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Sumner Court Docket: Thursday, June 30, 2016 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office. These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County More »

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Central Intelligence being play at Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: Central Intelligence (see trailer below). Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. This Friday’s feature film: PG-13 (for crude and suggestive humor, More »

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Medallion Hunt Clue No. 4 – Thursday, June 30

Editor’s note: There will be a clue on July 4. Clue No. 4 — Thursday, June 30 These paths merge in the woods. Clue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29 You know, More »

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Sumner County Roundup: There is fireworks in the air; at least legally on July 1

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The sound of fireworks may already be in the air in Wellington, but legal sales begin at 10 a.m. on July 1, and, of course, that More »

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Medallion Hunt Clue No. 3 – Wednesday, June 29

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Sumner Newscow report — Oxford Masonic Lodge is hosting their annual fireworks fundraiser, located at 201 N. Sumner, Oxford, Kansas, held  July 1 through July 4:  8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

There will be a FREE fireworks display with new and traditional products available for sale on July 1st from  7 -10 p.m. All purchases made during the demo are at a 20 percent discount.

The Midian Shrine Cartoon Characters will be present for the kids to visit and enjoy.   We will have concessions available (burgers, sno-cones, etc.)

Prices marked include sales tax and we accept debit and credit cards!

Freak storm blows through Wellington with high wind and .8 inches of rain

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Now that was quick. Wellington got drenched with a strom that nobody hardly saw coming. Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones issued the latest statement:

Due to the strong winds this afternoon, the Wellington Compost Site will remain open this evening until 8 p.m.  The City will determine hours for tomorrow later tonight.  City crews are out cleaning up storm damage.  Please contact the Street Department at 326-7831 to report any trees blocking streets.  For trees in overhead power lines please contact Electric Production at 326-2561. 

There was .8 inches of rain that fell on Wellington between 4 and 4:30 p.m. in a storm that barely registered on the weather radar on various weather Internet sites. In fact, The Weather Channel was saying it was partly cloudy at the time pure chaos was occurring. The storm developed in the south and came though with tremendous wind. It then left town about as quickly as it started. 

Sumner Court Docket: Thursday, June 30, 2016 report

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Central Intelligence being play at Wellington Regent this weekend

Central Intelligence at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Central Intelligence (see trailer below).

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

This Friday’s feature film: PG-13 (for crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence and brief strong language). Time: 1 hour 37 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The story follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob, who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of former “big man on campus,” Calvin, now an accountant who misses his glory days.

Lois Barth, 88, Wichita: March 25, 1928 – June 29, 2016

Loia Barth

Lois Barth

Lois N. Barth, 88, of Wichita died Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at her home surrounded by family in Wichita.

Lois was born on March 25, 1928 in Conway Springs, Kansas the daughter of Homer and Velma (Trollope) Harris. Lois and Laurence “Sonny” Barth were united in marriage on Sept. 14, 1947 in Wellington. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage before his passing in 1998. Lois retired after 22 years as a Marketing Sales Manager with Great Plains Industries.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Dr. Jesse L. Harris. Survivors include her loving companion Cecil Berry of Norco, CA, children, Craig (Valerie) Barth of Wichita, Larry (Christine) Barth of El Dorado, grandchildren, Clayton (Katie) Barth of Wichita, Michelle (Kenny) Linson of El Dorado, Jimmy (April) Smith of Augusta and 6 great-grandchildren.

Medallion Hunt Clue No. 4 – Thursday, June 30

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Editor’s note: There will be a clue on July 4.

Clue No. 4 — Thursday, June 30

These paths merge in the woods.

Clue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29

You know, the bronze third place medal isn’t always bad.

Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28

(Updated Thursday, 8 a.m.) Luke Smith named activities director at USD 353

USD school board meeting reportUpdated: Luke Smith in an e-mail this morning that he will be teaching chemistry until a replacement can be found. He will also be activities director for both schools. He said they are also working on the boys basketball job right now. 

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington School Board has named Luke Smith as the new Wellington USD 353 activities director to replace Brian Buchanan, who resigned earlier this year. Smith’s hiring was one of several employment changes approved at a special meeting held Tuesday afternoon at the administrative office.

Smith is currently a chemistry teacher at the high school.

In other approved hirings:

•Jaedyn Ledesma, head 7th grade girls basketball coach, and middle school track coach;

•Ryan Jenkins, head eighth grade boys basketball coach;

•Tonner Finch, eighth grade assistant football coach; 

John H. Palmer, 82, Wellington: August 24, 1953 – June 28, 2016

John H. Palmer

John H. Palmer

John H. Palmer, age 82, of Wellington, died early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016 at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. He was a retired aircraft machinist.

John H. Palmer was born on December 13, 1933 in Kansas City, Kans. to James Luther Palmer and Hannah Marie (Murrell) Palmer.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956.

John married Betty Lou Chancellor on August 24, 1953 in Seward, AK. She preceded him in death on August 12, 2003.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; and three brothers.

Two BNSF workers have been recovered from wreckage, 1 still missing; none appear to be from area

Sumner Newscow news reportSumner Newscow report — The remains of two Burlington Northern railroad workers have been recovered from the wreckage of Tuesday’s head-on train crash in Panhandle, Texas.

A third worker hadn’t yet been found yet, but he was presumed dead, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Richard Hipskind said in a media briefing today. According to local sources, the train collision did not involve anyone from Sumner County.

According to an Amarillo Globe report, three employees were unaccounted for as diesel from a recently refueled engine burned in the wreckage throughout the night. Overnight, the rescue efforts were changed over to recovery efforts as hopes dimmed.

BNSF spokesman Joe Faust has confirmed that two sets of remains have been recovered today.

“The entire BNSF family is terribly saddened by this event and we extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to the families and friends of the employees involved in this incident,” said BNSF President and CEO Carl Ice in a press release. “This is an extremely difficult time and our entire organization grieves for our colleagues.”

Former Wellington High School principal Kevin Burr resigns as an Oklahoma Superintendent

Kevin Burr

Kevin Burr

Sumner Newscow report — Kevin Burr, a former Wellington High School principal who served in the mid-1990s, has resigned as a Sapulpa, Okla. School Superintendent in a case that has generated plenty of statewide media attention.

Burr was terminated as Superintendent after four years on the job with 12 months severance pay during a special meeting held Tuesday in Sapulpa, which is a suburb of Tulsa.

Burr had been accused of racial insensitivity and fostering a toxic work environment by a former principal. The full story can be found here.

Burr served as the WHS Principal from 1994 to 1997. 

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Sumner County Roundup: There is fireworks in the air; at least legally on July 1

4th of July fireworks picture

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The sound of fireworks may already be in the air in Wellington, but legal sales begin at 10 a.m. on July 1, and, of course, that is when they can be set off legally as well. The rules in Wellington are similar to other places in Sumner County.

While shooting off fireworks is a rite of passion for a lot of Sumner County residents, there will also be fireworks shows across Sumner County including July 3 after the Wellington Heat game.

As far as individual fireworks, Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said there has not been many problems with fireworks lately, but he said people should not set them off in the middle of the streets which can be a hazard and leaves rubbish behind.

“The only issues we have had is people setting them off in the middle of the street,” Heath said. “As long as people pick up their trash, it is not a problem,” Heath said.

He said he was not aware of there being very many injuries related to fireworks, but they generally get 30-40 911 calls over the Fourth of July weekend. Most of those calls are related to people setting them off after hours.

Jose Mejia of Belle Plaine charged with felony rape and breach of privacy

Police Reportby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jose Ruben Mejia, born in 1986, of Belle Plaine has been charged with two felony counts of rape and one felony count of breach of privacy by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

Mejia is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a victim without her consent on June 22, 2016 in Sumner County.

According to the court complaint filed this week, Mejia commenced intercourse while she was asleep and continued without her consent when she awakened and told him to stop.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Medallion Hunt Clue No. 3 – Wednesday, June 29

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Clue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29

You know, the bronze third place medal isn’t always bad.

Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28

That Stinks! PU!

Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

Forest ‘Gene’ Turney, 84, Udall: January 7, 1932 – June 28, 2016

Forest Gene Turney

Forest Gene Turney

Forest “Gene” Turney, age 84, of Udall, died early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016 at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. He was a retired farmer and agronomist.

Forest Gene Turney was born on January 7, 1932 in rural Peck to Forest L. Turney and Mary Belle (Swan) Turney.

Gene married Anita S. Blankenship on August 26, 1956 in Udall, KS. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2013.

He served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War from 1952-1954.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and neighbors and was an avid K-State alumni.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anita; infant brother, Russell; and sister Barbara Sears.

Three crew members missing, 1 hurt after head-on trail collision in Texas Panhandle

Sumner Newscow local news reportSumner Newscow report — According to an Associated Press report, three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. Authorities have not released any names at this time.

The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track when they collided near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Each train carried two crew members; one man jumped before the collision, according to BNSF spokesman Joe Faust. The man was being treated at a hospital and the extent of his injuries was unknown.

It’s not clear how fast the trains were traveling when they collided, but the speed limit in that area is 70 mph, Faust said. It also wasn’t clear why the trains were on the same track.

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Some Wheat Festival contest entries are due Friday

2016 Kansas Wheat Festival logoby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — It’s that time again, when downtown Wellington comes alive for the 116th annual Kansas Wheat Festival! The annual event will be held July 6-10, with many activities, contests and entertainment planned.

The first event will be the Baby and Toddler Contest, sponsored by Wellington Health and Rehab. The event will take place Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the basement of the facility and pre-registration is required. The theme is “I am SUPER!”. Age categories for boys and girls are: 6 months-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-3 years old. Late entries will not be allowed to participate, and all entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place boy and girl. Entry fee is $10, and the deadline is July 5 at 3 p.m.

The Kansas Wheat Festival Baker’s Bonanza will be held Wednesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by Rivercross Hospice, Golden Living Center, Sumner County Farm Bureau and The River. Following the contest, a Baker’s Bonanza Bake Sale will take place at the Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, at noon.

Fireworks can be shot off July 1; here is what to keep in mind…

firecrackersSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington is allowing the discharge of fireworks starting Friday, July 1 within the city limits. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through July 3, 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.  Retail sale hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 through July 4.

Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay has released the following Firework Regulations and Safety information:

 Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources:

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Always ignite fireworks outdoors
  • Have water nearby
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Dispose of fireworks properly, preferably in a bucket of water
  • Never throw or shoot fireworks at another person or at vehicles
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
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