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Baseball season preview

Crusader Baseball preview: Wellington returns 71 innings of starting pitching; but inexperience is an issue elsewhere

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2015 Wellington High School baseball team … 1. Where we last left off… Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 More »

Garage sale templete use this one

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” More »

The Wellington dilemma

Sunday feature: Depletion of utility reserves puts City of Wellington in financial bind

Part 1 of 2-part series: by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council election is April 7. Those who win a seat may soon wonder why they were running “for” More »

Candidates forum

Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: The Wellington Mayor’s Race

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the candidates forum for the Wellington Mayor position. The candidates running are: Kelly Green, Shelley Hansel, Mark Hatfield, Tami Klinedinst and Jazzmyne Pettegrew. More »

Sumner Newscow local news report

Wellington man convicted of distributing child pornography

Sumner Newscow report — A federal jury Thursday found a Wellington man guilty of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. 48-year-old Steven J. Meisel was convicted on one count of More »

Wellington Mayor and City Council Candidates Meet and Greet at public library

2015 Mayor and Council forum

Gross! Clean up after your pets when walking them downtown

Clean up after petsSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said he has been receiving complaints that pet owners are not being courteous and allowing their pets to use the restroom in the tree planters and along the sidewalks.

“The Wellington Police Department would like to alert citizens this is a violation of city ordinance and rather than face a stiff penalty, be a ‘responsible’ pet owner and clean up after your pet,” Heath said.

Crusader Baseball preview: Wellington returns 71 innings of starting pitching; but inexperience is an issue elsewhere

Baseball season preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2015 Wellington High School baseball team …

1. Where we last left off

Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 in the first round of the Class 4A Regional in Winfield capping off a 10-11 season. The Vikings scored four runs late in the sixth inning to eliminate the Dukes.

 

2. The season begins tonight

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: March 23-30, 2015

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 23 to March 30, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:

Wilbur Arthur ‘Jess’ Jesseph, 76, Conway Springs: Oct. 18, 1938 – March 28, 2015

Wilbur Jesseph

Wilbur Jesseph

Wilbur Arthur “Jess” Jesseph of Conway Springs,  died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at AMG Hospital in Wichita at the age of 76.

Jess was born the son of William and Alma May (Kimberlin) Jesseph on October 18, 1938 in Argonia.

Jess was a truck driver for 50 years before retiring.

Survivors, include son, Jimmy Jesseph and wife Carla of La Vernia, Texas, son, Michael Jesseph of El Dorado,  daughter, Julie Gentry of Harrah, Oklahoma, son, Jeffrey Jesseph and wife Tena of Hollis Oklahoma, son, Allan Rasco of Garland, Texas, daughter, Anita Eichelberger and husband Doug of Hydro, Oklahoma, son, Gary Rasco and wife Beth of Garland, Texas, 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and sister Shirley Stansbury and husband Ralph of Argonia.

Henrietta Reheard: March 20, 1923 – March 29, 2015

Henrietta Reheard

Henrietta Reheard

Henrietta R. Reheard, departed this life to be with her husband, March 29, 2015.

Henrietta was born March 20, 1923.  She had been a Quality Control Inspector at Boeing for many years before retiring.

Henrietta met Dwaine in grade school and they married August 1, 1942.  She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed crafting, doing her family tree, photography, and visiting with her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine M. Reheard; her parents, Royal H. and Etta Palmer; brothers, Raymond V. Palmer and Roy H. Palmer, Jr.; her sister, Roberta E. Palmer; one granddaughter; and one great grandson.

First Friday Art Showing at The Gold Corner

Gold Corner First Friday 3-30-15

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wellington Police Notes for Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2015: 

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

WHS Daily Bulletin: If you are bored, join the color guard!

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, March 30, 2015:

Monday

•Baseball at Augusta, 4 p.m.

•Softball at Augusta, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday

•Tennis at 3 p.m.

Wednesday

Thursday

• Golf at Winfield Country Club, 3 p.m.

•Tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.

•Track at Clearwater, 3 p.m.

•Baseball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4 p.m.

•Softball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.

Friday

• No school.

Monday

• No school.

Lunch Menu: 

Monday: Chicken tetrazzini, tossed salad w/romaine, steamed carrots, angel biscuit/jelly, tinted applesauces.

Tuesday: Pork rib/bun, romaine and tomato, Tri-tater, green beans, fresh kiwi, apple crisp.

Today’s News

Jon Kreifels, 54, Wellington: March 19, 1961 – March 27, 2015

Jon Kreifels

Jon Kreifels

Jon Kreifels, 54, of Wellington, died on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Wellington. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 until 8 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established for his children’s education and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Jon Mark Kreifels was born March 19, 1961 the son of Hank and Pat (Parker) Kreifels in Syracuse, Nebraska. He was a 1979 graduate of Wellington High School. On August 22, 1987 he was united in marriage with Lauree McIntyre in Wellington. Jon was a tool designer and CNC programmer for HM Dunn-AEI in Wichita for the past 16 years. Jon enjoyed smoking meats, hunting and was a avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. Most of all Jon loved his family.

Sunday feature: Depletion of utility reserves puts City of Wellington in financial bind

The Wellington dilemma

Part 1 of 2-part series:

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council election is April 7. Those who win a seat may soon wonder why they were running “for” council, instead of running “away” from it.

For the new Wellington city council will have the dutiful task of trying to replenish a diminishing utility city reserve fund while trying to balance a budget, hold down utility rates and/or property taxes, and not cut out much needed governmental services.

John Haas, the City of Wellington’s financial advisor for over two decades, brought news to the council latest work session meeting that the city’s utility fund cash reserves are being depleted at an unhealthy rate.

In 2011, the city of Wellington utility fund had a cash reserve balance of $11.2 million. In 2014 that fund is down to $8.2 million. At the end of this year, the reserve fund could be lower than $5.5 million.

Wellington reserve fund graphic

The depletion of reserves, is a warning sign to bond investors. The city might not be in good financial shape.

Standard and Poor’s Rating Service currently gives the City of Wellington an A+ rating. That is considered “strong creditworthiness.” A triple AAA rating is considered the best. In order to preserve this A+ rating, the city must continually report that it is good financial health. One of those factors, include healthy reserves. A governmental entity must demonstrate it has enough rainy day funds to financially withstand a disaster. 

Katherine Wheeler, 53, Oxford: Jan. 18, 1962 – March 26, 2015

Katherine Wheeler

Katherine Wheeler

Katherine Wheeler, 53, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel in Oxford. Visitation will be Monday, March 30, 2015 from 12:00 until 8:00 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: The Wellington Mayor’s Race

Candidates forum

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the candidates forum for the Wellington Mayor position.

The candidates running are: Kelly Green, Shelley Hansel, Mark Hatfield, Tami Klinedinst and Jazzmyne Pettegrew.

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

Shelley Hansel

Shelley Hansel

Mark Hatfield

Mark Hatfield

Jazzmyne Pettegrew

Jazzmyne Pettegrew

Tami Klinedist

Tami Klinedist

The city election will be held Tuesday, April 7 and is open to all registered voters, who live within the Wellington city limits.

The winner of this race will serve as mayor for four years, replacing Roger Stallbaumer, who will be leaving the post at the end of April.

Keep in mind these questions were provided a month ago and the answers were delivered two weeks ago. So these responses before the utility rate work session meeting on Monday. The candidates’ answers are presented in alphabetical order by their last names.

 

1. Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position

James Martin, 58, Oxford: Feb. 9, 1957 – March 26, 2015

James Martin

James Martin

James D. Martin, 58, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Riverview Manor in Oxford, KS.

Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 1 to 6 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Oxford Funeral Service Chapel. A memorial has been established to help with funeral expenses and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

James Dwayne Martin was born on February 9, 1957 in Knob Noster, Mo. the son of Tom and Bessie (Brooks) Martin. Jim worked as a heavy equipment operator. He ran a sand dredge for Aggregate Sand Company. Jim enjoyed playing poker and Nascar Racing.

Margaret Holman, 97, Oxford: Nov. 11, 1917 – March 26, 2015

Margaret Holman, 97, of Oxford, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Joy Home in Oxford, KS.

Margaret Holman

Margaret Holman

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 1 until 6 p.m., no family night is scheduled. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in Oxford and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

Cinderella playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Cinderella at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Cinderella

Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Cate Blanchett stars in this new vision of the Cinderella tale from director Kenneth Branagh and the screenwriting team of Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna for Disney Pictures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, March 26, 2015

T.D.’s BBQ is celebrating its 1-year anniversary! Celebrate with them at Barefoot Jerry’s

T.D. BarbecueThis SUNDAY (the 29th) will be T.D. BBQ’s one year anniversary! It’s been a heck of a journey, and the owners are grateful they have such a dedicated following. To celebrate, T.D.’s BBQ is bringing back the menu that the owners had on their first day! Who doesn’t love sliders? Two sliders with your choice of meat, a rib and two sides!

Barefoot Jerry has been gracious enough to allow T.D.’s to come back and set up for the big day. They will be serving downtown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or later if there is still a steady stream of people.

You can’t go wrong with beer and BBQ, right? There’s a couple Elite Eight games going on that day. The times haven’t been announced for them yet, but if they’re on while they are there, they will be sure to have them up on the TV’s! To-go orders are also welcomed!

Wellington man convicted of distributing child pornography

Sumner Newscow local news report

Sumner Newscow report — A federal jury Thursday found a Wellington man guilty of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel

48-year-old Steven J. Meisel was convicted on one count of distribution and a count of possessing child pornography.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that on May 9, 2014, a Wichita police detective downloaded child pornography from Meisel’s computer over the ARES P2P computer network. The files included images of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts.

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