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(UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.) Part 1 of 2-part series: Wellington Council, Eckert make it official

Roy Eckert signs

UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account was written before he did so. We have also interviewed Eckert and hope to have second part of this two-part series with his interview completed on Thursday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The ball is now in Roy “Rick” Eckert’s court. Or maybe the better descriptive term would be “ballpoint” pen.

The Wellington City Council voted 5-1 Tuesday evening approving a resolution to offer a city manager contract to Eckert, the former county manager at Montrose County. Now the only thing standing between Eckert and the city council is him signing the contract.

The contract, if signed, will go into effect on Nov. 10 and terminate at the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2016. The agreement shall be automatically updated on an annual basis unless notice to terminate the agreement is given at least 45 days before the expiration date.

Wellington Interim City Manager Shane Shields provided the total compensation package for Eckert which includes a base salary of $100,000, $500 a month for car allowance, $210 a month for health benefits allowance, and $100 a month for cell phone compensation package.

The comparison of Eckert’s agreement as compared to former city manager Gus Collins contract final agreement before resigning in May is as follows: 

KSHSAA announces sub-state assignments for volleyball

Substate volleyball pairings 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities just announced its sub-state assignments for volleyball. Sumner County teams will be participating in five different sub-state on Saturday. Winners of those tournament will advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Wellington and Argonia will be hosting sub-states. Conway Springs and Belle Plaine are going to Chaparral. Oxford travels to Yates Center and South Haven is at Dexter.

Information about each sub-state is as follows: 

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The Royals, the World Series, the Wellington fans, the memories…

Kansas City Royals fan story

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tonight when the Kansas City Royals walk out onto the field to play their first World Series game of the 21st Century, it will signify a lot of things – redemption, vindication, passion, talent  - name your favorite noun.

But above all else, it will be about long suffering Royals fans who have endured 29 years of bad baseball and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor.

The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series tonight. Are we really witnessing this reality? Did the world somehow skew us into an alternative universe where the last three weeks never happened?

When Sumner Newscow asked for a story by long suffering Sumner County fans, we didn’t realize the level of devotion out there.

Wellington volleyball travels to Buhler tonight; set for sub-state here Saturday

Approaching the end of regular seaosn

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will complete its most successful regular season in its history when it travels to Buhler to play in a double dual with the host and Andale.

The Crusaders will then set their sites for the sub-state tournament to be held Saturday in Wellington. Activities Director Brian Buchanan said it may be the first time Wellington has ever host a sub-state in volleyball.

“This is huge,” said first year Wellington varsity volleyball head coach Alison Widen. “We always play so well when we have a large and loud home crowd. Our girls don’t play nearly as well when things are quiet.”

A lot has happened with Roy Eckert, Wellington leading city manager candidate, in 2014

An eventful year Roy Eckert

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Google the words “Roy Eckert” and you will find Wellington’s leading city manager candidate has had an eventful year.

The Wellington City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to hire Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., as Wellington’s new city manager to replace Gus Collins, who resigned in May.

If the city adopts the resolution, it would authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement for the city. If Eckert signs, he will enter into a city manager’s agreement commencing on Nov. 10, 2014 and terminating on Dec. 31, 2016 (see specific terms here). He will be paid an annual salary of $100,000 on a bi-weekly salary of $3,846 over the year plus other benefits.

The council interviewed three candidates that were chosen amongst 53 applicants in the five month city manager search process. Eckert, in turn, has also been looking at other city manager positions in at least two communities, both in Oregon. Eckert has also been named in a lawsuit by a former employee for the county of Montrose. Also, more details about his resignation as county manager in Montrose has come to light based on the area’s media sources.


His time at Montrose

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.

Wellington girls complete tennis season with 3 state medalists and 8th place team finish

Bittersweet ending state tournament
Mother Judy Fink gives her daughter Maggie Fink a hug after the state tournament (photo by Coni Adams)

Mother Judy Fink gives her daughter Maggie Fink a hug after the state tournament (photo by Coni Adams)

By Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach — It was a bittersweet ending to the tennis season, We sent both of our varsity seniors out making the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Winfield with a medal.

After playing three years in doubles, Wellington High School senior Peyton Adams made the switch to the singles side.

Peyton Adams finishes 11th place to finish her senior career.

Peyton Adams finishes 11th place to finish her senior career.

We’ve had two goals all year. Let’s make state and let’s get a medal. A state medal has eluded Peyton for the past two years.  Day one didn’t start real well for Peyton when she dropped her opening round match to Muller from Hayden 6-4, 3-6, 11-13.  The loss dropped Peyton to the backside where she found her game and beat Nisley from Nickerson 9-2, then beat a hard hitting Gibson from Bishop Miege 9-2.  The win qualified Peyton for day two and a guaranteed medal spot.  

We have a moral obligation to make Seller Park football stadium accessible to all

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board had an interesting discussion the other night.

Wellington school board member Larry Mangan at the Oct. 9 meeting posed a legitimate question to the other elected members in the room: Does the Sellers Park football stadium fit the standards of the American Disabilities Act?

That set off a debate amongst the members, and the answer to the question was never reached. About a decade ago, the school district installed bleachers on the visitor’s side which were indeed ADA compliant for wheelchair citizens. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said by the letter of the law he was told that would make the stadium ADA compliant.

However, he said if the stadium was to be completely rebuilt it would not meet ADA standards. The home stands are not compliant, nor were the restrooms or the paths leading to the stands. 

Wellington Council offers $100,000 contract to Roy Eckert, former county manager of Montrose, as new city manager

Sumner Newscow local news report
Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The city council will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution approving an employment agreement with Roy Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., to become the Wellington City Manager for an annual salary of $100,000.

The resolution states:

“The city of Wellington has agreed to hire Roy Eckert, as city manager and said Roy Eckert has agreed to serve as city manager of said city to sign said Employment agreement.” If the resolution passes it will authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement.

Eckert has worked in city and county management for almost 35 years and served as city manager in Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama as well as borough manager for Ketchikan Gateway in Alaska. He abruptly resigned as the Montrose county manager in May after serving 16 months.

The employment contract stipulations offered to Eckert if the resolution passes include: 

Wellington survives Rose Hill comeback; now 1-0 in district play (updated with stats)

Wellington 33 Rose Hill 21 pix

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It seems appropriate that a dramatic week would be capped with a dramatic game.

Wellington would beat Rose Hill 33-21. But it was also the kind of game that the Crusaders couldn’t get off the field fast enough.

After taking a 27-0, Rose Hill would make a furious comeback in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and almost getting a fourth. Wellington survived with a gutsy touchdown drive very late in the game.

Some of the boys after the game seemed gassed. The injuries that has so decimated this team like no other appeared to be catching up on the Crusaders late. This could also be Colin Reichenberger’s last hurrah as the school’s record breaking receiver. He played with a bandaged hand, an injury he incurred in practice when he smashed his finger against another teammate’s helmet earlier this week. 

The BoxTrolls will be coming to the Wellington Regent this weekend

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


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


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


Movie Synopsis:

Garage Sales for Oct. 17-19, 2014

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Oct. 17-19, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

(Updated with stats and Reichenberger injury) Crusader Preview: Now the games count for the Wellington football team

Wellington-Rose Hill preview

UPDATE – OCT. 16, 8:15 p.m. — Wellington Head Coach Tyler Ryan just informed us that Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger may have fractured his finger in practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable tomorrow night against Rose Hill. “We will weigh our options,” he said. He didn’t rule out Reichenberger playing but he didn’t rule out that the receiver is out for the season either.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s time.

That 4-2 start is meaningful for the Wellington High School football team. But when it comes to post season glory, it means absolutely nothing.

Tomorrow night, at Seller Park, Wellington will by vying to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 when Rose Hill comes to town. It is senior night and the last home game of the season. (For comparable stats of the two teams collected by Garrett Wilson look at the statistical information below).

The opportunity presents itself nicely for the Dukes. Wellington has the ability to beat both Rose Hill and Mulvane in the next two weeks. If it does so, then Wellington is on its way to the playoffs. If it loses one of those two, then it needs lots of help, and be placed in a must win situation at Ulysses.

Updated: Ellen Love, Argonia, faces federal charges for making illegal payments to four Sumner County individuals

Sumner Newscow news report

UPDATED OCT. 16, 7 P.M. — By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Jim Cross, U.S. Attorney’s office – A former Farm Service Agency director in Sumner County was indicted Wednesday on a charge of making $306,000 in agriculture disaster payments to applicants who had been denied approval for the money, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ellen A. Love, 51, Argonia, was charged with one count of unlawfully conveying federal funds. The Federal Grand Jury indictment alleges the crime occurred while Love worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Executive Director of the Sumner County Farm Service Agency located in Wellington.  Sumner Newscow has obtained the indictment from the Federal Grand Jury.  It can be found here:  Love indictment

According to the indictment papers, in March and early April 2013 producers Timothy Isaacs, Tracy Robyn Isaacs, Michael Andra and Tina Andra applied for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments – also known as SURE —  at the behest of Love.  The USDA provides assistance to farm producers who have suffered losses as a result of agricultural disasters. To be approved, applicants must have suffered significant crop losses in a disaster-designated county and they must have had crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Kansas City Royals fans… the legitimate ones… we want to hear from you

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wow, the Kansas City Royals are in World Series. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

This hasn’t happened in 29 years, and it may not happen again for another 29. So let’s live the moment to the max.

Sumner Newscow wants to hear the story of being a true Kansas City Royal fan. We’d like to get your take on what it has been like to suffer for so long and then suddenly be jolted into this land of ecstasy. Send us a picture. Tell us about 1985. Tell us your story.

There are several ways of doing this. You can e-mail us at, or you can provide your story on the comment section below, or call me at 620-326-0717. This is your time. Live the moment and let us hear from you. 

Sumner County Court Docket: Oct. 15, 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 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.


Triumph Group provides major help to Chisholm Trail Museum this week

Improving the museum
Triumph, "WINGS over Wellington" group is making Chisholm Trail Museum a better place to visit.

Triumph, “WINGS over Wellington” group is making Chisholm Trail Museum a better place to visit.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Each year Triumph Group, known as the WINGS over Wellington group, has a community project. In 2014, the project is helping the Chisholm Trail Museum at 502 N. Washington.

Last year, Triumph refurbished the Rock Island ball field concession stand. In 2012, the group helped build the nature trail at the Wellington Lake.

“Boy, this is great,” said Louise Leslie, a Chisholm Trail Museum volunteer. “Not only are they donating supplies and their expertise, but they are donating their time. When you are volunteer group such as we are, time is so essential.”

The Chisholm Trail Museum, once the Hatcher Hospital, has been a tourist attraction in Wellington for several decades and has attracted a plethora of people throughout the United States.

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Wellington school board roundup: WMS golf team proposed; Sellers Park handicapped accessibility discussed; mill levy adjusted…

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sports were topics of much discussion at last week’s Wellington School Board meeting.

Jeff DeJarnett, a Wellington Middle School coach of several sports, along with several parents and golf officials were on hand to ask the board about implementing a WMS golf team.

DeJarnett said he has 12 girls and 12 boys at WMS, who would sign up to play golf this spring. The sport would cost the school district about $5,000 which will be travel expenses and the hiring of a coach.

The board tabled the motion Thursday night and will discuss it next month.

DeJarnett said the Wellington Golf Club Junior Golf program during the summer months saw tremendous growth in 2014. There were 54 junior golfers, who participated in lessons and/or competition. 

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