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Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: The Wellington Mayor’s Race

Candidates forum

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the candidates forum for the Wellington Mayor position.

The candidates running are: Kelly Green, Shelley Hansel, Mark Hatfield, Tami Klinedinst and Jazzmyne Pettegrew.

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

Shelley Hansel

Shelley Hansel

Mark Hatfield

Mark Hatfield

Jazzmyne Pettegrew

Jazzmyne Pettegrew

Tami Klinedist

Tami Klinedist

The city election will be held Tuesday, April 7 and is open to all registered voters, who live within the Wellington city limits.

The winner of this race will serve as mayor for four years, replacing Roger Stallbaumer, who will be leaving the post at the end of April.

Keep in mind these questions were provided a month ago and the answers were delivered two weeks ago. So these responses before the utility rate work session meeting on Monday. The candidates’ answers are presented in alphabetical order by their last names.

 

1. Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position

Cinderella playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Cinderella at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Cinderella

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Cate Blanchett stars in this new vision of the Cinderella tale from director Kenneth Branagh and the screenwriting team of Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna for Disney Pictures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Wellington man convicted of distributing child pornography

Sumner Newscow local news report

Sumner Newscow report — A federal jury Thursday found a Wellington man guilty of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel

48-year-old Steven J. Meisel was convicted on one count of distribution and a count of possessing child pornography.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that on May 9, 2014, a Wichita police detective downloaded child pornography from Meisel’s computer over the ARES P2P computer network. The files included images of prepubescent children engaged in sex acts.

Crusader Preview: Wellington girls softball team brings back experience in 2015

WHS girls softball preview 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School girls softball team is embarking on another spring season. It all starts Monday afternoon in Augusta.

Here are 10 things you need to know going into the 2015 campaign.

 

1. Where we last left off

Wellington finished 8-13 with a 6-0 loss to Mulvane in the first round of the regional tournament in Winfield to end the 2014 season. In that game, Wellington had just two hits and three errors.

 

2. Picking up steam for 2015

T.D. Buck embarks on his third season as head softball coach with a plethora of returning starters. Seven of the nine starters from that regional game are on this year’s roster.

 

3. Back from U.S.A.… 

Danville elevator burglary suspects identified; case submitted to Sumner County attorney’s office

Police Report

Sumner Newscow report — Two young males have been identified in the break in of the Danville Grain Elevator Sunday morning at 2:47 a.m., Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said.

Male subjects break in #1Heath said the young males, both 18 years old, have been interviewed by the Wellington Police Department but no physical arrest has been made at this time.

The grain elevator, located at the 800 block of South Jefferson in Wellington, was broken into when two male subjects allegedly broke a window on the main office door and entered the facility.

Heath said one of the parents of the male subjects identified him to the WPD in the photo sent out to media sources. 

Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: Janette Moser vs. Jackie Glasgow – Wellington School Board

Candidates forum

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner Newscow candidates forum involving the Wellington School Board At Large Position 7 race between Jackie Glasgow and Janette Moser.

Sumner Newscow sent out a questionnaire asking 10 questions. These answers have already been featured during a primary involving these two candidates. The other school board forum featuring Pat Zeka and Bob White can be found here.

Janette Moser

Janette Moser

Jackie Glasgow

Jackie Glasgow

 

Remember the following election dates:

•March 18             Advance voting by mail began.

•March 31             Advance voting in person begins

•April 3                   Advance by mail ends

•April 6                   Advance voting in person ends at 12 (noon)

•April 7                   Election Day.

 

Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position. 

Important dates for WHS Seniors in the two months ahead…

Sumner Newscow All things school Calendar

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Important dates of events to remember for Wellington High School Seniors:

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.Jostens will be here to distribute senior items. Any balance due on these items will be need to be paid before you can receive the items. If your senior is unable to be here at that time to pick up their order, parents may pick them up or the student can get them at a later time in the counselor’s office.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. Senior Meeting in the WHS Auditorium. Students will be given their senior check-out sheets and information regarding Senior Class Night, Baccalaureate and Graduation.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Baccalaureate – 2:00 p.m.First United Methodist Church -  This is a faith-based ceremony.  Even though attendance is optional for this service, several members of the community and several high school seniors spend a lot of time planning the service and it would be wonderful to have the service well attended. 

Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum: Pat Zeka vs. Bob White – Wellington School Board

Candidates forum

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is the first of the Sumner Newscow political candidates forums. This will feature Robert White and Pat Zeka who are vying for a four-year team for the District 3, Position 3 Wellington School Board.

We will feature the At Large Position 7 candidates forum between Jackie Glasgow and Janette Moser on Thursday.

Angie Ratcliff in District 1 Position 1 and Jackie Berryman in District 2 Position 2 are unopposed. Both did not submit answers to the questionnaires.

Pat Zeka

Pat Zeka

Bob White

Bob White

The Wellington school board election will be held on Tuesday, April 7. All registered voters in the USD 353 school district are eligible to vote.

Here are some important election dates for the 2015 City/School General Election to remember:

•March 18             Advance voting by mail began.

•March 31             Advance voting in person begins

•April 3                   Advance by mail ends

•April 6                   Advance voting in person ends at 12 (noon)

•April 7                   Election Day.

Tell us about yourself. Provide background information such as where you grew up, where you went to school, where you started your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for the elected position. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Sam Brownback being booed question

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Governor Brownback got booed at the KU-Wichita State game. What is your reaction?

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Three Sumner County athletes named to 1st, 2nd All-Class Wichita Eagle teams

Sumner County Sports report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Sumner County athletes were named individually to the All-Class first and second basketball teams, announced by the largest daily newspaper this week.

Lauryn Snipes, a sophomore Wellington High School basketball player, was named to the Class 4A Div. 1 second team.

Lauryn Snipes

Lauryn Snipes

Faith Gaddie

Faith Gaddie

Faith Gaddie, a senior from Argonia, was named to the first team Class 1A Div. II girls.

Kaden Halling, a senior from Caldwell, was named to the second team Class 1A Div. II boys.

Kaden Halling

Kaden Halling

Snipes averaged 17.1 ppg and led the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV with 365 points.

Halling averaged 13 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 steals, and was 43 percent from the field. He helped lead the Caldwell boys basketball team to the Class 1A Div. II third place title.

Gaddie averaged 20.0 ppg as a 5-8, senior.

Other players from Sumner County who made the honorable mention all-class list are as follows: 

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another 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!

Two fires burn out of control in Wellington area Sunday

Burning out of control

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There were two field fires which occurred Sunday, March 22, according to a Wellington Fire Department press release.

The first fire occurred on 50th Street and Meridian. The second one was on 129 East 10th Avenue. There was no monetary loss to either fire.

The Meridian fire started at 1:18 p.m. on the property owned by A.J. Reed and was caused by sparks from a cutting metal pipe which moved rapidly to the north burning 80 acres. It took an hour to bring under control. One shed was in danger but suffered no damage. 

Cue’s blog: This win meant a lot more for WSU than it did the Jayhawks

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Forgive the lateness of the column. I’ve been a bit of a mess leading up to the Wichita State vs. Kansas game today.

Shocker victorySome people may ask why – especially you non-sports fan types. After all, it is only a game.

But for me, as well as thousands of other fans in the area, it seemed more than that.

Today was about redemption, or revenge, or putting big brother in his place. But most of all, it was about not letting opportunity escape.

And WSU won this third round NCAA matchup emphatically 78-65. WSU plays Notre Dame on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in the Sweet 16.

I don’t hate KU.

Special Sumner Newscow poll: Who are you cheering for?

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The Kansas vs. Wichita State basketball game is now set. Who are you cheering for?

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Structure fire at 402 E. Harvey causes $24,000 in damages

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A structure fire at 402 E. Harvey St. in Wellington resulted in $24,000 in damages to structure and contents this morning at 2:45 a.m.

Upon arrival, Wellington firefighters found a detached wood frame garage owned by Phil Yoder with heavy fire involvement. Firefighters began attacking the flames with two hose lines and extinguished the majority of the fire within minutes.

Because of the amount of contents inside the garage and the collapse of the roof, the city water department used a backhoe to knock down the walls and move contents around for final extinguishment. 

The Duff is playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

The Duff at Wellington Regent use

This week at the Regent Theater: The Duff.

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 41 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos).

No. 7 Coffee House makes debut in downtown Wellington this week

Coffee Shop No. 7 feature use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — No. 7 Coffee House most certainly has opened with an eye-popping debut in downtown Wellington.

The new coffee shop, located at 115 S. Washington, opened Monday featuring an array of coffees, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and pastries in a modern-day setting in the building where Pea Pod Consignment used to be.

It all came with a vision from two friends almost a year ago.

“I had always thought Wellington needed a place for people to hang out especially those of faith,” said Steve Kemp, co-owner of the No. 7 Coffee House. “But I was always working on the railroad and didn’t have the time.” No. 7 Coffee House inside #1

But then came retirement and he and his good friend Kim Mraz started discussing one day about how great it would be to open a coffee shop. It was an idea they couldn’t let go. 

As S.B. 7 goes to the Governor for signature; local legislators differ sharply on bill’s impact

Kansas State legislature news capitol

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The majority of the Sumner County legislators voted for S.B. 7 – a bill which restructures how Kansas schools are funded. Rather than allocating funds on a per pupil basis, funds will now be allocated through a block grant.

S.B. 7 narrowly passed the House Friday by a 64-57 vote, but had an easier time going through the State Senate on Monday 25-14. S.B. 7 now awaits the signature of Governor Sam Brownback, who will likely sign it into law.

Kyle Hoffman

Kyle Hoffman

State Representatives Kyle Hoffman, Kasha Kelley and Pete Degraaf  – all Republicans – voted for the bill in the house while Steve Abrams, another Republican, voted for it in the senate. The lone state representative with Sumner County ties, Ed Trimmer, voted against it. He is a Democrat.

“It was not a decision that was made lightly, but I voted ‘yes’, because I feel in the long run, creating a new formula is in the best interest of the schools that I represent,” said Hoffman in a legislative report sent to Sumner Newscow this morning. “The bill restores the 1.5 percent cut to the base by the Governor earlier in the year and fully funds KPERS funding by the State for the next two years.”

Ed Trimmer

Ed Trimmer

Trimmer said the bill is problematic.

“At a time when we should be increasing funding for education, this bill freezes funding at current levels,” Trimmer said. “During Brownback’s tenure in office, schools have been systematically underfunded in Kansas, causing the court to rule late last year that the state should have put at least an additional $550 million new funds into education.”

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The name change at Wichita Airport

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Lauryn Snipes named AV-CTL DIV Player of the Year (updated with stats)

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lauryn Snipes, a sophomore from Wellington, was named Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV Player of the year.

Avery Rusk was named to the second team AV-CTL DIV. Tayland French was named honorable mention.

Lauryn Snipes

Lauryn Snipes

Wellington finished 14-8 for the season losing to Rose Hill in the sub-state finals.

Snipes, a 6-0, sophomore, led the league with 365 points averaging 16.6 points per game. The closest competitor was Emma Chambers of Mulvane with 13.2 ppg.

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