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Wellington Heat embarks on season opener tonight; 7 players still need hosts

Wellington Heat

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat baseball team will embark on its third season at Sellers Park field in Wellington.

The season opener starts tonight this Friday, May 29 at 7:05 p.m. against the Denver Cougars. Many of your favorite Heat players and Slyder are back in 2015. Enjoy Beverages such as beer, soda, gatorade and water along with good food and concessions including 1/3 lb Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, nachos, candy, sunflower seeds, pickles and much more.

There is still need to house seven Wellington Heat players this summer. Contact Linda Metzen at 316-833-6405 for more information.

Garage Sale Ads for this weekend:

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for May 29 to May 31, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!

Oxford advances to semifinals after a weird night of baseball

Oxford Grant Smith feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In one of the strangest nights of baseball in memory, Oxford would beat Moscow 14-6 in the first round of the Class 2-1A State Tournament in Great Bend. The Wildcats now advance to play Medicine Lodge in the semifinals at noon.

How weird of game was it? State baseball officials almost considered taking runs already scored off the scoreboard. And that eventually led to Oxford actually trying to get an out… on offense! If this doesn’t make any sense, just stay with us here.

Oxford would clinch victory before the bewitching midnight hour – 11:45 p.m. to be exact – when freshma Cal Shimkus struck his last batter out swinging.

As far as the scorebook was concerned this game was easy to explain. Oxford outhit Moscow 15-7 and scored eight runs off eight hits in the top of sixth to break open what was a tight ballgame.

But what the scorebook doesn’t tell you is how we got there. Mother nature came to visit in that sixth inning and created an absurd situation.

Blansett pleads not guilty; trial set for July 14

Lindsey Nicole Blansett

Lindsey Nicole Blansett

by Shane Farley, — Nicole Blansett entered a not guilty plea Thursday afternoon in the December 2014 death of 10-year-old Caleb Blansett.

Blansett has been charged with first degree murder of her son, who was a student at Lincoln Elementary. A trial date has been tentatively set for July 14, however trial dates in murder cases often have to be rescheduled.

Its not uncommon for a not guilty plea to be entered at arraignment. Such a plea mostly signifies a defendant intends to continue toward trial.

Sumner County Court Docket: May 28, 2015 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.


.3 inches of rain in Wellington over night…

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — We received .3 inches of rain overnight. That now puts the rain total at 15.3 inches of the month of May!

Seven applicants apply for Wellington City Council vacancy

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Sumner Newscow report — There were seven applicants to fill the open Wellington City Council vacancy left open when John “B.J.” Tracy tendered his resignation in early May. Those applicants include:

Cindy Antonich

William Butts

Michael Cody

Kevin Dodds

George Hitt

Eric Page

Kim Woodrow. 

Klinedinst approved to SRMC board, but concerns about personal liability still looms

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An interesting discussion popped up at the May 19 Wellington City Council meeting that begged to ask the philosophical question, “how much could it cost you to serve?”

The council unanimously approved Tami Klinedinst to fill the vacancy left open by the resignation of Kelli McComb on the Sumner Regional Medical Center Health Care Authority board. Klinedinst joins Dr. Faustino Naldoza as new board members. Her term will expire in April 20, 2017.

But before the appointment was approved, council member Vince Wetta asked Klinedinst if she knew what she was getting into.

Oxford ‘Wildkittens’ journey to Great Bend for state tournament

Oxford baseball team heading to state

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps the No. 1 most joyful thing about Oxford’s High School baseball team’s entry into the 2015 Class 2A-A State Tournament in Great Bend is it came so unexpectedly.

Oxford was 8-11 and the fourth seed going into the Central-Burden regional tournament. Then they knocked out West Elk in a hard-fought battle. The Wildcats then stunned the world by knocking off 18-2 Udall before beating Cedar Vale-Dexter in the championship game.

Consider this, Oxford is 11-11 and has as many as six freshmen and two sophomores at once. And they are going back to the state tournament for the first time since 2006.

Now Oxford is set to play in the state tournament on Thursday. Here are 10 things to know about the Oxford Wildcat baseball team and the tournament ahead. Just a note, Sumner Newscow will be providing live tweets of the first round contest.

1. The who, what, where’s of state tournament ahead.

Two West Elk students die in automobile accident Tuesday evening

Sumner Newscow news reportSumner Newscow report — The South-Central Border League community lost two of its student athletes to an automobile accident yesterday evening.

Damon Wilson, a sophomore, and Reid Russell, a junior, died in an automobile crash in Elk County late Tuesday night. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Wilson was driving a car south on K-99 just north of Howard at around 10 p.m.

KHP says he was passing another car when his rear passenger tire ruptured. He lost control and wound up in the east ditch, rolling several times.

Wilson was killed at the crash scene, while Russell, a 17-year-old, died later. An 18-year-old was flown to a Wichita hospital for treatment.

KHP says the two passengers were wearing their seat belts, Wilson was not.

The following statement was issued on the West Elk School Facebook page:

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Sumner County schools to have combined 37 entries in state track meet this weekend

Track meet preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County will have 37 entries in the Kansas State Track and Field Championships this weekend at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University.

Kansas high school track athletes qualified if they finished in the top four of their regional.

The best chance of a Sumner County state championship is in the Class 4A boys ranks where Colin Reichenberger currently has the best time in the state in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdles.

Elsewhere, Sara Eckelberry in Class 3A in the discus, may have a shot at a state title. As do many others who turned in top three times in their classification.

The Sumner County state track qualifiers, the events they qualified for, the state ranking out of 16 qualifiers, and their time/distance are as follows:

Parent’s Night Out at Wellington Church of Christ on May 30

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State Rep. Ed Trimmer wraps up the legislative session

Ed Trimmer

Ed Trimmer

by Ed Trimmer, State Representative, District 79 — The Kansas Legislature re-convened for the wrap-up session on Wednesday, April 30th. On Friday, May 16th, the 2015 session reached its 90-day limit without a budget and with at least a $420 million deficit. It is now costing taxpayers an extra $43,000 dollars a day for an extended session with no real end in sight.


While I accept the pay for the extended session, I have always contributed the additional salary to the high school student councils in my district. This has included Leon Bluestem, Burden Central, Oxford, Belle Plaine, Udall and Winfield.

During campaigns, I have been accused of doing this for political reasons, and accused of giving myself a bonus for not refusing the pay. First of all, I do not turn the contributions into a photo-op nor do I ask for any recognition beyond simply letting my constituents know that I do not keep this additional salary for myself. I prefer to give the money to our local schools than give it back to the State.

.6 inches of rain falls Monday evening, 15 inches for May

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — Wellington received .60 of rain late Monday. Total for May is 15.0 inches.

(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.

McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.

People gather to pay tribute to our fallen heroes at Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day tribute feature
Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Prairie Lawn Cemetery was a busy place this morning as people paid homage to those no longer with us. And at the heart of Wellington’s grandest cemetery was the annual Memorial Day Service held this morning. The service paid tribute to fallen veterans of U.S. Wars past.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine was the featured speaker.

“We know that the rights we have today are actually privileges you have given us with the many sacrifices you have made in all of the past wars,” Valentine said of fallen heroes of wars past. “Everyday of our lives, we should remember to honor your services to our great nation.”

The placing of the wreaths was announced by James Lockhart. The ringing of the bell by veteran Charles Lawless who represented the Wellington Fire Department recognized each war conflict.  

It’s official! Ryleigh Buck makes Team USA women’s baseball team

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Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ryleigh Buck is officially on the Team USA Women’s Baseball team, and will represent the country at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

USA Baseball announced the 18 players named to the 2015 U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team following the completion of three days of on-field trials in North Carolina. Buck is on the roster as an infielder/right hand pitcher from Wellington, Kansas.

She is the only player from Kansas and one of just two in the whole Midwest. Jenna Marston of from St. Louis, Mo. is also on the roster. Team USA will have representatives from eight different states.

It is a monsoon throughout Sumner County this weekend

Who needs a river to float down? These young men decide to go tubing on the "canal" route in west Wellington by Eisenhower Elementary School, Saturday. This pictures was taken by Rachel McGuire.

Who needs a river to float down? These young men decide to go tubing on the “canal” route in west Wellington by Eisenhower Elementary School, Saturday. This picture was taken by Rachel McGuire.

Sumner Newscow report — How much rain are we getting? According to our trusty rain gauge, we received 3.3 inches of rain over the past weekend as of noon today. Wellington has received 14.4 inches of rain in the month of May!

The National Weather Service has Wichita at 10.45 inches as of yesterday morning. We had two inches of rain Saturday.

The extended NWS forecast for the area appears to be 20 to 30 percent chance of rain and relatively cloudy all week. On the positive side, there doesn’t seem to be any ferocious downpours in the next five days. 

Sunday blog: Perhaps it’s time to officially make SRMC a municipal hospital

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Can anyone tell me the difference between the Sumner Regional Medical Center and, say, the Wellington Fire and Police Departments?

Yeah, yeah. I know the fire department is there to put out fires and deliver sick people. The police department is in charge of throwing bad guys in jail. The hospital is there to fix our boo-boos and keep us from dying.

But essentially, all three institutions do the same thing— provide a community service unlike any other city department whether its utilities, the park department, etc.

So why not make SRMC a municipal hospital and stop this us vs. them mentality?

At Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting, SRMC was getting hammered over not paying for city utilities. In a nutshell, it was one government institution hammering another governmental institution about the amount of taxpayers money they were not receiving from the other.(see story here). It is obvious this system of billing SRMC for utilities isn’t working.

Utility non-payments are nothing new for SRMC. I remember writing a Wellington Daily News article in the late 1990s or early 2000s when the hospital was not even 10 years old, about the city abating utilities for the hospital. As outlined by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields Tuesday, SRMC has had utility abatements for 27 of the last 60 months and hasn’t made a payment since Oct. 2013.

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