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The city OT pay structure

$200,000 in Wellington Fire Department overtime has Eckert concerned

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington city officials continue to struggle to get the budget to where it needs to be. One of the last sticking points is overtime for the More »

Garage sale templete use this one

Garage sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for July 31 to Aug. 2, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use More »

2014 Sumner County wheat Cowell

With the 2015 wheat harvest in the books, things were as bleak as expected

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — This year’s wheat harvest was expected to be rather poor, and for the most part, what was expected was what happened. The wheat harvest has been More »

Sumner County Fair 2015

88th Sumner County Fair Scheduled release for Aug. 14-16

88th Sumner County Fair Schedule: “Blue Jeans & Country Things” August 14-16, 2015 WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. – Fair Set Up THURSDAY 6 – 8 p.m. —   Open class exhibits may be More »

Florida, here we come Wellington 16u Babe Ruth

It’s been quite the summer for the World Series bound Wellington 16-under softball team

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-under Babe Ruth Girls Softball team is just a week away from the biggest tournament of these young ladies lives so More »

Minions at REgent

Held over for second straight week: Minions at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Minions Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 31 minutes. Movie Synopsis: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination More »

Wellington Heat keep rolling beat Arvada Colts 6-0

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat advanced to the second round winners bracket game at the NBC World Series with a 6-0 victory over Arvada Friday afternoon.

Wellington scored five runs in the second inning and would add one run in the fifth off a wild pitch while holding Arvada scoreless. The Colts didn’t help themselves leaving eight runners on base through the final seven innings, including six in scoring position. 

John Ledesma, 80, Wellington: May 28, 1935 – July 31, 2015

John Ledesma

John Ledesma

John Ledesma, age 80, lifelong Wellington resident, died early Friday morning, July 31, 2015 at the Harry Hynes Hospice Unit at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS. He was a retired City of Wellington Street Department Supervisor. Previous to that he had worked for King Construction for several years.

John A. Ledesma was born on May 28, 1935 in Wellington, KS to Manuel D. Ledesma and Bonnie (Arebalo) Ledesma.

John married Gillian E. (Muncey) Miller on April 22, 1981 in Wellington, KS.

Hot Car being featured at Wellington Wal-Mart

Hot CarSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Fire and EMS in conjunction with Walmart, Countryside Motors and Futures Unlimited will be displaying a “hot car” at Walmart through August 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

The Hot Car will be parked between the two front doors and will have the windows rolled up with child mannequins and thermometers to show citizens how hot temperatures get inside a car.  This would be a great time for the public to familiarize themselves on the dangers of leaving a child in a car just for a few minutes during the summer months.

Wellington Heat to play Arvada, Colo. to start Championship Week at NBC World Series

Wellington HeatSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat baseball team will be restarting play in the 81st National Baseball Congress World Series when it battles Arvada Colorado Colts at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium today at 4 p.m.

Heat qualified for Championship Week after beating the Colorado Colts on Wednesday with a 1-0 walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth in the week #1 championship bracket game. The Heat are currently 4-0 in the tournament.

The Heat will be playing in a 16-team double-elimination tournament and will be the first on the agenda. They will play late Saturday night or early Sunday morning against the Seattle Wash. Studs vs. Inland Valley, Calif. Pirates.

$200,000 in Wellington Fire Department overtime has Eckert concerned

The city OT pay structure

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington city officials continue to struggle to get the budget to where it needs to be. One of the last sticking points is overtime for the Wellington Fire Department, which has spent more than $200,000 on overtime this year alone.

Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert, and City Clerk Shane Shields are crunching the numbers and are building in a three-mill tax increase. A public hearing and possible vote are to be held August 18 on the budget for next year.

From 2012 through 2014, the Wellington Fire Department has had more than $200,000 spent on overtime pay with the high year of 2014 at $221,827.

The city added three more people to the fire department last year, and the plan was to reduce overtime as a result.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes for Thursday, July 30, 2015

Garage sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for July 31 to Aug. 2, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!

With the 2015 wheat harvest in the books, things were as bleak as expected

2014 Sumner County wheat Cowell

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — This year’s wheat harvest was expected to be rather poor, and for the most part, what was expected was what happened.

The wheat harvest has been finished in Sumner County for a few weeks, but just finished up last week in the northwestern part of the state. Final numbers won’t be in until the fall, but local agricultural people tell us the harvest was poor.

“It just depends on where you are,” said Sumner County Extension Agent Randy Hein.

Hein had heard ranges of 10 to 60 bushels per acre around Sumner County. The low end of that seems to be the norm this year, but there were some good crops out there.

Choose South Haven Schools… Enrollment is Aug. 3-4

South Haven Enrollment

Wellington Post 90 eliminated from State Legion tournament in Colby

Updated: July 30 – The Wellington Post 90 American Legion team was eliminated from the Kansas State AA Tournament today in Colby losing to Iola 11-5 in 6.5 innings in the losers bracket game. Iola scored eight runs in the sixth which was too much to overcome.

Sumner Newscow report- July 29  — The Wellington Post 90 American Legion team lost in the first round of the Kansas State AA Tournament today in Colby.

Wellington lost to Beloit 12-1 in four innings. Post 90 will battle the loser of Colby and Iola tomorrow. Beloit, which came in on a 11-game winning streak, would score two runs in the first, one run in the second, six runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to stop the locals.

The locals could muster just one hit and committed two errors. Beloit had 11 hits and two errors. The AA tournament is an eight-team double elimination tournament. Post 90 qualified after winning the zone tournament in Pratt last weekend. 

88th Sumner County Fair Scheduled release for Aug. 14-16

Sumner County Fair 2015

88th Sumner County Fair Schedule:

“Blue Jeans & Country Things”

August 14-16, 2015

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. – Fair Set Up

THURSDAY

6 – 8 p.m. —   Open class exhibits may be entered.

Livestock may be placed in barn at the liability of the owner. All animals will be inspected prior to entry in the fair.

6—10 p.m.      Carnival–Lewellen amusements open (armbands)

Wellington receives 1.6 inches of rain as of 12:40 p.m. today

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — According to the trusty Sumner Newscow rain gauge, 1.6 inches of rainfall has occurred this Thursday as of 12:40 p.m.. That brings the July total rainfall to 7.2 inches of rain!

June total was 2.6 inches of rain.

May total was 15.3 inches of rain.

Northeast Sumner County under flood warning until 4 p.m. today

Sumner County Weather bulletin possible alert

Sumner Newscow report — The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a FLOOD WARNING for northeast Sumner County…in effect now until 4 pm today, Thursday, July 30.

 Thunderstorms that are producing heavy rain falls in areas north of Sumner County are causing immediate flooding issues along streams, waterways and other tributaries. People are advised to watch for water over roadways while driving, especially in low lying areas that are susceptible to flash flooding. Remember that 6” of water can remove a vehicle from the road. So if you see water crossing a roadway, be safe…”Turn around, Don’t drown!”

It’s been quite the summer for the World Series bound Wellington 16-under softball team

Florida, here we come Wellington 16u Babe Ruth

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-under Babe Ruth Girls Softball team is just a week away from the biggest tournament of these young ladies lives so far, when they travel to the Babe Ruth Girls Softball 16-under World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.

The tournament will be a two bracket tournament and consist of eight teams from across the United States. The team flies out of Oklahoma City on August 6 for the seven day tournament. It will consist of pool play and a championship bracket thereafter. No bracket for this tournament has been finalized at this time. 

It’s been quite awhile that a Wellington team has been represented in a Babe Ruth World Series. From what we could tell, the Wellington Babe Ruth 13-15 year old All Stars were in the World Series back-to-back years in Anchorage, Alaska in 1967 and Kiamath Falls, Oregon in 1968.

Now the table is set for Wellington to step up on the national stage again.

The team is a mix of older and younger players from Wellington. Three will be seniors for the Wellington Crusader softball team this spring: Baylee DeJarnett, Siarah Walker and Taylor Zimmerman.  Three will be juniors, Erin Goodrum, Madison Goans and Madison Lewellen.  The remaining girls on the team, Annika DeJarnett, Bre Turner, Emily Templeton, Gracie Fink, Jenna Rausch, Lexi Saffell, and Sammie Lira, will all be sophomores.

Jack Kastle, 95 and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson, 94, die 3 days apart

Jack Kastle and Nadine Kastle Peterson

Jack Kastle and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson.

Jack Kastle, 95, and Nadine Scott Kastle Peterson, 94, died in Wellington, July 21, 2015 and July 24, 2015 respectively after short illnesses.

They are survived by two daughters, Shirley M. Theurer and husband, Richard, of rural Wellington and Arlene S. Duston and husband, Jim of Glendale, Arizona; six grandchildren — Mike Duston and wife Stephanie of Phoenix, Ariz.; Scott Duston and wife Mandy of Goodyear, Ariz.; Matt Theurer and wife Lea, Luke Theurer and wife Amy, Clint Theurer and fiancé Kiersen Howell, all of rural South Haven, and Dixie Theurer Russell and husband Stephen of rural Paxico, Kans. and 10 great grandchildren — Rylee and Reese Duston of Phoenix, Ariz.; Cannon Duston of Goodyear, Ariz.; Colby and Ethan Theurer, Jacee and Kelly Theurer, and John Henry Theurer, all of South Haven, Kans. Corbin and Kirwin Russell of Paxico, Kans.

Wellington’s Jensen Lynnes breaks another swim team record in Division 1 Championships

Jensen Lynnes

Jensen Lynnes

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Jensen Lynnes participated in the Missouri Valley Championships Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Lawrence. The Wellington swimmer had a busy weekend as it was, but she actually qualified in more events than she was allowed to swim. Championships is the most prestigious meet hosted by Missouri Valley.

While Missouri Valley is divided into two Districts meets (East and West), the Championships meet in Lawrence contained all the best swimmers in the Missouri Valley LSC, which encompasses all of Kansas, about half of Missouri, a section of the Oklahoma panhandle, and a nick of Texas.

Lynnes proved herself perfectly capable of handling the stiff competition. With a 3.8 second cut in the 100 Back, she placed 13th out of 49 and captured Aurora Bonham’s team record. The 50 Free is always a competitive event, and this year was no exception. Out of 50 swimmers, Lynnes took 19th, shaving a fraction of a second and so beating her own team record.

Held over for second straight week: Minions at Wellington Regent

Minions at REgent

This week at the Regent Theater: Minions

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 31 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award (R) winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation. (c) Universal

Wellington Police Notes : Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes for Wednesday, July 29, 2015:

Bring in your sewing machine for $20 inspection at McDonald’s Sewing & Vacuum

McDonald's ad blog 7-29-15

Last week’s Drury Dam drowning was a combination of volatile circumstances

Turbulant waters feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For an Oklahoma family, a trip to Drury Dam in Sumner County was a traditional weekend getaway — a place to congregate, swim, fish, camp out. This family had been doing it for many years.

But last Friday, their latest trip turned to tragedy when a 16-year-old boy drowned before 6 p.m. after allegedly jumping off of the dam which at the time was a three to four foot precipice into what appeared to be a water hole below that is estimated to be 20 feet deep.

Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said due to respect for the family he will not release the name of the boy who died five days ago and was found less than 48 hours later downstream when a passerby discovered his body.

It was tremendously tense weekend for the rescue workers from four Sumner County fire agencies, the Sumner County Emergency Management Department, and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office who were dealing with a missing body and water that was turbulent due to the recent rainstorms.

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