City of Wellington now has authority to file lien against Sumner Regional Medical Center

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The City of Wellington issued the latest press release:“After a 45-minute executive session during a special city council meeting held on June 9 at 9 a.m., the followomg action was taken by the Wellington City Council.‘The Resolution that the Wellington City Manager and city staff are authorized to engage in negotiations with the Health Care Authority of the city of Wellington for the purpose of filing a lien pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code in the amount of current indebtedness owed to the city and for any future advancement through Dec. 31, 2015.’This was a positive action that was taken by the Wellington City Council in order to protect the city, the hospital and our taxpayers.”A lien is a legal claim on another person’s property, be it real estate or personal property. These are most often placed on people’s property when said property is used as collateral for mortgages or loans.When money or services are owed to a creditor, that creditor can place a lien on the debtor’s property as a way of ensuring that they are able to reclaim their investments.SRMC is currently behind on utility payments. According to Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields, the last time the hospital paid a utility bill was a partial payment in October 2013. The council abated utilities to the hospital for a six month period from July to December 2010, a six month period from January to June 2011, a six month period for January to June 2012, a three month period from October to December 2013, and a six month period from April to December 2014.See story here.SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez said the issue is so new to him that he didn’t think it is appropriate to comment until he meets with the SRMC board and the hospital attorney.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Does this not make us all liable for withholding taxes on employee’s that their behind on? If I am wrong about this please let me know but I do believe I read it some wheres that their behind on paying money to the state? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 270 weeks ago I think this is a good business decision. Although there is a lot of controversy, both in support and not, that surrounds the hospital, it’s nice to see the city hasn’t sat the issue on a shelf and is continuing to address the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Guest · 270 weeks ago The hospital is operating in a climate of ever declining payments from Medicare and Medicaid. There are a large number of working poor without insurance; particularly, with the Legislature not expanding Medicaid. If there are issues with the hospital that are contributing to its financial problems; then, these need to be addressed. However, what does it do to Wellington’s future prospects if there is no hospital? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down brutally honest · 270 weeks ago Why did we wait that long to file a UCC? A good decision yes, but should have been done long ago. Now the council needs to play banker and get aggressive with the collection aspects of monies owed. And please look at the overtime from the fire department. I watched a firefighter drive one of the city paid trucks all over town and waste gas. Then he left the truck running in front of his house while he ran inside for over ten minutes. All personal use. Great use of funds! Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down M.L.Cody · 270 weeks ago Here we go, the city getting into it deeper and deeper is this going to be another excuse to let them have more money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Reality Check · 270 weeks ago City placing lien on hospital = Father charging 10-year-old rent. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down yodo497 · 270 weeks ago same way at the county, they shouldn’t be able to drive county trucks home. then when you see the county or city workers, only one working and 3 standing around watching. They need to get a grip on things, its terrible to see this as a tax payer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down concerned citizen · 270 weeks ago well lets see, we pay the CEO a LARGE amount of money to “run” the hospital, but yet its struggling. we pay a dr to come in from a different city, when we have capable ones that wouldn’t have to be paid as much. we pay a large amount of money to him. we pay a surgeon a large salary how many surgeries is he even doing? how many extra jobs there need to be cut? I heard they are behind on many other bills as well. robbing peter to pay paul. when is enough enough? I do have a question though, is this not a city owned property? if so how does the city owe the city? I see many faults with the city, with the hospital, with the people that are involved in spending this money, and making this money. does mr Hernandez need to make the kind of salary he does? ask the hospital staff how often they see him? what changes are happening if any? I just hear excuse after excuse with him. someone please step in and do something. make this hospital into a residential home, immediate care, cancer center. it can be utilized more than it is now. Report Reply 2 replies · active 270 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down brutally honest · 270 weeks ago My experiences with UCC’s make me think the city doubts it will get repaid so if things are forced to be liquidated it puts the city in a position to be paid out of proceeds. Cut your losses with the hospital. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 270 weeks ago Have we heard, exactly, how much is owed by the hospital? Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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Sunday blog: Talking Wheat Festival whining, Logan Mize, gay marriage, cray Kansas…

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for July 5, 2015…1. A rant to not rant“I didn’t win this #$@*$ baby contest, mommy!The other day someone called around 9 a.m. and yelled at me about the Medallion Hunt clue not being on the Newscow site. I tried to explain to her that we have the new clue up temporarily from 6:30 to 7 a.m. for the early bird hunters. It is then taken down temporarily, before going back up permanently at 10 a.m. She did not care. She wanted it on right now and hung up.Dang, people. The Kansas Wheat Festival hasn’t even begun and we are already cranky.There is no doubt people are angrier these days” not just Wellington but everywhere.So I’m here to provide a community service and give everyone a little pre-Wheat Festival pep talk. You have to do just two things this year at the Wheat Festival:1) Relax.2) Have fun.The Wheat Festival is about camaraderie, reunions with old friends, riding rides, music, food, contests and celebrating living in a small town.It’s not about being whiney.Yes, we can text one another instantaneously from London and back, but getting the cow to poop at cow patty bingo is a whole different matter. Your baby might indeed be the most adorable in Sumner County, but there’s a chance the judges will pick that booger eating brat down the street to win the baby contest. Not everyone is going to find the Medallion and the clues will seem stupid to you once they are revealed.And for the love of Peter, Paul and Mary, there will be horses in the Wheat Festival Parade this year.I’m looking over the Wheat Festival schedule and I don’t see a Drama-fest scheduled. So leave the drama at home.Because, next week when the Wheat Festival is over and everyone has gone home to sweat out the rest of the summer, it isn’t going to matter one way or the other.Logan Mize in Wellington.2. Logan MizeThe Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has upped the ante this year in entertainment by bringing Logan Mize to town. Mize will be the featured attraction at Thursday’s street dance in downtown Wellington. His show begins at 9 p.m. Buttons will be sold for $10 at the event so if you want buttons at a discounted rate, purchase your buttons beforehand at the chamber or at a Wheat Festival event.The Clearwater native is an up and coming Nashville singer who landed a top 50 single Can’t Get Away from a Good Time, earlier this year. Mize has opened for groups like Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Eric Church and Blake Shelton. Listen to single here.I have always maintained if the Kansas Wheat Festival is truly going to grow and become a destination event for the weekend in south-central Kansas, it needs to feature a premiere performer or group to the local stage ” someone who would make people drive from Wichita other than to get funnel cakes and attend a parades.But these performers come at a cost. And there needs to be a place for these performers to perform. Eventually, the city of Wellington needs to address the installation of air conditioning at Memorial Auditorium, because that will pave the way for more of these kind of events.It will be interesting to see what kind of crowd Wellington will attract Thursday evening. I personally can’t wait.U.S. Supreme Court makes Gay Marriage official in all 50 states.3. Can we move on? The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states. And predictably people who care about such stuff had a cow (but not newscow).I was happy for the ruling as well, but not for the same reasons as the pro-gay marriage forces. I just want the stupid argument to go away and the court’s decision may be a start. Of all the issues in the world I care about, gay marriage rates right there near the bottom situated between the chemical makeup of the planet Neptune and whatever happened to Honey Boo Boo. The gay marriage debate is tedious and repetitive and both Democrats and Republicans have used it unscrupulously as a way to further their agenda and gain political power.Alfred E. BrownbackDespite my wishful thinking, I should expect that Kansas Governor Alfred E. Brownback will screw it all up. He’s like that bad cousin who always shows up and ruins family functions. The other day, Brownback said he is thinking about introducing religious liberty legislation to defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling (see story here).Brownback won’t win with this kind of legislation. Any law passed by he and the Kansas State legislature will be overruled in court. Federal law trumps state law every time.Plus, the gay marriage debate is no longer a winning issue for the Republican party. Polls have shown a more dramatical shift in the public’s perception of gay marriage. Even conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly has changed to the positive side.Any good coach knows when his team is beat and makes adjustments. It is time for Brownback to pick a new strategy, like focusing his full attention on fixing the state budget and leave the sideshow stuff to other people.But he won’t. He’s Brownback. Brownback does what pleases Brownback and to the heck of the overall welfare with the state of Kansas.3. Kansas still cray¦ Larry WilmoreLarry Wilmore has replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Comedy Central. And in his short tenure, he has had fun with the state of Kansas.In his show, Wilmore has this list which includes state that are Cray i.e. bat-doo-doo crazy.Unfortunately, Kansas has made his list. The other state with us? Missouri. MISSOURI!?!?! See the not-suitable-for-children video here. The Nightly ShowGet More: The Nightly Show Full Episodes,The Nightly Show on Facebook,The Nightly Show Video Archive ———If you go back to thought #2, this is the whole problem with Brownback. The battles he wages does nothing but make Kansas a national joke.5. Shout out of the weekThis week;s shoutout goes to the Wellington Rec Board and staff both past and present who diligently worked to make the new rec center/ fitness center a reality. That’s a cool complex which was 20 years in the making and it came at no extra expense to the Wellington City taxpayers.Last week was the official dedication of the new USD 353 Wellington Rec Center and it brought out city and business leaders across town. Couldn’t at least one Wellington school board or USD 353 Central Office staff member have attended the ceremony. REALLY???I urge all of you to go check out the new digs. They are impressive.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Klinedinst resigns from SRMC Health Care Authority Board after being appointed a few months earlier

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — City officials are looking for a new member for the Health Care Authority Board the group that is in charge of the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.At Tuesday night’s meeting it was announced that Tami Klinedinst had resigned from the board. She was appointed just a few months ago. She ran for mayor in the last election and wanted to be involved in the community.Tami KlinedinstKlinedinst is a director at Wellington Health and Rehab, a long-term healthcare facility.Klinedinst said she had to make a “hard personal choice,” why she chose to resign. She said she needed to devote more time to her job and to her son, who is 11.She said she felt like she had let people down by resigning, but she felt she needed to make that decision.Applications will be accepted through September 3 by the city.  The term runs through April 30, 2017, and people would be applying to fill the remainder of the term. The city council will consider applicants and choose one to serve on the board. If there are no applicants, or if the city wants more applications, the deadline may be extended.One member of the board may reside outside the city limits, so applications can be accepted from non residents.The Health Care Authority directs the hospital and other health care services by operating the city hospital or any other such care service, as the authority deems proper.  Meetings of the Health Care Authority are at 7:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to the position should submit an application to the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on September 3. The application form is available in the City Clerk’s Office or is available on the City website www.cityofwellington.net on the Board and Commissions page. For questions or additional information, please contact Shane Shields, City Clerk, ph 620-326-2811.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 260 weeks ago Normally, monthly board meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon, not 7:30 am. The August meeting was held at 7:30 am due to a conflict with the normal noon meeting time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down NPD · 259 weeks ago Is that a glamour shot by Deb? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Etter apologizes to community; explains details of past month in letter to editor

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Thank you for your input. +26 Vote up Vote down james day · 207 weeks ago I think if they make you resign, then the mayor and vince wetta need to resign also. I hope you get a lawyer and fight this. Then the people of wellington came blame the mayor and wetta for the wasted money the city has to spend on legal fees. This is becoming a circus in wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down tax payer · 207 weeks ago Whatever Kip. You played the good Ole boy system until it turned on you then you threw a fit and left. Stop wasting our time and money. Leave the council or I’m sure we can get a recall election to help you leave. But don’t misunderstand me…..you can take the mayor with you. If it wasn’t for her name she’d never have been elected. Rest of council isn’t doing too bad of a job, But they all should be on notice that we as citizens are tired of paying for every whim they have. Council should be voted on every 2 years so we don’t get a group in for so many years that can screw the town over before we can get them off the council. Wetta knows procedures and Jim is the wildcard. Love that about him. But all council members should be on notice…..stop raking the tax payers over the coals and trying to get all of the money we need back at one time. Lighten up on the electric or people will leave town. Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 207 weeks ago Remember if it doesn’t have a valid e-mail address, your comment is not going on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +33 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 207 weeks ago I’m quite sure most if not all of Wellington, Sumner County and numerous folks across the US is following this…debacle. I can’t say legally who’s in the right or the wrong but I do hope Mayor Shelley takes a long hard look at this with some legal council and come to a determination if the Council is correct in the manner this has all transpired before we end up with a legal battle over this, spending more of Wellingtons dollars. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down Anon · 207 weeks ago Is there someplace we can donate to help support you in seeking legal counsel? Report Reply 2 replies · active 207 weeks ago +21 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 207 weeks ago Regardless of which side you stand on, I think Kip outlined the details of this matter very clearly. He makes it clear that he offered no definite resignation, does not intend to resign, and doesn’t feel that the Mayor has the power to force him to do so (which he’s right about). The Mayor, The Council, and The City, have no legs to stand on in this case, and I think it in their best interest to rescind the invitation for application to the City Council appointment, and welcome Kip back into the fold. The law is not on their side in this case, and they will not come out on the right side. Report Reply 3 replies · active 207 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Anonymous · 207 weeks ago Well said. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Jeannie Murray · 207 weeks ago I back Kip Etter. He explained his side and did it very well. Let us all move on to make Wellington a better place to live. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down Debbie Woodrow · 207 weeks ago Mr. Etter states that when he said he was resigning, he said it in haste, under his breath, and it would not have been heard without the audio equipment. He also mentioned that it was not directed to anyone in specific. What Mr. Etter has failed to mention, is that he told 5 people in the lobby (myself included) that “I resigned, they hired Shane Shields”. This was stated to us in a very calm manner. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 207 weeks ago I can see this story going real ugly by some people who start typing without thinking about what they are saying. I urge anyone who responds to this story to first go back and read my letter to the editor that was printed Sunday. Especially that part about Opinions. We’ve got enough discontent going on here without fanning the flames some more. Both sides of the story have been told, I think it would be a good idea to just let things die down for awhile. Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the editor: I would like to start off by taking complete responsibility for my actions and admit that I could have handled myself in a more professional manner. I’m only human, I’m far from perfect and I have made many mistakes in my life (this being one). I am certain that I will make more mistakes, most likely on a daily basis. Kip EtterHowever, with that same certainty I can assure you that I will make every effort possible to identify those mistakes, learn from them and better myself. To all of the citizens of Wellington, please accept my apology for my unprofessional behavior at the August 2 Wellington City Council Meeting. I know now that I could have handled myself differently. I will now take this opportunity to provide you with some insight as to what I was thinking; why I took the actions that I did, along with some questions that I now have. Please bear in mind while you read this, that based upon obvious reasons this is the only platform that I have for communication. With regards to my comment: The audio clearly states that I said “I’m Resigning”. I never specified a date that said resignation was to begin, it was not directed to anyone in specific, and was said in haste under my breath and would not have been heard had it not been for the audio equipment. Given the fact that no specific date was given, it’s not a binding resignation. Furthermore, an elected official has the right to change his/her mind without Council (or The Mayor’s) approval. My comment was not followed up with anything in writing so it isn’t official, nor was it accepted and/or voted on by The Council so it is not a valid resignation. In addition there are two separate cases in which The Kansas Attorney General’s Office ruled along with the current scenario involving John Rubin and The Kansas House of Representatives that clearly show The Mayor has grossly overstepped her authority. These examples also show that The Mayor was given incompetent advice from The City’s legal counsel. I also find it to be a major double standard for The Mayor to hold me to such a high standard when it is common knowledge that she hasn’t always been capable of such standards in the past. With regards to my leaving the City Council Meeting abruptly: My attempt was to keep myself from saying expletives as I have witnessed happen by other Council member(s) during various meetings. At the time I witnessed these behaviors I felt it then, as I do now to be unprofessional and I didn’t want to follow in those steps. First of all, I was completely surprised by the motion, had zero clue it was coming. I was very heated, frustrated and felt attacked by the manner in which the motion was made (not following the agenda) and knew based upon experience that the deal had already been made. There was nothing more to be said. The four council members had already sealed the deal. On this point, I would like to discuss a few points. Councilman Wetta said that he and Mr. Shields had met and discussed Mr. Shield’s hiring, numbers concerning his contract, etc. I have been “spoke to” by other Council members and the Mayor for speaking to staff one on one. So why was Mr. Wetta conducting himself in this manner? I would like to note that I ALWAYS notified the city manager and/or the mayor and/or other Council Members either prior to or immediately following said interaction(s). With regards to the accusations that I never spoke with or contacted The Mayor, The Council or Mr. Shields after the Aug. 2 meeting is simply not true: The Mayor contacted me on Tuesday evening, Aug. 2. During our phone conversation she urged me to “hang in there” and “let things cool down”. On the morning of Wednesday, August 3, I met with Mr. Shields in his office at which time I communicated to him that I was still extremely upset by the previous night’s doings and that I would contact him at a later date to further discuss everything. I also spoke with Council Member Jan Korte later that week at which time she expressed her hopes that I not resign. My thought process over the next two weeks was based upon the Aug. 2 Council meeting and that it is best for me to not reach out to others concerning city matters , especially given the fact that in my mind I am clearly still a City Councilman in complete disagreeance. I would like to add that to the best of my knowledge I’m not required to contact The Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney and/or any fellow City Council Members. If there is something in writing I’m unaware of it and it was not discussed during our one and only training since being on The Council. Also, please understand that sitting on The City Council is not like a “normal job” where you have a supervisor that you have to check in with. I view the voters as my bosses, certainly not The City Manager as the Council is his boss nor The Mayor as she was elected the same as myself. With regards to Mr. Valentine’s misinterpreted comment of having me arrested during the Aug. 16 meeting: This is an old law on the books that if in the event of the city being in immediate need of a quorum in order to conduct official City business, most likely in the event of an emergency they can send the police out to find the needed council member(s) and bring them to City Hall so that a meeting can take place. On August 2, the Council had a quorum, even upon my premature exit. I personally find it interesting that Mr. Valentine would misquote this law in an attempt to further his agenda of my removal from The Council. When as it’s been explained to me by several individuals in attendance that prior to my being elected to The Council, Mr. Valentine attended a City Council Work Session in his full military uniform in a display of his disapproval of this exact law? With regard to the timing of Mr. Shield’s appointment: It took almost six weeks for this Council name an Interim City Manager and The Mayor refused to call a meeting to discuss this matter even after repeated requests by citizens and myself. I felt it very unprofessional and displayed a major lack of leadership on The Mayor and Council for us to allow The City of Wellington to have no clear City Manager in addition to a major liability. Why if it took almost six weeks to name an interim and it was said numerous times by Mayor and Council that “we need to take our time” was there a need to deviate so abruptly from the agenda on Aug. 2 and name Mr. Shields The City Manager pending contract approval? Mr. Wetta then told Mr. Shields to write his own contract and get it back to The Council! Where in the free world does an entity with an annual budget of roughly $10 Million conduct business like this? Regarding Mr. Shields as The City of Wellington’s new City Manager: Wouldn’t it be a display of strong leadership to contact The Attorney General’s Office to get an official ruling instead of being bullied by The Mayor and the Council into something that could potentially be found to be a major overreach of power? Not to mention it’s the right thing to do? What about the City Attorney? Wouldn’t contacting The Attorney General’s office and requesting an official ruling be something he should advise the mayor and Council to do, especially if he is confident in his advice so as to put validity in it? His job is to advise the city on legal matters not be the judge and jury. Who is he to stand in the way of and make decisions for the voters? Furthermore, who is The Mayor to allow him to act in such a manner? I can tell you that I did personally contact The Attorney General’s Office on the afternoon of August 17th . I spoke with an assistant to The Attorney General and he said after reading me the Statues relating to Cities of the Second Class “She does not have the authority and you should obtain counsel.”Coming full circle, I would like to explain that I do not take lightly the fact that in the last election, as a 38-year-old man, in a City with an aging median voting age and along with the principles of our Democratic government, I will not let this end this way without a fight. These are the reasons that I will do everything possible to make The Mayor, City Attorney, City Manager & City Council understand that an elected official by the people cannot be ousted as they are attempting to do. In closing I would like to again take responsibility for my part in this extremely unfortunate circus like event that that has been playing out over the recent weeks & again, apologize for my actions. I look forward to putting this behind us and focusing on the serious issues our awesome hometown faces. 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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016:

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016: Friday, August 26, 2016•7:22 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:20 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•11:20 a.m. Wesley A. Wacker, 47, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective brake lights.•2 p.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 700 block N. H, Wellington. It was returned to owner.•4:10 p.m. Officers investigated driving while a habitual violator, defective mirror and illegal lane change in the 400 block W. 16th, Wellington.•4:37 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 900 block W. College, Wellington.•4:43 p.m. Michael M. Ward, 52, Wichita, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while a habitual violator, defective mirror and illegal lane change.•4:52 p.m. Justin W. E. Corter, 33, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for probation violation.•4:52 p.m. Justin W. E. Corter, 33, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear on charges of battery and disorderly conduct.•4:52 p.m. Justin W. E. Corter, 33, Wellington was arrested on a Sumner County Warrant for theft.•4:58 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 900 block w. College, Wellington.•6 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block W. 7th, Wellington.•8:08 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 300 block N. Poplar, Wellington by known suspect.•10:05 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.Saturday, August 27, 2016•12:38 a.m. Jay M. Statham, 21, Wellington, Texas was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance.•4:28 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•7:46 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a door in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10:10 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 600 block N. Olive, Wellington.•1:05 p.m. Jordan P. Chessher, 26, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and speeding 35 mph in a 20 mph zone.•2:25 p.m. Christian T. Wacker, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and no proof of insurance.•2:50 p.m. Officers investigated a yheft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:21 p.m. Officers took a report of found charger and glove in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•7:50 p.m. Officers took a report of found keys, returned to owner, in the 700 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:03 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 400 block N. B, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Darrell D. Clark, 54, Caldwell, and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by James L. Fairley, Wichita.•9:03 p.m. Darrell D. Clark, 54, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for Inattentive driving.•9:42 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block S. Washington, Wellington.Sunday, August 28, 2016•2:30 a.m. Shawn J. Frazee, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective tag lamp and no proof of insurance.•1:40 p.m. Brian K. Day, 42, Mulvane, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.•1:58 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle window in the 1400 block N. Stewart, Wellington.•2:05 p.m. Cody W. Britton, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 20 mph zone.•4:13 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 500 block N. Olive, Wellington.•8:15 p.m. Officers investigated a battery and criminal damage to property by known suspect in the 300 block W. 2nd, Wellington.•7:07 p.m. Officers investigated possession of stimulant, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•8:32 p.m. Destiny L. Taylor, 37, Wichita, was arrested, charged and confined with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.•8:32 p.m. Daniella M. Godown, 26, Derby, was arrested, charged and confined with theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.•8:32 p.m. Destiny L. Taylor, 37, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a Sedgwick County Bench Warrant for failure to pay child support.last_img read more

LSU vs. Clemson: Five things at stake in this year’s College Football Playoff championship

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — After a long layoff, the College Football Playoff championship game is finally here.The matchup between No. 1 LSU (14-0) and No. 3 Clemson (14-0) will close out the 2019 college football season. We’ll find out who the real Tigers from Death Valley are, but it’s much more than that. This teams faces perhaps more pressure than any of the prior teams because of the climb it made through the SEC, beating so many top-10 opponents. Ed Orgeron could become the sixth active FBS coach to win a national championship. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy. They have another national championship on the tee in their backyard.It’s a moment that means a lot to Orgeron, who refuses to put the spotlight on himself.”To see the joy on our team’s face when we win, to see the elation of the people of Louisiana, that means the world to me, and I’m more of a giver,” Orgeron said. “I just like to see all the people happy. And I know how much it means to them, so it puts a little internal motivation in myself to win it for the people of Louisiana.” Both teams have so much at stake in a matchup that will shape narratives for the 2020 season and beyond. Here’s a look at the five biggest storylines that will be settled at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday:MORE: LSU vs. Clemson odds, predictions, trends for CFP title gameWill the ACC trump the SEC?The ACC has been a punching bag throughout the season, with the perception that it gives Clemson a free ride to the Playoff. Clemson, however, can claim the conference’s third national championship of the CFP era. That would be more than the SEC, which also has two through five years.SEC fans might scoff at that, knowing the conference had a 7-2 bowl record, which is much better than the 4-6 record the ACC put up this season. Yet the SEC built its reputation on dominance in the Bowl Championship Series, and that is still a point of pride that can’t be understated.”It’s always going to be about LSU, but we have pride in being in the SEC,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said at media days on Saturday. “Obviously I know a lot of people in the SEC. I think it’s the greatest conference in the United States.”An LSU victory would reinforce that, and end one of the most impressive streaks in the nation.MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2020Will Clemson win its 30th straight game?Clemson can become the latest team to win 30 consecutive games if it can beat LSU for its second straight national championship. A total of 13 schools have done that, the last of which came from USC’s 34-game win streak from 2003-05. Florida State won 29 straight games before losing to Oregon in the first College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.This is a chance for Clemson to join some rare company, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said his players know the significance of the moment — even if it’s not the focus.”Regardless of what happens in the game tomorrow night, it’s really been a historic run,” Swinney said. “To win two out of the last three national championships is amazing. I’m just super proud of all of our teams that have worked so hard to just be the best they can be, and that’s really our goal.”How will Joe Burrow cap Heisman season?LSU’s Joe Burrow is making his first start in a championship situation since leading Athens High School to the Ohio Division III state championship game in 2014. He sees links in the two starts despite the very-different stages.”I kind of said before the season, when you’re around championship football teams, something just kind of feels different,” Burrow said at media days. “Going back to high school, that’s the last time I kind of felt that. We felt it this offseason.”Of course, Burrow has the chance to put a final signature on one of the greatest single seasons in college football history. He passed for 5,208 yards, 55 touchdowns and just six interceptions, and he can join the other 15 Heisman winners who tacked on a national championship in the same season. Alabama’s Derrick Henry was the last player to accomplish that in 2015.MORE: Sporting News expert picks for CFP title gameWill Trevor Lawrence ever lose?Trevor Lawrence is 25-0 as a starter, and that invincibility factor took on a new meaning when he led Clemson back from a 16-0 deficit in the 29-23 victory against No. 2 Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.Lawrence has done that with a next-game-up-approach.”You just get so focused on the next one and being great where you are and just winning the next game,” Lawrence said. “You don’t really think about all the ones that you won before and what you may win again. I think it’s just you get so focused on winning the next one that you get caught up in that, which is a good thing.”Lawrence is presumed to be the No. 1 pick in 2021, and he has a chance to win a second national championship as a starter, all before his junior season. He’s still on a path where could be considered the greatest college football quarterback — perhaps player — of all time. Will he put on the same show he did in last year’s 44-16 domination of Alabama?Will LSU complete dream season?LSU won national championship games at the Sugar Bowl in 1959, 2004 and 2008 and lost the last try there in 2012.last_img read more

LeBron James delivers Kobe Bryant-inspired message about importance of family

first_imgLeBron James feels Kobe Bryant was the happiest he had ever been following his retirement from basketball, as it allowed him to devote time to his family.Bryant ended his 20-year NBA career in 2016 at the age of 38, having won five titles with the Lakers. The NBA legend spent much of his post-playing days with his wife and four children before his death on Sunday. The 41-year-old, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in California. “It felt like these last three years was the happiest I’ve ever seen him.”Lebron speaks on Kobe and the cost of greatness. pic.twitter.com/8UHi9CLbhU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 1, 2020Prior to Friday night’s game, James addressed the Staples Center crowd for roughly four minutes as part of the Lakers’ tribute to Bryant. He spoke about the importance of Laker Nation sticking together as a family, and he echoed that sentiment later in his postgame comments.”But, at the end of the day, we all punch our clocks,” James said. “Either we’re done for the day, or done doing what we are doing, but just make sure you hug the s— out of your family. If you’ve got kids, tell them you love them. Try to make it to as much as you can, and don’t feel bad if you happen to go to one of your loved one’s events, or something like that, and sacrifice your job.”I didn’t feel bad in Boston when I went to go and see my son two hours away in Springfield and we had a game that night and got our ass kicked. I didn’t feel bad at all.”“Just make sure you hug the s— out of your family. If you got kids, tell your kids you love them. Try to make it to as much as you can.”—LeBron James while talking about Kobe and tonight’s emotions pic.twitter.com/7FV7idH3Xl— ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2020 MORE: Damian Lillard pays Kobe the competitor a fitting tributeJames knows all too well the sacrifices that have to be made to reach the top, as he explained to the media after the 127-119 loss against the Trail Blazers.”These last three years, out of all the success he had — five rings, multiple MVPs, All-Star Game MVP of this league, first team for all-life, all-world, all-basketball — felt like these last three years were the happiest I’ve ever seen him,” James said of Bryant. “Being able to just be with his daughters, be with his family, because when we’re playing this game of basketball, we give so much to it. This is my 17th year, so I know.”Unfortunately, your family comes to the wayside at times, because when you want to be great at something, when you want to be the best at something, you become so driven that you won’t let anything stand in the way of it. Not even your own family sometimes. We get compared all the time to greatness, and that makes us even more driven and shadowed away from our own family. That’s the difficult part that we deal with as professional athletes and when you want to be great.”last_img read more

Three positives to take from Toronto Maple Leafs loss to Florida Panthers

first_imgLeafs have time to find grooveIf the playoffs were to start on Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Toronto Maple Leafs would not be playing; but they don’t start for another two months leaving plenty of time for them to get back into the postseason. Of their last 29 games, the Leafs will play 14 at home where they hold a 13-7-7 record. They will also face teams lower in the standings 14 times, including two more ‘Battle of Ontario’ games in which they’re 2-0-0. Considering Toronto has a 6-8-2 record against teams above them in the standings, these games will be critical.The Leafs will also face the three teams currently sitting 1-2-3 in the Atlantic — Boston, Tampa Bay and Florida — a combined six more times and the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, who stand in the team’s way for the wild card, once each. It may only be Feb. 3, but the NHL’s 2019-20 season is rapidly coming to a close and, therefore, the fight for playoff positions is ramping up.On Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Florida Panthers in a tilt that saw a pair of teams separated by just two points for the third spot in the Atlantic Division. By the end of 60 minutes, the Leafs had fallen 5-3 and were on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. Toronto lost to a team without its superstar, Aleksander Barkov. It lost goaltender Frederik Andersen after the first period when he went through concussion protocol (he was cleared, held out the rest of the contest for precautionary reasons and is now day-to-day with a neck injury) and it failed to capture a much-needed boost in the standings.Still, there were reasons for continued optimism. The Leafs dominated from puck drop to the final buzzer and led by two early in the third period at Scotiabank Arena. As head coach Sheldon Keefe put it, this was a game they played well enough to come away with.”If we play that type of game 100 times, we probably win 99 of them,” Keefe said. “But you don’t get the points and that hurts.”He added: “The result sucks, right? I don’t think the result is in any way indicative of the way the game went. … There’s a lot of things to like about what we did today.”So what were those things to like? Here’s some positives the Leafs can carry into their next game on Wednesday against the New York Rangers:John Tavares, William Nylander and Auston Matthews scoredThree of the Maple Leafs ‘Big Four’ — Tavares, Nylander, Matthews and Mitchell Marner — netted a goal while Marner chipped in two assists. They drive the offense and having these players show up on the scoresheet in a big game was critical for Toronto.And these guys are certainly on a roll. Matthews notched his 37th to keep pace in the Art Ross Trophy race and record a point for the fourth straight game (three goals, two assists). Nylander’s goal — his 25th in a career year — extended his point streak to eight games (six goals, four assists), and Marner’s helpers gave him five consecutive games with a point (goal, six assists).Defense limited chances, even if they didn’t limit goals”That’s the best defensive game we’ve played the entire season,” said Keefe, despite his squad giving up four goals (one was an empty-netter) in the third period. “I don’t know if we gave up over four scoring chances at even-strength the whole hockey game.”Well, it wasn’t four but it wasn’t too much more. According to Natural Stattrick, Florida had 11 scoring chances at 5v5 — including none in the second period. Of those, six were considered high-danger with two in the first and four in the third. By comparison, the Leafs had 25 scoring chances with 14 high-danger.The only problem? Each goal — at any strength — was in the home plate area, which isn’t a good look defensively.center_img (Credit:Natural Stattrick) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3/54/heat-map-2-020320_1u7wsuuf6zv2i1foj8kdp3xfcc.png?t=242580248&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

‘The Last Dance’ reactions: NBA players awed by Michael Jordan documentary premiere

first_imgLife felt normal for two hours on Sunday night. People across the world tuned into watch the first two episodes of “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s 10-part documentary about what went right (and wrong) for Michael Jordan and the fascinating ’90s Chicago Bulls . The start of the series had several focuses, including Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s early rise, and the credit Bulls GM Jerry Krause wanted but didn’t receive. Not only did fans tune in, but active NBA players did as well. Here are some of the reactions from players across the NBA.Scottie Pippen being the NBA’s 122nd highest-paid player sparks conversationMike from another planet lol… #TheLastDance … Pip slept on like a mf too smh— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 20, 2020“I’m not gonna Fxck my summer up“ 🤣🤣🤣🤣 #TheLastDance— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 20, 2020MJ & Pippen were built for each other #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/V9KkrOFYmA— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) April 20, 2020My man Scottie deserved a bag #TheLastDance— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 20, 2020I’m glad Scottie is getting the respect he deserves, he was a beast #TheLastDance— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) April 20, 2020Who else had Scottie’s shoes growing up???— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 20, 2020Players show appreciation for Jordan’s incredible talentFirst reaction on last dance.. MJ is on the podium after #5 and they are asking him these Q’s 🧐— Alex Caruso (@ACFresh21) April 20, 2020This MJ doc >— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) April 20, 2020Imagine being the coach that cut MJ 😂🤦🏾‍♂️ #TheLastDance— Mo Bamba (@TheRealMoBamba) April 20, 2020#TheLastDance … Mike really was different different— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 20, 2020The GREAT Larry legend who along with Magic helped save basketball said ” that was God disguised as Michael Jordan” think about that… 🤔🤔😳🤣— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 20, 2020Best 2hours of the quarantine…. #TheLastDance— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) April 20, 2020After two hours, players were ready for moreY’all got anymore of that #TheLastDance @espn?? pic.twitter.com/Y1ciItAvhO— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) April 20, 2020I just want to say thank you @espn THE PEOPLE NEEDED THIS!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) April 20, 2020And this is only episode 2 👀— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) April 20, 2020Man MJ had it! He had that “IT” He was chosen to be the GOAT— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 20, 2020last_img read more

NBA champion Stephen Jackson opens up about friendship with George Floyd during ‘Today’ interview

first_img“I haven’t been the same since I’ve seen it.”Watch @craigmelvin’s full interview with Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and lifelong friend of George Floyd, who died while in Minneapolis police custody. pic.twitter.com/4qsdbBMxeB— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 28, 2020“We’re going to get change. This is not right. Some kind of way we have to figure this out,” Jackson said. “Because you don’t want — Americans, you don’t want us pulling the ‘you’ on you.”You don’t want the people you’ve been brutalizing, the people you’ve been treating like trash, you don’t want them to turn around and do that on you. And that’s why America’s so scared of us. But we’re not going to do that. We come from a place of love … I’m going to get justice for my friend.”MORE: LeBron references Kaepernick protest after death of George FloydFloyd died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, kept a knee pressed against Floyd’s neck for an extended period as he was prone on the street, periodically pleading for help and exclaiming he was having difficulty breathing.All four officers at the scene, including Chauvin, were fired by the Minneapolis police department.”For five straight minutes a white officer on our police department pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was handcuffed, who was no threat and was articulating very clearly how he was impacted, how his physical health was being damaged and how he couldn’t breathe,” Mayor Jacob Frey told CNN.Frey has said the action used against Floyd in pinning his head to the ground is contrary to department policy, and he wants criminal charges brought against the officer.Melvin spoke to Jackson about the point in the videotape of Floyd’s arrest that he cries for his mother, who had passed away two years earlier. Jackson responded emotionally, “It hurt, because I knew that was a cry for help. I’m a black man, and I’m a strong black man, and I knew Floyd. That’s a cry for help. We don’t scream our mother’s name like that unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy … and we can’t control it.”“I knew that was a cry for help… we don’t scream our mother’s name like that unless we know something is wrong and our life is in jeopardy,” Stephen Jackson says about video of his friend, George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/ea98wo2A9i— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 28, 2020A second night of protests in Minneapolis late Wednesday in response to Floyd’s death turned violent. One person was shot and killed. An auto parts store and construction site were set on fire. A department store and several other businesses were looted.Asked what Floyd would think of these protests, Jackson said, “He would be happy that the people are fighting for him, but that’s not the way he’d want them to do it. He’d want the people responsible for his death penalized. He wasn’t the type of people to hurt innocent people. We were the same type of people … We’d ride and see a homeless person, and if we can’t do nothing for him, we’ll get emotional. So this is not what Floyd would want. Floyd would want everybody standing together and fighting for justice. And that’s it. He’s not the type of person to promote violence.” Jackson played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Spurs in 2003, and now is a basketball analyst for ESPN. He said his friendship with Lloyd was “meant to be.” They were introduced by a mutual friend and came to call each other “Twin.” Jackson described Floyd as his “best friend.”Jackson said he was sent the video of Floyd being restrained by his girlfriend’s mother and did not immediately recognize that it was his friend on the ground.Stephen Jackson explains how he found out about the death of his lifelong friend, George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/YFG1fDY079— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 28, 2020“I was thinking it’s just another video that’s she’s sending me, another black man getting murdered by the police. And I didn’t really pay attention to it,” Jackson said. “As I clicked out of the message, I had 50 messages, and I clicked on one of them from my friend, Mike D, and it said: ‘You see what they did to Twin in Minnesota?’ And I jumped up, screamed, scared my daughter, almost broke my hand punching stuff because I was so mad … It just destroyed me, and I haven’t been the same since I’ve seen it.” “Change is going to start with George Floyd.”NBA champion Stephen Jackson said much about his longtime friend, George Floyd, during a six-minute interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, successfully fighting back tears at one point during his conversation with co-host Craig Melvin. His most salient message, though, was the hopeful declaration that Floyd’s death at the hands of police will be the last of these cases that have turned men such as Rodney King, Eric Garner, Philando Castile and now, George Floyd, into household names not for what they did, but what was done to them.last_img read more