Sumner NewsCow http://www.sumnernewscow.com News and Sports for Sumner County Tue, 04 Aug 2020 23:58:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2020 Kansas State Primary live twitter feed… http://www.sumnernewscow.com/2020-kansas-state-primary-live-twitter-feed/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 23:58:10 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65755

Follow us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.



]]>
Kansas State Primary coverage to be held here and our twitter feed http://www.sumnernewscow.com/kansas-state-primary-coverage-to-be-held-here-and-our-twitter-feed/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 19:36:31 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65753

]]>
Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The voting by mail question http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-newscow-weekly-poll-the-voting-by-mail-question/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 19:33:17 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65751  

 

 

 

 

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.

Follow us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.



]]>
Caralee Earline White, 83, Oxford: Feb. 11, 1937 – July 31, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/caralee-earline-white-83-oxford-feb-11-1937-july-31-2020/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 19:23:22 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65747

Caralee White

Caralee Earline White, 83, died peacefully on July 31, 2020, at the Eureka Nursing Center.

Caralee Earline (Hahn) White was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma on February 11, 1937, to Earl and Sadie (Dunnihoo) Hahn. She attended Oxford High School where she met Darrel White. The two were united in marriage in 1955.

Caralee was a wife, mother and homemaker who could cook, bake, clean and provide comfort with the best of them. She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, including hosting family dinners and celebrations. Caralee was lovingly known as ‘Grandma’ to not only her family but all those that took care of her. Caralee is survived by her children Annette McBee, Belinda Meyer, Lonnie White, Lawava Swaney as well as her sister, Betty Skinnell, and nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Caralee is proceeded in death by her husband, Darrel Wayne White, her great-granddaughter Stella Joy Swaney, and her parents.

The family would like to thank the staff and amazing nurses of Eureka Nursing Center in Eureka, KS as well as North Point Skilled Nursing in Paola, KS for all their loving care and concern for Caralee these past 4 years. Private family services were held. Oxford Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

 

]]>
Sumner County Commissioner Meeting Minutes: July 13-14, July 20-21 and July 28-29 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-county-commissioner-meeting-minutes-july-13-14-july-20-21-and-july-28-29/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:56:56 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65742 Sumner Newscow report — The approved Sumner County Commissioners meeting minutes for July 13-14, July 20-21, and July 28-29 are as follows:

July 13, 2020 – 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 John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present were County Clerk Debra A. Norris and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of July 6 and 7.

At 9:05 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with County Treasurer Dannetta Cook to discuss non-elected personnel.  County Counselor Jack Potucek was also present.  At 9:20 a.m., the executive session was extended for an additional 10 minutes with the same parties present.  At 9:30 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Treasurer Cook provided the amount distributed from the Kansas Star Casino as $129,014.72.

Jan Grace, Campus Operations Officer for the Cowley College – Sumner County Campus, provided a campus update to the commission.  Ms. Grace also provided confirmation of multiple grants that have been applied for and received.  Other updates of the Sumner Campus were reviewed.


Health Department Director Laura Rettig provided the Commission with updates of the COVID-19.  Rettig reports the county now has received 43 positive cases, since the testing has begun.  The newer cases are due to mass gatherings and lack of social distancing.  Discussion included reconsideration of a mask order for Sumner County.

At 10:03 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for five minutes with County Appraiser Cindy Magill to discuss non-elected personnel.  Director Rettig, County Counselor Jack Potucek and Clerk Norris were also present.  At 10:08 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

At 10:10 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 20 minutes with Director Rettig to discuss non-elected personnel.  Counselor Potucek, Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten and Clerk Norris were also present.   At 10:30 a.m., the executive session was extended for an addition 10 minutes with the same parties present.  At 10:40 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

At 10:55 a.m., upon unanimous vote the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with Appraiser Magill to discuss non-elected personnel.  At 10:08 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Appraiser Magill advised the need to reorganize the staffing levels of her department.  After review of the request, the Commission authorized the reorganization of changes requested.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved mid-month payables in the amount of $239,836.76.  The Commission also reviewed and unanimously approved payables for gas services in the amount of $539.35.

Counselor Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:03 p.m.

July 14, 2020 – 9:15 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney and Commissioner Steve Warner. Commissioner Jim Newell was absent.  Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris.

At 9:37 a.m., Commissioner Newell arrived at the meeting.

Sheriff Darren Chambers discussed departmental wages in preparing the 2021 budget.

At 10:38 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 5 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  At 10:43 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Emergency Management Director James Fair provided an update on the SPARKS project.  He advised the needed paperwork has been sent to the state office to begin the review process.

At 10:59 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive order for 10 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Health Department Director Laura Rettig, Director Fair and Clerk Norris were also present.  At 11:09 a.m., the Commission extended the executive session for an additional 10 minutes with the same parties present.  At 11:19 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Director Rettig presented a signed copy of the Emergency Public Health Order of the Sumner County Local Health Officer for wearing of masks or other face coverings and limiting gatherings to 60 people.  The order will become effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect through 11:59 p.m., on Sunday, August 9, 2020, unless it is amended or revoked.  After review of the order, a motion to accept the order died due to lack of second.

At 11:27 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Clerk Norris, Director Rettig and Director Fair were also present.  At 11:37 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

The Board of County Commissioners acting as the Sumner County Board of Health amended the Public Health Order, to not mandate, but strongly encourage the wearing of masks in the County, effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect through 11:59 p.m., on Sunday, August 9, 2020, unless it is amended or revoked.  After review of the amendment, the Board of County Commissioners acting as the Board of Health, adopted the amended order with a vote to approve by Chairman Cooney and Commissioner Warner and opposed by Commissioner Newell.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:21 p.m.

July 20, 2020 – 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 John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved minutes of July 13 and 14.

At 9 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with Clerk Norris to discuss non-elected personnel.  At 9:05 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Planning and Zoning Director Jon Bristor provided departmental updates with the Commission.  County Counselor Jack Potucek was also present.  Director Bristor advised the Commission of the passing of Attorney Duane Brown, counsel for Planning and Zoning cases.  Director Bristor also advised of a vacancy on the zoning and appeals boards.  After discussion, the Commission unanimously appointed Paul Garrett to serve on the appeals board, adopting Resolution No. 2020-22.  A certificate of appreciation was also signed to recognize Randy Andra and his 22 years of service to the zoning and appeals boards.

County Treasurer Dannetta Cook provided the Commission departmental updates.

Treasurer Cook and Clerk Norris discussed the 2021 budget preparation with the Commission.  The Commission authorized a 2-percent COLA increase for all staff, except Commission, without raising the mill levy for taxpayers.

Emergency Management Director James Fair met with the Commission reviewing the COVID-19 emergency order that expires July 24, 2020.  Director Fair also provided updates to the Commission on SPARKS funding and procedures.

Sheriff Darren Chambers discussed departmental issues with the Commission.

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 11:08 a.m.

July 21, 2020 – 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 John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present were County Clerk Debra A. Norris and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

A prepared resolution was presented to the Commission, extending the county’s declaration of a public health emergency due to COVID-19 and ordering health-related security measures for county buildings and employees.  After review, the Commission unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2020-23.

Members of the SPARKS Task Force team, Treasurer Dannetta Cook, Emergency Management Director James Fair, Economic Development Director Stacy Fair and USD 357 Superintendent James Sutton, introduced CPA Scott Loyd, Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC, a CPA firm.  Mr. Loyd discussed the incoming SPARKS funding the County is receiving from the federal government for COVID-19 expenses.  Mr. Loyd explained the procedures as funds are received and distributed.  A letter of engagement was presented to the Commission for review.  After discussion, the Commission unanimously signed the engagement letter to hire Mr. Loyd.

Sumner County Fair Livestock Superintendent Lewis Kuchar reviewed the sale of livestock at the annual county fair. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic buyers are not readily available.   Mr. Kuchar is requesting the Commission to provide a premium for the livestock exhibitors.  He assured the Commission the funds will go directly to the exhibitors, to help pay for their projects.  After discussion, the Commission made a one time offer of $50 premium to each of the livestock exhibitors, authorizing a check to be sent to the Sumner County Jr. Livestock Auction.

 At 10:08 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  At 10:18 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

The Commission spoke by speakerphone with Financial Advisor Elliott Jackson on the 2021 budget.

———

July 27, 2020 – 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 John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present were County Clerk Debra A. Norris, 79th House Representative Cheryl Helmer and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

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

Representative Helmer discussed legislative updates and Attorney General Opinions with the Commission.  An invitation for a public forum of local and state legislative persons has changed the location on Thursday, July 30, to the Belle Plaine Park from the Belle Plaine Community Building, due to social distancing.

Community Corrections Director Brad Macy provided the Commission with the fiscal year-end report with departmental updates.  After review and discussion, the Commission unanimously authorized Chairman Cooney to sign the annual report.

At 10:06 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with Director Macy to discuss non-elected personnel.  Deputy County Clerk Diana Aufdengarten was also present.  At 10:21 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

A prepared resolution was presented to the Commission expressing the property taxation policy of the Suppesville Sewer District governing body with respect to financing the annual budget for 2021.  After review and discussion, the Commission unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2020-24.

The Commission spoke by speakerphone with Dave Hickman, Kansas Health Insurance Cooperative Agency providing benefit updates to the Commission.  Discussion included claims processed and pharmaceutical costs reductions for the County.

At 10:53 a.m., upon unanimous vote the Commission entered into executive session for 10 minutes with County Counselor Jack Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Clerk Norris was asked to remain in the meeting.  At 11:03 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

At 11:30 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 30 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Clerk Norris and County Appraiser Cindy Magill were also present.  Attorney David Cooper was present by speakerphone.  At 12 p.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved current year abatement orders in the amount of $98.64.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 12:01 p.m

July 28, 2020 – 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 John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present was County Clerk Debra A. Norris and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission spoke by speakerphone with Paula Gerberding Nulik concerning road conditions at 50th Ave North, between Hillside and Oliver Road.  The Commission advised they would discuss the issue with Road and Bridge Director Melvin Matlock.

County Treasurer Dannetta Cook provided the funding received from sales tax revenue in the amount of $111,239.15.

County Counselor Jack Potucek provided general reviews and updates.

At 10:05 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with Counselor Potucek for an attorney/client privileged matter.  Clerk Norris was asked to remain in the meeting.  At 10:20 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  No binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Health Department Director Laura Rettig requested a shorten posting period for open positions in her department.  After discussion, the Commission authorized Director Rettig the request.  Director Rettig discussed a grant for additional funding for local health departments. Additional updates on COVID-19 concerning the process and costs involved for contact tracing on all positive cases in the county.  Director Rettig summarized that 92 tests have been confirmed positive with 21 active cases for the county.

The Commission spoke by speakerphone with Road and Bridge Director Melvin Matlock on road conditions in the county.  Director Matlock advised he would look into the road conditions and contact Ms. Nulik.

The Commission reviewed and approved month-end payables in the amount of $260,194.02.

There being no further business, the Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 10:59 a.m.

Follow us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.



]]>
USD 353 work session is slated for Thursday http://www.sumnernewscow.com/usd-353-work-session-is-slated-for-thursday/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:20:22 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65739

Sumner Newscow report —The USD 353 will be having a work session on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. in the Wellington High School Commons. 

Follow us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.



]]>
Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-police-notes-monday-aug-3-2020/ Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:03:40 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65737 Wellington Police notes: Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

8:12 a.m. Officers took a found property report in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington.

•8:25 a.m. Officers took a lost or stolen tag report in the 200 block N. C St., Wellington.

•9:19 a.m. Officers took a theft report in the 1300 block E. Michigan Ct., Wellington.

•11:50 a.m. Officers took a Miscellaneous report in the 200 block N. C St., Wellington.

•6:08 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 300 block N. A St., Wellington.

•7:34 p.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property report in the 1000 block. E 16th St., Wellington.

•7:58 p.m. Jessie D. French, 42, Wellington, was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property.

•8:21 p.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 1100 block N. H St, Wellington.

•9:07 p.m. Officers took a battery report in the 1000 block E. 16th St., Wellington.

•11:03 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1300 block E. Michigan Ct., Wellington.

]]>
Wellington USD 353 enrollment and visa card pickup will be held tomorrow from 12 to 7 p.m. http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-usd-353-enrollment-and-visa-card-pickup-will-be-held-tomorrow-from-12-to-7-p-m/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 20:38:10 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65735 Sumner Newscow report — USD 353 enrollment and visa card pickup will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12 to 7 p.m. This will be the only day to pick up Visa cards at your school(s) school. Call the Central Office if you cannot make this date and schedule a pickup time.

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines and avoid large crowds, enrollment and Visa card pick up will be at the individual schools. People will need to go to each of your students’ schools to pick up cards.

WHAT THE SCHOOL NEEDS: 

• Student Enrollment Form- Please go to ​www.usd353.com​ to enroll your student online. Your student(s) must be enrolled before you can pick up your visa card.

• Back-to-School Student Commitment Form (Remote or On-Site) (Form may be completed during the enrollment process).

**Click ​here​ for information on the two types of learning commitments

•Proof of Address (if not already on file);

• Birth certificate (if not already on file);

• Up-to-Date Immunization Record;

• Up-to-Date Physical (Kindergarten Students Only);

•High School and Middle School physical forms can be dropped off at this time.

•Completed ASQ Survey (​Kindergarten students only. The ASQ survey can be found online at ​www.usd353.com​ under your student’s school tab.​)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The legal guardian of the student will need to be the person who is picking up the visa card and filling out the Back to School Commitment form.

Please help us comply with health guidelines:

•Maintain 6 ft of space while you wait.

•Only one parent may enter your child’s school, to complete the enrollment process.

•With the exception of Kindergarten students, no students may attend the enrollment process. Kindergarten students are not required to attend, but may attend to help the parent complete the ASQ Survey during the enrollment process.

•Masks must be worn by all persons, of all ages, during the enrollment process.

 

 

Follow us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.



]]>
Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, August 2, 2020 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-police-weekend-report-friday-july-13-sunday-august-2-2020/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:59:07 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65733 Wellington Police report this weekend: Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2, 2020:

Friday, July 31, 2020

10:03 a.m. Officers took a Miscellaneous report in the 1000 block S. Jefferson Ave, Wellington.

•10:57 a.m. Tory R. Elkins, 39, Wellington, was arrested on a Harvey County warrant.

•11:04 a.m. Officers conducted a civil standby in the 900 block N. Woodlawn Ave, Wellington.

•12:14 p.m. Officers took a theft report in the 1000 block W. College Ave, Wellington.

•12:41 p.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 600 block N. G St., Wellington.

•12:54 p.m. Non- Injury accident involving vehicles driven by Shirley J. Millershaski, 77, Wellington, and Cavin L. Whittley, 42, Wellington.

•1 p.m. Cavin L. Whittley, 42, Wellington, was issued a notice to ppear for improper backing.

•4 p.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property in the 1200 block S. Jefferson St, Wellington.

•5 p.m. Officers took a theft report in the 200 block S. Fair St, Wellington.

•8 p.m. Jonathan E. Fuhrmann, 34, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for dog at large, and vicious dog.

•9:40 p.m. Corby M. Bergen, 43, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.

•11:05 p.m. Amanda L. Hurley, 29, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for driving while license suspended, and defective tail lamps.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

9:59 a.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 1800 block N. A St, Wellington.

•1:30 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 900 block N. Woodlawn Ave., Wellington.

•2:30 p.m. Officers took a found property report in the 1200 block W. 8th St., Wellington.

•2:43 p.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property report in the 1000 block E. 16th St., Wellington.

•5:23 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 300 block E. 15th St., Wellington.

•7:40 p.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property report in the 1000 block E. 16th St., Wellington.

•8:14 p.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property report in the 1000 block E. 16th St.

•8:35 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 400 block W. 50th St. S, Mayfield.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

2:45 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the area of Mile Marker 20 on the Kansas Turnpike.

•9:15 a.m. Officers took a criminal damage to property in the 1000 block E. 16th St, Wellington.

•2:30 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 1000 block E. 16th St., Wellington.

•5:30 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block W. Cherry Blossom Lane, Wellington.

•7:30 p.m. Officers took a theft report in the 100 block W. South St, Wellington.

•11:27 p.m. Kanden K. Young, 19, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for possession of marijuana, and illegal registration.

]]>
City of Wellington repairs 24-inch supply line, dirty water and low pressure likely http://www.sumnernewscow.com/city-of-wellington-repairs-24-inch-supply-line-dirty-water-and-low-pressure-likely/ Mon, 03 Aug 2020 19:26:30 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=65731 Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Water Distribution crews made repairs to the 24″ supply line this morning (8/3/20).  The line is currently being charged which will result in instances of dirty water and low water pressure. 

Follow us on Facebook.

Follow us on Twitter.



]]>