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Final official Sumner County election list

School bond election 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner County Clerk’s final official list of the City Council and School Board elections for 2015. There will be two primaries according to Debra Norris, Sumner County Clerk.

There will be a primary for the USD 353, member at large position.  This means that all registered voters in USD 353 will vote in the primary. Also a primary will be held in Belle Plaine for the City Council position.  This will include the entire city of Belle Plaine registered voters. The primaries will be held March 2. The general election will be held April 7, 2015.


Wellington girls return to action after emotional 2 weeks

Back to business Crusaders

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In the end it was just a game. Someday, when people will look in the record books, a 51-43 first round Haven Tournament loss to Kingman will not stand out as anything extraordinary.

But on this Thursday afternoon for the Wellington High School girls basketball team it symbolized something much, much bigger. It was about returning back to business.

Kenny Adams Jr.

Kenny Adams Jr.

For the Lady Dukes, it was their first game back after the passing of one their most ardent supporters. Kenny Adams was not only the father of head coach Eric Adams, but was the team’s stat man since 2008 when his granddaughter Erianne Adams started playing WHS basketball as a freshman.

Wellington head coach Eric Adams was not in attendance. He was attending the funeral of his dad, who died Sunday and was laid to rest Thursday.

Perhaps, it was only fitting that the Wellington girls basketball team was playing a game on the same day of Kenny’s funeral.

Kenny loved the Lady Dukes. 

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting is Friday

10 things to know about WACC banquet

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things to know about Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitor’s Bureau Annual Meeting…


1. Where is it and when does it start?

The event will be held at Memorial Auditorium on 208 N. Washington. Social hour is 6 p.m., and dinner starts at 6:45 p.m. – The welcome and awards presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. People can still go. Tickets are $25 per person for chamber members and $30 per person for non-chamber members.


2. What is this year’s theme?… 

Blansett mental competency evaluation to be conducted in Larned; could take 90 days to complete

State of Kansas vs. Lindsey Blansett

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A mental competency evaluation report for Lindsey Nichole Blansett, 33, of Wellington will be conducted at Larned State Security Hospital and will take at least 90 days to complete it was learned today in Sumner County District Court.

Blansett is accused of first degree murder of her 10-year-old son at her home in Wellington on Dec. 14, 2014.

District Judge Scott McQuin granted a January request by Blansett’s defense attorney Mike Brown to have a mental competency test determining whether or not his client is mentally competent to stand trial and understand the nature of the proceedings. 

Taken 3 at Wellington Regent; American Sniper to be shown next week

Taken 3 at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Taken 3 (Movie trailer is below).

American Sniper next week copyNext week: American Sniper! Extended Wellington Regent engagement: Thursday, Feb. 5 – Monday, Feb. 9. Nightly at 7 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday.


Taken 3 Schedule: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.


Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes


Movie Synopsis: Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter. (C) Fox

One thing is guaranteed, this election will be interesting

10 things to know about election

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The race is on. A slew of local residents have filed for various city (town) councils and school boards across Sumner County. And it appears to be an interesting one – especially in Wellington.

The general election is Tuesday, April 7, and at least one school board race will have a primary on March 3 (see filings here).

While there may be more city position filings submitted to the Sumner County Clerk’s office up until Friday, both the city and school board races in Wellington election are set.

Here are 10 things to know concerning the April 7 council and school board elections:

1. The city at large format is a hit. 

J.P. Buellesfeld, who spearheaded the restructuring of the city council in 2010, is ecstatic. He sent Sumner Newscow some interesting statistics. 

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Sumner County Clerk’s 2015 election deadline filing list

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner County list released after the filing deadline today. The school board races are officially set. However, the municipalities may not be set. According to the clerk’s office, each city has three business days to bring us their filings so there could be additions between now and Friday – although Wellington’s list is set.

The “official” list will be sent Friday.

Those running for the various school board and city council races are as follows: 

Sumner County Court Docket: Jan. 27, 2015 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

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.


Final City of Wellington filings for council and mayor

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The final filings for Wellington City Council members and Mayor are as follows. We have not yet received the Sumner County Clerk’s list and will incorporate that when it comes available. 

Monday evening update: City Council and School Board filings; remember, deadline is tomorrow!

School bond election 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following filing lists were sent Monday evening from both the Sumner County Clerk’s office and from Wellington City Clerk’s office. Please note: There is a difference between the two lists. Since council members and mayor candidates file at the City of Wellington office, some names have not been sent to the Sumner Clerk’s office yet.

Interestingly, five people are running for the vacant spot for the Mayor of Wellington. Jackie Berryman has thrown her name in the ring for re-election while Janette Moser is seeking a four-year term as an at-large position candidate. If you have questions concerning the election filings, read the story below.

The election deadline is noon, tomorrow.

Six questions to know about tomorrow’s election filing deadline

School bond election 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The city and school board election filing deadline is at noon tomorrow at noon.

Here are a few questions that people have been asking concerning the upcoming local elections.


1. When and where do you file for office? 

As mentioned, if candidates wish to be placed on the April 7, 2015 ballot, they must file for office before noon, tomorrow.

Council candidates of second class cities which are Wellington and Caldwell, must register at the city clerk’s office. All other cities, considered third class, can register either with the town clerk or at the Sumner County Clerk’s office at the courthouse.

All school board candidates must file at the Sumner County Courthouse.


2. Is there monetary pay for serving an office

Wellington loses to Clearwater 39-37 in the Roadrunner Tournament Classic Championship

Wellington second place in Chaparral

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader boys basketball team could not quite pull off a second straight Roadrunner Tournament Classic Championship Saturday evening.

In a teeth grinding kind of game, Wellington would lose to Clearwater 39-37 to finish second in the eight-team tournament.

Wellington is now 8-5 and has a week off before traveling to Buhler on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Clearwater implemented a 2-3 zone throughout the game and Wellington could never really solve the puzzle. Trevor Nance, who normally has more than 20 points, was held to 10. It didn’t help that he had three fouls midway through the third quarter and spent much of the second half on the bench. 

Sunday Blog: State of the Union, Mr. Barack Brownback, Deflate gate (poll), interviews and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball and Quinn thoughts for January 25, 2015…

1. State of the Union

I’m like 40 percent of the Sumner Newscow readers out there. I’d rather swim in a tub of heated cow manure than watch a State of the Union speech (see poll here). Yeah, I know it’s my civic duty to watch such speeches. But I get enough political posturing with the various meetings and political rallies I cover. I’ll read about it the next day or listen to the cable TV blabbermouths.

"Help me up, I think I can step on him."

“Help me up, I think I can step on him.”

Here’s my issue with State of the Union speeches. For some reason the Vice President and Speaker of the House look about twice the size of the President. Why is that? Then there’s the applause that interrupts the speech. Stop it. It’s annoying.

Then there’s the excruciating length of the speech —something like one hour and 30 minutes. That’s why I’m a Lutheran. We have church once a week and our sermons are done in 20 minutes or less. And if the Hawks or the Cats or the Shockers are playing a little roundball on the other channel, then there is no political speeches for me. 

Election news update: Wellington City filings as of late Friday

School bond election 2015

Sumner Newscow report — The following filings were made at the Wellington City office after the list was sent to the Sumner County Clerk’s office. The two new filings include Stanton Palmer and John Alan Saunders. 

Wellington advances to Chaparral Championship with Kingman win

Kings of Kingman

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second consecutive year, the Wellington boys are in the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Championship. The Crusaders advanced with an impressive 66-54 semifinal win over Kingman Friday night.

Wellington would pull itself out of a 17-4 first-quarter quagmire to tie the game at the end of the second quarter. Then an energized third quarter in which the Crusaders would outscore the Eagles 21-12 would lead to a double-digit win.

“Kingman came out and punched us in the mouth,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But the boys responded in the second and third quarter and took back the game. I really thought Colin (Reichenberger) gave us a spark tonight with his unselfish play.” 

Kelly Green, Jazzy Pettegrew file to run for Wellington mayor; no one files for school board this week; deadline is Tuesday

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is the final Friday update for filings for Wellington school board, city council and all other local county races. The filing deadline is Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

There were no Wellington school board races this week. Two candidates filed for mayor: Kelly Green and Jazzy Pettegrew. Green, an incumbent, also is running as a city council person.

Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said it is legal to run for both positions. If Green is elected as a mayor and a council person then she can decide which position she wishes to take. If Green should be elected to both, the office she chooses not to accept would be considered vacant. It would then be filled according to state statute. Statute provides that the governing body appoints someone to fill the vacancy.

Second Class City and Third Class City Candidates may file with their city clerk. For those candidates, their fillings may not be listed here until the filing deadline and they are forwarded to the clerk’s office by the city clerk. Caldwell and Wellington are second class, all others are third class.

The county filings as of today at the Sumner County Clerk’s office are as follows: 

Peyton Adams signs with Cowley to play tennis with her grandfather at SRMC

Peyton's signing

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Peyton Adams, a Wellington High School senior, had a rather unusual signing Thursday evening.

She signed to play tennis at Cowley County Community College next fall. That’s not unusual. What is unusual is she did it at Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Peyton signed it with her grandfather, Kenny Adams, who is at SRMC fighting esophageal cancer. Kenny, as all Crusader fans know, is one of the most ardent Crusader supporters in Wellington and has rarely missed a girls tennis, basketball football or girls softball game in the past five years – especially those that featured his grandchildren.

Peyton had an outstanding high school tennis career. She placed 11th overall in the Class 4A State Tournament in Winfield this fall. She played doubles for most of her high school career, switching to singles her senior year. 

Wellington Chamber to move to Memorial Auditorium after City agreement was approved

WACC-Memorial marriage

Correction: In a previous version of this article it stated that Renn and Company was looking to expand its business with the old chamber office. At this time it wishes to rent out the office when the Chamber moves to Memorial Auditorium. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce is moving its office to Memorial Auditorium.

By a 7-0 vote, the Wellington City Council approved an agreement with the chamber and the Wellington Recreation Commission to manage Memorial Auditorium as well as Heritage Park and the Armory for the City of Wellington. The agreement will encompass Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31. 2016.

As part of the agreement, the chamber will move its office from its current location on 207 S. Washington to the second floor of Memorial where the current WRC Fitness Center is located.

Shelley Hansel

Shelley Hansel

This move is all contingent on when the new fitness center will be completed at the rec center. WRC officials are estimating that the move will occur in April or May.

“I think it is a win-win situation,” Hansel said. “We have a beautiful Memorial Auditorium that will have a full-time client. And it helps us out because the current office is too small.”

The current chamber office is owned by the Donna Renn family.

Wellington opens Chaparral Tournament tonight; SCBL tourney wraps up first round

Tournament week roundup

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s tournament week. Wellington, Belle Plaine and Conway Springs boys teams are off to Chaparral for the Roadrunner Tournament Classic, while the other Sumner County teams have completed the first round of the South-Central Border League Tournament.

Lots of basketball ahead this week…

Chaparral Basketball Tournament (See tournament bracket here)

Wellington, Conway Springs and Belle Plaine have been going to the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic for more than a decade now and nobody is complaining. There isn’t a better concession stand out there with its homemade pies and assorted food.

“This is the one tournament where every team is treated like royalty,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “They really do a good job with this tournament.” 

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