sumner Newscow report — A U.S. 81 bridge in Sumner County will be replaced during a $1 million project that began in July. Currently, the contractor, Pearson Construction of Wichita, is building a temporary road. Within a few weeks, the road workers hope to move traffic to that temporary road and begin demolition of the current bridge.

The bridge being replaced, over Ninnescah River drainage, is on U.S. 81 a little over three miles north of the K-55 junction.

During the work, traffic will be diverted onto the temporary pavement at the construction site. Motorists should be prepared to slow down when approaching the work zone.

Ghostbusters, Despicable Me, Fast Times at Ridgemont High showing at Wellington Regent

Sherry’s Army Neighborhood Cleanup announces new plan to cleanup Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — Sherry’s Army Neighborhood Cleanup is excited to announce our new plan to help the Wellington community. For many years the group has focused on canvassing neighborhoods, once a month, and ‘cleaning up’ by collecting trash set at the curbs.

“To better help our neighbors we are starting a more focused approach,” said Sherry Wiley, organizer of the event.  Beginning in August, we will operate on a referral basis only. Our goal is to better focus our time, skills and energy to make a bigger impact in our community. The No. 1 goal is to make Wellington a more beautiful town.”

Here’s how to volunteer for Sherry’s Army:

* Perform yard work (mow, edge, trim bushes/trees, haul compost, and plant flowers).

* Remove rubbish and debris from yards.

Council members briefed on the water issues from last week

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Many people in Wellington were without water, or had a low volume of water, over the weekend due to a water line break. Stores like Wellington Walmart and McDonald’s Restaurant were closed for a while.

Wellington City crews had the situation in hand by Monday. Assistant City Manager for Utilities Jason Newberry gave the city council a rundown on the problem and how it was addressed at its meeting Tuesday.

The city was working on a water quality issue and was cleaning the water towers when the leak was discovered. The lead was found under one of the water towers where the mainline was broken. The water was rerouted to the second main water line.  That created some bottlenecks and some water pressure issues.

KanOkla Networks offering Wifi as little as $10 a month

City taking applications for Wellington Housing Authority board

Sumner Newscow report — The application period for the vacancy on the Housing Authority Board has been opened for a 15-day period to 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2020.  The appointment will begin immediately with the term expiring on April 30, 2021.

Resolution No. 5457, adopted September 6, 2011, requires the following regarding appointment of a Wheat Capital Manor resident as a member of the Housing Authority.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

301.0 acres of prime farmland to be sold in Sumner County

Help wanted: Custodian at USD 353 school

Help wanted: Wellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following position:
  • Custodian

Interested parties should complete the online Classified application found on our website,, under Job Opportunities. For questions, please contact Kris Hagans at

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