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The Safe Homes ‘no rules’ Tacky Ball to be held Nov. 4

Safe homes logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Agri-Business Building in Arkansas City will again be filled with pink flamingoes and Christmas trees, and all the unusual variety that is the Safe Homes Tacky Ball.

This is the second-year of the agency’s fundraiser, which brings people together for a night filled with dancing, barbecue, and live and silent bidding on auction items to benefit Safe Homes, Inc.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the silent auctions starts thereafter at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now or at the door for $15 each or two for $25; and can be purchased from your local American Family Insurance Agents or by calling the Safe Homes office at (620) 221-7079.

Rick Hopper will be the auctioneer, and this year’s top live auction items to date include some real prizes. 

Daily Bulletin: Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Sept. 29, 2014:


• Junior Varsity and Freshman Football at Clearwater 5 p.m.

• JV Tennis at WHS 3 p.m.


• Varsity Tennis at Kingman 3 p.m.

• JV Tennis at Circle 3:30 p.m.

• Varsity/JV Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.




• Cross Country at Wedgewood Golf Course 4:30

• C-team Volleyball at El Dorado 5 p.m.

• JV Tennis at McPherson  11 p.m.


• Homecoming Pep Assembly

• Football at WHS vs. Andale 7 p.m.


• Debate at WHS 9 a.m.

• JV Volleyball at Valley Center 8 a.m.

• Volleyball at South Haven 8 a.m.

Post your FREE Garage Sale here

Garage sale templete use this one

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.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Sunday feature: New KSHSAA Classification list says a lot about the economic health of a community

Sunday feature

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Is Wellington really shrinking and blowing away while its neighbors thrive? Is Andover really the boom town we think it is? Are our Sumner County schools about to close their doors because there is no one left to attend?

Every year, the Kansas State High School Activities Association releases an annual classification list of its 354 member schools. Primarily, the list is made to divide schools into classifications used mostly for sports purposes. The 32 most populated schools are in a classification called 6A, the next 32 are in 5A, and so forth… These lists are put together based on a school’s enrollment for ninth to 12th grade.

I find these classifications fascinating — not just because it involves sports teams and yearly post season tournaments. But it reflects economic trends in a community.

Your high school, like it or not, reflects the town for which you live. Obviously, if your high school is losing students, most likely so is your town.

For years I have been intrigued with where Wellington High School and others sit on the population pecking order.

I decided to compare enrollment figures of Wellington, the six other Sumner County schools, and six other Kansas schools from 2011 to 2014 available on the KSHSAA website.

These are the enrollment figures I gathered:

Wellington adds another victory to its season – now 4-0

Wellington 47 Clearwater 7

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will come a point in this season when Wellington won’t be so dominating, won’t have to contemplate when or if to rest the starters in the second half, or won’t go home feeling invincible. That is likely to happen next week against you-know-who.

But for the time being, let’s just relish the moment.  Wellington destroyed Clearwater 47-7 to improve to 4-0 at Sellers Park.

In the past three weeks, the first team defense has not allowed a touchdown (except very late when no one was paying attention). And the offense has been dominating – scoring on its opening drive every game.

In the first four games, Wellington has outscored its opponent 115-7 in the first half.

Winning is fun, indeed.

The Crusaders opened this game much like they left off against Circle. The Crusaders would lead 19-0 at the end of the first quarter scoring on all three possessions. It was 40-0 at the half scoring on all six of its possessions.

Wellington-Clearwater live twitter feed and other scores for week #3

Sumner County schools stay put in 2014-15 KSHSAA classification count

Classification released

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its annual classifications for all sports except football based on enrollment in grades ninth through 12th.

The classifications are based on school enrollment figures across the state of Kansas.

Wellington turned in an enrollment of 494 which puts the school in the middle of the pack in Class 4A. Last year, Wellington was at 477 students, so the school has jumped up 17 students from 2013.

Since Class 4A is divided into two divisions – with the top 32 schools in Div. 1 and the bottom 32 in Div. II – it is not determined which division Wellington is in. Wellington was in Class 4A Div. 1 in 2013-14. Chances are if the school has increased in enrollment then the Crusaders will remain in Division 1. But that has yet to be confirmed.

The Class 4A Div. 1 and 2 divisions determine post season play in volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. All individual sports like wrestling, tennis, track, and golf will remain in the traditional Class 4A format of 64 teams. 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Friday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Sept. 26, 2014:


•Football at WHS vs. Clearwater 7 p.m.


•Varsity Tennis at Collegiate 9 p.m.

•C-Team Volleyball at Clearwater 9 p.m.

Friday’s lunch: Corn dog, green spinach salad, grew peas, apple.

Monday’s lunch: Fajita wrap, romaine and tomato, Spanish Rice, steamed carrots, chilled peaches.

Today’s News

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‘If I stay’ will be played this weekend at Wellington Regent

Wellington Regent If I Stay

This week at the Regent Theater: “If I Stay.” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley).

WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014:


•Cross Country at Winfield 4 p.m.

•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.

•JV Tennis at Goddard  3 p.m.


•Football at WHS vs. Clearwater 7 p.m.


•Varsity Tennis at Collegiate 9 p.m.

•C-Team Volleyball at Clearwater 9 p.m.


Thursday’s lunch: Chicken drumstick, savory rice, fresh broccoli, corn, hot roll/jelly, chilled peaches. 

Sumner Court Docket: Sept. 24, 2014 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


New scoreboard at Sellers Park football field is now up

New scoreboard was being put up on Wednesday.

New scoreboard was being put up on Wednesday.

Sumner Newscow report — The new scoreboard, thanks to the generous donation of Security State Bank, was being installed Wednesday at the Sellers Park football field. The Wellington 45-second clocks on both ends of the football field will not be ready until next week’s homecoming football game vs. Andale. The new items should all be in operation by Friday’s football game when Wellington hosts Clearwater this Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Burglaries at Wellington Golf Course and Advance America-Cash Advance are keeping Wellington police busy

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two more burglaries occurred in Wellington over the weekend.

The burglaries occurred sometime late Saturday evening to 2:10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath he did not know if the burglaries were related.Advance America

The first burglary occurred at the Wellington Golf Course. Someone broke the window on the south side of the clubhouse and entered the building. The person(s) then took six pairs of Oakley sunglasses, two Callaway golf drivers, and two Titleist drivers.

There are no leads or any other details on this burglary, Heath said.

The second burglary took place at “Advance America – Cash Advance” at the strip mall on 15th St. across from Wellington Pizza Hut. 

Wellington High School and Middle School students gather for prayer at ‘See you at the pole”

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Middle School and the Wellington High School students, parents and a few teachers met at their respective schools early this morning to circle around the school’s flag pole, hold hands and say a prayer.

“See You at the Pole” is an annual gathering of Christian students of all ages at a flagpole across the nation which occurs simultaneously t 7 a.m. The event began in 1990 in the U.S. but cannot be held during public school hours.

Wellington Middle School students say a prayer at 7 a.m. this morning.

Wellington Middle School students say a prayer at 7 a.m. this morning.

More pictures can be found here.

Wellington girls volleyball split home triangular with win over Circle and loss to Collegiate

Volleyball returns home

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tuesday, the Wellington volleyball team played in front of a hometown crowd. The student section, mostly made of football players, were rowdy. The gymnasium was loud.

But Wellington could not quite get past Wichita Collegiate after dominating Circle in the match before.

Wellington would beat Circle 25-18, 25-18. Then after Circle beat Collegiate in three sets, Wellington and Collegiate were featured in the nightcap.

Wellington's student section, made up mostly of the football team, cheer on the volleyball girls.

Wellington’s student section, made up mostly of the football team, cheer on the volleyball girls.

Collegiate would win in three, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21.

“When we play the way we are capable, people can’t beat us,” said Alison Widen, Wellington head volleyball coach after the game. “When we make little errors, silly mistakes, then we are in trouble.” 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014:


•Junior Magazine Meeting 10:15


•Cross Country at Winfield 4 p.m.

•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.

•JV Tennis at Goddard  3 p.m.


•Football at WHS vs. Clearwater 7 p.m.


•Varsity Tennis at Collegiate 9 p.m.

•C-Team Volleyball at Clearwater 9 p.m.

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Thaddeus Myers is back in custody after being apprehended in a Wichita motel Friday

Thaddeus Myers in custody

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s homecoming next week in Wellington. But for Wellington resident Thaddeus Myers, who is facing a multitude of drug felony charges, homecoming came this week.

The Wellington Police Department — along with the assistance of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department —apprehended Myers Friday, Sept. 19 at an unnamed motel on S. Broadway and 47th Street in Wichita.

“Let’s just say we developed a lead and with good investigative work, found Mr. Myers in a motel room,” said Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath. “I don’t know the extent for how long he had been there, but we know it has been at least a couple of days.”

Myers, born in 1973, was extradited from Sedgwick to Sumner County jail at 8 a.m. this morning. His bond has been set on two separate warrants of $50,000 and $20,000.

Myers is facing eight Level 3 and 4 felony charges, including seven that are drug related. He is accused of selling methamphetamine and marijuana from April 11 to July 19, 2014 in Sumner County and accepting a stolen 60-inch Vizeo television for payment in one transaction (see story here.) 

Updated: Wanda Tate family home incurs $35,000 damage from Monday’s fire

Fire destroys home feature

Picture #1 Tate fire

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow (Updated Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.) A fire destroyed the home of Wanda Tate at 2223 E. Lincoln Monday afternoon. The Wellington Police Department is estimating the damage at $35,000.

Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay said a grease fire in the kitchen caused the house at the Hamel addition in southeast Wellington to eventually be engulfed in flames. At about 4 p.m. Hay said a family member was heating the oven to cook fish and temporarily left the kitchen. When the person returned the kitchen cabinets and wall surface were on fire.

“There were three or four people in the house at the time,” Hay said. “They escaped unharmed.”

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