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State tournament preview: Oxford baseball team set to play Bluestem in huge first round tussle

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford High School baseball team will be embarking on its second boys Class 2-1A State Tournament run in three years when it will travels to More »

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The time you get out of bed question

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Outgoing council members give advice on the joys of public service

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As of Friday evening, only one candidate had signed up to run for the Wellington City Council. The deadline is June 1. Traditionally people do wait More »

Sumner County Court Docket: May 23, 2017

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 »

City/School candidates filings as of May 22; Election deadline is June 1

Sumner Newscow report — The list of election filings for city and school seats in Sumner as of May 22, 2017 can be found here. People have until Thursday, June 1 to More »

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21, 2017: More »

Sumner Newscow LIVE twitter feed… Oxford vs. Bluestem, 1A State tournament


CDGB Housing Rehab program now accepting applications for a minimum of 14 single-family housing units

Sumner Newscow report — The CDGB Housing Rehab program will provide housing rehabilitation for a minimum of 14 single-family housing units, 9 of which will be rental units and 5 owner-occupied units.  The target area is the area bounded by A Street to G Street and between 8th and 15th Streets.

Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office and the SCEDC Office; and are posted on the City website (cityofwellington.net).  Applications are being accepted at this time and should be submitted to the City Engineering office or the City Manager’s office.  It is necessary for those that completed pre-applications to now submit a final application as more detailed information is necessary. 

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 24, 2017:

Help wanted: City of Wellington looking for Seasonal Laborers

Help wanted: The City of Wellington is accepting applications for the positions of Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties.

Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $8.00 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  See available positions and apply at www.HRePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS.  Applications open until filled.

State tournament preview: Oxford baseball team set to play Bluestem in huge first round tussle

The Oxford baseball team practiced this week at the Hafner Center at Cowley College in preparation of the state tournament.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford High School baseball team will be embarking on its second boys Class 2-1A State Tournament run in three years when it will travels to Great Bend Thursday.

The Wildcats (20-1) will be battling Bluestem (15-4) at 1:15 p.m. tomorrow in the first round. The game will be single elimination. If Oxford can get past Bluestem then it will be assured three games in the eight-team bracket (see here). There will be a sendoff at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow. Sumner Newscow will have live tweets of the game.

Oxford head coach Kyle Green is giving Dalton Silhan the starting nod on the mound against Bluestem. The junior has an ERA of 1.77 in 27.2 innings pitched.

The Wildcats and Lions have never met on the diamond. They did play in the first round of the Class 2A Regional in basketball which Bluestem won. The Lions have been Class 3A until this year and was once a member of the Central Plains League that included schools like Conway Springs and Belle Plaine around Wichita.

Now the school is part of the Tri-Valley League that includes schools more east and north. The only common opponents for the two clubs have been Cedar Vale-Dexter. 

Summer food program offers free meal to kids for USD 353

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Kids will have the option of eating breakfast, lunch, and even an afternoon snack with their friends, thanks to the OPAA! Food Management summer food program.

Last year, USD 353 partnered with OPAA! Food Management, which offers students three different healthy choices at breakfast and lunch daily, along with milk or bottled water.

The nutritious summer meals are offered at no charge, and adhere to child nutrition guidelines. Although children of all ages are welcome, adults are not allowed to eat, and children must eat the food at the location where it is being served, and can’t take it with them.

Karla Defore named USD 353 Teacher of the Year

Wellington High School Karla Defore and Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener.

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington High School instructor Karla Defore, who teaches World History, Citizenship, Leadership and New Teacher Mentoring was rewarded the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year at end of the year Employee Appreciation Program at the Wellington High School auditorium this morning.

Sumner Newscow will have more on Defore at a later time. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The time you get out of bed question

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, May 23, 2017:

Outgoing council members give advice on the joys of public service

Council person Vince Wetta with Jan Korte pictured above.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As of Friday evening, only one candidate had signed up to run for the Wellington City Council. The deadline is June 1. Traditionally people do wait until the deadline approaches before signing up. But that deadline is approaching fast (see filings here).

The council will have a very different look after the election in November. Three of the six city council members terms will end this year, and all three have said they are not running again. However, one is wavering.

Bill Butts

Council members Vince Wetta and Jan Korte both served full terms, and Bill Butts was appointed to finish an unexpired term taking over for B.J. Tracy, who abruptly resigned in June 2014.

While Butts said he is not intending to run at this point, he is leaving the door open to changing his mind.

By the time the current term ends in January 2018, Korte will have been on the council for six years and she feels it is time to quit.

“There are other things I want to do, and I just feel like I am finished,” Korte said. She is still running her CPA business and plans on continuing that operation.

Wellington’s Impact Bank wins Crusader Way Recycling competition

Impact Bank employees celebrate their big win. Mason Lough (second left) represents the Crusader Way group. 

Sumner Newscow — Impact Bank in Wellington was the big winner of the 2017 Crusader Way Class Recycling Challenge. The Crusader Way, a civic minded class for Wellington High School freshmen, challenged businesses to collect as many recycling material as possible. Eight businesses took up the challenge and when the shouting was over, Impact Bank won the competition with 219 pounds of recycling trash collected.

Big Cheese Pizza came in second with 195 pounds of recycled material.

The following are the full results: 

Wellington golf team finishes season in 12th place in state tournament in Wamego

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf team traveled to Wamego for the Class 4A State tournament Monday. On a rainy day, the team finished 12th out of 12 full teams with a score of 393.  There were no Wellington medalists. To see the full results click here and scroll down to Class 4A.

The Wellington individual scores were:

Ty Wilson: 40 out, 52 in — 92. 55th place.

True DeJarnett: 52 out, 46 in — 98. 69th place.

Blake Bales: 51 out, 50 in — 101. 78th place.

Rylan Blasi: 47 out, 55 in — 102. 79th place. 

Library to kick off ‘Build a Better World’ summer reading program

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library plans to “Build a Better World” in the community through its free annual summer reading program. For adults, young adults and kids of all ages, there are many activities planned, and all programs are free and open to the public, and will run from June 6-July 28.

This summer, the library is participating in the Summer Lunch Program through USD 353. A sack lunch will be provided for all kids Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A super snack will be provided on Friday afternoons at 2 p.m.

Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. will feature workshops for grades K-5, involving activities in STEM, reading and math. The workshops include structures, towers, bridges marble runs, maker program, robots and a cardboard challenge.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., preschool storytime will be held, followed by an age appropriate activity.

Family day camps will be every other Thursday from 2-4 p.m., with Makerspace workshops, guest speakers, and fun projects for all ages. Camps lined up include an engineering challenge, making YouTube videos, family engineering challenge, and a family engineering project.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, May 22, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, May 22, 2017:

Sumner County Court Docket: May 23, 2017

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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City/School candidates filings as of May 22; Election deadline is June 1

Sumner Newscow report — The list of election filings for city and school seats in Sumner as of May 22, 2017 can be found here.

People have until Thursday, June 1 to file for the primary election on August 1, general election will be Nov. 7.

Here is some important information:

•Last day to file is June 1 at noon. 

•Must turn paperwork into the Sumner County Clerk’s office.

Sumner County Sheriff Office report: May 15- May 22, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 15 to May 22, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows:

Jack Mitchell, 82, Wellington: May 1, 1935 – May 18, 2017

Jack L. Mitchell, retired owner of Mitchell Trucking, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center at the age of 82.

Jack was born the son of W.L. and Georgia (Stamm) Mitchell on Wednesday, May 1, 1935 in Wellington, Kansas.

Survivors include his children, grandchildren and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Kamron Lee Vaughn, 43, Wichita: May 14, 1974 – May 16, 2017

Kamron Lee Vaughn, age 43, died at Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS on May 16, 2017.

Kamron was born on May 14, 1974 in Hutchinson, KS to Galen R. Vaughn and Sharon J. (Howe) Vaughn.

Kamron is preceded in death by his father, Galen R. Vaughn.

He is survived by his mother, Sharon Vaughn of Wellington; brother, Kerry Vaughn of Ft. Worth, TX; and many extended family members and friends.

Ed Trimmer: Kansas Legislature is still in neutral

Ed Trimmer

by Ed Trimmer, Kansas State Representative, 79th District — My last update discussed the inability of the Kansas Legislature to do the three things that must be done before the close of the session:

  • Pass a K-12 school formula that adequately funds public schools.
  • Pass a budget that reflects the efforts made in school funding proposals.
  • Pass a revenue proposal that helps move the State out of debt and adequately funds schools.

As of Friday, May 19 we still haven’t worked any of these policies on the House floor and there is no firm date on when we will do so.

K-12 Formula

 The House K-12 Budget Committee passed out a bill on a 10-6 vote (with no recommendation) that clearly does not adequately fund public schools.  The original proposal assembled by both Democrats and moderate Republicans would have increased K-12 school funding by $750 million over five years at a rate of $150 per year. The $750 million figure would have raised the Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) to $4806, for the 2012-2022 school year. 

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