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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 »

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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 »

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

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 More »

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Wellington City Manager Gus Collins resigns; tenure ends June 1

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gus Collins, Wellington City Manager, has submitted his resignation to pursue another career opportunity. Collins will complete his tenure here on June 1. The Wellington City More »

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

Due Process law - Wellington case

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.

City of Wellington, Health Care Authority Board to accept sealed bids on 513 East 16th St. lot

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington and the Health Care Authority Board will accept sealed bids on that real property and improvements thereon located at 513 East 16th Street, Wellington on or before 4 p.m. on May 2, 2014.   Any and all bids may be rejected in the City’s sole discretion for any reason, or no reason.

The bids are further subject to City and Buyer agreeing on City retaining land for access to Highway 160, and arriving at all other acceptable contractual terms which are anticipated to be customary for sale of business property in this locale.    Any sale will be for cash due in full less any down payment at closing.

Wellington City Manager Gus Collins resigns; tenure ends June 1

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gus Collins, Wellington City Manager, has submitted his resignation to pursue another career opportunity.

Collins will complete his tenure here on June 1. The Wellington City Council has called a special meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. It will be there where the council will officially accept his resignation and start the process of finding his successor.

Gus Collins

Gus Collins

He said he spoke to the mayor 10 to 12 days ago and told city staff officially on Monday.

“I have had the opportunity to spend eight wonderful years serving Wellington as City Manager,” Collins said. “I spent 23 years in El Dorado. The past eight years in Wellington has most certainly been the most rewarding.” 

Wellington girls split while the Crusader boys lose twice in Winfield

Crusader head logoby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School girls softball team split with Winfield while the boys were swept Monday evening at the Broadway Sports Complex in Winfield.

The Winfield girls would beat Wellington in game one 6-3. The Crusaders rebounded to beat the Vikings in a six-inning run-rule game in the nightcap 12-2. On the boys side, Winfield beat Wellington 4-3 in game one and 9-2 in game two.

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Caldwell’s Myles Richardson has Cystic Fibrosis; Friends, family walking to raise money and awareness

Myles for Miles Cystic Fibrosis cure

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Look at the picture. Myles Allan Richardson of Caldwell looks like an average happy little 1-year-old boy.

But Myles, unfortunately, is one of about 30,000 people, who has Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic, life threatening, chronic disorder which affects the lungs and digestive system. On May 10, family and friends of Myles will be walking in the Great Strides walk at Cowtown Museum in Wichita to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are calling it “Miles for Myles.”

Myles is the son of Haley Watts, the grandson of Eric and Dana Watts, the great grandson of Ed and Rosie Bernard and Brenda Volavka and the great-great grandson of Ruby Eshelman and Melvin Nelson. He was born on March 4, 2013 and at the age of 21 days was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

“We are walking so that Myles can breathe,” Rosie Bernard said. “We want Myles to live past pre-school or even past the recent statistical report of life expectancy of 35 years. 

Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is set for Saturday, April 26; Post your FREE garage sale here

Citywide garage sale

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is slated for Saturday, April 26. And the world needs to know you are having one for that weekend. Go ahead and post your garage sale for the citywide garage sale in the “comment” section below. If you have a garage sale THIS weekend, advertise in the garage sale section in the previous post. We will remind the shopping troops periodically.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Linda Marie Banks, 73, Wellington: March 30, 1941 – April 14, 2014

Linda Banks

Linda Banks

Linda Marie Banks, of Wellington, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 73.

Linda was born the daughter of Burris and Evelyn Louis (Hartzel) Montross on Sunday, March 30, 1941 in Independence.

On April 12, 1969, Linda and Edward H. Banks were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage before his death in 2002.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sons: Roy Hill and Richard Banks.

Quinn McCue holding Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for books at Wellington Middle School

Quinn McCue

Quinn McCue

by Quinn McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hi, this is Quinn here again with something a little more serious. I’m the host of a dodge ball tournament to be held April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Middle School. The reason I’m doing this because it is actually a fundraiser.

I’m in the gifted program and we got to do our own project.  I decided to address a real life problem– the problem of outdated books in the WMS library.  The way I’m solving this is, of course, a dodge ball tournament.

So if your kid that’s in 3rd-8th grade might be interested, have him/her gather a team of six and fill the form and pay the entry fee.  

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: April 14 – 21, 2014

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wellington Police Notes Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014:

Sumner County Farm Service Agency accepting applications for full-time Program Technician position

The Sumner County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4.  Salary range is $25,181 to $28,269 depending on knowledge and experience.  An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required, but could be helpful.

Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment) may be picked up at the Sumner County FSA Office, 320 N Jefferson Wellington, KS between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Applications must be returned to the office no later than 4:30 pm, April 30, 2014.

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