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Wellington City Council passes 2018 budget; Senior Center supporters object to funding decrease

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council passed its budget Tuesday night with a 4-1 vote. There is a 1.9 mill increase in the general fund, but discussion centered More »

Annual Crusader hamburger scrimmage set for Thursday

Sumner Newscow report — The annual Crusader hamburger scrimmage will be held Thursday. The schedule is as follows: Volleyball: Gatorade/water scrimmage. -Scrimmage at WHS starting at 4:30 p.m. -Gatorade and water donations More »

Commissioners approve 2018 budget; City Council and School Board meet tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week is arguably the biggest week of the year for property owning taxpayers of Sumner County. This is the time when local government boards set their More »

Fatality accident occurs southeast of Wellington Sunday evening

Sumner Newscow report — A fatality accident occurred in Sumner County on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on the 900 block East 60th St., southeast of Wellington. Deputies were dispatched and arrived to More »

Councilman, downtown business owner Kip Etter pleads guilty to Dec. 6, 2015 battery incident

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Downtown business owner and Wellington Councilman Kip Etter has pled guilty to battery, a Class B misdemeanor for an incident that occurred at his bar on More »

Wellington ranked No. 5, Conway Springs No. 3 in preseason girls tennis rankings

Sumner Newscow report — Two Sumner County girls tennis teams are in the preseason Kansas Coaches Association rankings.

Wellington is ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. Conway Springs is ranked No. 3.

The full poll is as follows:

Class 4A

Wanda Herrin turns 90! Help her celebrate.

Wanda Herrin

Come help us celebrate Wanda Herrin’s 90th birthday at a come and go reception Saturday, August 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Wellington Sr. Center.

Felica Ferguson, 30, Wellington: Sept. 1, 1986 – Aug. 20, 2017

Felicia Ferguson

Felica Ferguson, 30, of Wellington, died Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 25 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Wellington. Memorials may be made out to the Laila Lott Benefit fund and can be deposited at the Security State Bank, 101 N. Washington Ave, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Felica LeAnn Ferguson was born September 1, 1986, the daughter of Larry and Jackie (Barnhouse) Ferguson in Wellington. She attended Wellington High School. Felicia was a medical aid at Golden Boomers Home Plus in Wichita. Felica enjoyed the outdoors especially Colorado.

She was a hard worker who helped her Dad cut wood and work on cars. She was outgoing and vivacious. Felica enjoyed taking care of the elderly at work. Most of all she loved her daughter, Laila.

Dustin Hiebert, 37, Wellington: Aug. 23, 1979 – Aug. 21, 2017

Dustin Hiebert

Dustin Wayne Hiebert, of Wellington, died Monday, August 21, 2017 at his home at the age of 37.

Dustin was born on Thursday, August 23, 1979 in Wichita. He was raised by his grandparents Leroy and Nancy Maxwell in Caldwell where he attended school.

He went to Cowley County Community College to become a machinist. He was employed at PCC in Wichita. Dustin loved being outdoors. He enjoyed riding ATVs with his family.

Dustin is survived by his grandmother, Nancy Maxwell of Wellington; the love of his life Donna Hodges; his children: Malachi Hodges and his finance Regan Pourner of Arkansas City, Kansas; Ivory Yoakem of Benton, Kansas; Katelynn Newsome of Salina, Kansas; Troy Hodges of Caney, Kansas; Tahlia Mendia, Anthony Mendia, Issaick Sanchez, Aiden Sanchez and Zayne Sanchez of the home; siblings, Steven Hiebert of Wichita, Kansas; Micheal Hodges of Wichita; Donny and Jennifer Hodges of Havana, Kansas; Malinda and Michael Simpson of Caney, Kansas; Mykel and Tomy Atkinson of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Tori Hodges; mother-in-law, Evelyn Rose of Wellington, Kansas; father-in-law, Dennis Hodges of Havana, Kansas; mother, Debra Maxwell and many nieces and nephews he loved as his own. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Leroy Maxwell and brother, Richard Maxwell.

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WHS Daily Bulletin is back!

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, August 23, 2017:

Thursday:

•Volleyball scrimmage at 4:30 p.m.

•Football scrimmage at 7 p.m.

•Middle School at 5:30 p.m., Youth at 6:15 p.m.

Friday

•No event listed.

Saturday

•Volleyball at Winfield, 8 a.m.

Thursday menu:

Breakfast: Cheesy Ham and Egg Casserole.

Lunch: Chicken strips, ham and cheese sub.

Today’s News:

Wellington City Council passes 2018 budget; Senior Center supporters object to funding decrease

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council passed its budget Tuesday night with a 4-1 vote. There is a 1.9 mill increase in the general fund, but discussion centered around a funding loss for the Wellington Senior Center.

Before the budget vote, several people spoke at a public hearing on the budget, calling for that money to be restored. The senior center was set to receive $3,750 instead of the $5,000 it had received in previous years.

Senior center director Lena Sistrunk said utility rates have increased, and a decrease in funding as well from the city was a double hit to the center. She said the money they get from the city goes to pay utility bills. Their bills are around $800 per month, so it doesn’t take long to go through the amount the city has allocated.

Several people spoke about the things the center does for the community, and how any funding loss hurts. They are a non-profit group and get a lower rate for utilities, but still have expenses.

The council members were sympathetic, and talked about how they would adjust the budget to accommodate the center.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

Daryl Wayne Wescott, 69, Wellington: Nov. 15, 1947 – August 22, 2017

Daryl Wayne Wescott

Daryl Wayne Wescott, age 69, long time Wellington resident, died at his home on Tuesday evening, August 22, 2017.  He was a retired structural bond inspector for Boeing Aircraft.

Daryl was born November 15, 1947 in Eureka, KS to John Wescott and Hazel (Wygle) Wescott.  He served in the United States Army from June of 1967 to June of 1969 and was a Vietnam War veteran.

He married Deborah Ann Dark on June 28, 1975 in Attica.  She died in 1995.  He then married Billie Jean Moody on March 17, 2000 in Wellington.

Daryl was a life member of the V.F.W. and an avid KU Jayhawks (Rock Chalk) fan.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and boating.

He is preceded in death by his parents; John Wescott and Hazel Long; loving wife, Debbie; and brother, Donald Wescott.

Annual Crusader hamburger scrimmage set for Thursday

Sumner Newscow report — The annual Crusader hamburger scrimmage will be held Thursday. The schedule is as follows:

Volleyball: Gatorade/water scrimmage.
-Scrimmage at WHS starting at 4:30 p.m.
-Gatorade and water donations will be accepted for the girls road trips.

Football: Hamburger Scrimmage
-Middle School start at 5:30 to 6 p.m.

-Group Stretch at 6 p.m., youth, middle, and high school.

Wellington Humane Society hosting pet microchipping on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Many awards given at the annual Wellington Sailfish awards banquet

Sumner Newscow report — The following were awards presented and the announcement of records that were broken during the swim season at the Wellington Swim Team Sailfish banquet held earlier this month.

Jensen Lynnes

Sailfish Award: Jensen Lynnes.

Coaches Choice: Timothy Tracy, Cat Green, Ty Zani, Cole Wiens, Kierstyn Gregory, Makena Wylie.

Most improved: Gus Wins.

First year swimmer: Hank Shinliver.

Sailfish Spirit Award: Owen Camblin.

Big time cuts: Overall – Megan Davis, 100.31s.

8 and under: Kenneth Dockery, 77.83s, Sophie Cornejo – 74.22s.

9-10: Rome Hunt – 70.3s, Ellie McComb – 21.62s.

Commissioners approve 2018 budget; City Council and School Board meet tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week is arguably the biggest week of the year for property owning taxpayers of Sumner County. This is the time when local government boards set their budgets and mill levies for 2018.

The Sumner County Commissioners approved their budget yesterday at the courthouse. Both the Wellington City Council and School Board are holding their budget hearings tonight. The council meets at the council chamber at 6:30 p.m. tonight. (See agenda here) The school board will be meeting at the school administrative office at 7 p.m. (see agenda here).

Other municipalities and school boards in Sumner County will also be approving their 2018 budgets. Consult your local schools and municipalities for times for their budget hearings.

The county commissioners voted 3-0 Monday to approve a 48.563 mill levy which will be a decrease of .4 mills. In 2017, it was 48.913 mills.

Fatality accident occurs southeast of Wellington Sunday evening

Sumner Newscow report — A fatality accident occurred in Sumner County on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on the 900 block East 60th St., southeast of Wellington.

Deputies were dispatched and arrived to find a male and female passenger with injuries. Both were transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Deputies were told by the male passenger the driver lost control of the vehicle on the gravel road and hit a tree. The vehicle caught fire soon after with the driver pinned in the car. She was later pronounced deceased according to the press release. 

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, August 21, 2017

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, August 21, 2017:

Figure 8, Demolition Derby brings out 41 cars for the weekend in Caldwell

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Fair Association held its annual race events weekend on August 18-19 at the arena at the west edge of Caldwell.  Scott York and Lee Day were the big winners.

Twenty-one cars participated in the Figure 8 race run on Friday evening.

Four preliminary heats of 10 laps each were run; top two finishers in these heats qualified for the finals.  Heat qualifiers were Tony Russell, Robert Wilson, Chad Reed, Day Ryan, Scott York, Adam Andes, Preston Keys and Scott Biddle.

A 15 lap consolation heat was run after the preliminary heats, and the top two finishers in this heat, Jace and Tucker Drany, also qualified for the final heat.  Tucker Drany had to bow out of the finals, Lawrence Kablinger who finished third in the consolation heat was called to participate in the finals.  The final race was a twenty lap race with ten drivers hoping to place in the money. 

Wellington Police to have a DUI check lane on Sept 1 as part of ‘You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.’ campaign

Sumner Newscow report — As part of the “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign the Wellington Police Department will be having a Driving Under the Influence check lane on Sept. 1 in Wellington on Friday night on Labor Day weekend.

Wellington Police are joining 150 other local and state police agencies across the state in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from the roadways from now until the end of the Labor Day weekend.  The “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose,” is an enforcement campaign sponsored through the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Kansas averages three injured people every day, and one person killed every three days, in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved is impaired by alcohol and/or another drug.  According to KDOT, over the past eight years the yearly proportion of fatality crashes attributable to alcohol/drug impairment has fluctuated between 22 and 35 percent.  The agency also reports that crashes involving impaired drivers are likely to be more severe than are other crashes.  For example, drivers and passengers who are involved in such crashes are more than twice as likely to be non-fatally injured, four times as likely to suffer serious injury, and eight times more likely to die from their injuries, than if impairment is not a factor.

According to the Wellington Police Department, this campaign is intended to remind drivers of several things:

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly report: Aug. 14 – Aug. 20, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2017 is as follows:

Councilman, downtown business owner Kip Etter pleads guilty to Dec. 6, 2015 battery incident

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Downtown business owner and Wellington Councilman Kip Etter has pled guilty to battery, a Class B misdemeanor for an incident that occurred at his bar on Dec. 6, 2015.

Kip Etter

Etter was assessed a $200 fine and one year probation to start immediately after submitting a guilty plea in Sumner County District Court on Friday, August 18. If Etter violates his probation, he will be required to spend 90 days in jail.

Terms of his probation include not consuming alcohol over the next year, and receiving alcohol and anger management evaluation as determined by his Court probation officer.

Etter is the owner of The Dore, a restaurant/drinking establishment on Washington in Wellington. Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said that his case is considered unique in that he distributes alcohol for a living. Spencer said therefore the Sumner County District Judge put in a special stipulation that Etter can serve alcohol to patrons but he is not to consume it.

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Wellington Police report for this weekend for Friday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017:

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