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Sumner Newscow forum: The Wellington City Council race (part 2)

Part 2 of two-part series by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is second part of the Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum for the Wellington City Council. This will be for questions five More »

Sumner Newscow local news report

Tyson Hodson arson guilty plea leads to Sumner County jail sentence

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyson Hodson, a 2014 Wellington High School graduate, has been sentenced to Sumner County jail after pleading guilty to arson, a level 7 felony. Hodson, the More »

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Sumner Newscow forum: The Wellington City Council Candidates (part 1)

Part 1 of two-part series by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the candidates forum for the Wellington City Council. Due to the number of candidates, we are dividing this More »

Baseball season preview

Crusader Baseball preview: Wellington returns 71 innings of starting pitching; but inexperience is an issue elsewhere

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2015 Wellington High School baseball team … 1. Where we last left off… Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 More »

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” More »

Johnny Miller, 50, Wellington: May 18, 1964 – March 30, 2015

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller, 50, of Wellington, died, Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. No visitation will be held. A memorial has been established to assist with funeral expenses and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Johnny Ray Miller was born on May 18, 1964, the son of Kenneth and Oma (Graham) Miller in Wellington, Kansas. He was a 1982 graduate of Wellington High School. Johnny worked as a machinist for Boeing for 17 years as well as an oilfield worker.

Sumner Newscow forum: The Wellington City Council race (part 2)

Candidates forum

Part 2 of two-part series

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is second part of the Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum for the Wellington City Council. This will be for questions five through eight. The first four questions are featured here.  Candidates who are running for both mayor and city council will be have duplicate answers for both races.

The candidates running for council include: Cindy Antonich, Kevin Dodds, Kip Etter, Kelly Green, Mark Hatfield, Gretchen Moore, Stanton Palmer, John Alan Saunders, Jerry Sears, Jim Valentine, Kim Woodrow, and Fatema Yunker.

Three of the 12 candidates will win a city council seat.

The forum answers provided below will be presented in alphabetical order of the candidates last name. We did not receive answers from candidate Saunders.

Remember the city election is April 7, next Tuesday. Forums for the Wellington school board and the Wellington City Mayor race can be found elsewhere as well.

5. Because of the recent drought, water has become an issue for the city of Wellington and across south-central Kansas. Outside mother nature, what should the city do to make sure there is ample water for its citizens in the next 10 years? Do you believe the city of Wellington should allow water for oil fracking? 

WHS Daily Bulletin: PEO Scholarship is due today

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

Wednesday

Thursday

• Golf at Winfield Country Club, 3 p.m.

•Tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.

•Track at Clearwater, 3 p.m.

•Baseball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4 p.m.

•Softball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.

Friday and Monday

• No school.

Lunch Menu: 

Wednesday — Fajita wrap, romaine and tomato, Spanish Rice, baby carrots, peaches.

Thursday — Pig in a blanket, potato wedges, broccoli w/cheese, applesauce.

Today’s News

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

Tyson Hodson arson guilty plea leads to Sumner County jail sentence

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyson Hodson, a 2014 Wellington High School graduate, has been sentenced to Sumner County jail after pleading guilty to arson, a level 7 felony.

Hodson, the son of Jerry and Jill Hodson of Atwood, Kans., will be spending 30 days in Sumner County Jail sometime this summer. He and his probation officer will need to decide whether Hodson will spend the lump sum of 30 days or during 15 weekends.

Tyson Hodson

Tyson Hodson

Hodson pled guilty to setting approximately 56 large hay bales on fire on two separate occasions — about two miles southwest of the Wellington Municipal Airport on May 13, 2014.

The 18-year-old former Sumner County resident, who now lists his home in Atwood in northwest Kansas, is currently in college said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. Upon the completion of the college semester, he and his probation officer will decide what course of action to take. Spencer said if he serves the full 30 days at once, it is likely he will be spending the final two weeks of May and the month of June in the county detention center. 

Ella Anderson, 82, formerly of Wellington: July 24, 1932 – March 29, 2015

Ella Anderson

Ella Anderson

Ella Jean Anderson, formerly of Wellington, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at her home in Wichita at the age of 82.

Ella was born the daughter of John and Rebecca O. (Hayes) Cook on Sunday, July 24, 1932 in Marshfield, Missouri.

Survivors include her sons: Ronnie Anderson and his wife Odawayne of Wellington, Roger Anderson and his wife Lori of Wellington, Steven W. Anderson and his wife Carol of Wichita, Jeffery Anderson and his wife Lauri of Wichita, daughter, Rebecca Anderson Denton of Wichita, sisters: Leta Rollison of South Carolina and Maxine Allison of Wichita, twelve grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Johnny D. Williams, daughter, Betty A. Williams and her brothers: Robert, Harold, David, Jerry and Elston Cook.

Sumner Newscow forum: The Wellington City Council Candidates (part 1)

Candidates forum

Part 1 of two-part series

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the candidates forum for the Wellington City Council. Due to the number of candidates, we are dividing this forum into two parts. These are the same questions presented to the mayor candidates. Candidates who are running for both mayor and city council will be have duplicate answers for both races.

The candidates running for council include: Cindy Antonich, Kevin Dodds, Kip Etter, Kelly Green, Mark Hatfield, Gretchen Moore, Stanton Palmer, John Alan Saunders, Jerry Sears, Jim Valentine, Kim Woodrow, and Fatema Yunker.

Three of the 12 candidates will win a city council seat.

The forum answers provided below will be presented in alphabetical order of the candidates last name. We did not receive answers from candidate Saunders.

The first four questions will be presented today and the second four questions will be presented on Wednesday.

1. Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position

Cindy Antonich

Cindy Antonich

Antonich — I was born Wellington. Outside of living out by the Wellington Lake  from second grade through fifth grade, I have lived in Wellington. I attended Wellington High School. In 1976, I went to Cosmetology School at Cowley County Community College. Started my own business soon after I graduated. I have been a local hairdresser, running my own business for almost 38 years.

From 2007-2011 I was a city council member here in Wellington. Working with the public, running a business, and being a council member gives me some insight as to what the taxpayers in Wellington need for their quality of life.

I believe it is about the taxpayers and citizens of Wellington that should come first. City Council members work for the people.

Kevin Dodds

Kevin Dodds

Dodds — I was born and raised in Wellington. When I grew up, I left Wellington for a while but returned to my roots to raise my family in the same surroundings. I hold an Associates of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology which I received from Wichita State University. I am currently employed as an Electrical Engineer at Bombardier/Learjet where I have been employed for twenty years.

Kip Etter

Kip Etter

Etter — I’m Kip Etter; born in Wellington, raised in Mayfield and attended school in Wellington, graduating with the class of 1995. I attended Kansas State University, where I started my first business at the age of 22.  In 2004 I moved from Manhattan to Gilbert, Ariz. near Phoenix, to start my insurance and investment office.

There, I met my wife Kim in 2005.  In 2011, we moved our family “home” to Wellington so our kids could experience the life that I so cherished growing up with.  I have two children who are attending school in Wellington and a third child enrolled at Kansas State University.

I manage our family owned business, The Dore Grill & Bar located in downtown Wellington.  Additionally, my wife and I own rental properties in Wellington and I am also a partner in Arbor Surgeons, a tree trimming service here in Wellington.

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

Green — I was born and raised in Wellington.  I graduated from Wellington High and obtained a BA in Business from Wichita State University.  I chose to stay in Wellington and raise my children here.  Fifteen years ago I started my own business investing in real estate.  Today, my business provides property management, home staging and remodeling services.

I am a small business owner with flexible work hours, and being an elected official is one way I choose to give back to my community.

Mark Hatfield

Mark Hatfield

Hatfield — I was born in Wellington at the old hospital. I was raised in Belle Plaine and moved to Wichita and then to Oregon, and around the country with my father Terry M. Hatfield. My time growing up was spent learning business from him.

My career started with him helping him grow a business from the garage up that he recently sold and retired. I am running for both positions to grow Wellington the same way with hard work and dedication to the people of this great community.

Gretchen Moore

Gretchen Moore

Moore — My name is Gretchen Moore and I have lived in Wellington for the last 4 ½ years with my fiancé.  I have three children – ages 21, 19 and 15.  I grew up in the Geuda Springs and Oxford area where I graduated from high school.  After high school I went to CCCC and received my AA and then went to Southwestern College where I received my BA in Business Administration.

I currently work at Triumph Accessory Services as a Customer Support Representative.  I have been with Triumph for over six years.

Stanton Palmer

Stanton Palmer

Palmer — I was born the third son of four at St. Luke’s Hospital (Wellington) to Delbert & Janice Palmer in 1970. As a child in Wellington, I attended the Assembly of God Church, Eisenhower and Washington Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Wellington Junior High and graduate from Wellington Senior High. After high school, I attended Wichita State University and Wichita Area Technical College.

I have a diverse employment background, including manufacturing, design and civil service. Namely, I have held the positions of South Haven Reserve Police Officer, Geuda Springs and Hunnewell Chief of Police and Sedgwick County Reserve Sheriff Deputy.

I am a husband (wife, Tina Palmer), father (DJ, Brooke, Courtney, Monty) and grandfather. I  want my children and grandchildren, as well as, all of the families of Wellington to benefit from the traditional upbringing I was afforded throughout my life in Wellington.

Jerry Sears

Jerry Sears

Sears — My name is Jerry Sears and I have been a resident of Wellington for the past 32 years.  I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Leon, Kansas.

My first 12 years of school was completed in Leon.  I then worked at various jobs, including construction, newspaper, and route sales until I went to work for Boeing in the mid 60s.

During a big layoff at Boeing I applied for and was accepted as a Police Officer on the Las Vegas, Nevada Police Department.  I stayed in Las Vegas from 1968 until 1978 when  I returned to Kansas and went back to work at Boeing.  I retired from Boeing in 2004. I stayed retired until 2008 when I went to work for Sumner County Emergency Communications.  I am still working there.

Jim Valentine

Jim Valentine

Valentine —  I grew up in Wellington and attended Wellington schools. In 1966, I graduated and have been a business owner for nearly 40 years.

Kim Woodrow

Kim Woodrow

Woodrow — I am 68 years old, retired from the aerospace industry. I started as a sheet metal mechanic and retired as an industrial engineer. I am married and as a blended family, we have a daughter, two sons, a son in law, a daughter in law and a grandson.

I have lived in Wellington for 20 years, moving here as a single parent with my sons for the small town atmosphere. I have served on the Chisholm Trail Museum Board of Directors for four years and previously the City Council for two. I fish, hunt and shoot competitively. I am a Vietnam Veteran serving with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1967 to 1969.

I was born in a small town and have always been happiest in the small town atmosphere.  I want to do everything possible to see Wellington become prosperous again.

Fatema Yunker

Fatema Yunker

Yunker — I was born in Oklahoma City, went to high school and college in Kansas. I hold two degrees. An Associates in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors in Business Management. I obtained my Associates from CCCC for which I attended in the 90′s. My husband and I recently settled in Wellington a little over a year ago. My husband is a police officer in town and retired from the Army five years ago.

We returned to the area because this is where my husband grew up and where our family lives. Being a military wife, I have held many positions over the course of twenty years. I first started working as a Sales Associate (retail), then to a Receptionist (services), Collections Specialist (services), Residential Lending Associate (banking), Residential/Commercial Construction Specialist (banking), Asset Management (banking, FDIC), and now I am a Repair Program Lead for GE Aviation. Even though I made the choice to follow my husband around the world I did not let it hinder my career goals. I contribute my success to my supportive husband, along with my ability to adapt and work well with diverse groups of people.

 

2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council/mayor?

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, March 30, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Monday, March 30, 2015

WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom announcements

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

Tuesday

•Tennis at 3 p.m.

Wednesday

Thursday

• Golf at Winfield Country Club, 3 p.m.

•Tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.

•Track at Clearwater, 3 p.m.

•Baseball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4 p.m.

•Softball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.

Friday

• No school

Monday

• No school.

Lunch Menu: 

Tuesday: Pork rib/bun, romaine and tomato, Tri-tater, green beans, fresh kiwi, apple crisp.

Today’s News

Dallas Christopher Payne, 35, Wellington: Oct. 4, 1979 – March 28, 2015

Dallas Payne

Dallas Payne

Dallas Christopher Payne, of Wellington, age 35, died on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He was born on October 4, 1979, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Howard Fredrick Payne Jr. and Theresa Ann Johnson.

On October 1, 2012, he married Nicole Renée McEachern in Hondo, Texas, and she survives. 

Wellington girls and boys have tough outings in Augusta

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball and girls softball teams got off to a slow start Monday evening in Augusta – both getting swept.

But in the Crusader teams defense, they were playing against some of the toughest teams they will see all season.

The Wellington girls lost 6-2 and 16-4. The Wellington boys lost 7-2 and 11-6. In the first girls softball game, Wellington led off with a run when McKenna Oathout crossed home plate in the top of the first. But Augusta, which won the state championship in 2014 and brought back about everyone, would score two runs in the bottom of the first, second and third. Wellington wouldn’t score again until the top of the fourth when Abby Goodrum scored. 

Wellington Mayor and City Council Candidates Meet and Greet at public library

2015 Mayor and Council forum

Gross! Clean up after your pets when walking them downtown

Clean up after petsSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said he has been receiving complaints that pet owners are not being courteous and allowing their pets to use the restroom in the tree planters and along the sidewalks.

“The Wellington Police Department would like to alert citizens this is a violation of city ordinance and rather than face a stiff penalty, be a ‘responsible’ pet owner and clean up after your pet,” Heath said.

Crusader Baseball preview: Wellington returns 71 innings of starting pitching; but inexperience is an issue elsewhere

Baseball season preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2015 Wellington High School baseball team …

1. Where we last left off

Wellington lost to Winfield 6-5 in the first round of the Class 4A Regional in Winfield capping off a 10-11 season. The Vikings scored four runs late in the sixth inning to eliminate the Dukes.

 

2. The season begins tonight

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: March 23-30, 2015

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 23 to March 30, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows:

Wilbur Arthur ‘Jess’ Jesseph, 76, Conway Springs: Oct. 18, 1938 – March 28, 2015

Wilbur Jesseph

Wilbur Jesseph

Wilbur Arthur “Jess” Jesseph of Conway Springs,  died Saturday, March 28, 2015 at AMG Hospital in Wichita at the age of 76.

Jess was born the son of William and Alma May (Kimberlin) Jesseph on October 18, 1938 in Argonia.

Jess was a truck driver for 50 years before retiring.

Survivors, include son, Jimmy Jesseph and wife Carla of La Vernia, Texas, son, Michael Jesseph of El Dorado,  daughter, Julie Gentry of Harrah, Oklahoma, son, Jeffrey Jesseph and wife Tena of Hollis Oklahoma, son, Allan Rasco of Garland, Texas, daughter, Anita Eichelberger and husband Doug of Hydro, Oklahoma, son, Gary Rasco and wife Beth of Garland, Texas, 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and sister Shirley Stansbury and husband Ralph of Argonia.

Henrietta Reheard: March 20, 1923 – March 29, 2015

Henrietta Reheard

Henrietta Reheard

Henrietta R. Reheard, departed this life to be with her husband, March 29, 2015.

Henrietta was born March 20, 1923.  She had been a Quality Control Inspector at Boeing for many years before retiring.

Henrietta met Dwaine in grade school and they married August 1, 1942.  She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed crafting, doing her family tree, photography, and visiting with her family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwaine M. Reheard; her parents, Royal H. and Etta Palmer; brothers, Raymond V. Palmer and Roy H. Palmer, Jr.; her sister, Roberta E. Palmer; one granddaughter; and one great grandson.

First Friday Art Showing at The Gold Corner

Gold Corner First Friday 3-30-15

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wellington Police Notes for Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2015: 

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

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