It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  2017 certainly proved to be a dramatic one in the history of Wellington.  From highs to lows, here is a look back at what made this year so memorable.  
10. New Speed Limit takes effect on US-160 (June 28) The speed limit from Wellington High School to Meridian was reduced from 50-45 mph.  Director of Public Works Jeremy Jones addressed the council about the changes.  “KDOT let us know that there will be two changes to the eastbound highway.  Part of this is due to a serious accident we had in that area last year.”
Speed limit reduced from the west edge of the high school near Casey’s to Boundary Road.
“It is currently posted at 50 pmh, it will be reduced to 45 mph. From Boundary Road to Meridian, where the KOA campground is located, the speed was also reduced from 55 mph to 50.”
9.  Text to 911 Service Now Available for Sumner County (November 8)
On Nov 2, the Sumner County Emergency Communications Center in conjunction with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council were pleased to announce the availability of Text to 911 during an emergency. Text to 911 service is available for those individuals who cannot safely make a voice call to 911 in an emergency.
8.  Friends, family pay tribute to Pastor Nickle (July 26) A memorial service was held Saturday July 22, as family, friends, and congregation members remembered Pastor Bob Nickle. The memorial service was officiated by Pastor Joe Crowley.
“I would like to start off with a thank you to all of you who came. I would also like to have the family see what Bob has done in this community.  His passing has left a hole.”
Nickel was active in many things in the community including an active role in the Salvation Army Bell Ringer campaign, Ministerial Alliance, Jail Ministry, home and youth ministries and the Grace to Ukraine Mission.
“Bob opened his home to people that couldn’t find a home,” Crowley said. “We worked diligently with them.”
Nickle passed away July 15th in Springfield, MO, with a funeral service held on July 19th.  
7.  WHS Teen Killed in Motorcycle Accident (October 4)
Stephen Jamerson, 16 years old, died when the 2006 Honda Shadow he was driving was headed west on 160, struck a Pontiac G6 that was stopped in the westbound lane waiting for a vehicle to turn onto Edwards Road.  
Friday’s home football game against the Wichita Collegiate Spartans started on a more sombert note as WHS students mourned the loss of their classmate.  
As the student section formed their usual tunnel for the Iron Dukes football team to run through, they received a blue balloon—Jamerson’s favorite color.  As the Dukes charged through the fan tunnel, the students released the balloons into the calm evening.  
Due to Jamerson’s love of animals, a memorial has been established  with both the Wellington Humane Society and the Kansas Humane Society.  
6. Community says farewell to Bryce Day (August 2)
The founder of Cornejo/Day Funeral Home passed away on this date, succumbing after a long battle with cancer.  
Bryce loved the community of Wellington and served it through various boards but was particularly proud of his time in Lions Club.
He had been a local member since 1979 holding many offices including Club President.
He was also involved with Lions on a state level as District Chair, District Governor and finally as Council Chairman for the State of Kansas.
During his retirement years, Bryce continued to serve his community by establishing the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation to support families in need of financial assistance for funeral services.
Although his health limited him at times, Bryce never lost his desire to serve and inspire others.
in 2009, Bryce Day was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  In the fall of 2015, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  After surgery to remove the tumor, the doctors gave him only six months to live.  That was in 2016.  
5.  Aahn’s Place opens in old Sunshine Inn location.  (December 13) The former Sunshine Inn will be the location of Aahn’s Place once it opens in February of next year.  It is the newest residential group home meant to provide emergency children’s shelter services in Wellington.  According to their documentation, they ‘are eager and ready to help children in our community and across the state of Kansas by providing a safe and nurturing environment.’
They continue to offer that ‘the city of Wellington provides a unique advantage for youth by offering a supportive and close-knit small town community.  In addition, the community will also benefit by being recognized as fostering a safe and loving environment where children can easily overcome challenges of the past and start restoring hope for their future.  They provide child mental health services and teen counseling during this transitionand help to provide a safe and nurturing space for children.  
4.  Baymont Inn opens in old Oaktree location. (December 20) On Monday afternoon, the ribbon was cut and the Oaktree Inn was officially no more.  Now a member of the Wyndham hotel chain, the south property has changed to Baymont, while the north end is now the Travelodge.  Both hotels are open to the public and commercial guests.  
“We’re excited to be joining the Wyndham family and are looking forward to providing the guests with the high-quality accommodations that the brand is known for,” said Ramona George, the hotel’s general manager.  
3.  Scoular Grain Elevator burns for several days.  (November) Saturday afternoon, the Scoular Grain Elevator, once known as the Wolcott and Lincoln elevators, caught fire.  Located at 766 E 20th, the fire continued to burn in the days after.  There were no injuries reported.  
2.  Cowley College campus comes to Wellington (2016-2017) It has been a long road to get Cowley College to come to Wellington.  From the council making the decision to the land being donated by the Short family in late 2016, it will all come to a head once classes start for students in the fall of 2018.  Right now, consftruction continues at the property on the east side of town.  Much has been discussed and argued about in the public arena over this issue, but not quite as much as the final news story of the year.  
1.  Automated Trash Service
Few stories ignited as much furor as the resolution to deliver automated trash service to Wellington.  It has been a hot button issue on social media.  An information meeting was held in December, but there are still people who want answers.  A final vote will be held next month to give the final go-ahead or not. Much has been written in this newspaper regarding the issue and will continue to be into the new year.