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Weekly Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield update: Sept. 16

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the weekly update from Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield


Adam Hatfield

Dear USD 353 and Wellington Community,

We are halfway into week two of school and I want to start by again acknowledging and thanking our teachers, staff, administrators, students, and families. These are challenging times for everyone as we are all navigating a lot of changes.

I understand there are frustrations and certain aspects of the reopening plan are an inconvenience for our families.

Our students are back in the classroom and making connections again that we have been missing since March. It’s been rewarding to watch our students back in action.

Wellington school board to hold special meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Sumner Newcow report — The following is the agenda for the Thursday, September 17 Special BOE meeting. This meeting will be held at the WHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. It will also be live-streamed. Please wear masks and social distance.

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City Manager Shane Shields briefs council on why Sept 1 utility bills soared for many

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In a nutshell, it was a combination of unlucky factors that resulted in some customers seeing a tremendous increase in their utility bill that came out on Sept. 1, according to Wellington City Manager Shane Shields.

The council addressed the issue head-on Tuesday night after there was quite a bit of social media outrage about the unusual spike in the utility bills. That social media angst did not materialize in packing the council chambers on Tuesday night as was promised. Just five people showed up and that included Reverend Wendell Skinner of Church Ignited who was in charge of the opening prayer.

No action was taken Tuesday night.

Perhaps it was unlucky timing. The city was short-staffed in July due to COVID-19 and quarantine requirements impacting the city’s utility billing, city clerk and municipal court offices. As a result, two of the meter readers were brought in to maintain the utility billing office functions while the other staff members were away.

Caldwell’s Keiondre Smith is named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Keiondre Smith (2) is this week’s Big Cheese Athlete of the Week after a monster game against South Haven last Friday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week’s Big Cheese Athlete of the Week is Keiondre Smith, a sophomore for the Caldwell football game.

Smith, who plays quarterback and cornerback for the Bluejays, had six rushing touchdowns helping the Bluejays knock off South Haven 64-28 Friday night. He rushed for 256 yards including touchdown runs of 13, 38, 49, 8, 11, and 29 yards. He also had two 2-point conversion runs.

For his effort, Smith is the recipient of a large free Big Cheese Pizza in Wellington at 324 N. Washington. 

Sumner Newscow scoreboard…

Scores from Monday and Tuesday:

Wellington High School junior Nikki Peninger in game vs. Circle Tuesday at home.

Varsity: Circle over Wellington 25-20, 25-12.
Circle over Clearwater, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21.
Clearwater over Wellington 25-23, 23-25, 25-22.
Junior varsity: Circle over Wellington 25-21, 25-9.
Circle over Clearwater 25-14, 24-26, 25-17.
Clearwater over Wellington 25-23, 25-23.
Wellington’s varsity season record: 3-6. Wellington JV record: 2-4.

For pictures of the triangular click here.

Attica over Belle Plaine 25-9, 25-21.
Coldwater over Belle Plaine 25-9, 25-21.
Belle Plaine varsity record: 8-2.

Argonia over Cedar Vale/Dexter 25-12, 25-12.
Argonia over Sedan 25-13, 25-19.

West Elk over Caldwell 25-12, 25-14.
South Haven over Caldwell 25-18, 27-25.

Flinthills over Oxford 25-12, 25-11.
Udall over Oxford 25-17, 25-8.


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