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Sunday feature: State of Kansas will have surplus of funds, how do we use it?

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The state is going to have a surplus of funds this year, and a lot of people have ideas about what should be done with the money.

State Rep. Kyle Hoffman (R-Clearwater) believes the money could be used to lower taxes, especially sales tax. The Governor has advocated eliminating sales tax on food. Hoffman said it is likely that it will be on several areas, not just food.

“There will be tax relief of some sort. There may be a sales tax cut on food, but more than that. It won’t go to zero, but I think it will be a healthy reduction,” he said.

Wellington girls get huge league win with overtime bruiser in Clearwater

It was a defensive tussle between Wellington and Clearwater Friday night.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington girls wrestling team is grappling at Wichita West today. The Crusader girls basketball team already had its wrestling match in Clearwater Friday. Wellington defeated Clearwater 50-46 in overtime and in doing so grabbed the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV lead.

Wellington is currently 4-0 in the AVCTL-DIV and now leads both Andale and Clearwater by a game in the league title chase (see standings below). This league race is far from over, but the Crusaders will go into the second half of the AV-CTL season with both Andale and Clearwater at home.

These two top 10 teams physically went after one another. After the game at least three Wellington girls were limping.

“These were two great teams in a great atmosphere — that is what you work for in June and July,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “The teams both had adversary throughout the game and handled it head-on.”

CultureCow: Party culture: killing kids on Euphoria and Coachella

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. There aren’t many times America tunes in at the same time to watch TV anymore.

Everyone over the age of 50 will tell you about the time the whole country turned on the tube to see who shot JR on Dallas. Those born in the ’90s will talk the same way about the Sopranos finale. My generation had the final season of Breaking Bad and the failed promise of the last season of Game of Thrones.

But, with the advent of streaming, we all tend to watch shows at our own pace these days, for better or worse.

Sunday’s premiere of Euphoria season two hopes to reverse that trend. 2.4 million people tuned in last Sunday, marking the single-day streaming record for HBO Max and even more caught up in the days following.

Wellington teams go into Clearwater tonight with key games… especially for the girls

Airalyn Frame in an earlier game vs. Andale.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be returning to action tonight when they travel to Clearwater. These will be big Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV games. For the girls, this game could go a long way to determining who wins the league title.

First of all, ticket purchases in Clearwater are all digital. Digital tickets can be purchased here. Fans can also purchase tickets at the gate using a debit/credit card.  Varsity girls tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30 p.m. The C boys and JV girls start at 4:15 p.m. with the JV boys at 5:45. There is no C girls game.

The Wellington vs. Clearwater girls game is must viewing. Wellington is ranked No. 3 while Clearwater is No. 6 in Class 4A in the latest KBCA poll (see here).

Sing 2 playing this week at the Regent


Playing this week: Sing 2.

Schedule:
Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Are you on a diet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Harts want to put in a retreat center; the city says you need sprinklers first

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A dispute over whether or not a Wellington business should be required to put in a sprinkler system for overnight guests was a fiery subject during a 90-minute city council work session Tuesday night. 

The issue at hand: Should the Hart family, who just bought the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home building on 704 N. Washington for its quilting business, be required to put in a sprinkler system to abide by the state fire marshall code? 

Or is this a case of government overreach by the Wellington City staff?

The conclusion Tuesday was there was no conclusion. 

The Harts hope to turn the building into a retreat center for its Beehive Quilt Shop business. They wish to use the facility to lodge overnight out-of-town guests participating in quilting classes that can last anywhere from two to six days.

WACC is seeking nominations for Distinguish Service Award, Volunteer and Business of Year for annual celebration on Feb. 5

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual celebration for Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. Information about tickets will be coming soon.

In the meantime, they are looking for nominations for Distinguished Service Award winner, Volunteer of the Year, and Business of the Year. The deadline to nominate VOY and BOY awards is Tuesday, Jan. 18. The DSA award nomination applications must be done by this Friday.

Tickets will be $25 each and include your catered meal, two drink tickets, networking, and socializing!

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Gold Level    $300   -will include 6 tickets.
Silver Level   $200  -will include 4 tickets.
Bronze Level  $100  -will include 2 tickets.
Sponsorship will place your logo in the programs that are given to every attendant.
The Deadline for sponsorships & ticket sales is 5 p.m. on January 24, 2022.

The nomination forms can be found here:

Conway Springs Izic Billups named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Izic Billups

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Izic Billups, a 6-2 senior for the Conway Springs basketball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

The Conway Springs team is on a roll having won three straight games and is 6-3 for the season. Part of the reason is Billups, who has had a phenomenal week.

In a 45-41 victory over Chaparral a week ago Billups had 27 points going 8-of-13 from the field with seven (!) three-pointers. Then on Friday’s 44-36 victory over Medicine Lodge, Billups was a more quiet four points but accounted for six steals. On Tuesday, Billups scored 18 point as Conway Springs dominated Belle Plaine 65-29.

For his efforts, Billups is a recipient of a large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Sumner County COVID-19 update: Jan. 10, 2022

There were 230 new COVID cases over the past seven-day period in Sumner County for a 32.85 per day rate. Also, KDHE figures on vaccination rates changed basing rates on the number of residents who were double dosed with Moderna and Pfizer. Last week it was based on single doses. Thus Sumner County’s vaccination rate went down from 48 to 44 percent.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As expected and feared by many health officials, the Christmas holiday combined with the new prolific Omicron variant caused COVID-19 numbers to spike significantly in Sumner County.  There were 230 new cases in the county, which appears to be a new record.

But if there is solace to this story, Sumner County is not alone. It was a record-breaking week across the state of Kansas.

Also, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has changed its vaccination rates based on whether people have gotten both doses of Moderna or Pfizer or the one dose of Johnson and Johnson. In 2021, the figures were based on one dose of Moderna or Pfizer. Now it is two. Thus the vaccination rates went down in Sumner County from 48 percent last week to 44 percent this week.

Jarod and Sarah Bruey face murder in 1st degree charges stemming from August accidental shooting involving 12-year-old stepsisters

Jarod Bruey

Sarah Bruey

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow   Jarod Bruey, 42, of Caldwell and his wife, Sarah Bruey, 41, also of Caldwell have both been charged with murder in the first degree (a felony murder rule). They have also been charged with aggravated endangering of a child, also a felony.

Sumner County Attorney Larry Marczynski has formally charged the couple in connection to an accidental shooting that occurred on August 6, 2021, in which a 12-year-old juvenile accidentally shot her 12-year-old stepsister in the face, west of Caldwell. 

According to the complaints, the defendants are accused of allowing multiple unsecured loaded firearms strewn throughout their home. During the investigation of the homicide, law enforcement officers found approximately 17 firearms that were loaded and/or unsecured kept randomly through the home, none of which were locked up. 

Additionally, the defendant left his 12-year-old daughter and 12-year old stepdaughter unsupervised with the firearms. As a result, one of the minors used one of the loaded unsecured firearms to shoot and kill her stepsister. 

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: Jan. 3 – Jan. 10, 2022

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings for Jan. 3, through Jan. 10, 2022 are as follows: 

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022: 

Friday, January 7, 2022

CultureCow: Abbott Elementary and Encanto are already the best family programs of a young year

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. Network television is usually terrible.

I wrote as much all the way back in 2018, when I argued that streaming has everything we’d ever want and cable’s content was slipping into irrelevancy. It seems like the only new shows on the big networks are singing competitions, reboots of old movies, and Dwayne the Rock Johnson.

That was before I watched Quinta Brunson’s new show, Abbott Elementary.

Abbott Elementary is a new sitcom on ABC about a young teacher, played by Brunson, in a Philadelphia elementary school followed by an Office-esque documentary crew. Quinta’s character is in her second year of teaching and her sunny disposition and naivete keep getting challenged by the harsh realities of the broken school system.

Redistricting will be the hot issue for the 2022 Kansas State legislature session

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Legislature begins another session Monday. Redistricting, which is done every 10 years, will be a hot issue, as well as the budget and many financial issues.

Larry Alley

State Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield, who represents much of Sumner County, was elected Senate Pro-Tem. He will be the leader of the group of 29 Republican senators.

Alley said redistricting is more of a math problem once you take the politics out of the equation.

“We have lost 7,000 people in Cowley County, and that district will have to pick up those somewhere,” he said. Sumner County had a similar decrease in population. There are 40 senate districts and there will be an attempt to make the 40 districts as close to the same population as possible.

Wellington City Council looking into RHID program to revitalize downtown

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — The most significant discussion of the first Wellington City Council meeting of 2022, might have come when Councilmember Rick Roitman brought up the Rural Housing Incentive District Program. RHID is designed to offer property owners and professional developers a financial incentive to improve rural communities without leaving taxpayers on the hook for the bill.

In short, the City assesses the relative property value of a district they hope to renovate, then again after all the renovations are complete. The difference in the real property tax value is then returned to the owner or developer who did the improvements as a reward for making the area a better place to live.

It isn’t a new program, but thanks to a new amendment in 2021, the program sounds as if Wellington can use it to revitalize its downtown.

Wellington Regent Theater this week: Disney’s Encanto

Structure fire causes $75,000 damage at Wellington home this morning

Location of this morning’s structure fire. (Click to enlarge)

Sumner Newscow report — On Tuesday, Jan. 5 there was a structure fire early Wednesday morning at the home of Alan and Janelle Ala at 1002 E. 8th St. in Wellington.

There were no injuries. 

The Wellington Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire with heavy smoke coming from the house at 1:48 a.m. 

According to a WFD press release, upon arrival firefighters found a one-story wood-frame home with heavy fire conditions on the front portion of the house. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: What is your opinion of the U.S. capitol attack 1 year later?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sumner County Commissioner meeting report: Dec. 27 – Dec. 28, 2021

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Commissioner meeting report: December 27 and Dec. 28, 2021

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December 27, 2021 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman Steve Warner, Commissioner Jim Newell. Commissioner John Cooney was absent.  Also present were County Clerk Debra Norris and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of December 20 and 21.

Maintenance Director Joe Struble provided new generator installation updates.

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

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