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Mark Whitener comes into Wellington Superintendent job with optimism and caution

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One week from today, Mark Whitener will become the new USD 353 Wellington Superintendent. He will be replacing Rick Weiss, whose tenure comes to an end More »

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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 24-26, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use More »

Disc golfing feature

For Nathan Allton of Wellington, Saturday’s Slate Creek Disc Golf Tournament is epic

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Although it’s been played in other countries since about 1926, disc golf is becoming increasingly more popular everywhere, including Wellington. In 2012, Nathan Allton moved back to More »

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

Provencio sentencing delayed to at least August 4; motion to acquit denied; motion for new trial to be deliberated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The sentencing of Sylvester Provencio, convicted of reckless aggravated battery, won’t occur until at least August 4. Today, Judge Scott McQuin presided over a 55-minute sentencing More »

Ninja Turtles movie

Wellington Regent Theater this week: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Special showing of Pulp Fiction

This week at the Regent Theater: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the shadows (see trailer below). Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Other movies: Pulp Fiction More »

100th anniversary library

Authorpalooza and July 2 birthday party are part of the year-long celebration of the Wellington Public Library Centennial

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library is turning 100 and two big events are coming up soon. This Saturday, June 25, Authorpalooza will be held (see flyer below). More »

Mark Whitener comes into Wellington Superintendent job with optimism and caution

Sumner Newscow interview

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One week from today, Mark Whitener will become the new USD 353 Wellington Superintendent. He will be replacing Rick Weiss, whose tenure comes to an end on June 30, 2016.

It has been awhile since Wellington has had a new superintendent – 10 years ago to be exact.

Whitener comes to Wellington during a rather tumultuous time for Kansas public schools. But he is optimistic that there will be better times ahead.

We sat down with Whitener to ask him a few questions on where he came from and what he expects in the years ahead for Kansas and USD 353.

Sumner Newscow: What made you decide to become a Superintendent of Wellington schools?

Mark Whitener

Mark Whitener

Whitener: I have served as Oxford High School Superintendent for five years. This has been a tremendous job for a superintendent. But I was ready for a new role.

Here I was serving as both a superintendent and principal. I was ready for a role where I could focus my attention solely on being a superintendent.

SN: Tell us about your background.

Whitener: I started my public school career in Ark City in 1989 and was a fifth grade teacher. I did that for 17 years and was an academic coach as well. They asked me to be principal for Ixl Elementary in Ark City and I was there for four years. Then I became a middle school principal in Ark City. My ultimate goal was to become a school superintendent.

SN: You are coming in during a tumultuous time for public schools in the state of Kansas. What do you think is the biggest challenge you will have at this moment?

Garage Sales for this weekend…

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Dr. Reusser graduates from KU School of Medicine

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For Nathan Allton of Wellington, Saturday’s Slate Creek Disc Golf Tournament is epic

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by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Although it’s been played in other countries since about 1926, disc golf is becoming increasingly more popular everywhere, including Wellington.

In 2012, Nathan Allton moved back to his hometown of Wellington after finishing college and decided to make disc golf a priority. He began working with the Slate Creek Disc Golf League.

“I’ve done a lot of work to keep Wellington disc golf alive,” Allton said. “I’d say I’m the one who kept it going.”

This Saturday, the Slate Creek Disc Golf Tournament will take place in Woods Park. Players registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., a players meeting will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m., and tee off is at 10:30 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend and watch the game in action. The Bade Truck will be available.

“I went with a buddy to Woods Park one morning, he swore up and down I’d have a blast playing frisbee golf,” Allton said. “At first I doubted it, but after the first forehand throw with a Red Innova Champion Ape, I was hooked instantly. It’s something about the flight and banging of the chains, when you ace or hit a nice putt.”

Disc golf is a flying disc game played for precision and accuracy, where players throw a flying disc into a basket target. The object of the game is to go through the entire course with the least amount of throws of the disc by the time the player reaches the end of the course.

Provencio sentencing delayed to at least August 4; motion to acquit denied; motion for new trial to be deliberated

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The sentencing of Sylvester Provencio, convicted of reckless aggravated battery, won’t occur until at least August 4.

Today, Judge Scott McQuin presided over a 55-minute sentencing hearing in which Provencio’s defense attorney Jess Hoeme filed two motions to consider: a motion to acquit, and a motion for a new trial. McQuin denied the motion to acquit. He then delayed a decision on the motion for a new trial.

Hoeme must submit a list of reasons in writing to the court by July 7 on why he thinks a new trial should occur. Also, County attorney Kerwin Spencer also must issue a response. Then a hearing to discuss this motion in further detail will be set thereafter – tentatively for July 14.

Provencio was convicted by a Sumner County jury in May of reckless aggravated battery, a level 5 felony, for the assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55 of Caldwell on April 22, 2015, east of Caldwell. The brawl took place in which Provencio and his accomplice Nick Reedy battled Nispel and Schneider after the two older men had stopped to pull a pickup out of the mud. Reedy had pled guilty to reckless aggravated battery in a plea bargain agreement just a day before the Provencio trial was to begin.

The Provencio conviction came after seven days of testimony.

Hoeme told the judge to have mercy because he felt the jury was misled by the prosecution throughout the trial.

“I have only been doing this for 14 years, but I can’t think of a case that caused me to lose more sleep,” Hoeme said. “There has been concerns and problems throughout this case about the criminal liability of Sylvester as it relates to Mr. Schneider…”

Applications to serve as a WRC board member is now available

WRC rec rap logoSumner Newscow report – Applications are available at the Wellington Recreation Commission for people interested in serving as a Recreation Commission Board member. Applications will be taken through July 22.

Wellington Regent Theater this week: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Special showing of Pulp Fiction

Ninja Turtles movie

This week at the Regent Theater: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the shadows (see trailer below).

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

Other movies:

Pulp Fiction RegentPulp Fiction – Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m.

This Friday’s feature film: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence). Time: 1 hour 37 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Security State Bank to host the 2016 Wheat Run during Kansas Wheat Festival

SSB logo basicSumner Newscow report — The 2016 Wheat Run, sponsored by Security State Bank, consisting of a one mile fun run and a 5K (3.1 mile) race will be held Saturday, July 9 as part of the Kansas Wheat Festival activities.

The 5K Race begins at 7:30 a.m. The mile race follows at 8:30 a.m. Both races will be ran in Wellington, starting at C and Harvey, behind the Security State Bank. There will be seven age categories for the 5K and 10 age categories for the mile fun run. For more information on the race registration click here

Authorpalooza and July 2 birthday party are part of the year-long celebration of the Wellington Public Library Centennial

100th anniversary library
The way the public library looked in the early part of the 20th Century.

The way the public library looked in the early part of the 20th Century.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library is turning 100 and two big events are coming up soon. This Saturday, June 25, Authorpalooza will be held (see flyer below). Then on Saturday, July 2, a birthday party will take place with an appearance by Andrew Carnegie (played by our own James Jordan).

The events are part of the year-long celebration for a library that started in Wellington on July 2, 1916.

The Authorpalooza event kicks off this Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Four guest authors will be featured including: Bonnie Tharp, K.T. Hanna, Kathleen Timmermans and Jefferson Knapp at the Wellington library. Guest authors include: Chris Bertogiio, Jan Bertogiio, Adam Catlin, Louise Galveston, Lois Lenkner, James Jordan, Sherry Kline, Amber Schmitz, Connie Watts, Sherry Willis and James Marie York.

Authorpalooza brings to light how fortunate Wellington has been with cultivating local authors, who are sure to have loved the library.

The seeds were sown for the Wellington Public Library as far back as 1895.

A reading room and loan library was sponsored by Mrs. Katie Sniggs, Mrs. Lulu Frantz Whitson and Mr. W.H. Schulte in 1895. It was first placed in Coverdale’s clothing store, and then was in a little frame building south of the Antlers Hotel.

Shane Shields is named interim city manager… finally

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council appointed Shane Shields as its interim city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. Shields is the city’s finance director and served as the interim a couple of years ago when the city was searching for a city manager.

After 45 minutes in executive session the unanimous vote was taken. The city has had a couple of executive sessions to discuss its direction  after deciding to dismiss Roy Eckert about a month ago.

Shane Shields

Shane Shields

Also Tuesday the city decided to hire the Kansas League of Municipalities to do its search for a city manager at a cost of just over $5,000.

At the last meeting a representative of the league met with the council and told them how they could run the campaign for them. The league will advertise for applications, and then narrow that down for the city. The city will still set the parameters as far as how many to narrow it down to and how long the process will take.

Most likely it will be narrowed to a dozen or so before a few finalists are named. 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: June 13- June 19, 2016

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for June 13 to June 19, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Randall Patterson, 62, Anthony charged with 14 counts of wire fraud by U.S. Attorney

Sumner Newscow news reportSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — A cattle buyer from Harper County was indicted Tuesday on federal fraud charges, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Randall D. Patterson, 62, Anthony, is charged with 14 counts of wire fraud. Patterson owned Anthony Livestock Co. (ALC), which was in the business of buying and selling cattle. He is a former president of the National Livestock Marketing Association.

 The indictment alleges Patterson had an agreement to buy cattle at a “delivered price” from JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding. That price included the price paid for the cattle, the cost of freight, health costs for cattle and a commission of 50 cents per hundredweight. Five Rivers would notify Patterson of a maximum delivered price and Patterson would purchase cattle at sales barns in Kansas and Oklahoma. The sales barns would prepare invoices showing the price paid at auction.

 The indictment alleges Patterson:

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Provencio to be sentenced Thursday for reckless aggravated battery; rape trial has been delayed until October

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell will be sentenced by a Sumner County District Court Judge Thursday for a reckless aggravated battery felony conviction determined by a jury last month.

In an unrelated case, Provencio accused of rape, an off-grid felony, has had his jury trial delayed until Oct. 4 at 9 a.m.

Provencio is currently in Sumner County jail awaiting Judge Scott McQuin’s sentencing set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Wellington. He was convicted of one felony and misdemeanor charges of criminal deprivation of a vehicle and disorderly conduct for the assault of two elderly Caldwell men on April 22, 2015 in rural Sumner County. A 12-person jury handed in the verdict after a week-long trial.

Provencio’s accomplice, Nick Reedy, had foregone a jury trial and pled guilty to reckless aggravated battery and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled for sentencing in July. Reedy is currently out on bond.

Provencio was charged for the assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell during what started out as a Good Samaritan act that turned violent during the midnight hours after Provencio, Reedy and a third person had gotten their pickup stuck in the mud about five miles east of Caldwell.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 20, 2016

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‘Where’s Henry’ rifle is at The Gold Corner and Smoker’s Choice; tickets going fast

Where's Henry RifleSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Henry rifle is at The Gold Corner and at Smoker’s Choice.  Both locations still have a few tickets available.  This will be the last week for the displays, but we might come up with a place or two to display the rifles during the week of the Wheat Festival.  

As of today, Carroll Glass/Pig Shack BBQ and Bank of Commerce are out of tickets for the ‘Where’s Henry’ raffle.  Those that still have tickets are as follows:  Impact Bank, Gold Corner, Smoker’s Choice, Trigger Guard Shooting Range, Wheatland Services, Rohrer Custom and Fabrication, Jane Cole, with Farmer’s Insurance, and Vince Erwin Glass has just a few left.  

If your in Caldwell, Impact Bank might have a few left.  During the week of the Wheat Festival Where’s Henry officials intend to have tickets for sale at different venues, depending on availability.  We have saved back 200 tickets just for the week of the festival.  The drawing and auction will be held on Saturday, July 9 at approx. 7 p.m. on the stage in front of the Memorial Auditorium, and the winner will not need to be present.  

Help wanted: Columbia Elevator at Strother Field looking for Intermediate Accountant

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Columbia Elevator located at the Strother Field Industrial Park, has the following openings:

Intermediate Accountant

Responsibilities include assisting in the preparation of accounting records, financial statements, monthly closing and other related duties as required.  This includes maintaining subsidiary ledgers (accounts payable and accounts receivable) in a multi-company environment as well as bank account reconciliations.

Knowledge of A/P, A/R & G/L with two to five years experience in accounting required with a Bachelor’s Degree.  Must be able to multi-task and have strong computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office (Excel and Word).

Qualified candidates please submit your resume to:  Darcy, Columbia Elevator Solutions, 7702 West 5th Avenue, Winfield KS 67156   EEOC

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