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Wellington teams sweep Mulvane before Christmas break (updated with JV, C team scores)

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Mekenna Adams, a freshman, helps lift Wellington to victory.

Mekenna Adams, a freshman, helps lift Wellington to victory.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Merry Christmas, Wellington. You just swept Mulvane.

All five Wellington basketball teams including the varsity boys and girls basketball teams were victorious over the green and white Friday night during the Crusaders home opener.

Wellington boys improved to 4-1 with a 70-52 victory over Mulvane. The Wellington girls would improve to 2-3 with a 53-26 win.


Boys win big 

Convoluted controversy at Wheat Capital Manor in Wellington has many upset

Wheat Capital unrest

City council Wheat Capital Manor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was an unusual motion. At its Tuesday meeting, the Wellington City Council voted to continue a discussion for one week later over a controversy that has erupted between some members of the Wheat Capitol Manor staff and three members of the Wellington Housing Authority board.

After a 45 minute discussion at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the council voted to take a recess from an audience participation agenda and  reconvene on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the recreation room of the Wheat Capitol Manor at 400 South C Street.

Does it sound complicated? Well, try writing this story.

Sumner Newscow has broke this story into five segments. The first part involves the background of the Wheat Capital Manor – an independent living center in Wellington and the Wellington Housing Authority board that oversees it. The second involves how the conflict arose. The third involves how the Wellington City Council got involved. The fourth involves the meeting itself. The fifth is the reaction from the three members of the WHA who are being questioned.


The background 

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Dec. 19-21, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

‘Big Hero 6′ to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

Big Hero 6 at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Big Hero 6.” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Movie Synopsis: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6″ is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.

Scheduling hearing on Blansett case has been continued to Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington made her first appearance in Sumner County District Court for a scheduling hearing this morning.

Judge William Mott accepted the motion by defense lawyer Mike Brown to continue the hearing until Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Blansett has been charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son Caleb Blansett which allegedly occurred Sunday, Dec. 14 at their Wellington home on 902 W. 7th in Wellington. She appeared before the court in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the scheduling hearing is usually held to determine whether the suspect needs a competency evaluation or ask for a preliminary hearing.

Sumner Newscow recommendations on donations, comment policies and other subjects surrounding the Blansett investigation

Sumner Newscow note from publisher

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow has been getting several inquiries concerning various memorial donation funds being set up in the name of Caleb Blansett, the 10-year-old who tragically died Sunday of an alleged murder.

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

While it is great to see people help out in need, donors should also be mindful of where their money is going. Sumner Newscow is recommending that donations should be sent to a memorial fund set up at Impact Bank at 206 East Harvey Avenue.

This is not to take away from other internet-based memorial funds out there. This is only to recommend that money going toward this specific fund will be handled by professionals who work in finance and know how to property distribute the funds.

Comment policies

Sumner Newscow is specifically outlining policies for the comment section for the ongoing news of the Blansett investigation. The new policies will be: 

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Brown assigned as Lindsey Blansett’s court appointed attorney; first hearing set for Thursday; memorial fund set up

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County District Court Judge has assigned Mike Brown as Lindsey Blansett’s court-appointed attorney today. Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son, Caleb Blansett.

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

Blansett’s first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. under the court docket of Sumner County Judge William Mott. This has been a change of schedule said County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. Blansett’s first hearing was originally set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. under judge Scott McQuin.

Spencer said McQuin will eventually be the presiding judge but Mott will need to assign the case to him first.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Whether Blansett will make an appearance in court Thursday morning will depend on Brown, Spencer said.

Blansett is accused of murdering her son at their house late Sunday evening at 902 W. 7th in Wellington. In the District Court complaint, Blansett decided that Caleb’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven.

Lindsey Blansett charged with first degree murder

Lindsey Blansett feature charged

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington has been charged with first degree murder – an off grid felony Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer announced tonight.

Her bond has been set at $500,000.

According to the court complaint, it states:

“Lindsey Blansett has been charged on Dec. 14 with unlawfully, intentionally, and with premeditation kill a human being to wit her son Caleb Blansett, 10 years old, who had gone to bed.

“Lindsey Blansett decided that Caleb Blansett’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight so she took a rock and a knife into the bedroom and struck him with rock and stabbed him with a knife multiple times until he was dead.” 

(Updated 4:09 p.m.) Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington is in custody on suspicion of murder of 10-year-old son

Breaking News


Alleged homicide occurs at 902 W. 7th.

Alleged homicide occurs at 902 W. 7th in Wellington.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Shane Farley,  — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being held in Sumner County jail on suspicion of killing her 10-year-old son.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office is expected to receive an autopsy report from the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center and determine whether or not to file charges on Blansett concerning the death of a Lincoln Elementary student.

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

The WPD, assisted by the Sumner County Sheriff Department has been conducting a homicide investigation of a Blansett, who is being held in custody at Sumner County jail

Another child, about the same age of the boy, has been placed in protective custody, according to Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief.  No one else was hurt at the residence.

According to a WPD press release, the juvenile male had sustained a puncture wound to the chest.

Heath said officers received a 911 call at 11:45 p.m. concerning a death at the residence at 902 W. 7th in Wellington.

Sunday blog: Talking demolition of property; college football playoffs and ACL tears

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, um… make that three thoughts, on this busy holiday weekend…

1. Damage control

Much has been made with a lawsuit against the City of Wellington over the demolishing of property owned by a Burden couple on 806 South Cherry Street in April (see story here).

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

While I can’t say that the city of Wellington adhered to proper procedures in this particular case, I will say the demolishing of structures has always been a controversial, dicey proposition that no one at city hall particularly likes. The city is placed in a no-win situation. Do you leave property that is not only a neighborhood nuisance but a potential health hazard? Or do you risk the alienation of not only the property owners but those who have lived in Wellington and view the condemned property through rose-colored memories?

There’s a lot of gray manner to the whole ideal. Do you tear down this property, while leaving a similar property standing? How do you define condemned property anyway?  

Wellington wins Kingman Tournament Championship; girls finish 1-2

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Kingman Tournament Championship

Kingman Tournament Championship

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is Dec. 14 and the Wellington boys are 3-0 and have a Kingman Tournament first place trophy in their possession.

The Crusader boys basketball team won 62-54. It was Wellington’s second tournament championship in as many years against a feisty Kingman team. It was also the first time the Wellington boys won the Kingman tournament championship since 2007.

In other action, the Wellington girls lost to Haven 52-44 in the third place game Saturday afternoon.

“Yeah, it’s been a little too long,” joked Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach about winning the championship. “To win three in a row on back-to-back-to-back nights especially when it is your first three games is tough to do… Those 10 guys with their uniforms represented Wellington well.” 

Winner to receive $100 in 4th annual Sumner Newscow/The Dore Contest

College football $100 contest

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow and The Dore have joined forces for the fourth annual “Sumner Newscow- The Dore 2014-15 College Bowl Contest.”

As has been the case in the first three years, the winner gets $100 in cold cash. Second prize gets a $50 gift certificate to The Dore. Third prize gets a $25 gift certificate to The Dore.

Click here for a printable form. 

You have two ways to enter.

Lighting up Wellington! Chamber Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest winners featured

Christmas in Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2014 Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest participants and winners. Mane Innovations at 114 South C St. across from Impact Bank was the first place winner. The residential home at 1612 N. Day St.

Mane Innovations!

Mane Innovations!

Residential winner at 1612 N. Day.

Residential winner at 1612 N. Day.

The list of winners and participants and pictures are as follows (for more pictures and those pictured in full size click here) :

Burden couple seeking excess of $75,000 for demolition of structure on S. Cherry

Wellington city gets sued

by Shane Farley, and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Burden couple is suing the City of Wellington over a house that was allegedly demolished without their knowledge in the spring of 2013.

Tevra Venn and her husband, Jasen Venn, filed the suit this summer. A pretrial conference in the case, set for this week, was postponed.

The couple is seeking a judgement in excess of $75,000.806 S. Cherry St Venn lawsuit

The property in question is located at 806 S. Cherry St. in the southern portion of Wellington. According to the suit complaint, it was a first home for the Venns and recently they were working to remodel it and have it as an investment property to be rented.

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ coming to Wellington Regent; original on Friday; Santa Coming to Town Saturday

Dumb and dumber to feature

This week at the Regent Theater: “Dumb and Dumber To.” (Movie trailer is below).

Also at Regent this weekend: The original Dumb and Dumber on Friday night at 9:30 p.m.Dumb and Dumber original


Santa to town RegentOn Saturday and Sunday “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Bring your non-perishable food items for admittance which will go to the Wellington Food Bank.


More information on Dumb and Dumber To:

When:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13 Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes


Movie Synopsis: Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To.

Crusader preview: Wellington boys lack depth but have experience in the starting lineup

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2014-15 Wellington boys basketball team

2014-15 Wellington boys basketball team

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the Wellington boys basketball team for 2014-15…

1. Where we last left off

Wellington boys accumulated a 9-12 record losing in the first round of sub-state to Mulvane after a rather unusual season. Call it the “bell curve” season. The Crusaders got off to a slow start until the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic.

They then won the Chaparral Roadrunner Tournament Classic in January for the first time since the 1970s. That included that spectacular overtime win over Kingman – considered one of the best played game in recent Crusader history.  Wellington would come off that tournament and beat eventual third place state placer El Dorado and would finish off its hot streak winning 7 of 8.

Unfortunately, the Crusaders could not sustain it. They lost the last six league games and quickly exited the sub-state post season.


Trevor Nance

Trevor Nance


Connor Phelps

Connor Phelps

2. So who is returning?…

Wellington’s Trevor Nance is, of course. The record holding quarterback will be returning for his senior year. He is 6-5 and averaged 17.11 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He had several 20 point games especially during the mid-season streak.

Connor Phelps, a 6-1, junior, is also returning after getting 8.6 ppg and 2.0 rpg. in 2013-14.

Fritzler Auto Shop closes business this week due to family health issues

Sumner Newscow local news report
Fritzler Auto Shop closes door this week.

Fritzler Auto Shop closes door this week.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Fritzler Auto Shop, a staple of the Wellington business community for 34 years, has shut its doors this week.

Fritzler had a sign on its front door this week that said it was closed due to illness.

“We would like to thank you for 34 years of business in Wellington,” the sign read.

The business is owned by Lynn and Chris Fritzler of Wellington. It opened in 1980 at 22 North Industrial Avenue in the Industrial Park. Since then it has offered auto collision repair and paint and body upholstery, serving a multiple number of domestic and foreign vehicles.

It won the 2011 Business of the Year at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. 

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Sumner County Commissioners told saltwater disposal wells not fracking cause of earthquakes here

Earthquake feature 11-19-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The growing concern with earthquakes in Sumner County brought in a Who’s Who list of state officials from the Kansas Geological Survey, the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at Tuesday’s County Commissioner meeting.

While the conclusion amongst those in attendance was that the disposal of saltwater used in horizontal oil drilling, i.e. fracking, is probably the cause of the outbreak of earthquakes in the area, no one really knows what to do about it.

Earthquakes were a topic of conversation at Tuesday's Sumner County Commissioner meeting.

Earthquakes were a topic of conversation at Tuesday’s Sumner County Commissioner meeting.

The Nov. 12 Sumner County earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 was confirmed to be the largest “recorded” quake in Kansas history said Rex Buchanan, Interim Director of the Kansas Geological Survey in Lawrence. The epicenter for that earthquake was eight miles south of Conway Springs and had a depth of 3.4 miles which was felt for 100 miles.

“That one caught us by surprise,” Buchanan said of the earthquake in an interview afterwards. “We usually come up with a good explanation, but that was completely unexpected.” 

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