Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

first_img 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 (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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. +13 Vote up Vote down little d · 211 weeks ago Hire Shane Shields and be done with it. A good person doing a good job- look no more. Report Reply 2 replies · active 211 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 211 weeks ago This statement…”There seemed to be agreement that, whoever they hire, they need to do all they can to set that person up for success…”, I think would have been nice with the last one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 211 weeks ago Has Mr Shields applied for the job? Seems like he withdrew his application last time around. He may not want it. He would do a great job, but if he doesn’t want it: That’s his prerogative. Report Reply 1 reply · active 211 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 211 weeks ago I just want to thank Shane Shields for the great job he does for Wellington and Sumner County. Shane is a man of vast knowledge about our City, something any new hire would have to spend years and years learning. Sounds to me like some of the council members need to resign as they are not working for whats best for the city but whats best for them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down MeToo · 211 weeks ago Let’s see, in the last two months the city has fired Mr. Eckert, the City Manager. If they would have sent Mr. Eckert home to sit in his house for six months and paid his salary, we the citizens of Wellington could have saved $37,000 instead of paying his severance. Now the City council wants to spend another $25,000 for a job that doesn’t exist at the humane society and finally the City Fathers and Mothers want to spend $6,000 to hire a consulting firm to hire someone to be the City Manager when we already have a qualified individual in Mr. Shields. A total potential waste of $68,000. This has happened in just the past 2 months. You’d think we are rolling in the dough, but we don’t have money to pave some roads, fix some sewers, repair some water mains or actually hire another police officer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 211 weeks ago If we as a community can’t step up to provide the basic humane treatment of our animals, then we have failed as a society. Furthermore, anyone more concerned with a pot hole than the livelihood of a dog and cat is no friend of mine. Report Reply 1 reply · active 211 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 211 weeks ago We should just start replacing our roadways with solar roadways then everyone’s electric bills would be non-existent Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down ??? · 211 weeks ago We don’t need to spend the money, the council knows what it is doing……wait never mind. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down whatever · 211 weeks ago Can we hire a new city council? Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 211 weeks ago Hopefully more people will do some research before the next election. Not sure how people that own rental companies/houses in town are allowed to decide whether to raise the mill or to raise utility rates. No brainer, pass it on to their tenants instead of coming out of their profits… Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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 by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city manager. A representative from the league came to the work session Tuesday to answer concerns.The council seems likely to pass accepting the contract at its next meeting, but there was question as to whether they really needed to.Council member Jan Korte also questioned the wording of the contract, which stated the league could cancel the contract at any time. It also said the city would still have to pay the full amount if they reject all the candidates the league sends their way.Council member Vince Wetta also questioned the need for spending the money, but he said he believes it is for the good of the city to go through the process. He said he was having second thoughts about that. He favors hiring Shane Shields who is the current interim city manager and has been in the city’s administration for several years.Council members said they just want to go through the process and find out who is out there.Kip Etter said he just wants to make sure they make the right decision and he believes going through the process is a good idea.Bill Butts agreed saying it would not hurt to see who else is out there, and it would not hurt to have the information.After the meeting Jim Valentine said he is not for spending the money.There seemed to be agreement that, whoever they hire, they need to do all they can to set that person up for success, and most of the council members feel that going through the process of taking applications would be a move in that direction.Mayor Shelly Hansel said going through the process would be good for the city. She said the person who his hired should be able to have confidence that the council chose them for good reasons.Once the contract is signed, council members will fill out surveys to get detailed information about what they want in a city manager. The league can then advertise for the position. The league will rank candidates, picking a top 10 – or whatever number the council wants. They will also make all applications available to the council members.From there the normal process would be followed, with the league running the search and the council doing final approval.The council also discussed its budget, and is putting the finishing touches on. Interim City Manager Shane Shields – who is also the finance director – said there would be no need for a change in the tax mill levy.The council discussed cutting funding for some groups like the Chisholm Trail Museum, the Historical and Geneaological Society and some others. Council member Korte wants the city to eventually stop funding them because there are several other groups in the city that the city does not fund.It is not a lot of money. The decision the council wrestled with was whether to give the museum $6,000 or $5,200. The council had earlier agreed to cut all agencies like that by 25 percent.The council will have a public hearing on its budget, and will likely pass the budget at its second meeting in August.The city is also considering giving the Humane Society $25,000 to help hire a director. The facility is still years from being built, so it could be a few years before the money is used. The county has also been asked for $25,000 but no action has been taken.The money will be in the budget, but may not be spent for some time.The budget includes a contingency fund of $772,600.———The council also briefly talked about the building at Lincoln and Washington, which has been closed and roped off for about two weeks. Shields said the city is still waiting on an engineer’s report and the city is talking with the owner. The fate of the building is not yet known, but it is believed to have some serious structural problems.———Cowley College and other local officials will have a meeting on Monday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Wellington High School Auditorium to talk about the possibility of the college opening a campus in Wellington. Cowley needs a half cent sales tax to make that happen. The county commissioners have to decide on whether to put it on the ballot in November, hold a special election, or keep it off entirely. Cowley officials want it to be held later as a special election.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

‘I wanted to kill him’: Ranieri rages at Kamara in penalty row

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri admitted he felt like “killing” Aboubakar Kamara after the French striker ignored instructions and took the missed penalty that almost cost the London side victory against Huddersfield on Saturday.Fulham secured a 1-0 win against their Premier League relegation rivals when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in stoppage time.Minutes earlier, however, usual penalty taker Mitrovic had seen Kamara’s tame effort from the spot saved by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl with the scores level at 0-0. “The man who should shoot the penalty is Mitrovic, and Kamara did not respect me, the club, the team-mates, the crowd, anybody,” said Ranieri.“He take the ball and want to shoot the ball, it is unbelievable. I want to kill him.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Championships Update: Three junior events cancelled

first_img It is with considerable regret that England Golf has made the decision to cancel three junior championships due to ongoing difficulties presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.The following championships are now cancelled:English U16/14 Girls’ Championship- Thorndon Park Golf Club, 28-30 JulyEnglish U16 Boys’ Championship (McGregor Trophy) – Heworth Golf Club, 28-30 JulyEnglish U14 Boys’ Championship (Reid Trophy) – Prestbury Golf Club, 4-6 AugustThe safety and wellbeing of our junior competitors and their accompanying parents/guardians remains of paramount importance.Whilst we are confident the golf element of a championship can be managed successfully, there are additional practical difficulties associated with running junior events.With parents and guardians necessarily joining competitors, staff and volunteers on site within the confines of a smaller club environment, it becomes more difficult to adhere to social distancing regulations.England Golf is most appreciative of the understanding and acceptance shown by the host clubs in making this tough decision and we look forward to working with them again in the future.It should be noted that due to the size and layout of the Woodhall Spa facility at the home of England Golf, the English Men’s and English Women’s Amateur Championships, scheduled to be played 28 July-2 Aug, remain in the diary.England Golf is confident it can celebrate the best of English amateur golf at this joint event.All other England Golf championships remain provisionally scheduled as before and are subject to regular review in accordance with updated government advice and regulations. 22 May 2020 Championships Update: Three junior events cancelled Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’, McGregor Trophy, Reid Trophylast_img read more

Mark LaLiberte To Address Local Builders At February OMB Meeting

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Master BuildersMark LaLiberte will be the guest speaker at the Olympia Master Builders (OMB) General Membership Meeting, being held on Tuesday, Februray 5 at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. LaLiberte is the premier speaker in the U.S. about the benefits of constructing durable, energy efficient, healthier, more sustainable homes. Through his lectures, site assistance, video series and mobile App, he provides builders, architects and manufacturers with an in-depth look at the current and future state of housing.  Mark was the recipient of the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing commitment to helping the home construction industry embrace building science. “We appreciate Lexar Homes, Ore-Pac Building Products, and DuPont Tyvek bringing Mark LaLiberte to this area in coordination with OMB’s dinner meeting.  I think our members, and anyone involved in the home building industry will get a lot of value out of hearing what Mark has to say”, commented OMB President John McKinlay.Be sure to RSVP for this great night of networking and information.  The evening’s program will begin with social time at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. at Indian Summer Golf and County Club (5900 Troon Lane SE in Olympia).  The cost is $25 per person with RSVP or $30 at the door.  To register go to, or email [email protected], or call 360-754-0912 by Monday, February 4 to avoid paying the walk-in price.Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association representing nearly 600 member companies in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason Counties.  The primary goal of OMB is to provide affordable housing for all segments of society.  This is achieved by improving the construction industry and the business climate in which it operates. OMB members are committed to building strong communities, one home at a time.”last_img read more


first_img“Ramon’s perseverance, work-ethic and competitiveness made him an extraordinary rider, and his compassion, determination and kindness have made him an incredible ambassador for the industry and its jockeys,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “We’re proud to work with Ramon, the Hall of Fame and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund to bring increased awareness to their efforts supporting horse racing.” The raffle is free to enter and open to all horse racing fans. No purchase or Xpressbet account is required to enter. For every registration, Xpressbet will donate $10 to the PDJF, up to a maximum donation of $10,000. The raffle continues through Sunday, August 21. Winners will be notified on or around August 23. Dominguez enters the Hall of Fame following a distinguished career that included 4,985 victories and more than $191 million in earnings. He was recognized as the Champion US Jockey three times at the Eclipse Awards (2010, 2011 and 2012) and received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2012. He won three Breeders’ Cup races before his career was cut short in 2013 due to head injuries sustained during an in-race accident. For more information and to register, please visit August 9, 2016 (Washington, PA) – In celebration of Ramon Dominguez’s induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, will raffle off 100 Ramon Dominguez autographed posters, as well as pledge a donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Established in 2006, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund has distributed more than $7 million to jockeys who suffered catastrophic, on-track injuries. To learn more about the PDJF, and to make a donation, please visit Dustin FabianTel: 724.229.6240Email: [email protected] XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent. The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted in a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, August 12 at 10:30AM ET. The full 2016 Hall of Fame Class includes racehorses Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta and Tom Ochiltree, jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright, trainer Steve Asmussen and ‘Pillars of the Turf,’ Arthur Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit read more

Brussels Airport Adjusts Post-Bombing Security ProceduresÂ

first_imgBrussels Airport will remove the controversial pre-screening facilities in front of the passenger terminal that were introduced following the March 22 terror attacks in its departure hall. The bombings left dozens dead and many more injured, and destroyed check-in areas, waiting rooms and elevators. The horrible events prompted new security procedures, including a screening of passengers and their baggage before entering the terminal. These temporary constructions in front of the departure hall of Brussels Airport will now be dismantled and the pre-checks will be replaced by new less noticeable security measures. “These tents are one of the most visible and remarkable measures which were taken after the attacks in order to reinforce safety at the airport’s public areas,” Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, said. The dismantling of the pre-check tents is an “important” step towards regular operations at the airport, he stressed. Brussels Airport partially re-opened its departure hall for passengers after the attacks on May 1, just 40 days after the bombings, and has gradually reinstated other parts of the destroyed infrastructure. The airport will start the dismantling of the pre-check structures on October 24 and will be completed by November 7.New security measures will be implemented by the federal police to assure a high level of security while the airport operator is also adjusting the terminal’s entrances so as to give passengers more comfortable space. Cars however still will not be allowed to drive up to the departure hall, and passengers will have to be dropped off at Kiss & Drive areas in the parking lot in front of the terminal. The new security measures include for example an increase in the number of cameras for automatic recognition of licence plates on the access road to the airport, facial recognition, and increased representation of the Federal Police in the airport’s operations hub in order to guarantee better cooperation between all different services.Minister of the Federal Public Service of the Interior and Safety Jan Jambon emphasized that the introduction of this “new, smart safety concept” with the integration of human control and the use of technological innovations will increase the safety levels at the airport “even more”. And, he said, “at the same time, our passengers shall notice it less.” The security measures will be less obvious, less visible, he said. That concept has three layers: the collection of information, detecting potential risks and intervention if necessary.Police officers at the airport will get special training for suspicious behavior, modeled on the “behavior detection officers” that are present at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport in Israel. It is really about recognizing certain behaviors, not on the basis of age, gender or ethnicity, according to Jambon.last_img read more

Meet Emma, the wearable that helps people with Parkinson’s

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled a prototype watch that helps those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder that affects over 10 million people worldwide.The wearable, codenamed Project Emma, is designed to reduce the uncontrollable shaking, one of the early Parkinson’s symptoms. Small vibration motors inside the wearable stop the brain from creating as many tremors.Microsoft Research Cambridge innovation director Haiyan Zheng worked on the watch for Emma Lawton, a friend and graphic designer with Parkinson’s. In the video above, Lawton shows how the wearable stabilizes her hand, letting her draw for the first time in years.A Windows 10 app allows Lawton to change the rhythm of vibrations.“I’ve been chatting with Emma, Parkinson’s researchers and experts to put together a deeper piece of research on how AI and wearables can better support people with Parkinson’s to manage their symptoms and medication intake,” said Zhang. “This would be an extension of the original Emma Watch project but could be quite an impactful piece of work. At the moment, it’s still only in the proposal stage.”See Also: How the Azure Stack brings the cloud to youMicrosoft will start initial trials of the device in London, but has no set plans for a full rollout. In a blog post, Zhang remarks that she didn’t design the device for the health community, but simply for her friend to be able to write again.The wearable was introduced at Microsoft Build conference, the company’s annual conference in Seattle. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… David Curry Related Posts center_img Tags:#health#innovation#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#Parkinson’s#Project Emma#smartwatch#wearable 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health…last_img read more

Butler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and nine rebounds, and the Pelicans tied it at 96 when Cousins bounced a pass to Anthony Davis cutting down the lane for a two-handed dunk.Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Holiday added 14 points for New Orleans, which has lost two straight.“We’re still a team figuring each other out and figuring out what’s best for us and what’s the best spots to put guys in,” Cousins said. “But I’m extremely confident in this team.”New Orleans trailed 92-80 before Cousins and Tony Allen each scored six points during a 14-4 run to tie it with 2:22 to go.That comeback bid was “definitely a sign that shows me this is a team that doesn’t stop fighting. That’s a plus for any team,” Cousins said. “We just need to fix a lot of minor things.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Taj Gibson had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help the Timberwolves outrebound the Pelicans 47-38. Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica scored 12 points apiece as Minnesota shot 49.4 percent (41 of 83).TIP INSTimberwolves: Towns had to sit with three fouls with 8:49 left in the second quarter after he caught Cousins across the face with his left hand. He didn’t score his first points until his put-back dunk with less than five minutes left. The third-year pro out of Kentucky has never been shut out. … Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points, closed out the first quarter by banking in a 39-foot shot from the mid-court circle. … The Timberwolves led for most of the first half, shooting 60.5 percent (26 of 43) and going up by as many as 12 points when Butler’s dunk made it 60-48.Pelicans: Allen had a season-high 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench. … The Pelicans fell to 1-3 at home after the second loss of a three-game home stand. … Cousins, who entered the game with 36 turnovers, had six in the first half and finished with eight of New Orleans’ 19 total turnovers.OFF TARGETCousins tied a career high with five 3-pointers, but missed his last three. The rest of the Pelicans were 3 of 21 combined from deep.Of the Pelicans’ 31 3s, coach Alvin Gentry said, “28 of them were really good looks and shots that you have to knock down.”QUOTABLE“Thibs is never happy. Come on now. Don’t write that. That’s fake news,” Towns said when asked whether coach Tom Thibodeau would be happy after two straight close road wins improved his club to 5-3. But Thibodeau could be seen smiling as Towns chatted with him near the locker room exit shortly afterward. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Butler can worry about that later. His go-ahead shot as he was fouled with 34 seconds left highlighted a 23-point performance and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-98 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and stole the ball from Jrue Holiday with 24 seconds left to help seal the victory for Minnesota, which lost a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning its third straight. Perhaps the most hopeful sign for Minnesota, which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004, is that the Wolves won despite 22 turnovers and the fact that Karl-Anthony Towns, limited by foul trouble, scored only two points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a different feeling. We’ve got a different confidence level,” Towns said, his constant smile, up-beat tone and subtle dance steps while grabbing grub from a buffet table in the locker room indicating how pleased he is to be on a team that can win when he has a rough game.“I’ll tell you one thing. It’s damn good to leave with a W,” Towns said. “Statistics don’t matter. It’s about making sure the team’s successful.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore (55). APNEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler insisted he wasn’t merely trying to earn foul shots when he faked Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore into the air, 20 feet from the basket, with the score tied in the final minute.“I was trying to get a bucket,” Butler said, agreeing that it wasn’t an easy shot with the 6-foot-4 Moore coming down on him as he put up his jumper. “It’s crazy to me, though, because I make the hard ones, but I cannot make wide-open jump shots to save my life right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Andre Villas Boas Chelsea’s new manager

first_imgAll eyes are on Blues’ New Manager. The English Premier League runners up Chelsea officially unveiled their new manager Andre Villas Boas.  The former Porto manager was handed a three-year contract that starts with immediate effect on a reported contract of five-million pounds sterling a year.  It’s not the first time though that Boas will be working at Stamford Bridge having assisted Jose Mourinho during his time at the club.  Fresh from guiding Portuguese giants FC Porto to domestic league and Europa League titles, his first task will be to decide at what stage the team – featuring ageing stars like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry – needs to be dismantled and rebuilt. The man often compared to his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring some much-needed dynamism to a club that failed to land any silverware last season.For more News, click here.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Welcomes “Brother” Jaylon Smith To The Dallas Cowboys

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more