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Sumner County Commissioner District #3 Candidate’s Forum: Cliff Bales and Jason Boyd

Kansas Commissioner Candidate's forum

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a candidate’s forum for the two Republicans of the Sumner County Commissioner third district. Cliff Bales of Oxford is an incumbent. Jason Boyd of South Haven is a challenger. The third district encompasses the east side of Sumner County. The district can be found here for Sumner County (third district is in white) and here for the city of Wellington.

1. Give us some background about yourself.

Cliff Bales thumbnailBales - I am a life-long Sumner County resident who lives with, and endorses, Christian, conservative, traditional values. My wife Anita and I have been married for 48 years. When we met, she was 13 and I was 14. We both understand the meaning of responsibility and commitment.

We live on the family farm southwest of Oxford where we have lived for 38 years becoming Century Farmers in 2009. We have a grown son and daughter with 2 grandsons.

Along with an extensive, successful business background, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management. My businesses have had dealings primarily in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri. I currently manage real estate investments.

When I sold my last sales/service business, I was hired by the Sumner County Planning, Zoning and Environmental Health Department. I served for 10 years as a Field Tech. Those 10 years gave me the opportunity to observe the workings of the County. Being well versed in county regulations now serves me well as Commissioner. When it comes to county issues, I apply solid business practices at every opportunity.

Jason Boyd thumbnailBoyd – Here is a list of my qualifications:

• Raised in Sumner County – age 31

• Received Associate Degree from Cowley County Community College, Johnson County Community College, KLETC

• Employment: law enforcement past four years; prior eight year career with BNSF Railway

• Family: son of late Sheriff Kenny Boyd and Cindy Boyd; father of two sons; finance’ Kori Martin

• Recently constructed new home in my district

• 240 acre land owner and farmer in Sumner County

• My current position is the Chief of Police in my hometown of South Haven, where I work with citizens and local government daily.

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ to be shown at the Wellington Regent this weekend

Dawn of the Planet of Apes

This week at the Regent Theater: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13 Time: 2 hours 10 minutes.

Movie Synopsis:A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. (c) Fox

(Updated 6-30-14) Council discusses budget, gun signs, another SRMC tax referendum and executive session for city manager interviews

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Technically, when the Wellington City Council meets for a work session that isn’t a regular scheduled meeting, it’s to do a lot of the preparation work for the regularly scheduled Tuesday meetings. No action is ever binding during a work session.

On Tuesday night, nothing was resolved, but a lot was said as the council sets the blueprint for the city policies ahead. It should be an interesting next six months at the council chambers.

Here were some of the subjects the council is working on:

The Wellington City Budget

The council appears to have hammered out the budget and will submit a legal notice to the legal publication before holding a public hearing at its regular meeting on Tuesday Aug. 19. It will then vote to approve or turn down the budget thereafter.

Sumner Newscow conducting straw poll for 3 state primary races on Tuesday

Sumner County 2014 election

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Listed below are the three most hotly contested races in next week’s Kansas State Primary. Sumner Newscow is conducting a straw poll on the races where there is opposition:

•The Republican primary battle in Sumner County District 3 between incumbent Cliff Bales of Oxford and challenger Jason Boyd of South Haven;

•The 80th State Representative District Republican race between incumbent Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City and challenger Andrew Lawson of Arkansas City;

•The U.S. House Fourth District Republican primary race between Mike Pompeo and Todd Tiahrt.   The polls listed below are not scientific, but have proven to be a reliable barometer of the general mood of the electorate going into election booth. Use this information at your discretion.

In order to make this information as accurate as possible, we urge you to vote only in the polls for those that appear on your ballot next Tuesday or with advanced voting. Maps for the District 3 Commissioners race and the 80th District State Representative race are featured below with the poll question.

We will be featuring a District 3 Commissioner forum on Friday.

Polls in Sumner County are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Information about voting locations are as follows: 

Sumner Newscow straw poll vote: Sumner County Commissioner race District 3

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What Republican would you vote for as 3rd District Sumner County Commissioner

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Third District Sumner County Commissioner Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Cliff Bales of Oxford is being challenged by Jason Boyd of South Haven. Only voters in Sumner County’s third district will be voting in this race. The third district is in white in the maps below. Please vote in this straw poll if you are a registered Republican living in the third district and plan on voting on Tuesday.

Jason Boyd

Jason Boyd

Cliff Bales

Cliff Bales

Click for larger image of Commissioner District Sumner County Map here

Commission Districts 2012

Click for larger image of  Commissioner District Wellington map here

Commission Districts (Wellington) 2012

Sumner Newscow straw poll: The 80th District State Representative Republican primary race

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Kasha Kelley

Kasha Kelley

Andrew Lawson

Andrew Lawson

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 80th District State Representative Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Kasha Kelley is being challenged by Andrew Lawson. All voters in Sumner County will be voting in this race. Please vote in this straw poll if you are a registered Republican and plan on voting on Tuesday.

Click here to view larger map here.

80TH & 116TH House - entire county (redistrict 2012)


Click here to view large map here.

80th & 116th House - Wellington City split (redistrict 2012)

Sumner Newscow straw poll: The U.S. House District 4 Representative Republican primary race

Straw poll - U.S. House District 4
Todd Tiahrt

Todd Tiahrt

Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The U.S. District 4 Representative Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Mike Pompeo is being challenged by Todd Tiahrt. All voters in Sumner County will be voting in this race. Please vote in this straw poll if you are a registered Republican and plan on voting on Tuesday.

What Republican would you vote for as 4th District U.S. Representive

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Plans move forward with construction of 40-unit Wedgewood Apartment complex at Settler’s Creek addition.

Apartment feature 7-24

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 3-2 vote, the Wellington City Council approved at its July 15 meeting the rezoning of property and the re-platting of land that will pave way for a proposed 40-unit apartment complex called Wedgewood Apartments to be located at the northeast corner of the Settler’s Creek addition, west of Woodlawn Apartments and south of U.S. 160.

Jim Moore of Affordable Housing Group/Zimmerman Properties of Springfield, Mo. indicated the company will go ahead with the construction of the complex after receiving approval of tax credits from the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation in May and the council’s approval two weeks ago. In January 2014, Moore told the council he wants to build one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging from $450 to $750 monthly rent. It will be an estimated $5 million investment.

Wedgewood Apartment proposal.

Wedgewood Apartment proposal.

Of the three proposed apartment complexes in Wellington in January, the Wedgewood Apartments complex appears to be the only one that is progressing forward. Jeff Van Sickle of Wellington has proposed a 192-unit apartment complex adjacently east of Wal-Mart. But according to city sources, that project is currently on hold as the group has not been able to procure enough local investment. 

Post your FREE Garage Sales ads for this weekend here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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!

Sunday blog: Talking California, fireworks, Republican revolt, Neighbors movie and Quinn’s thoughts…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for July 27, 2014…

1. California…

You may have noticed Sumner Newscow ran a little slow last week. That’s because SN headquarters along with my daughter and a friend took off to California for a few days.

We got to see this Beverly Hills sign before they charged us for looking.

We got to see this Beverly Hills sign before they charged us for looking.

There’s a lot to like about California. The weather, the beautiful women, the food.

Trouble is, now that I have returned home, I need a second job – because I was most certainly fleeced.

For example, I checked into a hotel near Disneyland last week and while the room was well beyond triple figures – the city of Anaheim and the state of California knocked on an 18 percent lodging tax on the bill… Eighteen percent!!!

We spent a day at Disneyland where they say all your dreams come true. Yeah, I believe them. I’m having nightmares about next month’s credit card bill. 

Sunday feature: Michelle and Makayla Brownlee come home with a big trophy and an International championship

Brownlee feature 7-27-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Brownlee family decided to rent a car and drive to the 39th annual Quibica International Family Bowling Tournament in Rockford, Ill. last weekend. It turned out to be a very wise decision. How else could they bring home the five-foot tall 18-pound first-place trophy?

There are bowling trophies. And then there is this bowling trophy that towers just above 11-year-old Makayla’s head and over the shoulder’s of her mother Michelle in their home west of Wellington.

Makayla and Michelle Brownlee — a mother-daughter team representing Wellington’s Meadow Lanes — won the towering trophy last weekend when it bested 35 other parent/youth teams from 25 states and the U.S. Navy at the Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. Makayla, a Wellington sixth grader, also received a $5,000 scholarship from a share of a $70,000 scholarship pool for participants in the tournament.

The Brownlees pictured with the second place team.

The Brownlees pictured with the second place team.

The Brownlees took the fully paid trip to finish first by 12 pins beating out another Kansas team Brayil Bozarth and her dad, Brian, from Ness City 237-225. Suffice it to say, for being an International tournament, this tournament ended up being a battle for the Kansas State Championship.

Wellington City Manager job opening gets lots of interest

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Manager vacancy left by Gus Collins in April most certainly did not go unnoticed.

The Wellington City Council received 53 applications for the manager’s position. However, Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer cautioned that 15 resumes are probably legitimate.

Roger Stallbaumer

Roger Stallbaumer

“A lot of those are random resumes sent out for any job opening out there,” Stallbaumer said. “But I do anticipate we have some very qualified candidates in that bunch.”

But first comes the budget which the Wellington City Council will approve in August.

“The budget comes first,” Stallbaumer said. “We aren’t going to even think about filling the city manager position until we get the budget put together.”

The Wellington City Council has made one decision about the hiring process.

Garage Sale listings for July 25-27, 2014

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for July 25-27, 2014. If you still need garage sales advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! 

No one was hurt at car drive through DeJarnett Law Office accident this morning

Auto accident feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas University student Erin Zoglmann has been an intern for Wellington Attorney Shawn DeJarnett during the summer – serving as an office assistant.

It is probably safe to say today will be her most memorable day of the summer.

The DeJarnett office looking from the west.

The DeJarnett office looking from the west.

Zoglmann, whose was sitting at the desk is in the front at the DeJarnett Law Office, LLC at 118 West Harvey, got the scare of her life when an elderly woman drove through the front window of the law office at 10 a.m.

The woman, whose name has not been released by the Wellington Police Department, was allegedly visiting Diana Page at the Edward Jones office next door. 

Wellington school board approves the purchase of 462 computers; makes yearly designations

School board meeting roundup

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While the USD 353 students won’t be in school for three more weeks, the official start of the 2014-15 school year for the administration started July 1.

The school board, during a busy part of the Kansas Wheat Festival, dotted some I’s and crossed some Ts with several designations. For example, Jackie Berryman was named the school board president; Security State Bank is now the official bank; Forrest Bryant is the official school treasurer; Shawn DeJarnett is the school attorney and Renn and Company is the school’s insurance provider.

Substitute teacher salaries will be $75 a day, paraprofessionals will get minimum wage designated by the federal government; and milage will be reimbursed at 50 cents a mile rate. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The your current status with Obamacare question









Since the implementation of Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare, are you better off healthcare wise?

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The Enchies return to championship form winning the Slate Creek Relays i.e. Great Race

Enchies win Great Race 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Dore Enchies returned to winning form by winning the 2014 Slate Creek Relays at Woods Park Saturday evening.

The Dore Enchies knocked out the defending champion Anders Spinalators to capture The Great Race Cup. Anders placed second while the Sons of Thunder finished third.

The final order of teams was as follows:

1. The Dore Enchies

The Enchies were the first place winners. (Photo by Steve Sturgis).

The Enchies were the first place winners. (Photo by Steve Sturgis).

2. Anders Spinalators

The Great Race will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Woods Park

Great Race preview - Can Spinalators?

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the 13th consecutive year, Wellington will be holding The Great Race, aka The Slate Creek Relays, this weekend at Woods Park. The race begins at 5 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s team participants include:

The Anders Spinalators

Axis of Awesome

Black Oak Striders

Dore Enchies

Greeno Flameouts

Sons of Thunder

Spencer Speedsters

SSB Big Bucks

Village Idiots

Gove Bandits.

The Anders Spinaltors are the current defending Great Race Champions. 

Carl Acuff, Jr. will be performing at the Sumner County Fair in Caldwell on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.

Carl Acuff at Sumner County Fair

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 87th annual Sumner County Fair in Caldwell is right around the corner and this year’s featured entertainer is Carl Acuff, Jr. who will be performing with The Legends and Up and Comers.

The concert to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. in Caldwell is being sponsored by the Sumner County Fair Association and area businesses (listed below).

The free concert will be part of a plethora of activities at the annual fair in Caldwell which will be running Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 3.

The Carl Acuff Jr. Show has become an American institution since 1992. The 2014 tour proves to be no exception to the rule with a dynamite show, great costuming, music and comedy.  

Wellington resident Perry Wiley expresses his concern about fireworks on Fourth of July

Perry Wiley fireworks

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Fourth of July holiday can be a bang of a good time for many, but a Wellington resident expressed his displeasure with the holiday at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Wellington resident Perry Wiley questioned the current fireworks policy. The council decided it will revisit the issue at a later date.

During the audience participation Wiley made the following statement:

“I think the fireworks got out of hand this year… It wasn’t too well enforced. I couldn’t get up and down my street because of all the fireworks. I spoke to a lady who works at Sterling House and she couldn’t get there because of the fireworks by the apartments near Sterling House.

“In short of banning all fireworks, which I would be in favor of, they should be banned in residential areas. They should only be shot in parks or ballfields or wherever.”

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