padding-bottom:6px;

2017 Wellington Christmas Decoration Contest winners have been announced

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce released the 2017 Christmas Decoration Contest winners today at the weekly coffee at the Donut Shop. Business: First – Family Hair Parlor More »

Crusader wrestlers come into tonight’s double-dual as defending league champions

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington wrestling fans have an opportunity to see the 2017-18 WHS wrestling team in action when the Crusaders host Rose Hill and Mulvane in a double More »

Crisis resource center for sexual assault and domestic violence opens downtown

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes people get into crisis situations beyond their control, and they don’t know where to turn for help, or may not realize they are being abused More »

Wellington City Attorney, Police Chief asks council to address medical expense issue with the Sheriff’s office

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nothing is ever simple, even when it comes to catching the bad guys. Wellington City Attorney Shawn DeJarnett and Police Chief Tracy Heath More »

Andale varsity teams sweep Wellington in league opener

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Until the Haven Tournament, the Wellington girls basketball team may not see as tough of set of opponents as this particular stretch. Wellington fell to .500 More »

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The soda pop consumption question

Sumner Newscow report — According to a New York Times article, President Trump drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day. What is your soda pop consumption?     More »

Two Simply Elite cheer squads place in Athletic Championships competition in Tulsa

Simply Elite School of Dance and Gymnastic All-Star Cheer squad. 

Submitted to Sumner Newscow —  The Simply Elite School of Dance and Gymnastic and All-Star Cheer squad traveled to Tulsa to compete in the Athletic Championships cheer competition held Dec. 9-10.  The Simply Elite’s two teams: Mini Royals – Level 1 (age 5-8) and Jr. Showstoppers – Level 2 (age 8-14) are less than a year old in competition terms and managed to place third (Mini Royals) and fourth (Jr. Showstoppers) in their inaugural competition.

Head cheer coach Shalayne Richmond along with assistant coach Chance Hain, and assistant coach/gym owner Elizabeth Shimer, took two teams that performed a 2 1/2 minute routine consisting of standing and running, tumbling, stunting, building pyramids, throwing basket tosses, synchronizing jump sequences, and dancing in front of hundreds of people and a panel of judges. The teams were judged on difficulty and execution.

“As the smallest teams in numbers competing, the competition was tough and overwhelming at times, but the teams performed incredibly well under the pressure,” Shimer said.

2017 Wellington Christmas Decoration Contest winners have been announced

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce released the 2017 Christmas Decoration Contest winners today at the weekly coffee at the Donut Shop.

Business:

First – Family Hair Parlor – 215 S. Washington – Julie Russell.

Second – Advance America – 215 W. 15th St.

Third – Sears Hometown Store – 214 S. Washington – Tina Barrigan.

Residential: 

Crusader wrestlers come into tonight’s double-dual as defending league champions

Ian Groom places first in the Wellington Tournament.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington wrestling fans have an opportunity to see the 2017-18 WHS wrestling team in action when the Crusaders host Rose Hill and Mulvane in a double dual tonight. The action begins at 5 p.m.

Wellington will wrestle Rose Hill at 5 p.m. After Rose Hill and Mulvane battle, Wellington squares off against Mulvane in the nightcap sometime around 6:30 or 7 p.m.

The Crusaders are looking to defend their Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV championship of last season.  The Crusaders have now been league champions two of the past three seasons.

So far Wellington has participated in two tournaments. Tonight will be its second foray in dual wrestling action. The Crusaders lost to Pratt last week 45-28.

On Saturday, the Crusader grapplers hosted the Wellington Invitational Tournament. The team overall finished sixth.

Ian Groom placed first at 195 pounds as the lone Crusader grappler to win his division. Overall, the Crusaders scored 105 points. Salina Central placed first with 224.5 points with Winfield following with 190 points.

The Crusaders have a bevy of experience at the upper weight classes. The ultimate goal is to get people to the state tournament. In 2017, three Wellington wrestlers advanced to state and all three of them are back for this season.

Crisis resource center for sexual assault and domestic violence opens downtown

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes people get into crisis situations beyond their control, and they don’t know where to turn for help, or may not realize they are being abused emotionally.

In October, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resources Center opened at 204 S. Washington, in hopes of assisting those in need of their services, which are all free and confidential.

“We have an advocate on-call 24 hours if someone just needs to talk, and we can also respond to William Newton Hospital in Wichita or Winfield in sexual assault situations, as they offer forensic evidence collection there,” said Kami Dobbs, Cowley & Sumner County Supervisor for the center.

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) reached out to crisis centers in Wichita asking if they wanted to reach out to other communities that may have a need. Since Safe Homes in Winfield closed in last year, not a lot of resources or safe places were offered in the area. Advocates began writing grants and visited the community seeking office space, and met with law enforcement.

“We are hoping to get a response from those who need a safe place to talk,” Dobbs said.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wellington City Attorney, Police Chief asks council to address medical expense issue with the Sheriff’s office

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nothing is ever simple, even when it comes to catching the bad guys.

Wellington City Attorney Shawn DeJarnett and Police Chief Tracy Heath attended Monday’s city council work session meeting, requesting that a policy be created that stipulates who pays for what in case a jail suspect may be in need of medical attention. The issue involves the Wellington Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s office, who runs the county detention center.

Let’s say the WPD brings in a suspect who may have a medical issue or a drug/alcohol content of .2 percent or higher which requires immediate medical attention. According to a new jail policy, the sheriff won’t accept new prisoners with dire medical needs. Thus, the burden of assistance, both medically and financially, currently falls on the city of Wellington until the situation is remedied enough to put the suspect in custody.

Heath’s worry is if the city is sending a prisoner to a Wichita hospital, such as Wesley Medical Center, the city is footing the bill and expenses could get into the thousands. 

“I don’t want people to think this is a city vs. county issue,” Heath said. “This is simply a need to specifically address the issue with a policy.”

Marlene Stewart, 67, Wellington: Jan. 11, 1950 – Dec. 12, 2017

Marlene Anita (Evans) Stewart died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at her home in Wellington at the age of 67.

Marlene Stewart

Marlene was born the daughter of Franklin Aubrey and Juanita Jane (Davison) Evans on Wednesday, January 11, 1950 in Okmulgee, Okla. She graduated from Okmulgee High School. Following high school, she graduated from what is now known as the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.

While there, she met Joe Stewart. On November 11, 1970, Marlene and Joseph D. Stewart were united in marriage in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 47 years of marriage. Joe’s career took the couple to Houston, Texas where their children were born. They lived in Houston for 12 years and later moved to Abilene, Texas for 13 years. They finally moved to Wellington to be closer to their families and have made this their home since 1995. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph Stewart of Wellington; son, Justin Stewart and his wife Sarah of Olympia, Washington; son, Jeremy Stewart and his wife Tessa of Wellington; son, Jared Stewart of New Braunfels, Texas; granddaughter, Alysa Stewart of Wellington; grandson, Alexander Stewart of Olympia, Washington and granddaughter, Caralynn Stewart of Olympia, Washington.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Juanita Evans.

Trimmer: Despite my optimism, there has been no real solution to the public education funding in Kansas

Commentary by Ed Trimmer, Representative of the 79th District — On Monday, December 8, the “Special Committee on a Comprehensive Response to the School Finance Decision” met to begin the discussion of what the legislature should do now that the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled last year’s public school finance formula unconstitutional.  This committee, of which I am a member, began the day by working to understand the issues and ask for more information.  As talk turned to possible responses, I was somewhat frustrated.  As the Ranking Minority member of the House committee responsible for creating the new formula last year, and as a member of the conference committee between the House and Senate that was supposed to work out the final compromise, I could not help but think back to the year before.

Ed Trimmer

A majority of the House committee members, myself included, inserted into our bill what I believed was adequate funding.  The State would increase funding each year by $150 million for five years for a total of $750 million.  After months of debate and just minutes before the bill was voted out of committee, the dollar amount was slashed to $180 million for the first year and $100 million for the second for a total of $280 million over two years.  Once the bill got to the floor, I warned the House that this amount would not be accepted by the court as “adequate” based on previous decisions and I made an amendment to add $200 million a year for three years for a total of $600 million.  This too, was voted down.

In the conference committee with the Senate there was an attempt to further lower the dollar amount for schools, but both sides finally agreed upon $190 million the first year and $90 million the second for, again, a total of $280 million.  The committee also added a number of benefits for wealthier districts, primarily in Johnson County.  I warned the committee that this would put us in Jeopardy with the court in regard to “equity” as well as “adequacy.”  I refused to sign the conference committee report and voted against the final bill, but it was passed anyway.

Botkin Street to be closed between A and B Street Monday

Sumner Newscow report — Botkin Street will be closed between “A” Street and “B” Street on Monday, December 18 to allow Blackwell Northern Railroad to repair the railroad crossings at Botkin Street.  The street should be able to re-open on Thursday, December 21.

Andale varsity teams sweep Wellington in league opener

De’Andre Washington throws a pass inside. Jacelyn Buck attempts 3-pointer in picture above.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Until the Haven Tournament, the Wellington girls basketball team may not see as tough of set of opponents as this particular stretch.

Wellington fell to .500 with a 49-46 loss to Andale in its first league game. The loss ended what has won three of the last four against the Indians. This game was not unexpected. Andale was predicted to win the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.

In the boys game, Wellington lost 50-36.

The Wellington girls overcame a 33-22 third quarter deficit to pull within two points with 2:33 to play and hovered around three points the rest of the way. But the Crusaders could not make the game-tying points down the stretch due to missed free throws and being called with a charge late.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, December 12, 2017:

William Hill, 81, Anthony: Oct. 24, 1936 – Dec. 12, 2017

William L. “Willie” Hill, 81, died December 12, 2017. Willie was born in Anthony, on October 24, 1936. On October 6, 1962, Willie married Vera George. The next year a daughter joined them and he named her Brenda Lea.

Willie worked for Boeing for a short time and then he started selling Ford vehicles. He sold Ford vehicles for over 50 years. If you’re driving a Ford, Willie probably sold it to you. He kept several for himself over the years. His pride and joy was his T-Bird. He sold the T-Bird when Brenda arrived and provided a home for his family. His other favorite was his 65 Falcon convertible, which he enjoyed taking his family and grandchildren for a Sunday drive in. Willie was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He thought he needed to get his limit every day. After a while, Vera would say no more. So lots of friends enjoyed his bounty. Willie enjoyed taking Brenda fishing and hunting. Later he enjoyed taking his grandkids too. The same goes for gardening, he always had a big garden, that got smaller over the years, but always grew enough to share with family and friends. He always enjoyed going for drives and hanging around town, especially at Jacks until it closed.

Willie loved his animals, he was always taking in strays and they became one of the family. He especially loved his hunting dogs, and his favorite the big cat. 

Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll shocker!… Bishop Miege is ranked No. 1 in 4A Div. 1 poll for boys and girls!!!!!

Kansas Basketball Coaches Association released for this weekend is as follows: 

December 11, 2017

4A D1-Girls

  1. Bishop Miege
  2. McPherson
  3. KC Piper
  4. Circle
  5. Labette County
  6. Abilene
  7. Andover Central
  8. Paola
  9. Hays
  10. Wellington

4A D2-Girls

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The soda pop consumption question

Sumner Newscow report — According to a New York Times article, President Trump drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day.

What is your soda pop consumption?

 

 

How much pop do you drink?

  • I rarely drink pop. Maybe on occasion. (52%, 192 Votes)
  • I drink a couple a day. (16%, 61 Votes)
  • I never drink pop. (13%, 49 Votes)
  • I have a pop a day, nothing more. (13%, 47 Votes)
  • I'm like Trump. I drink about 12 a day, maybe more. (6%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 371

Loading ... Loading ...

Board approves one hour later starting time for Wellington High School for rest of academic year

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School board voted unanimously for the rest of the 2017-18 academic year to make Wednesday a later starting time at the high school so that teachers can attend staff meetings, which have been getting lost in the shuffle in previous months.

Since the first week of November, WHS has been testing an hour-late concept for Wednesdays only. Instead of starting school at the normal 8 a.m. start time, students arrive at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesdays. This way, teachers have time to attend staff meetings that previously were being held before and after school. Because so many on the staff have have had previous obligations during those times, meeting attendance have been abysmal.

So instead on Wednesdays, meetings are being scheduled at 8 a.m. and the classes would be adjusted accordingly the rest of the day — leaving out Cru-Con – a period in which students hold club meetings and there are individual teacher-student counseling.

Wellington High School Principal John Buckendorf told the board Monday night that the trial was an overwhelming success. According to polling, attendance is now up to 90 percent. Teachers are now much more well informed of the upcoming meetings, and collaboration amongst teachers have significantly improved.

Camren Clements named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Camren Clements

Camren Clements of Oxford (right).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Camren Clements, a 6-2 senior basketball player from Oxford, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Clements tied an Oxford record last week when he scored eight three-pointers in a 54-51 double overtime loss. Bryce Mayes, who played at Wichita State University and is the program’s all-time leading scorer, also scored eight three-pointers in the late 2000s. Clements would go on to score 34 points – scoring 12 of 23 for a 52 percent success rate.

In Oxford’s first four games, Clements has scored 83 points, including 16 three-pointers, helping the Wildcats to a 2-2 record.

For his effort, Clements receives a free large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. in Wellington.  

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, December 11, 2017:

Holiday Gala featuring Great Plains Jazz Orchestra to help raise funds for Memorial Auditorium air conditioning project

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Grab your wife, girlfriend, significant other, mom, or special friend and attend the Holiday Gala on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium. Businesses and organizations may want to consider this their company Christmas party.

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, and music from the Great Plains Jazz Orchestra, while wearing your best cocktail dress attire. Funds from ticket sales will benefit the auditorium’s air conditioning fund, and is hosted by the Wellington Memorial Auditorium Board. A silent auction and raffle will also be held, which also goes toward the fund.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at city hall, Chamber of Commerce office, Wellington Recreation Center, and the local banks. There are various business sponsorship opportunities available, which includes gala tickets, champagne by The Bottling Company, full or half table, sponsorship table display at the event, name acknowledgement in the program guide, and sponsor recognition during the event. Linda Metzen is donating her time to cater the event, and will be assisting with decorations.

Sports today: WMS basketball scores and sports schedule for rest of week

Sumner Newscow report — Scores from Monday night’s Wellington Middle School basketball games and Sumner County sports schedules for the rest of the week…

7th A boys: Arkansas City 39 Wellington 24

7th B boys: Wellington 37 Ark City 32

8th A boys: Wellington 47 Ark City 27

8th B boys: Ark City 26 Wellington 18

7th A girls: Wellington 37 Ark City 5.

7th B girls: Wellington 38 Ark City 14.

8th A girls: Wellington 45 Ark City 7

8th B girls: Wellington 36 Ark City 21.

Individual scorers are as follows: 

A Christmas Carol, a Christmas tour, a Day Before Christmas… headlines a busy weekend in Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — We are in week #2 of the Christmas season. This weekend featured two community musicals and the holiday tour of homes in Wellington. For all the pictures taken by Amber Schmitz and Tracy McCue click here

A Christmas Carol was performed by the Wellington High School Choir and the Crusaders Singers at the WHS auditorium …

Wellington Beta Sigma Phi featured “Christmas Around the Town” by Beta Sigma Phi featuring the homes of Clay and Alison Rusk; Elizabeth Shimer; Brett and Stephanie Hopper; and David and Toni Bowman…

“The Day before Christmas” was performed by the Wellington Community Children’s Theater at Memorial Auditorium… 

Powered by WordPress