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Mock disaster drill in Wellington is set for Friday, April 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Friday, April 25 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Future’s Unlimited along with Wellington Police Department, Wellington Fire/EMS, Sumner County Emergency Management, Sumner Regional Medical Center and Sumner County Emergency Communications (E-911) will participate in a Mock Disaster training drill.

U.S. Olympic coach John Underwood to kickoff ‘Life of an Athlete’ seminar in Wellington tonight

Microsoft Word - Life of an Athlete Flyer.docx

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Underwood, Director of the the nationally renowned program Life of an Athlete, is coming to Wellington tonight to kickoff a two-day training seminar for area high school and college coaches and student athletes.

The public is invited to attend the kick-off party which starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight and will include a free hamburger dinner. The program is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team. The kickoff party tonight will include a town hall meeting.

Gerald Gilkey, Director at SCCDAT, said he expects 68 high schools and eight college coaches from a four-county region to converge on Wellington for the two-day event. 

Sumner County Court Docket: April 23, 2014 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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Leota Coats case against the Wellington school district in 1983 helped form the Kansas Due Process law for teachers

Due Process law - Wellington case

by Linda Stinnett, Derby Weekly Informer — A Derby attorney’s work to help a Wellington teacher in the 1980s defined the rights which all Kansas teachers shared for nearly 40 years. That law was abolished this Monday when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed the school finance law which affectively eliminated due process.

Lee Kinch served as the attorney for two cases which went before the Kansas Supreme Court in 1983. Each involved due process – the protection teachers were given under state legislation until it was repealed in Kansas on April 6 and signed into law by Brownback on April 21.

The case of Leota Coats, an eight-year language arts teacher and department chair at Wellington High School, came after her contract was not renewed in March 1980 when the school board decided to cut staffing due to declining enrollment.

According to the court opinion, Coats had the least seniority of the high school staff under consideration for non-renewal. The Wellington school board also considered her as unqualified to move to a junior high position, even though there were non-tenured teachers at that level.

Wellington school board to hold special meeting Thursday, April 24

The Wellington school board will be holding a special meeting on Thursday, April 24, at the USD 353 Central Office at 7 p.m. to discuss the safe and secure schools bond project.

Special City Council meeting to be held 5:45 p.m. Thursday

The Wellington City Council will hold a Special City Council meeting at 5:45 p.m., on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the City Council Chambers, 317 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas.  The purpose of the SPECIAL MEETING is to hold an executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected officials.

Sicily’s Run is set for Saturday, May 3 with 5K and half-mile run

Sicily-Run-4-6-14Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The fourth annual Sicily’s Run will be held Saturday, May 3 and there is still time to register for the 5K and half mile Fun Run. Runner, joggers, and walkers are welcome! Registration begins at 7:30 am at the Knights of Columbus building, 201 E. Harvey in Wellington.  Those registering up to the morning of the event cannot be guaranteed a race t-shirt but are welcome to register.

The 5K will begin at 8:30 am and the ½ mile at 9:30 am.  Daylight Donuts, coffee, and juice will be available for a donation beginning at 7:30 am.

All proceeds from Sicily’s Run go to the Sicily Zeka Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year until the year 2023, when Sicily would have graduated, a Wellington High School graduating senior pursuing a career in medicine will be awarded a scholarship.

City of Wellington, Health Care Authority Board to accept sealed bids on 513 East 16th St. lot

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington and the Health Care Authority Board will accept sealed bids on that real property and improvements thereon located at 513 East 16th Street, Wellington on or before 4 p.m. on May 2, 2014.   Any and all bids may be rejected in the City’s sole discretion for any reason, or no reason.

The bids are further subject to City and Buyer agreeing on City retaining land for access to Highway 160, and arriving at all other acceptable contractual terms which are anticipated to be customary for sale of business property in this locale.    Any sale will be for cash due in full less any down payment at closing.

Wellington City Manager Gus Collins resigns; tenure ends June 1

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gus Collins, Wellington City Manager, has submitted his resignation to pursue another career opportunity.

Collins will complete his tenure here on June 1. The Wellington City Council has called a special meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. It will be there where the council will officially accept his resignation and start the process of finding his successor.

Gus Collins

Gus Collins

He said he spoke to the mayor 10 to 12 days ago and told city staff officially on Monday.

“I have had the opportunity to spend eight wonderful years serving Wellington as City Manager,” Collins said. “I spent 23 years in El Dorado. The past eight years in Wellington has most certainly been the most rewarding.” 

Caldwell’s Myles Richardson has Cystic Fibrosis; Friends, family walking to raise money and awareness

Myles for Miles Cystic Fibrosis cure

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Look at the picture. Myles Allan Richardson of Caldwell looks like an average happy little 1-year-old boy.

But Myles, unfortunately, is one of about 30,000 people, who has Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic, life threatening, chronic disorder which affects the lungs and digestive system. On May 10, family and friends of Myles will be walking in the Great Strides walk at Cowtown Museum in Wichita to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are calling it “Miles for Myles.”

Myles is the son of Haley Watts, the grandson of Eric and Dana Watts, the great grandson of Ed and Rosie Bernard and Brenda Volavka and the great-great grandson of Ruby Eshelman and Melvin Nelson. He was born on March 4, 2013 and at the age of 21 days was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

“We are walking so that Myles can breathe,” Rosie Bernard said. “We want Myles to live past pre-school or even past the recent statistical report of life expectancy of 35 years. 

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!

Quinn McCue holding Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for books at Wellington Middle School

Quinn McCue

Quinn McCue

by Quinn McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hi, this is Quinn here again with something a little more serious. I’m the host of a dodge ball tournament to be held April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Middle School. The reason I’m doing this because it is actually a fundraiser.

I’m in the gifted program and we got to do our own project.  I decided to address a real life problem– the problem of outdated books in the WMS library.  The way I’m solving this is, of course, a dodge ball tournament.

So if your kid that’s in 3rd-8th grade might be interested, have him/her gather a team of six and fill the form and pay the entry fee.  

Sunday Blog: A student expresses his love for his third grade teacher

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Since it is Easter Sunday and it’s about renewal and hope, I’m turning over my Sunday blog to a sixth grader at the Wellington Middle School.

Each year, “The Excellence in Teaching Award” is sponsored by the USD 353 School Foundation Inc. and seeks to encourage and recognize the professional and leadership excellence of Wellington educators.

A USD 353 student can nominate a teacher. At the end of the year, a winner is presented the award and receives a $1,000 cash reward.

Mason Lough performing at the Zak Brown Concert...

Mason Lough performing at the Zac Brown Concert…

The other day, Carrie Lough, the mother of a sixth grader, shared with me a letter written by her son Mason. Mason if you remember was the 11-year-old boys who performed a piano solo “Colder Weather” at a Zac Brown Band concert in Wichita in 2012 (see story here).

She said for the past four years he has been nominating Jill Kiker, a third grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary, for the award.

“I’m not sure how they decide,” Carrie said. “But don’t listen to me, just read Mason’s letter.”

It’s a good one and we’re sharing it here. 

Noah being shown at the Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent

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

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (c) Paramount

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 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:

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