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The Intern playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

The intern at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Intern (see trailer below)

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

Rated: PG-13 Time: 2 hours 1 minute.

Movie Synopsis: A retired successful business owner and widower lands an internship at a fashion website run by a young, career-driven woman. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The sights of the 2015 Wellington High School homecoming…

WHS homecoming feature

WHS homecoming horse

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School Homecoming Parade Thursday night went on without a hitch.

For a schedule of all the events of the Wellington Homecoming and Fall Fest click here. For all the pictures of Thursday’s parade click here.

WHS marching band.

WHS marching band.

WHS parade and all those selfies.

WHS parade and all those selfies.

WHS homecoming introductions

Football team getting introduced.

Garage Sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Oct. 9, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!


Open House for Argonia home this Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

J.P. Weigand on sale


OPEN HOUSE – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2015 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Weigand logoCustom Built, Better-Than-New Ranch! Sprinkler system, well-established yard with covered front porch overlooking beautiful flowers and landscaping, covered patio, fence, 12×20 extra stick-built shed with awning on a poured slab. Patio overhang and 11′ ceiling. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, finished basement with 3 daylight windows & lots of space. Beautiful granite counter tops throughout.  Hammered copper farm sink in kitchen,   Hand-scraped, distressed wood floors in open living area. Walk-in kitchen pantry and master bathroom have custom-built cabinetry.  Bond money and Rural Development loans are available for qualified buyers.   See more about this spectacular home at here.

Mason Lough of Wellington Middle School wins 2015 Sumner County Spelling Bee

Lough wins Spelling Bee
Mason Lough of Wellington Middle School wins spelling bee with Donnie Edberg of Caldwell finishing second.

Mason Lough of Wellington Middle School wins spelling bee with Donnie Edberg of Caldwell finishing second.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mason Lough of the Wellington Middle School won the Sumner County Spelling Bee held at the middle school auditorium on Thursday morning.

Lough spelled “outrageous” and “havoc” to win the county bee that included students from 17 elementary and middle schools. He defeated Donnie Edberg of Caldwell who missed on the word “jocularity.”

There were 34 spelling bee participants in the two-hour event.

Other participants include:

Argonia Middle School: Hope Cosner, Shelby Handlin, Cymbre Wetter.

Belle Plaine Elementary: Body Lawless, Delayneie Esterly.

Belle Plaine Middle School: Ricky Wright, Mercedes Yarbrough. 

10 things to know about the Wellington Homecoming and Fall Festival

Fall Festival 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are 10 things to know about the busy, busy weekend that is the Wellington Homecoming and Fall Festival. And it starts tonight! For the full schedule of events click here or click on the ad to your right.

The WHS band will be marching tonight.

The WHS band will be marching tonight.

1. Wellington High School parade.

The Wellington High School homecoming parade will start at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Wellington. There will be your traditional floats, the WHS band, the football boys on trailers and a pep rally thereafter.

Amy Diver was crowned in 2014. Who will be next?

Amy Diver was crowned in 2014. Who will be next?

2. Wellington Duchess ceremonies.

The annual Wellington Duchess ceremony will begin on Friday at halftime of the Wellington vs. Wichita Collegiate football game with kickoff at 7 p.m. The Duchess candidates are: Alexis Hinman, Ryleigh Buck, Madi Adams, Dietra Sober and Baylee DeJarnett.

Once the crowning and the football game is completed, a WHS homecoming dance will follow in the high school commons.

BBQ Cookoff front page

3. Barbecue/Chili/Salsa Cook Off.

Wheat Capitol Manor Fall Festival Craft & Bake Sale

Wheat Capital Manor feature picture

Wheat Capitol Manor

Wellington’s Wheat Capitol Manor, 400 S. C Street is having its annual Fall Festival Craft and Bake Sale Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be something for everyone.

There will be baked and canned goods, homemade crafts, fun for the kids including miniature train rides and face painting. 

There will be meals and snacks – BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, grilled hot dogs, nachos, peanut brittle, popcorn, kettle corn, and caramel corn!

It’s official: Wellington City Council raises electric rates 30 percent

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As expected, the Wellington City Council made it official Tuesday night raising electric rates about 30 percent for most customers.

The monthly meter charge is also going up from $10 to $17.75 for residential customers in the city and businesses will see their meter rate go from $15 to $30. (See full chart here). 

Gone are different summer and winter rates for usage. Residential customers were paying .043 cents per kilowatt per hour in winter and .052 cents in summer. The new rate will be .058 cents. Commercial customers will be paying .044 cents which is close to the winter rate of .043 and lower than the summer rate of .052.

Out of town customers will also see a similar increase, from .062 in summer to .068 year round.

The council passed the ordinance on a 5-1 vote with Jim Valentine casting the no vote.

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Jason Boyd accused of using $1,600 of $2,650 donation for non-related police items

Boyd facing felony charges

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — South Haven Police Chief Jason Boyd, 30, is facing three felony counts for allegedly depositing a $2,650 philanthropic donation to the department into his personal checking account and spending around $1,600 of it on non police related items.

A Sumner County District Court summons was served to Boyd, who is facing felony charges of theft, misuse of public funds, and interference with law enforcement.

Jason Boyd

Jason Boyd

Boyd, who has served as police chief for three years, has also been suspended by the South Haven City Council until the legal process plays out. He is scheduled for a first appearance in Sumner County District Court in Wellington on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said his office and the sheriff’s office has been investigating Boyd since late July. The summons, which is different than an arrest warrant, is a statement that Boyd must appear in court at a certain date for the felony charges. Subsequently, Boyd was not held in custody or had to make bond.

“I felt there was no flight risk with Jason or that he posed a threat to society,” Spencer said. “So he won’t be in jail at this time.”

Wellington City Council will be voting on proposed electric rate changes tonight

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will be discussing and voting on an ordinance that will restructure the electrical rates for city electric customers. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Council Chambers.

According to tonight’s agenda, the ordinance will be “fixing charges and rates for services of the electrical system of the city of Wellington, repealing Ordinance No. 4055 and Sections 38-453 and 38-454 of article VI of the code of the city of Wellington.”

If passed the new electric rates will go into effect in January, 2016.

The chart below shows how the effects will be made for city residential.Proposed City Residential Electric Rates

The full chart including city commercial, city industrial, not-for-profit, public building and city commercial can be found here. 

The legal notice for this ordinance is as follows: 

South Haven Police Chief Jason Boyd receives summons on 3 felony counts including theft and misuse of funds

Breaking News
Jason Boyd

Jason Boyd

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County District Court this afternoon has issued a summons upon the request of the Sumner County Sheriff’s office for Jason Boyd, the South Haven Police Chief.

The summons include three felony counts including: 

•Theft, a level 9 nonperson felony;

•Misuse of public funds, a level 9 nonperson felony;

•Interference with law enforcement, a level 9 nonperson felony.

Sunday blog: Talking Bev, Presidential politics, Reagan and more…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015…

1. Bev Stallbaumer…

Bev Stallbaumer

Bev Stallbaumer

It’s always hard to say goodbye to a friend. And Beverly Stallbaumer, who died last Sunday, was my friend.

When I moved to Wellington in 1992, Bev lived at the Wellington Daily News. When I say lived, I mean lived. She was in the office almost 24/7. She had a corner office in the sprawling room that held four full-time reporters, two office helpers, the late publisher Jackson Mitchell and herself. I was thinking about this the other day, but the WDN had 15 full time staffers when I moved here and that didn’t include those working at cable which was right next door. Thinking back on those days make me smile. WDN was a true local paper.

Bev was my first best friend in Wellington during those early years, and I’m not sure I would not have gotten to know the town as well if it wasn’t for her. I was amazed at how many people she was related to. And her daughter, Misty, was at the age of playing high school sports when I was a sports editor.

Belle Plaine ends emotional week with a football game

Belle Plaine's emotional week
Belle Plaine's Caleb Stover

Belle Plaine’s Caleb Stover takes off for big yardage in the Dragon’s game vs. Douglass.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine came close, but lost to Douglass 14-6 Friday night at the Dragons home stadium. The game was overshadowed by a car accident earlier in the week where two teachers and para-educator were hurt.

Jacie Seba and Jacob Mansch were seriously injured and are still in the hospital at Via Christi – Saint Francis, while Brian Seba was not seriously injured.

After an emotional week, the school had a moment of silence before the game started. After the game a prayer vigil was held in the school parking lot. With candles lit about 40 people sang a verse of Amazing Grace and prayers were held for those injured.

On the gridiron, Belle Plaine was eager to end this sad week, with a victory. The Dragons last won a game in 2012 against this same team Douglass when Brian Seba was the coach. Douglass was 0-4 coming in.

Same song, different verse: Andale dominates Wellington

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whatever gap Wellington was hoping to close with the Andale football program, is not materializing and it might not do so for awhile.

The Crusaders traveled to Andale and were totally dominated 46-0 Friday evening in a game not as close as the score may indicate.

Perhaps, even worse, Wellington is starting to accumulate injuries again which so devastated the team last year. Crusader Connor Burnett left the game with a foot injury. Colton Glover is out for the season with a head injury. Remington Gilkey was out of the lineup with knee injury. Connor Phelps seemed to be hobbling.

The Crusader world that seemed to look so bright just last week, seems to be crumbling. Andale has had that kind of effect on the Crusaders.

Sports Today: Lots of it

Sumner County Sports report

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Football Friday, Wellington Middle School results for the week, updates on tennis and cross country, and schedules for next week makes for a very busy time on the Sumner County sports landscape…

Football Friday:

Wellington is traveling to Andale. See preview here. Here is a schedule and updated scores for the other Sumner County teams. Sumner Newscow will be at Belle Plaine tonight.







Sept. 4

A&A 56 Sedan 12

Med. Lodge 52 B. Plaine 0

Central 66 Caldwell 42

C. Springs 53 Bluestem 8

S. Haven 44 Oxford 22

S Haven 44 Oxford 22

Sept. 11

A&A 60 CV-Dex 14

G.Plain 54 B. Plaine 8

Caldwell 52 Udall 24

C. Springs 34 Med. Lodge 7

S. Barber 54 Oxford 6

Sedan 36 S. Haven 20

Sept. 18

A&A 58 C-Burden 6

Bluestem 36 B. Plaine 20

West Elk 52 Caldwell 30

G. Plain 27 C. Springs 12

Udall 56 Oxford 26

S. Haven 60 CV-Dex. 52

Sept. 25

A&A 56 Pratt Skyline 0

W. Trinity 55 B. Plaine 14

CV-Dexter 58 Caldwell 50

C. Springs 60 Douglass 14

Oxford 62 Flinthills 14

C. Burden 70 S. Haven 28

Oct. 2

Caldwell at Argonia

Douglass, home

A&A at Argonia

Independent, home

at CV-Dexter

South Barber, home

Games to watch out for tonight: Belle Plaine and Douglass could be a good game as both are eager to break their losing streaks. Oxford has a tough one on the road at Cedar Vale-Dexter. South Barber travels to South Haven which could be an interesting game as well.


WMS football:

Stacy Davis is the new Sumner County Economic Development Director

Stacy Davis

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The work of economic development can seem mysterious, and it is hard to measure what they do at times. But new Sumner County Economic Development director Stacy Davis is excited to take on the new challenge. She has been director since about August, and was the interim director after Janis Hellard left the position earlier this year.

Davis began as an administrative assistant in 2014.

She has been in administration, and was a hair dresser for more than 20 years.

Davis and her family have lived off and on in Wellington since 1989, and moved back the last time in 2004. It is where she calls home now.

War Room being played this weekend at Regent Theater

War Room

This week at the Regent Theater: War Room (see trailer below)

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

Rated: PG Time: 1 hour 25 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident. (C) Sony

Wellington volleyball sweeps at Clearwater triangular after Ledesma video is released

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School Graduate Samson Ledesma released his latest Bank of Commerce high school video on Monday and the Wellington High School volleyball team on Tuesday promptly went out and swept Winfield and Clearwater in a triangular at Clearwater.

Now some might dispute whether the video had anything to do with the triangular performance, but it sounded good.

Wellington would beat Winfield 22-25, 25-16, 25-16 in the first match. The Crusaders then avenged an earlier Clearwater loss at home with a 16-25, 25-22, 25-22 victory against the Indians on their court in an exciting three-set match.

The Crusaders are now 15-10 for the season and trail only Andover in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division IV.

(Updated) 3 injured in one-car accident east of Conway Springs

Breaking News

(Updated: Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.) Sumner Newscow report — A one-car accident involving two Belle Plaine teachers and a paraprofessional at the school district occurred Tuesday afternoon. The accident was at the intersection of 90th Avenue and Hoover St. while they were en route to a high school volleyball game.

Brian and Jacie Seba.

Brian and Jacie Seba.

Jacob Mansch

Jacob Mansch

Paraprofessional Jacob Mansch and school psychologist Jacie Seba were seriously injured and currently hospitalized at Via Christi- St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Brian Seba, a Belle Plaine Elementary Physical Education instructor, was not seriously injured. According to Kristi Gales, a cousin of Brian, Jacie is currently on a ventilator and is still in the Intensive Care Unit. Mansch has lost his leg and is currently in ICU after surgery.

Sumner County Sheriff investigators were called to the scene of the accident about 4 p.m. Brian Seba was driving a 2007 Chevy pickup westbound on East 90th Avenue about 13 miles east of Conway Springs, when it hit a cement guardrail.

Location of accident Tuesday afternoon.

Scene of the accident was on 90th Ave. between Belle Plaine and Conway Springs.

Mansch was a front seat passenger and Jacie Seba was in the backseat, according to media reports. Both were critically injured.

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