Structure fire on 422 South H in Wellington results in $80,000 damage

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A structure fire on Thursday at the home of Anthony Stringer at 422 South H. Street in Wellington resulted in $80,000 worth of damages.According to a Wellington Fire Department press release by assistant fire chief Vic Sandell, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.Upon arrival at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, fire crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from two windows on the northeast corner of the structure. Crews made entry and extinguished the fire located in the living room and kitchen area of the house.The fire extended into the attic and required extensive overhaul to extinguish smoldering insulation. One occupant was home at the time of the fire and was able to get out without injury.There were eight fire apparatus and 13 firefighters on the scene. WFD had no mutual aid from other fire departments in fighting the blaze.Other agencies assisting were the Wellington Police, Sumner County Emergency Management, the City Electric department, Kansas Gas Service and the Red Cross. 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. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 386 weeks ago Is there anyway to get the pictures in a story ‘enlargeable’? Report Reply 1 reply · active 386 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 386 weeks ago Try this JustMe: http://kansasouttakes.smugmug.com/Other/Sumners-w… Report Reply 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

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 11, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, April 11, 2013•7:59 a.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal threat in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•10:40 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of services in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington of a known suspect.•4:08 p.m. Officers took a report of lost property of a license plate.last_img

WSU Athletic Director Eric Sexton will be guest speaker at WHS Auditorium Tuesday

first_imgEric SextonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Eric Sexton, Wichita State University athletic director, will be speaking to all middle and high school athletes, parents, and coaches about being Crusader committed on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Wellington High School Auditorium. Sexton will also be speaking what it takes to be an athlete, as well as life as a college athlete.  He is a known for speaking to various groups and is a sought after speaker. 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 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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

Labor Day Blog Part 1: Sammy Somona takes no short cuts when it comes to food at Best of the Orient

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Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down Wellington Citizen · 310 weeks ago My family LOVES this restaurant & their service can’t be beaten!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down E. Watson · 310 weeks ago I agree with the message above. Super service Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down guest · 310 weeks ago The Best of the Orient is the best in town! We tried the new restaurant and we were far from impressed, probably because we measured it up against Best. Only improvement I would suggest is more salad bar. We will keep our dining out dollars on Lincoln street at the Best. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Phil · 310 weeks ago Support this place. Him and his family are committed to our community! Plus its the best one in town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Credence · 310 weeks ago Sam’s egg drop soup is the best I have ever had and I have eaten at Chinese restaurants all over the country. The service is great and you will not find a better family to meet your dining needs. We have tried the other two businesses and we will stay with Sam & May! In our opinion you can,t go wrong with the best! Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Retired · 310 weeks ago I have been to the place over a dozen times in the last 5 years and never once found it open. Sorry I have never got too eat at the place and i love Chinese food. I now drive by it many times living on Lincoln street and have never seen it open when I went by. Now that I know the hours will make a point to go. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down David C. · 310 weeks ago I love this place. It does not have th biggest menu, but what it does have is very good and is fresh. My wife and I choose Best over the other 2 places any day. Anytime we have went into the restaurant, we have always been met with a big smile and a warm welcome. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Moyer · 310 weeks ago This place has the best service, food, and owners! they are so personable and make you really feel like your at home. Try the Suishi! We don’t go to Wichita for it anymore as I feel his is better or actually the best! He has many different varieties for the beginner to advanced taste buds in trying it! the other Chinese buffet was ok, we did try it, but nothing will compare to Sams! Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 310 weeks ago I also think your food is great and it’s not so far from where I live. But I didn’t know your hours because I’ve came down several times and found you to be closed, so I quit coming.__I will be back!__ Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 310 weeks ago I also love this place. The service is good along with the food. Because it’s closer for me I will be eating there instead of driving clear out east. I had quit going down there because the last several times I’ve drove down there it was closed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 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. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Editor’s Note — Labor Day is about the working men and women and nobody works harder than those running small businesses. Sumner Newscow is featuring three Labor Day stories about Wellington businesses owned and operated by Wellington people. Today our feature is on Sammy Somona, owner of the “Best of the Orient” Restaurant – a Wellington restaurant staple for more than 20 years. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sammy Somona of Wellington had one message he wanted to get out there when he found out we were going to do a story on him this week…“Tell people we are open.”Somona is the owner of “Best of the Orient” – a Thai-Chinese Restaurant in Wellington located at 114 E. Lincoln. Lately, he has found himself caught in a local Chinese Restaurant war. With the opening of “Good Taste” Chinese Buffet in east Wellington, that now makes three restaurants serving Asian food in the Sumner County seat – including The Great Wall on the west side of town.That’s a tough sell in a community of 8,000 people – especially when so many people are employed in Wichita these days and not eating lunch here. It doesn’t help when social media and rumors spread like fire that Best of the Orient Restaurant has closed.But for Somona, it is about weathering the storm. He realizes people are going to try the new guys out. His hope his loyal customer base, those who have patronized his business for years will return.People have grown to love the unique dishes served at this Lincoln Ave. location.Best of the Orient is a downtown business and off the beaten track. It has for years built its reputation as a buffet serving great zesty home-style food and extremely loyal customers.“I’m not a big fan of super buffets,” Somona said. “Those places with 100 or more food items seem to taste like they have been warmed up in a microwave.” But at The Best of the Orient, there is no warmed up microwave food. Somona keeps it small. He has three buffet tables – which includes a sushi and salad bar. He makes his food fresh for his lunchtime crowd which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and in the evening from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.The leftover food he cooks in the morning is thrown away so his evening customers will get fresh food. It’s a ritual he does twice a day Monday through Friday (he will be closed on Labor Day). It’s the only way he believes Asian food should be served.Somona is a connoisseur of Chinese food – which really is America’s version of Chinese food. He loves to go to Asian Restaurants elsewhere and taste what others are making. Then he comes home and incorporates what he tasted elsewhere into his own recipes. Somona’s food is uniquely his own. He does his own cooking and feels he owes it to his customers to provide the best the restaurant has to offer.General Sam’s Chicken is very good.Perhaps Somona’s greatest specialty is his version of the General Tso Chicken – although he doesn’t call it that. He calls it General “Sam’s” Chicken, because it is his speciality – no one in the world has it. The recipe is as top secret as Kentucky Fried Chicken’s seven herbs and spices. It is easily his most popular recipe. People flock to it in the buffet line and want more.Items like “Chicken on the Stick” and his unique lo mien and beef broccoli dishes are always a hit as well. Somona tends to blend a combination of curry with various cream sauces to make his food taste unique.Best of the Orient was the only Chinese Restaurant in Wellington when it opened in 1995 – when it was part of a three-store operation which included Winfield and Ark City. Somona did not come here until 2005 when he bought it, remodeled the building and reopened.Somona grew up in Thailand and eventually came to the United States as a journalists. He worked in the Los Angeles area working for a Thailand newspaper while being a U.S. correspondent.He realized one universal truth. There is no money in journalism.“I had a friend who told me the real money is in Chinese Restaurants,” Somona said.So he moved to the other side of the United States and attended a school in Queens, New York to become a Chinese chef.Eventually, Somona would buy a restaurant in a small town in Iowa, not much different from Wellington, and ran the restaurant for 11 years.“When I heard a restaurant was up for sale in Kansas, I drove down here and looked at the building and said, ‘that’s not bad,” Somona said. “I have always loved small American towns.”And so he became the proud owner of Best of the Orient on Lincoln Ave., moved to Wellington and has been cooking ever since.There was a year in which he had closed his business in Wellington and concentrated on Oriental Cafe in Wichita. But the gas driving to and from Wellington and the general expenses in Wichita proved to be too much. He reopened Best of the Orient two years ago and has been operating since.Somona, with his wife May, have raised three children – two of whom graduated from Wellington. Most people know Austin, their youngest, who was crowned the Duke of Wellington in 2012 and is now a junior at Wichita State University.Sammie Somona has been in Wellington for nine years serving specialty Asian food.“I can’t worry about what others are doing,” Somona said. “I can only worry what I’m doing.”And he hopes people in Wellington with discernible tastebuds will come to realize bigger is not always better.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wheat Capitol Manor is accepting applications for Maintenance Supervisor

first_imgWellington Housing Authority aka Wheat Capitol Manor, is accepting applications for a Maintenance Supervisor position.  Considerable knowledge of materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in building and remodeling is required.  Plumbing, carpentry and electrical skills are essential.  The ability to make decisions, supervise maintenance staff, make sound judgments, and possess organizational skills is imperative.  A minimum of 4 years maintenance experience in building and grounds repairs are also required.  Wage commensurate with experience.  Background check will be performed.  Benefits include KPERS, vacation an accrued sick leave.  EOE. For application/job description visit Wheat Capitol Manor, Wellington, Kansas 67152; 620-326-5821.  wellhous@sutv.comlast_img read more

Help wanted: Sumner Mental Health Center receptionist

first_imgFull time receptionist opening at Sumner Mental Health Center, a community mental health center located in Wellington, Kansas.  This position requires excellent people skills, attention to detail, multitasking abilities, and flexibility.  Computer and telephone skills are required with a preference given for health care office and electronic medical record experience.  Some evening hours are required on Mondays and/or Wednesdays.  Benefits include 403(b) plan and life/disability coverage.  Applications should be submitted to Sumner Mental Health Center (attn: HR) 1601 West 16th Street, PO Box 607, Wellington, KS 67152 no later than November 28, 2014.  Equal Opportunity Employer.last_img

Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week 10 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks

first_imgGiants (at NYJ, $2,800 on DraftKings, $4,500 on FanDuel), Jets (vs. NYG, $2,700 on DraftKings, $3,900 on FanDuel)Fantasy Football Week 10 Sit ‘Em: DefensesWeaker startsBears (vs. DET), Cowboys (vs. MIN), Vikings (at DAL), Steelers (vs. LAR), Lions (at CHI), Panthers (at GB), Chiefs (at TEN) WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em: QuarterbacksRegular startsLamar Jackson, Ravens (at CIN), Drew Brees, Saints (vs. ATL), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at SF), Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. GB), Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (at TEN)Stronger startsJameis Winston, Buccaneers (vs. ARI). He’s sizzling again, and the matchup is fantastic at home for him and his wideouts.Kyler Murray, Cardinals (at TB). Murray will have fun on the other side of the shootout against the Buccaneers’ equally weak pass defense.Dak Prescott, Cowboys (vs. MIN). Dak did devastating damage against the Giants, and the Vikings’ pass defense isn’t scary anymore.Matt Ryan, Falcons (at NO). He may have some turnovers, too, but Atlanta won’t be able to run here and he’ll be throwing a lot to get back to three hundy with multiple garbage scores.Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (vs. SEA). He’s on fire with Manny, and Monday he should do work on the Seahawks’ weak pass rush and coverage.DFS bargainsJacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer, Colts (vs. MIA, $6,000 on DraftKings, $7,600 on FanDuel, or $5,900 on DraftKings, $7,100 on FanDuel). The matchup is great and this is a “pass-to-score” team. Either Indy QB will do nicely with a floor of likely 250 yards and two TDs.Daniel Jones, Giants (at NYJ, $5,700 on DraftKings, $7,400 on FanDuel). For a few Danny Dimes less, you can get access to the better young New York NFL QB in a very friendly matchup in a “home away” game.Deep streamersRyan Tannehill, Titans (vs. KC), Sam Darnold, Jets (vs. NYG)WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endFantasy Football Week 10 Sit ‘Em: QuarterbacksWeaker startsKirk Cousins, Vikings (at DAL). This totally feels like an uncomfortable big game for him on the road against a good defense.Jared Goff, Rams (at PIT). He’s a shaky play here against a good pass rush and secondary on the road without Brandin Cooks (concussion).Josh Allen, Bills (at CLE). He’s getting OK digits, but it hasn’t been pretty and can turn uglier here on the road.Deep trapsRyan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (at IND), Mitchell Trubisky, Bears (vs. DET)WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPFantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em: Running backsRegular startsSaquon Barkley, Giants (at NYJ), Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (at GB), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. MIN), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (at DAL), Alvin Kamara, Saints (vs. ATL),  Nick Chubb, Browns (vs. BUF), Le’Veon Bell, Jets (vs. NYJ), Derrick Henry, Titans (vs. KC), Marlon Mack, Colts (vs. MIA), Mark Ingram, Ravens (at CIN), Chris Carson, Seahawks (at SF), Josh Jacobs, Raiders (vs. LAC), Aaron Jones, Packers (vs. CAR), Todd Gurley, Rams (at PIT), David Johnson, Cardinals (at TB)Stronger startsDavid Montgomery, Bears (vs. DET). The Lions are terrible at defending backs, and the Bears should feed their rookie beast often.Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida, 49ers (vs. SEA). You gotta take a shot with both in their excellent rushing offense even in a semi-tough spot.Damien Williams, Chiefs (at TEN). He’s the man again as the hot hand, and the Titans’ defense has gotten weaker.Jaylen Samuels, Steelers (vs. LAR). You keep rolling with him with James Conner and Benny Snell down.Latavius Murray, Saints (vs. ATL). He can clean up well in a lesser role behind Alvin Kamara in this spot.Jamaal Williams, Packers (vs. CAR). All he does is do work in the offense behind Aaron Jones.DFS bargainsDevin Singletary, Bills (at CLE, $5,000 on DraftKings, $6,700 on FanDuel). Take advantage of this cheap new feature back when you can in a fine spot, even on the road.Ronald Jones, Buccaneers (vs. ARI, $4,300 on DraftKings, $6,300 on FanDuel). He’s starting, and there’s nothing special about the Cardinals’ run defense. He can get around 80 yards and a score at this price.MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderFantasy Football Week 10 Sit ‘Em: Running backsWeaker startsJoe Mixon, Bengals (vs. BAL). The bye won’t help Mixon much because the line isn’t better and the QB is worse.Devonta Freeman, Falcons (at NO). The Saints are truly nasty against the run, and he won’t make up for it in the passing game.Kenyan Drake, Cardinals (at TB). David Johnson is expected to be back and get most of the work here, and the matchup isn’t pleasant.LeSean McCoy, Chiefs (at TEN). This venerable veteran has faded hard.Frank Gore, Bills (at CLE). This venerable veteran has faded hard.Kalen Ballage, Dolphins (at IND). There’s no Mark Walton, but you can’t trust him on the road against a sound front seven.All Lions (at CHI). They have a half-chance to score from here this week, but not one you should reach to take.Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em: Wide receiversRegular startsJulio Jones, Falcons (at NO), Michael Thomas, Saints (vs ATL), Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (vs. ARI), Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (at TEN), Kenny Golladay, Lions (at CHI), Amari Cooper, Cowboys (vs. MIN), Odell Beckham Jr., Browns (vs. BUF), Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (at SF), Cooper Kupp, Rams (at PIT), Keenan Allen, Chargers (at OAK), Davante Adams, Packers (vs. CAR), Stefon Diggs, Vikings (at DAL), Allen Robinson, Bears (vs. DET) Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers (vs. SEA), D.J. Moore, Panthers (at GB)Stronger startsMichael Gallup, Cowboys (vs. MIN). The Vikings’ cornerbacks are overrated, and he can have more fun opposite Amari Cooper.Calvin Ridley, Falcons (vs. NO). His ability to move into the slot now will help get him free away from Julio.Golden Tate, Giants (at NYJ). He underwhelmed against the Cowboys, but he can smash in the slot here.Marquise Brown, Ravens (at CIN). The excellent running game should set him up for a scoring deep shot against a bad secondary.Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder, Jets (vs. NYG). Anderson will make a big scoring play himself on the Giants, while Crowder will eat again in the slot with Darnold.A.J. Brown, Titans (vs. KC). The matchup might feel a little tricky, but the Chiefs struggle with receivers of his ilk and he will be targeted a lot with Corey Davis out.Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (at TB). The Bucs don’t have answer for him in his sweet revenge game vs. Bruce Arians.DFS BargainsZach Pascal, Colts (vs. MIA, $5,300 on DraftKings, $6,400 on FanDuel). It doesn’t look good for T.Y. Hilton (calf) again and Parris Campbell (hand) is banged-up, too. He is an excellent fill-in in a terrific spot at home with either QB.Christian Kirk, Cardinals (at TB, $5,200 on DraftKings, $5,700 on FanDuel). He’ll be a lot more active and productive this week in a smash spot.Ted Ginn Jr. Saints (vs. ATL, $3,700 on DraftKings, $5,300 on FanDuel). He’s a nice tournament dice roll with Drew Brees back and the Falcons giving up a ton of big pass plays to wideouts.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSFantasy Football Week 10 Sit ‘Em: Wide receiversWeaker startsJuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers (vs. LAR). He’s getting Jalen Ramsey, and that’s a bad development for him after a bad game.Marvin Jones Jr. Lions (at CHI). Kenny Golladay can fight through this tough matchup to be OK, but Jones can’t.John Brown, Bills (at CLE). He’ll get Denzel Ward and doesn’t have the size to overcome him.Robert Woods, Rams (at PIT). He hasn’t done much to trust him in a tougher matchup than you think, and it’s been all Cooper Kupp and it will be more tight ends with Brandin Cooks (concussion) out.DK Metcalf, Seahawks (at SF). The rookie cools off big time against a nasty pass defense.Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. BAL). It’s hard to trust him with the Ravens having Marlon Humphrey working the slot.Curtis Samuel, Panthers (at GB). The Packers are good at stopping quicker, faster receivers outside with Jaire Alexander.DeVante Parker, Dolphins (at IND). The Colts’ cornerbacks are better than you think, and he will get the focus with no Preston Williams (knee).Sammy Watkins, Chiefs (at TEN). The Titans lost Malcolm Butler, but you still can’t trust him outside.Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em: Tight endsRegular startsTravis Kelce, Chiefs (at TEN), George Kittle, 49ers (vs. SEA), Hunter Henry, Chargers (at OAK), Darren Waller, Raiders (vs. LAC), Austin Hooper, Falcons (at NO)Stronger startsGreg Olsen, Panthers (at GB). It’s easier to work the intermediate middle of the field on the Packers, and that’s why he and D.J. Moore are solid plays.T.J. Hockenson, Lions (at CHI). He came on and did more in Oakland, and this road spot is similarly good.Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (at DAL). If Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out again, he can do work against the Cowboys’ biggest coverage weakness.Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron, Colts (vs. MIA). Doyle was the one who scored last week, and both could find the end zone in a very easy spot.Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (at IND). He should see his targets ramped up with Preston Williams down, and his athleticism is starting to manifest in a big way.Vance McDonald, Steelers (vs. LAR). You can exploit the Rams’ linebackers and safeties in coverage.Gerald Everett, Rams (at PIT). He will be busier with no Cooks, and the matchup is favorable.DFS BargainO.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. ARI, $3,300 on DraftKings, $5,000 on FanDuel). It’s a big dart throw for a tournament with him returning from a hamstring injury against the tight end-friendliest defense in the NFL, but he could yield a sudden big return.Fantasy Football Week 10 Sit ‘Em: Tight endsWeaker startsJacob Hollister, Seahawks (at SF). Don’t chase his Will Dissly-like game in a tougher spot.Jonnu Smith, Titans (vs. KC). Delanie Walker (ankle) might return, and this matchup is a bit of a trap.Jimmy Graham, Packers (vs. CAR). You can’t feel good going here.Jared Cook, Saints (vs. ATL). You can’t feel good going here because the wideouts can do plenty of damage.Jason Witten, Cowboys (vs. MIN). He will be quieted against their linebackers and safeties.Chris Herndon and Ryan Griffin, Jets (vs. NYG). They should work on attacking the corners more.Fantasy Football Week 10 Start ‘Em: DefensesStronger startsRavens (at CIN), Bills (at CLE), Colts (vs MIA), Saints (vs. ATL), Rams (at PIT), Browns (vs. BUF), Packers (vs. CAR)DFS Bargains Perhaps more than ever, fantasy football owners will have start ’em, sit ’em questions in Week 10. Whether it’s because of injuries or the dreaded six-team bye, chances are you’re hunting for waiver wire sleepers or worrying about playing potential busts. Fortunately, Sporting News NFL writer Vinnie Iyer is here to help with lineup advice and NFL DFS picks ahead of this week’s matchups.As a reminder, the six teams on bye are the Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Patriots, Redskins, and Texans. Key injuries to watch include Le’Veon Bell (knee), Patrick Mahomes (knee), David Johnson (ankle, back), Alvin Kamara (ankle), A.J. Green (ankle), Adam Thielen (hamstring), Jacoby Brissett (knee), Brandin Cooks (concussion), and James Conner (shoulder).last_img read more

Sunday blog: The economic multiplier, SRMC and the local economy

first_imgEditor’s Note — The following is a guest editorial by John Cook, who is a licensed pharmacist at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Commentary by John Cook, R.Ph. MBA — Typically, rural community residents pay little attention to their local health care system until it is needed. Consequently, many rural people have little idea of the overall importance of the health care sector to their community’s economy, such as the number of jobs it currently provides and its potential to provide more jobs. To ensure that health care services remain available locally, rural communities need to understand these economic relationships.The Economic MultiplierThe Economic Multiplier is the theory that says if an entity, be it government, business, school system, hospital etc. spends a dollar buying products or services, the money is transmitted through the economy many times over as each recipient purchases goods or services. The multiplier can be calculated and is used to evaluate how a given government policy or business decision will affect the local economy. The multiplier effect can be positive or negative.According to the Sumner County Economic Development Commission, Sumner Regional Medical Center ranks ninth in the total number of employees in Sumner County at 130 FTE’s (Full time equivalents). Sumner Regional’s annual payroll is approximately $5.75 million. In 2012 the hospital delivered $581,924 in uncompensated care at a cost of $284,941.  In 2013, SRMC supplied $798,640 in uncompensated care at a cost of $471,666.  The cost of uncompensated care is not expected to decrease for 2014 and 2015.Kansas Rural Health Works, The Importance of the Health Care Sector to the Economy of Sumner County, Kansas Hospital Association, November 2013  is a report whose purpose is to provide information resources that may be used to communicate to community leaders and concerned citizens the relative importance of health care to the local economy. The report can be found here.The report introduction states:The rapidly changing delivery of health services in rural counties has the potential to greatly impact the availability of health care services in the future. These changes include:Insufficient Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals and providers may force a reduction in the provision of health care services.•Although Kansas rural health networks are already fairly strong, creation of provider networks may substantially change the delivery of, and access to, local health care services.•Use of telemedicine could increase access to primary, consultative and specialty health care services at the county level.•Development of critical access hospitals could help health care services remain in rural counties.•Kansas currently has over 80 critical access hospitals.As a result, according to the report, the health care sector can have a large impact on the local economy. All of these changes make it imperative that decision makers in Sumner County become proactive in maintaining high quality local health care services.The report goes on to say:Health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes provide jobs and income to people in the community. As these employees spend their income in the community, a ripple spreads throughout the economy, creating additional jobs and income in other economic sectors. To help understand this important connection between the health sector and the local economy, this report will:•Discuss the role of the health sector in rural development.•Measure the employment, income, and retail sales impact of the health sector on the Sumner County economy.The report places the economic multiplier for the Health Sector Impact, Hospitals, on Employment, 2011 at 1.33 and the Health Sector Impact on Income and Retail Sales, 2011 at 1.15 for Sumner County.The impact of SRMC’s 130 employees is an additional 42.9 jobs across all businesses and industries in Sumner County (130 x 0.33 = 42.9). SRMC’s total impact on Sumner County employment is 172.9 jobs (130 x 1.33 = 172.9).The impact of SRMC’s $5.75 million payroll (direct income for hospital employees) is $6.61 million, generated in all other businesses and industries in Sumner County’s economy.In both examples, the gains would be losses to the economy if the hospital no longer existed.Kansas Health Matters Community Dashboard Homeownership reports that 65.1 percent of the housing units in Sumner County are occupied by homeowners through 2013. (See here.) SRMC employees represent 84.6 taxpaying homeowners in Sumner County.Sumner Regional Medical Center has a significant impact on the economy, and quality of life in Wellington and Sumner County. Licensed as a hospital, SRMC is required to provide emergency services, regardless of ability to pay to any individual needing services — emergency or not. These services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By comparison, Minor Emergency and Immediate Care centers are not licensed as hospitals and are not required to provide services regardless of ability to pay. They may or may not provide services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.SRMC provides training and education of future health professionals by serving as a training site for medical, nursing and technical school programs. Medical residents and students along with local physicians, RN and LPN nursing students, pharmacy students and Pharmacy Technician Students, Medical Laboratory Scientists, phlebotomy students, Occupational and Physical Therapy Students, from Wellington, Sumner County and the surrounding area, benefit from SRMC’s participation in their education.As you read and consider the information presented in the media regarding SRMC and its relation to the City of Wellington and Sumner County, please consider the “food for thought” presented here.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 (27) 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Big D · 265 weeks ago Place a 1% county wide sales tax to support health care. A sales tax instead of property tax draws income from all, not just property owners and would actually be getting income from where the majority of un compensated care is generated. With the income from the sales tax, split it 90% SRMC and 10% Hosp dist. #1 in Caldwell. We must educate our young and heal our sick. Report Reply 5 replies · active 265 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Guest · 265 weeks ago Hopefully this opens some minds and gets people to thinking about the need for a hospital here. I am an aging resident. I have had some heart issues. I worry what will happen should I need some sort of immediate care for my heart condition in an emergency if we no longer have a hospital. I for one, will consider moving to Wichita to be closer to a hospital should this hospital close. I doubt I am the only one. Harper County has a tax-payer subsidized hospital. Have we as a community investigated to see how a town the size of Harper, who just recently increased the footprint of their hospital with a nice new addition, is making their hospital profitable? Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down MRH · 265 weeks ago Well thought out and presented. Wellington needs to think long and hard about SRMC. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down southsideresident · 265 weeks ago It is critical that the Council and city manager maintain a very communicative relationship with the hospital administration, the health authority board and the doctors when looking at options. Much from the heart collaboration needs to go on rather than competitive, antagonistic talk. It will be tough. Tough for all of us, especially our city administration as the proposed city budget has cuts to many of the departments because of previous support of the hospital. The 2016 budget is being put together now. It will take money and ample time to look at the options. Let’s hope there is money to allow for engagement on the hospital issue. Attend the town hall meetings the mayor/council are holding (next one 7.14.15), attend council meetings, council work sessions and be aware what and for what reason cuts, decisions are being made. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 265 weeks ago I understand what Mr. Cook is saying and it makes sense, but the hospital, like any business cannot continue to operate if the keep losing money. At some point they either have to sink or swim. If they sink and take the city of Wellington with them then things will become a disaster. If some way can be found to support the hospital and not put a huge burden on the city and it citizens then it has to be found and soon. If not then the city has to let it go or the city will fail. The Hospital must change it way of operating or it will fail to stay open. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down Phoebe Lord · 265 weeks ago i personally don believe a hospital is needed in Wellington, since most really serious illnesses should be sent on to Wichita, Why not make it a minor emergency center? We have them here in Enid, and we rarely have to go to a doctor office or hospital. But can be sent to one if necessary. Report Reply 0 replies · active 265 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Just Sayin’ · 265 weeks ago Has anyone ever thought that maybe the hospital wouldn’t be in this situation if people paid their hospital bills..? And most of the ones who are so quick to say how awful SRMC is are the ones who owe hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to the hospital.. Report Reply 3 replies · active 263 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 265 weeks ago So can we just take unrelated statistics and apply them as we want? Is that how it really works? Mr. Cook states “Kansas Health Matters Community Dashboard Homeownership reports that 65.1 percent of the housing units in Sumner County are occupied by homeowners through 2013. SRMC employees represent 84.6 taxpaying homeowners in Sumner County.” Sure I looked at the web site. Yes, it says 65.1% of the residents in Sumner county own the home they live in. But that says NOTHING about the hospital employees. You just can’t simply assume 65.1% of the hospital employees own their own home. He obviously felt it was important to get this made up statistic in there. Wonder why? Report Reply 7 replies · active 265 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down get the ball rolling · 265 weeks ago Mr. Cooks information was very informative and really made one think. Is there really a need for a hospital here in Wellington, Ks? We as a community have an option to back this hospital or see it fail. We can attend council meetings that are open to the public, we can write letters to our new city manager, we can also, pay our bills! I do understand the hardships ones face regarding bills, what is great, you can make payment arrangements with the hospital. I am one who has had to utilize this process more than a couple of times. They are actually willing to work with anyone if you are just upfront and honest. The over use of the ER is a huge problem nationwide. With the individuals who have no insurance, or the ones who have been “fired” from their doctors,or using the ER as a clinic, they do cost the hospital a lot of money. Everyone is quick to blame others for the hospitals demise, when we as a whole have helped cause this problem. The administrators are at fault, the patients that don’t pay their bills are at fault, the list goes on. It does seem clear that Mr. Eckert seems to be set on closing this hospital down, for what reasons he is going after the hospital suddenly is beyond me. Yes, the “city owned” hospital owes a lot of money to the city, we all get that. This has been an ongoing problem, the hospital has made many administrative/financial mistakes, who hasn’t? Maybe there need to be new changes regarding the administration at the hospital?? If this hospital is “failing” make cuts where they are necessary. A failing hospital can’t afford to pay millions of dollars out as it does according to Mr. Cook’s report. Make changes, unfortunately the word “layoff” does ring true. I hate to see anyone lose a job, but if we are wanting to keep this hospital floating for the time being, there may need to be “layoffs” as needed. If the hospital is gaining monies as Mr. Hernandez stated, they shouldn’t be “laid” off for too long. Then there is everyone’s solution, IMMEDIATE CARE. I am all for that, but we do need an actual ER for true emergencies, after all we are right off the turnpike, and major highways. Make and immediate care and let only TRUE emergencies go through the ER! That might generate a bit more money as it is a “pay up front” clinic which does file insurance. I have used these in Wichita on the weekends rather than come to our ER, cheaper and doesn’t keep the ER doctor from other emergencies. I could go on, but in all actuality, something does need to be done. Mr. Eckert, Mr. Hernandez, the city council, citizens of Wellington, what do you all really want? If it is to close this hospital, get the ball rolling. Everyone’s tired of hearing everyone complain about it, lets do something about it. If you all want to fight for it, then lets put up a fight. We are beating a dead horse continuing to complain about the electric bills, the bonds, etc, etc. PUT SOMETHING TO MOTION TODAY! I wish you all the best of luck! 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WHS Daily Bulletin: Finals will continue into Tuesday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, May 11, 2016:Friday•State tennis at Topeka.•Finals 1, 2.Sunday•Graduation, 2 p.m.Monday’s lunch — Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Oven Fries, Baked Beans, Cookie, Mandarin Oranges and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Corn Dog, Finger Potatoes, Green Beans, Pineapple and Milk.Today’s News: *Students- Don’t forget to turn in your library books! Any book not returned before locker clean-out will be charged full replacement price.* It’s not too late to sign up for the Spain 2017 Trip! If you are interested please stop by and visit with Mrs. Groom before you leave for the summer. The sooner you sign up, the lower your payments!*The FINALS schedule is as follows:Friday  May 13th- Normal Schedule 1-4 Students not taking finals may leave after 4th hour. Lunch  11:22 – 11:471st      11:52 – 1:332nd       1:38 – 3:10Monday  May 16th 3rd        7:55 – 9:354th        9:40 – 11:17Lunch   11:22 – 11:475th        11:52 -1:336th        1:38  – 3:10Tuesday May 17th7th      7:55 – 9:358th      9:40 – 11:00*Walk a Mile in My Shoes will be held at Lions Club Park on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am until noon. Please come walk to raise awareness for sexism and discrimination. T-shirts are available. Order forms are in the office.Today is National…National Crouton DayNational Apple Pie DayNational Frog Jumping DayNational Blame Someone Else Day.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 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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