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United Country Theurer Auction/Realty holds ribbon cutting, open house Wednesday

Theurer Auction ribbon cutting in new digs.

Theurer Auction ribbon cutting in new digs.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — United Country Theurer Auction/Realty held a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday afternoon at their new complex at 1101 E. 16th Street. The new office used to be home of Tan Express.

The details of how that all came about can be found in the feature here.  For the latest information on auctions and real estate sales click here.

‘Big Hero 6′ to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

Big Hero 6 at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Big Hero 6.” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Movie Synopsis: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

James Robert Chaney, 54, Wichita: April 29, 1960 – Nov. 28, 2014

James Robert Chaney, 54, of Wichita, died November 28, 2014.

James was born April 29, 1960 in Belleville, Kans. He was the son of E.J. and Margie (Hall) Chaney and graduated from Belleville High School in 1977. James enjoyed golfing, watching any kind of sporting event, especially KU sports.

James is survived by his father, E.J. Chaney of Rancho Viejo, Texas; brother Mitchell and wife Susan of Brownsville, Texas; son Kendric Chaney of Wichita, Kansas; special friend Valarie Holmes of Wichita, Kansas.

Scheduling hearing on Blansett case has been continued to Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington made her first appearance in Sumner County District Court for a scheduling hearing this morning.

Judge William Mott accepted the motion by defense lawyer Mike Brown to continue the hearing until Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Blansett has been charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son Caleb Blansett which allegedly occurred Sunday, Dec. 14 at their Wellington home on 902 W. 7th in Wellington. She appeared before the court in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the scheduling hearing is usually held to determine whether the suspect needs a competency evaluation or ask for a preliminary hearing.

City of Wellington asking for volunteers for combined trade board, library board and park board

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellingotn governing body asks that anyone interested in being considered for appointment for any board position expiring in 2015 submit an application for Wellington City Boards/Commissions by Dec. 31, 2014 to the city clerk’s office.

The application form is available in the city clerk’s office or is available on the city’s website, on the board and commissions page. Additional information on the boards/commissions is also on the website.

The city board/commissions that have member terms expiring April 30, 2015 are the following:

Sumner County under winter weather advisory for tonight National Weather Service advises

Winter weather advisorySubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair issued the followed warning…

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory that includes Sumner County…in effect now and until 6am Thursday morning.

A wintry mix is possible this afternoon and evening before becoming all snow overnight, then freezing drizzle by morning.

Sumner Newscow recommendations on donations, comment policies and other subjects surrounding the Blansett investigation

Sumner Newscow note from publisher

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow has been getting several inquiries concerning various memorial donation funds being set up in the name of Caleb Blansett, the 10-year-old who tragically died Sunday of an alleged murder.

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

While it is great to see people help out in need, donors should also be mindful of where their money is going. Sumner Newscow is recommending that donations should be sent to a memorial fund set up at Impact Bank at 206 East Harvey Avenue.

This is not to take away from other internet-based memorial funds out there. This is only to recommend that money going toward this specific fund will be handled by professionals who work in finance and know how to property distribute the funds.

Comment policies

Sumner Newscow is specifically outlining policies for the comment section for the ongoing news of the Blansett investigation. The new policies will be: 

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Brown assigned as Lindsey Blansett’s court appointed attorney; first hearing set for Thursday; memorial fund set up

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County District Court Judge has assigned Mike Brown as Lindsey Blansett’s court-appointed attorney today. Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son, Caleb Blansett.

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

Blansett’s first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. under the court docket of Sumner County Judge William Mott. This has been a change of schedule said County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. Blansett’s first hearing was originally set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. under judge Scott McQuin.

Spencer said McQuin will eventually be the presiding judge but Mott will need to assign the case to him first.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Whether Blansett will make an appearance in court Thursday morning will depend on Brown, Spencer said.

Blansett is accused of murdering her son at their house late Sunday evening at 902 W. 7th in Wellington. In the District Court complaint, Blansett decided that Caleb’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven.

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Lindsey Blansett charged with first degree murder

Lindsey Blansett feature charged

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington has been charged with first degree murder – an off grid felony Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer announced tonight.

Her bond has been set at $500,000.

According to the court complaint, it states:

“Lindsey Blansett has been charged on Dec. 14 with unlawfully, intentionally, and with premeditation kill a human being to wit her son Caleb Blansett, 10 years old, who had gone to bed.

“Lindsey Blansett decided that Caleb Blansett’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight so she took a rock and a knife into the bedroom and struck him with rock and stabbed him with a knife multiple times until he was dead.” 

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath’s press conference: 4:30 p.m., Monday

(Updated 4:09 p.m.) Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington is in custody on suspicion of murder of 10-year-old son

Breaking News


Alleged homicide occurs at 902 W. 7th.

Alleged homicide occurs at 902 W. 7th in Wellington.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Shane Farley,  — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being held in Sumner County jail on suspicion of killing her 10-year-old son.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office is expected to receive an autopsy report from the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center and determine whether or not to file charges on Blansett concerning the death of a Lincoln Elementary student.

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

The WPD, assisted by the Sumner County Sheriff Department has been conducting a homicide investigation of a Blansett, who is being held in custody at Sumner County jail

Another child, about the same age of the boy, has been placed in protective custody, according to Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief.  No one else was hurt at the residence.

According to a WPD press release, the juvenile male had sustained a puncture wound to the chest.

Heath said officers received a 911 call at 11:45 p.m. concerning a death at the residence at 902 W. 7th in Wellington.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014:



• Basketball at Andale


• Finals: First – fourth period.


• Finals – fifth – eighth period.
• Wrestling at Augusta 5 p.m.
• Band Concert 7 p.m.


• NO SCHOOL- Inservice
• Basketball at WHS vs. Mulvane
• Wrestling at Marion 3p.m.
• Winter Formal after game


• JV Wrestling at Rose Hill 8:30

Post your FREE Garage Sale Ads here

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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.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Sunday blog: Talking demolition of property; college football playoffs and ACL tears

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, um… make that three thoughts, on this busy holiday weekend…

1. Damage control

Much has been made with a lawsuit against the City of Wellington over the demolishing of property owned by a Burden couple on 806 South Cherry Street in April (see story here).

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

While I can’t say that the city of Wellington adhered to proper procedures in this particular case, I will say the demolishing of structures has always been a controversial, dicey proposition that no one at city hall particularly likes. The city is placed in a no-win situation. Do you leave property that is not only a neighborhood nuisance but a potential health hazard? Or do you risk the alienation of not only the property owners but those who have lived in Wellington and view the condemned property through rose-colored memories?

There’s a lot of gray manner to the whole ideal. Do you tear down this property, while leaving a similar property standing? How do you define condemned property anyway?  

Wellington wins Kingman Tournament Championship; girls finish 1-2

Tournament Kingman taking
Kingman Tournament Championship

Kingman Tournament Championship

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is Dec. 14 and the Wellington boys are 3-0 and have a Kingman Tournament first place trophy in their possession.

The Crusader boys basketball team won 62-54. It was Wellington’s second tournament championship in as many years against a feisty Kingman team. It was also the first time the Wellington boys won the Kingman tournament championship since 2007.

In other action, the Wellington girls lost to Haven 52-44 in the third place game Saturday afternoon.

“Yeah, it’s been a little too long,” joked Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach about winning the championship. “To win three in a row on back-to-back-to-back nights especially when it is your first three games is tough to do… Those 10 guys with their uniforms represented Wellington well.” 

Oxford boys and girls playing for Fairfield Tournament Championship; other scores…

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford boys and girls will be playing for the Fairfield Tournament Championship while Caldwell boys and girls were victorious over Central-Burden in the Border Queen Tournament Classic in Caldwell. Norwich boys and girls sweep Argonia.

Oxford boys: 45 Fairfield 38

Oxford 12 11 10 12 45
Fairfield 4 7 8 16 38
Oxford: Grant Smith 1, Derek Williams 15, Daelyn Haskins 1, Colter Silhan 10, Timmie Catlin 12, Oggie Shimkus 4, Kyson Perrin 2
Fairfield: Osenbaugh 1, Williams 2, Voeller 6, Burns 6, Dealy 23
FT: Oxford 5/8, Fairfield 8/9. 3pters: Fairfield 5 (Dealy 5).

Caldwell Border-Queen Tournament Classic scores: 

KDOT to start surveying section of K-55 Highway in Sumner County

Sumner Newscow report — Starting around Tuesday, December 16, and continuing for six weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation will have a field survey team surveying a section of K-55 Highway in Sumner County.  The survey area will include the section of K-55 highway 3000 feet east and west of the K-55 bridge over the Arkansas River. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

Rob Selley, P.S., Field Survey Project Manager, will be in charge of this survey for KDOT.  A member of the survey crew will contact landowners and/or tenants for permission to enter private property.  Survey activities will include the use of survey equipment on the ground to determine locations on existing features within the survey corridor.

Winner to receive $100 in 4th annual Sumner Newscow/The Dore Contest

College football $100 contest

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow and The Dore have joined forces for the fourth annual “Sumner Newscow- The Dore 2014-15 College Bowl Contest.”

As has been the case in the first three years, the winner gets $100 in cold cash. Second prize gets a $50 gift certificate to The Dore. Third prize gets a $25 gift certificate to The Dore.

Click here for a printable form. 

You have two ways to enter.

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