Sumner NewsCow http://www.sumnernewscow.com News and Sports for Sumner County Thu, 09 Jul 2020 03:08:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Answers to the 2020 Medallion Clue revealed… http://www.sumnernewscow.com/answers-to-the-2020-medallion-clue-revealed/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 03:07:52 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65109 Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Medallion Clue answers for the 2020 contest. The contest was recently won by Eric Murphy of Wellington, on the northeast corner of the Hargis Creek Watershed:

  1. North, south, east, or west, choose wisely and you’ll pass the test; for the prize lies at the end of your quest.

Welcome to the hunt!

 

  1. If you are near me, you might hear children laugh.

There is a playground located on the East side of the Watershed

 

  1. Andy and Opie would approve.

They would enjoy our little fishing hole

 

  1. Had I been there in 08, young Mr. Hurst would not have lost his life.

Refers to the Hargis creek flood of 1908 and the drowning of four-year-old Arthur Hurst. Had the water shed been there…???

 

  1. 15 + 1; you’re halfway done.

This is in reference to our round-about and how if you are going west to east you switch from 15th to 16th street – pointing you to the east side of town

 

  1. Head towards the last land of the pioneers; let them lead you in the right direction.

Head east toward the Pioneer Cemetery

 

  1. Back to the Future at the Chisholm Trail.

The current high school sits where the old Chisholm Trail Drive-In was located – east side of town

 

  1. Just a day away.

Day Street  – first turn to the watershed

 

  1. Keyes to the Kingdom.

Keyes Street – forks off from Day and leads you straight to the watershed.

 

  1. You get a line; I’ll get a pole.

Once again…fishing

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Seal, 69, Wellington: August 15, 1950 – July 6, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/charles-chuck-seal-69-wellington-august-15-1950-july-6-2020/ Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:23:46 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65105

Charles “Chuck” Seal

Charles “Chuck” Howard Seal, age 69, died Monday afternoon, July 6, 2020, at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield.  He was a brakeman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He retired in 2010 with over 40 years of service.

Chuck was born on August 15, 1950, in Wichita, KS to Howard H. Seal and Cora Isabel (Blake) Seal. He was a 1968 graduate of Wellington High School.

Chuck and Carole were married on January 7, 1993, in Wellington.

He enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was an avid golfer.  He loved reading, fishing, gambling, and all animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Andy Seal; and brother, Darwin Seal.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Seal of Wellington; four sons, Shane Seal and his wife Carissa, Toby Seal and his wife Nikki, Shon Baker, and Brett Baker and his wife Andrea; one sister, Kathryn “Darlene” Panter; six grandchildren; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; two nieces; and three nephews.

Graveside Services will be held at a later date.

There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.

A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.

Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net

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Council roundup: New medical loan closet coming soon to Wellington http://www.sumnernewscow.com/council-roundup-new-medical-loan-closet-coming-soon-to-wellington/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:59:20 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65098 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington City Council has voted to allow space at the south annex of the former SRMC hospital building to establish a medical equipment loan closet for the community.

Dr. Tamara McCue addressed the council requesting a room formerly used for hospice therapy to set up a place in which people can donate old medical equipment for others to use. Think of it as a library. But instead of books, people can check out medical equipment for a borrowed amount of time.

“There are a lot of things that Medicare insurance won’t cover as far as medical equipment is concerned,” McCue said.

McCue said that medical equipment could be on hand at the closet for people to use at no charge.

In turn, people who have medical equipment they no longer use can donate it to the closet.

Wellington resident Ginger Wilson and McCue were recently cleaning up a house in Wichita where Ginger’s mother, Dorothy Johnston, had lived before passing. There was a hip transfer chair and a wheelchair no longer in use.

“We were going to donate it to loan closet in Wichita but thought we should start something up here instead,” McCue said. “When word got out that we were wanting old medical equipment our barn filled up with stuff.”

There are similar medical equipment loan closets in the area. Winfield currently has one.

“I think this is an excellent idea and something Wellington needs,” said Jennifer Heersche, Wellington council member.

The vote was unanimous. McCue said the closet will be opening soon and to check media sources for the future opening.

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Cowley College update

Jan Grace, Cowley College Sumner Campus operations officer, addressed the council Tuesday stating 69 students have enrolled for the fall, a slight decrease from the previous year. However, she said she wasn’t worried because high school students, which account for a significant percentage of the enrollment, won’t start enrolling until August.

She said a $50,000 grant received by the college, will be used to purchase livestock pins for students in 4-H and FFA. The college is also aggressively looking for grants, including those from the USDA, to help fund a third building which will be an agriculture center.

Grace also mentioned that the college continues to look at housing possibilities for the future which could include the building of dormitories.

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In other business:

•The council approved John K. Murray to serve on the City Airport Advisory Board.

•Upon the request of Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath, the city will purchase 14 refurbished 800 MHZ radios for $11,172 which allows the city police to communicate directly with the Sheriff and other county/state agencies via radio.

•The council voted to start the proceedings of condemnation of property at 624 W. 3rd St. with a hearing scheduled for Sept. 1.

•Wellington council member Joe Soria during his report asked that people should put out blue lights in their porch  in support of the Wellington Police Department.

“We hear so many bad things about what’s going on nationally,” Soria said. “We have really great cops here in Wellington, and I think it is important to let them know we are behind them.”

•Guy Leitch was not in attendance due to a death in his family.

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Wellington Street Department filling low spots on recent U.S. 160 East mill-and-overlay project http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-street-department-filling-low-spots-on-recent-botched-u-s-160-east-mill-and-overlay-project/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:10:55 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65101 Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Street Department will be filling low spots on U.S. 160 East between Woodlawn Ave and Day Street all day on Thursday, July 9.  They will be closing one lane at a time.  This is related to the recent mill and overlay project and is temporary until the contractor can come back and make permanent repairs.  

For additional information, please contact the Street Department at (620) 326-7831. 

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The graduation ceremony question http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-newscow-weekly-poll-the-graduation-ceremony-question/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:24:38 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65096  

 

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-police-notes-tuesday-july-7-2020/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:39:10 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65092 Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

12:17 a.m. Officers conducted a report of a mental subject in the 900 block N. Plum, Wellington.

•7:10 a.m. Officers investigated possession of certain stimulants and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 500 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.

•8:09 a.m. Skyler W. Shaffer, 29, Wellington was arrested and charged with possession of certain stimulants and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•11:17 a.m. Cattien G. Bui, 29, Warr Acres, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 47 mph in a 30 mph zone.

•1:30 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 2000 block Madison, Wellington.

•2:41 p.m. Officers took a sex offense report in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.

•7:14 p.m. Officers responded to a civil matter in the 400 block E. 4th, Wellington.

•7:36 p.m. Officers responded to a disturbance in the 700 block N. Gardner, Wellington.

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J.P. Weigand – 407 Morningside Dr. for sale http://www.sumnernewscow.com/j-p-weigand-407-morningside-dr-for-sale/ Wed, 08 Jul 2020 02:08:27 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65090

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The official 2020 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule of Events… activities start tomorrow http://www.sumnernewscow.com/the-official-2020-kansas-wheat-festival-schedule-of-events/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:06:03 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=64768 Sumner Newscow report — The abbreviated 2020 Kansas Wheat Festival is starting tomorrow with the movie-themed sidewalk chalking contest tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can still preregister at the Chamber office before going to the Regent.

There are six events people can still register. Wheat Festival buttons are also still available at the Chamber office at Wellington Memorial Auditorium. Buttons will get you in the family movie Swiss Family Robinson at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. It will also get you into the concert at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Rules for all the events are below the schedule:

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Sumner County meeting minutes: June 29, June 30, and July 2, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-county-meeting-minutes-june-29-june-30-and-july-2-2020/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:37:50 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65076 Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Sumner County meeting minutes for June 29, June 30, and July 2, 2020:

June 29, 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 Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of June 22 and 23.

Dannetta Cook, County Treasurer, provided the monthly report of sales tax received in the amount of $133,615.74.

Jeremy Jones, City of Wellington Director of Public Works met with the Commissioners to discuss a new transfer station building at the landfill.   Without formal zoning, the state returned the certificate for County approval.  Director Jones advised the Commission the City will be looking into updating the zoning of the property.  The Commission unanimously authorized Chairman Cooney to sign the certification.

The Commission approved waiving the Raymond Frye rental fee for the Sumner County Farm Bureau annual meeting.  The deposit will still be required.  Deputy Clerk Aufdengarten is to notify the extension office.

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

Discussion regarding an environmental and structural study on the Courthouse grounds was held.  Prepared contracts were presented for review.  The Commission unanimously approved moving forward with the study and authorizing Chairman Cooney to sign the two contracts with GSI Engineering, LLC.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 11:01 a.m.

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June 30, 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 Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten, 8oth House Representative Bill Rhiley and Wellington City Councilman Kevin Dodds.

At 9:59 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with County Appraiser Cindy Magill to discuss non-elected personnel.  At 10:14 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Health Department Director Laura Rettig and Emergency Management Director James Fair provided the Commission with updates on COVID-19 pandemic issues. Also present was Sheriff Captain Mike Westmoreland, Tracy McCue and Councilman Dodds. Director Rettig advised that the County received notification of its twelfth positive case.

An impending executive order from the Governor regarding mandating the wearing of facemasks in public areas effective 12:01 a.m., July 3, 2020, was discussed. Director Rettig does not feel comfortable making recommendations regarding the order until officially released and reviewed.  Director Rettig continues to advise she recommends wearing masks.  Director Rettig and Director Fair will provide an update on Monday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Director Rettig advised the local emergency order, which will expire soon, would cause free lab testing to cease.  Other funding options were researched and reviewed.

Director Rettig and Director Fair advised they attended a conference call concerning SPARKS funding.  Details of the funding included what would qualify, special auditing and management of the funds.  The Commission, reviewing the information provided, determined to be beneficiary to move forward in the application process.   The Commission designated County Clerk Debra Norris as the primary contact and Director Fair as a secondary contact.

At 11:34 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Director Rettig, Director Fair and Deputy County Clerk Aufdengarten were asked to remain in the meeting.  At 11.46 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

At 11: 48 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 5 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney-client privileged matter.  Deputy County Clerk Aufdengarten was asked to remain in the meeting.   At 11:53 a.m., it was extended for an additional 5 minutes.  At 11:56 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:04 p.m.

July 2, 2020 – 5:30 p.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in special 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.

At 5:30 p.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Clerk Norris was asked to remain in the meeting.  At 5:40 p.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Health Department Director Laura Rettig made a recommendation to the Commission on the wearing of masks when in public spaces and while outdoors when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.  She also advised wearing a mask is the best and least restrictive measure in combating the threat of COVID-19, hoping that people will wear masks voluntarily.

Cheryl Helmer, 79th House of Representative told the Commission of positive correspondence she has received asking that the citizens not be forced to wear facemasks.

Ray LaBeouf also spoke in favor of opting out of the order.

After review of the information provided, the Board of County Commissioners sitting as the Board of County Commission as the Board of Health of the county unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2020-20, the use of face masks in public is not required in Sumner County.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 5:51 p.m.

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George S. Harris, 90, Rockdale, Texas: March 9, 1930 – June 24, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/george-s-harris-90-rockdale-texas-march-9-1930-june-24-2020/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:04:54 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65073

George S. Harris

George S. Harris, age 90 of Rockdale, Texas, owner and operator of the Rock House R.V. Park near Rockdale passed away Wednesday evening, June 24, 2020 at his home.

George was born March 9, 1930, in Wellington, to George Samuel and Hazel Pearl (Myers) Harris. He worked as a land surveyor for Sedgwick County. On November 17, 1972 he and Vernie Graham were married in Haysville, Kansas. They moved to Rockdale, Texas and became the owner of Rock House R.V. Park 23 years ago. George enjoyed bowling, basketball, and most sports like the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Vernie Harris on August 27, 2019; his parents; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda Sharpsteen and husband Mikie of Dodge City, Kansas and Jan Marple of Wichita, Kansas; sons, Robert Harris of Wichita, Kansas and Richard Harris and wife Julia of Wichita, Kansas; stepsons, Freddie Baldwin and wife Sherry of Iola, Texas and Joe Baldwin of Caldwell; his brother, Jack Harris of Wichita, Kansas along with a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington.

Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net

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