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Busy weekend in Wellington

Citywide Garage Sale, annual garden show and WHS prom is slated for this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you are not having a busy weekend in Wellington this weekend, then you may want to get out more. Three big events are occurring on More »

Wellington Police Take Back Day

Wellington Police Department with the DEA to hold Drug Take Back Day on April 26

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Wellington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in More »

Crusaders around the world

Dr. Byron Newberry, a 1987 Wellington High School grad, becomes dean of College of Engineering and Computer Science at Oklahoma Christian

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dr. Byron Newberry, a Valedictorian for the Wellington High School Class of 1987,  has been named Oklahoma Christian University’s Dean of  College of Engineering and Computer More »

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U.S. Olympic coach John Underwood to kickoff ‘Life of an Athlete’ seminar in Wellington tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Underwood, Director of the the nationally renowned program Life of an Athlete, is coming to Wellington tonight to kickoff a two-day training seminar for area More »

Sumner County Court docket use this one

Sumner County Court Docket: April 23, 2014 report

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 »

Wellington City Council names Shane Shields as interim City Manager; reluctantly accepts Collins resignation

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By 5-0 vote, the Wellington City Council “reluctantly” accepted the resignation of Wellington City Manager Gus Collins and named City Clerk Shane Shields as the Interim City Manager at a special meeting Thursday night.

Gus Collins

Gus Collins

Collins submitted his resignation earlier this week (see story here) which will go into effect on June 1, 2014. Shields will then take over on an interim basis while the council searches for a permanent replacement. Shields’ monetary compensation will be discussed at a later date.

Council member Jan Korte made the motion after two consecutive 30-minute executive sessions to discuss personnel matters at the council chambers.

Collins has been the city manager since May 2006 when he replaced Carl Myers, who resigned at the end of 2005. Wellington city went five months without a city manager as then City Clerk Rose Miller and then Director of Public Works Rod Conwell served in interim city manager capacities. 

Citywide Garage Sale, annual garden show and WHS prom is slated for this weekend

Busy weekend in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you are not having a busy weekend in Wellington this weekend, then you may want to get out more.

Three big events are occurring on Saturday and stretching into Sunday. There is the Wellington Citywide Garage Sale on Saturday morning. Also from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be the Gardens in Bloom Annual Garden Show and Sale at the Raymond Frye Complex from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Then in the late afternoon the Wellington High School prom festivities begin.

The schedule for the 2014 WHS prom is as follows:

Phase 1 of Lincoln Street has been opened to traffic from Woodlawn to Drexel

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Phase I of Lincoln Street has been opened to traffic from Woodlawn to Drexel. Motorists will no longer have to use the BNSF detour. Phase II from Drexel to Arthur remains under construction and is expected to be completed in May, weather permitting.

Citizens trying to access the Compost Site can travel down Lincoln and then follow signage posted for the new detour. If there are any questions, please contact Cody Sims at (620) 326-3631 or at codysims@cityofwellington.net.

Wellington Police Department with the DEA to hold Drug Take Back Day on April 26

Wellington Police Take Back Day

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Wellington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Wellington Police Department, located at 200 North “C” Street, #100.  The Wellington Police and DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.  

2014 Caldwell Border-Queen Track Invitational results:

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell Border-Queen Track meet was held Tuesday. The results of the track meet can be found here: Caldwell Invitational 4-24-14

WHS boys tennis team places 4th, school track record broken in Caldwell…

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys tennis team finished fourth out of eight teams in Circle on Tuesday; the WHS track team had success in the Caldwell Invitational including a new school record being set and the Wellington Middle School boys lost a tough one in Andover Central. Those details and the sports schedule through Monday are below:

Wellington tennis: 

The Wellington boys tennis team finished fourth in the eight-team Circle Invitational. Augusta, Circle, Collegiate, El Dorado, Independence, Labette County, Parsons and Wellington were participating.

Dr. Byron Newberry, a 1987 Wellington High School grad, becomes dean of College of Engineering and Computer Science at Oklahoma Christian

Crusaders around the world

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dr. Byron Newberry, a Valedictorian for the Wellington High School Class of 1987,  has been named Oklahoma Christian University’s Dean of  College of Engineering and Computer Science for the 2014-15 academic year.

Byron Newberry

Byron Newberry

Newberry is the son of Ed and Bobbi Newberry of Wellington. He will be part of OC’s expansion from three to five colleges beginning the 2014-15 academic year.

Newberry is a professor of mechanical engineering and chairs OC’s Graduate School of Engineering.

After graduating from Oklahoma Christian in 1992 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Newberry went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Michigan. He also served as a senior research engineer and consultant at Shell International Exploration and Production. 

Trinidad Sanchez, 91, Wellington: Sept. 3, 1922 – April 23, 2014

Trinidad Sanchez, age 91, lifelong Wellington resident, died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014, at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington.  She was a retired sales clerk at Chief Drug Store and Geronimo’s.

Trinidad was born on September 3, 1922 in Wellington, KS to Gregorio and Maria (Garcia) Sanchez.

She was a member of St. Anthony/St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mock disaster drill in Wellington is set for Friday, April 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Friday, April 25 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Future’s Unlimited along with Sumner Mental Health Center, Wellington Police Department, Wellington Fire/EMS, Sumner County Emergency Management, Sumner Regional Medical Center and Sumner County Emergency Communications (E-911) will participate in a Mock Disaster training drill.

U.S. Olympic coach John Underwood to kickoff ‘Life of an Athlete’ seminar in Wellington tonight

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Underwood, Director of the the nationally renowned program Life of an Athlete, is coming to Wellington tonight to kickoff a two-day training seminar for area high school and college coaches and student athletes.

The public is invited to attend the kick-off party which starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight and will include a free hamburger dinner. The program is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team. The kickoff party tonight will include a town hall meeting.

Gerald Gilkey, Director at SCCDAT, said he expects 68 high schools and eight college coaches from a four-county region to converge on Wellington for the two-day event. 

Sumner County Court Docket: April 23, 2014 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Leota Coats case against the Wellington school district in 1983 helped form the Kansas Due Process law for teachers

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by Linda Stinnett, Derby Weekly Informer — A Derby attorney’s work to help a Wellington teacher in the 1980s defined the rights which all Kansas teachers shared for nearly 40 years. That law was abolished this Monday when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the school finance law which affectively eliminated due process.

Lee Kinch served as the attorney for two cases which went before the Kansas Supreme Court in 1983. Each involved due process – the protection teachers were given under state legislation until it was repealed in Kansas on April 6 and signed into law by Brownback on April 21.

The case of Leota Coats, an eight-year language arts teacher and department chair at Wellington High School, came after her contract was not renewed in March 1980 when the school board decided to cut staffing due to declining enrollment.

According to the court opinion, Coats had the least seniority of the high school staff under consideration for non-renewal. The Wellington school board also considered her as unqualified to move to a junior high position, even though there were non-tenured teachers at that level.

Sumner County Attorney formerly charges 5 arrested in area drug offenses

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Attorney’s office has submitted formal charges on those recently arrested by the Wellington Police Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s office (see story here).

The following charges have been made in Sumner County District Court: 

Wellington school board to hold special meeting Thursday, April 24

The Wellington school board will be holding a special meeting on Thursday, April 24, at the USD 353 Central Office at 7 p.m. to discuss the safe and secure schools bond project.

Special City Council meeting to be held 5:45 p.m. Thursday

The Wellington City Council will hold a Special City Council meeting at 5:45 p.m., on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the City Council Chambers, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas.  The purpose of the SPECIAL MEETING is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected officials.

Wellington police notes: Monday, April 21, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Monday, April 21, 2014

Sicily’s Run is set for Saturday, May 3 with 5K and half-mile run

Sicily-Run-4-6-14Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The fourth annual Sicily’s Run will be held Saturday, May 3 and there is still time to register for the 5K and half mile Fun Run. Runner, joggers, and walkers are welcome! Registration begins at 7:30 am at the Knights of Columbus building, 201 E. Harvey in Wellington.  Those registering up to the morning of the event cannot be guaranteed a race t-shirt but are welcome to register.

The 5K will begin at 8:30 am and the ½ mile at 9:30 am.  Daylight Donuts, coffee, and juice will be available for a donation beginning at 7:30 am.

All proceeds from Sicily’s Run go to the Sicily Zeka Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year until the year 2023, when Sicily would have graduated, a Wellington High School graduating senior pursuing a career in medicine will be awarded a scholarship.

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