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Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of March 24-26, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Sumner Court Docket: March 24, 2017 report

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.


Dr. Leo Oliva comes to Wellington to speak about the courageous women of the Santa Fe Trail

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Dr. Leo Oliva, a former history professor at Fort Hays State University, presented “Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail,” on Saturday, Mar. 18 at the Wellington Public Library, sponsored by the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Dr. Oliva’s has written many books on the Santa Fe Trail and Kansas Forts. His presentation in Wellington looked at the adventures of remarkable women who wrote stories of their travels on the Santa Fe Trail in 1800s and 1900s.

The Santa Fe Trail, pioneered by William Becknell, opened in 1821 as a trade route from Franklin, Mo. to Independence, Mo. to Santa Fe, N.M. It was a vital commercial highway in its day until the railroad was introduced to the area in 1880. United States soldiers used this route in 1846 as the invasion route of New Mexico during the Mexican-American War.

The following are a list of different women who recorded their adventures during the Santa Fe Trail’s heydays: 

(Update: 3-23-16)The dog Clementine appears to be doing well; Haskin-Ybarra case continued

Update – Thursday, March 23, 2 p.m. — Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin has continued the case of Kansas v. Eric Haskin-Ybarra until April 6 at 1:30 p.m. upon the request of the defendant at a brief hearing today at the courthouse.

Haskin-Ybarra said he is waiting on a tax refund and surveillance video from the Kansas Turnpike Authority and would like an extra week to decide whether or not he needs a private attorney.


By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It appears the dog, formerly known as Blu — now named Clementine, is doing well two months after being rescued. The fate of her alleged abuser is still in question.

Eric Haskin-Ybarra

Eric Haskin-Ybarra, born in 1989, of Wellington will be having a court appearance this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. where the judge will decide on a court appointed attorney or if he will hire private legal counsel. Also, future court dates is expected to be discussed.

Haskin-Ybarra has been charged with two felony and three misdemeanor counts for the abuse of “Blu” – a 3-year-old pit bull.  Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer has charged Haskin-Ybarra with the felony of malicious cruelty to an animal as well as robbery. He is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor of cruelty to an animal, and two counts of domestic battery, Class B misdemeanors. 

The suspect has posted bail on a $10,000 bond on Feb. 1 which includes special conditions that he has no contact with the victim of the alleged domestic battery crime.

Meanwhile, Clementine appears to be doing well and is currently in a foster home.

Logan playing at Wellington Regent Theater this week

This week at the Regent Theater: “Logan”

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

Feature film rating: R (for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity).

Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: It’s 2029. Mutants are gone–or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan is drinking his days away in a hideout on a remote stretch of the Mexican border, picking up petty cash as a driver for hire. His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban and an ailing Professor X, whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures.

Wellington council gives resident more time to deal with her tires; property crime rate rose in 2016

by James Jordan, Sumner NewscowThe Wellington City Council gave Kristy Debuhr more time to deal with the hundreds of tires that are stored on her property at 220 N. Haslet Street.  She inherited the property and lives there now, but before she moved there someone brought in hundreds of tires and stored them there.

They presented a health hazard as they were mostly exposed to the elements. She has since gathered the tires all into one place, and is still trying to find a way to dispose of the tires. The city landfill charges $3 per tire,  and it would cost her a few thousand dollars to dispose of them that way.

But she has made some progress, and the city gave her until the second meeting of July to give a progress report. She may get another extension at that time.

Debuhr explained that she is a full time student and is taking care of family members, so she does not have the money or the time to do a lot quickly.

“I have tried the best I could. I am doing what I can — cleaning it up as much as I can,” she said.

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And the leaders of the Pig and Cow Contest after week #1 are…

The brackets have been divided in piles. But a clear cut winner has yet to be found.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Over 150 brackets were submitted in the Pig Shack/Sumner Newscow Pig and Cow Bracketbuster Challenge, and we have divided them into piles trying to figure out who might be in the lead after the first two rounds of last week, and those who might up end up with all the money and food.

The winner will win $100 in cash and a $100 gift certificate to great Pig Shack food! Second prize will be a $50 gift certificate to Pig Shack Barbecue and third prize will be a $25 gift certificate.

Currently, there are 11 of you, or less than 10 percent, who have all the Final Four teams correct. Since contestants are rewarded 32 points for picking the eventual national champion and 32 points for getting both finalists correct, that’s where the winners come from.

The key is to have the Final Four intact and the largest point totals in the opening two rounds. So with that in mind, here are the three contestants that we are deeming the leaders after two rounds:

Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes named to All-State top 15 at state’s 2 largest newspapers

Lauryn Snipes shown with her parents Antoine and Krystal Snipes during a signing ceremony to Florida International University last fall.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The hits keep coming for Lauryn Snipes, the 6-1 senior for the Wellington girl basketball team.

Lauryn Snipes – Third team All-Stater in Wichita Eagle and Topeka Capital Journal.

Snipes was named to the top 15 Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle all-state girls basketball list. Snipes, who averaged 15.3 points per game for the Crusaders, also was named first team of the All Class 4A Div. 1 list by the state’s two largest newspapers.

Shayland French, a WHS junior; and Avery Rusk, a junior, was also named to the honorable mention lists of both newspapers.

This marks the second consecutive year that a WHS girl has been named to a statewide honor. Gracie Mitchell, now playing for the University of Nebraska, was named to the first team all-state list in 2016.

Snipes is one of Wellington’s leading career scorers.

She recently signed with Florida International University in the fall.

Wellington Police Weekend Report: March 17-19, 2017

Wellington Police notes weekend report- March 17-19, 2017:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sunday Blog: Wellington needs to look at Myrtle Beach, S.C. in the 1950s

Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Back in the 1950s the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was giving away beach front lots. All you had to do was build something within five years. Automobile travel was common by then, and air conditioning was catching on. 

James Jordan

Air conditioning made the hot coastal areas appealing for tourists. They were ready to take advantage of a tourism boom. A lot of people scoffed at those lots, or just never got around to getting one. Other people took the city up on it, and became very rich. Those free lots now have high rise hotels, are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and are probably not for sale.

There are other coastal towns along the east coast that never really took off. They were not visionaries, or they had some excuse for why they thought it wouldn’t work there. In both cases they were right.

When opportunity comes calling, you have those that answer the door, and you have those that do not, for whatever reason.

Wellington may very well have that type of opportunity now. We all know technology is huge, and that it will continue developing. There’s no telling what will be developed eventually.

Council votes to guarantee loan for Sumner Regional Medical Center

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted to guarantee a loan the hospital is getting from a local bank to help with cash flow. The loan is for $150,000. But the city will only be on the hook for that if the hospital is unable to pay the loan off.

The vote was held at a special meeting at city hall Thursday. Sumner Regional Medical Center was discussed at length.

The hospital is in a little better shape than it was a year or so ago when it was in a crisis and there were fears it might close.

Kansas Reading Roadmap aimed to improve K-3 student literacy at 3 Wellington schools

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — A new federal grant has given three Wellington USD 353 Title 1 elementary schools, Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington, a chance to offer students a new no cost academic after-school program.

All of the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) programs are offered at no cost for students and their families. The three components of the programs are the three after-school programs, which are referred to as “academies,” LIFE (Literacy Integrated Family Engagement) Program, and KRR Summer Academy Program. The KRR is made possible by funding from the Kansas Department for Children and Families, with technical support from the Kansas State Department of Education.

KRR is a K-3 literacy program whose mission statement reads “providing individualized Instruction and interventions to meet the needs of all children. Parents, teachers, schools and community members work together toward a common set of goals.”

Wellington USD 353 started three KRR after-school academies: Kennedy, Lincoln , and Washington Elementary schools which run 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The program began on Monday, Feb. 27 and will run through Thursday, May 18. The program targets students in grades K-3 by teaching reading interventions and strategies which help improve their reading skills using a fun, hands-on approach.

Wellington Regent Theater movie of the week: The Shack

This week at the Regent Theater: “The Shack”

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

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including some violence).

Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Movie Synopsis: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Wellington Rotary recognizes top 20 seniors, eighth graders; scholarship winners

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Rotary Club held its annual Scholarship Banquet at the First United Methodist Church Tuesday evening.

The Rotary recognized the top 20 WHS seniors and the top 20 WMS eighth graders. The seniors recognized were (click on picture for larger version):

Front row (L to R):  Kelsie Haydon, Kayma Brand, Brecken Lawrence, Morgan Hain, Cassidy Harriger;

Middle row (L to R):  Mallory Barker, Ashley Ewing, Lakin Kimball, Madison Lewellen, Stephanie Bristow, Matthew Sinnett, Jo Tredway;

Back row (L to R):  Trevor Bernd, Brock Edwards, Will Long, Carson LeGrand, Cowen Rains, Jaycee Schettler, and Peighton Westmoreland.

The eighth graders recognized were:

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Caldwell’s Jalen Risley named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Jalen Risley vs. Wallace County. (photo by Karen Shellhammer).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is nearly impossible to pick a Big Cheese Athlete of the Week but after deliberation we are going to give the nod to Jalen Risley, a 6-0, 175, sophomore for the Caldwell boys basketball team.

Jalen Risley

Risley was key to Caldwell’s third place finish in the Class 1A Div. II state tournament in Dodge City last week.

He would score 9 points, six assists and 4 rebounds in Caldwell’s big 64-40 opening round victory over Axtell.

Then on Friday night, Risley was huge in the defining semifinal game with Wallace County. He would score 22 points and nab eight rebounds as the Bluejays lost a heartbreaker to the Sharon Springs based team 49-44.

Then in the third place game against Hutchinson Central Christian, Risley would go 5 of 9 for 15 points, while making seven rebounds. Caldwell would finish 22-3 for the season.

For his effort, Risley receives a FREE delicious large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Post-season honors: AV-CTL DIV, Central Plains, SCBL release their all-league lists for 2017

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Div. IV, Central Plains and the South-Central Border League coaches revealed their 2016-17 all-league selections on Monday after the state tournament.

Lauryn Snipes – AV-CTL DIV player of the year.

Wellington girls were especially dominant on the AV-CTL DIV all league honors. Lauryn Snipes was named the league player of the year. Snipes scored 15.3 points per game in helping the Crusader girls team win the sub-state championship and a first round berth in the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina.

Wellington’s Avery Rusk, a junior; and Shayland French, a junior, were also named to the first team AV-CTL IV. Wellington dominated the list getting three of the six nominations.

Tayland French was named to the second team as a senior. MeKenna Adams, a junior, was put on the honorable mention list.

On the boys side, A.J. Snipes, a junior, was named to the first team. He averaged 17.66 points per game helping the Crusaders to the sub-state championship. Ian King was a second team member and Cade Phelps was listed on the honorable mention list.

Other first team Sumner County members included:

Video released from Wednesday’s Wellington Subway robbery

Robbery in progress…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has had no luck with finding the person responsible for the Wellington Subway Restaurant robbery on Wednesday, March 8. The WPD has released the surveillance footage of the actual robbery in the video above, that occurred at 8:45 p.m. at 715 North G. Street.

The suspect wore a black hoodie, sunglasses, blue jeans, and a pair of dark colored “skeleton” gloves. The suspect appears to be 6’1″, 30 years of age and had a two or three day beard growth.

He exited the store, turned and walked north on foot. He had a black mark on his right cheek below his sunglasses, presumably from a paintball course. 

Daddy-Daughter Date Night was a fun time for all at Memorial Auditorium

Chris and Gates Bruster cuts a rug at the Daddy-Daughter Dance night.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Rec Commission held its annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night held at Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, March 11. The special evening included dancing, door prizes, contests, keepsake photos and more. For all the great photos of the evening by Amber Schmitz click here

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