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Sub-state basketball starts tonight; cumulative week-long Sumner County calendar

Sumner County Sub-state basketball schedule this week:



Class 2A – Bluestem (9-11) at Oxford (11-9), 7  p.m.


Class 3A – Belle Plaine (0-20) at Caney Valley (18-2); 7 p.m. 

Class 3A – Conway Springs (14-6) at Cheney (15-4). 7 p.m.

Class 1A at Attica – Argonia (9-11) vs. South Haven (6-14), 6 p.m.



Crusader Wall of Recognition seeking nominations

The Wellington Crusader Wall of Recognition is seeking nominations for the Crusader Wall of Recognition. The Crusader Wall of Recognition was established to honor a culture and tradition of excellence and high achievement by recognition of outstanding Wellington High School Alumni and contributors.

It also serves to inspire current and future Crusaders to lead their lives in a way that will perpetuate the standards of excellence and high achievement the honorees have set forth. The Crusader Wall of Recognition was implemented in 2012 with a total of 18 inductees to date.

It is easy to submit a nomination. Eligibility Requirements and the Nomination Form are available on line here.

Wall of recognition J.P.


JP Buellesfeld is a 1983 Wellington High School graduate and in 2012 was inducted into the Crusader Wall of Recognition. JP received his bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1984 at age 19. He majored in Political Science and U.S. History. He received his master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster’s University in 1985 at age 20.

In 1986, he was recognized in the World Book Encyclopedia for being the only high school graduate in United States history to earn six years of collegiate education in two years’ time. JP Buellesfeld has been the President of Buellesfeld Financial Services, Inc. for the last 26 years. He is involved in the daily management of his client’s investment assets thru Mutual Funds, Individual Stocks, and ETF’s.

He also prepares corporate, partnership, and personal Federal and State income tax returns. JP Buellesfeld is one of the largest sellers and renters of Walt Disney World Disney Vacation Club Real Estate in Orange Lake County, Florida.

31-year-old Wellington woman named as possible link to Friday’s bomb threats

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Helen Leckrone, 31, of Wellington has been arrested and charged by the Wellington Police Department with two counts of aggravated criminal threat relating to the bomb threats at Wellington Eisenhower Elementary School and Triumph Accessories.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office is now awaiting the WPD detective report to determine whether or not to file formal charges. Kerwin Spencer, Sumner County Attorney, said if charges are filed they will be felonies.

Leckrone is currently in Sumner County jail and has been placed on $100,000 bond.

Wellington Compost Site will open for normal hours starting on Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Compost Site will open for normal seasonal hours starting Saturday~ March 4, 2017.  Regular hours are:

Monday          12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday     8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday        12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday         8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Help wanted: Full time teller position


Security State Bank is looking for a full-time teller position to serve at our Walmart Branch. Flexibility in hours is a must, with the ability to work rotating Saturdays. We offer competitive wages in a friendly atmosphere. Cash handling and customer service experience preferred.

Please send resumes to or apply at Security State Bank 101 North Washington, Wellington KS. For questions, please contact Lindsey Daugherty Human Resources at (620) 326-7417.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log: Feb. 20 – Feb. 26, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Feb. 20 to Feb. 26, 2017 is as follows:

Sunday blog: Can we have a little more Darwinism for awhile?

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I was asked an interesting question the other day. Why do I write editorials?

Because I can, I guess.

The question comes at a time, when I haven’t really blazed the First Amendment trail as of late. The last editorial I wrote was more than a month ago when I wrote a snoozer about how private schools shouldn’t play with public schools in sports. That editorial aged me about 20 years just writing it.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

My last “real” editorial came on Jan. 8 when I asked the city of Wellington to remove the Road Closed signs around that crumbling Lincoln Place. Boy, that editorial worked. It’s Feb. 24 and we still have those lovely orange signs on the corner of Lincoln and Washington. Maybe at this year’s Wheat Festival we can have a new contest, “Decorate the Road Closed signs” kind of like the Decorate Around the Poles contest during Christmas? Give the winner to the young lad who has the best Wheat Festival ornament.

One of the reasons I don’t write as many editorials these days, is simple:

Wellington’s Aaron Schoemann wins fifth place in Class 4A State Tournament

Aaron Schoemann (top) finishes fifth at state tournament in Salina.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Aaron Schoemann, a Wellington High School junior, finished fifth in the 182 pound division of the Class 4A Kansas State Wrestling Tournament in Salina.

Schoemann would finish 4-2 over the two days, becoming the first WHS wrestler to place in state since 2016.

The Crusaders overall would finish 9 points and place 39th place. Schoemann accounted for all nine points. Wellington had three wrestlers in the big show. Both Kanden Young at 145 and Ian Groom at 195 finished 0-2 on Friday and were eliminated from the tournament.

Three Wellington wrestlers qualified for the state tournament including Kanden Young, Ian Groom and Aaron Schoemann.

Schoemann was the lone wrestlers still in the big show on Saturday after going 1-1 on Friday.

Split playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend…

31-year-old Wellington woman has been charged with criminal threat for bomb threats

by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief — On Friday, February 242017, Wellington Police responded to a reported bomb threat at Eisenhower Elementary school, located in the 900 Block North Plum.

Students were evacuated to a safe location and the Kansas Highway Patrol bomb detection dogs were called to the scene.  While investigating this report, a second bomb threat call was received at Triumph Accessories, located on north West Rd, north of Wellington.

Law Enforcement responded to this second location and implemented an evacuation plan.

During the course of the criminal investigation, a 31-year-old Wellington female has been taken into custody and booked into the Sumner County Jail charged with two counts of criminal threat. The bond is $100,000.  

2017 state wrestling live twitter feed…

Bomb threat at Eisenhower Elementary this morning

(Updated: Friday, 1:14 p.m.) Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener sent the following letter Friday afternoon concerning the bomb threat at USD 353’s Eisenhower Elementary School:

“At approximately, 9:15 a.m., Eisenhower Elementary School received a bomb threat.

Students were immediately evacuated to the Freewill Baptist Church, two blocks north of the school.

An alert was sent to all district parents and all schools were in lock down.”

Whitener would go onto say:

True Value – Mill Creek Lumber spring decor merchandise arrive weekly

Haskin-Ybarra asks for court appointed attorney; case continued to March 23

Eric Haskin-Ybarra

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Eric Daniel Haskin-Ybarra has asked the Sumner County District Court for a court appointed attorney during a brief first appearance hearing held this morning in Wellington.

Haskin-Ybarra is charged with two felonies including malicious cruelty to an animal and robbery. He is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor of cruelty to an animal, and two counts of domestic battery, Class B misdemeanors.

The judge also continued the case for March 23 at 1:30 p.m. 

Wellington Sears Hometown Store has a Clearance Event!

South Haven school receives a bomb threat this morning; buildings now deemed safe

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South Haven school district dismissed classes early when the school district received a bomb threat.

South Haven Superintendent Lynn Archer said she won’t divulge how the bomb threat occurred, only that emergency personnel were called in around 10 a.m. this morning. All students and faculty were dismissed and were transferred to a community church as a designated safe place.

At 11 a.m. on students were dismissed for the day.

Archer said since then the buildings were deemed safe and classes will resume as scheduled tomorrow.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The elimination of income tax for small businesses question







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Larry Alley helps sustain Brownback veto of HB 2178 which would eliminate small business income tax status

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gov. Sam Brownback veto of HB 2178 — which eliminates a tax exemptions on small businesses currently not paying income taxes — was preserved by three votes in the Kansas State Senate on Wednesday, thanks in part to State Sen. Larry Alley (R- Ark City) of the 32nd District that encompasses Sumner County.

Larry Alley

Alley voted to preserve the veto. The Senate needed 27 votes to override for a two-thirds majority. It would only get 24 of the 40 votes cast, short of the 66 percent requirement.

Meanwhile in the Kansas House, which voted to override the governor 85-40, Sumner County representatives were evenly split.

Anita Judd-Jenkins (R- 80th District) and Ed Trimmer (D- 79th District) voted for the override, while Hoffman (R-116th Dist.) and Pete Degraaf (D- 82nd Dist.) voted to preserve the district.

If passed, HB 2178 would have eliminated a tax exemption that allows more than 330,000 business owners to pay zero state tax on their income. It also would have increased income taxes for many taxpayers and created a third tax bracket.

64-year-old Mulvane man dies in railroad collision Wednesday

Sumner Newscow report — A 64-year-old Mulvane man was killed Wednesday morning in a pickup-train collision in Sumner County.

According to media reports, the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning near K-15 and 120th Ave. North, on a gravel road just south and east of Mulvane. The Ford Ranger pickup was going east on 120th and did not stop at the railroad crossing. The driver was identified as Rex Pyeatt of Mulvane.

KHP trooper Chad Crittenden said it is unclear if the driver saw the train. The crossing is marked with signs but does not have any warning signals. 

Wellington Charity Fantasy Football League presents check to The Bryce Day Memorial Foundation

Tytus Cornejo (middle) of Cornejo-Day Funeral Home of the Wellington Chamber Fantasy Football League. He presents the check to Betty Zeka, treasurer of the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation. Nate Jones, left, is the organizer of the league.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — During the Feb. 23 Chamber Coffee at Daylight Donuts, a ceremonial check was presented to The Bryce Day Memorial Foundation from the Wellington Charity Fantasy Football League. The league commissioner, Nate Jones of Sumner Communications  and league’s year-three champion, Tytus Cornejo of the Cornejo-Day Funeral Home, and handed the $900 check to Betty Zeka, the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation treasurer.

The WCFFL works like a celebrity game show.  Community figures and business owners enter into the league with a $100 donation, each playing for a different local charity or non-profit organization. At the end of the season, the league champion presents all of the donation money to their charity. Eight people competed in 2016, but an extra $100 was donated this year by the league champ, thus the total donation was brought up to the $900 total.

I’ve been able to see firsthand how the foundation helps people at such an important time,” Cornejo said. “Choosing to support it and give a little extra was easy to do.”

This was the third year for the WCFFL. To date the league has donated $2,700 to local charities.

Along with Cornejo (who played for The Bryce Day Memorial Foundation) and Jones (Sumner County Community Drug Action Team), the rest of the league consisted of:

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