Monthly Archives: June 2017

GKN Aerospace’s $9 million investment means more jobs available in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — GKN Aerospace’s recent announcement to invest $9 million mostly at its Advanced Machine Structures plant in Wellington, is great news for the local economy. GKN officials said that will mean additional jobs at the Wellington plant.

The additional work awarded by Spirit AeroSystems will require GKN Wellington to expand its work force,” said Todd Gardner, site leader at GKN Aerospace-Wellington. “GKN is a premier employer in Sumner County and we are currently recruiting the best people to become part of our team.”

The United Kingdom-based company announced earlier this week in news release that the plant’s investment comes after receiving additional work and a contract extension from Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems.

The new investment will be used for new, high-speed machinery to support its work for Spirit. It employs about 250 people at its 245,000-square-foot plant at 429 N. West in Wellington, 35 miles south of Wichita.

Joseph Shaffer, Jr. 90, Anthony: Sept. 8, 1926 – June 27, 2017

Joe Shaffer

Joseph Calvin Shaffer, Jr, a longtime resident of Caldwell, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Anthony.  He was 90 years old.

Joe and his twin sister, Alma, were born September 8, 1926 to Joseph Calvin and Melicca Myrtle (Magee) Shaffer at Fairfax, Okla.

Joe was raised in the Doggie Creek community on a farm and attended the Fairfax Schools.  When he was a young boy he trapped animals and sold the pelts for spending money.  As a teenager he came to the Blackburn area and worked for Fred McClafkin and Arthur Covey during the wheat harvest.  He was hired by Sean Young International Harvester as a mechanic. 

After he returned to Fairfax he was drafted into the Army in 1952.  He served in Panama where he finished his education.  In 1954 he was honorably discharged.

Wellington’s newest ministry family has Sumner County ties

Jenna and James Byers

Special to Sumner Newscow — On Sunday, July 2 the First Christian Church of Wellington welcomes their new Senior Pastor to the pulpit.  The Rev. James Byers has been in church and congregational ministry for 21 years, beginning as full-time Youth Director in 1996.  A graduate of Pittsburg State University Mr. Byers then went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree at The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  He was ordained as a Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2004.

James and his wife Jenna have previously served churches in Kansas, Iowa, Texas, and most recently North Carolina where he was the Senior Pastor of the 400-member Becks Reformed Church of Lexington, NC.

First Christian Church in Wellington

The move to Wellington, is a homecoming for both James and Jenna Byers.  James grew up on a farm just north of South Haven and Jenna grew up in Wellington.  Both are graduates of South Haven High School.  They moved from Sumner County back in July of 1996 after James received his call to enter full-time ministry. The move back to Sumner County also represents a church homecoming for Jenna as she was raised in the First Christian Church.

In fact, according to James “Our first official date was in the First Christ Church.”  He goes on to explain, “On a Saturday night when we were in high school I asked Jenna to be my girlfriend.  She told me that she would not date me unless I went to church with her. 

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Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of June 30 – July 2, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

L.E. May, 88, Cassville, Mo.: May 17, 1929 – June 29, 2017

L.E. May

L.E. May of Cassville, Mo. died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 88.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 3 at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 2 with family greeting friends from 2-3 p.m. at the Shelley Funeral Home at 704 N. Washington Ave. Wellington, KS 67156.

L.E. was born May 17, 1929 in Exeter, Missouri to Rob and Goldie May. On March 3, 1950 he was united in marriage to Thelma Jean Long at the First Baptist Church in Cassville, Missouri. They moved to Wellington in 1951.

L.E. went to work at Boeing for the next 25 years. He then worked at the City of Wellington water department until his retirement in 1991. L.E and Thelma moved back to Missouri to spend their retirement years at the home they would call “Journey’s End.”

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, June 29, 2017:

Sumner Newscow Precipitation table: June 30, 3017

City of Wellington 4th of July landfill schedule

Sumner Newscow report — Due to the observance of the 4th of July Holiday on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the landfill will be closed.

Tuesday’s collection routes will be picked up on Wednesday that week.  Wednesday’s routes will be picked up on Thursday and Thursday’s routes will be picked up on Friday.

Friday’s commercial recycling will be picked up the following Monday, July 10.

(Updated) Eric Haskin-Ybarra faces more felony charges for forgery, identity theft

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Eric Haskin-Ybarra, 28, of Wellington, who was facing felony charges for abusing a 3-year-old pit bull, is now facing four additional felony charges on forgery and one for identity theft.

Eric Haskin-Ybarra

Haskin-Ybarra is accused of unlawfully between May 1 and May 16, 2017 of obtaining, possessing, and using the personal identifying information of a family member to obtain funds through her Bank of Commerce account. He allegedly endorsed two checks, using the identity of two other women, to illegally obtain $110 in cash.

Haskin-Ybarra posted on a $20,000 personal bond for forgery and a $10,000 repost after his first bond on the dog case was revoked because of new charges.

He is expected to face a hearing in Sumner District Court on July 6.

Meanwhile, Haskin-Ybarra is still awaiting a preliminary hearing on two felony counts of malicious cruelty to an animal as well as robbery issued on Jan. 31. He was 

Showing at Regent Theater this week: Cars 3

This week at the Regent Theater: “Cars 3.”

Schedule: Thursday through Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Feature film rating: G (for mild rude humor throughout).

Time: 1hour 29 minutes

Movie Synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cupcakes to be sold this Saturday at Wellington Farmer’s Market

A list of countywide fireworks shows and shooting hours…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a list of public fireworks shows across Sumner County and the hours that people can shoot off fireworks over the holiday weekend.

City of WellingtonPublic Fireworks Show at Wellington Heat Baseball game at dusk on July 3. Heat vs. Clearwater Outlaws, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Shooting hours: July 1 to July 3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; July 4 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

City of Caldwell – Public fireworks show at baseball field on 305 W. First, at 9 p.m. on July 4.

Shooting hours: Start on 8 a.m. on July 3 – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 4 – 8 a.m. to midnight.

City of Belle Plaine – There will be a public fireworks show at the Buckaroo Barn. Bring your own lawn chairs. Hamburger and hot dogs will be sold to help Belle Plaine Junior League. Josie Gerard will sing the National Anthem. 

Special report: You may be paying more in taxes; but the Wellington city mill levy isn’t the reason

by James Jordan, Sumner NewscowAs the Wellington City staff and the city council start preparing their budget for fiscal 2019, there will be lots of decisions to make. Ultimately, they will have to set the tax rate, which will tell whether there will be an increase in taxes or not.

After going through records of the last several years, Sumner Newscow has found city taxes have not really gone up that much from a mill levy perspective. However, when you get your property tax statement(s) sometime next December, you might see an increase. Remember, the city proportion is only a small part of the total bill.

In 2016 in Wellington (see table below),, the city’s portion is just a third of the total tax bill, and your taxes could still go up even if the city lowers the tax rate.

There is a lot going into the tax formula. First, and foremost, there is the property valuations. No matter what your friendly Wellington City Council member might do to help you with smaller mill levies, if the appraiser values your property at a significant rate higher than years past, you are going to pay more.

Then there is the overall tax rate for several other governmental entities – not just the city of Wellington. There are USD 353 taxes, Sumner County taxes, Wellington Recreation Commission taxes, special indebtedness taxes. When it comes to taxes, everyone is an equal opportunity offender.

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The sale and discharge of fireworks for city of Wellington goes from July 1-4

Sumner Newscow report — As a reminder, the sale and discharge of fireworks for the City begins on July 1 and runs to July 4, 2017.  Hourly sales are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each days.  Discharge times for July 1 to July 3 is 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and for July 4, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.  Bottle Rockets are again illegal, and discharging fireworks from city streets is prohibited.

“We hope everyone enjoys the celebration, be safe, have fun but remember to clean up your firework trash,” said Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. “Should you have questions and/or concerns, contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331.

Wellington City Council gets first look at 2018 budget… requests far exceed projected income

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council got its first detailed look at the budget for 2018 at a special meeting Monday night. The council has about $500,000 more in requests than it has in projected income, so over the coming weeks the city will have to balance that amount.

City Manager Shane Shields told the council they could increase the tax levy, make cuts in the requests, or do a combination of the two. There is also the matter of how much to transfer from utility funds, and how much to keep on hand for contingencies.

For the first time, the city, as well as all other cities in the state, are under a state imposed budget cap. According to a formula the council could raise taxes by 4.49 mils, or $234,000, and if they go above that they would have to get voter approval.

In previous years the council has trimmed instead of raising taxes, and there are some options available.

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