|Sumner Newscow calendar for Wednesday to Friday:
WEDNESDAY – MARCH 12
State basketball tournament: Caldwell boys (17-7) vs. Spearville (16-7) on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at Emporia.
THURSDAY – MARCH 13
State basketball tournament: Caldwell girls (17-6) vs. St. Paul (21-2) on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at Emporia.
Argonia girls (19-4) vs. Dighton (17-5) on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. at Hays.
Slate Creek Books Anniversary Celebration- Noon-2 p.m.
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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.
Happy bargain selling and hunting!March 10, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell boys and girls basketball teams and the Argonia girls will be representing Sumner County in the state basketball tournaments this week.
Argonia girls have advanced to the Class 1A-DII state tournament at Fort Hays State University after winning the Chetopa tournament. Argonia (19-4) as the No. 4 seed is slated to play Dighton (17-5), a No. 5 seed on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. See tournament brackets here: http://www.kshsaa.org/
The Caldwell boys will be playing in the Class 1A Div. 1 tournament at White Auditorium in Emporia. Caldwell, the No. 4 seed, will be playing No. 5 seed Spearville (16-7) on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.
The Caldwell girls will be playing the next day in the same auditorium. Caldwell girls (17-6), the No. 6 seed, will be playing St. Paul (21-2) at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.
Oxford boys lose in 2A sub-state championshipMarch 09, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow originally started working on the Early Retirement Incentive Program story below more than three weeks ago. It is our opinion, it was a story the USD 353 Central office did not want to have written.
Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth has been the main source of correspondence when dealing with USD 353 Central Office and school board issues over the years. Initially when hearing that Sumner Newscow was planning on doing a story, a private meeting was set-up which resulted in a 60-minute discussion with myself and Mr. Roth. The concern at that time was the administration did not want a story to come out that included a comment section with anonymous blogs.
Sumner Newscow refused to withhold the comment section for this story, because it adheres to our policy concerning public issues (see policy here).March 09, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — After being on the books for over 23 years, the controversial Wellington Early Retirement Incentive Program is on its way to becoming a thing of the past. USD 353 has been paying nearly a million dollars in ERIP payments to retired teachers in the past two years.
Due to possible impending budgetary restraints, the Wellington National Education Association and the school board have agreed to reduce the program by half for only the teachers with less than five years to retire, and eliminate it all together for those working thereafter.
Instead the school has implemented a 403b Matching Plan.
As part of the 2013-14 negotiated contract agreement ratified in February, teachers will need to retire at the end of the school year in order to be eligible for the current ERIP program. The notification deadline has already passed on March 1.March 09, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In the end it was the kind of game that makes you think back and ask, “if only?” The Wellington girls fell one game short of the state tournament with a 46-41 loss to Mulvane in the sub-state championship in Rose Hill.
This was Mulvane’s year with four senior girls who were dominating in middle school and pretty much carried the program for four seasons in high school. Eric Adam’s troops were hoping to crash the party.
It almost did, had it not been for a cold patch down the stretch.March 07, 2014 Cueball
When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 22 minutes.
Movie Synopsis: Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history.
Updated: Wellington boys start sub-state tonight; WHS girls vs. Mulvane Saturday; Sumner County hoops continueMarch 07, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a busy Thursday night in sub-state tournaments across the state as basketball teams were faced with do-or-die situations. As reported, the Wellington girls eliminated Winfield 53-42 Thursday night. They will play Mulvane Saturday night at 6 p.m. for an opportunity to get to state.
The Wellington boys will start their sub-state tournament tonight in Rose Hill when they face Mulvane. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Sumner Newscow will be providing a live twitter feed for the game.
In other Sumner County basketball news, Conway Springs boys were eliminated by Douglass 58-55. It was a good tournament for the Cardinals, who were a sixth seed going in before knocking off the third seed Wichita Independent in the first round and nearly toppling the No. 2 seed Bulldogs in the semifinals.March 06, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Getting 23 points from Lauryn Snipes and 18 from Carlie McComb, the Wellington Crusaders opened the post season with a monstrous 53-42 victory against Winfield Thursday evening at Rose Hill.
Going on a 14-3 run to start the third quarter, Wellington would break open a tight ball game to win by double digits. Winfield would never get within 9 in the fourth quarter for the win.
“It was a great team effort,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “When you start in November, you just want to give yourself a shot at getting to Salina and the girls have done that. I’m a very proud coach.”
Wellington would maintain a lead for all but 30 seconds of the second quarter over Winfield – a team it beat during the regular season by a similar score.March 06, 2014 Cueball
Sumner Newscow report — A Wellington Fire/EMS investigation has determined that a structure fire at 518 North Blaine in Wellington this morning was probably a case of arson.
“There are some clues that lead us to believe by the way the fire burned and some items left at the scene, that this fire was intentionally set,” said Tim Hay, Wellington Fire Chief. “We are currently interviewing people for this investigation.”
Wellington firefighters responded to a call at 3:39 a.m. Thursday of a small 600-square-foot house burning on Blaine Street, just north of U.S. 160 between 10th and 11th Street.March 06, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington men have been charged with the Jan. 31 vandalism of 21 downtown Wellington properties.
The four young adults formerly charged by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer are:
•Eugene McCormick born in 1992, of Wellington;
•Eli Schmeidler, born in 1989, of Wellington;
•Cyrus Cunningham, born in 1992, of Wellington;
•Dylan Pacchelli, born in 1993, of Wellington.
The four have been charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors that caused an estimated total damage of $5,499 to the downtown area.
The four men, all adults, are each being charged with:March 05, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council had a lengthy conversation Tuesday evening about quiet zones for railroads and the amount of time Burlington Northern-Santa Fe trains sit on the tracks within the city limits.
In what resulted in a 30 minute discussion, the council didn’t resolve the matter. Council member John Brand did make a commitment and that was to make a commitment soon – just not right now.
“This is the third council group I’ve been on where this issue has been discussed and nothing gets done,” Brand said. “It’s time to come up with a decision one way or the other.”
Wellington citizen Fred Hinman approached the council asking that his neighborhood be designated a “quiet zone.” What does that mean? It is a place in which the train engineers would be restricted from blaring whistles when they come to a “quiet zone” intersection.March 04, 2014 CueballLoading ...March 03, 2014 Cueball
Submitted by Wellington Police Department — Saturday morning, March 1, 2014 after a month long investigation, Wellington Police executed a search warrant on a residence, located at 704 East Lincoln, in Wellington.
During this search, officer discovered evidence consistent with a marijuana growth operation with approximately two pounds of suspected marijuana being seized.March 03, 2014 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In the end, the 2013-14 Wellington High School wrestling year can be described as the most successful for a varsity squad since the Russ Decker era in the early 1990s.
For the first time since 2007, Wellington got two state placers in the state tournament. Andrew Pelkey at 145 placed fifth and Taylan Lamkin placed sixth in the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Salina.
Lamkin was the two-time state placer since the Decker era.
Wellington sent five wrestlers to state for the first time since 2005. Chance Hain at 170, Dalton Holt at 220, and Tyson Hodson at heavyweight joined Pelkey and Lamkin on the big trip.
From a dual perspective, Wellington finished 14-6, and losing only to Augusta in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.March 02, 2014 Cueball
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The popular trend among sports talk blabbers these days is to create what is called Mount Rushmore sports lists. The theory is if you owned this rock and were to chisel a monument much like the four U.S. Presidents in South Dakota, who would be on your “mountain” for a specific sport?
For example, the other day, Miami Heat’ Lebron James stated he wanted to be on the Mount Rushmore of NBA Players. He, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Celtic great Bill Russell objected and thought he should be on it.
I love debates like this. And it got me thinking about various Mount Rushmore lists on the local sports level.
Since I haven’t been shot at lately, I decided to compile a Mount Rushmores of Sumner County Sports.February 27, 2014 Cueball
This week at the Regent Theater: “Monuments Men” (Movie trailer is below).
When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 52 minutes.
Movie Synopsis: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed?February 27, 2014 Cueball
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The sub-state basketball tournament brackets were released today. All KSHSAA basketball brackets can be found here: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Basketball/SSAssignments.cfm
The Sumner County sub-state schedule is as follows:
Class 4A – Rose Hill
#1 Winfield (12-8) vs. #4 Rose Hill (3-16), 7:30 p.m.
#2 Wellington (9-10) vs. #3 Mulvane (6-13), 6 p.m.
Revised version: Fundraisers set for Curtiss Metz of Wellington in Wichita hospital for EndocarditisFebruary 26, 2014 Cueball
Revised version: Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Curtiss Metz 27 of Wellington is currently in the Neurological ICU at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.
Doctors discovered after several tests that he has Endocarditis, which is the inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves.
An infection started in a heart murmur that Curtiss was born with, causing extensive damage to his aortic valve. He also has a blood clot in the carotid artery at the base of his brain that was cause the infection. He has suffered a moderate stroke that has affected 20% of his brain. He is high risk to continue to have these strokes until the damage can be fixed.February 26, 2014 Cueball
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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
- Edward Martin “Eddie” Ybarra, 56, Wellington: Oct. 30, 1957 – March 10, 2014
- Sumner Newscow calendar for Tuesday – Friday
- USD 353 Food Services department is accepting applications for employment
- WHS Lauryn Snipes, Carlie McComb make 1st team All-AV-CTL basketball list
- Advertise your Garage Sale this weekend for FREE here!
- Wellington Police Notes: Monday, March 10, 2014
- Caldwell boys and girls, Argonia girls off to state; more tourney news
- Sumner County weekly bookings: March 3- March 10, 2014
- Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9, 2014
- Dennis Lloyd Townsend, Oxford, 55: Oct. 20, 1958 – March 9, 2014