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Sumner County Roundup: There is fireworks in the air; at least legally on July 1

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The sound of fireworks may already be in the air in Wellington, but legal sales begin at 10 a.m. on July 1, and, of course, that More »

2016 Medallion Hunt general

Medallion Hunt Clue No. 3 – Wednesday, June 29

Clue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29 You know, the bronze third place medal isn’t always bad. Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28 That Stinks! PU! Clue No. 1 – Monday, More »

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Wellington City Council Roundup

Wellington City Council holds 3-hour work session to discuss upcoming budget

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council talked about the upcoming budget for about three hours Monday. The council still needs to trim some items and decide what to More »

2016 Wheat Festival feature schedule

The official, updated 2016 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule”

Updated 2016 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule: July 6 – 10, 2016 – *Schedule is subject to change* On-going Exhibits and Attractions: Ottaway Carnival – Runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Raymond Frye Complex More »

Harvest 2016

Kansas wheat harvest is all but complete; prices are abysmal

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas wheat harvest is all but complete in Sumner County, as well as most of the state. Local agriculture officials say as of Friday it More »

Alert: Elderly man has been found…

missing manSumner Newscow report — The elderly man who was on Crusader alert has been found.  aHis name is Louis M. Bright Jr., a white, male, 72-year-old, 5-11, 170 pound gray hair blue eye man.

He was driving a white 1998 Dodge extended cab pickup with tag 532BME last seen on 7:30 a.m. If you have any information call the Wellington Police Department or officer Jim Yunker.

John H. Palmer, 82, Wellington: August 24, 1953 – June 28, 2016

John H. Palmer

John H. Palmer

John H. Palmer, age 82, of Wellington, died early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016 at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. He was a retired aircraft machinist.

John H. Palmer was born on December 13, 1933 in Kansas City, Kans. to James Luther Palmer and Hannah Marie (Murrell) Palmer.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956.

John married Betty Lou Chancellor on August 24, 1953 in Seward, AK. She preceded him in death on August 12, 2003.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; and three brothers.

Two BNSF workers have been recovered from wreckage, 1 still missing; none appear to be from area

Sumner Newscow news reportSumner Newscow report — The remains of two Burlington Northern railroad workers have been recovered from the wreckage of Tuesday’s head-on train crash in Panhandle, Texas.

A third worker hadn’t yet been found yet, but he was presumed dead, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Richard Hipskind said in a media briefing today. According to local sources, the train collision did not involve anyone from Sumner County.

According to an Amarillo Globe report, three employees were unaccounted for as diesel from a recently refueled engine burned in the wreckage throughout the night. Overnight, the rescue efforts were changed over to recovery efforts as hopes dimmed.

BNSF spokesman Joe Faust has confirmed that two sets of remains have been recovered today.

“The entire BNSF family is terribly saddened by this event and we extend our deepest sympathy and thoughts to the families and friends of the employees involved in this incident,” said BNSF President and CEO Carl Ice in a press release. “This is an extremely difficult time and our entire organization grieves for our colleagues.”

Former Wellington High School principal Kevin Burr resigns as an Oklahoma Superintendent

Kevin Burr

Kevin Burr

Sumner Newscow report — Kevin Burr, a former Wellington High School principal who served in the mid-1990s, has resigned as a Sapulpa, Okla. School Superintendent in a case that has generated plenty of statewide media attention.

Burr was terminated as Superintendent after four years on the job with 12 months severance pay during a special meeting held Tuesday in Sapulpa, which is a suburb of Tulsa.

Burr had been accused of racial insensitivity and fostering a toxic work environment by a former principal. The full story can be found here.

Burr served as the WHS Principal from 1993 to 1996. 

Luke Smith has been named activities director at USD 353

USD school board meeting reportSumner Newscow report — The Wellington School Board has named Luke Smith as the new Wellington USD 353 activities director to replace Brian Buchanan, who resigned earlier this year. Smith’s hiring was one of several employment changes approved at a special meeting held Tuesday afternoon at the administrative office.

Smith is currently a chemistry teacher at the high school.

In other approved hirings:

•Jaedyn Ledesma, head 7th grade girls basketball coach, and middle school track coach;

•Ryan Jenkins, head eighth grade boys basketball coach;

•Tonner Finch, eighth grade assistant football coach; 

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Hometown news roll June 29

Sumner County Roundup: There is fireworks in the air; at least legally on July 1

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by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The sound of fireworks may already be in the air in Wellington, but legal sales begin at 10 a.m. on July 1, and, of course, that is when they can be set off legally as well. The rules in Wellington are similar to other places in Sumner County.

While shooting off fireworks is a rite of passion for a lot of Sumner County residents, there will also be fireworks shows across Sumner County including July 3 after the Wellington Heat game.

As far as individual fireworks, Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said there has not been many problems with fireworks lately, but he said people should not set them off in the middle of the streets which can be a hazard and leaves rubbish behind.

“The only issues we have had is people setting them off in the middle of the street,” Heath said. “As long as people pick up their trash, it is not a problem,” Heath said.

He said he was not aware of there being very many injuries related to fireworks, but they generally get 30-40 911 calls over the Fourth of July weekend. Most of those calls are related to people setting them off after hours.

Jose Mejia of Belle Plaine charged with felony rape and breach of privacy

Police Reportby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jose Ruben Mejia, born in 1986, of Belle Plaine has been charged with two felony counts of rape and one felony count of breach of privacy by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

Mejia is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a victim without her consent on June 22, 2016 in Sumner County.

According to the court complaint filed this week, Mejia commenced intercourse while she was asleep and continued without her consent when she awakened and told him to stop.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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Medallion Hunt Clue No. 3 – Wednesday, June 29

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Clue No. 3 — Wednesday, June 29

You know, the bronze third place medal isn’t always bad.

Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28

That Stinks! PU!

Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

Forest ‘Gene’ Turney, 84, Udall: January 7, 1932 – June 28, 2016

Forest Gene Turney

Forest Gene Turney

Forest “Gene” Turney, age 84, of Udall, died early Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016 at William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield. He was a retired farmer and agronomist.

Forest Gene Turney was born on January 7, 1932 in rural Peck to Forest L. Turney and Mary Belle (Swan) Turney.

Gene married Anita S. Blankenship on August 26, 1956 in Udall, KS. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2013.

He served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War from 1952-1954.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and neighbors and was an avid K-State alumni.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anita; infant brother, Russell; and sister Barbara Sears.

Three crew members missing, 1 hurt after head-on trail collision in Texas Panhandle

Sumner Newscow local news reportSumner Newscow report — According to an Associated Press report, three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. Authorities have not released any names at this time.

The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track when they collided near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Each train carried two crew members; one man jumped before the collision, according to BNSF spokesman Joe Faust. The man was being treated at a hospital and the extent of his injuries was unknown.

It’s not clear how fast the trains were traveling when they collided, but the speed limit in that area is 70 mph, Faust said. It also wasn’t clear why the trains were on the same track.

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Some Wheat Festival contest entries are due Friday

2016 Kansas Wheat Festival logoby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — It’s that time again, when downtown Wellington comes alive for the 116th annual Kansas Wheat Festival! The annual event will be held July 6-10, with many activities, contests and entertainment planned.

The first event will be the Baby and Toddler Contest, sponsored by Wellington Health and Rehab. The event will take place Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the basement of the facility and pre-registration is required. The theme is “I am SUPER!”. Age categories for boys and girls are: 6 months-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-3 years old. Late entries will not be allowed to participate, and all entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place boy and girl. Entry fee is $10, and the deadline is July 5 at 3 p.m.

The Kansas Wheat Festival Baker’s Bonanza will be held Wednesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by Rivercross Hospice, Golden Living Center, Sumner County Farm Bureau and The River. Following the contest, a Baker’s Bonanza Bake Sale will take place at the Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, at noon.

Fireworks can be shot off July 1; here is what to keep in mind…

firecrackersSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington is allowing the discharge of fireworks starting Friday, July 1 within the city limits. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through July 3, 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.  Retail sale hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 through July 4.

Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay has released the following Firework Regulations and Safety information:

 Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources:

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Always ignite fireworks outdoors
  • Have water nearby
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Dispose of fireworks properly, preferably in a bucket of water
  • Never throw or shoot fireworks at another person or at vehicles
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers

TECT Aerospace of Wellington has several job openings

Help Wanted adTect Aerospace of Wellington has the following job openings: 

Tect Machinists – 1st shift (Conventional/Detail), 2nd alternative shift (CNC)  and 3rd shift (CNC) available

 CNC – Requirements include a previous work history of two years or more 3-5 axis machining.

Conventional/Detail – previous Bridgeport/Manual Mill experience required

Material Handler – first shift

CDL class A required

TECT Aero help wantedTransport/load/unload goods to/from customers/suppliers

Assists with shipping/handlingPrefer experience with aerospace parts

Handform – first shift

Wellington City Council holds 3-hour work session to discuss upcoming budget

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council talked about the upcoming budget for about three hours Monday. The council still needs to trim some items and decide what to do with various funds, but it looks like the city will not have any tax increase.

Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the city’s valuation has increased some, about $1 million. That would mean if the city keeps the property tax levy as it is the city would take in about $34,000 more than it did last year.

Golf course funding, police and fire, as well as employees in general, were the big ticket items that still need to be hashed out.

The council tentatively planned another work session for July 11, and they have two regular meetings in July, to continue discussions. The budget has to be published by the first of August, leaving time for a public hearing before the final vote in August.

No actions were taken Monday, but some general consensus did emerge.

Jessica Burnett of Wellington arrested on possible felonies for inappropriate relationship with child

Police Reportby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jessica Burnett, 39, of Wellington was arrested, charged and confined for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and criminal sodomy, both felonies, according to Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath.

Heath said the month-long Wellington Police Department investigation has been turned over to the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

Jessica Burnett

Jessica Burnett

County Attorney Kerwin Spencer has 48 business hours to determine whether or not to make formal charges.

Burnett was arrested Monday and was taken into custody at Sumner County Jail. She was released after posting $50,000 bond.

She is accused what Heath is describing as having inappropriate relationships with a juvenile between the ages of 14 and 16.

If charged, Burnett could be facing level 5 felonies.

Medallion Clue #2 — Tuesday, June 28

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Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28

That Stinks! PU!

Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

Glad you’re with us

We’re 30 this year and excited to have you join us.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 27, 2016

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