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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. 

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:

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.

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!

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: .

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.

“Muppets Most Wanted” to be shown at Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent

Muppet MovieThis week at the Regent Theater: “Muppets Most Wanted” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.(c) Disney

Wellington graduate E.K. Franks has been named Arkansas Director of Recruiting

E.K. Franks is now a Razorback

Sumner Newscow report — E.K. Franks, a 1989 Wellington High School graduate, has been named Arkansas’ Director of Recruiting, head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday.

Franks comes to the Razorbacks from Southeastern Louisiana, but previously worked with Bielema at both Wisconsin and Kansas State. The Arkansas press release notes he has worked with “multiple professional athletes, including Wes Welker, Terence Newman and Darren Sproles.” He also reportedly has “extensive recruiting ties to Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Mississippi.”

Franks – best known as “Killer” was a record setting running back in football for the Crusaders and a three-time high school wrestling state champion from 138 to 152.

“I have known E.K. Franks for more than a decade and can’t wait to see the positive effect he will bring to our Razorback family,” Coach Bielema said. “He will lead our recruiting department on a variety of different levels to help bring Arkansas football to the highest level of success.”

Woodlawn Ave. is open north to south; Lincoln Street Project should be finished by May

New Lincoln sign

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Travelers in east Wellington have noticed this week that Woodlawn Ave. going north to south is now open as road construction workers move closer to the completion of the Lincoln Street Reconstruction project.

Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said the project which encompasses Lincoln Avenue from Woodlawn to the Wellington Compost Site is expected to be completed by the end of May.

The detour signs have been moved one block east. Road construction started in mid-November. People were detoured down Fair, west of Woodlawn, to 4th Avenue and then east. See map here:

2-year-old Cooper Norris wins Pig and Cow Bracket Contest

Pigshack Newscow Pig and Cow bracket winner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Think filling out an NCAA Tournament Bracket requires any kind of skill? Consider this…

Of the 90 people who filled out a Sumner Newscow- Pig Shack Barbecue  ”Pig and Cow” bracket to win $200, the winner was won by a 2-year-old!

Cooper Norris, the son of Tim and Heather Norris, won the $200 contest for having the highest point total. We are guessing he may have had some help.

Dan Monson finished second and will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Pig Shack. Irene Monson finished third and will receive a $25 gift certificate. 

Crusader preview: Wellington girls track team have potential of being very, very good

2014 Crusader track preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head track coach Tyler Ryan had this to say the other day at a Crusader Club meeting.

“The girls have a chance of unseating Andale for the league title.”

That would be quite the feat. Andale does a lot of things well. One could argue it does track best of all.

But this is a big year for the Lady Dukes. Despite losing Megan Campbell — a multi-state champion and placer in 2013 and now attending Wichita State — Wellington is returning eight state qualifiers from 2013 from a team that finished fourth in Class 4A.

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