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Sumner County schools to have combined 37 entries in state track meet this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County will have 37 entries in the Kansas State Track and Field Championships this weekend at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University. Kansas high school More »

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” More »

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(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at More »

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People gather to pay tribute to our fallen heroes at Memorial Day Service

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Prairie Lawn Cemetery was a busy place this morning as people paid homage to those no longer with us. And at the heart of Wellington’s grandest More »

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Sumner County schools to have combined 37 entries in state track meet this weekend

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County will have 37 entries in the Kansas State Track and Field Championships this weekend at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University.

Kansas high school track athletes qualified if they finished in the top four of their regional.

The best chance of a Sumner County state championship is in the Class 4A boys ranks where Colin Reichenberger currently has the best time in the state in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdles.

Elsewhere, Sara Eckelberry in Class 3A in the discus, may have a shot at a state title. As do many others who turned in top three times in their classification.

The Sumner County state track qualifiers, the events they qualified for, the state ranking out of 16 qualifiers, and their time/distance are as follows:

Scott Rice Memorial Golf Tournament winners announced

2015 Scott Rice Memorial Scholarship winners.

2015 Scott Rice Memorial Scholarship winners.

Sumner Newscow report — The rain held off enough Saturday so that the Scott Rice Memorial Golf Tournament could be played at the Wellington Golf Club Saturday. 

Ileena Arnett and Ian King of Caldwell were named the Rice scholarship recipients.

The following are the team winners of the 2015 Scott Rice Memorial Tournament:

First Flight

  1st 55: $80 each

        Rusty Lane, Nick Edge, Bo McGown, Justin Ryan.

Parent’s Night Out at Wellington Church of Christ on May 30

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Sumner County Sheriff report: May 18 – May 25, 2015

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 18 to May 25, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25, 2015

Wellington Police notes: Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25, 2015: 

State Rep. Ed Trimmer wraps up the legislative session

Ed Trimmer

Ed Trimmer

by Ed Trimmer, State Representative, District 79 — The Kansas Legislature re-convened for the wrap-up session on Wednesday, April 30th. On Friday, May 16th, the 2015 session reached its 90-day limit without a budget and with at least a $420 million deficit. It is now costing taxpayers an extra $43,000 dollars a day for an extended session with no real end in sight.

LEGISLATIVE PAY

While I accept the pay for the extended session, I have always contributed the additional salary to the high school student councils in my district. This has included Leon Bluestem, Burden Central, Oxford, Belle Plaine, Udall and Winfield.

During campaigns, I have been accused of doing this for political reasons, and accused of giving myself a bonus for not refusing the pay. First of all, I do not turn the contributions into a photo-op nor do I ask for any recognition beyond simply letting my constituents know that I do not keep this additional salary for myself. I prefer to give the money to our local schools than give it back to the State.

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

.6 inches of rain falls Monday evening, 15 inches for May

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — Wellington received .60 of rain late Monday. Total for May is 15.0 inches.

(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.

McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.

People gather to pay tribute to our fallen heroes at Memorial Day Service

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Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Prairie Lawn Cemetery was a busy place this morning as people paid homage to those no longer with us. And at the heart of Wellington’s grandest cemetery was the annual Memorial Day Service held this morning. The service paid tribute to fallen veterans of U.S. Wars past.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine was the featured speaker.

“We know that the rights we have today are actually privileges you have given us with the many sacrifices you have made in all of the past wars,” Valentine said of fallen heroes of wars past. “Everyday of our lives, we should remember to honor your services to our great nation.”

The placing of the wreaths was announced by James Lockhart. The ringing of the bell by veteran Charles Lawless who represented the Wellington Fire Department recognized each war conflict.  

It’s official! Ryleigh Buck makes Team USA women’s baseball team

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Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ryleigh Buck is officially on the Team USA Women’s Baseball team, and will represent the country at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

USA Baseball announced the 18 players named to the 2015 U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team following the completion of three days of on-field trials in North Carolina. Buck is on the roster as an infielder/right hand pitcher from Wellington, Kansas.

She is the only player from Kansas and one of just two in the whole Midwest. Jenna Marston of from St. Louis, Mo. is also on the roster. Team USA will have representatives from eight different states.

It is a monsoon throughout Sumner County this weekend

Who needs a river to float down? These young men decide to go tubing on the "canal" route in west Wellington by Eisenhower Elementary School, Saturday. This pictures was taken by Rachel McGuire.

Who needs a river to float down? These young men decide to go tubing on the “canal” route in west Wellington by Eisenhower Elementary School, Saturday. This picture was taken by Rachel McGuire.

Sumner Newscow report — How much rain are we getting? According to our trusty rain gauge, we received 3.3 inches of rain over the past weekend as of noon today. Wellington has received 14.4 inches of rain in the month of May!

The National Weather Service has Wichita at 10.45 inches as of yesterday morning. We had two inches of rain Saturday.

The extended NWS forecast for the area appears to be 20 to 30 percent chance of rain and relatively cloudy all week. On the positive side, there doesn’t seem to be any ferocious downpours in the next five days. 

Five Quinn’s thoughts for May 24, 2015

Quinn McCue

Quinn McCue

By Quinn McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Quinn’s thoughts for May 24, 2015…

1. Schools out! Personally I thought it would be more exiting. Then I realized I have literally nothing planned for the entire summer.

2.My eyes burn.

Sunday blog: Perhaps it’s time to officially make SRMC a municipal hospital

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Can anyone tell me the difference between the Sumner Regional Medical Center and, say, the Wellington Fire and Police Departments?

Yeah, yeah. I know the fire department is there to put out fires and deliver sick people. The police department is in charge of throwing bad guys in jail. The hospital is there to fix our boo-boos and keep us from dying.

But essentially, all three institutions do the same thing— provide a community service unlike any other city department whether its utilities, the park department, etc.

So why not make SRMC a municipal hospital and stop this us vs. them mentality?

At Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting, SRMC was getting hammered over not paying for city utilities. In a nutshell, it was one government institution hammering another governmental institution about the amount of taxpayers money they were not receiving from the other.(see story here). It is obvious this system of billing SRMC for utilities isn’t working.

Utility non-payments are nothing new for SRMC. I remember writing a Wellington Daily News article in the late 1990s or early 2000s when the hospital was not even 10 years old, about the city abating utilities for the hospital. As outlined by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields Tuesday, SRMC has had utility abatements for 27 of the last 60 months and hasn’t made a payment since Oct. 2013.

Wellington swimming pool not open today

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Aquatic Center, which was scheduled to open today, will not open due to the wet conditions. The pool is expected to open on Memorial Day.

Wellington gets 6 track athletes to state in 7 events after regional

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be taking six athletes in seven events to the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita next weekend.

The Crusaders traveled west to Holcomb to participate in the Class 4A Regional Friay. In order to qualify, an athlete must finish in the top four of his/her event.

Wellington’s Colin Reichenberger finished first in both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. He also broke a school record in the 300 with a run of 38.90. This marks the first time he surpassed the 39 second threshold. 

Memorial Day Services to be held Monday at 10 a.m.

Feature Memorial Day service

Sumner Newscow report — There will be Memorial Day Service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

The featured speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Jim Valentine. The order of the service will be as follows:

Welcome – James Lockhart.

Oxford baseball team to play Moscow on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

WildcatsSumner Newscow report — The Oxford boys baseball team will be playing Moscow in the first round of the Class 2-1A State Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Great Bend. See bracket here.

Oxford is a No. 6 seed at 11-11 while Moscow is the third seed at 17-5. The teams will battle at 6:30 p.m. in the single elimination game. It will be the last game of the evening. The winner of Oxford/Moscow will advance to the second round where it will meet the winner of Medicine Lodge (17-4) and Olathe-Heritage Christian Academy (10-13). 

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