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(Updated 3:15 p.m.) Council moves to fire Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert effectively immediately

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to fire City Manager Roy Eckert. His tenure with the City of Wellington will end tonight at More »

Angry Birds at Wellington Regent

The Angry Birds Movie is playing for 2nd consecutive weekend at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Angry Birds Movie (see trailer below). Schedule: Matinees throughout the week. Night viewing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, More »

Sumner County Election

Caldwell Democrat Michelle Schiltz files for District 80 house seat

Sumner Newscow report — Michelle Schiltz of Caldwell traveled to Topeka today to file her official candidacy with the State of Kansas for District 80 in the House of Representatives. Schiltz is More »

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Wellington girls softball team off to state to play against Independence, weather

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Wellington fans and the general well wishers gave the Lady Duke girls softball team a loud sendoff this morning behind Wellington High School. The Wellington girls More »

On the way to state girls softball

Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Independence in girls softball state tourney Thursday … maybe

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the Wellington Crusader girls softball program 21 years to return to the Class 4A State Tournament. People may have to wait a few more More »

Sylvester Provencio found guilty

Postscript: Provencio lesser aggravated battery conviction explained; juror speaks; defense attorney reacts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While Tuesday’s conviction of Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell on one felony and three misdemeanors was most certainly a victory for Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer, More »

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(Updated 3:15 p.m.) Council moves to fire Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert effectively immediately

Breaking News

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to fire City Manager Roy Eckert. His tenure with the City of Wellington will end tonight at midnight. After one 30 minute and two 15 minute executive sessions this afternoon, the council reconvened in open session and councilman Kip Etter made the motion to terminate Eckert’s contract. Kelly Green Hawley made the second and the vote was then taken. Green, Kip Etter and Bill Butts voted for the immediate termination. Jan Korte, Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta voted against the motion.

Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

With the vote 3-3, Mayor Shelley Hansel was then called upon to cast the deciding vote – favoring the motion to terminate Eckert.

The Wellington Council held the special meeting in the council chambers at 12:30 p.m. After calling for at least two executive sessions, the vote was taken at 1:40 p.m.

The council did not take any action on naming an interim city manager. So effectively at midnight, Wellington will be without a city manager. Wellington City Clerk Carol Mericle said she does not know who will be the interim only that a special meeting will probably be called to determine Eckert’s replacement – albeit it be temporarily or permanently. 

Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett named WMS Citizenship Award winners

Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett winner of the WMS Citizenship Award.

Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett winner of the WMS Citizenship Award.

Sumner Newscow report — Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett were winners of the 2016 Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Award.

The Citizenship awards, given to one Wellington Middle School female and male, were presented during the year end awards assembly. Both are 4.0 students.

The award was selected by the WMS teachers. The criteria for winning the award is as follows:

Kansas Wheat Festival raffle for Food Bank update

news releaseSpecial to Sumner Newscow, by John Monro — Of the 1200 tickets were are going to sell for the raffle for Henry Big-Boy 30-30 Rifle, serial number 002, 800 are currently outstanding.  

What this means is 800 tickets are now being sold by select sponsors around town and demand is running much higher than we anticipated.  Several sponsors have sold in excess of 100 tickets each, and we are issuing more tickets all the time to keep up with demand, but now we are at the point where we will only issue 200 more tickets account we want to hold back 200 tickets for sale during the week of the festival.  We will no longer be planning team selling at high traffic areas account we won’t have any tickets to sell.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 26, 2016:

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, May 26, 2016:WPD Wellington police notes logo

Help wanted: Wellington Triumph Accessory Services looking for experienced accounting clerk

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Wellington Triumph Accessory Services is looking for an experienced accounting clerk. Person must have knowledge of both accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.  A complete job description is available at triumphgroup.com.

Triumph is an equal opportunity employer; disability/female/minorities/veterans.  FAA drug screening required. Apply at triumphgroup.com

 

Class 4A State Girls Softball Tournament game delayed until 7 p.m. tonight

Sumner Newscow report — The Class 4A State Girls Softball tournament will restart tonight with the same schedule it had last night. Wellington girls will play at 7 p.m. against Independence. All semifinal and final games will be pushed back to Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Wellington freshman participate in Walk a Mile event at Century Park

Walk a mile students

Walk a Mile Crusader Way students raise awareness against sexual assault, violence and sexism against women.

Sumner Newscow report — In an effort to raise awareness about sexism and discrimination, Karla Defore’s Crusader Way/Civics freshman students held the first annual Wellington “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” event on May 14. The event was held on the Century Park walking path.

Wellington freshmen participated in the award-winning Walk A Mile In Her Shoes which is noted as the International men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence – which especially rings true concerning what is happening at Baylor University. Each year, participation increases with the number of men, women and their families raise awareness.

Here are pictures from Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz of the Wellington event. The full gallery can be found here.

Walk a Mile was enjoyed by students of all ages.

Walk a Mile was enjoyed by students of all ages.

Wellington Public Library to launch summer reading program

100th anniversary libraryby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library plans to keep everyone fit and healthy this summer with a fitness and nutrition theme for the summer reading program. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the many activities and programs planned.

The kickoff for “On Your Mark, Get Set….READ!” will be held Monday, June 6, and children can make their race car or runner to race around the track for the reading race with Miss Sheila. Depending on how many books each child reads or is read to them, they can move their character around the race track.

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., beginning June 7 and running through July 26, elementary aged children can enjoy many activities with topics such as healthy eating, yoga, ninjas and races.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., preschool aged children can enjoy learning All About You, Move It, Let’s Play and music activities.

Family programs will be held every Thursday at 10 a.m. On June 9, Exploration Place is scheduled to present the Science of Sports. Each week will have a different theme, such as Circus of Motion, when Magician Flying Debris, also known as Richard Holmgren, will present a program. Holmgren is a comedy superstar who juggles and performs magic tricks.

The Angry Birds Movie is playing for 2nd consecutive weekend at Wellington Regent

Angry Birds at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Angry Birds Movie (see trailer below).

Schedule: Matinees throughout the week. Night viewing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m.

Rated: PG (for rude humor and action). Time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds–or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Caldwell Democrat Michelle Schiltz files for District 80 house seat

Sumner County Election

Sumner Newscow report — Michelle Schiltz of Caldwell traveled to Topeka today to file her official candidacy with the State of Kansas for District 80 in the House of Representatives. Schiltz is a Democrat seeking election to the seat currently held by Republican Kasha Kelley. To date, Kelley has not filed for re-election.

Michelle Schlitz

Michelle Schiltz

Schiltz is a small business owner and well-known community leader. For 10 years she served on Caldwell’s City Commission and is currently the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce President. She is also active in the Caldwell Historical Society and the Saving Hometown and Rural Existence Group founded in Caldwell.

Schiltz lives in Caldwell with her husband, Leo, and their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. 

Wellington girls softball team off to state to play against Independence, weather

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Girls walking out to state tournament

Wellington girls softball team leave to the cheers of local fans during a sendoff at WHS High School this morning.

Cheering fans

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Wellington fans and the general well wishers gave the Lady Duke girls softball team a loud sendoff this morning behind Wellington High School. The Wellington girls take their journey to Salina to play in the Class 4A Div. I state tournament at the Bill Burke Complex where they hopefully will play Independence tonight at or before or after 7 p.m.

We use the word “hopefully” loosely. The weather forecast in Salina is not favorable. According to the Weather Channel, there is 80 percent chance of rain at game time at 7 p.m. and 80 percent chance at 4 p.m. We’ll keep you informed.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Independence in girls softball state tourney Thursday … maybe

On the way to state girls softball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the Wellington Crusader girls softball program 21 years to return to the Class 4A State Tournament. People may have to wait a few more hours… or days.

Wellington is scheduled to play Independence Thursday evening in Salina at 7 p.m. (see bracket here). Here’s a problem. Rain is scheduled to fall at the same time. Forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of rlain at game time at Bill Burke Complex in Salina.

The good news is, though, weather forecasters are wrong quite often.

The KSHSAA sent out a memo to all coaches saying that games are to be played immediately after the other. So even though Wellington is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. it could actually play at 6 p.m. if the first game is over. Call it the ultimate squeeze play – squeezing in games when they can.

We’ll worry about those things Thursday night.

As far as action on the field, Wellington is embarking on an eight-team single elimination tournament that is considered wide open. A Wichita website is predicting Augusta to win its second consecutive state championship. But Wellington was slated as one of the two contenders to beat the Orioles. Kansas City Piper, the top seed at 18-2, is the other.

Wellington City Council to hold special meeting on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

logo-cityWellingtonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will hold a Special City Council meeting at 12:30 p.m., on Friday, May 27, 2016, in the City Council Chambers, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel.  An executive session will be held.

Postscript: Provencio lesser aggravated battery conviction explained; juror speaks; defense attorney reacts

Sylvester Provencio found guilty

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While Tuesday’s conviction of Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell on one felony and three misdemeanors was most certainly a victory for Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer, the 12-person jury did lower the level of aggravated battery than what the prosecutor was asking.

Provencio was convicted Tuesday of “reckless” aggravated battery which is a level 5 felony in Sumner County District Court. Spencer had asked the jury to consider convicting him of simple aggravated battery. The difference will result in Provencio serving around nine less months, depending on circumstances.

Felonies based on a grid system and the seriousness of the crime. A Level 1 felony is considered the most serious of crimes and are stair stepped down to Level 9 – which is considered the weakest.

Spencer said the difference in the two levels of aggravated battery is based on intent. The jury determined that Provencio “recklessly” injured Greg Schneider, 54, of Caldwell, during a brawl on April 22, 2015, east of Caldwell. That means, Provencio attacked Schneider recklessly without planning to harm Schneider as opposed to the level 4 aggravated battery charge where he deliberately tried to hurt him.

Had Provencio received the level 4 aggravated battery conviction he could probably be spending anywhere from 41 to 45 months. Instead, he could likely spend 32 to 35 months for reckless aggravated battery. Of course, the amount of years that Provencio will ultimately serve for this crime depends on Judge Scott McQuin, who will sentence Provencio at a hearing on June 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Spencer said that Nick Reedy, 33, of Caldwell was also convicted of reckless aggravated battery during a plea bargain agreement last week.

A Sumner County juror contacted Sumner Newscow this morning and explained why the jury made the decision it made.

Roads and campsites around Wellington Lake are closed; Memorial Day weekend in peril

Closing of Lake Road for MemorialSumner Newscow report — Due to flooding, the following roads and campsite locations at Wellington Lake are closed, as of May 25, 2016:

Northeast Lake Rd. – includes Driftwood camp area.

Northwest Lake Rd. – includes: JC Point, Single Tree Cove, Sandy Point, Hay Meadow area.

With more rain in the forecast it is likely these roads will remain closed through the Memorial Day weekend.

Several Sumner County athletes will be competing this weekend at state track meet

Track meet preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several Sumner County athletes will be competing at Wichita State University this weekend at the high school track meet, the largest high school participatory state sporting event in Kansas. All classifications will be competing at Cessna Stadium starting Friday and going through Saturday.

Wellington qualified in five events — fewer than it has had in recent years.

Conway Springs has 11 athletes qualified in Class 3A. Caldwell also has 11 competing in Class 1A.

Schools from across Kansas competed in regionals last weekend, and the top four in each event moved on to the state meet.

Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine may have the best chance of any Sumner County athlete to come home with medals. She is qualified in three events. She has the second best distance in 3A in the long jump and triple jump and the fifth best time in the 100 meters.

Also in 3A, MaKayla Hollis of Conway Springs, has the second best height in the pole vault.

Sumner County area received anywhere from 1.9 to 3.7 inches of rain overnight

Water near Oxford this morning. (Photo by Samson Ledesma.)

Water in Wellington at Woods Park. (Photo by Samson Ledesma).

Samson drone flood picture #1

Sumner Newscow report — Samson Ledesma of Wellington took these pictures with his drone at Woods Park in Wellington Thursday.

“Water was everywhere,” Ledesma said.

According to our Wellington rain source, the town received 1.9 inches of rain during the nightfall hours. This week alone so far there has been 3.7 inches. For the year, we have had 23.5 inches. 

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