Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena When the Baby Boomer generation thinks back to the â€œGood Old Daysâ€ one thought that can always bring back delicious memories was that of visiting a 50â€™s Diner. Letâ€™s travel back in time to a simpler and easier period in Americaâ€¦ A time when ground beef cost 89 cents for 3 pounds! Onions were 15 cents for 5 pounds and coffee was 15 cents per pound.The menus at a 50â€™s Diner were always there to give hungry customers comfort food that always made one think of Moms Cooking. Items like Country Fried Steak with Herb Gravy, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, Apple Pie, Patty Melts, Loaded Potato Skins and Banana Cream Pie (hungry yet?) have long been dazzling taste buds of Diners across the Nation and this summer, a new generation of kids 7-17, can experience the great tastes of the 1950â€™s in the Cooking Campâ€™s (www.summerartacademy.com)fun and creative hands on Cooking class series called the 50â€™s Diner.Teens and Kids will be able to bring home creations like Cheese Dogs with from scratch Chili, Country Cole Slaw and Mini Sweet Potato Pies all taught to them by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena trained Chefs.The brainchild of Executive Chef Chris Allen, also a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena in 2001 began the Cooking Camp to serve Pasadena kids in 2005. â€œIâ€™m so happy we are heading into our 8th year teaching the Teenagers and Kids of Pasadena the art of Cooking. I feel it is these creative courses that I try to create an learning environment that can give the whole family something that spans generations and spawns conversation that everyone can be a part of. Like talking about the blend of creaminess and crunchiness in perfectly cooked Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy!!â€â€œThe 50â€™s style Diner is fading away slowly and this is my way to try to make sure that the next generations can appreciate the delicious taste of the 50â€™s Diner. I think there is no better way to make it a long lasting memory then to let Kids make it themselves and be actively involved in creating something delicious and give them a link to a time long ago and have something they can share memories with their Parents and Grandparents.â€So help keep the memories of the 50â€™s Diner alive with your Teens and Kids where they can learn about a generation gone by and experience it via the delicious food selections of the 50â€™s Diner.For more information visit Summer Art Academyâ€™s Cooking Camp at www.summerartacademy.com. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff News Feature Stories 50â€™s Diners are Now 60 Years Old ~ And Reborn at The Cooking Camp By FIELDING MELISH Published on Friday, May 31, 2013 | 8:08 pm 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it
Newport Beach Police(NEW YORK) — The sister of a little girl who was strangled to death in 1973 didn’t expect to see a conclusion to the mysterious cold case, she told ABC News hours after a man’s arrest was announced on Wednesday.“I never really thought that they would actually ever find the individual responsible,” Cindy Borgeson, a sister of Linda O’Keefe, told ABC News. “After all this time, finding out there is a face and a name…just brings additional closure.”O’Keefe, 11, was abducted on July 6, 1973, as she walked home from summer school, the Newport Beach, California, Police Department said. Her strangled body was found the next day.Their mother “carried that guilt the rest of her life,” Borgeson said.James Neal, 72, who lived in Southern California and worked in construction in the 1970s, was arrested this week in Colorado, where he had been living, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said at a Wednesday news conference.DNA recovered from O’Keefe shortly after her death was put into the Combined DNA Index System — the law enforcement database known as CODIS — but there was no hit, said Spitzer.However, through the genealogical data of his family members, who voluntarily submitted their DNA to genealogy databases, investigators were able to corroborate the DNA from O’Keefe’s body and the DNA obtained from the suspect, according to Spitzer. The genealogical hit came in January, officials said.“I had closure when they found her body,” Borgeson said about the fateful day 46 years ago. But she added that she was thankful for the “additional closure” brought to her by the investigators who never gave up, as well as the new technology, which made it possible to process the crime scene DNA.“I’m astonished at what they were able to accomplish,” Borgeson, 64, said. “My hope is that this [case] brings hope to other families who haven’t had closure yet.”O’Keefe, who was seven years younger than Borgeson, was “an old soul” with a “go with the flow” personality, Borgeson said.While their parents did not live to see an arrest, Borgeson said, “I’m sure she [O’Keefe] and my parents are rejoicing.”“I’ll get to be with them again,” she added.As for her sister’s suspected killer, Borgeson said, “because of my profound faith, I’ve been able to forgive the individual.”“I couldn’t carry that burden in my heart of hating an individual even though he committed this horrible crime,” she said. “I hope that he has remorse.”Borgeson said, if she gets a chance to speak to Neal, she would “let him know that I’ve been praying for him.”Borgeson said she also prayed for Neal’s family as his arrest was announced.“They probably are so shocked,” she said. “I’m sure they’re going through a lot of grieving of their own.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Must-See Sights Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesboro For craft beer fans, Basic City Beer Co. is sure to please. This kid-friendly microbrewery offers taproom or outside seating for sipping cold brews and enjoying brick oven pizza, shareable small plates, and “fancy-full” hot sandwiches, while the younger set stays occupied with games like corn hole and skeeball. Stable Craft Brewing is another solid option with a beach volleyball court, corn hole golf (yes, you read that right), and horses for the kids to pet. Waynesboro is home to many restaurants with amenities like outdoor seating and kid-friendly menus. Take everyone for BBQ or fried catfish at The Fishin’ Pig where kids eat free on Wednesdays, and there is live music in the outdoor “Pig Pen” every weekend. Benny Stivale’s in downtown serves up 28-inch pizzas that require two plates for a slice! And if your entire party enjoys burgers, try Tailgate Grill for classic beef burgers and shareable portions of crispy french fries. Don’t forget to round out your meal with fresh, custard-style ice cream at Kline’s Dairy Bar or delicious soft serve at Willy’s Ice Cream. Natural Bridge: Stop to gawk at Natural Bridge State Park’s 215-foot limestone arch, discover living history at the Monocan Indian settlement, and hike the seven miles of trails. Kids will also get a kick out of feeding the animals in the drive-through habitats at Virginia Safari Park. Parkway and nearby: Two short but wonderful hikes are Crabtree Falls and White Rock Falls, which travel along or to waterfalls. The Parkway has numerous opportunities to pull over and admire the scenery. Waynesboro is called the Gateway to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and at just four miles away from the entrances, it’s an ideal place to rest and replenish after a long day of driving and outdoor fun. Waynesboro has much to offer the road-tripping family, including family-friendly places to eat, a wealth of outdoor experiences, and a downtown filled with shopping, dining, and culture. Where to Stay I-81 to Blue Ridge Parkway There are many great places to pause along this stretch of your journey, but keep an eye out for a few of our favorites… Let the kids get some energy out on a short hike! Visit Shenandoah National Park for the Blackrock Summit hike, which is a 1-mile addition to the Track Trails for Kids program and includes an activity to go along with the hike. Nearby Humpback Rocks can be accessed at Mile Post 5.8 along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The steep mile up to the overlook pays off with heartstopping views of the Shenandoah and Rockfish Valleys. For an easier stroll that gives a look at the geology of the area, try Greenstone Overlook at MP 8.8. Nurture the budding artist in your family with a trip to the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, a working studio and gallery with a gift shop all in one, and the P. Buckley Moss Downtown Gallery. For educational and stimulating activities for both the older generation and kids, check out at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum which features timely, pop-up exhibits throughout the year. Or try the Plumb House Museum, a site along the Civil War Trail, and the Russell Museum which houses the astounding art legacy of Walter and Lao Russell. Download the Traipse app for an adventure that’s part walking tour, part scavenger hunt and discover the thriving mural scene in Waynesboro, which has been nourished in recent years by the annual Virginia Street Art Festival. Outdoor Options Waynesboro boasts a robust park system with walking trails, playgrounds, and a 9-hole, par 31 Frisbee golf course at Coyner Springs Park. Additional golfing options can be found at Waynesboro Golf and Games, which has a par 3 course for both traditional golf and soccer golf, as well as a mini golf course. If fast cars are more your speed, cheer for your favorites during the drag racing at Eastside Speedway on Friday and Saturday evenings. Treat the family to the wholesome experience (and photo opps) of picking pumpkins together at Troyer’s Fruit & Produce Farm. The farm is offering their ten-acre corn maze again this year, plus seventeen acres from which to pick your perfect pumpkin! Another nearby place to catch shots of the family solving a corn maze and enjoying other outdoor activities is Skeeter’s Maze Adventure. Where to Eat Must-See Sights Your whole family will be happy staying at the locally-owned and newly renovated Best Western PLUS. This pet-friendly hotel has an indoor heated saltwater pool and is close to downtown Waynesboro, shopping, and dining. If you’d rather camp, try the North 340 Campground with its sports fields, basketball court, and playgrounds, or Sherando Lake, which has a sandy beach, swimming area, and miles of hiking trails. The South River Greenway stretches 1.2 level miles along the South River and is perfect for a family stroll or bike ride. Take in views of the city, the Blue Ridge Mountains, our river-themed LOVEworks, and the water, which is habitat to many species of fish and birds. Start your adventure by heading north on I-81 through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to Lexington. Follow Route 11 and then Route 56 west to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Tye River Gap, Milepost 27.2. The magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 569 miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Refer to the interactive map for info about trails, campgrounds, waystops, road closures, and overlooks. Ready to pack the car full of kids, gear, and snacks, and get out of town for the weekend? Load up the playlists and head north along the 1-81 corridor. Explore the sites and towns along the way, making sure to include a leisurely drive along a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Finally, make Waynesboro your home base for a few days of fun before heading home.
By Dialogo March 17, 2011 The USNS Comfort hospital ship set sail on 17 March from its home in Baltimore, Maryland and head to nine Latin American countries to engage in humanitarian, medical and engineering civic-assistance projects in support of the United States Southern Command’ s Humanitarian Mission, Continuing Promise (CP) 2011. This will be the fifth year and sixth ship to participate in the annual CP missions, bringing mobile and rapidly responsive medical capabilities to local populations in each country visited, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Peru this year. The USNS Comfort hospital ship has 1,000 beds, 12 fully-equipped operating theaters, radiological services, a medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, CAT scan and two oxygen producing plants to treat up to 200 patients per day. In addition to the medical capabilities, the ship can also transport engineering equipment for construction projects in the region. Every year the CP mission provides medical assistance for about 100,000 patients of which about 15 percent are surgeries. Continuing Promise 2011 was organized between the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. governmental organizations, regional health ministries, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and this year’s participating countries in order to accommodate each country’s requests and also design it as a valuable training mission. The USNS Comfort will arrive first in Jamaica, on 13 April, and spend approximately 10-12 days in each of the nine countries. The crew will interact with local health groups, medical students and non-governmental organizations to fix medical equipment, host public health training classes, exchange information on tropical diseases from local experts, offer veterinary services and provide medical assistance. In addition to the military crew, members from Canada, Brazil and the Netherlands will also participate in CP ’11.
As for Wilde, she kept it short and sweet, replying to Owens’ tweet, “You’re pathetic.” However, in the accompanying Vogue cover story, Wilde specifically applauds Styles’ gender-fluidity and modern sense of self.“I hope that this brand of confidence as a male that Harry has — truly devoid of any traces of toxic masculinity — is indicative of his generation and therefore the future of the world,” she said. “I think he is in many ways championing that, spearheading that. It’s pretty powerful and kind of extraordinary to see someone in his position redefining what it can mean to be a man with confidence.”- Advertisement – Got his back! Celebs are coming to Harry Styles’ defense after conservative author Candace Owens slammed his incredible Vogue cover.On Friday, November 13, the 26-year-old made history as the first-ever solo male to appear on the cover of Vogue. For this momentous cover, he dazzled in a Gucci ball gown and appeared inside the issue in a series of designer duds, from Comme des Garçons Homme kilt to a deconstructed Victorian number was created by Harris Reed.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Keep scrolling to see all the stars who have come to Styles’ defense against Candace Owens.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Though many praised the cover, New York Times best-selling author Owens criticized it. “There is no society that can survive without strong men,” she wrote on Twitter. “The East knows this. In the west, the steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence. It is an outright attack. Bring back manly men.”Quickly, fans came to the “Watermelon Sugar” singer’s defense, including a variety of A-listers such as Zach Braff, Olivia Wilde and Kathy Griffin.Griffin took to Twitter to warn the author, tweeting, “Candy Owens doesn’t know what she in for going up against the Harry Styles stans.” Meanwhile, Braff pointed out why the term “manly” can be problematic for some guys. “Our whole lives boys and men are told we need to be manly,” he tweeted. “Life is short. Be whatever the f–k you want to be.”- Advertisement –
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Isco looks certain to be on the way out at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid believe both Arsenal and Manchester City will be interested in signing Isco in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Isco was expected to move on over the summer but appeared to have made a U-turn, deciding instead to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.However, the midfielder has only started two La Liga games for Real Madrid so far this season and has not featured at all in the Champions League. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Oct 2019 4:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Isco has been restricted in his chances in the Real Madrid first team (Picture: Getty)According to Spanish outlet AS, Isco is desperate to win his place back in the Spain squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old has 38 caps for his country but was one of a number of high-profile absentees from Roberto Moreno’s most recent squad.He will now reportedly look to secure a long-mooted Premier League move in January having been told that regular first-team football at the top level is what the Spain boss needs to see in order to offer him a recall.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd Madrid are said to be certain that both Arsenal and Man City regard Isco as a dream signing with Unai Emery’s midfield still requiring strengthening and Pep Guardiola seeing the Spanish international as a long-term replacement for the departing David Silva.Isco’s departure would also grease the wheels for any incoming transfers with Real supposedly unwilling to make any purchases without clearing room in their 25-man squad. Advertisement Eriksen has been a long-term target for Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The AS report claims that should Isco leave, Madrid could make a January play for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen in an effort to ensure he does not sell his services to the highest bidder when his current deal expires in the summer.However, president Florentino Perez would rather redouble his efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe, the PSG winger who is likely to command a fee of more than £200million.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moves
Interim USC coach Bob Cantu picked up his first victory of the season Saturday night in a thrilling 69-68 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. The Trojans scored the go-ahead bucket with less than five seconds remaining and sealed the contest by blocking junior forward Devon Collier’s shot as time expired.But the game should never have been so close. It’s far too early to judge Cantu on his performance, but the same can’t be said for this group of players. Recently dismissed USC coach Kevin O’Neill was the sacrificial lamb for a team that was hovering around mediocrity, and he certainly deserves blame for failing to deliver a winner. Ultimately, though, the Trojans — who nicknamed themselves the “second- chance kids” — have been a model of inconsistency all season long.The biggest example of inconsistency stems from the backcourt. Senior point guard Jio Fontan has essentially been given a free pass from the coaching staff all season long, despite the fact that he’s shooting just 32.5 percent from the field. In USC’s win over Oregon State, Fontan finished with eight points (his season average is 8.4) and 10 turnovers. Coming back from an ACL injury, as Fontan is doing, is certainly never easy. I sympathize with his recovery and am glad he’s been able to return to the court. But his play just hasn’t been up to par compared to what was expected of him.Junior guard J.T. Terrell is also struggling. He was benched earlier in the season for poor play, and, since his return to the starting lineup, has shot the ball slightly better. There isn’t a body of work that would point to him keeping that up, though. He’s still shooting a dismal 32.4 percent from the floor and just 32.7 percent on his 3-point attempts (same as Fontan). USC’s starting guards were supposed to be the team’s strength before the year started. Instead, Fontan and Terrell have been the poster boys for erratic performances. This team won’t pull off any Pac-12 upsets unless the duo starts shooting the ball at a higher clip, at least converting on closer to 40 percent of their attempts.The rest of the roster isn’t absolved from blame either. Sophomore forward Byron Wesley has been turning in better stat lines of late but also had a string of five straight games with less than 10 points. Junior forward Dewayne Dedmon is playing less than 23 minutes per game, moving in and out of the lineup with junior center Omar Oraby. Junior forward Ari Stewart and senior forward Renaldo Woolridge, two transfers who were expected to contribute for the Trojans, are averaging less minutes per game than freshman walk-on guard Chass Bryan.The one exception to what has otherwise been a roller-coaster ride on both sides of the court is senior forward Eric Wise.The UC Irvine transfer, who was responsible for the game-winning block against the Beavers, leads the team in points per game (12.5), field goal percentage (51.7), and is second in rebounds (4.9) plus third in assists (1.5). He’s scored in double figures in all but three games and has emerged as USC’s most dependable player by far.Wise still isn’t counted on to be the de facto No. 1 option when he’s on the court, but he ought to be. He has established himself as the lone go-to player on a team that struggles to find consistent output on a game-by-game basis.Ultimately, there’s a difference between having a bevy of depth and not being able to find a dependable group of players who can log major minutes. This team’s identity entering the season built upon “us against the world” mentality. Most of the players didn’t have much experience playing with each other, but that was supposed to unite them collectively. Now we’re nearing February in the heart of conference play and the Trojans don’t look much closer to figuring things out. It’s possible this group just isn’t capable of developing a cohesive unit as currently constituted. But the talent is still there, and there’s precious little time remaining to right the ship.It’s now or never for the “second-chance kids” to live up to their nickname, or this season will end with USC as an afterthought in the Pac-12. “The Fifth Quarter” runs Wednesdays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Alex at [email protected]
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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 205 weeks ago Due to the dispute now entering litigation, Sumner Newscow is requiring full signatures and valid e-mail addresses for the comment section for this specific story. Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 weeks ago +29 Vote up Vote down Jeremy Davis · 205 weeks ago Wow…..I’ve read a lot of he said she said. I too have done some research on this matter. Unlike Mr Brown I don’t have a law degree but I do have an understanding that for his resignation to be accepted, there has to be a council vote to accept or decline. We all know how this town works and Mr. Etter statement about the good ol boy system is true. Because of his action however I don’t think he is suited to be a council member, with that statement I don’t believe any of our council members deserve to be up there. Just in recent history the agenda is a more of a joke, community opinions fall on deaf ears, and the 1% are the ones benefiting from these approvals. Not only does this make us a laughable. But shows our leadership is built on popularity rather than morals. Wellington as a whole is a great city. We have the most kind hearted people who will help eachother at the drop of a hat. Our leadership however is a joke. Secrets, lies, directly misleading us as citizens. Unaswered questions. Our council treats us as if we are too stupid to understand things so they just tell us what they think we want to hear. I question every single one of their qualifications, yet not one of them can take credit for an accomplishment in recent years. There is one thing we all know, if you have the right last name, or kiss the right butt you get ahead. If you challenge any of their authority, you are exiled. I’ve heard numerous council members when they believe Noone is listening and how they talk about members of this community. You all would be shocked about how some of them talk about others. They are like crickets they talk negatively , you can’t see them and when you walk by close they get quite as to not get caught. Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 205 weeks ago It is a sad day for Wellington and it’s citizens. No matter the outcome from what I can tell in this…we, the citizens, still lose. Some of this starts with the Mayor, I’ve known Shelly for many years, enjoyed her when she was on Kake 10, attended church with her. She is an excellent spokes person but her effectiveness as a mayor, I do not see. As I’ve attended a few meetings and try to catch the City Council meetings on Ch 55 this is something I’ve come to realize. Is everything here the Mayors fault, no, could things have been handled better, yes. Our recovery from this will be long and hard and I’m not sure our city council can handle much more controversy. I do hope our city council (Kelly, Vince, Jan, Shelly, Bill, Kipp? and Jim) can pull its head out of its collective butt and lead this town and move forward. WE NEED LESS CONTROVERSY and more action on behalf of the citizens from our elected officials. It’s getting real old when our council meetings read like a daytime soap opera. Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 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 (Updated Monday, 12:30 a.m. with correction below) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Whatever has gone on thus far in the ongoing saga between Kip Etter and the Wellington City Council, there might not be a bigger day for this dispute than Tuesday.That will be the day the Wellington City Council will reconvene. It also could be the day Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin determines whether of not Etterâ€™s injunction and application for restraining order he submitted to civil court Friday will be granted. A source has told Sumner Newscow, that McQuin is expected to take up the matter in civil suit on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Mike BrownThe council is scheduled to meet for its regular council meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. On the agenda, the council members are to discuss a Sept 1 memo sent to them by Wellington City Attorney Michael Brown.Brown is asking the council to act upon Etterâ€™s alleged verbal resignation at the Aug. 2 meeting. Brown said the council should decide whether to accept, reject or take no action on a Etter resignation. If the council decides to reject or take no action, Etter will remain on the council. If the council accepts his resignation, then Etter is no longer on the council.Kip EtterSo far, the council has taken no action. On August 16, Mayor Shelley Hansel had asked Etter to step down. However, no vote had been taken at that meeting.In the memo, which was released in this weekâ€™s city council agenda packet, Brown wrote a two-page, nine-paragraph prose outlining the details of the case and what he has found legally since the Aug. 16 meeting.Brown states:â€œNot only have I discussed this matter with the legal staff with the League of Kansas Municipalities and other city attorneys whom I know, I have also researched the Kansas Statutes, Case Law and Attorney General Opinions. Attorney General Opinion no. 76-346 dated Nov. 16, 1976 discusses oral resignations. It notes that a resignation of a public officer need not be in any particular form, unless some form is prescribed by statute. Kansas statute do not require a written form of resignation. â€˜Ordinarily, it may be either in writing or by parole.â€™â€Brown would go on to say:â€œIn this situation we have council member Etter announcing his resignation at a regularly scheduled council meeting which was captured by the television crew who was recording the meeting and has been broadcasted several times on Channel 55.â€Brown said the case also stated that acceptance is necessary to perfect the resignation of the public officer which has not been made.Brown also listed another case Attorney General Opinion no. 82-35 dated Feb. 12, 1987 that stated the case of a resignation of a public officer, the resignation is not complete until the proper authority, the Wellington City Council, accepts the resignation. Until this is done, there is not a vacancy.â€Brown said he then contacted Athena Andaya, Deputy Attorney General in charge of Legal Opinions and Government Council Division. Brown said Andaya told him that she sees no reason why she would deviate from the previous two opinions.On August 16, Etter came to the council meeting late and said he did not resign. Hansel solicited the advice of Brown who said he indeed had resigned. But, again with no council vote, this question could not be answered by Andaya.â€œThere is no attorney general opinion about the effect of an oral withdraw of an oral resignation prior to acceptance by a council,â€ Brown said.Etterâ€™s injunction. What happens at the council meeting Tuesday may be predicated on what happens in court earlier in the day.Friday, Etter had submitted a petition in Sumner County Civil Court for a â€œtemporary and permanent injunctionâ€ as well as an â€œapplication for restraining order,â€ against Hansel and the five other council members. If granted it would halt the process of accepting his resignation or to continue the vacancy process, (see story here).The council had started the vacancy process by advertising it on August 22 in a press release sent to various local media outlets.It is unclear, how this will work if McQuin grants Etterâ€™s request. The courthouse was not open when Sumner Newscow learned that such a hearing was scheduled to take place Tuesday.The petition is a 14-page document that was submitted by Wichita Attorney Ryan M. Peck. In the petition, Peck submitted a 75-point prose on reasons why such an injunction and restraining order needed to be granted by the court.The petition described the Aug. 2 meeting in which Council member Vince Wetta made a motion to hire Shane Shields as the permanent city manager. It was seconded, and passed by a 4-2 vote.â€œThe minutes reflect that Mr. Etter left the room at 7:35 p.m. prior to the conclusion of the meeting,â€ the petition read.The petition would go on to state.â€œMr. Etter was frustrated and felt attacked in the manner that the Motion was made, and felt based on his experience that the Motion had been made through behind-the-scenes dealings. Etter also felt the motion was contrary of action that had been previously agreed upon by the Councilâ€¦â€Peck wrote in the petition that Etter had wished to avoid saying something in anger that he would later regret (for reasons why he left) and that it was caught on audio equipment saying â€œIâ€™m resigning.â€ Peck then wrote.â€œMr. Etterâ€™s statement, â€˜Iâ€™m resigningâ€™ was not made to the city council nor to any particular city council member, nor was it made to any person in particular. It was a private comment made in the haste under Mr. Etterâ€™s breathâ€¦ In fact, no one, including the remaining City Council members, was even aware of the statement until a local news crew analyzed the audio footage subsequent to the Aug. 2, 2016 meeting.â€Then there were the minutes of the Aug. 2, 2016 City Council meeting, accepted by the council on Aug. 16.â€œThere was no mention of Mr. Etterâ€™s alleged â€˜resignation,â€ Peck wrote in the petition. â€œIn fact, the only mention of Mr. Etter in those minutes is that he left the room prior to the adjournment of the meeting.â€Conflicting reports Perhaps, the biggest conflicting reports between Brownâ€™s memo and the Etter court petition thereafter, described the events that occurred immediately after the Aug. 2 incident.Brown wrote:â€œCouncil member Kip Etter announced his resignation by stating, â€˜I am resigning.â€™ He then got up and walked out of the council meeting. It is my understanding that he told several people out in the hallway that he had just resigned. Furthermore, the following week he did not attend a scheduled work session. No advanced notice of his inability to attend the meeting was given.â€Several sources to Sumner Newscow have confirmed that Etter did speak to a group of people who were gathered in the hallway of the council chambers. The Etter petition did not mention this alleged hallway conversation in the injunction petition.Brown would go on to write:â€œI have also learned that after the Aug. 2 meeting, Mayor Hansel, council member Jan Korte and City Manager Shane Shields visited with Mr. Etter about this matter. I was not privy to those conversations but it is my understanding that at no time during these meetings did he inform them that he was withdrawing his resignation.â€Shields said at the Aug. 16 meeting: â€œI have had no contact with him since the last week and no indication regarding his position.”Hansel stated on the night of Aug. 16 meeting: I will let it be known publicly that Mr. Etter said he would resign and left the meeting early. I called him and offered the opportunity to allow him to sleep on it in hopes he would call me the next day. I, like Shields, have not talked to him.”(See full report on Aug. 16 meeting here).In the petition, Etter paints a different picture in which he said he was contacted on August 2 by the Mayor by telephone and she urged him to â€œhang in thereâ€ and â€œlet things cool down.â€ At no point during this conversation did Hansel indicate to Mr. Etter that she was under the impression he had resigned his council seat.He then said on August 3, Etter met with Shields in his office where he said he was extremely upset by the previous eveningâ€™s events and that Etter would contact Shields at a later date to further discuss things. There was no mention during this conversation that Etter had resigned his Council seat, the petition read.Later in the petition, Etter said neither Hansel nor Councilman Jim Valentine could confirm that Etter could make an unequivocal statement directly to the Council to resign his position, but his desire to resign was based on â€˜innuendosâ€™ made to the public.The petition reads:â€œHanselâ€™s comments during the meeting that she and several other council members had contacted Etter to request that he make a â€˜formal resignationâ€™ are directly inconsistent with the position the Council is now taking, and indicate that at the time of the August 16, 2016 meeting neither the Mayor nor the Council believe that Mr. Etter had effectively resigned his position.â€The petition goes on to read.â€œMr. Brownâ€™s statement is both factual and legally incorrect, as Mr. Etter never made a direct, unequivocal statement to the City Council or an individual City Council member indicating his intent to resign from his elected position.â€In the petition it reads,â€œEtter told Sumner Newscow on or about August 18, that as far as he is concerned he has or had not resigned from the council.â€Then according to the petition on August 24, 2016, council member Kelly Hawley sent an e-mail to other council members in which she stated:â€œRegarding the Step Down Mr. Etter fiasco, I am extremely bothered that so much has gone on and yet council has been eerily quiet and uninformedâ€¦ I refuse to be part of this forced resignation. I do not support the effort by any council members or mayor to remove an elected official from office by twisted means. WE ALL understand what happened. Let it be what it was and move on.â€The petition then statedâ€œOn or about August 29, 2016, the city advertised a vacancy on the city council and requested that applications be submitted by Sept. 6, 2016 to serve the remainder of Etterâ€™s term until Jan. 13, 2012â€¦ Neither the city nor the council has the authority to fill this position as Mr. Etter never resigned his council seat.â€There is nothing in the Sept. 6 agenda submitted to the public that indicates the vacancy will be filled Tuesday night.â€”â€”â€”Correction: In a previous version of this story it was stated Wellington City Manager Shane Shields stated at the Aug. 16 meeting:Â â€œI have had no contact with him (Kip Etter) since the last meeting.â€ Shields actually stated “I have not had any contact with him since last week and no indication of his position.”In a letter sent to Sumner Newscow and the governing body after the first version of the story ran on Sunday, Shields said, “I indeed talked with Mr. Etter on August 3, the day after the council meeting. I have never indicated otherwise. And, since that conversation with him on August 3, I had no other indication from him regarding his council position.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.