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Teenage children go on mailbox removal crime spree in Wellington over the weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Wellington juveniles, under the age of 18, are awaiting charges for destroying at least 14 mailboxes around town. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said that More »

Ty Wilson places sixth, Blake Saffell ties for 17th in 4A State Golf Tournament

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf season concluded Monday in the Class 4A State Tournament at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. Crusader senior Ty Wilson finished sixth in the More »

Wellington Police Department has implemented ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign this week

by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief – On Monday, as you can tell by the Police Notes, we have implemented the Click It or Ticket campaign. Now through Sunday, June 3, travelers can More »

Hometown Sales & Lease is offering the lowest prices on furniture, electronics and appliances

Hometown is a locally owned family business.  We offer lowest prices on furniture, electronics and appliances.  Low Hometown overhead means low Hometown prices.  Check out our website here for our sale and More »

Flag movers needed for Avenue of Flags; how the tradition started

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Avenue of Flags committee is looking for a few good volunteers to help put up and remove flags from Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington during More »

Meet your WHS Valedictorian: Jenna Rausch

Name of Valedictorian: Jenna Rausch. Your parents/guardians: Jason and Holly Rausch. List of high school accomplishments: NHS Vice President, SADD Treasurer, STUCO Public Relations, Superintendent’s Honor Roll 4 years, Homecoming Candidate, WSU More »

City of Wellington is accepting applications for Park Laborer, Street Laboror

The City of Wellington is accepting applications for Park Laborer responsible for routine manual labor involving care and maintenance of City parks and Public Works areas.  Duties include mowing, trimming, spraying and operation, maintenance and repair of equipment. Must have High school diploma or GED, valid drivers license and ability to obtain a CDL.  Pay range is $9.97 to $14.45 DOQ with excellent benefits.  Please apply at www.HrePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152 by 5:00 May 31, 2018.  EOE, Drug-free Workplace.

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The City of Wellington is currently taking applications for the position of Street Laborer.  Under supervision this position is responsible for  performing routine semi-skilled work in the construction and maintenance of the City street system and other work activities leading to the acquisition of equipment operator skills.   Diploma or GED required, with experience and knowledge of  equipment operation  preferred, valid drivers license and ability to obtain a CDL.   Salary range is $9.97 to $14.45  DOQ, with excellent benefits, EOE, Drug free workplace.  Apply at www.HrePartners.com or at City Hall, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5:00pm on May 31, 2018.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: May 14 to May 21, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 14 to May 21, 2018 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Teenage children go on mailbox removal crime spree in Wellington over the weekend

At least 14 mailboxes in Wellington were damaged over the weekend.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Wellington juveniles, under the age of 18, are awaiting charges for destroying at least 14 mailboxes around town.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said that the department has received 14 reports over the weekend in which mailboxes were forcibly removed from their stands by high school children. Eight of those reports came in on Saturday and six more on Sunday. Heath said he has not determined whether the crime spree was conducted over one or two nights.

The mailbox removing appears to be random with no set pattern across the Wellington community. It appeared that a vehicle was involved in which a high school aged person got out and physically removed the boxes from the stand by either punching or kicking them off.

Ty Wilson places sixth, Blake Saffell ties for 17th in 4A State Golf Tournament

Ty Wilson and Blake Saffell at the Class 4A State Tournament in Emporia. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf season concluded Monday in the Class 4A State Tournament at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. Crusader senior Ty Wilson finished sixth in the 18-hole tournament featuring the best golfers in Class 4A. Freshman Blake Saffell would finish tied for 17th place.

Wilson completed his WHS career, shooting a 72, one-over par. Saffell would shoot a 5-over 76 (see full results here).

This concludes an exceptional season for the 2018 Dukes highlighted by winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV tournament in McPherson and losing the tiebreaker to qualify as a team for state in the Class 4A Regional in Wellington a week ago.

Overall, Andover Central won the Class 4A team title for the second consecutive year with a 290 team score, outdistancing Hays that finished second by 17 strokes. That was an even larger margin for Andover Central than the Wellington Regional. Wichita Trinity placed fourth with a 312. Interestingly, Andale, which Wellington beat in league, was a third place finish with a 308.

Wellington Police Department has implemented ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign this week

by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief – On Monday, as you can tell by the Police Notes, we have implemented the Click It or Ticket campaign. Now through Sunday, June 3, travelers can expect increased police presence on Wellington city streets as the Wellington Police Department joins 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2018 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.

This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.  Enforcement will occur around the clock.  Officers will be especially vigilant at night because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unrestrained crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours.

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act.  These statutes require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained.  Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, teens in any seat position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained. 

Hometown Sales & Lease is offering the lowest prices on furniture, electronics and appliances

Hometown is a locally owned family business.  We offer lowest prices on furniture, electronics and appliances.  Low Hometown overhead means low Hometown prices.  Check out our website here for our sale and clearance items.

Flag movers needed for Avenue of Flags; how the tradition started

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Avenue of Flags committee is looking for a few good volunteers to help put up and remove flags from Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington during Memorial Day Weekend.

Volunteers are asked to come to the cemetery entrance at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. The committee also needs volunteers to take the flags down on Monday, May 28 at 4 p.m. barring wet weather. There will be donuts on Saturday and burgers on Monday!

Andy McEntire, heading the committee, said there are now 1,256 flags that need to be moved in and out of the cemetery.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, May 21, 2018

Wellington Police notes: Monday, May 21, 2018

Meet your WHS Valedictorian: Jenna Rausch

Name of Valedictorian: Jenna Rausch.

Your parents/guardians: Jason and Holly Rausch.

List of high school accomplishments: NHS Vice President, SADD Treasurer, STUCO Public Relations, Superintendent’s Honor Roll 4 years, Homecoming Candidate, WSU Junior Honoree. KU Honor Scholar, 2017 2nd Team All-League Softball, 2017 1st Team All-League Volleyball.

Future aspirations: Study elementary education at Emporia State University

Favorite pastime: Spending time with my friends and family

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20, 2018:

Friday, May 18, 2018

Elizabeth Williams, 73, Caldwell native: August 19, 1944 – May 7, 2018

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Ann (Bobek) Williams, age 73, died on May 7, 2018.  Elizabeth had been a resident at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Home, Sloan House, in Manhattan, KS, since November 2016.

Elizabeth was born on August 19, 1944, to Jerry and Berta Bobek in Caldwell, KS.  She was the youngest sibling, following Mary Elaine and Jerry Jr.  Most of us remember her most fondly as “Frickie,” a nickname her sister Mary gave her as a child.  “FRICK!”  “Frickie!” was heard all over town.

Elizabeth married Craig Williams on August 14, 1965, in Caldwell, KS.  Craig & Frickie were blessed with two children:  Brad Williams (Shelly) and Susan Howard (Derek), and five grandchildren, Grant, Garrin, Blaise, Chance and Morgan.   Grandma and Grandpa loved attending any event to watch their grandchildren perform, and spending birthdays and holidays with their family.

Craig and Frickie made Manhattan, KS, their home in 1994, where they could spend their years cheering on K-State, attending alumni events, and later attending nearby grandchildren’s events.  Elizabeth enjoyed playing bridge at the Country Club each week where not only was she good company with the ladies but a shark with her cards.  This was the highlight of her week. 

Sunday’s gas smell in Wellington was harmless, Fire Chief said

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several Wellington residents noticed a distinct propane-like smell Sunday afternoon. So much so that the Wellington Fire/EMS personnel were receiving several phone calls throughout the day stretching from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. yesterday from concerned citizens who were concerned of a gas leak.

Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay said not to worry. The Kansas Gas Service was using this chemical Mercaptain, a harmless chemical that is added to natural gas, which contains sulfur, to make it smell. Otherwise, the gas is odorless, colorless and tasteless and could never be detected by a human.

During the chemical-mixing process, Hay said, a little too much was added and that caused a rotten egg smell you associate with propane.

“I know we had at least 10 calls but I’m sure they received more,” Hay said. “But no one was in danger. From my understanding they had several Kansas Gas Service employees going door-to-door to explain the situation.” 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: May 14- May 20, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for May 14 to May 20, 2018 is as follows: 

The ‘everything you wanted to know’ list for the 2018 Wellington High graduates

Arlis Troutman was one of 114 WHS Graduates this year. (Photos by Eric Rinehart and Tracy McCue).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School graduated 114 seniors during the annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd in the gymnasium.

This will mark the end of the Valedictorian speeches as Wellington is changing formats next year with a Summa Cum Laude process in 2019. The 12 Valedictorians made the best of it with a collective speech. This year’s Valedictorians included Marisa Black, Elizabeth Brownee, Mary Grace Fink, Ian Groom, Logan Jones, Kialee LeValley, Abigail Lowe, Matthew McComb, Hudson Ramirez, Jenna Rausch, Jack Walton and Adrianna Young. Profiles of each Valedictorian is being featured on Sumner Newscow on a daily basis. We still need two more profiles back from these seniors.

The 2018 WHS Valedictorians.

Senior scholarships were presented at the graduation and at Class Night on Thursday.

Here is a list of the graduation scholarships presented on Sunday:

Wellington’s Buck ends amazing sophomore year with the Shockers

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wichita State got off to a good start at the NCAA softball regionals in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but could not overcome a strong Arkansas team that won the region and advanced. Wellngton native Ryleigh Buck plays first base for Wichita State.

Ryleigh Buck

After beating Oklahoma State in the first game on Friday, Wichita State fell to Arkansas 5-0. That game was close however, as the Razorbacks scored three runs in the seventh inning.

Wichita State had only one hit in that game. The Razorbacks were not scored on in their first two games, and gave up three hits in both games combined.

Wichita State then played Oklahoma State again, and the Shockers had the Cowgirls’ number this year. The Shockers beat Oklahoma State 5-4, coming from behind with two runs in the fifth to get the win.

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Meet your WHS Valedictorian: Logan Jones

Name: Logan Jones

Parents: Jeremy and Christa Jones.

List of High School Accomplishments: Junior Lions Club Award, Duke Winner, Governor’s Scholar, Kansas Honors Scholar, and Rotary Scholar.

Future Aspirations: Study Computer Science at Kansas State University and become a Software Developer.

Favorite past time: Hanging out with friends and working as one of Ronnie’s Angels.

Sunday Blog: The issue with past and present tense, and the English language

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — Two years ago I had finished teaching a math class and one of the students held back to speak with me after the class had finished.  He said ”you’ve got an accent, but I can easily understand you,” — followed by — “How did you learn to speak English so well?”

Robert Escandon

I told him I’d spent 56 years practicing it in England before coming here to live.  He clearly didn’t see the irony of his question.  I guess he thought that “English” was just the name given to the predominate language spoken in the U.S. and hadn’t ever related it to a country.

Later, I was asked  ”How do you guys celebrate July 4?”  I jokingly told him that we let off a huge rocket and when it explodes everyone shouts  “Yeh –we lost!”   He failed to see the joke, presumably because he hadn’t realized that July 4 was a celebration of Independence and not just a national party.

Meet your Valedictorian: Ian Groom

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Every day until we get through, Sumner Newscow is profiling a 2018 Wellington High School Valedictorian. Other Sumner County school Valedictorians can also submit profiles with the listed of questions below. Today we are featuring Ian Groom.

Name: Ian Groom

Parents: Amy and Tim Groom

List of high school accomplishments: Junior lions club award winner and plaque winner, 4 years superintendents honor roll, KU honors banquet, Rotary Club, 2 years class president 1 year vice president, 3 years of National Honor Society, Student of the month freshman and sophomore year.

Future aspirations: Undergraduate school at KSU, medical school and anesthesiologist.

Favorite past time: Playing games with friends.

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