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Fire engulfs home in southeast Wellington this afternoon

Breaking News

Picture #1 Tate fireby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A fire appears to have engulfed the home of Wanda Tate of Wellington at 2223 E. Lincoln Ave. at the northwest intersection at Lincoln and Bright St. at the Hamel Addition in southeast Wellington.

Wellington Fire Department personnel are currently fighting a blaze that started this afternoon around 4 p.m.

We will have more details as they become available.

House fire at 2223 E. Lincoln Ave.

House fire at 2223 E. Lincoln Ave.

Post your FREE Garage Sales 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: Five lists of five for Sept. 21, 2014

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five lists of five for Sept. 21, 2014…


1. Five things I think I thunk last week…


A. Wellington won big Friday night, although Circle stunk. Love the aggressiveness this group displays. No more injuries!


Baah. We've been doing the same thing for 300 years.

Baah. We’ve been doing the same thing for 300 years.

B. News media types were breathlessly anticipating Scotland voting independence from England. Instead, the Scots voted no. Which proves one thing: We may hate the world, but we don’t really want to change it.


C. Kansas Department of Transportation was here Friday to announce Wellington secured a $1.1 million road resurfacing of U.S. 81 from Harvey to Botkin Street. Kudos to the good folks working at the city of Wellington who do a nice job seeking these grants.


D. Must reading: Wichita Eagle’s “Passionate parents can mean trouble for youth sports,” by Fred Mann and Rick Plumlee about the perils of youth sports and over zealous parents (see story here) Great quote from Ed Scarry, the team director of the Greater Wichita Junior Football League. “If I could take the parent aspect out of Little League football, everything would be great.”

Wichita man dies at scene Friday night near Belle Plaine Service Area

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington drivers coming home from the Circle football game witnessed the cleanup of a fatality accident that occurred Friday at 8:05 p.m. that killed a 58-year-old Wichita man.

The accident involved three vehicles which occurred at Mile Post 26.3 near the Belle Plaine Turnpike Service Area.

Douglas Rogers was struck and killed after being hit by a 2005 International Truck, driven by Rogelio Garcia Herrera, 48, of Wichita.

According to the KTA accident report, Douglass was driving northbound and apparently lost control of his 2008 Hyundai. He struck a cement divider and came to a rest facing the wrong direction with no headlights. 

Wellington cruises to a 54-32 victory; stays undefeated

Week #3 Wellington 54 Circle 32

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — You know when things are going well for a program? When a team wins by 22 points and everyone is ticked off after the game.

The Crusaders won 54-32 Friday night to improve to 3-0. The thing was it was 34-0 at the half and 41-0 near the end of the third quarter.

But with two minutes left to play, Wellington was holding onto a 47-32 lead and Circle was attempting an onside kick.

The Crusaders recovered and reinserted the starters. One play later, Beard was running through the Circle defense for a 45 yard touchdown and this game was over.

“The starters could do whatever they wanted tonight,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “I was very disappointed with our younger guys… The JV guys were either star-struck or something. They did an extremely poor job with execution. I’ve got to do a better job preparing them.”

Wellington girls tennis team is ranked No. 8 or “others” in Class 4A

Tennis team ranked eighth

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls tennis team is starting to get some statewide attention.

The latest Kansas Tennis Association rankings came out and Wellington is listed in the “others” in Class 4A. Remember, individual sports in Class 4A are not divided into two classifications like the team sports of football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball.

Wellington is one of eight teams mentioned in the latest Kansas Tennis Association poll which is heady stuff considering there is about 40 teams in the classification.

The tennis rankings which came out on Monday are as follows: 

Top 10 percent of Sumner County Seniors honored at KU Honors Banquet

KU Honors Program

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Honors Program held its annual banquet at the Wellington High School Commons Wednesday evening.

Howard Graham, the 2008 Associate Director for Academic Programs Office of first-year experience at the University of Kansas, was on hand to make the opening remarks. Shelley Hansel was the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Han Wang was the vocalists and Joan Gonzalex was the pianist for the entertainment portion of the event. The list of honorary recipients for Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Oxford, South Haven and Wellington are as follows (full sized pictures can be found here):


Wellington Police Department has released surveillance video of 2 crimes occurring Thursday

The video feature of theft

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has released surveillance video of two crimes that occurred on the same night in Wellington.

The videos were released to the local media today in hopes of solving two crimes that occurred Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The first video deals with ATM footage that may or may not be related to the home invasion, assault and robbery of a 26-year-old Wellington man on the 600 South Block of South H (see story here).

The second video concerns a burglary of Soothing Vapors, an electronic cigarette business at the U.S. Post Office in Wellington (see story here). 

Both crimes are unrelated, the WPD said.

The assault/robbery video

Wellington Police Chief  Tracy Heath said this surveillance video came from an ATM machine at Emprise Bank in Wichita at 47th and Broadway Friday morning which was in line with two transactions which took place on a Discover Card that was allegedly stolen from the 26-year-old assaulted somewhere between 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Council upholds city ordinance allowing golf cart driving at night; but U-turns and J-turns are disallowed

Golf carts at night

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On its second try, the Wellington City Council adopted the 2014 Standard Transportation Ordinance which upholds a city ordinance on golf carts that is not congruent with Kansas state statute. It also outlawed U-turns and “J-turns” within the Wellington city limits.

Each year, the council adopts a STO, which is a list of traffic laws within the city limits. The golf cart and no U-turn rules are amongst a series of traffic laws adopted by the city council that is to be enforced by the Wellington Police Department.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath brought up a revised STO proposal at the first September meeting which included two changes:

1) Disallowing the use of golf cart between sunset and sunrise;

2) Not allowing a driver to make a U-turn within the Wellington business district whether it be at an intersection or in-between an intersection. 

Wellington volleyball team beats Clearwater powerhouse; sweeps double dual in Mulvane

Wellington over Clearwater

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — How big of win was it? Well, historically speaking the Wellington varsity volleyball team has never had much luck with Clearwater. When asked the last time Wellington beat Clearwater in volleyball nobody could really answer the question.

But the new answer is Tuesday night. The Lady Dukes beat Clearwater in Mulvane 17-25, 25-15, 25-23.

Earlier in the day, Wellington beat the host Mulvane 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.

The Crusaders are now 8-4. And that’s another stat worth noting. This may be the first time in years or ever that the Crusaders have a winning record at this juncture of the season.

As always Wellington head volleyball coach was pleased but not completely satisfied.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The taking name off the ballot question


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This poll may need a little explaining. The Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Chad Taylor said he is withdrawing from the race in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Before his withdrawal, the race was a three-way race, with the candidacy of Independent Greg Orman going strong. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is a Republican, has refused to take Taylor’s name off the ballot.  Both sides are accusing the other of playing politics. The Republicans are accusing the Democrats of a political ploy to boost Orman and knock Roberts out of office. The Democrats are accusing the Republicans of their attempt to keep Taylor on a ballot as a way to split the vote and get Roberts back in office.

This case is currently in the Kansas Supreme Court. Kobach is stating that Taylor had failed to a statute that requires candidates to declare they are incapable of serving in order to withdraw. Taylor’s attorney says the Secretary of State can’t make that determination.

Should Secretary of State Kris Kobach take Democrat Chad Taylor name off the ballot for U.S. Senator?

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Sumner County Court Docket: Sept. 16, 2014 report

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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 complaints have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Wellington Cross Country meet brings in 525 runners; 17 Crusaders medal

Crossing Hargis Creek

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Cross Country Team hosted one of the premiere cross country meets in the state of Kansas Saturday on a nice chilly day at Hargis Creek.

There were 525 runners this year completing the races. Wellington had 17 medal winners.

Wichita West won the title with 23 points for the varsity boys, a 3.1 mile race that included a fantastic finish between Riley Osen of Winfield and Dominick Fonseca of Wichita West. Fonseca ran the 5,000 meter race (3.2 miles) in 16:16.9.

“It was a great race,” said Charles Wallace, Wellington head cross country coach. “You had the state runner-up in 4A and the state runner-up in 5A and it went down to the wire.”

The race changed a little bit for the middle schoolers because Wellington has a new timing system which required all runners to end up in the same location. 

Alleged assault/robbery of 26-year-old Wellington man appears to be random, WPD Chief says

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department are currently waiting for video from a Wichita bank that may give authorities a chance to identify possible suspects in the alleged assault and robbery of a 26-year-old man in Wellington.

Somewhere between 11:30 p.m. Thursday evening and midnight Friday morning, two or more individuals allegedly entered a house on 600 block South H and assaulted a young man, tied his hands and feet and stole various items. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath did not identify the victim this morning.

Heath is calling it an “act of random” and that the crime is being considered at this point as a “home invasion.”

The alleged crime occurred when the victim was at his house late Thursday evening and had the house windows opened during a cool evening. Heath said the victim was in another location of the house when he heard voices.

Sunday’s blog: I’m turning 50 and I haven’t died in a grisly accident

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m turning 50 on Wednesday.

I’m not much for birthdays, anniversaries, or reunions. It’s a cliche but “your life passing you by,” is a rather appropriate reminder for such occasions.

I can’t really remember many birthdays. I remembered my 16th. They buried my grandfather that day. My mother somehow managed to get me to the drivers’ license agency on the same day so I could drive legally.

I remember my 21st… until about 11 p.m.

I don’t remember my 30th birthday but my wife and I were busy trying to make a baby at that particular time so it must have been good.

My 40th? Not a clue.

But turning 50 is a watershed moment.

Wellington dominates Goddard Eisenhower 34-0 in a game of much adventure

Crusader feature score

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps, Wellington can just switch all its home games to Goddard Stadium. The Crusaders seem to play their best football there.

Wellington buried the Goddard Eisenhower Tigers 34-0 Friday in a score that may have even surprised the WHS coaches. The Crusaders at 2-0 are playing with swag.

The big victory was tempered by an injury to premiere running back Austin Dunn, who left the field in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. Nobody knows the extent of Dunn’s injury, only that he is scheduled for a medical exam sometime Monday.

The loss of Dunn will be a huge blow for the Crusaders, if he is unable to return. He is the go-to rusher to Wellington’s multi-dimensional offense that has kept the first two opponents on their heals.

Other than the Dunn injury, it was Wellington’s night. 

USD 353 board approves teachers contract; bonfire approved; Air Expo coming soon…

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It may have been a new record. The Wellington school board and Wellington NEA signed a new negotiated teachers agreement contract for the 2014-14 calendar year. After a 10-minute executive session, the board unanimously approved the new contract at Thursday’s meeting. The W-NEA membership had already voted in the plan.

It usually does not come this easy. Sometimes talks are stalled for several months, even bringing in a third-party negotiation source to hammer out an agreement.

Jerri Ann Fike, representative of the W-NEA, said the new money coming from the Kansas Supreme Court lawsuit helped matters with this year’s negotiations at USD 353.

USD 353 has adopted a new payment schedule for supplemental contracts – which are mostly for athletic/academic coaches, which will set up a salary schedule much like those made for teachers’ salary schedule. The Augusta school district has a similar program.

“Hopefully, that will help us maintain more of our coaches,” Fike said.

In other board news: 

The Giver coming to Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

The giver copy

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

When: Friday 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past.

Garage Sales in Wellington: Sept. 12-14, 2014

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Sept. 12-14, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

10 things to know about Sumner County football going into week #2…

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things you need to know about Sumner County football games this week:


1. So what is the schedule for week #2?

Week #2
Conway Springs at Medicine Lodge
Belle Plaine at Garden Plain
Caldwell at Udall
CV-Dexter at Argonia-Attica
South Barber at Oxford
Sedan at South Haven


2. Anything unusual from week #1? 

Daeyln Haskins

Daeyln Haskins

How about this stat: Oxford’s Daelyn Haskins had seven touchdowns including two of those on kickoff/punt returns in the Wildcats 78-42 win over South Haven in the season opener.

Haskins may have broken a school record with his seven touchdowns in one game, Oxford head coach Shawn Burkes said.

His kickoff return for a touchdown tied the state record in eight-man football. He has eight of them over his career.

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