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CDGB Housing Rehab program now accepting applications for a minimum of 14 single-family housing units

Sumner Newscow report — The CDGB Housing Rehab program will provide housing rehabilitation for a minimum of 14 single-family housing units, 9 of which will be rental units and 5 owner-occupied units.  The target area is the area bounded by A Street to G Street and between 8th and 15th Streets.

Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office and the SCEDC Office; and are posted on the City website (  Applications are being accepted at this time and should be submitted to the City Engineering office or the City Manager’s office.  It is necessary for those that completed pre-applications to now submit a final application as more detailed information is necessary. 

Help wanted: City of Wellington looking for Seasonal Laborers

Help wanted: The City of Wellington is accepting applications for the positions of Seasonal Laborers involving manual labor and a variety of maintenance tasks that could include but are not limited to: patching and sealing roadways, trimming trees and removing brush, grass mowing and trimming,  grounds and building maintenance,  operating light equipment, assisting in repairs, documenting daily field assignments, and/or other administrative and/or clerical duties.

Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Starting Salary is $8.00 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  See available positions and apply at or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS.  Applications open until filled.

State tournament preview: Oxford baseball team set to play Bluestem in huge first round tussle

The Oxford baseball team practiced this week at the Hafner Center at Cowley College in preparation of the state tournament.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford High School baseball team will be embarking on its second boys Class 2-1A State Tournament run in three years when it will travels to Great Bend Thursday.

The Wildcats (20-1) will be battling Bluestem (15-4) at 1:15 p.m. tomorrow in the first round. The game will be single elimination. If Oxford can get past Bluestem then it will be assured three games in the eight-team bracket (see here). There will be a sendoff at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow. Sumner Newscow will have live tweets of the game.

Oxford head coach Kyle Green is giving Dalton Silhan the starting nod on the mound against Bluestem. The junior has an ERA of 1.77 in 27.2 innings pitched.

The Wildcats and Lions have never met on the diamond. They did play in the first round of the Class 2A Regional in basketball which Bluestem won. The Lions have been Class 3A until this year and was once a member of the Central Plains League that included schools like Conway Springs and Belle Plaine around Wichita.

Now the school is part of the Tri-Valley League that includes schools more east and north. The only common opponents for the two clubs have been Cedar Vale-Dexter. 

Summer food program offers free meal to kids for USD 353

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Kids will have the option of eating breakfast, lunch, and even an afternoon snack with their friends, thanks to the OPAA! Food Management summer food program.

Last year, USD 353 partnered with OPAA! Food Management, which offers students three different healthy choices at breakfast and lunch daily, along with milk or bottled water.

The nutritious summer meals are offered at no charge, and adhere to child nutrition guidelines. Although children of all ages are welcome, adults are not allowed to eat, and children must eat the food at the location where it is being served, and can’t take it with them.

Karla Defore named USD 353 Teacher of the Year

Wellington High School Karla Defore and Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener.

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington High School instructor Karla Defore, who teaches World History, Citizenship, Leadership and New Teacher Mentoring was rewarded the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year at end of the year Employee Appreciation Program at the Wellington High School auditorium this morning.

Sumner Newscow will have more on Defore at a later time. 

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Outgoing council members give advice on the joys of public service

Council person Vince Wetta with Jan Korte pictured above.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As of Friday evening, only one candidate had signed up to run for the Wellington City Council. The deadline is June 1. Traditionally people do wait until the deadline approaches before signing up. But that deadline is approaching fast (see filings here).

The council will have a very different look after the election in November. Three of the six city council members terms will end this year, and all three have said they are not running again. However, one is wavering.

Bill Butts

Council members Vince Wetta and Jan Korte both served full terms, and Bill Butts was appointed to finish an unexpired term taking over for B.J. Tracy, who abruptly resigned in June 2014.

While Butts said he is not intending to run at this point, he is leaving the door open to changing his mind.

By the time the current term ends in January 2018, Korte will have been on the council for six years and she feels it is time to quit.

“There are other things I want to do, and I just feel like I am finished,” Korte said. She is still running her CPA business and plans on continuing that operation.

Wellington’s Impact Bank wins Crusader Way Recycling competition

Impact Bank employees celebrate their big win. Mason Lough (second left) represents the Crusader Way group. 

Sumner Newscow — Impact Bank in Wellington was the big winner of the 2017 Crusader Way Class Recycling Challenge. The Crusader Way, a civic minded class for Wellington High School freshmen, challenged businesses to collect as many recycling material as possible. Eight businesses took up the challenge and when the shouting was over, Impact Bank won the competition with 219 pounds of recycling trash collected.

Big Cheese Pizza came in second with 195 pounds of recycled material.

The following are the full results: 

Wellington golf team finishes season in 12th place in state tournament in Wamego

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf team traveled to Wamego for the Class 4A State tournament Monday. On a rainy day, the team finished 12th out of 12 full teams with a score of 393.  There were no Wellington medalists. To see the full results click here and scroll down to Class 4A.

The Wellington individual scores were:

Ty Wilson: 40 out, 52 in — 92. 55th place.

True DeJarnett: 52 out, 46 in — 98. 69th place.

Blake Bales: 51 out, 50 in — 101. 78th place.

Rylan Blasi: 47 out, 55 in — 102. 79th place. 

Library to kick off ‘Build a Better World’ summer reading program

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library plans to “Build a Better World” in the community through its free annual summer reading program. For adults, young adults and kids of all ages, there are many activities planned, and all programs are free and open to the public, and will run from June 6-July 28.

This summer, the library is participating in the Summer Lunch Program through USD 353. A sack lunch will be provided for all kids Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A super snack will be provided on Friday afternoons at 2 p.m.

Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. will feature workshops for grades K-5, involving activities in STEM, reading and math. The workshops include structures, towers, bridges marble runs, maker program, robots and a cardboard challenge.

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., preschool storytime will be held, followed by an age appropriate activity.

Family day camps will be every other Thursday from 2-4 p.m., with Makerspace workshops, guest speakers, and fun projects for all ages. Camps lined up include an engineering challenge, making YouTube videos, family engineering challenge, and a family engineering project.

Sumner County Court Docket: May 23, 2017

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.


City/School candidates filings as of May 22; Election deadline is June 1

Sumner Newscow report — The list of election filings for city and school seats in Sumner as of May 22, 2017 can be found here.

People have until Thursday, June 1 to file for the primary election on August 1, general election will be Nov. 7.

Here is some important information:

•Last day to file is June 1 at noon. 

•Must turn paperwork into the Sumner County Clerk’s office.

Ed Trimmer: Kansas Legislature is still in neutral

Ed Trimmer

by Ed Trimmer, Kansas State Representative, 79th District — My last update discussed the inability of the Kansas Legislature to do the three things that must be done before the close of the session:

  • Pass a K-12 school formula that adequately funds public schools.
  • Pass a budget that reflects the efforts made in school funding proposals.
  • Pass a revenue proposal that helps move the State out of debt and adequately funds schools.

As of Friday, May 19 we still haven’t worked any of these policies on the House floor and there is no firm date on when we will do so.

K-12 Formula

 The House K-12 Budget Committee passed out a bill on a 10-6 vote (with no recommendation) that clearly does not adequately fund public schools.  The original proposal assembled by both Democrats and moderate Republicans would have increased K-12 school funding by $750 million over five years at a rate of $150 per year. The $750 million figure would have raised the Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) to $4806, for the 2012-2022 school year. 

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21, 2017:

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here

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 hunting!

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly run log: May 15- May 21, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for May 15 to May 21, 2017 is as follows:

Henry will be at Bank of Commerce May 22-26

Sumner Newscow report — Henry will be at Bank of Commerce beginning May 22 through May 26. Last year, Bank of Commerce was one of our top volume vendors, selling over 120 tickets, and Henry officials expect that they will easily surpass last years numbers.  Stop in and visit Henry, you’ll be happy to see him.

The Kansas Wheat Festival Raffle Rifle is raising funds for the Wellington Food Bank. 

Sunday blog: What does the future behold for our graduates? We don’t really know

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — I have had the privilege of being a math teacher at Wellington High School since 2011 and have taught students across the curriculum from Algebra 1 to Calculus.  Two years ago, I retired from the District and was accepted by Cowley College to teach College Algebra and College Statistics as an Adjunct Lecturer — based at Wellington High School.

Robert Escandon

This is a reduced workload since I teach only a few periods a day to (mostly) seniors.  So, at age 68, I am semiretired.  Having said that, I discovered there are now nearly 50 students already signed up for College Algebra (for the Fall semester) and around 44 signed up for College Statistics (for the Spring semester).  These are numbers we have not seen before —- so it looks like I will still be busy in my semi-retirement!

It seems like yesterday when I too was 18 and full of anticipation for my impending adult life.  Older men gave me their advice which, being young, I accepted selectively!  Now life has reversed and I am the “old-guy” looking at our young men and women about to embark on their own adventures in life.  Interestingly, I am now irresistibly drawn to providing advice, just like the “old-guys” of my youth were presumably drawn to sharing their life’s experiences with me!

I have been very lucky in my life to have experienced more than I could possibly have imagined when I was young.  Not all of those experiences were good and some were very bad, but they were, nonetheless, experiences to live through and to be modified by them.   Here’s my life, in bullet-points:

Letter to the editor: Two visions for SRMC

Commentary by Larry Hooker, Wellington, Kansas — This an open letter to the leaders and the great citizens of Wellington and Sumner County:

My name is Larry Hooker.  I was the Controller at Sumner Regional Medical Center for the past 19 months. I want to share with each of you some of my thoughts, and feelings, about the opportunities that lie ahead for SRMC.

Basically there are two visions we, as a community, could have for SRMC.

First, there is the one that has been circulating as a rumor … “SRMC is going to close” and approximately 120 people would lose their livelihoods.

Second, there is the one that the City of Wellington HCA Board and the current Senior Leadership team and all the other great SRMC associates believe in, and that is, “our greatest days are ahead.”  But this great team needs your help, every one of you can help SRMC succeed and have its best days ever.  That is the purpose of my letter … I want to enlist your support for the second vision: A great future for SRMC.

112 new 2017 Wellington High School graduates become Crusader alumni

The annual capping of the graduation ceremony.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On an unusual Saturday afternoon, Wellington High School held its graduation for 112 seniors.

With a plethora of decorated graduation caps (see a lot of them in our photo gallery here), the Class of 2017 became WHS alums. Want to feel old? Most of these graduates were born at the turn of the Century – the first class to never experience the 1900s in any capacity.

“When you leave here, keep in mind ‘once a Crusader always a Crusader,” said Wellington High School, Adam Hatfield at the end of the event.

Principal Adam Hatfield gives the WHS graduates some advice before sending them on their way.

It was standing room only – perhaps the largest yet at the Wellington High School gymnasium which was brought indoors after the Class of 2010 graduated.

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