Daily Archives: May 8, 2020

2020 Wellington track and field team had 65 athletes, and 9 returning state qualifiers… but no season

Gavin York would have returned as a junior as a two-time returning state qualifier.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the past three weeks, Newscow has been doing stories on “what might have been” on Wellington spring sports teams. The last story is about track and field – perhaps the “granddaddy of them all” when it comes to spring sports.

“Boy, this is a little hard to think about,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head track coach about what could have transpired in 2020. “Because with track you just never know. It isn’t like with football or basketball where you somewhat have an idea what a team will do. With track, there are so many variables.”

Eric Kop in hurdles in 2019.

For instance, in 2019, Wellington’s Eric Kop became the first male athlete in years to win the school a Class 4A state championship. He placed first in 110-meter hurdles with a 14.55 time and came in second in the 300.

“He came out of nowhere,” Aguilar said. “We knew he had a chance of being pretty good at the beginning of the season. But I had no idea he was going to win a state championship.”

So we will just speculate, which is essentially what we have been doing anyway with 2020 spring sports since we are in the middle of a pandemic.

City of Wellington newsletter – May 8, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The latest City of Wellington newsletter by City Manager Shane Shields for May 8, 2020, has been released.

To view, click here.

CultureCow: Why calling your barista a hero doesn’t pay their rent

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Everywhere you turn, there seems to be nothing on the Internet, but the Coronavirus.  That makes sense, considering how it’s infected every aspect of our lives at this point, including our language.  Anything that reaches this broadly will develop its own terminology. But the pandemic doesn’t just reach the niche communities on the Internet who are in charge of curating slang until it trickles down to the masses, it reaches the masses directly.  So in light of that, I think we should highlight some phrases that have been co-opted and oftentimes ruined in recent weeks.

 Names for the virus itself.  You can’t have an enemy until you’ve named it and there is no shortage of nicknames for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2.

  • The Rona: Perhaps the first and most popular truncated version that most people either use frequently or get annoyed by.
  • Miss Rona: “the Rona’s” cooler gay sister.
  • The Chinese-Wuhan Virus: The racist version. We knew it was racist from the beginning and designed to vilify one of America’s “fiercest enemies” (that just so happens to be its primary business partner at the same time).  For everyone who argues “that’s where the virus started, it’s not racist to point that out” you know you’re lying and I will also argue that you’re white.  We don’t call syphilis the “American Virus” and if you read a little, you might be surprised the Spanish Flu didn’t even start in Spain so maybe consider the reason this phrase is only used by a certain subsect of people.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Policy change: City of Wellington requires street closing request 30 days before event

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington has revised the policy and process for requesting a street closing/special event relating to the use of a public street.  A Street Closing/Special Event Request must be completed and submitted to the City via the City Manager’s Office 30 days prior to the closing/event date.  The 30-day requirement is an extension from the previous 14-day period and ensures there is adequate time for the applicable departments to review the request and provide any necessary information to the City Council for consideration of granting the request at a council meeting.

There are a number of restrictions/requirements that have been included in the policy.  One requirement is for any street closing in a residential area, the applicant is required to obtain a signature of the owner/occupant of properties within the closed area indicating the owner/occupant’s support or non-support for the closure.  Signatures shall be on a City provided form. 

Wellington School Board will be holding meeting Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington school board will be holding its monthly meeting virtually on Monday at 7 p.m.

Click here for the agenda. 

Applications are being accepted for one-bedroom apartments at Wheat Capitol Manor

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The Wellington Housing Authority is receiving applications for efficiency and one-bedroom apartments at Wheat Capitol Manor located at 400 S. C, Wellington, KS 67152. We currently have availability for these units. Rent is based on income and deductions (if qualify). These are Low Income Housing units in HUD’s Public Housing Program. Please pick-up the application or call 620-326-5821 for further information.

Contact us at:

Wellington Housing Authority

400 S. C Street

Wellington, KS 67152



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