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Sunday Blog: State of the Union, Mr. Barack Brownback, Deflate gate (poll), interviews and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball and Quinn thoughts for January 25, 2015…

1. State of the Union

I’m like 40 percent of the Sumner Newscow readers out there. I’d rather swim in a tub of heated cow manure than watch a State of the Union speech (see poll here). Yeah, I know it’s my civic duty to watch such speeches. But I get enough political posturing with the various meetings and political rallies I cover. I’ll read about it the next day or listen to the cable TV blabbermouths.

"Help me up, I think I can step on him."

“Help me up, I think I can step on him.”

Here’s my issue with State of the Union speeches. For some reason the Vice President and Speaker of the House look about twice the size of the President. Why is that? Then there’s the applause that interrupts the speech. Stop it. It’s annoying.

Then there’s the excruciating length of the speech —something like one hour and 30 minutes. That’s why I’m a Lutheran. We have church once a week and our sermons are done in 20 minutes or less. And if the Hawks or the Cats or the Shockers are playing a little roundball on the other channel, then there is no political speeches for me. 

LIVE TWEET: Wellington vs. Clearwater – Roadrunner Tournament Championship game

Election news update: Wellington City filings as of late Friday

School bond election 2015

Sumner Newscow report — The following filings were made at the Wellington City office after the list was sent to the Sumner County Clerk’s office. The two new filings include Stanton Palmer and John Alan Saunders. 

Wellington advances to Chaparral Championship with Kingman win

Kings of Kingman

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second consecutive year, the Wellington boys are in the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Championship. The Crusaders advanced with an impressive 66-54 semifinal win over Kingman Friday night.

Wellington would pull itself out of a 17-4 first-quarter quagmire to tie the game at the end of the second quarter. Then an energized third quarter in which the Crusaders would outscore the Eagles 21-12 would lead to a double-digit win.

“Kingman came out and punched us in the mouth,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But the boys responded in the second and third quarter and took back the game. I really thought Colin (Reichenberger) gave us a spark tonight with his unselfish play.” 

Kelly Green, Jazzy Pettegrew file to run for Wellington mayor; no one files for school board this week; deadline is Tuesday

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is the final Friday update for filings for Wellington school board, city council and all other local county races. The filing deadline is Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

There were no Wellington school board races this week. Two candidates filed for mayor: Kelly Green and Jazzy Pettegrew. Green, an incumbent, also is running as a city council person.

Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said it is legal to run for both positions. If Green is elected as a mayor and a council person then she can decide which position she wishes to take. If Green should be elected to both, the office she chooses not to accept would be considered vacant. It would then be filled according to state statute. Statute provides that the governing body appoints someone to fill the vacancy.

Second Class City and Third Class City Candidates may file with their city clerk. For those candidates, their fillings may not be listed here until the filing deadline and they are forwarded to the clerk’s office by the city clerk. Caldwell and Wellington are second class, all others are third class.

The county filings as of today at the Sumner County Clerk’s office are as follows: 

Chaparral Roadrunner Tournament Classic update: Conway Springs, Belle Plaine lose; Wellington plays at 6:30

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Sumner County teams fell to defeat Thursday evening. Chaparral defeated Belle Plaine 71-43 in the first round.  Clearwater beat Conway Springs 56-48. See update bracket here.

Wellington boys will play Kingman tonight at 6:30 p.m. Belle Plaine and Conway Springs battle at 4:30 p.m. Chaparral and Clearwater battle at 8 p.m.

2015 Wellington Duke Candidates announced

2015 Wellington Duke Candidates.

2015 Wellington Duke Candidates.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2015 Wellington Duke Candidates were announced Friday at the Wellington High School this morning. The winter homecoming ceremony will take place after the Wellington-Augusta game. Those named were: 

Check out the latest Theurer Auction/Realty, United Country Real Estate listings…

Theurer-new-ad-1-23-15Theurer Auction/Realty, United Country Real Estate has a new ad. Check out the company’s website for the latest listings:

WHS celebrating winter homecoming next week

Crusader head logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow —  The week of February 2 – 6 will be winter homecoming for Wellington High School.  This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past.”  The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday:  50s – Grease!

Tuesday:  Sitcoms of the 60s

Wednesday: Disco Fever

WHS Bulletin: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Jan. 23, 2015:


• Boys Chaparral Tournament, 6:30 p.m.



• Boys Chaparral Tournament TBD
• JV Wrestling at Stafford 9 a.m.

Friday lunch: Chicken Pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, pineapple chunks, hot roll/jelly.

Monday lunch: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle cookie.

Today’s News 

Peyton Adams signs with Cowley to play tennis with her grandfather at SRMC

Peyton's signing

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Peyton Adams, a Wellington High School senior, had a rather unusual signing Thursday evening.

She signed to play tennis at Cowley County Community College next fall. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is she did it at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Peyton signed it with her grandfather, Kenny Adams, who is at SRMC fighting esophageal cancer. Kenny, as all Crusader fans know, is one of the most ardent Crusader supporters in Wellington and has rarely missed a girls tennis, basketball football or girls softball game in the past five years – especially those that featured his grandchildren.

Peyton had an outstanding high school tennis career. She placed 11th overall in the Class 4A State Tournament in Winfield this fall. She played doubles for most of her high school career, switching to singles her senior year. 

Earthquake Thursday night at Caldwell – this one 3.7 magnitude.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An earthquake was felt in Caldwell Thursday at 10 p.m. The magnitude was  3.7. Its epicenter was four miles northwest of Caldwell. Earthquake epicenter

RSVP deadline to attend Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting is Monday

2015 Annual Celebrationinvite art of business

Wellington Chamber to move to Memorial Auditorium after City agreement was approved

WACC-Memorial marriage

Correction: In a previous version of this article it stated that Renn and Company was looking to expand its business with the old chamber office. At this time it wishes to rent out the office when the Chamber moves to Memorial Auditorium. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its office to Memorial Auditorium.

By a 7-0 vote, the Wellington City Council approved an agreement with the chamber and the Wellington Recreation Commission to manage Memorial Auditorium as well as Heritage Park and the Armory for the City of Wellington. The agreement will encompass Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31. 2016.

As part of the agreement, the chamber will move its office from its current location on 207 S. Washington to the second floor of Memorial where the current WRC Fitness Center is located.

Shelley Hansel

Shelley Hansel

This move is all contingent on when the new fitness center will be completed at the rec center. WRC officials are estimating that the move will occur in April or May.

“I think it is a win-win situation,” Hansel said. “We have a beautiful Memorial Auditorium that will have a full-time client. And it helps us out because the current office is too small.”

The current chamber office is owned by the Donna Renn family.

Wellington opens Chaparral Tournament tonight; SCBL tourney wraps up first round

Tournament week roundup

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s tournament week. Wellington, Belle Plaine and Conway Springs boys teams are off to Chaparral for the Roadrunner Tournament Classic, while the other Sumner County teams have completed the first round of the South-Central Border League Tournament.

Lots of basketball ahead this week…

Chaparral Basketball Tournament (See tournament bracket here)

Wellington, Conway Springs and Belle Plaine have been going to the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic for more than a decade now and nobody is complaining. There isn’t a better concession stand out there with its homemade pies and assorted food.

“This is the one tournament where every team is treated like royalty,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “They really do a good job with this tournament.” 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015:

No School
Wrestling at Andale, 6 p.m.

Boys Chaparral Tournament – TBD

Boys Chaparral Tournament – TBD
JV Wrestling at Stafford, 9 a.m.

 Today’s News:

*There will be a box outside of Ms. Vaughn’s room to put song suggestions in for the homecoming dance- feel free to stop by.

Brand announces he is not running for council reelection; Mortimer appointed to housing authority

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council member John Brand announced he is not seeking re-election, while Paula Mortimer was appointed to serve out the remaining term of J.P. Buellesfeld on the Wellington Housing Authority.

John Brand

John Brand

Brand made the announcement at Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting during his council report. He said his employment requires him to be out of town quite often.

“I want to apologize for my lack of attendance lately,” Brand said. “I was able to juggle my schedule where my work didn’t interfere with my city council duties for several months. Unfortunately, that has not been the case the past three months.”

Brand’s tenure will end in April. He and Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer have announced their intention of not running. There is a mayor and three council seats open in 2015. Filing deadline is next Tuesday, Jan. 27 at noon. Incumbent Jim Valentine and challenger Kim Woodrow have been the only two candidates to file thus far in Wellington.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The State of the Union question








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Wellington City Council to meet tonight; held busy work session last week

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will be dealing with four resolutions at its regular meeting tonight at 6:3o p.m. at the council chambers (see agenda here).  One resolution includes a proposal for the city to sign an agreement with the Wellington Recreation Commission and the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention Visitor Bureau for management services of the Memorial Auditorium.

This meeting is likely to be much shorter than the two-hour Jan. 13 work session the council held. The following is an abridged version of the minutes from that meeting:

SRMC payment status

Shields said Sumner Regional Medical Center has not made November and December utility payments to the city of Wellington. The City had abated utilities through Sept. 2014, but billing was to begin in November, 2014. However, the hospital is now $221,452 behind. Shields said no SRMC representative has contacted the city about the late payments. 

Sumner County Ag Day to be held Thursday, Jan. 22 at Raymond Frye Complex

K-State Extension and ResearchSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Extension will hold Sumner County Ag Day on Thursday, January 22, at the Raymond Frye Complex, 320 North Jefferson, Wellington. The event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be vendor exhibits with presentations by Dr. Doug Shoup, K-State Agronomist,  Jayelynn Farney, K-State Livestock specialist and Randy Hein, CEA. Sumner County.

Impact Bank , Security State Bank, American Ag Credit, United Country – Theurer Auction are sponsoring the event.  Lunch will be provided.

The full schedule is as follows:

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