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Wellington over Mulvane usethis one feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Merry Christmas, Wellington. You just swept Mulvane. All five Wellington basketball teams including the varsity boys and girls basketball teams were victorious over the green and More »

Wheat Capital unrest

Convoluted controversy at Wheat Capital Manor in Wellington has many upset

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was an unusual motion. At its Tuesday meeting, the Wellington City Council voted to continue a discussion for one week later over a controversy that More »

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Dec. 19-21, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section More »

Big Hero 6 at Regent

‘Big Hero 6′ to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Big Hero 6.” (Movie trailer is below). When:  Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 33 More »

Sumner Newscow news report

Scheduling hearing on Blansett case has been continued to Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington made her first appearance in Sumner County District Court for a scheduling hearing this morning. Judge William Mott accepted the motion More »

Wellington over Mulvane usethis one feature
Mekenna Adams, a freshman, helps lift Wellington to victory.

Mekenna Adams, a freshman, helps lift Wellington to victory.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Merry Christmas, Wellington. You just swept Mulvane.

All five Wellington basketball teams including the varsity boys and girls basketball teams were victorious over the green and white Friday night during the Crusaders home opener.

Wellington boys improved to 4-1 with a 70-52 victory over Mulvane. The Wellington girls would improve to 2-3 with a 53-26 win.

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Boys win big 

Berva Phillips, 89, Wellington: June 19, 1925 – Dec. 18, 2014

Berva Phillips

Berva Phillips

Berva Marie Phillips, age 89, long time Wellington resident, died Thursday evening, December 18, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington.  Through the years Berva had worked for the Sumner County Welfare Department for 15 years and was also Office Manager at Cedarview Good Samaritan Center for 15 years.

Berva Marie (Miller) Phillips was born on June 19, 1925 in Erie, KS to Rolla Frank Miller and Beulah Luella (Dunham) Miller.  She was a graduate of Baker University.

Berva married Kenneth D. Phillips on April 18, 1948 at the First Methodist Church in Baldwin City, KS.  He preceded her in death on February 6, 2008.

Convoluted controversy at Wheat Capital Manor in Wellington has many upset

Wheat Capital unrest

City council Wheat Capital Manor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was an unusual motion. At its Tuesday meeting, the Wellington City Council voted to continue a discussion for one week later over a controversy that has erupted between some members of the Wheat Capitol Manor staff and three members of the Wellington Housing Authority board.

After a 45 minute discussion at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the council voted to take a recess from an audience participation agenda and  reconvene on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the recreation room of the Wheat Capitol Manor at 400 South C Street.

Does it sound complicated? Well, try writing this story.

Sumner Newscow has broke this story into five segments. The first part involves the background of the Wheat Capital Manor – an independent living center in Wellington and the Wellington Housing Authority board that oversees it. The second involves how the conflict arose. The third involves how the Wellington City Council got involved. The fourth involves the meeting itself. The fifth is the reaction from the three members of the WHA who are being questioned.

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The background 

Nancy Keltch, 71, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 24, 1943 – Dec. 16, 2014

Nance Keitch

Nancy Keltch

Nancy W. Keltch, of Owensboro, Kentucky — formerly of Wellington — beloved mother and grandmother, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in her home at the age of 71.

Nancy was born the daughter of Walter and Kathleen (Sheedy) Ware on Friday, September 24, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On February 25, 1975, Nancy and Jack D. Keltch were united in marriage in Alva, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated over 34 years of marriage.

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Dec. 19-21, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Wellington police notes: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, December 18, 2014:

Lindsey Nicole Blansett’s call to Sumner County 911

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a You Tube recording made through the Wichita Eagle of the Sumner County 911 call during the night of the alleged murder. Lindsey Nicole Blansett tells a Sumner County dispatcher that she stabbed her son at her Wellington Kansas house because “thought somebody was coming in.” She has been charged with first degree murder in the death of her 10-year-old son.
Before listening to recording, parental discretion is advised.

Official obituary: Caleb Chad Blansett, Feb. 23, 2004 – Dec. 14, 2014

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Chad Blansett died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 10.

Caleb was born the son of Clint and Nicole (Womack) Blansett on Monday, February 23, 2004 in Fairfield, California.

Like most boys his age, Caleb loved spending his days outside. He loved being in sports and being with his friends at school. Caleb was a great kid that did his best to care for those he loved and knew. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his father, Clint Blansett of Winfield, mother, Nicole Blansett of Wellington, sister, Cadence Blansett of Wellington, grandparents: Mary Keating of Diane, Texas, Hatch Womack of Nocona, Texas and Carrie McMahan-Murphy of Wellington, great-grandmother, Carol McMahan of Wellington, uncle, Chad Blansett of Grafwoher, Germany, uncle, Hunter Womack of Thailand.  

United Country Theurer Auction/Realty holds ribbon cutting, open house Wednesday

Theurer Auction ribbon cutting in new digs.

Theurer Auction ribbon cutting in new digs.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — United Country Theurer Auction/Realty held a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday afternoon at their new complex at 1101 E. 16th Street. The new office used to be home of Tan Express.

The details of how that all came about can be found in the feature here.  For the latest information on auctions and real estate sales click here.

‘Big Hero 6′ to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

Big Hero 6 at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Big Hero 6.” (Movie trailer is below).

When:  Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Movie Synopsis: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

Fern Hobbs, 94, Wellington: April 4, 1920 – Dec. 17, 2014

Fern Hobbs

Fern Hobbs

Fern B. Hobbs, 94, lifelong Wellington resident, died Wednesday morning, December 17, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  She was a homemaker and also had worked for the school lunch program for many years.

Fern (Brown) Hobbs was born on April 4, 1920 in Wellington, KS to Edward B. Brown and Sarah Elizabeth Gruber.  She was a graduate of Wellington High School with the Class of 1938.

Fern married David T. Hobbs on December 28, 1944 in Englewood, CA.  He preceded her in death in 1994.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Wellington Police notes Wednesday, December 17, 2014

James Robert Chaney, 54, Wichita: April 29, 1960 – Nov. 28, 2014

James Robert Chaney, 54, of Wichita, died November 28, 2014.

James was born April 29, 1960 in Belleville, Kans. He was the son of E.J. and Margie (Hall) Chaney and graduated from Belleville High School in 1977. James enjoyed golfing, watching any kind of sporting event, especially KU sports.

James is survived by his father, E.J. Chaney of Rancho Viejo, Texas; brother Mitchell and wife Susan of Brownsville, Texas; son Kendric Chaney of Wichita, Kansas; special friend Valarie Holmes of Wichita, Kansas.

Scheduling hearing on Blansett case has been continued to Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington made her first appearance in Sumner County District Court for a scheduling hearing this morning.

Judge William Mott accepted the motion by defense lawyer Mike Brown to continue the hearing until Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Blansett has been charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son Caleb Blansett which allegedly occurred Sunday, Dec. 14 at their Wellington home on 902 W. 7th in Wellington. She appeared before the court in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the scheduling hearing is usually held to determine whether the suspect needs a competency evaluation or ask for a preliminary hearing.

Caleb Chad Blansett: February 23, 2004 – Dec. 14, 2014

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

The following information provided on the Day Funeral Home website:

Caleb Chad Blansett died Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Wellington at the age of 10.

A complete obituary will be available Thursday afternoon, December 18, 2014. Please check back for more information.

A visitation will held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014 with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services for Caleb will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the First Christian Church, 123 West 9th Street, Wellington.

Nick Ewing, 21, a 2011 WHS Graduate: Feb. 5, 1993 – Dec. 15, 2014

Nick Ewing

Nick Ewing

Nick S. Ewing, formerly of Wellington, died Monday, December 15, 2014 in Pittsburg at the age of 21.

Nicholas Scott Ewing was born on Friday, February 5, 1993 in Wichita. His parents are Brad and Brenda (Balster) Ewing.

Nick graduated from Wellington High School in 2011 and was currently a junior at Pittsburg State University. He also was employed as an assembler at GKN Aerospace for a short time. Nick held many interests including his love of sports. He was a good runner and loved wrestling. Nick also was proud of his time in Boy Scouts where he achieved an Eagle Scout ranking. 

Carole Gasswint, 79, Wellington: Nov. 9, 1935 – Dec. 14, 2014

Carole Gasswint

Carole Gasswint

Carole Jeanne Gasswint, 79, of Wellington died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Cherished Friends in Wellington.

Funeral Services was on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m.

A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

City of Wellington asking for volunteers for combined trade board, library board and park board

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellingotn governing body asks that anyone interested in being considered for appointment for any board position expiring in 2015 submit an application for Wellington City Boards/Commissions by Dec. 31, 2014 to the city clerk’s office.

The application form is available in the city clerk’s office or is available on the city’s website, www.cityofwellington.net on the board and commissions page. Additional information on the boards/commissions is also on the website.

The city board/commissions that have member terms expiring April 30, 2015 are the following:

Sumner County under winter weather advisory for tonight National Weather Service advises

Winter weather advisorySubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair issued the followed warning…

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory that includes Sumner County…in effect now and until 6am Thursday morning.

A wintry mix is possible this afternoon and evening before becoming all snow overnight, then freezing drizzle by morning.

Sumner Newscow recommendations on donations, comment policies and other subjects surrounding the Blansett investigation

Sumner Newscow note from publisher

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow has been getting several inquiries concerning various memorial donation funds being set up in the name of Caleb Blansett, the 10-year-old who tragically died Sunday of an alleged murder.

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

While it is great to see people help out in need, donors should also be mindful of where their money is going. Sumner Newscow is recommending that donations should be sent to a memorial fund set up at Impact Bank at 206 East Harvey Avenue.

This is not to take away from other internet-based memorial funds out there. This is only to recommend that money going toward this specific fund will be handled by professionals who work in finance and know how to property distribute the funds.

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Comment policies

Sumner Newscow is specifically outlining policies for the comment section for the ongoing news of the Blansett investigation. The new policies will be: 

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