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Say it isn’t so! Mulvane gets Wellington again, this time 14-7 in mind-boggling game

Wellington 7 Mulvane 14


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This one is going to hurt. Wellington lost a key district game to Mulvane 14-7. With the loss, Wellington drops to 1-1 in the district play. Ulysses beat Rose Hill 42-21. Wellington still is in the playoff hunt but its post season chances took a hit Thursday night. We will get into the district scenario at a later time.

Wellington will travel to Ulysses Friday night.

Former Wellington head coach Linn Hibbs used to say that if you win the turnover battle you are likely to win the game. So here’s the key stat of the game: Wellington 4 turnovers. Mulvane 1. 

Wellington-Mulvane live tweet; week #8 scores

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are updates during a period in which Twitter was down. This was during the fourth quarter with about 8 minutes to play up until the Trevor Nance interception.

Twitter is down. I’ll keep you updated via Sumner Newscow site. Since we left Wellington has driven to the 25 yard of Mulvane with 7:06. Now it’s 4th and 5.

Phelps incomplete. Mulvane takes over on downs with 6:54 to play at own 25.

Mulvane 2nd and 6. 6:31 in 4th.

Mulvane dive 3rd and 4.

Mulvane catch by Evans. First down at 35. 5:33 to play.

Under 5 minutes. Mulvane gains 6 yards to own 41. Wellington trailing 14-7.

4:08 to play. Mulvane first down at own 45. Wildcats taking time off clock.

2:42 Mulvane calls timeout  in a 3rd and 10 situation.

My apologies twitter has died. Mulvane incomplete 4th and 10 with 2:37 to play.

Kick is blocked! Wellington takes over at 30 of Mulvane!

Trevor throws an interception with 2:14 to play. Mulvane takes over at 15.


10 things to know about Sumner County football this week for Oct. 24

10 things to know about Sumner football

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about Sumner County football this week…


1. What’s on tap…

Conway Springs at Belle Plaine
South Haven at Caldwell
Norwich at Argonia-Attica
West Elk at Oxford


2. So who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure of making the playoffs from Sumner County? …

Conway Springs, the No. 2 team in Class 3A, is in. The Cardinals won’t lose to Belle Plaine tonight and it is highly doubtful it will lose to Chaparral either. Mark them on your state playoff bracket.


3. Who will most certainly, absolutely, 100 percent sure not be making the playoffs from Sumner County?… 

Belle Plaine. The Dragons have Conway Springs and Cheney left on the schedule which makes it likely they will have their second consecutive 0-9 season. At the end of 2014, Belle Plaine will probably be saddled with a 19 game varsity losing streak.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day showing at Regent

Alexander at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (Movie trailer is below).


When: Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Movie Synopsis: Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life-a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.

Wellington teen crashes vehicle into Belle Plaine lumberyard after car chase

Wellington to Belle Plaine crash

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 14-year-old male from Wellington drove into the Rothgeb Belle Plaine Lumber yard at 415 N. Logan Street after a car chase. He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, speeding and aggravated assault.

According to a Sumner County Sheriff press release, the juvenile male was running away from home. His name is being withheld because he is a juvenile.

At about 5:20 p.m., Wellington police officers were called to the 600 Block South Woodlawn to investigate a single vehicle accident. Officers discovered a 14-year-old male had left residence at Woodlawn in a silver four-door 2014 Nissan Versa, which was a family member’s vehicle. He allegedly while backing up had struck a utility pole. The driver then left the scene and was traveling east on First Street by the Santa Fe yard office in Wellington. 

Part 2 of 2-part series: A brief stop in Wellington would soon become a new job for Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert signs

Part 2 of 2-part series by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About the time the Wellington City Council was about to start its city manager search, Roy Eckert and his wife Jan were passing through Wellington.

They were coming back from a family gathering in Georgia on their way back to Montrose, Colo. where he had just resigned as county manager.

“We don’t like driving the interstate and like taking the “Blue Highways” through small towns,” Eckert said. “We stopped in Wellington on our way home and ate and got some ice cream. We were really impressed with what we saw.”

But it wasn’t a thought that lingered with them. They needed to get home, and they got back on U.S. 160 and headed west.

Little did they know at the time that brief stop would turn out to be so much more. 

Crusader preview: Wellington has not beaten Mulvane since 2005, this would be a good time to end that streak

Wellington vs. Mulvane preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Name the football team that the Wellington varsity has the longest losing streak against?

No it isn’t Andale or Wichita Collegiate.

Wellington is currently on a six game losing streak with the Mulvane Wildcats. The last time Wellington beat Mulvane it was in 2005, a 28-13 victory that probably no one really remembers except for the football players and their parents of that particular team.

Since that point, Mulvane has won. After two straight victories in 2006 and 2007, there were two years when the two teams didn’t meet. Then in 2010, Mulvane proceeded to rattle off four straight wins.

The frustrating thing is, none of those games were a beat down suffered by the likes of Andale. There were a lot of “what ifs” in all four games. 

Thursday’s electrical outage caused by wire entangled in oversize load west of Wellington

Wellington City and Sumner Cable official erect poles west of town due to wire mishap Thursday evening.

Wellington City and Sumner Cable official erect poles west of town due to wire mishap Thursday evening.

Sumner Newscow report — An oversized load getting caught on utility wires west of Wellington is the reason for the power outage at several homes on the northwest corner of Wellington.

Around 7:30 p.m. or precisely the bottom of the first inning of the Kansas City Royal World Series game, the electricity went off and stayed off for about 30 minutes.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields said a trucker had pulled off the side of the road on U.S. 160 and the top of the oversize load on his trailer snagged utility lines and breaking off a couple of poles in the process at the KDOT gravel pit a half mile west of Wellington.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014:


•Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:10-7:30 p.m.



•Football at Mulvane, 7 p.m.


•Regional CC

•Sub-State Volleyball at WHS 2 p.m.


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(UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.) Part 1 of 2-part series: Wellington Council, Eckert make it official

Roy Eckert signs

UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account was written before he did so. We have also interviewed Eckert and hope to have second part of this two-part series with his interview completed on Thursday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The ball is now in Roy “Rick” Eckert’s court. Or maybe the better descriptive term would be “ballpoint” pen.

The Wellington City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening approving a resolution to offer a city manager contract to Eckert, the former county manager at Montrose County. Now the only thing standing between Eckert and the city council is him signing the contract.

The contract, if signed, will go into effect on Nov. 10 and terminate at the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2016. The agreement shall be automatically updated on an annual basis unless notice to terminate the agreement is given at least 45 days before the expiration date.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields provided the total compensation package for Eckert which includes a base salary of $100,000, $500 a month for car allowance, $210 a month for health benefits allowance, and $100 a month for cell phone compensation package.

The comparison of Eckert’s agreement as compared to former city manager Gus Collins contract final agreement before resigning in May is as follows: 

KSHSAA announces sub-state assignments for volleyball

Substate volleyball pairings 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities just announced its sub-state assignments for volleyball. Sumner County teams will be participating in five different sub-state on Saturday. Winners of those tournament will advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Wellington and Argonia will be hosting sub-states. Conway Springs and Belle Plaine are going to Chaparral. Oxford travels to Yates Center and South Haven is at Dexter.

Information about each sub-state is as follows: 

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Wellington Council approves resolution sends contract to Eckert

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Council, by a 5-1 vote, approved a resolution that has effectively made Roy Eckert the new Wellington City Manager.

Now all that is left is for Eckert to sign the contract.

Kelly Green, John Brand, John Tracy, Vince Wetta and Jan Korte voted for the motion. Jim Valentine voted against the motion.

Sumner Newscow will provide a full report on the vote and the reaction thereafter tomorrow.

The Royals, the World Series, the Wellington fans, the memories…

Kansas City Royals fan story

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tonight when the Kansas City Royals walk out onto the field to play their first World Series game of the 21st Century, it will signify a lot of things – redemption, vindication, passion, talent  - name your favorite noun.

But above all else, it will be about long suffering Royals fans who have endured 29 years of bad baseball and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor.

The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series tonight. Are we really witnessing this reality? Did the world somehow skew us into an alternative universe where the last three weeks never happened?

When Sumner Newscow asked for a story by long suffering Sumner County fans, we didn’t realize the level of devotion out there.

Wellington volleyball travels to Buhler tonight; set for sub-state here Saturday

Approaching the end of regular seaosn

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will complete its most successful regular season in its history when it travels to Buhler to play in a double dual with the host and Andale.

The Crusaders will then set their sites for the sub-state tournament to be held Saturday in Wellington. Activities Director Brian Buchanan said it may be the first time Wellington has ever host a sub-state in volleyball.

“This is huge,” said first year Wellington varsity volleyball head coach Alison Widen. “We always play so well when we have a large and loud home crowd. Our girls don’t play nearly as well when things are quiet.”

WHS bulletin: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014:


•Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:10-7:30 p.m.

•Volleyball at Buhler 5 p.m.


Wellington Public Library to host “Where Immigration hits historical highway” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Wellington – The Wellington Public Library will host “Where Immigration Hits the Historical Highway,” a presentation and discussion by Antonio Delgado on October 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room at 121 West Seventh St. in Wellington.  Members of the community are invited to attend this free program. Contact the Wellington Public Library at (620) 326-2011 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Immigration is a dynamic experience that impacts the individual, family, community, and country. With a focus on Mexican immigration to the United States, this presentation will look at the experiences of 19th- and 20th-century immigrants and their personal and familial experiences, including the clash of cultures that sometimes occur and the changes in policy over the years.

Antonio Delgado is a historian and expert on U.S. immigration policy. He has taught classes on immigration, Latin American studies, and urban policy at the University of Illinois in Chicago and served in the Chicago mayor’s office on community planning issues. Delgado gave a presentation last spring about Boxcar Communities around the Midwest.

A lot has happened with Roy Eckert, Wellington leading city manager candidate, in 2014

An eventful year Roy Eckert

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Google the words “Roy Eckert” and you will find Wellington’s leading city manager candidate has had an eventful year.

The Wellington City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to hire Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., as Wellington’s new city manager to replace Gus Collins, who resigned in May.

If the city adopts the resolution, it would authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement for the city. If Eckert signs, he will enter into a city manager’s agreement commencing on Nov. 10, 2014 and terminating on Dec. 31, 2016 (see specific terms here). He will be paid an annual salary of $100,000 on a bi-weekly salary of $3,846 over the year plus other benefits.

The council interviewed three candidates that were chosen amongst 53 applicants in the five month city manager search process. Eckert, in turn, has also been looking at other city manager positions in at least two communities, both in Oregon. Eckert has also been named in a lawsuit by a former employee for the county of Montrose. Also, more details about his resignation as county manager in Montrose has come to light based on the area’s media sources.


His time at Montrose

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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.

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