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Sumner County schools to have combined 37 entries in state track meet this weekend

Track meet preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County will have 37 entries in the Kansas State Track and Field Championships this weekend at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University.

Kansas high school track athletes qualified if they finished in the top four of their regional.

The best chance of a Sumner County state championship is in the Class 4A boys ranks where Colin Reichenberger currently has the best time in the state in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdles.

Elsewhere, Sara Eckelberry in Class 3A in the discus, may have a shot at a state title. As do many others who turned in top three times in their classification.

The Sumner County state track qualifiers, the events they qualified for, the state ranking out of 16 qualifiers, and their time/distance are as follows:

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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!

(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

Breaking News

Turnpike accident redo
Turnpike accident #2

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.

McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.

People gather to pay tribute to our fallen heroes at Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day tribute feature
Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Prairie Lawn Cemetery was a busy place this morning as people paid homage to those no longer with us. And at the heart of Wellington’s grandest cemetery was the annual Memorial Day Service held this morning. The service paid tribute to fallen veterans of U.S. Wars past.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine was the featured speaker.

“We know that the rights we have today are actually privileges you have given us with the many sacrifices you have made in all of the past wars,” Valentine said of fallen heroes of wars past. “Everyday of our lives, we should remember to honor your services to our great nation.”

The placing of the wreaths was announced by James Lockhart. The ringing of the bell by veteran Charles Lawless who represented the Wellington Fire Department recognized each war conflict.  

It’s official! Ryleigh Buck makes Team USA women’s baseball team

Rylee Buck USA baseball team player
Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ryleigh Buck is officially on the Team USA Women’s Baseball team, and will represent the country at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

USA Baseball announced the 18 players named to the 2015 U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team following the completion of three days of on-field trials in North Carolina. Buck is on the roster as an infielder/right hand pitcher from Wellington, Kansas.

She is the only player from Kansas and one of just two in the whole Midwest. Jenna Marston of from St. Louis, Mo. is also on the roster. Team USA will have representatives from eight different states.

Sunday blog: Perhaps it’s time to officially make SRMC a municipal hospital

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Can anyone tell me the difference between the Sumner Regional Medical Center and, say, the Wellington Fire and Police Departments?

Yeah, yeah. I know the fire department is there to put out fires and deliver sick people. The police department is in charge of throwing bad guys in jail. The hospital is there to fix our boo-boos and keep us from dying.

But essentially, all three institutions do the same thing— provide a community service unlike any other city department whether its utilities, the park department, etc.

So why not make SRMC a municipal hospital and stop this us vs. them mentality?

At Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting, SRMC was getting hammered over not paying for city utilities. In a nutshell, it was one government institution hammering another governmental institution about the amount of taxpayers money they were not receiving from the other.(see story here). It is obvious this system of billing SRMC for utilities isn’t working.

Utility non-payments are nothing new for SRMC. I remember writing a Wellington Daily News article in the late 1990s or early 2000s when the hospital was not even 10 years old, about the city abating utilities for the hospital. As outlined by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields Tuesday, SRMC has had utility abatements for 27 of the last 60 months and hasn’t made a payment since Oct. 2013.

Wellington gets 6 track athletes to state in 7 events after regional

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be taking six athletes in seven events to the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita next weekend.

The Crusaders traveled west to Holcomb to participate in the Class 4A Regional Friay. In order to qualify, an athlete must finish in the top four of his/her event.

Wellington’s Colin Reichenberger finished first in both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. He also broke a school record in the 300 with a run of 38.90. This marks the first time he surpassed the 39 second threshold. 

Memorial Day Services to be held Monday at 10 a.m.

Feature Memorial Day service

Sumner Newscow report — There will be Memorial Day Service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

The featured speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Jim Valentine. The order of the service will be as follows:

Welcome – James Lockhart.

Oxford is on its way to state! Beats Cedar Vale/Dexter 3-2 in Regional Championship

Oxford statebound feature

Oxford celebrating

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — “Oxford is going to state.”

Not since 2006 can an Oxford baseball team make such a claim. Thursday afternoon at the Broadway Sports Complex in Winfield after two rain delays, Oxford would beat Cedar Vale/Dexter 3-2 to claim the Central-Burden Regional Championship.

Oxford now travels to the Great Bend Sports Complex on May 28-29 for the Class 2-1A State Tournament.

“Wow. That’s all I can say,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head baseball coach. “This team has just gotten better and better as the year has gone on.”

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for May 22 to May 24 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Avengers: Age of Ultron playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Avengers at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours 21 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Wellington girls softball team ends season with loss to Mulvane

Crusader sports news
2015 Wellington girls softball team.

2015 Wellington girls softball team.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls softball team lost to Mulvane 6-3 in the first round of the Class 4A Regional.

Wellington finishes the season at 9-10. Mulvane would go on to win the regional championship over Winfield with a 3-2 victory.

This game was delayed 24 hours because of rain. And when the game started under looming skies, there was hope the weather gods would allow this game to materialize. The Lady Dukes had its final regular season double-header canceled and hadn’t played since April 30. So bad weather has been par for the course this season.

In the early going, the game looked promising for the Lady Dukes. Mulvane’s leadoff batter opened the game with a triple and would eventually score on a wild pitch. 

Wellington City Council members discuss the state of increasing rates

Wellington City Council news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While the Wellington City Council voted to increase water and waste water rates, it came after 31 minutes of discussion veering more into the philosophical discussion of the way the city conducts business and its relationship with Sumner Regional Medical Center.

By a 4-2 vote the council approved city and sewer rate increases (see story below). Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel, Jan Korte, Kelly Green and Kip Etter voted for the rate change. Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta voted against the proposal.

The following is a synopsis of what was said at Tuesday’s meeting:  

City to raise water and sewer rates starting July 1

water rates increase

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council established new rates for water and sewer for city customers starting July 1 in hopes of reversing the continuing depletion of its utility reserve funds. The council approved two ordinances at its regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening. The measure passed 4-2 and required the vote of Wellington mayor Shelley Hansel for their passage. The Wellington mayor only casts a vote in order to break a tie or has the option of voting if an ordinance does not muster a majority.

The city electrical rates were not addressed at this time.

The new water rate structure is as follows: 

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After 4 tries, Oxford upsets Udall when it counted the most – the postseason!

Oxford upsets Udall

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The beauty of post season is things don’t go accordingly to plan. Somewhere, someplace a team is going to lose to a team it is supposed to beat.

So was the case in Burden, in Tuesday’s semifinal game between Oxford and Udall. The No. 1 seed Eagles were 18-2 against the fourth seed Wildcats who were 9-11. The Eagles had beaten the Wildcats all four times during the regular season.

But Tuesday  when the final out was tallied, Oxford pulled off a 4-1 upset over Udall. The Wildcats are in the regional championship.

Oxford is awaiting the winner of Cedar Vale-Dexter vs. Central Burden in the other semifinal game which was delayed because of rain yesterday. The games for today have been postponed for 24 hours. Central vs. CV-Dexter is scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner playing Oxford at 6 p.m. That’s tentative, of course.

Suffice it to say, the Oxford team probably won’t mind savoring this victory a little longer against its most heated rival. 

Reedy and Provencio attain attorneys; next court date moved to June 11

Sumner County Court Docket updates

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 21, both of Caldwell who are accused of assaulting two men in their 50s, have both attained new attorneys. Subsequently their next scheduled court date has been changed to June 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Sylvester Provencio

Sylvester Provencio

Both men face three felony charges including aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and

Nick Reedy

Nick Reedy

burglary of a vehicle for an attack of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55 of Caldwell, four miles east of the community on April 22, 2015.

Both Caldwell men were scheduled to appear in court on May 14 after Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin refused to reduce their bond from $100,000 to $50,000 during their first hearing. Both are still in custody at Sumner County Jail.

Flag movers needed for Avenue of Flags; how the tradition started

American flag

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Avenue of Flags committee is looking for a few good volunteers to help put up and remove flags from Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington during Memorial Day Weekend.

Volunteers are asked to come to the cemetery entrance at 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The committee also needs volunteers to take the flags down on Monday, May 25 at 4 p.m. barring wet weather

Andy McIntire, heading the committee, said there are around 1,200 flags that need to be moved in and out of the cemetery. 

After improbable comeback against Winfield; Wellington loses regional championship

Crusader sports news
Many close calls for the Crusaders vs. Vikings Tuesday.

Many close calls for the Crusaders vs. Vikings Tuesday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader baseball team for the most part saw little offensive production through two games at its Class 4A Regional at Sellers Park in which it finished regional runner up.

Wellington would lose to Rose Hill 11-0 in a five-inning run rule game in the regional championship Monday night at Sellers Park. But it was the Crusaders improbable 2-1 comeback against Winfield in game one that made the price of admission worth it.

The Crusaders were down to their final out trailing Winfield 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, with nobody on base and being dominated by Viking pitcher Taylor Woods, who up to that point was throwing a one-hitter. To make matters worse, the Dukes No. 3 and 4 hitters Trevor Nance and Austin Dunn had already been thrown out at first. 

Graysen DeJarnett qualifies for the Class 4A State Tournament in McPherson

State bound Graysen DeJarnett 2015

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School Junior Graysen DeJarnett has qualified for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament at Turkey Creek Golf Course in McPherson on May 26 after shooting an 83 on his home course in the Class 4A Regional in Wellington Monday.

DeJarnett qualified individually.  In Kansas, there are two ways to qualify for state. You can automatically qualify as one of the top two teams from each of the four regionals, or mark the lowest scores of the five individuals not on those teams.

Overall, Wellington accumulated a 378, placing sixth as a team out of 10 teams present.

Rose Hill won the tournament with a 314. Wichita Trinity edged out Andale for second by one stroke: 322 to 323. 

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