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Wellington ends successful season

Wellington falls to Independence 8-7 in first round of Class 4A state tournament

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it was nerves or the more than 30 hour wait to get on the softball diamond, the Wellington girls would commit six errors in the More »

Breaking News

(Updated 3:15 p.m.) Council moves to fire Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert effectively immediately

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to fire City Manager Roy Eckert. His tenure with the City of Wellington will end tonight at More »

Angry Birds at Wellington Regent

The Angry Birds Movie is playing for 2nd consecutive weekend at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Angry Birds Movie (see trailer below). Schedule: Matinees throughout the week. Night viewing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, More »

Sumner County Election

Caldwell Democrat Michelle Schiltz files for District 80 house seat

Sumner Newscow report — Michelle Schiltz of Caldwell traveled to Topeka today to file her official candidacy with the State of Kansas for District 80 in the House of Representatives. Schiltz is More »

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Wellington girls softball team off to state to play against Independence, weather

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Wellington fans and the general well wishers gave the Lady Duke girls softball team a loud sendoff this morning behind Wellington High School. The Wellington girls More »

On the way to state girls softball

Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Independence in girls softball state tourney Thursday … maybe

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the Wellington Crusader girls softball program 21 years to return to the Class 4A State Tournament. People may have to wait a few more More »

Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine garner 2 silver medals at state track meet; Wellington has no placers

Sumner County Sports report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine was the biggest Sumner County winner this weekend in the State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University this weekend. Heidel finished second in the 100 meters with a 12.63 time, and second in the long jump at 17-01, taking home two silver medals at the state Class 3A track meet in Wichita Saturday.

Much of Friday’s competition was rained out, so the Kansas State High School Activities Association started the meet at 7 a.m. And got the entire meet in Saturday. Heidel also placed seventh in the triple jump at 34-05.

It was a rather quiet Sumner County weekend as there were no state champions crowned. Athletes from Belle Plaine and Conway Springs did the best at the state meet. Conway Springs girls finished seventh while boys finished 14th. Belle Plaine girls placed 13th thanks to Heidel’s performance.

Mason Misak of Conway Springs was second in the boys’ javelin throwing at 180-07. Lucas Shaffer was fourth in the boys high jump leaping at 6-02.

MaKayla Hollis of Conway Springs was third in the girls’ pole vault at 10-feet even. Also from Conway Springs, Alicia Carter was fourth in the girls shot put at 36-04. Also, from Conway Springs Skylar Misak was fifth in the girls’ javelin at 124-11.

Wellington High School girls softball video sums up the season

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Samson Ledesma has done it again! Here is a video of the Wellington High School girls softball team that coincides with the Class 4A girls state tournament being held this weekend. Wellington was eliminated in the first round 11-7 to Independence. But the memories live on! The video was sponsored by the Bank of Commerce.

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Wellington falls to Independence 8-7 in first round of Class 4A state tournament

Wellington ends successful season
Wellington fans got vocal late in the game as Lady Dukes rallied.

Wellington fans got vocal late in the game as Lady Dukes rallied.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it was nerves or the more than 30 hour wait to get on the softball diamond, the Wellington girls would commit six errors in the first two innings and fall behind 7-0. It would go on to lose to Independence 11-7 late Friday evening in the first round of Class 4A State Softball Tournament at Bill Burke Field in Salina.

The Crusaders end the season 17-6.

Independence built a 7-0 lead in the top of the second. Wellington would then chip the lead down to one, 8-7, going into the top of the seventh. Then the Bulldogs would secure victory with three runs. The game ended on three quick outs for Wellington in the bottom of the seventh.

It was a heartbreaking end to an exciting season in which Wellington made the state tournament for the first time in 21 years.

According to the official scorebook, Independence early lead was more a product of Wellington errors than sharp Bulldog hitting. But there was no denying, the Bulldogs were making contact against junior pitcher Madi Lewellen.

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(Updated 3:15 p.m.) Council moves to fire Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert effectively immediately

Breaking News

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to fire City Manager Roy Eckert. His tenure with the City of Wellington will end tonight at midnight. After one 30 minute and two 15 minute executive sessions this afternoon, the council reconvened in open session and councilman Kip Etter made the motion to terminate Eckert’s contract. Kelly Green Hawley made the second and the vote was then taken. Green, Kip Etter and Bill Butts voted for the immediate termination. Jan Korte, Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta voted against the motion.

Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

With the vote 3-3, Mayor Shelley Hansel was then called upon to cast the deciding vote – favoring the motion to terminate Eckert.

The Wellington Council held the special meeting in the council chambers at 12:30 p.m. After calling for at least two executive sessions, the vote was taken at 1:40 p.m.

The council did not take any action on naming an interim city manager. So effectively at midnight, Wellington will be without a city manager. Wellington City Clerk Carol Mericle said she does not know who will be the interim only that a special meeting will probably be called to determine Eckert’s replacement – albeit it be temporarily or permanently. 

Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett named WMS Citizenship Award winners

Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett winner of the WMS Citizenship Award.

Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett winner of the WMS Citizenship Award.

Sumner Newscow report — Lindsey Scheufler and Rowan Catlett were winners of the 2016 Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Award.

The Citizenship awards, given to one Wellington Middle School female and male, were presented during the year end awards assembly. Both are 4.0 students.

The award was selected by the WMS teachers. The criteria for winning the award is as follows:

Kansas Wheat Festival raffle for Food Bank update

news releaseSpecial to Sumner Newscow, by John Monro — Of the 1200 tickets were are going to sell for the raffle for Henry Big-Boy 30-30 Rifle, serial number 002, 800 are currently outstanding.  

What this means is 800 tickets are now being sold by select sponsors around town and demand is running much higher than we anticipated.  Several sponsors have sold in excess of 100 tickets each, and we are issuing more tickets all the time to keep up with demand, but now we are at the point where we will only issue 200 more tickets account we want to hold back 200 tickets for sale during the week of the festival.  We will no longer be planning team selling at high traffic areas account we won’t have any tickets to sell.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 26, 2016:

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Help wanted: Wellington Triumph Accessory Services looking for experienced accounting clerk

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Wellington Triumph Accessory Services is looking for an experienced accounting clerk. Person must have knowledge of both accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.  A complete job description is available at triumphgroup.com.

Triumph is an equal opportunity employer; disability/female/minorities/veterans.  FAA drug screening required. Apply at triumphgroup.com

 

Class 4A State Girls Softball Tournament game delayed until 7 p.m. tonight

Sumner Newscow report — The Class 4A State Girls Softball tournament will restart tonight with the same schedule it had last night. Wellington girls will play at 7 p.m. against Independence. All semifinal and final games will be pushed back to Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Wellington freshman participate in Walk a Mile event at Century Park

Walk a mile students

Walk a Mile Crusader Way students raise awareness against sexual assault, violence and sexism against women.

Sumner Newscow report — In an effort to raise awareness about sexism and discrimination, Karla Defore’s Crusader Way/Civics freshman students held the first annual Wellington “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” event on May 14. The event was held on the Century Park walking path.

Wellington freshmen participated in the award-winning Walk A Mile In Her Shoes which is noted as the International men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence – which especially rings true concerning what is happening at Baylor University. Each year, participation increases with the number of men, women and their families raise awareness.

Here are pictures from Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz of the Wellington event. The full gallery can be found here.

Walk a Mile was enjoyed by students of all ages.

Walk a Mile was enjoyed by students of all ages.

Wellington Public Library to launch summer reading program

100th anniversary libraryby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library plans to keep everyone fit and healthy this summer with a fitness and nutrition theme for the summer reading program. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the many activities and programs planned.

The kickoff for “On Your Mark, Get Set….READ!” will be held Monday, June 6, and children can make their race car or runner to race around the track for the reading race with Miss Sheila. Depending on how many books each child reads or is read to them, they can move their character around the race track.

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., beginning June 7 and running through July 26, elementary aged children can enjoy many activities with topics such as healthy eating, yoga, ninjas and races.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., preschool aged children can enjoy learning All About You, Move It, Let’s Play and music activities.

Family programs will be held every Thursday at 10 a.m. On June 9, Exploration Place is scheduled to present the Science of Sports. Each week will have a different theme, such as Circus of Motion, when Magician Flying Debris, also known as Richard Holmgren, will present a program. Holmgren is a comedy superstar who juggles and performs magic tricks.

The Angry Birds Movie is playing for 2nd consecutive weekend at Wellington Regent

Angry Birds at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Angry Birds Movie (see trailer below).

Schedule: Matinees throughout the week. Night viewing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m.

Rated: PG (for rude humor and action). Time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds–or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Caldwell Democrat Michelle Schiltz files for District 80 house seat

Sumner County Election

Sumner Newscow report — Michelle Schiltz of Caldwell traveled to Topeka today to file her official candidacy with the State of Kansas for District 80 in the House of Representatives. Schiltz is a Democrat seeking election to the seat currently held by Republican Kasha Kelley. To date, Kelley has not filed for re-election.

Michelle Schlitz

Michelle Schiltz

Schiltz is a small business owner and well-known community leader. For 10 years she served on Caldwell’s City Commission and is currently the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce President. She is also active in the Caldwell Historical Society and the Saving Hometown and Rural Existence Group founded in Caldwell.

Schiltz lives in Caldwell with her husband, Leo, and their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. 

Wellington girls softball team off to state to play against Independence, weather

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Girls walking out to state tournament

Wellington girls softball team leave to the cheers of local fans during a sendoff at WHS High School this morning.

Cheering fans

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Wellington fans and the general well wishers gave the Lady Duke girls softball team a loud sendoff this morning behind Wellington High School. The Wellington girls take their journey to Salina to play in the Class 4A Div. I state tournament at the Bill Burke Complex where they hopefully will play Independence tonight at or before or after 7 p.m.

We use the word “hopefully” loosely. The weather forecast in Salina is not favorable. According to the Weather Channel, there is 80 percent chance of rain at game time at 7 p.m. and 80 percent chance at 4 p.m. We’ll keep you informed.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Independence in girls softball state tourney Thursday … maybe

On the way to state girls softball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the Wellington Crusader girls softball program 21 years to return to the Class 4A State Tournament. People may have to wait a few more hours… or days.

Wellington is scheduled to play Independence Thursday evening in Salina at 7 p.m. (see bracket here). Here’s a problem. Rain is scheduled to fall at the same time. Forecasters are calling for an 80 percent chance of rlain at game time at Bill Burke Complex in Salina.

The good news is, though, weather forecasters are wrong quite often.

The KSHSAA sent out a memo to all coaches saying that games are to be played immediately after the other. So even though Wellington is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. it could actually play at 6 p.m. if the first game is over. Call it the ultimate squeeze play – squeezing in games when they can.

We’ll worry about those things Thursday night.

As far as action on the field, Wellington is embarking on an eight-team single elimination tournament that is considered wide open. A Wichita website is predicting Augusta to win its second consecutive state championship. But Wellington was slated as one of the two contenders to beat the Orioles. Kansas City Piper, the top seed at 18-2, is the other.

Wellington City Council to hold special meeting on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

logo-cityWellingtonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will hold a Special City Council meeting at 12:30 p.m., on Friday, May 27, 2016, in the City Council Chambers, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel.  An executive session will be held.

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