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(Updated) Female passenger killed in 2-car auto accident west of Oxford this afternoon

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — According to a Sumner County Sheriff report, a female has died in a two-car accident that occurred two miles west of Oxford this afternoon. A sheriff More »

Great Race preview 2016

The 26th running of the Great Race is upon us this Saturday at Woods Park (official race form below)

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 26th running of the Great Race in Wellington will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine at Woods Park.  There are nine teams entered More »

Wellington City Council Roundup

Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city More »

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Babe Ruth All Star tournament roundup

Wellington Babe Ruth Baseball is in the books as both local all-star teams season end

Sumner Newscow report — Baseball is officially over for Babe Ruth teams in Wellington. The final two local teams still playing in tournaments this past weekend, have been eliminated.  The 13-15 year More »

Sumner Newscow All things school Calendar

Enrollment for 2016-17 school year begins Aug. 9

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Believe it or not, it is getting close to school reopening. Schools across Sumner County including Wellington USD 353 will be holding enrollment for the 2016-2017 school More »

(Updated) Female passenger killed in 2-car auto accident west of Oxford this afternoon

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Site of Oxford fatality

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — According to a Sumner County Sheriff report, a female has died in a two-car accident that occurred two miles west of Oxford this afternoon.

A sheriff spokesman said in a phone interview that a black Trailblazer SUV that was occupied by a male driver and female passenger was going eastbound on U.S. 160 at the intersection of Greenwich Road and U.S. 160. The Trailblazer crossed the centerline, according to the report, and collided head on with a black Chevrolet 1500 pickup that was westbound with a single occupant.

The driver of the Trailblazer was transported to an area hospital and is currently in serious condition. The female passenger in the vehicle was declared dead at the scene. The male occupant in the pickup was also taken to an area hospital and is listed in serious condition.

The 26th running of the Great Race is upon us this Saturday at Woods Park (official race form below)

Great Race preview 2016
There will be nine teams racing in the 25th running of the event.

There will be nine teams racing in the Great Race Saturday. Last year’s race had 10. 

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 26th running of the Great Race in Wellington will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine at Woods Park.  There are nine teams entered this year. They have had as many as 12 and as few as seven, but organizer Jack Potucek said this is a good number. See the official 2016 race form here.

Woods Park is the best place to see the race. Since it goes over a few miles and involves several types of races, it would not be possible to see it all. From Woods Park a person can see five or six events out of the total of 13. Sprinters and cross country runners touch on Woods Park, and then there is the canoe exchange, and the finish is there at Woods Park.

The Dore Enchies and the Spinalators have dominated the race in recent years with one of those two teams winning nine of the last 10 years. Last year it was the Spinalators, headed up by John Anders. The Enchies won it the previous year. Spinalators won in 2013 and The Dore Enchies, formerly the Commodore Enchies, won three straight from 2010-2012.

There are 13 events and eight involve running different distances, with a different person running each race. There is also a motocross, racing bike, horses and two stages of a canoe race. Halfway through the canoe race they have to change crews.

Often a glitch in the exchange on one of the events, or something going wrong in one event cam make the difference.

Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city manager. A representative from the league came to the work session Tuesday to answer concerns.

The council seems likely to pass accepting the contract at its next meeting, but there was question as to whether they really needed to.

Council member Jan Korte also questioned the wording of the contract, which stated the league could cancel the contract at any time. It also said the city would still have to pay the full amount if they reject all the candidates the league sends their way.

Council member Vince Wetta also questioned the need for spending the money, but he said he believes it is for the good of the city to go through the process. He said he was having second thoughts about that. He favors hiring Shane Shields who is the current interim city manager and has been in the city’s administration for several years.

Council members said they just want to go through the process and find out who is out there.

Sumner County Fall Field Day and pre-plant wheat meeting set for Aug. 11

K-State Extension and ResearchSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — There are two important meetings for those interested in corn and sorghum production and those interested in a pre-plant wheat meeting.

People with an interest in corn and sorghum production are invited to attend the Sumner County Fall Field Day on Thursday, August 11 at 7 a.m.  The field day will begin with a breakfast served by the Wellington FFA Chapter at the Wellington High School Vocational Agriculture Shop.  From 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. presentations by K-State Research & Extension personnel, Dr. Doug Shoup and Dr. Doug Jardine will be followed by a tour of the variety corn plot at that location.  The group will then travel to tour a variety sorghum plot at the intersection of 80th St. and S. Maize Road.

This meeting is hosted by K-State Research & Extension-Sumner County, Wellington FFA Chapter, Joe Church, Colton Day, and Craig Meeker.  The meal sponsors are NuTech Seed, Helena Chemical, Warner Seeds, and Hisken Ag Supply.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 26, 2016:WPD Wellington police notes logo

70 to 80 youth participate in Crusader Youth Football Camp; fundraiser set for Aug. 20

Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar speaks to an inspired youth at the football camp Tuesday.

Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar speaks to an inspired youth at the football camp Tuesday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head football coach Zane Aguilar estimated there were anywhere between 70 to 80 youth football players at the Crusader Development camp held this week. Middle schoolers will hit the gridiron tomorrow at the Wellington High School practice facility (see form here).

“I think our numbers are up from last year,” Aguilar said. “The weather most certainly helped.”

The youth camp usually proceeds the youth football season by a couple of weeks. The camp is designed for aspiring first to sixth grade football players to go over various tackling, running and passing drills in a low-key setting without pads. The camp was a combination of youth football coaches, the high school coaching staff, and high school players.

Youth football players go through passing drills.

Youth football players go through passing drills.

In other news, the Wellington Youth Football program will be having a barbecue fund raiser at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivities will also include bake sale items. The dinner is to help raise funds for new football helmets.

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Wellington Babe Ruth Baseball is in the books as both local all-star teams season end

Babe Ruth All Star tournament roundup

Sumner Newscow report — Baseball is officially over for Babe Ruth teams in Wellington.

The final two local teams still playing in tournaments this past weekend, have been eliminated.  The 13-15 year olds lost in the Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament semifinals in Junction City this afternoon, losing to Liberal, 9-6. Liberal would go on to play Parsons in the championship.

During the weekend, the 16-18 year old Wellington baseball all stars were in Holyoke, Colo. for the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament and finished 1-2 in pool play – not making the championship bracket round.

Wellington athletes can now concentrate fully on school sports for the fall season.

Here are details from the tournaments held this weekend:

15-17 year olds

Wellington sends 13 to DII swim meet; 2 to advance to DI Championship qualifier

13 Wellington swimmer head to DII Swim Meet in Wichita.

13 Wellington Sailfish were on hand to compete in DII qualifying swim tournament. 

by Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent — This weekend, 13 Wellington swimmers – Marisa Black, Ralphie Cornejo, Michael Davis, Emberly Gonzalez, Macy Gonzalez, Colin Green, Chance Hamel, Derick Kotchavar, Dakota Lynnes, Jensen Lynnes, Nash Oswald, Jordan Thompson, and Mackinze Tracy – tackled a whole new rodeo.

League Finals offered a taste of what was to come, but it could not compare in size, length, or competition to Missouri Valley Districts. Swimmers from all over the western portion of the state competed in 92 events over the course of three days.

Each day had two sessions – 13-and-overs in the morning and 12-and-unders in the early afternoon – so while swimmers were not at the meet for as many hours at a time as they were the weekend before, most had to report three times.

American Indian Youth Leadership Council to host POW-WOW in South Haven Aug. 20

Powwow pixSumner Newscow report — The American Indian Youth Leadership Council is hosting a POW-WOW in South Haven on August 20.  The program focuses on teaching young people how to celebrate their Indian heritage.

The dance is sponsored through the South Haven USD 509 Title IV Program and will be a day long event. There will be a Gourd Dance held at 2 p.m. with a dinner break at 5 p.m. The evening session starts at 6 p.m.

Special guest will be princess Summer Moncivais of the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty.

Those who will be in attendance at the POW-WOW include:

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 25, 2016

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25 percent off at Mill Creek Lumber

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Secundino ‘Andy’ Castaneda, Jr., 86, Wellington: October 19, 1929 – July 23, 2016

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Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr.

Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr., age 86, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and Wellington resident, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center. Andy retired from the Santa Fe Railroad Bridge Department after 41 years as a carpenter.

Secundino “Andy” Castaneda, Jr. was born on October 19, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Secundino Castaneda and Cristina (Artega) Castaneda.

Andy married Teresa M. Rubio on January 23, 1961 in Tototlan, Jalisco, MEX. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Andy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an active volunteer for the Mission Thrift Shop, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a Eucharistic Minister for St. Anthony-St. Rose Catholic Church.

Wellington receives .5 inches of rain at 4:30 this morning

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Sumner Newscow report — Wellington received .5 inches of precipitation this early morning around 4:30 a.m. according to our trusty rain gauge. Wellington has 6.1 inches for the month of July. 

Ethel Evelyn Scheurer Zeka, 92, Wellington: Feb. 23, 1924 – July 24, 2016

Ethel Zeka

Ethel Zeka

Ethel Evelyn Scheurer Zeka, 92, of Wellington died from this life on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

She was born to George and Pearle (Bradford) Sheurer on February 23, 1924 at the family farm near Watonga, Okla. Ethel was the oldest daughter, the third child of seven siblings in the family and the last surviving sibling.

On July 6, 1941 she and Frank Martin Zeka were united in marriage at Geary, Okla. They began their married life on the family farm at Eagle City, Okla. In 1968, she and Frank and the six youngest of their nine children moved to Wellington and continued farming in that area. 

Ethel was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of faith. She provided examples of that faith throughout her life by attending church regularly, being an active member of her faith community and supporting various worthy programs. 

She will be remembered for acts of thoughtfulness like crocheting afghans for many family members, making blankets for the many babies in the family, and for the quilts she made for her children and grandchildren.

(Updated Monday) Two men identified in auto fatality accident in Sumner County

Police ReportSumner Newscow report — Two Clearwater men were identified in an early morning fatality accident in Sumner County, near the Sedgwick County line, Sunday morning.

The driver, Austin Wood, 35, of Clearwater and passenger, Daniel Allman, 27, of Clearwater died at the scene of the accident that occurred on Ridge Road and 119th Street South around 3 a.m.

Sumner County Sheriff’s deputies reported that the car was traveling south on Ridge Road bef0re veering left into the east ditch, overcorrecting, then going into the west ditch before coming to rest after hitting a tree. 

Help wanted: Wellington Public School taking applications for middle school math teacher

Help Wanted adHelp wanted:  Wellington Public Schools USD 353, is accepting applications for Middle School Math Teacher, at the Wellington Middle School.

Application Process consists of submitting the following:

•Letter of interest/application

•Current resume

•Completion of the district application (Can be emailed or downloaded from the district website at www.usd353.com, (District Departments tab)

•Copy of Current License

•Copy of Transcripts

•Letter of references and/or university credential file.

Requested information should be submitted to Mr. James Ybarra, Principal, Wellington Middle School, 605 North A, Wellington, KS  67152, or emailed to jybarra@usd353.com.

Enrollment for 2016-17 school year begins Aug. 9

Sumner Newscow All things school Calendar

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Believe it or not, it is getting close to school reopening. Schools across Sumner County including Wellington USD 353 will be holding enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year.

Enrollment for Wellington will be held Aug. 9-11. The district wide schedule is as follows:

•Tuesday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.;

•Wednesday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

•Thursday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

School supply lists can be found at Walmart and Dillons.

Other county school enrollment information is as follows:

– Argonia: enrollment is Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 12 to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The first day of school for all students is Aug. 25.

Special board meeting for Wednesday, July 27 at 3:55 p.m.

USD school board meeting reportSumner Newscow report — There will be a special board meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at 3:55 p.m.

The point of the meeting is to approve personnel and equipment as surplus or sale.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ad for this weekend here

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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 section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

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