Monthly Archives: April 2017

Sunday blog: The trouble with flying the Confederate Flag in Wellington (updated Monday)

Editor’s note: According to USD 353 school officials, there were no Confederate Flags being flown in the Wellington High School parking lot Monday morning.


Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It would be the height of all hypocrisy for me to try to take away someone’s First Amendment rights when I have spent a career promoting its value. But of all the things in the world for which to take a stand, flying a Confederate Flag around town is a rather lousy one to make.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

I have noticed lately some people are flying Confederate flags in the back of their pickups around Wellington. At least two of them are WHS students, and their Confederate flags were in the parking lot along with a McDonald’s Restaurant flag.

I’m not sure what the reason is for the McDonald’s flag, but I’m all for it. I support the rights of all hamburgers to be consumed and chicken nuggets to be processed, deeply fried, and bundled in packages of great number like 20, 40, or even 151.

The modern day Confederate Flag? Not so much.

Sumner Newscow precipitation table: April 29, 2017

It is the big BBQ Cook Off weekend – come rain or shine!

Wellington Citywide Garage Sale ads for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The biggest garage sale weekend of the year in Wellington with the Citywide Garage Sale this Saturday, April 29. If you haven’t done so already, post your FREE garage sale ads in the comment section below.

Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington baseball team garners a split with Clearwater in doubleheader

Connor Burnett got the benefit of an error in the bottom of the 7th, but the rally fell short.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Crusader baseball team would split against Clearwater in a Sellers Park doubleheader, breaking a three-game losing streak.

Wellington won 2-1 in game one but would lose the nightcap 6-3. The Crusaders are now 6-9 for the season with a trip to Circle Monday.

The first game was a defensive thriller in which Clearwater scored a run in the top of the first and held onto that precarious lead for six more innings.

Raymond Lewis, 92, Wichita: Feb. 10, 1925 – April 26, 2017

Raymond Pierce

Raymond Lewis, age 92, a retired Lear Jet cabinet maker, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Ray was born February 10, 1925 in Wichita, the son of Lewis and Genevieve Pierce.  On June 30, 1945, Ray married Wanda (Meredith) in Haysville.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Betty Hatfield.  Survivors include:  daughter, Becky and husband, Arthur Caudillo, Wellington; brother, Bob Pierce, Mulvane; sister, Jeannene Dodson, Sacramento, CA; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter. 

Wellington girls win 5 straight after home sweep against Clearwater

Brooke McCorkle is greeted at home plate after hitting a much-needed home run which sparked the Crusader comeback in game two.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team are suddenly on a roll, winners of five straight.

Wellington would beat Clearwater 13-0 in game one followed with a come-from-behind 10-6 victory to complete the double-header sweep at Worden Park.

The Lady Dukes are now 9-5.

Madi Lewellen pitched a one-hit shut out in the first contest. Wellington took a nine run lead in the second inning thanks in part to a single by Jacelyn Buck and Megan Hain while taking advantage of an error and a passed ball.

Oxford, Cedar Vale-Dexter split in titanic Walter Johnson baseball battle

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In a titanic Walter Johnson baseball battle between two teams with state tournament aspirations, Oxford and Cedar Vale-Dexter split a double-header Thursday afternoon.

Oxford, ranked No. 4 in the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association poll, traveled to Dexter to face the Spartans, who were ranked No. 5 (see poll rankings below). When the shouting was over, Oxford lost game one 5-1, but came back to win the second 11-3.

“The double-header lived up to its billing,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head baseball coach. “We knew this was going to be a huge test going in… We found out a lot about ourselves last night.”

Green said Oxford came out nervous in game one and committed three errors in the first inning which CVD capitalized by scoring three runs. The Spartans would eventually build a 5-0 lead with Oxford scoring the lone run in the bottom of the sixth.

WHS Daily Bulletin: CTE Showcase drawing winners announced

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, April 28, 2017:


• Track at Belle Plaine (Wellington home meet).


• C-Team Baseball at WHS.

Monday menu:

Breakfast: Pancakes.

Lunch: Super Nachos, Chicken Enchilada.

Today’s News:

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, April 27, 2017:

(Updated Friday 1 p.m.) Wellington Eisenhower Elementary PTA makes $24,000 in 2017 Color Run

Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Eisenhower PTA had a tremendous showing today at the fourth annual color run.

The organization made $24,000 through sponsorship and other donations. Not a bad afternoon of work for the 234 students who ran laps through a blizzard of colored powdered chalk stuff.

The money will go toward new computers as well as a plethora of other projects including: field trips, field trip transportation, the family fun night, recess toys and games, all-school assemblies and new computer technology. Also, the PTA is looking into a sound system for the multi-purpose room and music rooms.

Sixth annual Career and Technical Education Showcase featured exceptional talent

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The sixth annual Career and Technical Education Showcase was held at the Wellington High School featuring the skills of the potential workforce in action from construction and welding to culinary and graphic and web design. Demonstrations included: x-carve, plasma cam, 3-D printer. Appetizers were provided culinary students. For all the pictures, click here.

Patrick Hamlin will be leaving as director of Wellington Airport

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Patrick Hamlin is leaving as director of the Wellington Airport. He is headed for Florida to work in Vero Beach. He gave a letter of resignation to the city, and his last day on the job here will be May 12.

Patrick Hamlin

He is going there to be closer to his wife’s family.

Hamlin grew up in Wellington and has been working at the local airport for nine years.

City Manager Shane Shields said they have already started advertising for the position, but will not be hurrying to get a replacement. At some point they will make a recommendation to the city council.

The Boss Baby playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “The Boss Baby”

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

Feature film rating: PG (for some mild rude humor).

Time: 1 hour 37 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby.

The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

Keller: Best day of tennis in five years for Wellington boys

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington head tennis coach Allen Keller said Crusaders’ performance at the Winfield Invitational Wednesday was the best day in five years for the boys program.  

Wellington finished third as a team with 39 points. Independence won with 51 and Derby had 44. Wellington bested Campus with 35, Winfield 35, Pittsburg 29, Maize South 28, and Newton 13.

Brock Edwards

In the championship semifinals, No. 1 singles player Brock Edward had Independence’ Luke Bass of Independence — one of the best players in the state — on the ropes. In the end, Edwards came up a little short losing a very close tie-breaking match 8-7 (7-4).

Keller said:  

“Luke was seeded No. 1 out of 16 players, and Brock was No. 4,” Keller said. “He stood toe-to-toe slugging it out and Brock never flinched. Luke just hit some spectacular shots at the right time which made the difference. I’m very, very proud of Brock’s effort. Even though he lost, he gained the favor of many coaches who watched and they now know… “

WMS After School Program students held science fair for elementary group

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Science can’t be experienced without making a mess and sometimes getting a little dirty.  That is exactly what happened at the Wellington Middle School Science Fair.

The WMS After School Program held a science fair for the elementary after school program students and their families on April 23.  The Middle School students have been focused on being mentors this year.  They represented well at this event.

The staff and parents repeatedly praised them for their professionalism and performance.  These students were the ones who taught the steps at each station they ran.  Some even filled in as group supervisors for the younger students.  It was a busy, loud place, but the learning was obvious. 

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, April 26, 2017:

Governor Sam Brownback signs proclamation recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail

Submitted to Sumner Newscow —  Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing 2017 the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.  This proclamation signifies the hard work and dedication of the Kansas Chisholm Trail 150th state committee.

Over the past four years, representatives from communities along the Chisholm Trail – Caldwell, Wellington, Clearwater, Wichita, Newton, Durham, Abilene- and the National Drovers Hall of Fame Association have met regularly to establish and coordinate events to celebrate this historic sesquicentennial.

Those in the Kansas Chisholm Trail 150th Committee picture include: 

Wichita State disc golf team, with 2 Wellington boys, finish 20th in nationals

The 2017 Wichita State University golf team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington High School graduates was part of a four-man team that traveled to North Augusta, South Carolina to participate in the 2017 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.

Spencer Neises and Skyler Struble, both of Wellington, were 50 percent of the Shocker team that placed 20th out of 43 teams in top collegiate disc tournament in the nation. The Shockers just missed the finals designated for the top 16 team finishers.

“Someone told us if we submitted this same score last year we would have placed,” Struble said. “The competition is just that much tougher than the previous year.”

This is Skyler Struble in the Woods Park Open last June.

Struble was WSU’s top disc golfer in the tournament scoring a cumulative 117 for 61st place individually. Micah Fouquet of WSU shot a 118 for 69th place. Neises would score a 121 for 95th place and Ben Nispel, the WSU team captain, finished 110th with a 123 score.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Crusaders of the Stage to present ‘Spotlight Desserts Theater’

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, April 26, 2017:


• CTE Showcase 6-8

• Tennis at Winfield

• Golf at Cherry Oaks

• Senior Interviews.


• JV AVCTL Tennis at Buhler.

• Golf at Hesston

• JV Golf at Collegiate

• Baseball at WHS

• Softball at WHS.


• Track at Belle Plaine (Wellington home meet).


• C-Team Baseball at WHS.

Thursday menu:

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