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And the Wellington choir is in New York… Carnegie Hall performance is Sunday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School choir is now in New York! And they have been singing a lot. They were at singing at Wichita Eisenhower Airport before getting on the plane Thursday morning at 6 a.m.

They have been singing on the streets of New York while sight seeing.

The Crusader Choir, along with singers from Tabor College and Elbing, are traveling to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall at 2 p.m, Sunday.

The group of singers will present “Sunrise Mass” — a work by Ola Gjeilo.

There are 30 students from Wellington will be performing. 

Caldwell, Oxford games are postponed or canceled; Wellington game is on

Sumner Newscow report — The Central at Caldwell and the Oxford at Cedar Vale basketball games have been postponed. No makeup date has been determined at this time.

The Clearwater at Wellington, Belle Plaine at Cheney, Medicine Lodge at Cheney games are on. 

Glass playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Playing at Wellington Regent this weekend: Glass.

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

Rated: PG-13.

Also playing:

A DOG’S WAY HOME: Friday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m.

Wellington Cemetery to conduct clean-up on Feb. 25

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Cemetery staff will be conducting a clean-up of Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, February 25, 2019, weather permitting, in preparation of the mowing season.  Winter decorations as well as items that are in violation of Cemetery Code will be removed and disposed of.

Please plan to remove decorations by February 24th if you would like to keep them.

If you have any questions, please contact the Cemetery Sexton at 620-326-7937.

For 50 years, Cottrell was a teacher/coach at Douglass, Conway Springs; Tuesday he was honored

Fred Cottrell was honored at the Conway Springs- Douglass game Tuesday.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Fred Cottrell has been teaching for 50 years, and much of that teaching happened on the sidelines at various sporting events in Sumner County. Cottrell was inducted into the KSSHA hall of fame Tuesday night in Conway Springs.

Cottrell coached at Douglass before coming to Conway Springs where he spent most of his career. He coached 25 years at Douglass and the last 20 at Conway Springs. It was fitting that his induction happened at a game where Douglass was playing Conway Springs.

The high school association lets inductees choose where their ceremony will be, and Cottrell chose this game because he had coached at both schools.

He saw himself as a teacher first, and he taught government in the classroom. Outside the classroom he was still a teacher.

Current Conway Springs football coach and Athletic Director Matt Biehler said Cottrell always told him the best coaches are teachers first.

School board contemplates hiring new SRO with Interlocal 619

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington USD 353 Student Resource Officer Jim Yunker is requesting another SRO which will be shared with Interlocal 619 if approved by the Wellington school board.

Yunker addressed the board Monday asking that a full-time SRO be hired that will be shared between USD 353 and the educational service that provides special education needs for five school districts in the county.

Wellington SRO officer Jim Yunker.

The board is expected to vote on the matter at its next regular meeting in March.

The full time officers will be funded 50 percent from 619, 25 percent with the school district, and 25 percent with the city of Wellington.

Yunker said having just one SRO will help alleviate the burden that is placed upon him. He estimates he gets calls from 619 at least three times a day. A new SRO will be housed at the middle school and be used by the school district twice a week, at 619 twice a week, and rotate every other Friday.

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Crusader boys lose tough one to Mulvane 74-71; girls keep winning

Cade Fairbanks vs. Mulvane.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a frustrating end for a Wellington team that needed a win desperately.

The Crusaders blew a 12-point second lead with 6:46 in the fourth quarter to lose to Mulvane 74-71 Tuesday evening at home. Wellington fell to 4-13 matching Mulvane’s record and assuring itself a play-in game in the Class 4A-West post season bracket.

In the other varsity game, the Wellington girls were victorious beating Mulvane 54-41 for their fifth straight win.

The Wellington boys are on a six-game losing streak, and was hoping to get off the snide against another struggling league foe. The Crusaders had defeated the Wildcats 76-68 earlier in the night.

Hey, how about that Sidewalk Reimbursement Program?

Sumner Newscow report — The City will cost-share with a property owner and reimburse up to $2.75 per sq. ft. for 50 linear feet or less of replaced sidewalk, up to a maximum of $550 or $2.25 per sq. ft. for 51 linear feet up to 75 linear feet with a maximum reimbursement of $675.

Only the sidewalk running parallel with the street is eligible for reimbursement.  The program does not cover sidewalk connecting to the street, front of the structure or running along the side or rear of a property.

Property owner may perform the work or hire a contractor. All new sidewalks must be constructed of concrete and to current City sidewalk standards (copy of standards is attached to application form) and is subject to preliminary, pre-pour and final inspection.  Failure to schedule an inspection shall disqualify the project from this program.

Wellington City Engineering Department moving to Public Works/Street Department building

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Engineering Department, i.e. building and codes – will be changing location to the Public Works/Street Department Building at 19 Industrial Ave. on Tuesday, February 26.  No permit, licensing or other business from this office will be conducted on this day while the move is taking place, which will take most of that day.

Beginning on Wednesday, February 27, the Engineering Department will be operating at its new location. The telephone number (620) 326-3871 will remain the same for this office.  E-mail addresses will remain the same for Richard Jack, Jamie Cornejo & Erma Barnes.

“We apologize for any inconvenience that this move will create,” said Wellington City Manager Shane Shields. “Please contact us anytime at the Street Department (620) 326-7831 for any questions or concerns during or after the move.”

5 sporting things: Talking WMS basketball, girls wrestling, boys wrestling, KBCA rankings and life

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five sporting things including Wellington Middle School basketball, girls wrestling, boys wrestling, latest KBCA rankings and the meaning of life.


1. WMS Basketball

The Wellington Middle School has officially ended its regular basketball season and it has most certainly been a feast or famine kind of year. While both the boys and girls eighth grade teams are sitting at the top of the Patriot League standings, the seventh grade boys and girls are at the bottom.

Next Saturday, the season concludes with the girls tournament at Rose Hill Middle School and the boys are playing at Haysville West. Brackets should be out soon.

On Monday, Wellington teams battled Haysville West in the regular season finale. The scores are as follows:


7A: Haysville West 50 Wellington 26

7B: Haysville West 31 Wellington 20

8A: Wellington 40 Haysville West 35

8B” Haysville West 40 Wellington 23.


Store closing at Barbara Jon’s – all items are 30 to 70 percent off

Wellington’s Ali Zeka named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Ali Zeka vs. Rose Hill.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ali Zeka, a 5-8 freshman for the Wellington girls basketball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

The Wellington girls have been sensational against two very good teams, beating Augusta 48-47 a week ago and then knocking off rival Rose Hill 66-62 last Friday to help the Crusaders to an 11-5 record. Zeka played a key role in both victories. She scored six points against Augusta and was the key player in a third quarter comeback that saw Wellington overcome a 10-point deficit en route to an exciting win. Then against Rose Hill, Zeka scored a game-high 18 points to help Wellington split its regular season series with the Rockets.

For her effort, Zeka is the recipient of a FREE large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

‘First Impressions’ teaches us what people in other communities sees us for first time

You are invited to attend a town meeting on Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.

Walk Kansas runs March 17 to May 11 and registration is through K-State Research office

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Walk Kansas this year runs from March 17 to May 11. It is for all fitness levels.

The eight-week program is team-based, with six people to a team. Participants do not have to live in Sumner County or Kansas. Many teams form with family members or friends in other parts of the country and around the world. “Technology connects us,” said Sharolyn Jackson, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer science specialist and Walk Kansas coordinator.

For Sumner County, Walk Kansas participants, the cost is $8. The fee is waived for youth 18 and younger and for those 65 and older. Purchasing a t-shirt is optional. Registration is available at K-State Research and Extension office and on the Walk Kansas website at Participants are encouraged to register by March 15.

More than 65 parents attend Monday’s school board meeting, Brand speaks against Summit, no action taken

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Approximately 65 parents and other concerned individuals attended Monday’s school board meeting to vocalize their objection with the Redesign Summit Program implemented for freshmen, sophomores and Kennedy Elementary students at USD 353.

The board did not take action on the item, nor discussed the subject at the meeting.

John Brand

There was an overflowing crowd that spilled over into the hallways. If the board meeting was a concert, it would be Woodstock.

As promised, parent John Brand was the featured speaker during the audience portion of the meeting. A student Jody Lyne also spoke. The two were the only ones to speak during the meeting that specifically addressed Redesign and Summit.

The Wellington board then heard a presentation from Eisenhower Elementary Principal Cherity Elder and fourth grade instructor Vanessa Sawyer.

Brand used an analogy concerning the marketing fiasco of New Coke implemented during a summer in the 1980s with the current Summit situation.

George Armstrong Custer’s Role in Manifest Destiny program set for next Monday’s historical meeting

Jim Vanek

Sumner Newscow report — On Monday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m., Jim Vanek, Winfield, will present the program George Armstrong Custer’s Role in Manifest Destiny” along with a PowerPoint presentation to visitors and members of the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at the Raymond Frye Complex, 320 N. Jefferson, Wellington. Please note this is a new location.

Everyone is invited to attend the free program. For information or weather cancellations, contact President at Jane Moore – 620-441-9835 or Vice-President Sherry Kline at 316-833-6161.

How did George Armstrong “Autie” Custer, a former Ohio grade-school teacher enter West Point in July of 1857, graduate 34th in his graduating class of 34, and rise to the prominence that Custer attained?

“The North would probably have lost the Civil War had he not done some of the things he did during the Civil War,” said Jim Vanek, member of the Little Bighorn Battlefield Association, and former Kansas and Colorado High School teacher and coach. Vanek became interested in Custer after his parents let him stay up and watch the movie “They Died With Their Boots On” when he was just a little tyke.

“That movie got me started,” Vanek said, “Errol Flynn best captured the persona, the personality, the ego, and the swagger of George Custer.”

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019

Wellington Police weekend report for Friday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019:

Friday, February 8, 2019

Wellington hosts Class 4A State Scholar’s Bowl, Topeka Hayden wins state crown

Topeka Hayden wins the state championship.

Sumner Newscow report — The best and the brightest in Class 4A converged on Wellington High School for the Class 4A State Scholar’s Bowl Saturday.

Topeka Hayden won the state championship. Shawnee Mission- Bishop Miege placed second, Garnett-Anderson County was third and Towanda-Circle finished fourth.

Other competitors included: Abilene, Augusta, Winfield and Tonganoxie. Wellington’s scholar bowl team was eliminated during regional competition. This marks the first time Wellington has hosted a state scholar’s meet since 2013. During that year, Wellington was also a participant, finishing 2-3 for the day getting the school victories for the first time since it became a KSHSAA event. See that story here.

On Saturday, Wellington had several helpers including WHS senior Devin Dickinson here. 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Feb. 4 to Feb. 10, 2019 is as follows: 

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