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Boy found of presumed drowning at Drury Dam near South Haven

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July 26, 2015 Update: KSN-TV is reporting that the search for a missing boy in the Chikaskia River is over. Deputy Fred Corley confirms a passerby spotted the body at 1:45 Sunday afternoon, according to


July 24, 2015 – by Shane Farley, — Search crews are continuing to look for a 16-year-old boy who is missing, and presumed drowned at Drury Dam near South Haven.

A Sumner County Sheriff’s deputy confirmed a search was ongoing and that the boy had gone into the water late Friday afternoon.

KAKE News reports that the missing teen and another boy were crossing the dam and then jumped from it.

The second boy was found downstream and not breathing.

That child, KAKE said, was revived by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital for further treatment.

U.S. Women’s Baseball team wins gold medal at Pan Am games today

Rylee Buck USA baseball team playerSumner Newscow report — Ryleigh Buck, a Wellington High School senior, and the U.S. Women’s baseball team clinched gold in the Pan Am games in Ajax, Ont. today with an 11-3 victory over Canada Sunday.

Anna Kimbrell hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to open up a close game off with two outs in the frame and restored a five-run lead for the U.S., one inning after Canada had clawed back to score three.

American starting pitcher Sarah Hudek, who hit in the clean-up spot, also drove in three. Michelle Snyder had two runs batted in and Samantha Cobb and Jenna Marston added an RBI apiece.

Anders Spinalators are the 25th Great Race Champions

Spinalating victory

Boatingby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Anders Spinalators started out strong, took the lead after the third event and never looked back on its way to winning the 25th Great Race in Wellington Saturday. Temperatures were well into the 90s and it was smooth sailing for Anders and the crew. (see Great Race photo gallery here). 

Usually some adversity strikes and impacts the outcome of the race, and it struck the defending Great Race Champions Dore Enchies this year.

The Enchies jumped out to a quick lead and led the first two events, and they were in second after the cross country portion, and that is when disaster struck. In the motorcycle portion of the race, a mechanical failure caused the Dore’s bike to stop running and the rider had to push the bike to the transition line. That put the Enchies in ninth place. They did manage to get back into third before the race ended.

Ryleigh Buck and Team USA in Pan Am Gold Medal game Sunday

Rylee Buck USA baseball team player

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School senior Ryleigh Buck may be the first WHS student to ever say she is going to be participating in a gold medal game for an International event.

Buck and the U.S.A. Women’s Baseball team just reached the Gold Medal game at the Pan Am Games on Friday evening at the Ajax Sports Complex, east of Toronto with a 3-1 victory over the host Canada national team. U.S. will play the winner of Canada vs. Venezuela, which is playing a semifinal or play-in game today.

Buck did not play in the game Friday, a heart in throat kind of contest, but she did have prime seats in the dugout. So far she has been in the game one time at the Pan Am games. She was a pinch runner in the 9-0 victory against Puerto Rico Thursday night.

The American baseball team appears too tough to touch. The U.S. took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning and would go to stave off a rally in the seventh. Twice, Canada had runners on third with no outs, but could only get one run in due to the outstanding U.S. defense and pitching.

Brad Morris joins USD 353 administration as new assistant suprintendent

Sumner Newscow news report

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Brad Morris of Kiowa is joining the administration of United School District #353 as the new assistant superintendent this coming school year.

He brings 31 years of experience in education to Wellington, which has included being a boys basketball coach, science and physical education teacher, assistant principal and superintendent.

Last year, the district had two assistant superintendents, but combined the position into one this year.

“I will be involved with all facets of the school district,” Morris said. “Like financial, human resources, buildings and grounds, all dealings of the school system.”

Wheat Festival post-game analysis…

Kansas Wheat Festival news

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Organizers of the Kansas Wheat Festival were pleased with this year’s event, held in early July in Wellington, and they are already making plans for next year.

Chamber of Commerce Director Annarose White said the festival buttons sold out on Friday and they were using wristbands after that. They had ordered 3,000, which was more than previous years, and still sold out.

The buttons give admission to most of the festival. The price was a dollar higher this year, $3 in June, and $5 starting the first of July.

White gave a debriefing to festival committee members at the Chamber office Thursday.

She suggested they work out a theme for next year, and perhaps even have themes set for a few years in advance. With the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the theme will likely be close to that, she said.

Francis “Frank” Weber, 81, Garnett: Feb. 18, 1934 – July 18, 2015

Frank Weber

Frank Weber

Francis “Frank” Weber, age 81, of Garnett, Kansas, died on July 18, 2015, at Golden Heights, Garnett, Kansas. He was born February 18, 1934, in rural Wichita, Kansas, the son of Anthony and Anna (Rohling) Weber.

He graduated from Wellington High School, Wellington, Kansas. Francis entered the United States Army in 1954, serving the Occupation Forces in Germany and was discharged in 1956. Francis married Margaret Weigand on April 4, 1959 in Homewood, Kansas. This union was blessed with two children, Richard and Julia.

He began farming in Blue Mound, Kansas in 1963, maintaining the farm until his passing. Francis was a member of the Garnett V.F.W. Post 6397, serving as Post Commander; Knights of Columbus Council 1368; served on the Linn County Conservation District Board of Directors, Linn County Farmers Cooperative Directors, and the Farmers Home Administration District Board of Directors.

Minions playing at the Wellington Regent Theater starting today

Minions at REgent

This week at the Regent Theater: Minions

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 31 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award (R) winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation. (c) Universal

Eight Sailfish participate in Missouri Valley District meet in Manhattan

District Finals swim team
District finals participants

Those participating in the Missouri Valley Districts West Championship  in Manhattan included: Jensen Lynnes, Marisa Black, Mackinze Tracy, Emberly Gonzalez, Jordan Thompson, Chance Hamel and Nash Oswald. (Missing from the picture: Aidan Young)

By Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent — Eight Wellington Sailfish competed at the Missouri Valley Districts West Championships in Manhattan last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Postseason qualification meets like Districts and Championships are the only chance for summer league swimmers to compete against their year-round counterparts. As a result, the meet can feel intimidating, not only because of its size, but also because of the talent present.

This is definitely the next level. One unique aspect of Districts and Championships is bonus swims. While every swimmer who competes at a qualification meet has achieved at least one cut, Districts allows each swimmer to compete in two bonus swims, races in which they did not qualify. Bonus swims make the trip worthwhile for families and give kids the opportunity to experiment with races that GPSL does not offer for their age group.

Along a similar vein, Districts offers time trials to swimmers who are hoping to qualify for a Championship time or to improve their personal best. For a small fee, swimmers can swim their choice of event again after the session. The time will count, but time trials do not factor into a swimmer’s placing in the event.

Now for the fun part: the results!

Jensen Lynnes

Jensen Lynnes

Jensen Lynnes is the ten and under Missouri Valley District 50 Breaststroke Champion! Completing the race in 49.83 seconds, Lynnes cut 2.15 seconds off her personal best and beat the Championship time standard by one and two-thirds seconds. Her other two races, the 100 Fly and 200 Free, are not available for her age-group in the Great Plains Swim League, but that did not stop Lynnes from taking eighth and twelfth, respectively. Her results are even more amazing because they came in her “off” races.

City of Wellington allocates $189,000 for new filters for water plant

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington voted to spend $189,000 for filters for the water plant at its regular meeting Tuesday.

Jason Newberry told the council the city got only one bid and it was the amount that had been budgeted. He said the filters – which are mostly sand – were designed to last three to five years and the current system of filters has been in the water plant for 19 years.

The water plant workers backwash the filters three or four times a day to keep them functioning and this wastes about 17,000 gallons of water a day. Newberry estimated it costs about $100,000 a year to backwash the filters.

Newberry said the city is currently meeting standards. He did not know if it would improve water quality, but it would improve the efficiency of the system.

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Wellington not listed as one of the seven finalists for transload shipping center

Sumner Newscow news report

Sumner Newscow report — Finalists for shipping hub announced seven finalists have been selected for the site of a proposed Kansas transload shipping center. Wellington was not included on the list.

The Kansas Department of Transportation/Kansas Turnpike Authority Transload Facility Site analysis team selected the finalists from the 111 proposals submitted for consideration. Some communities submitted multiple sites. The finalists include Abilene, Concordia, El Dorado (Refinery Road site), Garden City (U.S. 50 Industrial Park), Great Bend, Great Plains Industrial Park just south of Parsons, and Norton.

Transloading is the process of moving goods from one mode of transportation to another, or in this case, from truck to rail and rail to truck. By blending the benefits of shipping by rail and local/short haul trucking, a transload facility can provide more flexible and cost-effective solutions for customers who may not have local access to freight rail service or those who need expanded warehousing.

Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert said in June that Wellington had submitted an application and was hopeful the Sumner County seat would be selected (see story here). 

Wellington 16-under Ladies going to World Series fundraiser

16u girls softball

Wellington City Council to meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — A Wellington City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at the council chambers at 317 South Washington.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting can be found here: AGENDA Outline 07-21-2015

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Post your FREE Garage Sale ads 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 selling and hunting!

Wellington 16-year-olds are off to the World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.

Wellington 16u girls softball team world series bound

Jensen Beach map

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-under girls softball team is off to a Babe Ruth World Series after winning the Midwest Plains Regional at Worden Park Sunday afternoon. Wellington will be going to Jensen Beach, Fla.
August 6 – 13, 2015.

The last Wellington team to go to a Babe Ruth World Series? It’s been awhile. The most noted team was one that traveled to Alaska in the early 1970s. Perhaps, someone could help us out in the comment section below.

On Sunday, the Wellington girls beat Southeast Denver 14-8 in the championship game. The team is coached by Shawn DeJarnett. These girls have yet to lose this summer, going 24-0.

Wellington crushed most of the opponents they faced, especially in the tournament. Its only close game was a 7-6 win over Southeast Denver Saturday in pool play. Three of the locals five games in the tournament were shutouts, and they won them all by a combined score of 70-15.

The team started with a 18-0 win over Southern Plains, and then beat Conway Springs 7-0 before the close game with Southeast Denver on Saturday. The team beat Udall 10-1 on Saturday. On Sunday the Lady Crusaders beat Southern Plains 14-0 before the championship game.

Here is a game-by-game synopsis of how the team won the regional championship: 

The 25th running of the Great Race to be held this Saturday at Woods Park

Great Race this Saturday

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 25th running of the Great Race will be held in Wellington Saturday, July 25 with 11 teams competing in 13 events (see participation list here). 

Great Race organizer Jack Potucek said he hopes to have the captains of the first five winning teams present for the starting of this year’s race in honor of it being the 25th running.

The race begins and ends at Woods Park at 5 p.m. Participants will board trucks and be taken to their various locations at about 4 p.m. It is a good idea to get there early as the course is closed around 4 p.m.

The event begins and ends with running, but there are also motorcycle races, horseback riding, bicycles and canoes involved. There are several running events of different lengths.

The race is a little hard to watch, but many of the events can be seen at Woods Park where more than 1000 people will be gathered.

Sunday blog II: Hey, Wellington. Perhaps we should send Chicken Little packing

Five Cueball thoughts

Chicken Little Wellington water tower


Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Chicken Little seems to have moved to Wellington.

Now the sky is falling. People are moving away. Utility rates will be raised to such high proportions that we may never have electricity again. The city is going bankrupt. The hospital is about to close. The water tower is about to fall smack dab on the roundabout at any second.

But while we are in this utter state of panic, let’s just contemplate these few facts:

The world is 4.5 billion years. The United States is 239 years. Wellington is 144 years olds…

Wellington has survived a tornado, a few industrial shutdowns, the Great Depression, two World Wars, a few floods, fires, a poor decision not to get a community college, and a horse mishap in a Wheat Festival Parade.

We can survive this… whatever “this” is.

People, I am exhausted.

Sunday Blog: Trust should should be a 2-way street between the council and public

James Jordan commentary

Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The word “transparency” has been used around city council meetings, and the city itself, a lot recently. I have been impressed over the last several months with the transparency that is happening at Wellington City Hall. Documents of all kinds are readily available, and there have not been all that many executive sessions of late.

James Jordan

James Jordan

That surge in transparency took a pretty big hit last week when the city met with the hospital board and doctors for two hours behind closed doors.

Had they taken a 10-20 minute executive session for some legal matter, and then held an open discussion, I doubt anyone would have even noticed. There are legitimate reasons to have an executive session, and sometimes it is the right thing to do. But executive sessions are not ever required.

The city is dealing with some big issues, and the hospital is one of the main ones. There are issues that need worked out and discussions that need to be had. However, doing them in secret is not the way to get public support, or the way to develop trust between the city and citizens who foot the bill through their tax dollars.

The executive session was clearly a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act in my understanding of the law.

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