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‘Sing’ playing at Wellington Regent Theater for second week; Star Wars Rouge One is next week

Sing at Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent Theater: “Sing”

Coming next weekend of Jan. 27… Star Wars – Rogue One!

Star Wars Rogue One

Information about “Sing” movie…

Feature film rating: PG (for some rude humor and mild peril).

Time: 1 hour 28 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theater in this quirky animated musical.

Chaparral, SCBL Tournament week update: Thursday, Jan. 19

Tournament week roundup

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tournament week update as of Thursday:

Chaparral Tournament (boys)


Conway Springs 60 Wellington 57

Arkansas City 71 Mulvane 43.


#2 Belle Plaine (5-3) vs. #7 Chaparral (3-6), 6 p.m.

#3 Clearwater (4-4) vs. #6 Kingman (3-6), 8 p.m.

Losers bracket: Friday: 3, 4:30 p.m. Winners bracket: 6:30, 8 p.m.


Wellington vs.  Mulvane, 3 p.m.

Belle Plaine/Chaparral vs. Clearwater/Kingman loser, 4:45 p.m.

Conway Springs vs. Ark City, 6:30 p.m.

Belle Plaine/Chaparral vs. Clearwater/Kingman winner, 8 p.m.

South-Central Border League 


Conway Springs ekes past Wellington 60-57 in first round of Chappy Tourney

As always Wellington-C. Springs
Wellington A.J. Snipes battles Conway Springs Josh Dugan.

Wellington A.J. Snipes battles Conway Springs Josh Dugan.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was just another ho-hum contest between Wellington and Conway Springs where the fate of the game was decided on a shot at the buzzer.

Sarcasm aside, Conway Springs overcame an 11-point half-time deficit to beat the Crusaders 60-57 in the first round of the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic. Conway Springs will advance to play the winner of Ark City-Mulvane game at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Wellington plays the loser at 3 p.m.

Conway Springs would hit nine 3-pointers to avenge an earlier double-overtime loss to Wellington in the preseason Kingman Classic.

Wellington led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter and was in front 32-21 at the half. But the Crusaders double digit lead evaporated as a hot shooting Conway Springs came out and outscored Wellignton 20-14 in the third quarter.

That set up a chaotic fourth quarter in which Conway Springs took a 49-48 lead at the 5:42 mark in the fourth. It would then up the lead to 55-51 and then would hold on to beat the Crusaders by three.

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City of Wellington gets $300,000 Community Development Block Grant which will go toward home rehabilitation

Wellington City Council meeting report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The city of Wellington got word this week that it has been approved for a $300,000 Community Development Block grant for housing rehabilitation. The city had applied for this grant last summer and Mayor Shelley Hansel read the letter announcing the grant is now a reality at the Wellington City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The federal grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be administered through the Sumner County Economic Development District, and the Kansas Department of Commerce. The money will be distributed through the city at some point soon.

The letter said six applications were received and four were awarded. The application process was long and involved a lot of people. The city will also apply for another grant next year to continue housing rehabilitation in the city.

This was a process that started summer in which people who lived within the target area from A to G Street and from H Street to 15th Street, were asked to fill out applications in order to receive up to $25,000 in grant money to rehabilitate their house.

Last summer, Sumner County Economic Development Commission Stacy Davis said that people within this area will qualify for home repairs whether it be new roofs, windows, or other construction needs.

Sumner County Basketball Tournament Week Update:

Tournament week roundup

Tournament week update:

Chaparral Tournament (boys)


#1 Conway Springs (8-1) vs. #8 Wellington (2-6), 6 p.m.

#4 Ark City (4-4) vs. #5 Mulvane (5-4), 8 p.m.


#2 Belle Plaine (5-3) vs. #7 Chaparral (3-6), 6 p.m.

#3 Clearwater (4-4) vs. #6 Kingman (3-6), 8 p.m.

Losers bracket: Friday: 3, 4:30 p.m. Winners bracket: 6:30, 8 p.m.

South-Central Border League 

Wellington girls basketball player Avery Rusk named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week

Avery Rusk in a previous game against Rose Hill. 

Avery Rusk

Avery Rusk

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Avery Rusk, a 5-9, junior, for the Wellington girls basketball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the week.

Rusk had a sensational week helping the Crusaders onto a five-game winning streak. Against Wichita Collegiate, Rusk scored 14 points, five rebounds and two steals helping Wellington to a 45-27 victory. Then on Friday she helped the Lady Dukes 59-45 victory by scoring 23 points, including two steals and going 3-of-3 at the free throw line.

Tuesday, in a 49-27 victory over Winfield, Rusk was again the leading scorer with 14 points.

For her effort, Rusk receives a delicious large free Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. 

Wellington girls get fifth straight victory with convincing 49-27 victory over Winfield

Wellignton trips up Winfield
Wellington's Lauryn Snipes comes down with the rebound over Winfield defenders - the same story all night.

Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes comes down with the rebound over Winfield defenders – a repeated story all night.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tack on a fifth straight win for the Wellington girls basketball team, as it overwhelmed visiting Winfield Tuesday night 49-27.

Holding Winfield to just three points in the first 12 minutes, the Crusaders would cruise to a 22-point victory against a team that was 5-3 going in.

A year ago, people may remember, Winfield gave Wellington its toughest test of the regular season, losing by three points at the buzzer after failing to make a trey to send it into overtime. This game had little of that excitement.

“We just got after it tonight defensively,” Adams said. “We played energy and fast.”

The Vikings had no answers for the Crusaders especially on the boards where Wellington clearly had the advantage. The Crusaders opened up a 10-3 lead and was comfortably in front 25-8 at the half.

(Update 4:30 p.m.) Fate of pit bull case is now in hands of Sumner County attorney; while Blu awaits surgery

Sumner Newscow local news report

Blu the dog

Update – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he has spoken with Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath and they are currently seeking the original video of the dog “Blu” and her injuries that was produced by the Wichita Pit Bull Rescue update: Beauties and the Beasts Inc. (see linked video below) in the evidence gathering process in the case.

“I came back from vacation and I received 27 telephone messages this morning from people wanting me to make formal charges on a case I haven’t even had a chance to read,” Spencer said. “After awhile I had to decide whether I should read the case, or keep fielding phone calls.”

He said the discovery of the dog occurred when there was a domestic dispute involving the wife was accusing her husband of abuse on New Years Eve night.

“Thankfully, the dog is now in good care,” he said. “This gives us time to do a thorough investigation and not worry that the dog is in danger.


Original story 12:15 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 3-year-old pit bull by the name of “Blu” is currently in the custody of a licensed Wichita animal rescue group over alleged domestic abuse by a Wellington couple.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said this morning he was going to visit with Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer today to see whether or not charges will be filed. (That has now occurred) Heath would not release names of the alleged suspects.

Wellington Police Report: Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Police Report

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Assistant Superintendent Brad Morris resigns from USD 353 effective on June 30

USD school board meeting report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second time in three years, Wellington is going to be looking for an assistant superintendent.

Brad Morris submitted his resignation effective on June 30. He replaced Larry Roth two years ago, who accepted a Superintendent’s job at Sedgwick County.

The motion came after a rather uneventful January meeting that lasted just 50 minutes last week.

In other business:

Murder in Winfield leads to arrest of 32-year-old husband

Police Report

by Shane Farley, — Police have identified 33-year-old Melissa C. Gardner as the woman killed Sunday at a home in Winfield.

Her husband, 32-year-old, Zachary L. Gardner was located in the back of the residence and detained. He was later arrested and booked into the Cowley County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder.

Melissa Gardner was dead at the scene, a home at 504 E. Fourth, and had reportedly been shot. An investigation is continuing.

A woman has died and Winfield Police have a “person of interest” in custody as a homicide investigation gets under way in Winfield.

Authorities were called to a residence at 504 E. Fourth around 7:30 Sunday night. The woman was dead at the scene and a person was taken into custody.

Police are interviewing that person of interest and others as a result of the investigation. Chief of police Danny Parker said it appears the woman died of a gunshot wound, however, an autopsy will be conducted to determine that for certain.

Dynamic Learning Center of Belle Plaine offers free diploma program


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Sunday blog: Time to force the private schools to play tougher competition


Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I was in New York City a few months ago, and someone actually asked me if most Kansans had electricity.

I told her, yes, and we are close to getting this new thingy called the Internet. The fact I was holding my smart phone was lost upon her.

Tracy "Cueball" McCue

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

I will say this though, even if Kansas has electricity, the Internet and smartphones and all this sophisticated weather equipment to accurately predict the ice storm of the century, we are slow to change on certain issues.

For example, why do we allow private schools to run all over public schools in high school sports?

I have been hearing this for years. People complain that private schools can sport better teams, because they have the ability to recruit athletes from anywhere and still keep their enrollment figures low.

Well, yes that is true. But no one will do anything about it!

Wellington girls make it four in a row with win over Augusta

Back to business Crusaders

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team improved to 6-3 with a 59-45 victory over Augusta Friday with a high powered offensive performance.

Avery Rusk scored 23 points and Lauryn Snipes had 21 in a non-league contest with Augusta. The Crusaders shot an outstanding 53 percent from field and going 6 of 12 from the 3-point arch.

The Crusaders opened the game establishing a 12-2 lead and would never trail thereafter. Wellington mostly held a double digit lead throughout and would never let Augusta get much closer than eight.

Wellington hopes to make it five straight when it hosts Winfield Tuesday in a girls-only night. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. following the junior varsity contest starting at 6 p.m. The Crusaders will then play in one of the top high school girls tournaments in the state of Kansas when they travel to Haven. As of last Monday, Wellington would be the eighth seed, even with just three losses.

Without Snipes, Wellington boys fall to Augusta 71-39 Friday

Crusader nights

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys basketball team ended one of its most interesting weeks losing to Augusta 71-39 in a forgettable game that was nearly postponed due to the unpredictable weather.

The Crusaders were without A.J. Snipes who is nursing a right wrist sprain. Snipes hurt it when he fell on it during the final two minutes against Wichita Collegiate Tuesday night.

“We thought it was broken, but it appears to be just a sprain,” said Rick Roitman, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But right now he can’t dribble. Not sure if he will be ready for the Chaparral tournament on Wednesday.”

Wellington is to battle Conway Springs in the first round of the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Snipes, who is the team’s leading scorer, assist and steal maker; will undoubtedly be needed as the Dukes approach one of the tougher Chaparral tournaments in years.

The Crusaders completed the first half of the season with a 2-7 record and saddled with a four-game losing streak. Without Snipes, the Crusaders appear to be limping. But Roitman is optimistic that this team is on the cusp of being pretty good.

Sumner Court Docket: January 12, 2017 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.


Wellington’s Hannah Shelley will be lead in Wichita theater production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.’

Hannah Shelley stars
Hanna Shelley has lead as Millie in Wichita Christian Theater production.

Hannah Shelley has lead as Millie in Wichita Christian Theater production.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hannah Shelley of Wellington has become the lead in the Wichita Christian Youth Theater’s production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

Shelley will play the female lead of Millie.

The public performances will be January 26-27 at 7 p.m. and January 28 at 2 and 7 p.m.

All performances will be held at Isely Magnet School, located at 5256 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire, Kans.

Shelley has been an involved actress of the Wellington Community Theater. She was the lead in the Peter Pan production, a couple years ago.

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Tayland French named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tayland French, a 5-9, senior for the Wellington girls basketball team, has been named this week’s Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.


Tayland French

French had two big games helping Wellington beat Mulvane 57-33 and Clearwater 59-17. Against Mulvane, a week ago on Tuesday, she had 13 points, three assists and eight rebounds. Then on Saturday she had a double-double where she led the team with 16 points and had 10 rebounds. She was also 6 of 8 at the free throw line.

French is the first athlete to win the Big Cheese award twice. She also won during the volleyball season. 

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