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Crusader preview: Wellington girls track team have potential of being very, very good

2014 Crusader track preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head track coach Tyler Ryan had this to say the other day at a Crusader Club meeting.

“The girls have a chance of unseating Andale for the league title.”

That would be quite the feat. Andale does a lot of things well. One could argue it does track best of all.

But this is a big year for the Lady Dukes. Despite losing Megan Campbell — a multi-state champion and placer in 2013 and now attending Wichita State — Wellington is returning eight state qualifiers from 2013 from a team that finished fourth in Class 4A.

Sumner County Court Docket: April 7, 2014 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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Chinese Buffet Restaurant to be located in the former Wellington Steakhouse complex

Chinese Restaurant coming

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be getting itself a new Chinese Buffet Restaurant.

The building best known as the Wellington Steakhouse complex will be the home of “Taiwan” – a super Chinese style restaurant on U.S. 160, in east Wellington.

Building owner Hasu Bhakta said the renovations will be completed around 45 days from today depending on the weather and how quickly the owners could move in the equipment. He looks for it to open either in the last part of May or the early part of June.

The new restaurant will be independently run and not part of a chain franchise. The buffet will feature popular Chinese items including a select number of American food items.

“It will depend on what the Wellington people like,” Bhakta said. 

Sunday blog: The cost of doing business when playing the tax incentive game

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Wellington and Sumner County have always been about three things: planes, trains and combines. It is how our economy works. But if we don’t periodically bring in new business and keep our existing ones happy we will be about moving vans, unemployment checks and empty pockets.

The question is: Can Wellington/Sumner County adequately compete in today’s business world against other municipalities, court houses and state capitols to attract the kind of industry that helps us grow and remain economically viable?

Will it get to the point that businesses will have a "signing" day with the winning community?

Will it get to the point that businesses will have a “signing” day with the winning community?

Wellington is no different than any other town in America. We all hope for prosperity, and sometimes that means luring new industry or commerce to town. What results is an incentive war not much different than college universities trying to snag the latest five-star football recruit, or the auto dealers trying to get you to buy a car.

It has come to the point where governmental entities are literally “prostituting” themselves with various tax incentives and other quirks in hopes something will move to town. 

Trina Cook has been found!

Trina Cook has been found

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office has informed Sumner Newscow via e-mail that Trina Cook has been found alive and is safe!

Cook, a white 32-year-old female, was missing for about a week, until she was found on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Department did not elaborate on how she was discovered.

The Sheriff Department sent out a bulletin to several media outlets in the south-central Kansas area that she had been missing since March 26. The press release said at the time that her disappearance was very unusual for Cook not to have contact with her family for this long. Family members were extremely worried.

“Divergent” playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent

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


DivergentWhen: Friday 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday: 2, 7 and 9:45 p.m. and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.


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


Movie Synopsis: DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. (C) Summit

Final plat for Oak Tree Inn approved; company hopes to have hotel completed by Thanksgiving

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council approved the final plat of the new Oak Tree Inn being built at the corner of Woodlawn Ave. and U.S. 160 in the Penny’s Diner parking lot.

With the excavation nearly complete of the old Warner Plaza lot, the construction of the new 110-room Oak Tree Inn is about to begin. The new hotel will be open by Christmas 2014 with the goal of opening before Thanksgiving, said Roy Riggs of T.R. Lodging Enterprises – owner of the Oak Tree Inn/Penny Diner.

The existing 80-room Oak Tree Inn will remain open but be renamed Green Country Inn.

Tuesday’s motion, unanimously passed by the city council with member John Tracy being absent, was more or less a technicality – giving T.R. Lodging final approval of four lot plat. The Wellington City Planning Commission recommended its approval two weeks earlier.

Three of the lots are owned by T.R. Lodging, with the exception of one lot on the northeast corner being owned by Fugate Enterprises, a Wichita development group that owns several Pizza Huts/Taco Bells in south-central Kansas. The new hotel is being constructed to accommodate an influx of Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad business traffic in Wellington. 

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Wellington boys tennis team to open season today with home invitational

Wellington tennis preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys tennis team will start its 2014 season today with its one and only home meet of the year at Sellers Park starting at 3 p.m. Kingman, El Dorado, Goddard and Augusta will be the visitors.

This marks Allen Keller’s second season at the helm of the Crusader boys tennis program. His team will be consisting of a lot of freshman and a lot of juniors – not so many sophomores or seniors.

In 2013, Wellington failed to get anyone into the state tournament – the first time that had happened in years.

“I’m humbled that Brian (Buchanan) asked me back to be the head Wellington tennis coach after my not so successful debut,” joked Keller at the Crusader Club meeting. 

Oxford’s Kenny Thomas baseball field is now open for business

Oxford builds new baseball field

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  On Friday, a new era began in Oxford with the dedication of the Kenny Thomas baseball field at the  Champeney Athletic Complex.

The new state-of-the-art baseball complex is the first phase of what will be a three-phase process in which a softball field and new concession stand will also be constructed.

“This is a beautiful facility and when completed it will be one of the best in our league and in the area,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head boys baseball coach. “I know the baseball boys and myself are very appreciative of all the community efforts that were made to bring this to fruition.”

The baseball field has been more than 10 years in the making and more than $100,000 have been raised. 

Wellington boys sweep Rose Hill; Wellington girls get swept in last home games for 4 weeks

Sliding in for win Wellington-Rose Hill

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team swept Rose Hill while the girls softball team got swept in what will be the last home dates for both varsity squads until April 28 when Circle comes to town in four weeks.


Wellington boys win big 

In 2013, Wellington won four games. The Crusaders are one game from matching last year’s total with a double-header sweep against Rose Hill. The Crusaders would win game one 5-3 and game two 6-3.

The Rockets opened the day with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The Crusaders quickly shaved that lead in half in the bottom half of the inning by loading the bases and seeing Adam Condit single in Jalen Macias.

Fourth annual Sicily’s Run is planned for May 3

Sicily run feature

Special to Sumner Newscow — The fourth annual Sicily’s Run will be held in Wellington Saturday, May 3.  Sicily’s Run is a 5K and ½ mile Fun Run held in memory of Sicily Zeka, a former Wellington resident, who battled Wilm’s Tumor, a pediatric cancer of the kidneys.

She fought for 19 months before passing away March 21, 2010 at the age of 4. Funds raised from this event support the Sicily Zeka Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Each year until the year 2023, when Sicily would have graduated, a graduating Wellington High School senior who exemplifies the most important qualities found in the leaders and caregivers in the medical field and research labs around the world, will be awarded the scholarship to support his or her first steps toward a career in medicine.  Last year’s recipient was Elizabeth Tompkins.

Cooper Norris, Irene Monson, Richard Heersche still in running for Pig and Cow $200 winnings

Pigshack bracket week 2

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With week No. 2 of the NCAA Basketball tournament now in the books, the Pigshack Barbecue-Sumner Newscow Pig and Cow bracket challenge is becoming much more clearer.

There are only three brackets left that can win the $200, and only seven, who could win the $50 and $25 Pigshack gift certificates for second and third place.

Cooper Norris is currently the front runner with 91 points. He also still has two teams that can reach the finals: Kentucky as a national champion and Florida as a finalist.

Dan Monson, who was not on our leader board as of last week, is sitting in second with 84 points with the same finalists. He can’t win the bracket because Norris has more points. But he most certainly can finish second place. 

Sunday blog: Talking Worden Park, no elections, blowing long streaks and a shoutout…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, March 30, 2014…

1. Worden Park road

Wellington has one of the best multi-sports facilities in south-central Kansas with Worden Park.

Accident at Worden Park

Accident at Worden Park

With its combination of youth baseball/softball facilities, a nationally acclaimed go-kart complex, youth football/soccer fields, walking trails, premier playground, and the location for various other events such as demolition derbies and Fourth of July fireworks show, Worden Park has been the go-to facility for special events in Wellington. Worden Park has brought in countless dollars to the community from outside sources.

But Monday night a roll over accident occurred just north of the complex that brings up what could be a ticking time bomb. The roads leading to and from Worden Park are made of dirt. East 20th Ave. North is a busy thoroughfare that serves both the park and Wellington Christian Academy. The number of young inexperienced, and out of town drivers who use the road is tremendous. 

Advertise your Garage Sale this weekend for FREE here!

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for March 28-30, 2014. If you still need garage sales just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! 

Wellington baseball team splits with Wichita Collegiate on opening day at Sellers

Wellington over Collegiate

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington baseball team opened the season splitting with Wichita Collegiate, losing the first game 8-6 and winning the second by run-rule 15-5.

But darned if the losing game was the bigger news story. That’s because Wellington about erased an 8-0 deficit to pull within two 8-6 in the final two innings of bat.  And the Crusaders had runners on second and third before the game ended on a fielders choice in the seventh.

Wellington is now 1-1 and will host Rose Hill Monday at Sellers Park.

Pitching is obviously a premium at Collegiate. Max Moxley was on the mound for Collegiate and had kept the Dukes at bay in five innings by striking out eight, and never allowing a runner past second base. 

Wellington girls split first day of softball – beating Buhler, losing to Clearwater

Opening day Wellington softball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Before this season began, the Wellington girls softball team was supposed to play Wichita Collegiate in a double-header much like the boys baseball team.

But Collegiate, being Collegiate, changed sports from girls softball to girls soccer and that left the Wellington department scrambling for games to fill. So on Thursday, Wellington opened the season playing a triangular with Buhler and Clearwater. Triangulars are more common in volleyball and wrestling, not softball.

Wellington would split the day, beating Buhler 8-0 in game one but losing to Clearwater 8-2 at Worden Park.

Both contests were non-league so there wasn’t a lot riding on these games except seeing Wellington get on the field and see what they have. 

“Non-Stop” playing at the Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Non-Stop” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 50 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Global action star Liam Neeson stars in NON-STOP, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account.

Wellington softball and baseball teams hit the field to start the 2014 campaign today

Baseball softball preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The best way to get a rain storm is schedule a high school baseball and softball game. It is sure to cloud up and bring gushers of rain, wind and hail.

However, the weather is inching to 70 degrees albeit 25 to 40 mph winds this afternoon as the 2014 Wellington High School baseball and softball season at Hibbs Hooten field and Worden Park gets underway.

Wellington’s baseball team opens at home today against Wichita Collegiate at 4 p.m. in double header action. The Wellington softball team plays at 2:30 p.m. in a triangular with Buhler and Clearwater.

Here’s a preview of what baseball and softball Crusader fans look forward to this season:

Irene Monson takes lead after week #1 in Pig and Cow bracket contest

Pigshack Newscow Pig and Cow bracket

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Pig Shack Barbecue- Sumner Newscow “Pig and Cow” Bracket contest has finally been tallied for week one and after two rounds played last weekend, Irene Monson is the current leader for the $200.

But as we all know the brackets can be turned on a dime.

Of the 90 brackets submitted, Monson had 49 points, having missed seven of the 32 games in the round of 64. She then had four wrong in the round of 32.

Currently, she has all four of her Final 4 picks still playing with Florida as her national champion (see Pig and Cow leaderboard below). 

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