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March 30, 2015
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Former Winfield DCF employee files ‘whistleblower’ lawsuit

A former child protection supervisor with the Kansas Department for Children and Families office in Winfield has filed a “whistleblower” lawsuit, accusing the agency of firing her for calling her supervisor’s attention to false reports filed by a social worker.


  1. Swimming to the ball

    Homeschool student Dylan Hess, 15, reaches for a basketball at the Southwestern College Pool at the home school swim Friday afternoon. (Avery Osen/Courier)
  2. Doing some tricks in the yard

    Nate Seidel does some tricks on his skateboard outside his house Friday afternoon. (Avery Osen/Courier)
  3. SC women's tennis falls to Oklahoma Baptist, 9-0

    The Southwestern College women's tennis team put itself up against one of the top programs in the country Thursday afternoon. The Builders hung with No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist but ultimately dropped a 9-0 decision to the Bison.
  4. Trapshooting league begins soon at DuckCreek

    Teams are forming now to shoot in the Summer League at DuckCreek. The monthly shoots will begin the weekend of April 11-12. 
  5. Wrenching away

    Nicholas Wishon, a mechanic at Prairie Land Partners John Deere, in Winfield, works to take apart a 6105 B tractor with transmission issues Thursday. To fix the problems, Wishon has to take apart the tractor to get to the transmission and pull out the input shaft to reset it. He said the project could take about a week to complete. Although this tractor isn’t in the shop for regular maintenance, area dealers are beginning to see an uptick of farm machinery in for regular maintenance now that spring has arrived. (Olivia Haselwood/Courier)
  6. Controlled burn

    A controlled fire burns Friday afternoon on the north side of the Walnut River bridge near 14th Ave. The fire spread from north to south on the west side of the river bank. (Thomas Carver/Courier)
  7. Neera — A special pup

    She was only four months old and already in trouble. The fluffy white puppy was found on a November day in the alley of a busy street, wounds on her right front leg and under her jaw, her coat dirty and full of stickers. She was alone, her world silent and full of shadows, for she is deaf and almost blind. The victim of bad breeding, this Australian shepherd girl is a so-called “lethal white”: when two merle-patterned Australian shepherds are bred, genetic abnormalities can occur in 25 percent of the litter, resulting in various degrees of deafness and blindness.
  8. Women Builder tennis sweeps Central Christian, Hesston

    The Southwestern College women's tennis team pushed its winning streak to six-straight matches with a pair of sweeps Tuesday afternoon. The Builders defeated Central Christian, 9-0, Tuesday morning in McPherson, then handed the Hesston College Larks a 9-0 loss Tuesday evening in Hesston.
  9. We are family

    Mark Decoudres of Broken Spoke Clydesdales holds Mozey, a four-year-old stud just bred to Gidget, 7, whom he is nuzzling. The foal, two-month-old Bridget, is a fruit of their labors. (Judith Zaccaria/Courier)
  10. 15 grapplers qualify for state

    The Winfield Wrestling Club qualified 15 wrestlers for state this year. Wrestlers are, back row, from left, Nicholas Bahm, Owen Braungardt, Rocky Landwehr and Payton Smith; middle row, Isaiah Lolar, Montez Jones, Maximus Shannon, Tyler Shannon and Triston Wills; front row, Peyton Tabor, Talon Suttles, Andrew Beeson, Kody Brenn, Wyatt Bahm and Taidon Wills. Winfield Wrestling Club hosted the 2015 District 2 tournament this past weekend, with more than 800 youth participating for the chance to qualify for state. The Kids Folkstyle State Championships will be held Friday and Saturday in Topeka. 
  11. Winfield soccer opens season against Andover

    The Winfield women’s soccer team opened their 2015 season against the Andover Trojans at Andover where the final score was a 2-1 defeat.
  12. Checkin' chompers

    For a number of years local dentists have provided free dental exams for school children in Winfield during February and March in observance of Children's Dental Health Month in February. 
  13. Battin' around the tennis ball

    Braden Coon, 12, hits a tennis ball during a game of “make-shift baseball” with the rest of the tweens at the First United Methodist Church after-school program Wednesday afternoon. (Avery Osen/Courier)
  14. Udall program will commemorate 60th anniversary of state's deadliest tornado

    UDALL — Spend Memorial Day honoring those who lost their lives 60 years ago during Kansas’ deadliest tornado.
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