Daily Archives: May 15, 2020

Question of the day: Will the Wellington swimming pool open this summer?

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Summer is right around the corner and one of the biggest questions to be answered is if and when the Wellington public pool will be opened for the summer.

Normally, the Wellington pool opens on Memorial Day weekend. Obviously, that is not going to happen under the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

The Wellington City Council is scheduled to discuss the pool opening at its next meeting this Tuesday. The meeting will be streamed live via YouTube through the city website (click here).

Governor Laura Kelly has moved Kansas to “Phase 1.5” which lasts from Monday, May 18 until May 31. Kansas is then scheduled to enter into “Phase 2” on June 1 giving public swimming pools the ability to operate. Her mandate on Thursday has most certainly thrown a wrench in public pool openings, delaying the process for at least two weeks. 

WRC announces summer baseball/softball program updates

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Sports? On CultureCow? Quarantine is getting to everyone

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. This week on CultureCow, I’m going to step a little out of my comfort zone and discuss something usually reserved for Tracy McCue himself: sports.  Contrary to what longtime readers might think, I do fancy watching sports, namely the NBA and football games in which my fantasy team has a stake in. But it’s by no means my favorite thing on television.

But there is a special place in which sports and filmmaking overlap: the lauded sports documentary.  Sports documentaries have the challenging job of making someone care and feel moved by a story that is ultimately about someone (usually a man) playing a game better than everyone else around them.  Most filmmakers accomplish this feat by talking about the historical and cultural context that made this athlete so important, but sometimes it literally just is how well someone put a ball in a certain place.  And such is the case of the newest sports docuseries that’s captured the eyes of a nation: the Last Dance.

The Last Dance is a 10-part docuseries that tells the admittedly fascinating story of Michael Jordan through the lens of his last season with the Chicago Bulls.  Michael Jordan was the most famous person in the entire world for nearly a decade and managed to win 3 championships in a row twice, only taking a break in the middle to play an entirely separate professional sport.  He starred in the extremely successful and iconic movie Space Jam

Larry Heter, 69, Wellington: Jan. 27, 1951 – May 11, 2020

Larry Heter

Larry Heter died Monday, May 11, 2020, at his home in Wellington at the age of 69.

He was born on January 27, 1951, in Wellington to Duane “Bo” and Wanda (Kile) Heter.

On August 19, 1988, Larry and Ellen Mack were united in marriage in Newkirk, Okla. Together they celebrated 31 years of marriage. Larry was a bartender for many years.

He then worked at GEC/Midwest, Elkhorn Valley Processing and then retired from Farmers Co-Op in 2017. Larry was the Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Tom Schwinn Post 90 and a member of the VFW.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sixth case of COVID-19 in Sumner County is confirmed

Sumner Newscow report – A sixth case of COVID-19 in Sumner County has been confirmed. 

The patient is a man in his 40s.  This case is associated with an outbreak in northeast Kansas.

Case investigation and contact tracing have been initiated.

Conditioning is being pushed back to June 15 at WHS

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press statement from Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith.

“With the announcement yesterday of phase 1.5 to reopen the state, we are going to push back our summer conditioning program and camps.

We will open our conditioning program when we are in phase 3, which right now would be no earlier than June 15. Students must have 10 days of conditioning before we can have camps in most sports, 15 days of conditioning before they can start football camps.

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