Monthly Archives: February 2017

Belle Plaine wins big over Eureka 67-47 in first round sub-state game

Cole Osgood of Belle Plaine drives the lane vs. Eureka.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been awhile since the Belle Plaine boys last played a home sub-state basketball game.

Second year head coach Joe Newman was thinking it has been at least since 2006, when a Belle Plaine team ended up being state runner-up in Class 3A.

So Tuesday was a party of sorts, as Belle Plaine, top seed in the Fredonia sub-state battled the eighth seed Eureka team, in front of a raucous home town crowd. The evening was a success as the Dragons won 67-47.

Led by Bo Gooch, who scored 23 points for the game, Belle Plaine dominated Eureka all four quarters. Belle Plaine opened with a 15-4 lead and held a 32-18 advantage at the half. Belle Plaine would outscore its opponent 18-13 and 16-15 the third and fourth quarter for the win.

Belle Plaine head coach Joe Newman address team during timeout Tuesday.

Next up: Douglass in Fredonia on Friday at 6 p.m.

“It was a good win tonight, I knew they would be better than what their record would indicate,” Newman said about the 3-16 Eureka team. “They had a couple of good guards, who could shoot the ball.”

North West Wellington Lake Road to be closed for Law Enforcement training

Sumner Newscow report — North West Lake Road will be closed from Monday, March 6th through Wednesday, March 8 for area Law Enforcement training.  The road will reopen on Thursday, March 9.

Behind many sports mascots in Kansas, there is a lot of history

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Director Jordan Poland presented a program on the history of Kansas sports mascots at the Wellington Public Library on Monday evening.

Poland was raised in Isabel, Kans. and graduated from Medicine Lodge High School. He went on to play baseball at Coffeyville Junior College. He then finished his degree at K-State before attending Wichita State University. He has been part of the Hall of Fame since 2011, and was named director in 2014.

“The first mascots were often live animals,” Poland said. “A Black Lab named Bosco was WSU’s first mascot.”

After World War II, there was a rise in the use of furry mascots for entertainment value, Poland said. People dressed in costumes with giant heads.

“WuShock is the most feared bundle of wheat around,” Poland said.

For fun, Poland created quizzes and passed out Starburst candies to the winners in the crowd.

Go team! Bulldogs are the most common in Kansas.

“Mascots are an identifier, it’s who you are, and who we are,” Poland said. “I think it’s pretty cool, it gives me goosebumps. What other place are you going to forget in your life? Where else would that happen besides a sporting event? That’s what mascots do for us.”

Of 347 Kansas high schools, there are 121 different mascot names, or 2.8 schools per mascot. Nearly 50%, or 170 high schools are represented by 16 mascots, bulldogs being the most common, and at least 21 eagle mascots.

“That happens all over the country,” Poland said. “Our top 10 is similar to the top 10 all over the country.”

Quantrill’s Raid, also known as the Lawrence Massacre, occurred during the Civil War. It was an attack on a Confederate guerrilla group by Quantrill’s Raiders, led by William Quantrill on Aug. 21, 1863. Lawrence was targeted because of its reputation for being a center for Jayhawkers and Redlegs, free-state militia and vigilante groups known for destroying farms and plantations in pro-slavery counties in western Missouri. Lawrence was burned to the ground.

Ed Trimmer: Kansas Legislature reaches first milstone in ‘turn around’

Ed Trimmer

Legislative report by Ed Trimmer, representative of 79th District — The Kansas Legislature has reached its first milestone, “Turn Around”.  This is the point at which a bill must pass its house of origin or it remains in committee to be discussed next year.  The exceptions to this rule are bills that are referred to the Appropriations, Tax, Judiciary and Federal and State Affairs committees. I have been impressed with the bi-partisan cooperation that has taken place between House Democrats and Republicans.

As a result, we have approved more legislation by this point in the session than at the same time during the previous four years.  This legislation includes a new tax plan, a budget for the remainder of 2017, a bill to expand Medicaid and a bill to provide due process for public school educators along with over two hundred other bills and resolutions.  It is amazing what can be done when people work together.

Legislation of Local Interest:

Identical bills were introduced in the House and Senate to give Sumner County an at- large member on the Cowley College Board of Trustees.  I introduced the House bill and it was passed during the third week of February and sent to the Senate.

At the request of a constituent, I also introduced a bill that would require insurance coverage for amino-acid based formula for children who have a variety of serious eating disorders.  While the bill was not passed, it was scheduled for a yearlong study, which actually moves the bill closer to passage next year.

Sumner County Appraiser’s Office is conducting its annual re-inspection in eastern part of county

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Appraiser’s Office is conducting its annual re-inspection which started in February.

 This re-inspection process is mandated by the Kansas State Guidelines.

 The staff members will primarily be in the far Eastern Portion of the County (See “4” on attached map above penciled in black – click on map for larger version), and a few other parcels.

 The duties and procedures of the field staff will be as follows:

 The Appraiser’s office staff will be going door to door talking to the property owners about their properties, then measuring all structures that are located on each parcel.

 If the property owner is not home at the time, we will be leaving a PINK Door Hanger on their front door notifying them that we were at their property.

 Sumner County Appraiser’s office vehicles will be clearly marked with “Sumner County” on each side of the vehicle.

 In addition, EACH staff member will be wearing a Photo ID Badge that will be clearly visible from the taxpayer’s front door.

Sumner County legislators will have listening tour in Wellington, Argonia and Conway Springs on March 2

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring a legislative listening tour on Thursday, March 2 at 9 a.m.

•Rep. Kyle Hoffman, Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, and Sen. Larry Alley will be at No. 7 Coffeehouse in Wellington, 115 S. Washington. Coffee and cinnamon rolls will be provided.

•At 11 a.m., Rep. Hoffman and Sen. Alley will be at the Argonia Community Building, 114 W. Walnut.

•At 1:30 p.m., Rep. Hoffman and Sen. Alley will be at Farm Bureau agent Molly Fisher’s office in Conway Springs, 202 W. Spring. 

The legislators will spend about an hour at each location.  They will give a brief update on events in Topeka and then visit/take questions with those in attendance. 

Helen Leckrone charged with 2 counts of aggravated criminal threat for Friday bomb threats

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Helen Leckrone, 31, Wellington has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal threat, level 5 felonies, for allegedly making bomb threats at Wellington Eisenhower Elementary and Triumph Accessories Friday morning.

Helen Leckrone

Leckrone, currently in Sumner County jail, could face anywhere from 31 to 136 months in prison for her alleged phone calls if convicted.

Spencer filed the charges this morning in Sumner County District Court. Her first court appearance is Thursday at 9 a.m.

Spencer said that Leckrone made the phone calls so that she could have both her fiancé, who works at Triumph; and her son, a student at Eisenhower Elementary, home for the day.

According to the complaint, at 9:16 a.m. Friday using a phone number 620-440-8569 Leckrone phoned Eisenhower school in Wellington stating there was a bomb inside the school. This resulted in the evacuation of Eisenhower students and faculty with school being cancelled “so Leckrone’s son was sent home from school for the day,” the complaint said.

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Aaron Schoemann is named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Aaron Schoemann (top) is this week’s Big Cheese Athlete of the Week. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Aaron Schoemann, a Wellington High School senior, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Schoemann finished fifth in the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina. He would go 4-2 for the two-day event winning in the first round, losing to the eventual state championship in the second round, and then going 3-1 on Saturday including a 5-3 victory over Bailey Yarborough of McPherson in the fifth place match.

For the year, Schoemann had the team’s best record at 32-14. He was the team leader in takedowns with 58 and accounted for 182 of the 1,317 points (includes a combination of takedowns, reversals, escapes and near falls. Of his 14 losses this season, 11 of them were either to ranked opponents or wrestlers in the state tournament.

For his effort, Schoemann is the recipient of delicious free large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave.

Monday sub-state: Oxford boys, Conway Springs girls are eliminated; Argonia girls advance

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a slow start for three of the four Sumner County teams on the first night of sub-state. The lone exception was the Argonia girls, who beat a fellow Sumner County school South Haven in the first round, 44-25.

Class 2A boys: Bluestem 44 Oxford 23

The Oxford Wildcat boys team has had an up and down year, highlighted by an upset against Caldwell in January.

Monday, the host team of this sub-state, fell behind early – trailing 17-2 at the end of the first quarter and down 29-13 at the half en route to a 44-23 loss.

“Bluestem is well coached and plays hard and is very physical,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head coach. “They came out and hit a bunch of shots early and we didn’t respond. We fought back in the second quarter, but it was too big of deficit to overcome.”

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, February 27, 2017:

John Calvin Moore, Jr., 89, Wellington: April 1, 1927 – Feb. 27, 2017

John Moore

John Calvin Moore, Jr., age 89, lifelong resident of Wellington, died early Monday morning, February 27, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  John was a retired conductor with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where he enjoyed working for 53 years.

John was born on April 1, 1927 in Wellington, KS to John C. Moore, Sr. and Alice (Shaffer) Moore.  He served in the United States Navy during WWII from July 30, 1943 – February 14, 1946.

John and Sandy were married on December 31, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nev.

He was a hard working man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, shooting craps, blackjack, fishing and boating, telling jokes and stories, KU basketball, Kansas City Chiefs, and coloring. John was a member of the American Legion, the V.F.W., and the U.T.U. His favorite part of the day was 5:00.

Final KBCA poll has Wellington girls 8th; Caldwell boys No. 1, Lady Jays in top 10

Sumner Newscow report — The final Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll was released. The Wellington girls finished No. 8 in the final Class 4A Div. 1.  Rose Hill, a team Wellington must beat to get to state, is No. 5.

The Caldwell boys are No. 1 in Class 1A Div. 2, while the Caldwell girls are No. 10 in 1A Div. 2.

The full poll can be found here. 

Sub-state basketball starts tonight; cumulative week-long Sumner County calendar

Sumner County Sub-state basketball schedule this week:



Class 2A – Bluestem (9-11) at Oxford (11-9), 7  p.m.


Class 3A – Belle Plaine (0-20) at Caney Valley (18-2); 7 p.m. 

Class 3A – Conway Springs (14-6) at Cheney (15-4). 7 p.m.

Class 1A at Attica – Argonia (9-11) vs. South Haven (6-14), 6 p.m.



Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Feb. 24 -Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Feb. 24 – Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Crusader Wall of Recognition seeking nominations

The Wellington Crusader Wall of Recognition is seeking nominations for the Crusader Wall of Recognition. The Crusader Wall of Recognition was established to honor a culture and tradition of excellence and high achievement by recognition of outstanding Wellington High School Alumni and contributors.

It also serves to inspire current and future Crusaders to lead their lives in a way that will perpetuate the standards of excellence and high achievement the honorees have set forth. The Crusader Wall of Recognition was implemented in 2012 with a total of 18 inductees to date.

It is easy to submit a nomination. Eligibility Requirements and the Nomination Form are available on line here.

Wall of recognition J.P.


JP Buellesfeld is a 1983 Wellington High School graduate and in 2012 was inducted into the Crusader Wall of Recognition. JP received his bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1984 at age 19. He majored in Political Science and U.S. History. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster’s University in 1985 at age 20.

In 1986, he was recognized in the World Book Encyclopedia for being the only high school graduate in United States history to earn six years of collegiate education in two years’ time. JP Buellesfeld has been the President of Buellesfeld Financial Services, Inc. for the last 26 years. He is involved in the daily management of his client’s investment assets thru Mutual Funds, Individual Stocks, and ETF’s.

He also prepares corporate, partnership, and personal Federal and State income tax returns. JP Buellesfeld is one of the largest sellers and renters of Walt Disney World Disney Vacation Club Real Estate in Orange Lake County, Florida.

31-year-old Wellington woman named as possible link to Friday’s bomb threats

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Helen Leckrone, 31, of Wellington has been arrested and charged by the Wellington Police Department with two counts of aggravated criminal threat relating to the bomb threats at Wellington Eisenhower Elementary School and Triumph Accessories.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office is now awaiting the WPD detective report to determine whether or not to file formal charges. Kerwin Spencer, Sumner County Attorney, said if charges are filed they will be felonies.

Leckrone is currently in Sumner County jail and has been placed on $100,000 bond.

Leila Lou Hemmingsen, 84, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 3, 1932 – Feb. 25, 2017

Leila Lou Hemmingsen

Leila Lou Hemmingsen, of Topeka, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka at the age of 84.

Leila was born the daughter of Melvin Camden and Cecilia (Wieland) Gass on Saturday, December 3, 1932 in Hastings, Nebraska and attended the Hastings Public Schools where she graduated in 1950.

A 1954 graduate of Hastings College, she taught public school music in Grand Island, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Salina and Wellington. While in Denver, she sang with the Denver Opera Company.

Leila served as choir director for the First Presbyterian Church and St. Johns Lutheran Church as well as a Sunday School teacher and Treasurer of First Presbyterian Church. On August 18, 1956, Leila and Christopher Hemmingsen were united in marriage in Hastings, Nebraska.

Sumner County Sheriff Office report: Feb. 20 – Feb. 26, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Feb. 20 to Feb. 26, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Compost Site will open for normal hours starting on Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Compost Site will open for normal seasonal hours starting Saturday~ March 4, 2017.  Regular hours are:

Monday          12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday     8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday        12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday         8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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