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(UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.) Part 1 of 2-part series: Wellington Council, Eckert make it official

UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account More »

Substate volleyball pairings 2014

KSHSAA announces sub-state assignments for volleyball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities just announced its sub-state assignments for volleyball. Sumner County teams will be participating in five different sub-state on Saturday. Winners More »

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Kansas City Royals fan story

The Royals, the World Series, the Wellington fans, the memories…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tonight when the Kansas City Royals walk out onto the field to play their first World Series game of the 21st Century, it will signify a More »

Approaching the end of regular seaosn

Wellington volleyball travels to Buhler tonight; set for sub-state here Saturday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will complete its most successful regular season in its history when it travels to Buhler to play in a double dual More »

Thursday’s electrical outage caused by wire entangled in oversize load west of Wellington

Wellington City and Sumner Cable official erect poles west of town due to wire mishap Thursday evening.

Wellington City and Sumner Cable official erect poles west of town due to wire mishap Thursday evening.

Sumner Newscow report — An oversized load getting caught on utility wires west of Wellington is the reason for the power outage at several homes on the northwest corner of Wellington.

Around 7:30 p.m. or precisely the bottom of the first inning of the Kansas City Royal World Series game, the electricity went off and stayed off for about 30 minutes.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields said a trucker had pulled off the side of the road on U.S. 160 and the top of the oversize load on his trailer snagged utility lines and breaking off a couple of poles in the process at the KDOT gravel pit a half mile west of Wellington.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014:

Thursday

•Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:10-7:30 p.m.

Friday

•NO SCHOOL

•Football at Mulvane, 7 p.m.

Saturday

•Regional CC

•Sub-State Volleyball at WHS 2 p.m.

•ACT

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, October 22, 2014:

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(UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.) Part 1 of 2-part series: Wellington Council, Eckert make it official

Roy Eckert signs

UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account was written before he did so. We have also interviewed Eckert and hope to have second part of this two-part series with his interview completed on Thursday.

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The ball is now in Roy “Rick” Eckert’s court. Or maybe the better descriptive term would be “ballpoint” pen.

The Wellington City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening approving a resolution to offer a city manager contract to Eckert, the former county manager at Montrose County. Now the only thing standing between Eckert and the city council is him signing the contract.

The contract, if signed, will go into effect on Nov. 10 and terminate at the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2016. The agreement shall be automatically updated on an annual basis unless notice to terminate the agreement is given at least 45 days before the expiration date.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields provided the total compensation package for Eckert which includes a base salary of $100,000, $500 a month for car allowance, $210 a month for health benefits allowance, and $100 a month for cell phone compensation package.

The comparison of Eckert’s agreement as compared to former city manager Gus Collins contract final agreement before resigning in May is as follows: 

KSHSAA announces sub-state assignments for volleyball

Substate volleyball pairings 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities just announced its sub-state assignments for volleyball. Sumner County teams will be participating in five different sub-state on Saturday. Winners of those tournament will advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Wellington and Argonia will be hosting sub-states. Conway Springs and Belle Plaine are going to Chaparral. Oxford travels to Yates Center and South Haven is at Dexter.

Information about each sub-state is as follows: 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

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Wellington Council approves resolution sends contract to Eckert

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Council, by a 5-1 vote, approved a resolution that has effectively made Roy Eckert the new Wellington City Manager.

Now all that is left is for Eckert to sign the contract.

Kelly Green, John Brand, John Tracy, Vince Wetta and Jan Korte voted for the motion. Jim Valentine voted against the motion.

Sumner Newscow will provide a full report on the vote and the reaction thereafter tomorrow.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Monday, October 20, 2014

The Royals, the World Series, the Wellington fans, the memories…

Kansas City Royals fan story

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tonight when the Kansas City Royals walk out onto the field to play their first World Series game of the 21st Century, it will signify a lot of things – redemption, vindication, passion, talent  - name your favorite noun.

But above all else, it will be about long suffering Royals fans who have endured 29 years of bad baseball and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor.

The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series tonight. Are we really witnessing this reality? Did the world somehow skew us into an alternative universe where the last three weeks never happened?

When Sumner Newscow asked for a story by long suffering Sumner County fans, we didn’t realize the level of devotion out there.

Wellington fan bus being proposed for trip out to Ulysses

Crusader head logo smallerSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington resident Lori Phelps said she is looking at getting a Village Tours bus to go to the football game in Ulysses on Friday, Oct. 31. Phelps hopes to reserve a deluxe chartered bus to the football game in Ulysses if we can fill all 54 seats at $40 per seat.

If you are interested, please bring $40 cash per person to me or Rick at the high school by this Friday, October 24th at 3 p.m.  Wellington does not have school on Friday so if you need to pay Friday, please contact Phelps at home at 326-2472 or send an email at lphelps@usd353.com.

Wellington volleyball travels to Buhler tonight; set for sub-state here Saturday

Approaching the end of regular seaosn

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will complete its most successful regular season in its history when it travels to Buhler to play in a double dual with the host and Andale.

The Crusaders will then set their sites for the sub-state tournament to be held Saturday in Wellington. Activities Director Brian Buchanan said it may be the first time Wellington has ever host a sub-state in volleyball.

“This is huge,” said first year Wellington varsity volleyball head coach Alison Widen. “We always play so well when we have a large and loud home crowd. Our girls don’t play nearly as well when things are quiet.”

WHS bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014:

Tuesday

•Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:10-7:30 p.m.

•Volleyball at Buhler 5 p.m.

Wednesday

Wellington Public Library to host “Where Immigration hits historical highway” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Wellington – The Wellington Public Library will host “Where Immigration Hits the Historical Highway,” a presentation and discussion by Antonio Delgado on October 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room at 121 West Seventh St. in Wellington.  Members of the community are invited to attend this free program. Contact the Wellington Public Library at (620) 326-2011 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Immigration is a dynamic experience that impacts the individual, family, community, and country. With a focus on Mexican immigration to the United States, this presentation will look at the experiences of 19th- and 20th-century immigrants and their personal and familial experiences, including the clash of cultures that sometimes occur and the changes in policy over the years.

Antonio Delgado is a historian and expert on U.S. immigration policy. He has taught classes on immigration, Latin American studies, and urban policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago and served in the Chicago mayor’s office on community planning issues. Delgado gave a presentation last spring about Boxcar Communities around the Midwest.

A lot has happened with Roy Eckert, Wellington leading city manager candidate, in 2014

An eventful year Roy Eckert

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Google the words “Roy Eckert” and you will find Wellington’s leading city manager candidate has had an eventful year.

The Wellington City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to hire Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., as Wellington’s new city manager to replace Gus Collins, who resigned in May.

If the city adopts the resolution, it would authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement for the city. If Eckert signs, he will enter into a city manager’s agreement commencing on Nov. 10, 2014 and terminating on Dec. 31, 2016 (see specific terms here). He will be paid an annual salary of $100,000 on a bi-weekly salary of $3,846 over the year plus other benefits.

The council interviewed three candidates that were chosen amongst 53 applicants in the five month city manager search process. Eckert, in turn, has also been looking at other city manager positions in at least two communities, both in Oregon. Eckert has also been named in a lawsuit by a former employee for the county of Montrose. Also, more details about his resignation as county manager in Montrose has come to light based on the area’s media sources.

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His time at Montrose

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014: 

Donnis Slusser Crain to present ‘Footprints to Land Records’ at Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society

Donnis Slusser Crane

Donnis Slusser Crane

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, October 27, Donnis Slusser Crane, author, genealogist, and professional storyteller, will present the program “Footprints to Land Records” to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at the Good Taste Chinese Buffet meeting room, 1311 E. 16th, Wellington.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; the meal at 5:30 p.m..

A storyteller since she was three years old, Crane will share her expertise at locating family information and connecting the genealogy dots with her listeners in a fun and easy to understand way.

Sumner County Weekly Jail Bookings: Oct. 13 – Oct. 20, 2014

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings for Oct. 13 to Oct. 20, 2014: 

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