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Olivia Sneed, daughter of Jeff and Neena Sneed of Wellington, signs to play tennis at Ohio State

Olivia Sneed signs with Ohio State

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Olivia Sneed, the daughter of Jeff and Neena Sneed of Wellington, has just signed a scholarship to play women’s tennis for the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Sneed will be a 2014 Shawnee Mission East graduate in May. She was the Class 6A Kansas singles state champion last fall after going undefeated throughout the season and defeating Lawrence Free State’s Alexis Czapinski.

Sneed attended Wellington Middle School, before her freshman year. She then transferred to Shawnee Mission East High School in the mornings and trained at Kansas City United Tennis Academy in the afternoon. KCUT is considered one of the top college tennis preparatory academies in the nation.

She is currently the No. 1 ranked girls tennis player in Kansas and is No. 21 nationally on the Tennis Recruiting Network recruiting list. Her RPI is 64.5, 17th nationally. She has a 33-13 club tennis record for a 71.7 percent winning percentage. She is ranked anywhere from 16 to 24 nationally on various national tennis rankings, Jeff Sneed said. 

WHS Valedictorian Ben DeJarnett receives $18,277 annual scholarship to Ottawa University

Ben DeJarnett

Ben DeJarnett

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ben DeJarnett, a Valedictorian for the 2014 Wellington High School class of 2014, has received a scholarship that will be $18,277 a year to Ottawa University.

DeJarnett, the son of Shawn and Kristen DeJarnett, was invited and competed in the Top Scholars Competition at Ottawa University on March 1st.  In preparation for said competition, WHS Principal Dale Adams coordinated mock interviews for Ben to simulate the competition.  The interview panels were comprised of volunteers from school personnel and community members.

Based upon his credentials and performance at the competition, DeJarnett was awarded a Provost Scholarship at Ottawa University, which is a 75 percent tuition paid over his four years.  Based upon 2014-1015 tuition, this scholarship will be $18,277.00, per academic year.  He has accepted this scholarship and will be attending Ottawa in the fall.

Easter Egg Hunts, Easter services make for a big weekend; Churches advertise your Easter schedule

Easter in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are several Easter activities for this weekend in Wellington. Church members or priests/pastors please note if you want to advertise your Easter activities, do so in the “comment” section below.

The following are just some of the Easter Egg activities in the area for which we have at this time.



Aviator Church Wellington Egg Hunt at Woods Park — 10 a.m, ages 0-12, $100 cash prize (for parents), inflatables, 25,000 eggs.

Beat the lines and preregister at

Wellington City Wide Easter Egg Hunt – Noon at Hargis Creek – sponsored by Kimball Insurance.

Orschelen Discount Store will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. for kids ages 1-10 inside the store. There will be 1,800 eggs that will include wooden eggs with special prizes.

Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is set for Saturday, April 26; Post your FREE garage sale here

Citywide garage sale

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is slated for Saturday, April 26. And the world needs to know you are having one for that weekend. Go ahead and post your garage sale for the citywide garage sale in the “comment” section below. If you have a garage sale THIS weekend, advertise in the garage sale section in the previous post. We will remind the shopping troops periodically.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Wellington girls softball team sweep Andale/Garden Plain; boys not as fortunate

Crusader girls sweep Andale

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team got its first double-header win of the season and it came at the end of the hands of Andale/Garden Plain.

The Wellington boys baseball team fell to defeat to Andale-Garden Plain 10-0 and 10-2.

The game were delayed for two games due to the cold, snowy weather on Monday.  Wellington travels to Winfield next Monday.


Girls pick up wins

Wellington/Sumner County Drug Task Force arrests five

Sumner drug arrests

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington/Sumner County Drug Task Force consisting of officers from the Wellington Police Department and Sumner County Sheriff’s Office have completed a series of narcotic investigations.

These investigations have been ongoing since June 2013. Through the course of these investigations the following individuals have been arrested for various drug offenses:

Wellington Community Theater holding tryouts for “Murder At the Midnight Hour”

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Play producers at the Wellington Community Theater are holding auditions for “Murder At The Midnight Hour” – an interactive murder mystery and dinner theater to be produced in June. The tryouts will be Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the old junior high at 311 North A Street.

•Auditioning for cast member and servers;

•Adults age 17 and older may addition;

•Be ready to show off your improv skills.

Country music star Collin Raye to perform at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium May 17

Collin Raye coming to Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Collin Raye, a country music singer who had a string of chart-topping hits between 1991 through 2007, will be performing at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Mark Bowling of Derby will be the opening act at 6:30 p.m. that will include his hit song ‘Fly Again.’

The show is being co-sponsored through KWLS 107.9 FM, the city of Wellington, Wellington Recreation Commission and Impact Bank in Wellington.

Tickets for this event are available through the WRC at 202 S. Jefferson in Wellington, or on the websites:, Ticket prices are $20 general admission, $40 premiere seating night of the show. If purchased by advanced with a half off coupon it will be $10 general admission, $20 for premier seating.

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Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Holly Wright named Valedictorians at WHS

Wellington valedictorians, top 10 announced
Ben DeJarnett

Ben DeJarnett


Gracie Defore

Gracie Defore


Holly Wright

Holly Wright

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School administration is proud to announce the Valedictorians and top 10 percent of the 2013-14 senior class.

“It is my pleasure to name Gracie Dawn Defore; Ben Tyler DeJarnett and Holly Mae Wright as the Valedictorians,” said Dale Adams, Wellington High School principal.

The remaining top 10 percent of the senior class are: 

Wellington High School track records are falling! But many old records still stand (see list below)

WHS track record hits

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School has had a long and rich track tradition. But one can most certainly argue, Wellington has had a recent surge of success at the track facility.

The 2014 WHS track season has just begun and already in two meets two school records have fallen. Colin Reichenberger, a WHS junior, broke the 300-meter hurdles record with a 40.49 time, inching out Jim Wetta’s 1984 40.5 time held since 1984.

The girls 4×800 meter relay team also broke a record at the first meet in Clearwater. Catie Williams, Leah Nelson, Dietra Sober and Jaedyn Ledesma ran the race at 10:45.82 time, breaking the 11.9 record that was set in 2000.

But longtime Wellington Track Coach Charles Wallace said that a couple of other records could fall this year.

The Blood moon over Wellington…

Blood moon over Wellington 4-15-14

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Those Sumner County residents who were wanted to brave the 32 degree night at 2 a.m. this morning were treated to a spectacular show – this one free of charge.

In the south sky, there was a total lunar eclipse and the moon turned into a coppery red ball. The skies were perfect for such viewing in Sumner County this morning.

The first faint traces of the Earth’s shadow began to fall across the moon’s surface at 1:20 a.m. The total eclipse — when the entire moon was bathed in Earth’s shadow started at 2:07 a.m. and lasted until 3:25 a.m.

Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory told CNN that this is one of four lunar eclipses this year. North Americas will see a blood moon a total of four times Tuesday and October 8 this year, and April 4 and September 28 next year.

Jeff Swindler is convicted by Sumner County jury for rape after first trial conviction was overturned

Sumner Court docket convictions
Jeff Swinder

Jeff Swinder

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For a second time, a Sumner County jury has found Jeff Swinder, born in 1986, of Wichita guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl for an incident which occurred in 2008.

Swindler will now await sentencing from a Sumner County District judge after a jury on April 9, 2014 found him guilty of rape — an off-grid felony in which the accused was 18 years or older and the victim was under 14.

He was previously convicted of rape on March 10, 2010 by another Sumner County jury. After that trial, a Sumner County judge sentenced him to a life sentence without possibility of parole for at least 25 years on April 9, 2010. However, a Kansas State appellant’s court reversed that decision when it declared that a video tape made in Dec. 10, 2010 that was shown to the jury in the first trial, should have been declared inadmissible.

Therefore, the appellant court, deemed that Swindler was eligible for a retrial excluding a video tape of an interrogation by KBI agent Ricky Attebury and Sumner County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Hawkins in which Swindler confessed to the crime.

Post your FREE garage sale ads 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!

SRMC Auxiliary “Pink Ladies” celebrates National Volunteer Week

Pink Ladies of Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Pink Ladies of Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Celebrating National Volunteer Week with SRMC’s Auxiliary Volunteers. Pictured are those meeting landmark hours of service.

Carol Pfalzgraf: 2500 hours; Jerry Reed: 3500 hours; Yvonne Hill: 1000 hours; Dollye More: 1000 hours; Ruth Cooper: 1500 hours; Alice Fox: 1500 hours; Beverle Knoeppel: 1000 hours; Nancy McNett Auxiliary President (Not Pictured: Rita Rutledge with 300 hours and Karen Ramey with 3000 hours).

For the year 2013, all Pink Ladies worked 4, 232.5 hours and 219,730.5 since 1971.

Colin Reichenberger breaks 300-meter hurdles school record at K.T. Woodman

Colin Reichenberger

Colin Reichenberger

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Colin Reichenberger, a junior, broke the Wellington High School 300-meter hurdles at the K.T. Woodman at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium Friday.

Reichenberger ran the 300 with a 40.49 time. The previous record was set by Jim Wetta, who ran it in 40.5 in 1984. What was unique about this record is Reichenberger had not run this race before this year.

The K.T. Woodman is a Shocker Pre-State Challenge, and it is used by many participants to get a feel of the state track meet ahead in late May. Class 1 to 3A track athletes are grouped together and Class 4 to 6A are grouped together. The track meet is also unique because in certain events the top eight participates compete in the “ELITE” while others compete in the open.

Sunday Feature: “Wichita – The Movie” makes premiere in Wellington on Wednesday

Wichita The Movie feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For one night only, Wellington’s Regent Theater will premiere “Wichita — The Movie,” — that proves big time studio productions does not necessarily have to be made in Hollywood.

The Wellington Regent Theater is part of a 30-city, six-state tour for the film. The movie will be shown this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wellington residents may recognize the butcher in the film: Gregor Hunt, who graduated from Wellington High School in 1983.

Carter Green, owner of GreenJeans Studios in Wellington, did the title track for the movie.

“Wichita — The Movie” is a feature length western, written and produced in Wichita. All of the sets and props were produced here. All but two of the actors in the movie live or have lived in the south-central Kansas region.

Gregor Hunt

Gregor Hunt

The adult-themed film is a cat-and-mouse mystery set in Wichita in 1882 about a mysterious fugitive who is seeking out his revenge on the person who landed him in prison. His tracking skills lead him to the quiet, peaceful town of Wichita, during a time when the town was ascending from a small farm village to a cross-cultural industrial metropolitan (see more details of the movie: .

Wellington City Council to hold work session Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council will be holding a work session on Monday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Administration building on 317 S. Washington in Wellington. The purpose of the council work session is to discuss various city projects/issues.

Board accepts Jerry Hodson’s resignation as administrator of the USD 353 school district

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board has accepted the resignation of Jerry Hodson, who has served in several capacities at the USD 353 Central office over the past two years at its Thursday regularly scheduled meeting.

Hodson has accepted the school superintendent’s job in Atwood – located 30 miles north of Colby in northwest Kansas.

Hodson has been the curriculum director since 2012 at USD 353 when he replaced Jackie Glasgow, who resigned to become a full assistant professorship at Southwestern College. His USD 353 job has evolved since that point where he has served as Curriculum Director, technology administrator, and maintenance director during the 2013-14 academic year.

Previously, he served as Wellington Middle School Principal.

Other resignations included:

Wellington golf team finishes 5th; Graysen DeJarnett places 4th at home invite

WHS golf tournament feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Varsity  Golf team hosted the annual invitational held at the Wellington Golf Club.

WHS sophomore Graysen DeJarnett scored a 79 and finished fourth individually. He opened the golf day with a bang getting a birdie – on a windy day. Chance Russell shot an 88 as Wellington’s second best golfer. Joseph Friesen placed third with a 94. Aareon Mason rounded out the top four with a 105.

Wellington’s team total, which is a cumulative score of a school’s top four golfers, was 366 placing the Crusaders fifth. Rose Hill ran away with the tournament with a 311 score. Hesston had a 334. Augusta had a 338 and Goddard Eisenhower 343.

Graysen DeJarnett was Wellington's top golfer on Thursday.

Graysen DeJarnett was Wellington’s top golfer on Thursday.

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