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Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, 2017:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sunday blog: In today’s corporate world, the ideal number of employees are no employees at all

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — There is no question that the application of robotics and artificial intelligence continues to accelerate.  There are few areas of commerce and industry where one or both cannot be used to great advantage.  Robots are excellent for precision rote tasks. 

Robert Escandon

They don’t get tired or ill and carry no overhead except depreciation.  Their precision of operation doesn’t drift due to fatigue or boredom so the product output maintains a set level of accuracy that fits within boundaries set by quality control management.

Many repetitive manufacturing tasks were the province of workers “on-the-line.”  My mother was one of those many thousands of — mostly women — who worked in factories.  I asked her once if the work was sole-destroying in its repetition? 

To my surprise she said “No, because it carried no stress.” She knew exactly what was expected of her and it gave her a wage she could add to my father’s earnings to help keep the family afloat.  The factories provided a nice restaurant for lunch, and evening meals for those on a later shift.  Music was piped in from the local radio stations and there was a feeling of team spirit among the employees.

Assistant Principal John Buckendorff to become new head principal at WHS

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington USD 353 School Board made WHS Assistant Principal John Buckendoff its high school principal Thursday night.

John Buckendorff

Buckendorff will start his new duties on July 1 when the 2017-18 academic year begins. The announcement was made after two highly unusual executive sessions at the beginning of the meeting — one for 10 minutes and another for five minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Executive sessions, i.e. private meetings, almost always occur at the end of the meeting.

The current vice principal will be replacing Adam Hatfield, who will be moving to the assistant Superintendent position, who in turn is replacing Brad Morris, who is retiring.

Buckendorff has been WHS assistant principal since August, 2014.

He was hired from the Goddard Public District where he was a Spanish/Business teacher from August 2008 to July 2014. Previously, he taught at the Wichita, Haysville and Oklahoma City Public High School systems.

In other employment news, the board approved the following resignations:

(Updated Friday morning) Many activities planned for Easter weekend in Sumner County

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With Easter approaching this weekend, many activities are planned.

South Haven 4-H will be having its Annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15t at the South Haven School for ages 0 to 12.

That same day the 4-H will sponsor a rabies clinic held at the South Haven Community Building from 9 a.m. to noon.

Provencio gets additional 32 months for indecent solicitation of 13-year-old

Sylvester Provencio speaks with his attorney Jess Hoeme during the sentencing hearing today.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for “aggravated indecent solicitation” with a 13-year-old girl during a New Years Party in January of 2016.

Judge Scott McQuin made the ruling today during a 30-minute sentencing hearing at the Sumner County District Court.

Provencio, who is already serving a 31-month sentence for reckless aggravated battery on an unrelated crime, is expected to serve 61 months for both crimes – five years and one month with a possibility of a 15 percent reduction for good behavior in prison. He has 14 days to file an appeal in district court.

McQuin ruled that Provencio will serve the two sentences consecutively – meaning one sentence and then the other. Provencio’s attorney Jess Hoeme asked that the sentence be served “concurrently” meaning simultaneously.

Time Provencio has already served will be applied to the sentence. He has been in jail since January, 2016. He is likely to be released sometime in 2020. 

Wellington High School holds annual service day throughout community

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School students, grades 10-12, held their annual service day Wednesday around the community from 8 to 11 a.m. Freshmen stayed on campus to serve at school. The day was organized through Karla Defore, World History and Crusader Way Instructional Coach.(School pictures sprinkled throughout the story were taken by Wellington instructor Katie Ford.)

The places the students went to help included:

•Arrowhead Animal Clinic/Hargis Creek Clean up – eight students walked dogs, cleaned cages. After that they walked to Hargis Creek and picked up trash.

•Brookdale Senior Living — 15 students cleaned windows and spent time with residents. 

Held over for second week! Beauty and the Beast at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Beauty and the Beast”  – held over from last week.

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

Feature film rating: PG (for some action violence, peril and frightening images).

Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

Election analysis: How the voters in Sumner County went for Estes

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The following is the Sumner County precinct breakdown of Tuesday’s 4th District general election. Click here for the 38 precinct election totals. A township map below will help you with comparison.

The Sumner County Clerk office reported there was 4,063 county-wide votes cast for a 24.52 percent voter turnout which is significantly low compared to general election standards but average for non-Presidential local elections.

The election Tuesday confirmed a consistent trend of elections pasts. The more rural the precinct is the larger the Republican vote is. The more urban the precinct is the higher percentage the Democrats have. Also, Republicans get their largest support in the northwest part of the county.

Republican challenger Ron Estes defeated Democrat challenger James Thompson 53.3 percent to 45 percent in the Fourth District. In Sumner County, Estes won by a larger margin of 62.3 to 35.3 percent. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The post-election 4th District Congressional race question







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Ron Estes takes Sumner County, wins 4th District

Sumner Newscow report — In the 4th Congressional District special election, Republican Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson 2529 (62.3 percent) to 1,433 votes (35.3 percent) in Sumner County. Libertarian Chris Rockhold had 93 votes (2.2 percent).

The special election fills the House seat vacated when Mike Pompeo resigned from Congress to accept President Trump’s appointment as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Associated Press as of 9:30 p.m. called the race for Estes. The polling totals with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.

Ron Estes Republican 60,945 53.3%
James Thompson Democrat 51,467 45.0
Chris Rockhold Libertarian 1,971 1.7

99% reporting (619 of 620 precincts)

Morgan Hain walk off single secures split for Crusaders against Augusta in home opener

Morgan Hain would not hit her walk off single here, but she would 2 pitches later to help deliver a game 2 Crusader victory.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tabor College bound Morgan Hain stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and the Wellington girls softball team trailing Augusta 10-9 with one out.

She just needed to get the ball to the outfield.

The Wellington senior nearly hit a home run on a 2-2 pitch which just turned foul at the last second. But on the next pitch she would hit pay dirt and hit the ball through the left/center gap bringing home Avery Rusk and Jacelyn Buck for a 2RBI single.

Wellington’s 11-10 game two victory earned a split for the Crusaders in their home opening double-header. The Crusaders are 3-1 after a two-week layoff due to bad weather. They travel to Andale Thursday.

The Crusaders lost the first game 15-4 in a miserable six-inning run-rule game in which the Lady Dukes committed eight errors.

In game two, it was a different story. The Crusaders would knockout 16 hits to Augusta’s 10. Although the Lady Dukes had four errors, Augusta had three.

Oxford’s Dalton Silhan, Grant Smith are named Big Cheese Athlete(s) of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Dalton Silhan, a junior; and Grant Smith, a senior, for the Oxford High School baseball team have been named co-Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.

The undefeated Oxford High School baseball team has been on fire. On Monday, the Wildcats defeated Flinthills 17-0 and 11-0 in a doubleheader which was a lot closer than on Friday when it defeated Udall 22-0 and 30-0. In that game, Silhan and Smith helped Oxford tie two state baseball records:

1) 21 runs in the third inning tying the most runs in one inning record;

2) 10 doubles in a game, also tying the state record.

Special election for U.S. Representative will be held Tuesday in Sumner County

Sumner Newscow report — The special election to determine the replacement for Kansas Fourth District U.S. State Representative Mike Pompeo will be held throughout Sumner County on Tuesday. The polling places are the same as the federal/state election. All registered voters in Sumner County are eligible to vote.

The race will be between Republican Ron Estes, Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. 

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9, 2017:

Sunday blog: Hoffman/Alley failed to listen to the pleas of their hospitals

While Hoffman/Alley seem to be married to Brownback’s policies, the survival of institutions like Sumner Regional Medical Center remain in doubt. (Click on photo for larger version)

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas House of Representatives failure to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of the expansion of Medicaid is a slap in the face to the Kansas rural healthcare industry and the patients within.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

What makes it worse, State Representative Kyle Hoffman (R- Coldwater), who represents the western half of Wellington and northwest Sumner County and thousands of patients who patronize Sumner Regional Medical Center and Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell, voted against the override.

There is little doubt, judging from his negative vote during the initial passage of the bill, State Senator Larry Alley would have followed Hoffman’s lead, had the override vote gotten to the Senate.

Not by coincidence, SRMC board announced it will be laying off employees just three days later.

Wellington golf team finishes second; Ty Wilson places 5th individually in home invite

Ty Wilson, teeing off on Hole #6, finished fifth in Wellington invite with 77 score. Above, Skyler Crittenden, is putting on Hole #5 on his way to 12th place finish.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf team hosted its annual tournament at the Golf Club Thursday afternoon. During a beautiful springlike day, Wellington finished tied for second as a team with a 342 cumulative score. The top four of the six varsity players on each team scores are cumulative tallied.

Andover annihilated the competition with a 300 team score. The Indian golfers had five of its six golfers in the top eight. Zach Sokolosky was the top golfer, finishing with a 71 — one stroke over par. Wellington’s Ty Wilson finished fifth. The junior shots 39 on the front nine and 38 on the back for a 77 score.

Skyler Crittenden placed 12th with an 83. He had 38 on the front nine and 45 on the back. True Dejarnett tied for 17th with a 37 on the front and a 50 on the back for an 87.

Jesse Chisholm never drove cattle north, but he was the reason for the trail

Editor’s Note: The following is the first of a monthly feature concerning stories about the Chisholm Trail in conjunction with the 150th anniversary.

Jesse Chisholm

by James Jordan, Sumner NewscowIn the days after the Civil War there was a beef shortage in major cities like Kansas City and Chicago, as well as other places. It was also known at the time there were millions of cattle running loose in south Texas. Someone got the idea of driving those cattle north to the rail heads, and selling the cattle to all those cities that needed beef.

The cowboy was born, and along with it the Chisholm Trial.

The trail was named for Jesse Chisholm, who never actually drove cattle north to the rail heads, and who never knew there was a trail named after him.

Chisholm had a Scottish father and an Indian mother, and he lived his life with the Indians. He was born in Tennessee and his mother brought him to Oklahoma when he was only a few years old in the very early 1800s. This was when some Cherokee were migrating voluntarily.

He may have not have driven any cattle, but he probably would have approved. Once the idea caught on, it just made sense to use the highway Chisholm had created. He also had a great impact on the settlement of Oklahoma and relations between the settlers and the Indians.

Garage Sales this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of April 7-9, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

SRMC board announces it will reduce staff

Sumner Newscow report — The Health Care Authority Board of Wellington authorized Sumner Regional Medical Center management to proceed with a reduction in staff, according to a press release today.

The changes were made after careful consideration was given to preserving services SRMC provides to the community, and were made after receiving input from the medical staff.

SRMC President and CEO Les Dean said “the cuts were necessary and will have minimal impact to patient care.”

Scott Lee of Caldwell is the winner of the Sumner Newscow/Pig Shack bracket contest

Scott Lee, left, was the winner of the contest. Pigshack employee Randi Deffenbaugh presented him with a $100 check.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner NewscowScott Lee of Caldwell was named the 2017 Sumner Newscow Pig Shack Bracket contest winner. He received a $100 cash prize and a $100 gift certificate for great food at the Pig Shack.

Tim Norris of Wellington came in second and will receive a $50 gift certificate to Pig Shack.

Robbie Sexton of Wellington finished third and receives a $25 gift certificate to Pig Shack.

Lee received his winnings today.

“I don’t know how,” Lee laughed. “I finished last in the other bracket contest I was win. I guess in this case I didn’t think about it.” 

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