Daily Archives: May 22, 2020

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, May 21, 2020

Ethel Bodge, 82, Wellington: February 22, 1938 – May 21, 2020

Ethel Bodge

Ethel was born on February 22, 1938, in Caldwell, Kansas. She grew up in Caldwell, Kansas, graduated high school in Caldwell in 1956, and went on to attend Emporia State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. It was while she was in college, she met the love of her life, Marion, to whom she was married for 43 years.

They lived at the same address in Wellington, Kansas, where they raised their two children. She was a third-grade teacher in Wellington for six years. They were very active members of their church and enjoyed working with Awana Club taking care of children after school. They enjoyed traveling and volunteering with Campers on Mission in the United States and in Mexico.

CultureCow: Without Arts and Humanities, a college is no longer a place of higher learning

By Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Happy Friday. Over the past week, I had a sister graduate from college and within the next few months, I’ll have another sibling start his collegiate experience which calls for a time to reflect.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in 2017 with a double-major in history and art history and the following year a Master’s degree in management, which means I got to see both sides of a decades-old ridiculous fight: the fight over what college is supposed to be “for.”

In undergrad, I heard over and over, “what are you going to do with that degree” and the answer I always had was “whatever I want.”  Because while a business degree ensures you can get any lower-tier job you want at a franchise somewhere, humanities degrees teach you much more valuable skills.

The reason I bring it up now is that schools like Missouri Western State University are taking hatchets to their budgets and the first thing to hit the cutting room floor was their entire humanities departments.  They cut 30 percent of their faculty, including the entire history, political science, sociology, economics, and music departments.  On the heels of that, Liberty University announced this week that they would no longer be offering philosophy as a major. 

Drury Park given new life, will re-open Saturday

Drury Dam

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow —  Drury Park has been given new life, thanks to the new owner, Rick Conner. In 2018, Conner purchased the park and other lands in Drury, Kan.

Since that time, he has been working on updating the park. The outhouse has a new cement slab under it, new vent, and new door. The old metal rules sign and cofferdam once used to work on the dam, will be repurposed for a visitor center. Conner has also done a lot of dirt work in the park.

“The water standing in the park was almost like quicksand before we started the work,” Conner said.

A soft opening is planned this Saturday, May 23. Admission to fish will be free, but you must possess a Kansas state fishing license, and a waiver must be signed. Per the governor’s orders, due to COVID-19, campsites will not be open just yet.

2020 Kansas Wheat Festival has been cancelled

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following is a press release by Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Valerie Earl. 


“The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and changed how we approach everyday life. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB regrets to announce the cancellation of the Kansas Wheat Festival for 2020. This decision was not entered into lightly but was deemed necessary in the interest of the safety of our community, staff and volunteers. The Board of directors and staff feel it is the right decision.

Factors discussed included:
-Recommendations on mass gatherings from the CDC and local health officials.

-Significant expenses that can not be recovered if the event does not take place

-Difficulty obtaining necessary infrastructure and supplies including public restrooms, etc.

Moving forward, the Chamber will explore different opportunities to celebrate during the normal Wheat Festival week with virtual, and smaller-scale events that comply with crowd restrictions. We will also explore how we can expand the Fall Festival to include some of the elements from the Wheat Festival.

Sumner County Court Docket: May 22 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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