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Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert removes Wellington Housing Authority chairman Kelli McComb from board

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert has removed Kelli McComb from the Wellington Housing Authority board in a letter delivered to her office Thursday afternoon at 1 More »

Basketball restart

Wellington boys and girls basketball teams embark on sub-state play

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Now comes the big stuff. The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams are about to embark on sub-state in Winfield (see schedule below). The second seed More »

Kansas Hometown showdown

Wellington, Caldwell advance to round 2 in Kansas Hometown Showdown; VOTE AGAIN!

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington and Caldwell have advanced to the Kansas Homedown Showdown second round! So in order for the two communities to keep advancing you need to continue More »

Wellington City Council Roundup

Wellington Council says no to purchase of electronic sign in front of Memorial Auditorium

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council was asked whether or not it wished to purchase an electronic LED sign at a reduced rate at Heritage Park next to More »

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The e-mail question

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as officials within Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have been under fire with using personal e-mail to conduct governmental business. What is your opinion on More »

Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert removes Wellington Housing Authority chairman Kelli McComb from board

Breaking News

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert has removed Kelli McComb from the Wellington Housing Authority board in a letter delivered to her office Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m.

McComb was serving as WHA chairman, a board that overseas the Wellington Wheat Capital Manor.

The action came today after Eckert had spoken to her personally on Wednesday asking for her resignation, McComb said. The conversation came one day after the Wellington City Council allegedly discussed the manner in executive session. The council had two 10 minute executive sessions for non-elected personnel during its regular March 3 meeting.

Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

McComb said after the Eckert conversation on Wednesday she had spoken with her family and her attorney and decided she would not resign. When Eckert approached her this afternoon, she said was not going to resign, McComb said.

Eckert then delivered a letter which said McComb has been removed for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance. Misfeasance is defined as a willful inappropriate action or intentional incorrect action of advice. Malfeasance is defined as a willful and intentional action that injures a party, Nonfeasance is defined as the failure to act where action is required.

In a statement this afternoon, McComb said: 

Larry “Delbert” Horn, Wellington: June 6, 1939 – March 3, 2015

Larry Horn

Larry Horn

Larry “Delbert” Horn, of Wellington, died Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at Life Care Center of Wichita at the age of 75.

Delbert was born the son of Edward B. and Susie (Hayden) Horn on Tuesday, June 06, 1939 in Wellington.

On September 1, 1972, Delbert and Wanda Faye Hunt were united in marriage in California. Together they celebrated over 22 years of marriage.

Delbert retired from Boeing Aircraft after many years of service. He was happiest when he was with his friends and family either fishing or shooting pool. 

Wellington boys and girls basketball teams embark on sub-state play

Basketball restart

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Now comes the big stuff. The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams are about to embark on sub-state in Winfield (see schedule below). The second seed Wellington boys (10-10) will be battling third seed Mulvane (4-16), at 6 p.m. tonight.

The top seed Wellington girls (13-7) meets Mulvane (5-15) at 6 p.m. on Friday.

It should be an interesting weekend. Both teams have a good opportunity of winning these tournaments and getting to state.

Ever since Class 4A was divided into two divisions for post season, the tournaments have been reduced from eight to four. Wellington captured an assist from the Kansas State High School Activities Association when Andale was sent elsewhere.

But neither team is a shoe in. The boys and girls must get past Mulvane, which hasn’t been easy for Wellington in all sports. It is hard to forget that one weekend last October, when Mulvane’s football and volleyball teams were able to score huge post-season or district upset wins against Wellington on simultaneous dates.

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The boys

2014-15 Wellington boys basketball team

2014-15 Wellington boys basketball team

WHS Daily News — February Students of the Month announced

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

Thursday

• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Friday

• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Saturday

• Sub-State Basketball TBD

Thursday: Chicken pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, hot roll/jelly, pineapple chunks.

Friday: Cheese pizza, salad w/romain, bread stick, marinara sauces, mixed fruit.

Today’s news:

•February Students of the Month are:

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wellington, Caldwell advance to round 2 in Kansas Hometown Showdown; VOTE AGAIN!

Kansas Hometown showdown

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington and Caldwell have advanced to the Kansas Homedown Showdown second round! So in order for the two communities to keep advancing you need to continue to vote for the favorite picture below. The winning town will be featured on the cover of the Kansas Government Journal.

This is the photo for Wellington:

Wellington photo hometown showdown

To vote for this photo for Wellington, the direct link to “like” is here.

This is the photo for Caldwell

Caldwell showdown hometown

To vote for this photo for Caldwell click “like” here. Caldwell and Wellington help each other out. Let’s make this an all Sumner County final! The round 2 will be open until March 8. Check out the bracket for the matchup below. 

Seth Mott, 40, formerly of Wellington: May 9, 1974 – Feb. 27, 2015

Seth Mott

Seth Mott

Seth Alan Mott, age 40, formerly of Wellington, died on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Derby.

Seth Alan Mott was born on May 9, 1974 in Wellington, KS to William E. Mott and Mary Ann (Edwards) Mott. He was raised in Wellington and attended Wellington schools except for one year in Albuquerque, NM. He was a graduate of the Wellington High School Class of 1992.  He was active in baseball, football, basketball and tennis. Seth was an avid fan of sports. He worked for UPS for the last 17 years.

Seth was an animal lover, took up guitar, and loved playing golf. He was a devoted son and friend. Friends will tell you he was that wild and crazy guy but he was sensitive and was always there for you and could bring a smile to your face.

Wellington Council says no to purchase of electronic sign in front of Memorial Auditorium

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council was asked whether or not it wished to purchase an electronic LED sign at a reduced rate at Heritage Park next to Memorial Auditorium which would look similar to the ones in front of Panhandle Federal Savings and Erickson/Gill Dentistry. But the council said no.

Wellington City Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said a sales representative from a Wichita company, whose name was not specified at Tuesday’s meeting, approached him about selling a double-sided electronic sign that would feature random community events and sponsorships for $12,500.

He said the sales person told him another individual was looking at the same sign and needed an answer by Wednesday.

The Memorial Auditorium Board has been looking into replacing the white with black lettered sign at Heritage for sometime with an LED sign. Jones said this proposed sign would be $2,000 less than what a normal 3-foot wide by 7-foot high sign would run.

After a lengthy discussion, the council, said “no thanks,” citing that is wasn’t in the budget and with state aid cuts coming down the pike, it wouldn’t be prudent to do make such a purchase at this time. 

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

Barbara Riggs

Barbara Riggs

Barbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.

She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.

Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wellington Police news for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

WHS Daily News Bulletin: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

Thursday

• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Friday

• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Saturday

• Sub-State Basketball TBD.

Wednesday: Italian Pasta Bake, green pepper strips, steamed carrots ,applesauce, brown, #hot roll/jelly.

Thursday: Chicken pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, hot roll/jelly, pineapple chunks.

Today’s news:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The e-mail question

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as officials within Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have been under fire with using personal e-mail to conduct governmental business. What is your opinion on the subject?

Should governmental officials use personal e-mails to conduct business?

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Sumner County Unofficial Primary Results – March 3, 2015

City or School Position Candidates Advance Votes Received Election Day Votes Received Total Votes Received
           
City of Belle Plaine City Council
(Vote for 2) Monica Barton 0 13 13
Jamie L. Crelly 0 8 8
Richard Lowry 0 20 20
Dennis L. McGinnis 2 125 127
Robert T. Narron 2 90 92
Lonnie L. Patrick 0 63 63
Richard Penn 0 100 100
Joel D. Rouse 0 43 43
Wellington USD 353 At-Large Jackie Glasgow 20 348 368
(Vote for 1) Carley A. Moberg 2 59 61
Janette Moser 5 55 60
Fatema Yunker 1 36 37
**THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE PROVISIONAL VOTES.  RESULTS WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL AFTER THE CANVASS ON MONDAY.**

Glasgow will be 1 of 2 candidates in primary; Moser and Moberg still could be 2nd candidate

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jackie Glasgow secured one of the two spots in the April general election for the Wellington school board Position 7 at large race.

Glasgow ran away with the primary, garnering 348 of the 498 votes currently counted for 69.8 percent.

Jackie Glasgow

Jackie Glasgow

The question will be her opponent. Currently, Carley Moberg has 59 votes and Janette Moser has 55. Sumner County Clerk Debbie Norris said the advanced votes have yet to be counted. Also, there are 10 provisional ballots – which are votes where there are questions about a voter’s eligibility. Those votes will be official counted by the Board of Canvassers on Monday.

The primary will narrow the field from four to two candidates. The top two candidates will run against one another in the general election on April 7.

The unofficial vote total is as follows: 

Reminder: All political questionnaires need returned by March 7

School bond election 2015By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Just a friendly reminder, all political forum questionnaires for those candidates running for Wellington school board, Wellington City Council and Mayor needs to have their answers to Sumner Newscow by Saturday, March 7 via digitally or postmarked by that date. Late entries will be so noted on the political forums.

Also make sure to provide a picture of yourself, unless Sumner Newscow has already obtained one.

The school primary is today. The general election will be held April 7, 2015. 

Wellington Fire/EMS reminds residents to change smoke alarm when turning clocks forward

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Fire/EMS reminds residents to Change Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries When You Turn Clocks “Forward” on March 8, 2015

Batteries in a smoke alarm should be changed at least twice a year. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are asleep. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Cheer Clinic to be held Monday-Tuesday, March 9-10; tryouts are on March 13

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

Wednesday

No events planned.

Thursday

• Sub-State Boys Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Friday

• Sub-State Girls Basketball 6 p.m. at Winfield vs. Mulvane.

Saturday

• Sub-State Basketball TBD

Tuesday: Ham and Cheese sandwich, potato wedges, fresh broccoli, grape bunches, #chocolate chip cookie.

Wednesday: Italian Pasta Bake, green pepper strips, steamed carrots ,applesauce, brown, #hot roll/jelly.

Today’s news:

Earthquake with 3.8 magnitude felt this morning near Argonia

Earthquake logoSumner Newscow report — An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 was felt this morning at 9:56 a.m. Its epicenter was seven miles northeast of Anthony, and southwest of Argonia.

Earthquake epicenter 3-3-15

Hoffman: Loop holes sheltering wages and passive income on tax exemptions need fixing

Kyle Hoffman

Kyle Hoffman

By Kyle Hoffman, State Representative of the 116th District — On Friday February 27, we reached the halfway point of the regular session for 2015 and sent to the Senate for consideration 71 House bills. This week we will begin working on the 79 Senate bills that were sent to the House by the Senate, as well as any House bill that is still in Appropriations, Taxation, or Federal & State Committees, all other House bills are considered dead and will not be worked.

Over the next month, Appropriations and Taxation Committees will start finalizing the budget and any changes in taxes and send them to the full House for consideration.

Please remember bills and other helpful information can be easily accessed through the legislature’s website at www.kslegislature.com.

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Budget and tax policies

Reminder: Don’t forget to vote today at Wellington school board and Belle Plaine City Council primary

Sumner Newscow report — Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today regarding a Wellington school board primary and a Belle Plaine City Council primary. Information about the primaries can be found here. The Wellington school board forum for the At Large Position 7 race can be found here

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