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School officials contemplate this morning what to do with Washington Elementary

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Sumner Newscow report — No word has been made by Wellington USD 353 administrators on whether or not to start class for Washington Elementary and possibly Lincoln Elementary that are undergoing tremendous construction at the moment.

Class is scheduled to start for middle school and elementary students tomorrow. However, construction from the security and safety room project is in full swing. Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel said Washington school probably will not pass city inspection this afternoon and will be closed by the city if school officials do not take action. 

Sunday blog: Talking school starting, youth football, Trump and more

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for August 16, 2015…

1. School starting…

Most parents love their children. Yet, parents aren’t out of line cheering the start of the new school year beginning across Sumner County this week. We love our children, but sometimes we love them from afar. Back to school

The school schedule in Kansas seems set in stone. So it would take a massive nuclear war and a near extinction of mankind to change the start time of schools across the state. Nevertheless, may I make a suggestion?

With budget shortfalls and sky-high utility bills, wouldn’t it be smart to move the start of school away from the hottest days of the year? In California, schools don’t start until after Labor Day. Subsequently, they don’t end until June (see story here).

Judging from my own utility bills, my most outrageous one comes from August. How much money would be saved by school districts across the state, if school was held for the full month of May when temperatures are more mild?

Dynamic Learning Center offering FREE diploma completion program


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous American essayist and lecturer once said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

To blaze that new path, the first key is to get a great education. The Dynamic Learning Center in Belle Plaine is offering a FREE! Adult High School Diploma Completion Program to help get you on your way.

The adult program offers:

•24/7 access

•Online coursework

•Flexible and self-paced hours.

Update: Wellington school board takes no action on locker room proposal

USD school board meeting report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board did not take action on a proposal by George Duncan, the new owner of the old junior high building, who offered to rent the locker rooms at the facility to USD 353 for $700 monthly or $8,400 a year.

Wellington School Superintendent Rick Weiss said this morning the board took no action on the proposal at Thursday night’s meeting and will study alternatives concerning the football locker room situation. Sumner Newscow was not in attendance for the meeting due to other media obligations.

Weiss said that high school teams will use the middle school for locker room purposes during the fall and determine what to do thereafter.  The board sold the building to Duncan of Gold Nugget Properties in Meadville, Mo. for $11,100 at its June meeting.

According to figures provided by Weiss, it cost USD 353 $33,000 a year to operate and maintain the building. 

Pixel shown this weekend at Wellington Regent Theater

Pixels at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Pixel (see trailer below).

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 46 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.(C) Sony

Full story: Wellington finishes World Series run as Diamond Bracket runner-up

Wellington girls softball World Series feature

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team got a nice roll going at the 16U Softball World Series in Florida, winning three games and getting to the finals of the consolation bracket, known as the Diamond Bracket.

But the hits didn’t come at the right time in the finals though, and Wellington fell 5-3 to Fern Creek (Kentucky) Wednesday.

World Series girls softball updateBoth Wellington and Fern Creek started the tournament 0-3 in pool play, and went to the consolation bracket.

On Wednesday morning Wellington beat Plymouth 7-4 to get to the final game. The team had two wins on Tuesday. The following are synopsis of the two games today: 

Fern Creek 5, Wellington 3

Case against Kim Wiens has been dismissed in Sumner County Court

Sumner County Court Docket updates

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The case against Kim Wiens of Wellington, who was facing a level 9 felony for defrauding the Wellington Public Library as a former director has been dismissed.

Kim Wiens

Kim Wiens

As ordered by Sumner County District Court, “that this case be and the same is hereby dismissed without prejudice,” during a hearing on August 7.

Wiens was accused of defrauding the library for $4,464.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office filed the complaint in March stating that Wiens had unlawfully took control of property for compensation of 236.46 hours of vacation time, during her employment as library director at WPL. See story here

Hospital consulting firm, utility bills part of discussion at last night’s Town Hall meeting

Sumner Newscow news report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel said since the Sumner County Regional Medical Center’s Hospital Foundation has hired a consultant firm to help try get the hospital on track has has met with a member of that group and was encouraged. She was also happy the hospital foundation was paying the bill at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday held at the Council Chambers.

That was one of many subjects Hansel touched on with 10 other people at the monthly meeting.

Hansel said the city has given the hospital money over the past couple of years, and has forgiven utility bills, but recently city officials have struggled to meet their own budget and have said they may not be able to support the hospital as much.

The consulting firm, Community Hospital Corporation, is one that works with small rural hospitals (see story here). 

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Wellington Hometown Sears has itself a new owner at 214 S. Washington

Sears under new ownership feature
Wellington Sears new manager Jay Huston and new owner Shaun Weaver.

Wellington Sears new manager Jay Huston and new owner Shaun Weaver.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Sears Store has had a tremendous transformation since it opened its doors in the mid 1990s.

Now the Sears has added a new chapter in its life when Wellington entrepreneur Shaun Weaver has taken over ownership of the downtown business at 214 S. Washington Avenue at the former home of Tibbs Furniture. Local residents may know Weaver as the insurance agent for Wellington Farm Bureau Services at 1018 W. 8th.

The store changed hands on August 2 and hired Jay Huston of Wellington to take over as the manager of the business which offers a plethora of home appliances and household items.

Sears map

To celebrate the new ownership, Wellington Sears will be having the Family and Friends Event on Sunday, August 16 and Monday, August 17 for the Family and Friends event. These two days are Sears biggest days and great promotional for % off and combined incentives.

Wellington Sears will continue to offer lawn and garden tractors, tools, mattresses, vacuum cleaners, small household appliance, grills, and garden patio items.

Bob Leftwich elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Kansas Bankers Association

Sumner Newscow news report

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Robert “Bob” Leftwich, President and CEO of Impact Bank was elected by fellow bank leaders to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Kansas Bankers Association for 2015-16.

Bob Leftwich

Bob Leftwich

The KBA position represents the opportunity for Leftwich to further the mission of the organization to be the lead advocate for the banking industry in Kansas, and to support and assist bankers across the state.

Leftwich is a career community banker in Kansas, beginning with posts at the National Bank of Wichita, Union National Bank in Wichita, and Allen County Bank in Iola. He started his decades of service at First National Bank in Wellington as a cashier in 1977, worked throughout the bank in the years to come, and was named President in 1990.

Wellington schools officially begin in a week… and the countdown begins

Sumner Newscow All things school Calendar

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the school schedule for the next eight days at USD 353:

Tuesday, August 11

Wellington Middle School Fall Sports Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 12

Special Education – Teacher Inservice, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 13

All-Staff Inservice/Building staff meeting, 8 a.m.

Wellington School Board meeting, 7 to 11 p.m.

Friday, August 14

All Staff Inservice – building staff meetings – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 16

Sunday blog: Talking bat boys, Cecil the Lion, Bill Snyder, Donald Trump and Babe Ruthers

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for August 9, 2015…

1. Batboys

Wellington Heat condolencesIt’s hard to fathom a sadder story than the death of a 9-year-old batboy in Wichita last weekend at the National Baseball Congress World Series. It’s one that has bothered me greatly, because the batboy and the ball boys at football games have been such an integral part of game.

My personal favorite ball boys of all time were Tyson Rayl and Brandon Wilmoth, who retrieved balls  those great Wellington Crusader football teams in the early 1990s. To this day, when I look at Brandon, I can’t help but see him as a 10-year-old on the sidelines ready to make the important football exchange. His performance was so legendary as a ballboy, he got a phone call from New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady, a couple of years back to take care of the footballs. I made that last sentence up.

As we grapple with the tragedy at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, let’s eventually put this in perspective. It was a freak accident. I have never heard it happening before. Bat and football boys have been part of the game for an eternity. They humanize a game that can sometimes get way too seriously. And you never know what kind of lasting effect it has on a kid.

For Brandon, he would be come a player for the Crusaders which made a long run into the playoffs and set up the state championship years ahead. Wilmoth would return four years later as a middle school football coach. He is now a game official retrieving balls from other ball boys. For me, Brandon’s growth from ball boy to coach to official marks my own aging process and why I love living in a small town. Again, it’s one of those life experiences that is so good in so many ways.

A Wellington ‘Gem’! – A 4-bedroom house you can’t pass up!

J.P. Weigand feature ad 8-8

A Wellington “Gem” – this property boasts 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, four car garage, a nearly a half acre lot with an extra shed and an abundance of outdoor living space. Quad-level home with formal dining room plus newly installed, engineered flooring, counter tops, and butcher block island in the kitchen. Lower level has a fireplace and walk-out doors to the outdoor oasis.

Don’t miss the wet bar and lounge area in the basement. Lots of storage space throughout. Amazing back yard with pond and established, well-maintained landscaping. A 24×30 extra garage in back yard…this over-sized outbuilding has extra workshop space to enjoy.

An 8×16 storage shed is perfect for outdoor equipment, extra storage, or it could be a playhouse. Great home within walking distance to downtown, Wellington Middle school, Seller’s Park, and the athletic complex.

For more pictures and details of the property click here.  Call Cathy Sheets at  (316)215-1359.

Wellington 16-under girls drop first two games in World Series

Wellington girls softball World Series feature

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow —  After a close game to start the day, Wellington had one really bad inning in game two losing to Kinnelon, New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic Champions, 11-2 in the second game of the 16-under Babe Ruth Girls Softball World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla. Saturday. Earlier in the day, Wellington lost to North Volusia Athletic Club (Florida) 2-1. 

The Wellington girls play again Sunday at 9:15 a.m. against the Hoquiam All Stars from the state of Washington. There will be a bracket elimination tournament thereafter once the pool play games are completed — a championship and a consolation bracket. Wellington head coach Shawn DeJarnett said chances are Wellington will be placed in the consolation bracket after today’s losses. 

In the latter ball game, Wellington stayed with Kinnelon for five innings, but the wheels came off in the sixth inning.

Wellington got two runs in its half of the sixth, and trailed 5-2, appearing poised for a comeback.

But in the bottom of the sixth Wellington added three more errors and gave up several hits, and Kinellon scored six runs.

Two Wellington businesses initiate projects to help families with school supply needs

Defraying the cost of school supplies
Wellington Health and Rehab.

Wellington Health and Rehab.

Security State Bank.

Security State Bank.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With the advent of the USD 353 school year starting on August 18 and 19, parents are finding the pressure of paying for school supplies.

Two Wellington businesses have stepped up to the plate, by holding back-to-school supply drives for those children most in need (see school supply lists here:)

Wellington Health and Rehab, a longterm healthcare facility on 1600 West Eighth Street and Security State Bank have initiated different type programs, but have the same goal in mind: making school more affordable for everyone.

Wellington Health and Rehab

For WHR, this will be the third consecutive year embarking on the “Footprints” project. Tami Klinedinst, executive director of WHR, introduced this project to Wellington when she moved here.

“We called it ‘Footprints’ because we felt we were imprinting on the lives of children,” Klinedinst said.

Ant-Man playing at the Wellington Regent Theatre

Ant-Man at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Ant-Man

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 55 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. — (C) Marvel

Sumner Court Docket: August 6, 2015 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 unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Wellington girls softball team are now in Florida to start World Series adventure

Wellington girls softball World Series feature
And they are off!

The Wellington girls softball team were seen in the Oklahoma City airport awaiting the arrival of its plane at (zzzzzz) 2 a.m. this morning.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — And they are off! The Wellington 16-under girls softball team boarded a plane at 2 a.m. this morning in Oklahoma City and left for Jensen Beach, Fla. to play in the 16-under Girls Softball World Series that runs Aug. 6-13. The girls are expected to play between three to five games within a pool bracket. If the locals find success, they could advance to the championship bracket.

Brackets for the 16-under World Series are not available yet.

The Shawn DeJarnett and Steve Saffell coached team, goes into the tournament 26-0, and includes:  Baylee DeJarnett, Siarah Walker, Taylor Zimmerman, Erin Goodrum, Madison Goans, Madison Lewellen, Annika DeJarnett, Bre Turner, Emily Templeton, Gracie Fink, Jenna Rausch, Lexi Saffell, and Sammie Lira.

School construction is in full force, but it won’t affect class time at USD 353

Sumner Newscow news report
Drop off 2015 copy

One of the many USD 353 construction projects will be the building of the new Wellington Middle School auxiliary gym and revamped parking lot. With the start of the 2015-16 school year, a new “drop off and pick up” policy will immediately go into effect. This procedure will eventually be the normal routine for WMS after the gym is built. More details of this route and other construction news is listed below.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Enrollment for the four elementary schools had to be moved to a central location due to construction in Wellington Schools. Even so, school officials say classes will begin Aug. 18 as scheduled. Construction will continue into 2017 thanks to a bond issue which passed in June 2014 by area voters to upgrade the schools and make them safer.

The project began in late May with an anticipated completion date of spring 2017, according to Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss.

“Last week, we had to move enrollment for the elementary schools to a central location at the high school, as construction is still being done on the buildings,” Weiss said.

Walz, Harman and Huffman of Kechi, Kan. was awarded the bid, after the $11.2 million bond issue passed last summer.

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