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WHS Prom 2015: Ahmad Mohammed and Caitie Williams named Lord and Lady

WHS prom feature

Lord and Lady Prom 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School Prom continued through the night… After the dinner and entertainment, there was the dance.

Then Ahmad Mohammad and Caitlin Williams were named the 2015 WHS Prom Lord and Lady (the photo gallery is here). Other prom award presented were:

Sumner Attorney Kerwin Spencer says he will be filing felony charges soon on Provencio, Reedy over Wednesday morning attack

Breaking News

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he is hoping to file charges very soon on what will possibly be felony charges against Sylvester Provencio, 21, and Nicholas Reedy, 33, both of Caldwell. Both are currently in Sumner County jail for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell on early April 22 morning in south rural Sumner County.

Spencer said he has interviewed witnesses and is currently working closely with Sumner County Sheriff Detective Jeff Hawkins, in hopes of submitting charges sometime this weekend.

The two men will likely face charges of aggravated battery, simple battery, disorderly conduct and criminal depravation of property. Spencer said he will not pursue the aggravated robbery charge which was listed in the original Sumner County Sheriff arrest report.

Provencio and Reedy are accused of assaulting Schneider and Nispel who were in two separate vehicles driving home at around 12:15 a.m. Spencer said part of the delay with formal charges is because Schneider has been undergoing treatment at Caldwell Hospital suffering from a busted ear drum, two cracked ribs and various facial scratches and abrasions. According to a source, he was released at 4 p.m. today. 

Wellington boys keep AV-CTL DIV title hopes alive with Circle sweep

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its league title hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep against Circle Thursday at Sellers Park. The victory sweep improved the Dukes to 9-5 and 7-1 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. They are currently in a battle with Andale-Garden Plain for the league title.

Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.

Freshman Cade Phelps in game two.

The Indians are 5-1 and travels to Wichita Collegiate tonight. They will then play at Mulvane on May 7. Wellington hosts Clearwater on the same day.

On Thursday, the Crusaders won the first game 11-2 and followed that up with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the nightcap.

Wellington took advantage of four Circle errors while generating nine hits in game one. Austin Dunn also had himself a home run.

Crusaders were in cruise control getting two runs in the first and two runs in the second. Eventually they held a 5-0 lead after four innings. The Thunderbirds would narrow the lead to two in the top of the fifth. But a four-run output in the bottom of the fifth secured victory for the Dukes. 

House fire at 1003 South Jefferson contained within an hour Thursday afternoon

Sumner Newscow local news report
Fire causes $30,000 worth of damage.

Fire causes $30,000 worth of damage.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A structure fire caused $30,000 worth of damage to a home at 1003 South Jefferson in Wellington at 2:10 p.m. Thursday.

According to a Wellington Fire Department press release, Wellington firefighters arrived on the scene and found a one-and-a-half story green colored wood frame home on fire with flames coming through the windows and doorway on two sides of the house.

The home is owned by Andrew Gerten.

The fire was extinguished at the rear of the home. Firefighters then made entry to search for any victims. They then started the ventilation of the smoke process by cutting a section of the roof away and inserting a ventilation fan. 

Closed hearing to evaluate Blansett mental competency evaluation set for May

State of Kansas vs. Lindsey Blansett

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A closed hearing has been tentative set for May 14, at 4 p.m. in Sumner County District Court to discuss a Larned State Hospital mental competency evaluation report of Lindsey Nicole Blansett, who is charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son at her home on Dec. 14, 2014.

The hearing will be behind closed doors and involve a video teleconference with a psychologist of the mental competency evaluation. It will also include county attorney Kerwin Spencer, defense attorney Mike Brown and Judge Scott McQuin to determine if Blansett is competent to stand trial in Sumner County.

Spencer said the hearing will not be public in fear that to do so will taint a future jury pool. He said the hearing will review possible evidence that could be admissible or inadmissible for trial.

Fast and Furious 7 being played at the Wellington Regent

Fast and Furious

This week at the Regent Theater: Fast and Furious 7

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour 20 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.

City of Wellington issues weed and wild growth policy

Grass weed notice

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following are the policies for City of Wellington weed and wild growth:

What is a weed or wild growth?

  1. Brush and woody vines
  2. Indigenous grasses that attain large growth and may become a fire hazard
  3. Growth that may bear downy or winged seeds
  4. Growth that harbors pests or vermin
  5. Non-ornamental grasses or plants that are 12 inches in height

What is the property owner’s responsibility?

Two Caldwell men charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated battery after brawling incident Wednesday morning

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio, 21, and Nicholas Reedy, 33, both of Caldwell, have been arrested by the Sumner County Sheriff’s office for aggravated robbery and aggravated battery after a brawling incident that occurred at 1700 S. Mayfield Road, about three miles east of Caldwell at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, Gregory Schneider, 53, of Caldwell and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell were driving home when they noticed a vehicle was struck in the mud. They stopped to help them, but an argument ensued, the report said.

Allegedly, Schneider was punched in the face several times by Reedy and fell to the ground. After falling to the ground, Schneider allegedly was kicked and stomped on by both suspects to the point where he lost consciousness while lying face down in the roadway.

WHS Service Day 2015: Youth meets community…

Service Day Feature

Service Day - readingby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School held its annual Service Day throughout the community this morning and had a myriad of activities this afternoon at the high school.

The annual service day featured a plethora of activities including meal packaging to benefit Meals-on-Wheels-for-Kids during the summer and Project Sticker Shock was a fun-filled day by the WHS Leadership Team under sponsor Karla Defore.

WHS students were scattered across 32 different locations this morning (see photo gallery here).

Those who participated and where they served are as follows: 

A new beginning: Mayor and three council members sworn into office

Wellington City Council news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is official. Wellington is now under the leadership of a whole new city council. Tuesday evening Wellington City Mayor Shelley Hansel was sworn in as was city council members Kelly Green, Jim Valentine and Kip Etter. The mayor and council members will serve four-year terms ending in 2019.

The occasion was monumental for two reasons.

1) For the first time in its history, Wellington inducted a woman mayor. Hansel replaces Roger Stallbaumer, who has led the council since 2007.

2) It ends what has been the city of Wellington’s progression from an eight-member two-year term ward boundary board to a six-member four-year at-large board. 

Dr. Faustino Naldoza appointed to SRMC board; 1 vacancy still needs to be filled

Tornado shelter inside SRMC

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dr. Faustino Naldoza was officially appointed as the newest member of the Sumner Regional Medical Center board.

By a 6-0 vote, the old city council of Mayor Roger Stallbaumer and members Vince Wetta, Kelly Green, Jan Korte, B.J. Tracy, Jim Valentine and John Brand unanimously voted to appoint Naldoza, a retired Wellington physician, to fill one of two vacancies.

Dr. Faustino Naldoza

Dr. Faustino Naldoza

Steve Shelley and Kelli McComb recently resigned from the five-member SRMC board. The council will still need to fill one vacancy. Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said applicants will need to be accepted through May 7 for the other board vacancy. The appointment will be for the remainder of the term expiring April 20, 2017.

In a press release sent out today by Shields, the position stipulates: 

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5 people injured Monday afternoon in 3-vehicle accident west of Oxford

Breaking News

Oxford wreck 4-20-15

By Shane Farley, — The crash happened just after 2 p.m. on U.S. 160 highway and left the roadway closed to traffic for a time.

According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, 58-year-old Catherine Wills, of Mulvane, was eastbound on the highway in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee when she attempted to pass slower traffic.

Wills entered the westbound lane where she collided head on with a 2000 Chevy pick-up driven by 76-year-old Bobbie L. Treat, of Oxford. Treat’s truck was then struck from behind by a 2000 Dodge Stratus driven by 28-year-old Samantha Fortner, of Oxford.

Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is May 2. Post your FREE Garage Sale here

Citywide garage sale

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is slated for Saturday, May 2. And the world needs to know you are having one for that weekend.

Sumner Newscow offers the only FREE media avenue for you to advertise your garage sale. And you’ll have the most eyeballs looking over your ad.  Go ahead and post your garage sale for the citywide garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will have an organized list 24 hours before the big day. If you have a garage sale THIS weekend, advertise in the garage sale section in the previous post. We will remind the shopping troops periodically.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Post your garage sale ads for THIS weekend here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another 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!

Wellington Community Theater’s Jungle Book and Rikki Tikki Tavi played in front of enthusiastic crowds

WCT Jungle Book/Rikki Tikki Tavi

WCT Jungle Book/Rikki Tikki Tavi

By Tracy McCue Sumner Newscow —  Local theater fans got two plays for the price of one with The Wellington Community Children’s Theater production of The Jungle Book and Rikki Tikki Tavi this weekend. The production included over 40 young actors on stage and countless people behind the scenes for the three performance event at the Wellington Junior High Auditorium.

WCT Director Lisa Vargas reported great crowds with Sunday afternoon’s performance especially well attended. Above Robert Hobbs and Cassidy Harriger in the Rikki Tikki Tavi production and the full cast of the Jungle Book singing the finale above. Catch more photos in the Sumner Newscow photo gallery here.

Sunday blog: Talking 1995, used-up controversies, babysitting Bryant, surveillance videos and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 19, 2015…

1. Baseball reunion

1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.

1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.

Former Wellington High School head baseball coach Mike Wilmoth is organizing a 20-year reunion for the 1995 WHS varsity baseball players who won the Class 4A State Championship in Manhattan. The ceremony will be held May 7 at Hibbs-Hooten Field in between the Wellington-Clearwater doubleheader.

It should be a hoot. I was the sports editor at the Wellington Daily News and the memory of that tournament makes me smile. Not only was it the first state championship team I ever covered as a reporter, but it was also the first time I used a cell phone.

It had been raining all week, and the Class 4A state baseball tournament had been delayed a couple of times. It started on a Friday and was supposed to end on a Saturday. But the tournament was delayed way into next week. 

Reichenberger holds another record; WMS boys win golf tourney; Oxford baseball team above .500…

10 things to know Sumner County sports
Colin Reichenberger, shown here in the 2014 State Track and Field Championships, is at it again, breaking records. He broke the 300 meter record at Belle Plaine Tuesday.

Colin Reichenberger, shown here in the 2014 State Track and Field Championships, is at it again, breaking records. He broke the 300 meter record at Belle Plaine Tuesday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about Sumner County sports this week…

1. New school record…

Colin Reichenberger, a Wellington High School senior, was breaking track records almost every outing in the hurdles event in 2014. He’s doing it again in 2015. Reichenberger broke the 300-meter hurdles record at the Belle Plaine Dragon Relays Tuesday, clocking in at 39.30 seconds.

Last year, Reichenberger ran the 300 at 39.42 at the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, placing him second in Class 4A.

Reichenberger also placed first in the 110-meter hurdles, coming in with a time of 15.00. That’s better than his state track time of 15.13. His personal best in the 110 is 14.48.

We’ll keep tabs where Reichenberger is compared to others in the state. The Wellington High School track team will be traveling to Caldwell next Tuesday for its next meet of the season.


2. Belle Plaine Invite team results…

Jungle Book/ Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Wellington Community Theater production starts tonight!

Cast members above include: Brenna Brown, Hannah Shelley, Lizzie Harriger, Chloe Henderson, Josh Amos and Hunter Lough.

Cast members above include: Brenna Brown, Hannah Shelley, Lizzie Harriger, Chloe Henderson, Josh Amos and Hunter Lough.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Community Theater and Children’s Theater of Wellington will be presenting the Jungle Book and The Adventure of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for three nights on April 17, 18, and 19.

The premiere showing is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Junior High Building Auditorium at 311 North A Street.

The other two showings are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.

The cast list for both productions are as follows:

Garage Sales for this weekend

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for April 17-19, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

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