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Day turns to night as Wellington baseball team falls to 0-2 against Augusta

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a long day (night) of baseball for the Wellington Crusaders in their season debut. The varsity lost to Augusta 14-8 and 10-9 to open the More »

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail report: March 18 – March 25, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 18 through March 25, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  More »

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019 Friday, March 22, 2019 More »

Sunday feature: Sgt. Eric Page returns from one-year deployment in Kuwait

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — One year ago, 1st Sgt. Eric Page received word that he would be deployed in Kuwait for one year. Recently, he was reunited with his family in More »

Sunday Blog: The agendas of the press

by John Munro, Sumner Newscow contributor — The recent incident in New Zealand where a crazed, white supremacist murdered 50 Muslim people at two different Mosque locations has been picked up and More »

CultureCow This week, we’re talking ads for people who don’t even need to advertise on Newscow

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. I know I ask you to venture out of your house or stream an album or even hole up in your room to binge More »

Kansas Basketball Coaches Association releases all-state selections

Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association released its all-state selections and Sumner County did pretty well.

Bo Gooch of Belle Plaine was named all-state first team in Class 3A. Jalen Risley of Caldwell was named first team in Class 1A.

Wellington had one representative. Rylee Rusk, a sophomore, was named to the honorable mention in Class 4A.

The full list of Sumner County basketball players on the KBCA list are as follows:

Class 4A

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Day turns to night as Wellington baseball team falls to 0-2 against Augusta

Berkeley Wright comes home during a productive 4th inning in game #1; (top) Greg Holcomb makes an out at third.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a long day (night) of baseball for the Wellington Crusaders in their season debut. The varsity lost to Augusta 14-8 and 10-9 to open the season at 0-2 at Sellers Park, Monday evening.

There were many peaks and valleys in these two contests. But in the end, Augusta was able to rally late in both contests. The second game was especially frustrating for the Crusaders, who led 9-8 going into the top of the seventh, but gave up two runs and then left players on second and third stranded thereafter.

In real time, the two teams played more than 5 1/2 hours of baseball. That’s a lot considering neither game went into extra innings. Both teams combined for 35 hits in the two games.

Wellington gets swept in season opener double-header against Augusta

Jacelyn Buck was a busy girl at shortstop. Here she is making a couple plays including a rundown (below) and a pop-up catch in game two.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Forget the second game – a mistake-prone 15-4 run-rule loss to Augusta. The first game was worth the price of popcorn at Worden Park Monday afternoon. 

Augusta defeated Wellington 1-0 in a classic high school pitching duel between Division 1-A college pitchers.

Augusta senior pitching sensation Gracie Johnston came to Wellington and pitched a no-hitter against the Crusader batters in the season opener. In 2018, Johnston posted a .045 ERA with opponents only having a .067 batting average against her.  She struck out 19.5 batters for every walk she allowed last season.

It ruined the senior pitching debut of Wellington’s Brooke McCorkle, who gave up just four hits. 

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, March 25, 2019

Wellington Police notes: Monday, March 25, 2019

New menu items at Fabiola’s Restaurant in Wellington

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail report: March 18 – March 25, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 18 through March 25, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Crusader preview: Girls softball team has plenty of experience at top, but little depth

2019 Wellington girls softball team. Click on photo for larger version.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Today the weather gods are toying with us. The official start of the Wellington girls softball season is about to begin, and that usually brings about monsoons for the season opener.

But despite the cloudy weather, it appears to be a go at Worden Park when Wellington opens the 2019 campaign with a doubleheader against Augusta at 4:30 p.m.

It will be an interesting year. Wellington has just 21 players this season and five or six have never played the sport.

On the other hand, it has plenty of experience back including six starters and two Division 1 college-bound players.

“We are a team that will probably finish around .500 but be a very, very dangerous team come tournament time,” said seventh-year Wellington girls softball coach T.D. Buck.

Michael Stocker, 82, Wellington: Feb. 21, 1937 – March 22, 2019

Michael Stocker

Michael Stocker, 82, of Wellington, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Wellington Health and Rehab.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Interment will be at the Attica Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Shelley Family Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with the First Christian Church and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visits www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Michael Evan Stocker was born February 21, 1937, the son of Cloyd and Lola (Bottorff) Stocker in Harper, KS. He graduated from Attica High School and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. On April 3, 1958, Michael was united in marriage to Shirley Garlow in Alva, Okla. He worked for the Wichita Eagle-Beacon in advertising. He was an accomplished drummer and played in many bands throughout the years. Michael enjoyed spending time with his family.

Doug Volavka, 67, Caldwell: Feb. 12, 1952 – March 9, 2019

Doug Volavka

Douglas Kim Volavka was born February 12, 1952, in Kansas.  He was in foster care before he was adopted at the age of 3 by Charlie and Madge Volavka in 1955.  He grew up on the farm northeast of Caldwell and helped his parents with the farming.  He attended Drury School in Drury, Kansas through sixth grade.  He attended Junior High and High School in Caldwell from which he graduated in 1970.

Doug then attended Pratt Community College for a short time.  From there he decided that he wanted to travel and see other places.  During his travels, he ended up in Laurens, South Carolina where he lived for about 20 years until his death on March 9, 2019, from a massive heart attack.  He left his good friends: Amanda, Patty, Ben and Carol Senn of Laurens, South Carolina.

Doug was baptized and a member of the Corbin United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed being a member of the Methodist Youth Group and Drury Millers 4-H Club.  He liked track in high school, especially high jump.  Doug loved to smile, joke and was friendly to everyone.

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Sumner Newscow sport calendar: Wellington High School and Middle School this week

Monday, March 25, 2019

TIME EVENT DETAILS
4 p.m. Baseball: Boys Varsity/JV Double Header vs. Augusta

 at Wellington – Hibbs Hooten Field
4:30 p.m. Softball: Girls Varsity/JV Double Header vs. Augusta

 at Wellington – Worden Park

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

TIME EVENT DETAILS
3 p.m. Tennis: Boys Varsity Tournament vs. Augusta, Eisenhower HS, El Dorado, Wichita-North

at WHS Tennis Courts

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log report: March 18 – March 24, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for March 18 – March 24, 2019, is as follows: 

Sunday feature: Sgt. Eric Page returns from one-year deployment in Kuwait

Eric Page in Kuwait. He is now home.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — One year ago, 1st Sgt. Eric Page received word that he would be deployed in Kuwait for one year. Recently, he was reunited with his family in Wellington.

Page has served in The National Guard for 32 years, joining when he was still in high school. For the past four years, he has served as a 1st Sergeant, which is the senior enlisted soldier.

“It had been my goal throughout my military career to be a 1st Sergeant,” Page said. “I finally made it, and always dreamed of deploying as a 1st Sergeant. One month into the deployment, they moved me from being the company 1st Sergeant into the battalion operations section.”

Page’s first deployment was in Germany right after 9-11. In 2005, he went to Iraq, which was an actual combat deployment.

Sunday Blog: The agendas of the press

by John Munro, Sumner Newscow contributor — The recent incident in New Zealand where a crazed, white supremacist murdered 50 Muslim people at two different Mosque locations has been picked up and front lined by everyone in the mainstream media, at least in the European and Western world.

John Munro

It truly was a very horrible event, and I had the opportunity to actually watch the tape that the shooter recorded as he went about his killing spree before it was deleted from the internet.  It wasn’t pretty.

The thing of it is, these types of events happen much more common than we realize.  The fact that they don’t occur in what we consider “First World” countries, I would assume, is probably the main reason we never hear about them.  But they still very much do occur, and many hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people die each year at the hands of political or religious extremists.

Linda Alderdice, 76, Argonia: Feb. 25, 1943 – March 21, 2019

Linda Alderdice

Linda Alderdice, of Argonia, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 76.

Linda was born the daughter of George S. and Ruth (Gamet) Smith on Thursday, February 25, 1943 in Wichita.

On October 4, 1969, Linda and Mike Alderdice were united in marriage in Derby. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Alderdice of Argonia; brother, Larry Smith and his wife Ruth of Burrton; brother, Dave Smith and his wife Lana of Rose Hill; sister, Patty Webb and her husband Blake of Canon City, Colorado; sister, Mary Babbitt and her husband George of Colorado Springs, Colorado, numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Annie. 

City will only accept cardboard, office paper and certain plastics beginning April 1

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Due to market changes and increased processing costs for most recyclable materials, beginning April 1, 2019, the City of Wellington will only accept cardboard, office paper and plastics No. 1 and No. 2 as part of its recycling program.

Please have cardboard, paper and plastic separated before arrival at the recycling center as city workers will handle each material differently.  The city was recently advised processing costs will be $120 per ton and additionally that plastic bags and plastics #3-#7 are being thrown away after we turn them over to the processor.

“These factors are out of our control, although we are looking for other alternatives and will make changes in the future when we can,” the city press release said.

CultureCow This week, we’re talking ads for people who don’t even need to advertise on Newscow

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. I know I ask you to venture out of your house or stream an album or even hole up in your room to binge an entire series, but not this week.  This week we’re going to discuss one of the best things about the digital age in media: targeted marketing-I mean trailers

Commercials have been around since the inception of television, but not since the invention of YouTube has extended trailers become the norm.  Where commercials have to be 30-second blips to tell you what the movie will ultimately be about, trailers have time to tease the audience and make a proper show of it all by showing easter eggs, giving hints, and almost creating a mini-movie for the adoring fans.

Disney had itself a big week by acquiring 21st Century Fox in a mega-deal that can only be described as gross negligent oversight from regulators.  Other than flaunting all anti-trust laws, Disney also had a big week by releasing two trailers for some highly anticipated films. 

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Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield to be paid $100,000 a year, down from $120,000 for Whitener

Mark Whitener

Adam Hatfield

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school district will incur some savings with the transfer of Superintendent duties come this July 1, the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Incoming Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield will be receiving an annual salary of $100,000 according to a contract he signed yesterday — dated March 21, 2019.

Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener is currently being paid $120,000 a year, as a third-year administrator for the district. That’s a net decrease in annual salary of $20,000 for USD 353.

Hatfield’s contract is valid from June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. Traditionally, a Superintendent is awarded a two-year contract initially which is extended annually after board evaluations which usually take place around January.

The benefits package for Whitener and Hatfield are the same. The following are the benefits provided to Hatfield according to his contract: 

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