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Sumner Attorney Kerwin Spencer says he will be filing felony charges soon on Provencio, Reedy over Wednesday morning attack

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he is hoping to file charges very soon on what will possibly be felony charges against Sylvester Provencio, 21, and More »

Crusader sports news

Wellington boys keep AV-CTL DIV title hopes alive with Circle sweep

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its league title hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep against Circle Thursday at Sellers Park. The victory sweep improved the More »

Sumner Newscow local news report

House fire at 1003 South Jefferson contained within an hour Thursday afternoon

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A structure fire caused $30,000 worth of damage to a home at 1003 South Jefferson in Wellington at 2:10 p.m. Thursday. According to a Wellington Fire More »

State of Kansas vs. Lindsey Blansett

Closed hearing to evaluate Blansett mental competency evaluation set for May

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A closed hearing has been tentative set for May 14, at 4 p.m. in Sumner County District Court to discuss a Larned State Hospital mental competency More »

Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious 7 being played at the Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Fast and Furious 7 Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour 20 minutes. Movie Synopsis: Continuing the More »

WHS Prom walk in…

Prom drive in

Sumner Newscow  report — The Wellington High School Prom continued with the drive and walk in… Pictures of the event can be found here.

The WHS Prom is now! View pre-prom pictures here

Prom pre pictures eighth grade teamSumner Newscow report — The festivities have begun. Prom walk is next. Pictured above are members of the former eighth grade football team now juniors at their prom. For all the pre-prom pictures click here.

Tonight is prom at WHS …

Prom is SaturdaySumner Newscow report — It is prom weekend in Wellington. The day has already began as girls are fixing their hair and the boys are getting their cars ready.

The schedule for tonight is as follows:

5:30 p.m. – Drive-in at Wellington High School.

6 p.m. – Walk-in.

6:30 p.m. – Meal. 

Sumner Attorney Kerwin Spencer says he will be filing felony charges soon on Provencio, Reedy over Wednesday morning attack

Breaking News

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he is hoping to file charges very soon on what will possibly be felony charges against Sylvester Provencio, 21, and Nicholas Reedy, 33, both of Caldwell. Both are currently in Sumner County jail for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell on early April 22 morning in south rural Sumner County.

Spencer said he has interviewed witnesses and is currently working closely with Sumner County Sheriff Detective Jeff Hawkins, in hopes of submitting charges sometime this weekend.

The two men will likely face charges of aggravated battery, simple battery, disorderly conduct and criminal depravation of property. Spencer said he will not pursue the aggravated robbery charge which was listed in the original Sumner County Sheriff arrest report.

Provencio and Reedy are accused of assaulting Schneider and Nispel who were in two separate vehicles driving home at around 12:15 a.m. Spencer said part of the delay with formal charges is because Schneider has been undergoing treatment at Caldwell Hospital suffering from a busted ear drum, two cracked ribs and various facial scratches and abrasions. According to a source, he was released at 4 p.m. today. 

Wellington girls split with Circle; plus JV tennis, WMS and JV golf results…

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team split with Circle at Worden Park Tuesday. Also results of WMS and JV golf, JV tennis are below …

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Erin Goodrum at second base in game one against Circle.

Erin Goodrum at second base in game one against Circle.

Girls softball

The Wellington girls softball team split with Circle to improve its record to 6-8 in the season and pick up its first Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV win.

The Crusaders would lose a nine-inning marathon with Circle in game one 6-3. But the Lady Dukes would avenge the loss in the nightcap with a 12-8 victory.

In game one, Circle would break a 3-all tie in the top of the ninth when Caylie Kifer hit a three-run homer with two outs to lift the Thunderbirds to victory. Circle opened the game with a run off an RBI double.

Wellington boys keep AV-CTL DIV title hopes alive with Circle sweep

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its league title hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep against Circle Thursday at Sellers Park. The victory sweep improved the Dukes to 9-5 and 7-1 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. They are currently in a battle with Andale-Garden Plain for the league title.

Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.

Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.

The Indians are 5-1 and travels to Wichita Collegiate tonight. They will then play at Mulvane on May 7. Wellington hosts Clearwater on the same day.

On Thursday, the Crusaders won the first game 11-2 and followed that up with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the nightcap.

Wellington took advantage of four Circle errors while generating nine hits in game one. Austin Dunn also had himself a home run.

Crusaders were in cruise control getting two runs in the first and two runs in the second. Eventually they held a 5-0 lead after four innings. The Thunderbirds would narrow the lead to two in the top of the fifth. But a four-run output in the bottom of the fifth secured victory for the Dukes. 

National Weather Service warns of possible story weather mid-afternoon

Sumner County Weather bulletin possible alertSumner Newscow report — The following alert was issued by the National Weather Service:

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
406 AM CDT FRI APR 24 2015

RUSSELL-LINCOLN-BARTON-ELLSWORTH-SALINE-RICE-MCPHERSON-MARION-CHASE-
RENO-HARVEY-BUTLER-GREENWOOD-WOODSON-ALLEN-KINGMAN-SEDGWICK-HARPER-
SUMNER-COWLEY-ELK-WILSON-NEOSHO-CHAUTAUQUA-MONTGOMERY-LABETTE-
406 AM CDT FRI APR 24 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL KANSAS...
SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP TOWARD MID AFTERNOON ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS...WITH MORE
ISOLATED STORMS DEVELOPING FURTHER SOUTH ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
KANSAS TOWARD EVENING. SUPERCELL TYPE STORMS WILL BE
POSSIBLE...WITH VERY LARGE HAIL UP TO TENNIS BALL SIZE...DAMAGING
WINDS...AND A FEW TORNADOES. THE STORMS MAY MERGE INTO A COMPLEX
THIS EVENING...WHICH WILL SHIFT NORTHEAST LATER TONIGHT OUT OF
THE REGION.

House fire at 1003 South Jefferson contained within an hour Thursday afternoon

Sumner Newscow local news report
Fire causes $30,000 worth of damage.

Fire causes $30,000 worth of damage.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A structure fire caused $30,000 worth of damage to a home at 1003 South Jefferson in Wellington at 2:10 p.m. Thursday.

According to a Wellington Fire Department press release, Wellington firefighters arrived on the scene and found a one-and-a-half story green colored wood frame home on fire with flames coming through the windows and doorway on two sides of the house.

The home is owned by Andrew Gerten.

The fire was extinguished at the rear of the home. Firefighters then made entry to search for any victims. They then started the ventilation of the smoke process by cutting a section of the roof away and inserting a ventilation fan. 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, April 23, 2015

Application process for City of Wellington Seasonal laborers, Wellington Lake Clerical jobs ends today

Help Wanted adThe City of Wellington is accepting applications for the positions of Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties.  Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $7.25 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  See available positions and apply at www.HRePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015.

City of Wellington Lake Clerical position available.  Ability to operate personal computer and learn software program required to complete camping reservations.  Properly document and receipt cash for camping, recreation and boating permits.  Answer questions from the public concerning charges and rules and regulations of the lake.  Regular work hours will be approximately 33 hours per week, Wednesday through Sunday.  REQUIRES WORKING WEEKENDS!  Work is performed at the Wellington Lake Office.  Starting Salary is $7.50 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  Apply at www.HRePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015.

Closed hearing to evaluate Blansett mental competency evaluation set for May

State of Kansas vs. Lindsey Blansett

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A closed hearing has been tentative set for May 14, at 4 p.m. in Sumner County District Court to discuss a Larned State Hospital mental competency evaluation report of Lindsey Nicole Blansett, who is charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son at her home on Dec. 14, 2014.

The hearing will be behind closed doors and involve a video teleconference with a psychologist of the mental competency evaluation. It will also include county attorney Kerwin Spencer, defense attorney Mike Brown and Judge Scott McQuin to determine if Blansett is competent to stand trial in Sumner County.

Spencer said the hearing will not be public in fear that to do so will taint a future jury pool. He said the hearing will review possible evidence that could be admissible or inadmissible for trial.

Fast and Furious 7 being played at the Wellington Regent

Fast and Furious

This week at the Regent Theater: Fast and Furious 7

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour 20 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.

City of Wellington issues weed and wild growth policy

Grass weed notice

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following are the policies for City of Wellington weed and wild growth:

What is a weed or wild growth?

  1. Brush and woody vines
  2. Indigenous grasses that attain large growth and may become a fire hazard
  3. Growth that may bear downy or winged seeds
  4. Growth that harbors pests or vermin
  5. Non-ornamental grasses or plants that are 12 inches in height

What is the property owner’s responsibility?

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Driver’s Education meeting is set for April 29

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

Thursday

•JV Golf at Hesston 1 p.m.

•Baseball at WHS vs. Circle 4 p.m.

•Softball at WHS vs. Circle 4:30 p.m.

Friday

•Golf at Cherry Oaks 3 p.m.

•Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.

•Track at Clearwater 3 p.m.

Saturday

•Prom – all day.

Today’s lunch: Italian Pasta Bake, Green Pepper Strips, Broccoli Florets, Mixed Fruit, Brownie, Hot Roll and Milk.

Tomorrow’s Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Tostitos, Baby Carrots, Apple and Milk.

Today’s News

Raymond Wirtz, Winfield: July 15, 1939 – April 21, 2015

Raymond Wirtz of Winfield died Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015 at his home.

Born on July 15, 1939 in Caldwell, he was the son of Roy Orville and Anna Evelyn (Ferguson) Wirtz. He was raised and received his education in Wellington, graduating from Wellington High School in 1958.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Raymond proudly served his country in the United States Army where he was in the Engineer Corps. He was honorably discharged on April 27, 1964.

Two Caldwell men charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated battery after brawling incident Wednesday morning

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio, 21, and Nicholas Reedy, 33, both of Caldwell, have been arrested by the Sumner County Sheriff’s office for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery after a brawling incident that occurred at 1700 S. Mayfield Road, about three miles east of Caldwell at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, Gregory Schneider, 53, of Caldwell and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell were driving home when they noticed a vehicle was struck in the mud. They stopped to help them, but an argument ensued, the report said.

Allegedly, Schneider was punched in the face several times by Reedy and fell to the ground. After falling to the ground, Schneider allegedly was kicked and stomped on by both suspects to the point where he lost consciousness while lying face down in the roadway.

Delbert Deffenbaugh died April 19

Delbert (Del) Deffenbaugh died April 19,2015 in Tulsa, Okla.  Services are pending. No other information is available at this time.

WHS Service Day 2015: Youth meets community…

Service Day Feature

Service Day - readingby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School held its annual Service Day throughout the community this morning and had a myriad of activities this afternoon at the high school.

The annual service day featured a plethora of activities including meal packaging to benefit Meals-on-Wheels-for-Kids during the summer and Project Sticker Shock was a fun-filled day by the WHS Leadership Team under sponsor Karla Defore.

WHS students were scattered across 32 different locations this morning (see photo gallery here).

Those who participated and where they served are as follows: 

A new beginning: Mayor and three council members sworn into office

Wellington City Council news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is official. Wellington is now under the leadership of a whole new city council. Tuesday evening Wellington City Mayor Shelley Hansel was sworn in as was city council members Kelly Green, Jim Valentine and Kip Etter. The mayor and council members will serve four-year terms ending in 2019.

The occasion was monumental for two reasons.

1) For the first time in its history, Wellington inducted a woman mayor. Hansel replaces Roger Stallbaumer, who has led the council since 2007.

2) It ends what has been the city of Wellington’s progression from an eight-member two-year term ward boundary board to a six-member four-year at-large board. 

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