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Wellington, Caldwell advance to round 2 in Kansas Hometown Showdown; VOTE AGAIN!

Kansas Hometown showdown

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington and Caldwell have advanced to the Kansas Homedown Showdown second round! So in order for the two communities to keep advancing you need to continue to vote for the favorite picture below. The winning town will be featured on the cover of the Kansas Government Journal.

This is the photo for Wellington:

Wellington photo hometown showdown

To vote for this photo for Wellington, the direct link to “like” is here.

This is the photo for Caldwell

Caldwell showdown hometown

To vote for this photo for Caldwell click “like” here. Caldwell and Wellington help each other out. Let’s make this an all Sumner County final! The round 2 will be open until March 8. Check out the bracket for the matchup below. 

Wellington Council says no to purchase of electronic sign in front of Memorial Auditorium

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council was asked whether or not it wished to purchase an electronic LED sign at a reduced rate at Heritage Park next to Memorial Auditorium which would look similar to the ones in front of Panhandle Federal Savings and Erickson/Gill Dentistry. But the council said no.

Wellington City Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said a sales representative from a Wichita company, whose name was not specified at Tuesday’s meeting, approached him about selling a double-sided electronic sign that would feature random community events and sponsorships for $12,500.

He said the sales person told him another individual was looking at the same sign and needed an answer by Wednesday.

The Memorial Auditorium Board has been looking into replacing the white with black lettered sign at Heritage for sometime with an LED sign. Jones said this proposed sign would be $2,000 less than what a normal 3-foot wide by 7-foot high sign would run.

After a lengthy discussion, the council, said “no thanks,” citing that is wasn’t in the budget and with state aid cuts coming down the pike, it wouldn’t be prudent to do make such a purchase at this time. 

WHS Daily News Bulletin: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

Thursday

• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Friday

• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Saturday

• Sub-State Basketball TBD.

Wednesday: Italian Pasta Bake, green pepper strips, steamed carrots ,applesauce, brown, #hot roll/jelly.

Thursday: Chicken pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, hot roll/jelly, pineapple chunks.

Today’s news:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The e-mail question

poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as officials within Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have been under fire with using personal e-mail to conduct governmental business. What is your opinion on the subject?

Should governmental officials use personal e-mails to conduct business?

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Sumner County Unofficial Primary Results – March 3, 2015

City or School Position Candidates Advance Votes Received Election Day Votes Received Total Votes Received
           
City of Belle Plaine City Council
(Vote for 2) Monica Barton 0 13 13
Jamie L. Crelly 0 8 8
Richard Lowry 0 20 20
Dennis L. McGinnis 2 125 127
Robert T. Narron 2 90 92
Lonnie L. Patrick 0 63 63
Richard Penn 0 100 100
Joel D. Rouse 0 43 43
Wellington USD 353 At-Large Jackie Glasgow 20 348 368
(Vote for 1) Carley A. Moberg 2 59 61
Janette Moser 5 55 60
Fatema Yunker 1 36 37
**THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE PROVISIONAL VOTES.  RESULTS WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL AFTER THE CANVASS ON MONDAY.**

Glasgow will be 1 of 2 candidates in primary; Moser and Moberg still could be 2nd candidate

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jackie Glasgow secured one of the two spots in the April general election for the Wellington school board Position 7 at large race.

Glasgow ran away with the primary, garnering 348 of the 498 votes currently counted for 69.8 percent.

Jackie Glasgow

Jackie Glasgow

The question will be her opponent. Currently, Carley Moberg has 59 votes and Janette Moser has 55. Sumner County Clerk Debbie Norris said the advanced votes have yet to be counted. Also, there are 10 provisional ballots – which are votes where there are questions about a voter’s eligibility. Those votes will be official counted by the Board of Canvassers on Monday.

The primary will narrow the field from four to two candidates. The top two candidates will run against one another in the general election on April 7.

The unofficial vote total is as follows: 

Reminder: All political questionnaires need returned by March 7

School bond election 2015By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Just a friendly reminder, all political forum questionnaires for those candidates running for Wellington school board, Wellington City Council and Mayor needs to have their answers to Sumner Newscow by Saturday, March 7 via digitally or postmarked by that date. Late entries will be so noted on the political forums.

Also make sure to provide a picture of yourself, unless Sumner Newscow has already obtained one.

The school primary is today. The general election will be held April 7, 2015. 

Wellington Fire/EMS reminds residents to change smoke alarm when turning clocks forward

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Fire/EMS reminds residents to Change Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries When You Turn Clocks “Forward” on March 8, 2015

Batteries in a smoke alarm should be changed at least twice a year. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are asleep. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Cheer Clinic to be held Monday-Tuesday, March 9-10; tryouts are on March 13

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

Wednesday

No events planned.

Thursday

• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Friday

• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Saturday

• Sub-State Basketball TBD

Tuesday: Ham and Cheese sandwich, potato wedges, fresh broccoli, grape bunches, #chocolate chip cookie.

Wednesday: Italian Pasta Bake, green pepper strips, steamed carrots ,applesauce, brown, #hot roll/jelly.

Today’s news:

Earthquake with 3.8 magnitude felt this morning near Argonia

Earthquake logoSumner Newscow report — An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 was felt this morning at 9:56 a.m. Its epicenter was seven miles northeast of Anthony, and southwest of Argonia.

Earthquake epicenter 3-3-15

Hoffman: Loop holes sheltering wages and passive income on tax exemptions need fixing

Kyle Hoffman

Kyle Hoffman

By Kyle Hoffman, State Representative of the 116th District — On Friday February 27, we reached the halfway point of the regular session for 2015 and sent to the Senate for consideration 71 House bills. This week we will begin working on the 79 Senate bills that were sent to the House by the Senate, as well as any House bill that is still in Appropriations, Taxation, or Federal & State Committees, all other House bills are considered dead and will not be worked.

Over the next month, Appropriations and Taxation Committees will start finalizing the budget and any changes in taxes and send them to the full House for consideration.

Please remember bills and other helpful information can be easily accessed through the legislature’s website at www.kslegislature.com.

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Budget and tax policies

Reminder: Don’t forget to vote today at Wellington school board and Belle Plaine City Council primary

Sumner Newscow report — Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today regarding a Wellington school board primary and a Belle Plaine City Council primary. Information about the primaries can be found here. The Wellington school board forum for the At Large Position 7 race can be found here

Wellington school board, Belle Plaine City Council primary to be held Tuesday

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will be two primary elections in Sumner County this Tuesday for local races. There will be a primary for the USD 353 school board candidates at large, in which all of those in the Wellington school district will be eligible to vote.

The candidates for the this primary will be Jackie Glasgow, Carley Moberg, Janette Moser and Fatema Yunker. The top two candidates will then advance to the general election in April.

Qualified voters will vote at the Raymond Frye Complex, except those who reside in Osborne, Sumner and Downs Townships.  They would vote at the Mayfield Grocery Store Annex.

Wellington School Board Candidates Forum: At Large Position 7 Primary (Updated with Yunker answers in comment section)

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner Newscow Candidates forum involving four candidates of the Wellington School Board At Large Position 7 race. Because there are four candidates, there will be a primary on Tuesday, March 3.

Carley Moberg

Carley Moberg

Jackie Glasgow

Jackie Glasgow

Janette Moser

Janette Moser

Fatema Yunker

Fatema Yunker

The candidates for the this primary will be Jackie Glasgow, Carley Moberg, Janette Moser and Fatema Yunker. The top two candidates will then advance to the general election in April. Qualified voters will vote at the Raymond Frye Complex, except those who reside in Osborne, Sumner and Downs Townships.  They would vote at the Mayfield Grocery Store Annex.

Sumner Newscow sent out a questionnaire asking 10 questions. Three of the candidates submitted their answers to questionnaires before the Sumner Newscow designated deadline. Yunker submitted her answers via the comment section below on Monday.

1. Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position. 

Post your FREE Garage Sale ad here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Wellington’s Mike Castaneda is part of Food Network’s “All-Star Academy” premiere

Mike Castaneda Food Network feature
Participant cook Mike Castaneda cooks during the first cooking challenge while chef Alex Guarnaschelli mentors, as seen on Food Network's All-Star Academy, Season 1. (Food Network photo)

Participant cook Mike Castaneda cooks during the first cooking challenge while chef Alex Guarnaschelli mentors, as seen on Food Network’s All-Star Academy, Season 1. (Food Network photo)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mike Castaneda, a 2003 Wellington High School graduate, found himself in a unique position this weekend. He was on a season premiere of a national cable television show.

Castaneda, the son of Jose Castaneda and Lori Nugen, was featured on “All-Star Academy,” on the Food Network. The show made its debut Sunday evening and its premise was to find “America’s Best Cook.” Castaneda was one of 10 contestants vying for the show’s $50,000 grand prize.

America's top home cooks take center stage in this high-stakes competition hosted by Ted Allen as these talented cooks battle for the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of America's Best Cook, as seen on Food Network's All-Star Academy, Season 1. Participant cook Mike Castaneda poses during the taping of All-Star Academy, Season 1.

Participant cook Mike Castaneda from Wellington poses during the taping of All-Star Academy, Season 1.

Unfortunately, for Castaneda his time on the show was short-lived. He was one of the first two contestants eliminated from the competition. In the premiere, eight of the 10 contestants were picked by four “mentor” chefs in teams of two. The show has an American Idol format where one participant is eliminated each week. (see show here.)

Although Castaneda’s TV stay was short, he hopes to use it as a springboard for a future culinary career. He is currently serving in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton,Okla. His five-year military stint is about to end. He and his wife have purchased a house in Blackwell, Okla. and Castaneda is in pursuit of buying a food truck in hopes of launching his cooking career. Castaneda hopes to travel the states of Kansas and Oklahoma and build up enough of a following, where he can afford to open a restaurant. 

Both Wellington basketball teams to play Mulvane in sub-state first round in Winfield

sub-state pairings announced

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its sub-state basketball brackets for Class 4A. The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be playing in the Winfield sub-state March 5-7, 2015.

The brackets are as follows: 

State Sen. Steve Abrams helps pass amended S.B. 171; Bill moves to House

Steve Abrams

Steve Abrams

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas State Senator Steve Abrams of the 32nd District which encompasses Sumner County went against the wishes of the Wellington School Board and City Council and voted for Senate Bill 171 which would move city and school board elections to fall on odd-numbered years and allow cities to choose whether their elections are partisan or non-partisan.

The bill was voted on by the full Kansas State Senate, passing narrowly by a 21-18 vote. It now goes to the Kansas State Representatives.

There ware a handful of amendments that passed after it was approved by voice vote by the Kansas Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections. They include: 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Business and Industry tour planned for March 12

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, March 2, 2015:

Monday

Tuesday

• Fashion Show 10 a.m.

Wednesday

Thursday

• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Friday

• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Saturday

• Sub-State Basketball TBD

Monday: Taco Burger/bun, Romaine and Tomato, refried beans, mandarin oranges, #tortilla chips/salsa.

Tuesday: Ham and Cheese sandwich, potato wedges, fresh broccoli, grape bunches, #chocolate chip cookie.

Today’s news:

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: Feb. 23 – March 1, 2015

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Department report for Feb. 23 to March 1, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

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