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10 things to know about the Crusader football team

Crusader preview: Wellington starts the Zane Aquilar football era

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – 10 things to know about the 2016 Wellington High School football team… 1. The essentials… Head coach: Zane Aguilar, first year. Record last year: 4-5. No. More »

10 things to know about volleyball team

Crusader preview: 10 things to know about the volleyball team…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School volleyball team: 1. The essentials: Head coach: Hannah Shuck, first year. Record last year: 19-20. Notable accomplishments: More »

10 things to know about tennis

Crusader Preview: Wellington tennis team has 22 players; some varsity experience returning

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School girls tennis team: 1. The essentials: Head coach: Brian Aufdengarten, 16th year. Notable accomplishments last season: Wellington More »

10 things to know about cross country

Crusader Preview: Charles Wallace has been coaching cross country for 50 years

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School cross country team: 1. The essentials: Head coach: Charles Wallace, 48th year in Wellington and 50th year More »

107 Lincoln St. Building 8-26-16

Engineering report confirms in order to save 107 W. Lincoln building it would cost $529,000

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington’s consulting firm Professional Engineering Consultants of Wichita just issued a report that does not bode well for the survival of the building More »

USD school board meeting report

Wellington school board approves construction of new track which won’t be built until 2017

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At a special meeting held this week, the Wellington school board approved the construction of a new track. But the construction of the track at the More »

Crusader preview: Wellington starts the Zane Aquilar football era

10 things to know about the Crusader football team
This is the first year of a Zane Aguilar coached team.

This is the first year of a Zane Aguilar coached team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – 10 things to know about the 2016 Wellington High School football team…

1. The essentials…

Zane Aguilar

Zane Aguilar

Head coach: Zane Aguilar, first year. Record last year: 4-5. No. of starters returning: 4 offensive and five defensive. No. of seniors: 10. Assistant football coaches

Tim Lra-RB/LB

Rick Phelps-OL?DL

John McComb-TE/DE

Nick Wellington-OL/DL

Ryan Elder-QB/DB

Tony Ybarra-WR/OLB

Ross Foley-OL/DL.

2. The new coach…

To say Aguilar knows Wellington football is an understatement. Growing up a Crusader, Aguilar was a quarterback for some of Wellington’s best football teams ever. From 2001 to 2003, Aguilar threw for 2,360 yards. During his junior year, he ranks 12th in passing with 1,167 yards in 2002.

“I was lucky to be part of those teams,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar joined the football staff behind Linn Hibbs in 2007, and has been an assistant since. In 2016, when Tyler Ryan resigned after four years at the helm, Aguilar was named the WHS head coach.

Crusader preview: 10 things to know about the volleyball team…

10 things to know about volleyball team
The 2016 Wellington varsity volleyball team.

The 2016 Wellington varsity volleyball team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School volleyball team:

1. The essentials:

Head coach: Hannah Shuck, first year. Record last year: 19-20. Notable accomplishments: Qualified for the state tournament for the first time in its history.

2. The new coach:

Shuck is a Wellington High School graduate embarking on her first year as head coach of the varsity Crusaders. She had spent three years at Wellington Middle School before embarking on the varsity team.

3.  No. of returning starters: 1. Tayland French was a starter last season.

4. The varsity roster:

Crusader Preview: Wellington tennis team has 22 players; some varsity experience returning

10 things to know about tennis

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School girls tennis team:

1. The essentials:

Head coach: Brian Aufdengarten, 16th year. Notable accomplishments last season: Wellington doubles team of sisters Madi and Mekenna Adams placed seventh at the Class 4A State Tournament. Madi Lewellen and Dietra Sober also qualified for state. 

2.  No. of returning starters: There are four returning varsity players from a year ago.

3. The varsity roster:

Aufty has eight varsity players who will be interchangeable throughout the year. Those girls will be: MeKenna Adams, Madison Lewellen, Abby Lowe, Lexis Saffell, Avery Rusk, Lauryn Snipes, Jacelyn Buck and Kylie Aufdengarten.  Snipes joins the team as a senior after not playing since her freshman year. Rusk hasn’t played since the eighth grade.

4. No. of players on the roster.

Crusader Preview: Charles Wallace has been coaching cross country for 50 years

10 things to know about cross country

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about the Wellington High School cross country team:

1. The essentials:

Head coach: Charles Wallace, 48th year in Wellington and 50th year of coaching.

2.  Key returning starters: Will Long, Carson LeGrand and Jo Treadway will all be returning for another season.

3. No. of runners:

Wellington will have 29 runners this year in high school. There are four seniors, six juniors, five sophomores and 14 freshmen.

4. No. of Wellington Middle School runners:

Wellington girls volleyball team go 2-3 in season opening Winfield tournament

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls volleyball team won two of their five games this weekend in the season opening Winfield tournament.

Great start to the year and hope to get better each day,” said Hannah Shuck, Wellington girls volleyball coach. “We are not satisfied with only winning 2 and plan to keep working hard to improve each week.

WHS vs Trinity- Loss.

Game 1- 20-25 loss.

Game 2- 19-25 loss.

WHS vs Conway Springs- WIN.

Game 1 – 25-14 Win

Marvin Leroy (Marty) Walton, 52, Wellington native: July 9, 1964 – July 27, 2016

Marvin Leroy Walton, Jr.

Marvin Leroy Walton, Jr.

Marvin Leroy (Marty) Walton, Jr., 52, gained his Angel Wings at this home in Longview, Wash. on July 27, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Marvin was born in Wellington, on July 9, 1964 to Marvin L. Walton, Sr. and Janice (Engelhardt) Walton.  He attended schools in Deer Creek-Lamont, Okla.

Marvin served 21 years and retired, with the Blackwell, Okla. Army National Guard.  Marty loved to cook, fish, garden, build things, and spend time with his family and his beloved dog, Diva.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Mildred Winchell and Richard and Grace (Bestwick) Walton; step-father, LeRoy Engelhardt; and step-sister, Kim Rogers.

Engineering report confirms in order to save 107 W. Lincoln building it would cost $529,000

107 Lincoln St. Building 8-26-16
107 W. Lincoln building #2

8000 square foot building on Lincoln and Washington has been roped off since July.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington’s consulting firm Professional Engineering Consultants of Wichita just issued a report that does not bode well for the survival of the building at 107 W. Lincoln.

The city office has just received a report this Thursday from PEC stating that in order for the building to be safely stabilized and secured, it would cost either the owner or the city an estimated $529,000.

“I’m not sure that is something we could afford,” said Shane Shields, Wellington City Manager.

The demolition of the building will undoubtedly cost less, but Shields would not offer a guesstimate how much such a procedure would cost. Wellington City Inspector Richard Jack said in a previous council meeting that demolition would cost between $50,000 and $100,000.

The imperiled building on the northwest corner of Lincoln and Washington has been shut down since July 14. The street at Lincoln between Washington and Jefferson has also been closed down in fear of the building falling. The sidewalks have been also roped off from pedestrians.

Shields said he will be taking the report to the Wellington City Council which is scheduled to meet on Sept. 6 for its regular meeting.

Wellington receives another 1.9 inches of rain over the past two nights

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — Over the past two days, rain continues to fall. Thursday morning, Wellington received 1.3 inches of rain. This morning, Wellington had .6 inches. Currently, the August total so far is 11.1 inches of rain. In July, Wellington totaled 8.2 inches. In June it was 2.2 and in May it was 10.10 inches.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Student Council is having ‘Name the mascot’ contest

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Aug. 26, 201

Friday

No activities scheduled.

Saturday

Volleyball at Winfield, 8 a.m.

Friday’s lunch Cheese Pizza-Corn Dog-Salad

Saturday’s lunch Chicken Alfredo-Ham and Cheese Sandwich-Salad

Today’s News:

Vaunda Day, 78, Wellington: Jan. 31, 1938 – Aug. 26, 2016

Vaundalia Day

Vaunda Day

Vaunda Day died on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Serenity Senior Retreat in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 78.

Vaunda was born the daughter of J. Eugene and Bertha H. (Dwyer) Wartick on Monday, January 31, 1938 in Wellington, Kansas.

On February 5, 1956, Vaunda and Russell Dean Day were united in marriage in Wellington, Kansas. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Vaunda was first employed as a Teller at First Federal Savings and Loan; however, many will remember her from a 25 year career as a Para Educator in the Wellington schools. She really enjoyed working with students in the expanded skills classes. Outside of work, Vaunda held many interests such as genealogy where she spent many hours researching and assembling books about her family history.

Laurel Snide, 52, Wichita: Jan. 17, 1964 – August 24, 2016

Laurel Snide, 52, of Wichita died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Oxford Christian Church. Burial will be at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Oxford Funeral Service from 1 until 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and may be left with Oxford Funeral Service. For further information please visit www.oxfordfuneralservice.com.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Wellington school board approves construction of new track which won’t be built until 2017

USD school board meeting report
This will be the surface of the new track.

This will be the surface of the new track.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At a special meeting held this week, the Wellington school board approved the construction of a new track. But the construction of the track at the middle school won’t start until June 1, 2017.

The Wellington board approved the recommendation of assistant superintendent Brad Morris to rebuild the current dilapidated track from the ground up for a cumulative $484,400. The asphalt track will cost $281,400 and the red shell topping will be for $103,000. Morris estimates it will take two months to complete and be ready around the first of August, 2017.

In the meantime, the spring track season may be chaotic. Wellington Track Coach Charles Wallace said because the current condition of the track is unserviceable, he thinks the home high school and middle school track meets will need to be farmed out to an area school such as Belle Plaine or Caldwell. There may be a way to have grade school track meets, but that will need to be reviewed when the time approaches.

The deterioration of the track which is located behind the Wellington Middle School, has led the board to look at either replacing it completely or just put another covering on top of the current track pad. The track was last rebuilt in the mid-1990s.

“This will be my second rebuilt track,” laughed board member Angie Ratcliff. “I have been here awhile.”

Regent Theater this week: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Suicide Squad (see trailer below).

Schedule: Friday 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

This Friday’s feature film: PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language). Time: 2 hours 3 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”). It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

South Haven Fair Association Car Show to be held Saturday, Aug. 27

South Haven Car Show

Help wanted: Sanitation driver/collector city of Wellington

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Sanitation driver/collector for City of Wellington.

The City of Wellington is currently taking applications for the position of Sanitation Driver/Collector involving routine work driving a refuse collection truck, working as a collector and requiring manual labor in all weather conditions.  Must have a valid Commercial Drivers License. High School graduate or GED.  Salary range is $11.69 to $16.95 DOQ.  Please apply on-line at www.HRePartners.com or to the City Clerk, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152 by 5:00 pm, September 7, 2016.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.

South Haven Community Fair starts tonight

Click here for larger version of Fair bill. Fair Flyer 2016

Vandalized Candy Cane City restroom to remain closed; call police if you have any info

Vandalized bathroomSumner Newscow report — Due to vandalism, the Candy Cane City Restroom will be closed until further notice.  City staff will have to repaint the interior walls prior to the facility being reopened.

The vandalism occurred sometime between the afternoon of Monday, August 22 and Wednesday afternoon.  If anyone has information leading to those responsible for this damage, please contact the Wellington Police Department at 326-3331.

Wellington Council Roundup: And, oh, yeah, the 2017 City Budget was approved

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — With all the controversy going on, last week’s Wellington City Council meetings was certainly one of the more memorable meetings in recent history. There were city council members either resigning or being ousted depending on your point of view, and a new city manager was hired.

Almost lost in the shuffle was the passage of the 2017 Wellington City Budget, which one could argue was the most important motion of all. There were also several other items of significance.

Here is a rundown on “the rest” of the meeting.

The council has been talking about its budget for a couple of months, and it received final approval after a public hearing at the meeting. The budget has a slightly higher mill levy, but taxpayers should not notice much of an increase. However, housing values do change, and even the final mill levy could still change, but the budget remains pretty much the same as last year.

Employees will get a cost of living adjustment, and the council also approved a higher pay scale for police officers. With some retirements, there should not be a significant change in the overall budget there.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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