Daily Archives: May 21, 2020

Wellington Health and Rehab building at 1600 W. 8th St. is available as a tornado/storm shelter

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Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Health and Rehabilitation located at 1600 W. 8th Street is once again available to the public as a tornado/storm shelter.  Marla Nispel, the administrator for the facility, informed the City that the building is open for use as a shelter.  The public should enter through the back or west door as in the past.  The conference room and women’s bathroom are available for visitors.  As before, pets in carriers are allowed. 

John Robert (JR) Fisk, 87, Wellington: Nov. 18, 1932 – May 20, 2020

John Robert ‘JR’ Fisk

John Robert (JR) Fisk, age 87, Wellington resident since 1951, died Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020 at his home in Wellington. JR worked as a Conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad for 47 years before his retirement.

Fisk was born on November 18, 1932 in Wichita to John Robert Fisk and Mabel (Chaplin) Fisk. He graduated from South Haven High School with the Class of 1950.

He married Wilma L. Shaffer on August 8, 1974, in Wellington.  She preceded him in death on December 10, 2014.

JR was a 32nd Degree, 50 year Mason, Knights Templar Mason, Shriners, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, York Rite College.  He was a significant collector of Santa Fe historical and memorabilia items. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Wellington Council tells WRC to reopen pool on June 15

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council gave the go-ahead to open the pool on June 15 at this week’s meeting at the council chambers.

As the state slowly reopens so is the council. This marked the first meeting in which all the council members were present in the same room since the pandemic hit in March. The members were lined up in two rows of tables six feet apart with City Manager Shane Shield and City Clerk Carol Mericle sitting at their customary side tables. No one else was allowed in the room.

After considerable discussion, the council decided by unanimous consent that the pool will reopen Monday, June 15 with social distancing guidelines. The council did not provide any specific directives leaving those details up to the Wellington Recreation Commission, which operates the pool during the summer.

Freewill Baptist Church giveaway helped over 100 families, next one is May 30

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes he works through people. Annie Scott, a member of the Free Will Baptist Church, felt led by God to help people in the community during the COVID-19 health pandemic. Last Saturday, the church hosted a giveaway of clothing, toys, food, etc. and helped over 100 local families.

“I figured this would be a good time to bless people,” Scott said.

Another giveaway event will be held on Saturday, May 30 at the Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington.

“Just today, we received a donation of 1,500 brand new adult clothing items,” Scott said.

Kansas Star Casino to re-open to the public on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Sumner Newscow report — Kansas Star Casino Hotel Event Center today announced it will re-open to the public on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. Central Time, subject to state and local regulatory approval.

Casino gaming will be temporarily limited to slot machines only, with table games and live poker remaining closed during the initial reopening phase.

“As we reopen our doors, the health and safety of our customers, our team members and the community will be our highest priority,” said Jeff Babinski, Vice President and General Manager of Kansas Star. “Throughout our property, we will implement comprehensive safety protocols approved by local, state and federal health officials. We are excited for the opportunity to reopen Kansas Star, and we look forward to offering our customers an enjoyable – and safe – entertainment experience.”

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