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Now the road is closed

Lincoln Street between Washington and Jefferson is now closed due to building condition

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Like a malignant tumor, the situation at the Lincoln Place building at Washington and Lincoln in Wellington seems to be worsening. The city of Wellington has More »

An Indian farmer in America

An India farmer’s perfect vacation: being in the heart of Kansas

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mohit Singh, a 23-year-old farmer from India, spent three weeks with Jay and Glennis Zimmerman of South Haven this past month as part of an exchange More »

Secret life of pets

The Secret Life of Pets being shown at Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: The Secret Life of Pets (see trailer below). Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. This Friday’s feature film: PG (for action and some More »

Breaking News

(Updated Thursday) Female passenger killed in 2-car auto accident west of Oxford this afternoon

(Updated Thursday, 10 a.m.) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 28-year-old Arkansas City woman has died in a two-car accident occurring two miles west of Oxford Wednesday afternoon, according to a More »

Great Race preview 2016

The 26th running of the Great Race is upon us this Saturday at Woods Park (official race form below)

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 26th running of the Great Race in Wellington will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine at Woods Park.  There are nine teams entered More »

Wellington City Council Roundup

Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city More »

Garage Sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of July 29-31 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Don’t forget about the Vintage Home Sunday with six open houses

J.P. Weigand logo

Don’t forget the WEIGAND – VINTAGE HOME SUNDAY – SIX OPEN HOUSES on SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2016, 2 to 4 p.m. Click here for the full details on each home sold. Please join Pam Hinman, Jennifer Hadden and Cathy Sheets at one or all of the vintage homes open this Sunday:

923 S. Washington Ave

304 North B St

306 South G St

823 N. Washington Ave

711 North F St

702 N. Poplar

While touring the homes, enjoy drinks and snacks. Don’t forget to register for the drawing for vintage home decor  — DeForest Chicks Egg Basket. Enter drawing at 304 N. B Street residence.

Lincoln Street between Washington and Jefferson is now closed due to building condition

Now the road is closed
More cones and barricades surrounds the building known as "Lincoln Place" this week.

More cones and barricades surrounds the building known as “Lincoln Place” this week.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Like a malignant tumor, the situation at the Lincoln Place building at Washington and Lincoln in Wellington seems to be worsening.

The city of Wellington has blocked off Lincoln Street between Washington and Jefferson due to safety concerns with the building. Information came to light this week that there is a standing pool of water on the building’s roof from this week’s rain.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the street will remain closed until an official report by a structural engineer is filed with the city on the condition of the building. He is hoping that the owner Jan Spevak will furnish a report to the Wellington City Council before or at its next meeting Tuesday night. If not the city will pursue a report on its own.

In the meantime, Shields said a resolution has been drafted for Tuesday’s meeting that declares the building an “immediate hazard to the public.” The resolution will give the city authority to make the building temporarily safe if the owner is unable to do so at the owner’s expense. Also, it will provide the city authority to demolish the building immediately if it is deemed a public safety hazard by a certified engineer.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Help wanted: Property Manager for Canterbury Heights in Winfield

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An India farmer’s perfect vacation: being in the heart of Kansas

An Indian farmer in America
Mahit Singh with his host family member Glennis Zimmerman.

Mohit Singh with his host family member Glennis Zimmerman.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mohit Singh, a 23-year-old farmer from India, spent three weeks with Jay and Glennis Zimmerman of South Haven this past month as part of an exchange program through IFYE – formerly known as International 4-H Youth Exchange.

Singh was here to learn about farming – American style and figure out ways to make his family farm back in India more profitable. His first trip to the United States included visits to Kansas farms in Sumner, Scott, Allen and Ness Counties before heading to Virginia for a similar tour there. He will be in Kansas through the State Fair in early September.

“I decided against the tourist destinations in California, so I can study farms in Kansas in the heart of the country,” Singh said. “Kansas is the heart of America and that is what I’m most interested in.”

Singh is part of a farming family in Agra, India which is the home of the iconic Taj Mahal. He comes from a family that owns about 200 acres or 80 Hectares.

Wellington receives .9 inches of rain this afternoon

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — Now that was a crazy storm! Wellington received .9 inches of rain today in a storm that hit around 3:30 p.m. Elsewhere there are reports that power lines were down in Ark City. Only in Kansas.

Summer Reading Program celebrates a Teddy Bear Picnic

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — On the last day of the Summer Reading Program, a Teddy Bear Picnic was held, where children were asked to bring a bear, or  favorite stuffed animal. They marched in a parade, led by Children’s Librarian Lisa Vargas, enjoyed snacks, hit a pinata, made crafts, and had their pictures taken in a teddy bear photo booth.

Library Director Jo Plumb

Library Director Jo Plumb is a bear at the Teddy Bear photo booth.

Teddy Bear parade

Children brought in their favorite stuffed toy to march in the stuffed toy parade.

J.P. Weigand’s Vintage Open House tours are this Sunday

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J.P. Weigand house ad 7-28-16

The Secret Life of Pets being shown at Wellington Regent this weekend

Secret life of pets

This week at the Regent Theater: The Secret Life of Pets (see trailer below).

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

This Friday’s feature film: PG (for action and some rude humor). Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

Hometown Sales and Lease – up to $100 in savings or 10% off purchase sale!

Hometown news roll June 29

(Updated Thursday) Female passenger killed in 2-car auto accident west of Oxford this afternoon

Breaking News

Site of Oxford fatality

(Updated Thursday, 10 a.m.) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 28-year-old Arkansas City woman has died in a two-car accident occurring two miles west of Oxford Wednesday afternoon, according to a Sumner County Sheriff report.

Sheriff Captain Mike Westmoreland said authorities are still waiting to release the names of the accident victims until all family members have been notified.  On Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m., a black 2005 Trailblazer SUV driven by a 26-year-old Ark City male was driving eastbound on U.S. 160 when he crossed the center line at the intersection of Greenwich Road and U.S. 160 and collided head on with a westbound black 2008 Chevrolet 1500 pickup that was driven by a 52-year-old male from Yale, Okla.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, July 27, 2016WPD Wellington police notes logo

The 26th running of the Great Race is upon us this Saturday at Woods Park (official race form below)

Great Race preview 2016
There will be nine teams racing in the 25th running of the event.

There will be nine teams racing in the Great Race Saturday. Last year’s race had 10. 

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 26th running of the Great Race in Wellington will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine at Woods Park.  There are nine teams entered this year. They have had as many as 12 and as few as seven, but organizer Jack Potucek said this is a good number. See the official 2016 race form here.

Woods Park is the best place to see the race. Since it goes over a few miles and involves several types of races, it would not be possible to see it all. From Woods Park a person can see five or six events out of the total of 13. Sprinters and cross country runners touch on Woods Park, and then there is the canoe exchange, and the finish is there at Woods Park.

The Dore Enchies and the Spinalators have dominated the race in recent years with one of those two teams winning nine of the last 10 years. Last year it was the Spinalators, headed up by John Anders. The Enchies won it the previous year. Spinalators won in 2013 and The Dore Enchies, formerly the Commodore Enchies, won three straight from 2010-2012.

There are 13 events and eight involve running different distances, with a different person running each race. There is also a motocross, racing bike, horses and two stages of a canoe race. Halfway through the canoe race they have to change crews.

Often a glitch in the exchange on one of the events, or something going wrong in one event cam make the difference.

Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city manager. A representative from the league came to the work session Tuesday to answer concerns.

The council seems likely to pass accepting the contract at its next meeting, but there was question as to whether they really needed to.

Council member Jan Korte also questioned the wording of the contract, which stated the league could cancel the contract at any time. It also said the city would still have to pay the full amount if they reject all the candidates the league sends their way.

Council member Vince Wetta also questioned the need for spending the money, but he said he believes it is for the good of the city to go through the process. He said he was having second thoughts about that. He favors hiring Shane Shields who is the current interim city manager and has been in the city’s administration for several years.

Council members said they just want to go through the process and find out who is out there.

Sumner County Fall Field Day and pre-plant wheat meeting set for Aug. 11

K-State Extension and ResearchSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — There are two important meetings for those interested in corn and sorghum production and those interested in a pre-plant wheat meeting.

People with an interest in corn and sorghum production are invited to attend the Sumner County Fall Field Day on Thursday, August 11 at 7 a.m.  The field day will begin with a breakfast served by the Wellington FFA Chapter at the Wellington High School Vocational Agriculture Shop.  From 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. presentations by K-State Research & Extension personnel, Dr. Doug Shoup and Dr. Doug Jardine will be followed by a tour of the variety corn plot at that location.  The group will then travel to tour a variety sorghum plot at the intersection of 80th St. and S. Maize Road.

This meeting is hosted by K-State Research & Extension-Sumner County, Wellington FFA Chapter, Joe Church, Colton Day, and Craig Meeker.  The meal sponsors are NuTech Seed, Helena Chemical, Warner Seeds, and Hisken Ag Supply.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 26, 2016:WPD Wellington police notes logo

70 to 80 youth participate in Crusader Youth Football Camp; fundraiser set for Aug. 20

Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar speaks to an inspired youth at the football camp Tuesday.

Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar speaks to an inspired youth at the football camp Tuesday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar estimated there were anywhere between 70 to 80 youth football players at the Crusader Development camp held this week. Middle schoolers will hit the gridiron tomorrow at the Wellington High School practice facility (see form here).

“I think our numbers are up from last year,” Aguilar said. “The weather most certainly helped.”

The youth camp usually proceeds the youth football season by a couple of weeks. The camp is designed for aspiring first to sixth grade football players to go over various tackling, running and passing drills in a low-key setting without pads. The camp was a combination of youth football coaches, the high school coaching staff, and high school players.

Youth football players go through passing drills.

Youth football players go through passing drills.

In other news, the Wellington Youth Football program will be having a barbecue fund raiser at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities will also include bake sale items. The dinner is to help raise funds for new football helmets.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The presidential candidates favorability question

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Wellington Babe Ruth Baseball is in the books as both local all-star teams season end

Babe Ruth All Star tournament roundup

Sumner Newscow report — Baseball is officially over for Babe Ruth teams in Wellington.

The final two local teams still playing in tournaments this past weekend, have been eliminated.  The 13-15 year olds lost in the Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament semifinals in Junction City this afternoon, losing to Liberal, 9-6. Liberal would go on to play Parsons in the championship.

During the weekend, the 16-18 year old Wellington baseball all stars were in Holyoke, Colo. for the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament and finished 1-2 in pool play – not making the championship bracket round.

Wellington athletes can now concentrate fully on school sports for the fall season.

Here are details from the tournaments held this weekend:

15-17 year olds

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