Kenneth is survived by his wife of 67 years, Esther Joann, their daughters and families, Vicki Morrison, Sheryl and Greg Nickol, Shelley and Gary Coffey,Â brother-in-law Jerome Niebaum and wife Judy, 8 grandchildren, Chad, Michelle, Joe, Jennifer, Chris, Heather, Kristian and Hilary, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell. Kenneth NulikKenneth Lee Nulik son of Joseph and Jennie Misak Nulik was born at home in rural Freeport, KS on December 31, 1926.Â He departed this life on August 23, 2013 at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 23 days.Kenneth was raised on a farm 8 miles west of Caldwell , KS attending grade school at King School and graduating high school at Caldwell in 1944.Â He enlisted into theÂ United States Navy that same year and was honorably discharged July 16, 1946.On June 15, 1946 he was united in marriage with Esther Joann Niebaum in Wichita, KS.Â To this union three daughters were born, Vicki Lee, Sheryl Lynn, and Shelley Ann.After his discharge from the Navy, Kenneth farmed west of Caldwell, he then became a driller for the oil wells.Â After his oil well days, he became employed by the John Deere dealership in Caldwell where he worked as a mechanic and then a salesman. Upon retiring, he resumed farming.Kenneth was an avid horseman belonging to the Caldwell Saddle Club for many years.Â He loved to hunt, fish and golf and later traveled with friends in their campers for which many memories were made.He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother,Â Jackie and his sister JoAnn. Memorials may be given in Kennethâ€™s name to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or to the Czechoslovakian Cemetery. Interment will be in the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Sept. 29â€¦1. College weekendâ€¦ Sorry for the lateness of this column. My wife and I just got home from TCU in Fort Worth after visiting our oldest son on parents weekend.Despite dodging Texas drivers â€” the worst, most despicable group of low-lifers to ever get behind steering wheels â€”Â we had a great time. The Super Target Store was doing brisk business as groups of three: Mom, kid and Dad usually in that walking order behind a shopping cart â€” stocked up on the essentials of bottled water, laundry detergent and packaged junk food that will stay in a freshman’s dorm room by about the time parents get home from the big weekend.Â Taking your kid, especially your oldest, to college gives you a forgotten perspective on your own college life. As adults we remember the fun times, the hard classes, and just living the college life. What we seem to forget is just how scary of an experience it is to be a freshman and leaving home for the first time. It’s a feeling you don’t really remember until you are sending your own loved one away. Then it all comes back to you.Is there ever a time you will experience such a sudden dramatic change in your life from being a high school student to a college freshman? Yes marriage, becoming a parent, starting a career, and watching your kids grow up are all big time daunting changes in your life. But, really, are these changes as dramatic as that first year away from home? I’m not sure anything is. 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 (3) 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. +4 Vote up Vote down Br Ba fan · 358 weeks ago I’m gonna miss Breaking Bad….was hooked from it’s beginning. It was sad to see it go but they did the finale right; tying up all the loose ends. There was cheering at certain points in the hour & 15 minutes….especially when a certain show-favorite made his get-away. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down E Bodge · 358 weeks ago Hey Tracy, watch what you say about the Ft. Worth drivers…they are much better than the ones in DALLAS…..A transplanted Kansan now living in Texas on the best side–the Ft .Worth side. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 358 weeks ago The Crusader mascot on horseback – you dont have to reveal his name. He took his helmet off. Lol. Good job, deputy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 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 comments 4. Breaking Bad finaleâ€¦Tonight’s the finale of Breaking Bad – a television show that the world is officially going to stop and watch. My son said everyone is going to be watching – except for me. I’ll be watching the New England vs. Atlanta football game.Well, at least, I’m more hip than my wife. She didn’t even know the show existed.Last week, if you remember, I was worried about losing my grip on pop culture after I legitimately thought “We’re the Millers” was a PG family movie.But I’m proud to say, that is not the case. I have not only started using Twitter, I finally started watching Duck Dynasty for the first time this month. I also can do a pretty mean twerk â€” except it makes my back sore. 5. Shout out of the weekâ€¦My shout out goes to the guy in the Crusader uniform on the horse who ushered in the Crusader football team this Friday before the Collegiate game. I’m not sure I’m supposed to reveal his name, so I won’t. I’ll try to get more information about it, but Steve Sturgis has an excellent video of it on Facebook. 2. Classificationsâ€¦The nerd in me is always fascinated with how Kansas divides the schools up into classifications based on enrollment figures. See story here http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-to-be-class-4a-div-1-andale-in-class-4a-dii-collegiate-in-class-3a/.I’m always intrigued by how some schools grow and others dwindle. When I first moved to Wellington, the Crusaders were on the cusp between Class 5A and 4A. Now 20 years later we are right in the middle of Class 4A and will now be teetering between the new Class 4A Div. 1 and Div. 2.Here are a few things that intrigued me about this year’s classifications.â€¢They keep talking about making a third high school in Andover, yet Andover Central fell from Class 5A to 4A this year. Is this a sign that growth east of Wichita is slowing?â€¢Belle Plaine was playing Wellington in Class 4A just six years ago. Now I noticed that Belle Plaine has 136 students and is significantly smaller than Conway Springs, which has never been in Class 4A, with 164 students. What is up with that?â€¢When I moved here, South Haven and Argonia were the only schools playing eight-man football in Sumner County. Now there are four schools playing eight-man and three of those are now playing in the smallest division. Even with Argonia combining with Attica, those schools remained in division 2.â€¢And here’s how things are going in western Kansas. Hays, Kans. – the big wig western Kansas town with Fort Hays University is now in the same Class 4A classification as Wellington. We might be losing population. But we aren’t losing population at a rate like western Kansas. 3. Bo Peliniâ€¦I know I’m more than a week late on the Let’s-have-a-cow-because-Nebraska-head-coach-Bo-Pelini-called-Cornhusker-fans-*@#$ing-idiots-two-years-ago-while-being-secretly-taped controversy (see story here).Â Still I’ll weigh in nevertheless.I have always hoped for the worst for Pelini. As the Nebraska defensive coordinator more than 10 years ago, he introduced himself to K-State fans by running over and screaming at head coach Bill Snyder after the Cats supposedly ran up the score on the Huskers. His sideline antics since becoming the head Cornhusker coach hasn’t made me change his mind. He appears to be a bully.But I’m going to side with Pelini on the audio tape controversy. First of all, who the heck is the person so vindictive that he/she would hold onto an audio tape of Pelini on an off-the-record rant for two years before releasing it to some Internet hack? Really, why are we are talking about a hissy fit thrown in 2011? Why is that newsâ€¦ now?Also, why shouldn’t big-time football coaches be allowed to say inappropriate things like the rest of us? I know Nebraska fans are supposedly the nicest people in the world. But I’ve been around a bunch of them during a football game, and I think the “*@#%ing idiots” comment is a pretty accurate description.
Wheat crop was terrible. Due to the drought of the first six months, Sumner County farmers cut one of their worst crops in a very long time. The five Sumner County co-op elevators took in 1.3 bushels of grain compared to 4 million in 2013. Thaddeus Myers at large. Thaddeus Myers, who was charged with a multitude of drug felony charges kept local law enforcement and the county attorneyâ€™s office hopping for several weeks when he failed to return to the courthouse after suffering an appendicitis attack. He was eventually brought back into custody about a month later after being found in a Wichita motel. Argonia woman indicted for making illegal payments. Ellen Love, a former Farm Service Agency direction in Sumner County, was indicted for making $306,000 in agriculture disaster payments to four applicants who had been denied approval of the money. She could face 10 years in federal prison if convicted. A federal jury trial is being requested for 2015. Convoluted controversy at Wheat Capital Manor. In a story that has yet to be completed, three members of the Wellington Housing Authority that oversee the Manor were in conflict with executive director Melissa Hamlin. WHA chairman J.P. Buellesfeld resigned this week. Alice Anderson Stiles of Caldwell accused of misappropriating funds. The 63-year-old woman from Caldwell was charged with two felony counts of theft after allegedly racking up $28,970 of unauthorized charges from the Corbin Rural Water District No. 7 from Jan. 14, 2011 to March 3, 2014. 3. Wellington wrestlers get five to state – The Crusader wrestling program would secure five wrestling spots, the most since the Russ Decker era in the early 1990s. Two of those wrestlers would end up placing: Taylan Lamkin at 195 and Andrew Pelkey at 145. Notable 2014 sports items â€¦In sports there were some notable stories. Here are five of themâ€¦ 5. Belle Plaine, Conway Springs continue football streaks – Conway Springs would qualify for the Class 3A football playoffs for the 16th time in 17 years. Unfortunately, on the other end of the spectrum, Belle Plaine had its second consecutive winless season and is currently on a 19-game losing streak.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Reviewing the news stories of 2014, there appeared to be a recurring theme for the 12 months we just lived.The year was filled with tragedy, earthquakes, employment changes,Â elections, business closings and openings, and your usual rounds of controversies.Here is our wrap up of the year that was.Top 5 Sumner Newscow news stories of 2014:Â 1. The murder of 10-year-old Caleb Blansett.Â On Dec. 14, 2014, a mother allegedly walked into the bedroom of her 10-year-old son and used a rock and a knife to murder Caleb, a Lincoln Elementary student.Blansett then made the call to Sumner County 911. After a subsequent interview, she was arrested for first degree murder – an off grid felony.Her scheduling hearing is set for Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. to determine whether she is fit to stand trial or be sent for a mental competency hearing.2. Earthquake measures in at 4.8 on November 12. Â Remember the days when tornadoes used to top the year-end review lists? This year earthquakes were the topic of conversation, especially after a 4.8 magnitude one hit Sumner County on Nov. 12. It resulted in the largest â€œconfirmedâ€ earthquake of its kind in county history and its epicenter was six miles west of Wellington and six miles south of Conway Springs.It was enough to capture the attention of several leading Kansas genealogical experts who met with the county commissioners a month later. Their collective opinion was the earthquakes were caused because of the disposal of saltwater used during the oil fracking process.3. Gus Collins resigns, Roy Eckert hired.Â Wellington City Manager Gus Collins resigned on June 1 after serving the community slightly more than eight years.With his departure for a job in Winfield, the Wellington City Council started looking and hired Shane Shields as the interim city manager. The search took four months that included several executive sessions and a bit of controversy.The council eventually named Roy Eckert, a county manager in Montrose – who had over 20 years of experience. He started work on Nov. 1.4. School bond security and safety proposal, SRMC passes funding elections. It was a good year (or bad year depending how you look at it) for local governing bodies in passing tax increase proposals to help fund projects.The USD 353 school board went to the voters in June to ask for a mill levy increase to fund an $11.5 million project that included security entrances to the seven school buildings as well as other improvements like roof repair, rebuilding the middle school parking lot, and construction of a middle school auxiliary gymnasium.The proposal won handily 713-308 in what was a very low turnout for the special election in June.Then in November, Wellington city voters would pass add another half-cent sales tax until April 2025 to fund SRMC.Â That too passed by a comfortable margin â€” one of the few sales tax proposals to pass across the state.5. A&W Restaurant closes for good.A&W Restaurant was one of the last stand-alone dine-in restaurants of its kind. But it saw its demise in 2014.People from across the state used to flock to Wellington for its one-of-a-kind nostalgic setting and homemade root beers. But after the restaurant was closed during a tax sale, Mike Bhakta of Wichita then refurbished the building and reopened it in 2013 after being closed for several months.But in February, Bhakta announced he was going to change the name of the restaurant to â€œHighway 81 Diner,â€ and painted the pointed roof black.That didnâ€™t work out so well, because the restaurant closed quietly a couple months later. Oxford shooting. Marcus Peters of Arkansas City was charged with three felony counts after firing a .22 semiautomatic pistol four to seven times during a family backyard barbecue at 8 p.m. on Sunday during Fourth of July weekend. Incumbents continue reign. Although the election was much more interesting on a state and national level, the local elections were pretty much snoozers. Incumbent County Commissioner Cliff Bales won reelection over Jason Boyd in the August Republican primary. For the first time in three decades, Wellington did not have a city election, because of the new restructured council. Charles KitchAttorney Jack Potucek attacked at home. Charles Kitch, Jr. of Wellington was charged with assault and aggravated burglary after allegedly walking onto Potucekâ€™s screened porch, attacking him from behind before grabbing a rock and hitting him. Potucek, a long respected attorney for Sumner County, survived the attack. â€œHonorable mentionâ€ list for 2014: Â Wellington school administrative shuffle. USD 353 Jerry Hodson resigned as the school curriculum director to take the superintendentâ€™s job in Atwood Kans. That resulted in Dale Adams, the WHS Principal, moving in to fill the void and Adam Hatfield taking his principal position at the high school. Pedestrian killed on railroad track. Steven Shamblin, 30 of Wellington was killed by a westbound locomotive in June on double train tracks, two miles west of Wellingtonâ€™s city limits. He apparently got his foot stuck in the trainâ€™s cattle guard. 2. Injuries end Wellingtonâ€™s football season quickly – In a season of much hope, the Wellington football team would lose as many as 11 players to injuries, including top players: Austin Dunn, Colin Reichenberger and Andrew Pelkey. Nevertheless, Wellington would finish 5-4 and secure a slew of records. 4. Basketball teams off to promising start – There are several teams off to a promising start in 2014-15. The Wellington boys are 4-1 for the first time since 2007 including a blend of senior leaderships and a promising group of freshmen. The Oxford boys, South Haven girls and Argonia girls have all graced the top 10 in early state basketball polls. Adultery charges filed after shooting. Michaela Cliffman, 19, of Wellington was accused of shooting Bobbi Santana in what appeared to be a lovers triangle in February. However, Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer said that Cliffman had acted in self defense because Santana was aggressively attacking her. He charged Cliffman with the unusual charge of adultery, which is a Class C misdemeanor. 1. Argonia-Attica reach eight-man state championship game – In only its second year of existence, the Titans would go on a run that led them to the Class 1A Div. II eight-man title game which they lost to Victoria. 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 (6) 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. +9 Vote up Vote down concerned · 293 weeks ago You did a SUPER job on listing the outstanding events of 2014 of Wellington and Sumner County. Report Reply 0 replies · active 293 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Crusader Fan · 292 weeks ago Still pretty bummed about the football injuries Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 292 weeks ago Can’t wait to hear more about Melissa Hamlin and the Wheat Capital Manor. This is a doozy! Report Reply 1 reply · active 292 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 292 weeks ago Give it up already WellyWonka. Maybe you should watch Frozen and just…LET IT GOOOOOOO LET IT GOOOOO!!!! Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down cgilbert · 292 weeks ago It’s too bad we didn’t get a bit more information on the Gus Collins episodes. That was surely more than just a resignation. But good job of writing what it was “prudent” for you to write. Report Reply 0 replies · active 292 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bluejay Fan · 292 weeks ago Hey Cueball, both Caldwell boys and girls made it to state in basketball last year. Good job on the fact reporting though. 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Denny Hamlin entered the Bluegreen Vacations 500 in need of a clutch performance to sneak his way into the Championship 4 field. He delivered in a big way, leading 143 laps en route to a victory at ISM Raceway outside Phoenix.Hamlin and Kyle Busch, the Joe Gibbs duo who finished 1-2 on Sunday, will join Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. in next week’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ryan Blaney (third), Kyle Larson (fourth), Joey Logano (ninth) and Chase Elliott (39th) were the four drivers eliminated. 2:51 p.m.: Kyle Busch has yet to relinquish the lead after 12 laps and Hamlin has moved up to second (now 17 points off the cut line).2:47 p.m. Green flag.NASCAR championship standings 2019Pos.DriverPoints+/-1.Martin Truex Jr. (clinched)4,133-2.Kevin Harvick (clinched)4,113-3.Kyle Busch4,113+224.Joey Logano4,111+20Cut-off line5.Denny Hamlin4,091-206.Ryan Blaney4,088-237.Kyle Larson4,088-238.Chase Elliott4,033-78Here is the complete breakdown of clinching scenarios for Sunday’s race. MORE: Championship 4 info, driver thumbnailsIt appeared for the majority of the afternoon that Hamlin would cruise to the checkered flag. His No. 11 car pushed the lead to over 10 seconds and nipped a number of drivers off the lead lap in a dominating Stage 3.A late caution caused plenty of drama in the final laps, though. John Hunter Nemecheck, who finished 27th, went into the wall and brought out a yellow flag with just eight laps to go, erasing Hamlin’s comfortable lead. Hamlin was visibly upset when he noticed the flag come out, banging his hand against the steering wheel in frustration.In championship-like fashion, however, Hamlin responded. He held off challenges by both Busch and Ryan Blaney on a chaotic restart and captured the checkered flag three laps later.Sporting News tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s Cup Series semifinal on Sunday.Bluegreen Vacations 500: 2019 winner, top-20 order of finishFinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps Led1Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)1432Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)703Ryan BlaneyPenske Racing (4)04Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)05Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing (4)36Martin Truex Jr.Tommy Baldwin Racing (19)07Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing (20)08Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)09Joey LoganoPenske Racing (22)9310Brad KeselowskiPenske Racing (2)311Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)412Paul MenardWood Brothers (21)013Matt DiBenedettoBK Racing (95)014Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)015Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas Racing (41)016Chris BuescherJTG Daugherty (37)017William ByronHendrick Motorsports (24)018Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway Racing (6)019Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)020Ty DillonRichard Childress Racing (13)0NASCAR at Phoenix live race updates, highlights5:34 p.m.: CHECKERED FLAG. Hamlin wins. It will be Harvick, Truex, Hamlin and Kyle Busch in the Championship 4. Denny Hamlin WINS his way to the #Championship4!This winning moment at Phoenix is presented by @ToyotaRacing! pic.twitter.com/zKJwYvIFVz— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 10, 20195:32 p.m.: Green flag is back in the air as Hamlin and Blaney are 1-2, both in must-win situations.5:27 p.m.: CAUTION. John Hunter Nemecheck hits the wall and the yellow flag is out with just nine laps remaining. The flag negates Hamlin’s massive lead and they will have to line it up again. Hamlin needs to win to make the Championship 4. Leaders are in for a pit.5:22 p.m.: Hamlin’s lead remains steady over the rest of the field with 20 laps to go. 5:06 p.m.: The top three drivers remain unchanged after pits: Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Blaney.4:59 p.m.: The leaders are beginning to come in for pit stops under green flag with 67 laps remaining. Here come potentially #Championship4-deciding green flag pit stops!Don’t miss any of the action!📺: NBC📱: https://t.co/sYpRYwvSwz pic.twitter.com/6GiaO9yIgY— NASCAR (@NASCAR) November 10, 20194:56 p.m.: Hamlin puts Logano a lap down on Lap 239. 4:53 p.m.: Hamlin’s lead over Kyle Busch is now 10 seconds. Logano has fallen to 12th and is the final car on the lead lap. 4:47 p.m.: Logano has slipped all the way to seventh. Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney is the top three.4:40 p.m.: Hamlin’s lead is now over four seconds over Kyle Busch, who is three seconds ahead of Logano.4:31 p.m.: Kyle Busch is now battling Logano for the second position. Just a point between those two drivers separates the Champion 4 cut line.4:28 p.m.: Hamlin snags the lead from Logano on Lap 177. 4:26 p.m.: Logano, Hamlin and Kyle Busch lead the field back on the green flag.4:18 p.m.: CAUTION. Elliott goes hard into the wall after likely having a tire go down. That will end his 2019 championship hopes.It’s over for Chase Elliott.#NASCARPlayoffs // #Championship4 pic.twitter.com/LBxQfcyBxa— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 10, 20194:14 p.m.: Green flag.4:04 p.m.: Logano wins Stage 2.4:03 p.m.: Hamlin and Elliott are engaged in a multi-lap battle for second. Neither driver is gaining the upper edge.”SLIDE JOB!”@DaleJr calls Denny Hamlin’s pass on Chase Elliott for second place in Stage 2. Joey Logano wins. Watch the finish on @NBC! #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Jq7NUfDMyK— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 10, 20193:55 p.m.: Elliott is closing in on Logano. His lead is now just half of a second.3:44 p.m.: Logano’s lead has ballooned to over three seconds now as we reach Lap 110. 3:38 p.m.: Elliott mentions on his team radio that he is having a power-steering issue. He still remains in second, 2.5 seconds behind Logano.”Have your power steering stuff ready. Something feels weird.”Cause for concern for the @Hendrick9Team of @ChaseElliott. #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/TaEIWKtM5W— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) November 10, 20193:34 p.m.: Logano takes the lead with Elliott behind him in second.3:33 p.m.: Green flag is back out as Stage 2 is underway.3:25 p.m.: Hamlin wins Stage 1.Denny Hamlin wins Stage 1 and gets 10 stage points. Then it’s Chase Elliott, KyBusch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Keselowski, Blaney, Byron, Harvick, KuBusch.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) November 10, 20193:20 p.m.: Keselowski takes the green flag on the restart following the pit stops. Hamlin quickly surges to take over the top spot.3:18 p.m.: CAUTION. The first caution flag of the day is out on Lap 67 as Ricky Stenhouse makes contact with the wall in Turn 4. The leaders will come in to pit. The leaders hit pit road with a sprint to the end of Stage 1 on deck!Get to NBC to see which #NASCARPlayoffs drivers can get crucial stage points! pic.twitter.com/aXm94EcQfL— NASCAR (@NASCAR) November 10, 20193:09 p.m.: There are 22 cars on the lead lap as Busch remains in first through the first 50 laps. 2:58 p.m.: Busch’s lead over Hamlin is nearly 1.5 seconds as each of the eight playoff drivers are within the top 10.
Accounts from all corners of Twitter are posting pictures of athletes and pop culture figures with captions of “Gonna tell our kids this was …” while intentionally naming incorrect people not shown in the picture. Of course, the trend quickly spread to the world of sports, where plenty of team and athlete accounts chimed in with their own posts. There has been no shortage of pop culture comparisons. Here are the best ones we could find.MORE: Did Nelson Agholor get caught on Twitter using a burner account?Gonna tell my kids that this was John Cena pic.twitter.com/kq9z1CxupP— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 21, 2019I’m gonna tell my kids this was Jay-Z. pic.twitter.com/XseTWEAQn6— SportsNation (@SportsNation) November 21, 2019Gonna tell my kids this the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech pic.twitter.com/wT1PaoOy5a— LastSonOfNewCoachSoonComeKrypton (@GodofKrypton) November 21, 2019Gonna tell our kids this was @KimKardashian . pic.twitter.com/EEOfVmY4Y6— NHL (@NHL) November 20, 2019Gonna tell our kids this is Lady Gaga. pic.twitter.com/Z7Ck6rwX5B— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 21, 2019There were some notable baseball mentions.Gonna tell our kids this was Mike Trout. pic.twitter.com/sG10ZEsiZ7— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) November 20, 2019Gonna tell all our kids this was Bryce Harper. pic.twitter.com/JKIbyMQY2D— Cut4 (@Cut4) November 20, 2019Gonna tell our kids this is Babe Ruth. #TBT pic.twitter.com/u4RWuGbQsM— MLB (@MLB) November 21, 2019Look away, Falcons fans.Gonna tell my kids this was the final score pic.twitter.com/ZJvSfHOpaM— Adam the human, what’s your fav color? (@iliketheBraves) November 21, 2019You too, Warriors fans. Gonna tell my kids this is Draymond Greenpic.twitter.com/FtaLvE6cry— Lakers⋆Hoops🇵🇭 (@LakersHoopsPH) November 20, 2019To be fair, Ben Simmons hasn’t missed a three-point attempt this season.Gonna tell my kids this was Ray Allen. https://t.co/yFOAzWDYHA— Shaker Samman (@ShakerSamman) November 21, 2019Former teammate of Michael Scott:Gonna tell my kids this was Rip Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/jwQ7AFrEhp— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 20, 2019 You may have noticed the latest meme fascination sweeping across social media this week.
“As we know in this business it’s extremely fragile,” Kerr said. “Your job is dependent on a lot of things when you’re a coach in this league. No. 1, probably, the talent you coach, but just as important, the strength of the organization and the group around you. It takes a really strong organization to help coaches and help players get through difficult times.”I’m very blessed to have that group around me here. I know not every coach does. It’s a tough league.”Steve Kerr on David Fizdale’s firing and the occasional what if, on days like today, as in: What if he took the Knicks job instead of the Warriors one? “That would’ve been me three years ago.” pic.twitter.com/W7Rrc3TTcF— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 6, 2019Fizdale — who has been replaced by assistant Mike Miller on an interim basis — was appointed in 2018 and leaves the Knicks with a 21-83 overall record. “I don’t know where the decision was made to fire coach Fizdale, but if it came from the top, it’s a case of mistaken identity,” Popovich said (via The New York Post). “He’s a fine, talented young coach with a great pedigree, and it’s ridiculous to think you’re gonna bring in a young guy and after being there a minute-and-a-half, you expect him to fix everything that’s been wrong there for a long time.”That’s pretty unfair. It’s an old analogy. He got thrown under the bus. He’ll come out of it because he’s a great coach.”MORE: Knicks’ top six candidates to replace FizdaleThe Knicks wanted to hire Kerr in 2014, but he opted for the Warriors. Three championships later, Kerr is pleased with the decision he made five years ago.”If I had gone to New York, that would’ve been me like three years ago. I’m well aware of that,” Kerr told reporters as he reacted to Fizdale’s departure. “That’s just the way it goes. I think I made the right choice.”Kerr’s Warriors (5-19) are the second-worst team in the NBA this season ahead of only the Knicks (4-18). Golden State lost Kevin Durant in free agency and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to significant injuries, so Kerr understands how quickly a coaching job can change. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr are glad they don’t work for the Knicks.New York fired David Fizdale on Friday following an embarrassing 129-92 loss to the Nuggets at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, pushing the team’s losing streak to eight straight games. Responding to Fizdale’s departure, Popovich slammed the Knicks.
Projected CFP rankings: Who are the top four teams in college football?LSU (13-0)Ohio State (13-0)Clemson (13-0)Oklahoma (12-1)According to SN’s final college football rankings and Playoff picture , the top four will consist of LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma. Where the two differ is where Ohio State ranks: SN’s bowl season rankings have Ohio State No. 3, behind second-ranked Clemson. The Playoff picture projects them at No. 2, one spot ahead of the Tigers.College Football Playoff rankings by weekWeek 10No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 2 LSUNo. 3 AlabamaNo. 4 Penn StateWeek 11No. 1 LSUNo. 2 Ohio StateNo. 3 ClemsonNo. 4 GeorgiaWeek 12No. 1 LSUNo. 2 Ohio StateNo. 3 ClemsonNo. 4 GeorgiaWeek 13No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 2 LSUNo. 3 ClemsonNo. 4 GeorgiaWeek 14No. 1 Ohio StateNo. 2 LSUNo. 3 ClemsonNo. 4 GeorgiaWhen is the College Football Playoff?The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Saturday, Dec. 28 with the Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl and the championship game will be on Monday, Jan. 13.DateBowlMatchupTime (TV channel)Dec. 28Peach BowlTBD vs. TBD4 p.m. ET (ABC)Dec. 28Fiesta BowlTBD vs. TBD8 p.m. ET (ABC)Jan. 13National championshipTBD vs. TBD8 p.m. ET (ABC)College Football Playoff committee membersHere is a look at the members of the CFP committee in 2019:Rob Mullens, ChairOregon athletic directorGary BartaIowa athletic directorFrank BeamerFormer Virginia Tech coachPaola BolvinArizona State professorJoe CastiglioneOklahoma athletic directorKen HatfieldFormer Clemson, Rice, Arkansas coachChris HowardRobert Morris University presidentRonnie LottFormer USC All-AmericanTerry MohajirArkansas State athletic directorRay OdiernoFormer U.S. Army Chief of StaffR.C. SlocumFormer Texas A&M coachTodd StansburyGeorgia Tech athletic directorScott StricklinFlorida athletic director No more statements, arguments or debates can be made on the field of play when it comes to the final College Football Playoff rankings. All that remains is the decision of the Playoff selection committee.What teams will comprise the final four teams of the 2019 Playoff? LSU, Ohio State and Clemson all completed 13-0 seasons with wins in the SEC, Big Ten and ACC championship games, respectively. Oklahoma (12-1) is the only other Power 5 conference champion with one loss or fewer; Utah was eliminated from contention with a Friday loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 championship. MORE: Who should be No. 1: LSU or Ohio State?But what order will we find these teams on Sunday? The main argument is for No. 1 between the Bayou Bengals and Buckeyes, though Clemson — which beat No. 23 Virginia 62-17 on Saturday — certainly made a compelling argument that it should be considered as well.Those are the questions for the Playoff committee to tackle. With that, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the College Football Playoff selection show:What time are the College Football Playoff rankings released?Date: Sunday, Dec. 8Time: 12:15 p.m. ETThe College Football Playoff selection show starts at noon ET on Sunday, Dec. 8 and will run for four hours. The show will announce the unveiling of the four Playoff teams at 12:15 p.m. ET. Each of the New Year’s Day 6 bowl game pairings will be revealed at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the remainder of the bowl slate.CFP selection show channel, how to watchTV channel: ESPNLive stream: WatchESPNThe final unveiling of the College Football Playoff rankings will be shown on ESPN and can be livestreamed on WatchESPN. During ESPN’s four-hour show, the final four CFP teams, the committee’s final rankings and all the matchups of the New Year’s 6 games will be revealed.The “College GameDay” crew of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Jesse Palmer, Joey Galloway and David Pollack will reveal the committee’s decision. Guest analysts Chris Fowler, Greg McElroy and Jon Vilma also will make appearances throughout the broadcast.
Harbaugh was brought on in 2015 to compete with the Buckeyes and the SEC powerhouses, and that was amplified with the satellite camp tour after he arrived. This marks three straight bowl losses to the SEC, and Ohio State will be favored to win the Big Ten again in 2020.As for Harbaugh and Michigan, those questions will continue. Harbaugh isn’t going to get fired, but with each season it’s fair to wonder if he can finally close that second half. That makes the 2020 season a pivotal one under Harbaugh. The Wolverines open at Washington and host Wisconsin in the final week of September. Penn State, Minnesota and Michigan State are on the October schedule before the season-ending game against Ohio State.The Wolverines haven’t won in Columbus since 2000, when Drew Henson was the starting quarterback. That’s a 20-year drought that will be the leading question about Michigan in 2020 — and whether Harbaugh will ever take the Wolverines the rest of the way. MORE: Breaking down Alabama’s Citrus Bowl win over MichiganThe lead criticism will not change: Michigan is now 1-4 in bowl games and 0-5 against rival Ohio State — twin albatrosses that grow larger with each season — and with each big game.Michigan (9-4) showed up for a half against the Crimson Tide. The Wolverines averaged 5.0 yards per carry, piled up 135 yards and took a 16-14 lead on a 57-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin. You can’t say Harbaugh didn’t have the Wolverines ready to play for this one.Alabama (11-2), however, made the necessary halftime adjustments. Michigan was limited to 27 rushing yards in the second half, and the Crimson Tide exposed those attributes that separate the first-class programs from everyone else — including the Wolverines.Like wide receiverJerry Jeudy. The future top-10 pick scored with an 85-yard touchdown on Alabama’s first play from scrimmage and notched a 58-yard catch that set up a touchdown to stretch Alabama’s lead to two scores. He finished with six catches for 204 yards. Or Najee Harris, who chose Alabama over Michigan and rushed for 136 yards and two TDs against the Wolverines. They are the skill position difference-makers Harbaugh hasn’t been able to bring to Ann Arbor.There’s quarterback. This wasn’t even Tua Tagovailoa, but backup quarterback Mac Jones (16 of 25, 327 yards, three touchdowns) made the big throws while Shea Patterson (17 of 37, 233 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) missed with seven overthrows on deep shots downfield. Harbaugh still hasn’t been able to develop that field-tilting quarterback. That will be on Dylan McCaffrey or Joe Milton to change as a first-time starter in 2020.Then there’s the philosophical question that continues to revolve around defensive coordinator Don Brown’s aggressive scheme. In the two regular-season losses to Ohio State and the bowl game losses to Florida and Alabama, the Wolverines have allowed an average of 48.8 points and 513 yards per game.That is the last quarter-and-a-half between College Football Playoff contender and top-10 purgatory in which Michigan continues to find itself. Yes, Michigan is a top-10 program. Here are the top 15 Power 5 programs by record since Harbaugh took over in 2015:RankTeamWLPct.1Clemson694.9452Alabama666.9173Ohio State617.8974Oklahoma5810.8535LSU5014.7816Georgia5315.7797Wisconsin5215.7768Penn State4917.7429Notre Dame4717.73410Michigan4718.72311Iowa4719.71212Washington4720.70113Oklahoma State4520.69214Florida4420.68815Utah4621.687MORE: Alabama tacks on unnecessary touchdown late in Citrus Bowl winThat is Playoff purgatory. The top three schools (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) have won national titles in the Playoff era, and are built to do that every year. The next three (Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia) are built to make the Playoff every year. The next three (Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame) are the ones Michigan is closest to; Harbaugh is a combined 6-5 against the Badgers, Nittany Lions and Irish. Nobody cares about that, or the 3-2 record against in-state rival Michigan State. No. 17 Michigan’s 35-16 loss to No. 9 Alabama in the Citrus Bowl served as the familiar referendum on the Wolverines after five years under coach Jim Harbaugh.The Wolverines are a little more than halfway there, but that second half continues to elude a program desperate to join college football’s first class. That was true against the Crimson Tide for one game, and it will be the narrative again heading into the 2020 season and beyond.
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 13, 2015:Mondayâ€¢ Golf at Andovert Central, 3 p.m.â€¢JV golf at Sierra Hills, 3 p.m.â€¢Tennis at Collegiate, 3 p.m.â€¢JV track at Valley Center, 3 p.m.â€¢Baseball at Andale, 4 p.m.â€¢Softball at Andale, 4:30 p.m.Tuesdayâ€¢ JV Tennis at Valley Center, 3 p.m.â€¢ C-team baseball at Wellington vs. Rose Hill, 4 p.m.â€¢ Track at Belle Plaine, 4 p.m.WednesdayThursdayFridayâ€¢Tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.â€¢Mr. Crusader PageantSaturdayâ€¢ACT TestTomorrow’s Lunch:Â Hamburger with Bun, Romaine and Tomato, Oven Fries, Mixed Fruit, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Milk â€¢Â Todayâ€™s NewsÂ Â â€¢*Golf will be released at 12:32 today, JV golf will be released at 1:00, JV Track will be released @ 1:23 and Softball will be released @ 2:00. They will be marked Activity.*Congratulations to all students who participated in Regional Solo and Ensemble this weekend in Andover.Â The following received excellent ratings of a 2: Hunter Owston, Emily Baum, Makenna May, Jon Lee, Tristan BarraganÂ and the Madrigals.*The Jostens man will be here to deliver class rings on Thursday, April 23rd @ 11:00. If you still have a balance due on your ring, don’t forget to bring your final payment on delivery day. If you forgot to order your class ring on the original order day, you can order your class ring on delivery day. If you already haveÂ a class ring and it needs to be resized or repaired, bring it on delivery day and the Jostens man will take care of it for you.*Nominees for the Mr. Crusader pageant need to turn in their acceptance papers to Mrs. Kelly as soon as possible.*All Drama students wanting to go to the Thespian conference need to pick up their Krispy Creme order forms from Mrs. Kelly.*”Classic movie club will be showing the movie “Sergeant York” onÂ Tuesday 04-14-15.*Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!Â You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b*Seniors: There are extra graduation announcements in the counselors office to purchase for $1.25.*Give us a hand and donate a can. Starting today there will be a food drive- class against class. The winning class will be served Ice Cream on service day. The deadline will be on Friday, April 17th. Freshman take your cans to room 412- Mrs. Carroll. Sophomores to Room 105- Mrs. Bristow. Juniors to room 110- Ms. Hollas and Seniors to Room 208- Defore.â€¢Service Day is on April 22nd and you can now sign-up for your location at lunch:Seniors – April 13th- 17th.Juniors- April 14th-17thSophomores- April 15th-17thFreshman- April 16th-17thThe quicker you sign up the more likely you’ll get to volunteer where you want. Service Day is a mandatory all day event for everyone, including seniors. Afternoon activities will need to be signed up for as well. One activity will include the career fair.*Juniors and Seniors: A few Prom Announcements–You can sign up for the dodge ball and obstacle course for after prom in the office.-If you would be interested in performing for your classmates at prom, please pick up an entertainment application from Ms. Ford or stop by the office.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â -Tickets are now on sale by the student entrance before and after school. They are $30.00.– You can sign-up out of town dates in the office.-If you are planning on attending After Prom, you must read and sign a student pledge sheet. You may pick up the forms in the office.-Please see Ms. Ford if you have any questions or concerns.*Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is offering a $500 scholarship to a 2015 graduating senior who is pursuing a degree in education. The application form is in the counselor’s office.*Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.*Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1. We will not accept any pictures after May 1st unless previous arrangements are made.*SENIORS: Please remember to apply for the $1,000 Kansas All Star Scholarship. The deadline isÂ April 15, 2015.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Five Cueball thoughts for April 12, 2015â€¦1. Chicken Little.“Kansas, the tornado is coming!”It may go down as one of the nuttier weeks Iâ€™ve had in awhile when you factor in the election, the website controversies, Easter, and the personal things going in my life. So Wednesdayâ€™s non-storm was an accurate metaphor for the week in general.Wednesday, Chicken Little made a visit to Kansas to tell us the sky was falling. It wasn’t so much the weather information. We should all be informed of possible storms ahead. It was how the news was delivered. I actually felt bad for that Channel 12 weather forecaster on my tube Wednesday evening. I knew his bosses were telling him to get on screen and babble about an approaching tornado-like storm that was obviously not materializing, knowing full well half the Kansas population was hating his guts because they were missing a critical episode of â€œSurvivor.â€With all the hysteria, I thought at least we could get some rain out of the deal. No such luck.Â Thereâ€™s an interesting blog (click here)Â written by Mark Bogner, who is a meteorologist himself and worked for Channel 3 for 23 years. It is titled â€œWhen a City Loses Its Ever-lovinâ€™ Mind.â€™ In a nutshell, he wrote how weather reporting garners big TV ratings, how people canceled everything including going to work fearing the next impending disaster, and how social media just amplified the problem.Rumor has it Chicken Little was paid handsomely for his appearance here.As for me, I donâ€™t know quite how to handle these weather reports without contributing to the hype. Even the National Weather Service warnings tend to be more wrong than right. I have contemplated not publishing any kind of weather forecast of any kind. But since this is an information site, Iâ€™m not comfortable about withholding â€œnews.â€Itâ€™s like being at the horse race track. You want to quit betting, but what if that next race, your guess may actually be right? 3. Election thoughts.Iâ€™m getting pretty good at predicting elections. I accurately picked the city election and the candidates in specific order and came close to even getting the percentages correctly.Shelley HanselI thought Shelley Hansel would win the mayorâ€™s race but not carry the majority of the vote. Hansel, being the public figure she is, had the most name recognition by far. She was also buoyed by the split vote of four other candidates running. People can shoot me for saying this, but Iâ€™m not sure she would have won in a one-on-one race with Kelly Green.It was good to see a high voter turnout for a city election. Yes, it could be higher but if you compare Wellingtonâ€™s city election turnout to those across the state, we were near the top in participation. The number of candidates filing this year was astronomical. Wellington is an engaged community and that bodes well for the future.Tami KlinedistCouple of things I noticed on the campaign. Hats off to Tami Klinedinst, a mayoral candidate who finished third. She worked her tail off in the campaign. She attended every council meeting including the work sessions. Her answers to the Sumner Newscow forum were very well thought out. She put in the time and made the commitment to educate herself on city issues. Iâ€™d like to see her run for council in 2017.Secondly, by accident, I discovered how much Green has grown as a civic leader. When I was doing these city council candidates forums, it was a massive heap of e-mails, cutting and pasting, and keeping everything straight. In the process, I accidentally grabbed Greenâ€™s 2013 answers to the Sumner Newscow questionnaire I sent out two years ago. It took me about four questions down to figure out her answers werenâ€™t jiving with the questions above. When I suddenly realized I had the wrong answers, I went and got her 2015 responses.Kelly GreenWhat amazed me was how much more knowledgable she was in 2015 compared to 2013 on city issues. Her 2013 responses were terse and somewhat naive. But her 2015 responses were so much more well thought and insightful.And this illustrates an important part to serving in public office. It takes time to learn the system, and truly understand what is best for the city and the people you serve. And itâ€™s one reason Iâ€™m not a â€œthrow the bum out,â€ kind of guy, unless they truly need to be thrown out. 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 (12) 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. +17 Vote up Vote down garbage collector · 278 weeks ago Thank you from a Chiefs fan and garbage collector! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jim · 278 weeks ago On the budget issue, who was city manager during 2010 to present? Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 278 weeks ago Pretty sure “sanitation specialist” is the politically correct term, Cue. “G-word collector” is a bit hurtful to those that specialize in sanitation operations. 🙂 Report Reply 1 reply · active 278 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down QWERTY · 278 weeks ago Cue, Marijuana is a prescription drug. Our schools need the money. Everyone uses it anyway( A lot of people.) Why not make money off of it. It has many beneficial properties and can be used for so many other reasons than getting a buzz. If the state demonstrates their power to take away the will of the people then we no longer live in a free society. Period. Could the state pass the legislation? No because of all the tight wad’s who are brown nosing the Koch brothers agenda. As #6 on the Forbes list I am sure they have Brownback under their thumb as their puppet. Compared to the rest of the United States we are like residents of Yoder, Kansas compared to the rest of the state. If things don’t start changing to adapt to the new group of people who will inevitably be running this state, county, city soon they will start leaving to pursue a successful career elsewhere. We have to learn how to adapt to change rather than oppose it. I do not even personally smoke or use marijuana but the Positives far outweigh the negatives and I can’t understand why people are so against it. Report Reply 3 replies · active 278 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Guest · 278 weeks ago Weather reporters…darned if you do and darned if you don’t! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Guest · 278 weeks ago Damn good article! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down credence · 278 weeks ago Concerning the City’s use of the utility fund; I agree with you Tracy, the questions we should be asking start with why the City needs to draw on the utility fund. The fund was intended to provide funds for emergency situations, such as disasters, not to support ever increasing expenditures. The City needs to look at reducing expenses and not finding new revenue sources. Unfortunately our little City has seen a steady decline in population over the past 30 years and the loss of several business, the life blood of a small community, and it does not look as though this trend is going to change. However, our city government still maintains the same level of employment and service for ever decreasing numbers of citizens. I believe it is time to explore ways to decrease costs rather than trying to find ways to increase revenues, especially when those revenues are being taken from the utility fund. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Jon Holmes · 278 weeks ago How about the cost of Vandenburg a major project that needed to be done for years , the street department building that was also needed. Repairs that are put off don’t go away they just get more expensive. City taxes have not been raised in years .The money has to come from somewhere so suppliment from the utility fund or raise the mill levy . Apathy is abundant everywhere , people, get involved then you’ll know what’s going on.I know the council people you have and they are good people who care about Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 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 comments 5. Shout out of the weekâ€¦Â I always ponder with shout outs, because it is always so easy to overlook the good things in life. But the other day, I was watching the garbage collectors take away my trash and wondered what a thankless job that has to be. Does anyone really thank them or give them high fives or give them any thought whatsoever as they perform what has to be the most physically demanding job of the day? Yet, without them, weâ€™d be in knee deep garbage.So this week my shout out goes to the garbage collectors. Youâ€™re doing a great job – even those who are Kansas City Chief fans and give me hell about my Broncos.Follow us on Twitter. 2. Where was should be outraged…The way people reacted to Wednesdayâ€™s non-storm is a lot like what is going on with the City of Wellingtonâ€™s Utility Reserve Fund controversy.Itâ€™s fascinating so many people believe there is missing money as if it has been secretly embezzled when there has not been a shred of evidence to substantiate such accusations. And if government officials attempt to explain the situation, they are considered suspicious and/or withholding information.But the reality is this outrage is misguided. People are so busy looking for something criminal, when they should be concerned about the way the city finances have been handled. I canâ€™t seem to wrap my head around the fact the city in the past five years has depleted almost $5.7 million from its reserve funds and possibly sacrificing its municipality bond rating all for the sake of keeping the mill levy same.Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields sent me more figures Friday outlining the cash shortfall of the general fund. According to his figures, had the city not taken any money from the utility reserves, the municipality would have either cut expenses by $2.2 million or have a mill levy increase of 66.43 mills!Holy moly.Of course, the city has always taken money out of the utility fund, and the City of Wellington Financial Advisor John Haas made that point clearly at a recent work session meeting that it is good to do so. As has been documented, the percentage of the removal of funds is what is in question – which has gone from 8 percent in 2010 to 13 percent in 2015 (see story here).The question that people should be asking is, what has changed in the past five years? In 2010, our utility cash reserves were at $11.24 million. At the end of 2015 it will be $5.5 million. In 2010, the city took out $1.15 million out of the utility fund with it was still sitting with $11.23 million in reserves. Our mill levy was exactly the same as it is now.So that to me says:a) the city today is incurring a tremendous amount more in expenses than it did in 2010, orâ€¦b) the revenue stream isnâ€™t close to being where it was five years ago.And that is the question we should be asking. Why is that?Are the city departments spending more? Is the hospital draining us dry? Is it this new construction of a $5.7 million Westar substation and electrical transmission lines being built a huge factor? Or is the local economy so much in the crapper that we donâ€™t have that much tax revenue we had five years to work with? Maybe itâ€™s a combination of everything. Maybe it has nothing to do with nothing.I, as a taxpayer, would like more specifics.Nevertheless, I encourage people to not jump to conclusions or go on some conspiracy rant. This is an issue that deserves proper study and a thoughtful resolution.By the way Shelley Hansel and Kip Etter welcome to the council, and congratulations to Jim Valentine and Kelly Green for another four-year termâ€¦ Better you than me. 4. Wichitaâ€™s marijuana proposalâ€¦I like to think of myself as a nuance kind of guy which seems appropriate when talking about marijuana.For instance, Iâ€™m against legalizing marijuana recreationally which I have documented here, and Iâ€™m iffy on the legalization of medical marijuana because there are other alternative prescription drugs out there that do the same thing.However, I would have voted for the marijuana proposal in Wichita which reduces the penalties for marijuana possession.Why? I find it silly to throw someone in jail for something that is legal in a bordering state. Yes, a wrist slapping misdemeanor with a fine like a traffic ticket is sufficient enough.And stay with me here, Iâ€™m also OK with Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt asking for the state Supreme Court to strike down the ballot initiative I support. Why? Because city law canâ€™t supersede state law. Schmidt may be a weasel on many issues, but here heâ€™s upholding the state law, which is his job. If you donâ€™t like state law, change it.Which is precisely, where this is going. Kansas in the next 10 years will have legalized marijuana. I see no evidence that the marijuana tide is turning back whether I or you like it or not. I would have placed money that the marijuana initiative wasnâ€™t going to pass in Wichita. And it did. If marijuana forces are winning battles in the conservative Brownback heartland, then they have the battle won.It will be a monumental moment when Sumner Newscow runs down to do a feature story on Wellingtonâ€™s new downtown marijuana shop. Iâ€™m predicting 2025.