Some events stand the test of time and carve strong enduring memories. The Little Tybee Challenge is one of these races for me. The diversity of the race course is second to none. Starting in a powerful tidal river, the course then jogs into a super narrow and twisty tidal creek before leading you out into the Atlantic thru a surf zone surrounded by sand bars and technical options. Once into the Atlantic a short sprint takes you back into the tidal river and the finish line. The near 8 mile circumnavigation of most of Little Tybee Island takes the fastest of paddlers a little under 50 minutes and requires a unique set of skills to excel across the range of challenges the race course has to offer.After a strong win at this race in 2014 I knew I’d have a target on my back but I also knew I didn’t have the same level of fitness I had last year. I’d have to play defense. After a confused starting procedure and a strong effort off the line, I found myself leading into the tight and technical tidal creek and interrupted a large pod of dolphin playing in the fast moving waters. Once into the creek, it’s very hard to overtake anyone but I could hear the relentless chase of Eric Mims close behind. But as a wildwater paddler, reading and executing these tight turns would mean a small advantage for me.So the question was whether to gut myself and extend my tenuous lead or conserve energy for the later stages of the race. I choose to gut myself. Exiting the tidal creek and entering the ocean, I had approximately 1 minute up on Eric, but now in the ocean, the tables were turned and Eric was in his home environment with the advantage and was closing the gap fast. Seeing a near shore deep water gutter, I surfed into the beach to take the short cut but not before Eric saw me make the turn and gave chase. Once thru the moving water and heading back into the tidal river, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with Eric for the final mile or more to the finish. Sadly, I could not respond to his mastery of using every ocean bump to his advantage and I was also paying the price for pushing hard in the creek. Eric snagged victory by a tad over a minute in a masterful paddle. Mark Volkmann also put in a great effort to take a solid third place after using his intimate knowledge of the area to his advantage to secure the final podium spot.The Little Tybee Challenge never disappoints and I will be back for the 18th annual race in 2016. More information, results and media can be found at http://tybeekayakrace.blogspot.com/—Our BRO Athlete series is powered by Great Outdoor Provision Co., The Hub, Crozet Running, Brown Jeep, Proformance, and the Blue Ridge Cyclery.
“I want to reiterate that the procedure that has been outlined by the secretary of state at our request is not part of a political strategy, but the absolute best opportunity to determine exactly what happened in the state,” said Trump campaign counsel Stefan Passantino.That’s what happens when you sell your soul to the devil. In fact, Trump is doing nothing but sucking energy, attention, and money away from their reelections. He hasn’t agreed to make any trips to the state yet. He’s tweeted only narrowly about the Georgia recount but not its runoffs. Trump’s campaign has also been soliciting donations to supposedly contest the election (but actually settle debts), and he has established a leadership PAC to vacuum up grassroots donations moving forward. Politico reports Republicans have grown “frustrated that the GOP’s preeminent figure is leaving his party in the lurch at a critical moment.” What’s fascinating is that any Republicans at all were under the impression Trump cared about the party. Apparently, some are invested in trying to convince Trump that his self interests actually align with the party’s interests. – Advertisement – “Several people have told him it’s important Loeffler and Perdue win because they will help keep his legacy intact. We’ve made the point to him that Republicans slowly dismantled parts of Obama’s legacy when we had control of the Senate in 2016 and a Democratic Senate would do the same to Trump,” a Republican close to Trump told Politico.Good luck with that. The only legacy item Trump cares about is trying to overcome his loser status so he can keep masses of people in thrall to him. That and not going to jail are likely the only two things that ever enter his mind. Trump has never given a lick about governing and therefore couldn’t care less about the fates of Loeffler and Perdue. For now, the only people in Trump’s orbit who have given any attention to the Georgia runoffs are Don Jr. and Mike Pence. In fact, on a call with reporters Wednesday, Trump’s campaign explicitly divorced its own recount efforts from the Senate runoffs. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 204 weeks ago I wonder what the hidden tax breaks the college will get that won’t be divulged until after the elections are over. Some little birdie said that our property taxes are going up and we will be told after the elections. I think these would be good for Wellington but with all the anti-tax people in Wellington this little birdie won’t fly. Report Reply 4 replies · active 204 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down GREAT ComPLAINer · 204 weeks ago I’m sooo offended the architectural elevation has mountains in the background! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 204 weeks ago No commitment on exact location . I guess Mulvane could probably snake in some more Sumner county land and put it by the casino. So much for shop well in Wellington. Report Reply 1 reply · active 204 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 204 weeks ago This statement, if accurate, left me a bit concerned: “If passed, Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, said the money will go toward the construction of the campus and the operation cost sustainability of the campus over a 10-year period. By that time the voters will need to decide the funding mechanism thereafter.” What is the plan after 10 years? Shouldn’t the plan be self-sustainability at that point? My impression of the ballot question is that this is how we get this started, and the only time we’re going to be asked to fund the college through special incentives. The statement above leads me to believe that we might get hit again in 10 years. I’m hoping someone might be able to clarify. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Wellington, and am in full support of the sales tax plan, but if the college can never be self-supported, then we might be barking up the wrong tree. Report Reply 9 replies · active 203 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 204 weeks ago Im all for the college coming here…we need this for our families…yes sales tax may go up to help fund it but well worth it…As for property taxes going up…you should be use to that…they go up every year…no matter what….its frustrating because the money Sumner county got from the casino was to help keep our taxes lower I thought…but the year it went down…then right back up…frustrating as heck…but you either deal with it or you leave town.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Former Wellingtonian · 204 weeks ago Sales taxes are very regressive and hit low income earners harder. Also, if the college cannot be self sustaining after 10 years, the citizens are taking on a huge responsibility to keep it going. Just two things to consider before voting on it. I have no dog in this fight however, and am happy to sit back and see what the citizens decide. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down concerns · 204 weeks ago With colleges going to more and more online classes. My concern is there really a need for a campus? Report Reply 2 replies · active 204 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Guest · 204 weeks ago I already go out of town for most purchases because of our high sales tax. If this passes, I will most likely not shop here any longer. You cannot continue to raise everything in a city EXCEPT the overall income of those who live there. Report Reply 3 replies · active 204 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Guest · 204 weeks ago In a bygone era remembered by some, there was an opportunity to locate CCCC here rather than Arkansas City. The older folks regret and think it was a BIG mistake that Sumner County passed on it at that time. Please don’t make the same mistake again! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down VVeteran · 204 weeks ago A few things need clarifying for Jessica Lucas, John Munro, SuCo Pride, and Concerned Citizen: The Sumner County Commission minutes @ http://www.co.sumner.ks.us/ElectedOfficials/Commi… contain most of the answers to certain questions. For instance, Jessica is wrong when she stated it was the County Commission who suggested sales tax issue. It was Dr. Rittle though SCEDC Director Davis stating CCCC would entertain a sales tax question on Nov. ballot. Try Aug. 2, 2016 for that minute info. For others, it is not likely a 1/2% sales tax can sustain for a period of 10 years without supplementing. No one has yet stipulated where all the millions of dollars are supposed to be gained (other than a guess). Someone may wish to e-mail Jessica and ask one simple question: Does Cowley County maintain a mill levy to support CCCC collected through property tax or school mill levies? That is where this is headed in 10 years. For those disbelieving a tax increase is coming next year (CueBall), try the Aug. 15, 2016 minutes. Mill levy increase of 4.615 mills this year, it was increased last year 1.974 mills for a total mill increase over 2 years of 6.589. Estimated county valuations is just short of $247 million, up from $244.817 million. It’s all there for people to read. By the way, I reviewed all the County Commission minutes today, and SCEDC Director Stacy Davis used executive sessions to discuss financial affairs or trade secrets, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships 10 times from Jan. 1-Sept 6, 2016. Transparency will not exits in local government unless someone stops using executive sessions to discuss matters that are germane to public interest. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” More than 75 people attended the Cowley College Sumner Campus kickoff breakfast this morning at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington.It was also the first event that featured drawings of the proposed campus.Cowley College is proposing to build a Sumner campus in Wellington providing the half-cent sales tax question is approved by voters. The question will be on the November 8 general election ballot.If passed, Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, said the money will go toward the construction of the campus and the operation cost sustainability of the campus over a 10-year period. By that time the voters will need to decide the funding mechanism thereafter.There was still no commitment of the exact location of the campus, nor a dollar figure presented. But the digital renderings did show that the campus will be a newly built facility that will require some space. There are no plans to build dorms.Much of what was presented, had been spoken about before concerning the benefits of having the campus here. This time, though, it included testimonies from various people of the community.Lori Day, an executive for GKN Aerospace in Wellington, said the proposed campus is essential for this companyâ€™s machining training.â€œWe are really, really excited with the opportunity to train employees and future employees right here in Wellington,â€ Day said. â€œThe opportunities for us is long term and strategic.â€Wellington vocational agriculture instructor Linda Chase said the opportunity to teach agriculture classes here is exciting. Her students are now traveling 23 miles to Mulvane and that limits student participation.Argonia Superintendent Julie Dolley said currently it takes an Argonia student 65 miles to drive to Ark City to attend a class. She said she is excited about a proposed campus in Wellington which would cut that travel time more than half.Rittle said Wellington was chosen for the campus because it is the center of the county and is readily available to everyone in the county within a 25-mile radius.Rittle also estimated that the Wellington campus will have 800 full-time enrollment students at the Wellington campus. Right now he said there are 555 students enrolled at either Ark City and Mulvane.Stacy Davis, Sumner County Economic Director, said the new dollars generated from such a campus is phenomenal. There will be $48.5 million in federal money, $14.7 million in shared money, and $12.9 million in new job creation to Sumner County. She said an estimated $2.6 million of new money will be pumped into the economy.She also said a Sumner County campus will increase the communitiesâ€™ economic productivity and earning capacity, and stem local entrepreneurship.â€œLet me assure you, I have a good relationship with site selectors, whose jobs are to look at various prospective locations for their industries,â€ Davis said. â€œThey are very, very excited about having a college campus here.â€Rittle said Cowley County is currently No. 11 of over 100 counties in Kansas in creating new manufacturing jobs. He attributed it to Cowley Collegeâ€™s campus presence in Ark City. Someone asked about how to sell to the â€˜legacyâ€™ voter – those who no longer have children in college.Rittle said the campus will be readily available for any civic group to host events and helping their grandchildren with costs.State Rep. candidate Anita Judd-Jenkins said in the last 40 years, seven new buildings have been built in Ark City for the Cowley Campus including four dormitories. She said over the years Ark City not only has a larger number of skilled employees but also have a group of students who stay in the community and become working members of the retail and marketing sector.The cost of college was brought up and Riddle emphasized that a large percentage of students go to Cowley to keep their college costs down instead of going to a four-year institution right off the bat.Someone asked to compare the Mulvane campus to the one proposed in Wellington. Rittle said the Wellington campus will be four times bigger and will have significantly more classes.Jessica Lucas, who is a the campaign manager for the Cowley-Sumner Campus proposal, said she thinks the vote will be very close and it will require everyone in the room to go out and convince others to vote yes.â€œRural communities are increasingly aging and people are making less money. This is part of an effort to reduce this trend,â€ Lucas said about the proposed campus. â€œIf we do nothing and vote this down, the cost of living here is going to continue to go up, but it will be spread among fewer people.â€Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.