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For Mike and Valerie Brunhoeber, old school houses are collector items

Sumner County's one-room feature

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Some people collect stamps. Others collect classic cars. But Mike and Valerie Brunhoeber of rural Caldwell collect, well, one-room country schools.

Perhaps, not by purpose, the Brunhoebers have bought two one-room Sumner County schools built over a century ago. They also have a home, that unbeknownst to them when they purchased it, had a school inside it as well.

Valerie Brunhoeber

Valerie Brunhoeber

At first, the Brunhoebers quite simply needed a barn to store things and was looking at an historical building to go with their recently historical refurbished house. And so they decided to purchase the old Belleview one-room schoolhouse in 2009, with the intention of moving it to their property and using it basically a storage shed for farm equipment.

The schoolhouse was located a few miles away, west and slightly north of Caldwell — or more specifically on Ryan Road just a half mile north of Bluff Road. 

“We were going to tear out the floor and use (the frame) to store farm equipment,” Valerie said.

Wellington Police announced juvenile male subject is now in custody for handgun incident

Police Report

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Police Department has announced that one juvenile male subject is in police custody regarding the recent assault and theft of a handgun reported earlier.

In a press release, Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said it is the view of the WPD that at this point of the investigation, this subject acted alone. His identity will not be released. WPD will present the case to the Sumner County Attorney’s office for review.

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Updated: Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce 93rd annual banquet to be held Friday

Monopoly theme Chamber feature

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 93rd Annual Celebration on Friday, January 29 in Memorial Auditorium. This event is in celebration of the 2015 year of commerce and tourism in the Wellington Area. The chamber expects 170 people to attend this event.

For the 93rd Annual Celebration, the Chamber Board of Directors chose the theme, “It’s Your Move…To Improve Your Business.” Social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a catered meal at 6:45 p.m. and the Annual Celebration program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Annarose White, Executive Director will serve as the evening host and emcee. The Board of Directors will be called upon for reports. Cody White, President 2015 will provide a retiring address, followed by the 2016 Board of Directors President, Kip Etter, 2016.

Members of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB are encouraged to attend this annual gathering to learn of the 2016 Program of Activities, 2016 Budget, and to celebrate those successes of the business community.

Facebook gun sale goes awry Monday evening in west Wellington

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Submitted to Sumner Newscow by Wellington Police — On Monday, January 25, shortly after 8 p.m., a 24-year-old Wichita resident, who had listed a customized Glock 9-mm pistol for sale on Facebook, travelled to Wellington to meet with a prospective buyer.

The buyer identified himself as “Shane Wright” with both agreeing to meet in a local grocery store parking lot.

While at the grocery store, the seller was approached by an unknown subject who identified himself as “Shane’s brother.”  He described this person as a black male, 16 of 22 years of age, wearing a black hooded jacket and black shorts.  This person told the seller Shane was at home with his daughter and asked him to drive to the 400 Block North Plum.

The seller agreed and upon arriving became suspicious of this person’s behavior.  After informing this person he was terminating the transaction, the person allegedly punched the seller in the face and stole the pistol fleeing on foot.  The seller reports chasing the person a short distance before calling Sumner County E911. 

Wellington holds annual Pinewood Derby at Methodist Church Saturday

High Stake Rollers
Cubmaster Floyd Kaburek officially begins the races.

Cubmaster Floyd Kaburek officially begins the races.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — As the first Pinewood Derby race began at the First United Methodist Church in Wellington Saturday, participants placed their homemade wooden cars on the track, with the anticipation of winning. As each winner reached the finish line, applause arose from the audience.

Participants included Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and an Outlaw Division for both non-Scouts and adults.

The Pinewood Derby is an annual Scouting racing event. With the assistance of parents or guardians, Cub and Girl Scouts build cars from a kit containing a block of pine wood, plastic wheels and metal axles.

Outlaw and Overall Winner Evelyn Ewing

Outlaw and Overall Winner Evelyn Ewing

Evelyn Ewing was the winner of the Outlaw Division, and second time Overall Winner.

Sunday blog: Time and time again: Money talks, money walks

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes I wonder if the lack of hair on my scalp is not a result of male pattern baldness but of years of daily pulling it out due to agony and distress.

Three stories came out this past two weeks that illustrates an important axiom. Money talks. Money walks.

One involves the Wal-Mart corporation, the other involves the moving of the St. Louis Rams, and then the third involves our own hospital: Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Wal-Mart was in Clearwater for a nanosecond.

Wal-Mart was in Clearwater for a nanosecond.

Wal-mart’s short days

The Wal-Mart corporation, which owns the world, has announced it is closing many of its stores. Thankfully, the Wellington Super Center is not listed as one of the cuts. But up the road, Clearwater is losing its Wal-Mart Express.

Conway Springs capture Chaparral Tourney Championship over Wellington

Conway Springs takes Chaparral
Wellington's A.J. Snipes and Conway Springs Josh Dugan battle it out Saturday.

Wellington’s A.J. Snipes and Conway Springs Josh Dugan battle it out Saturday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Little separates the Wellington and Conway Springs boys basketball teams which have played down to the wire both times they have met this season — except for one important stat: the scoreboard.

Conway Springs defeated Wellignton 60-54 in the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Championship Saturday evening. Conway Springs now return to Central Plains League action with a 11-1 record. Wellington, which came into the game on a four-game winning streak, falls to 6-6.

The key moment in this game came at the start of the third quarter. Coming back from the locker room tied at 22-all, Conway Springs would outscore the Dukes 9-2 to open up a 31-24 lead. Although Wellington would narrow the margin to three, Conway Springs would open it back to nine.

Wellington, Conway Springs set to battle for Chaparral Tournament Championship tonight

Chaparral Tournament Championship
Brandon Happy led Belle Plaine with 21.

Brandon Happy led Belle Plaine with 21.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It will be an all Sumner County showdown for the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Tournament Championship tonight. Both Wellington and Conway Springs took care of business Friday night and will play for the all the Chappy marbles tonight tentatively set for 6 p.m. We say tentatively because Wellington’s game Friday was an hour later than originally scheduled.

Wellington defeated Clearwater 76-64. Earlier in the evening, Conway Springs would beat Belle Plaine 63-57.

The Wellington-Conway Springs matchup will be a rematch of a hotly contested game at the the Kingman Tournament in December. Conway Springs won that one 52-51. This marks Wellington’s third consecutive year of qualifying for the Chaparral Tournament Championship game.

Wellington 76 Clearwater 64

Crazy tie-breaking victory over Andale, puts Crusaders en route to league title

On the way to league crown Lowe
Miguel Lujan pins Andale opponent to secure win for Crusaders. Lowe wins key 4-3 decision in above picture.

Miguel Lujan pins Andale opponent to secure win for Crusaders. Lowe wins key 4-3 decision in above picture.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A strategic game of cat and mouse, a visit to the National Federation High School wrestling book, and some key moments on the wrestling mat itself, might have given the Wellington wrestling team its first Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title.

Wellington would beat Andale 40-39 in which the two teams ended up tied 39-all at the end of the session. The tiebreaker came down to the sixth entry of the tiebreaking rule in the NFHSW rulebook. The team “that had accumulated the greatest number of falls, defaults, forfeits and disqualifications shall be declared the winner.” Wellington had seven pins and forfeits. Andale had five. Thus, the Crusaders won the dual.

The Crusader grapplers would then oust Clearwater in the nightcap 49-28 for the AV-CTL DIV sweep. Earlier this month, Wellington had beaten Mulvane 39-37. With three victories in tow, Wellington has Circle left to pick up the league crown. Collegiate does not have a wrestling program.

It was quite a couple of victories for Wellington, who had three of their starters out of the lineup. Jason “Peanut” Norris and Graysen DeJarnett were out with concussions, while Colton Glover was also out of the lineup with an unspecified injury.

Andale was also open in three weight classes at 138, 145 and 152.

Carter Burnett takes second in Tulsa National wrestling tournament

Burnett with trophy feature
Burnett with trophy

Carter Burnett brings home an Eagle looking trophy after finishing second at the Tulsa Nationals last weekend.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow   Carter Burnett of Wellington just celebrated his ninth birthday this week, and he is already making a name for himself in the youth wrestling world. 

Burnett, the son of Jason Burnett and Jennifer Doerge, recently came home from the 61st annual Tulsa Nationals with a second place trophy in the 8-year-old 75 pound division.

The Tulsa Nationals, held Jan. 14-16 at the Expo Square Pavilion, was not your average youth wrestling tournament. It featured some of the best young wrestlers in the country – from Texas to Oklahoma to Iowa to Pennsylvania. Over 2000 young wrestlers from ages 4 to 16 years, representing 40 states participated in the three-day event.

Burnett opened the tournament losing his first match of the day to an Oklahoma wrestler named Yocham 4-3. That threw him onto the consolation side of the bracket where he had some work to do. But he kept winning an worked his way up to fight for third place. That pit him in a rematch with Yocham. This time, though, Burnett came out victorious with an overtime victory.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakes playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Star Wars at Wellington Regent

Star Wars Force Awakens

This week at the Regent Theater: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (see trailer below)

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour 16 minutes

Movie Synopsis: The Star Wars saga continues with this seventh entry — the first under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella. The film will act as the start of a new trilogy set after the events of Return of the Jedi. J.J. Abrams directs from a script by Michael Arndt. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Spencer decides not to charge Jason Schoemann for Sunday morning incident

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer will not be charging Jason Schoemann, 44, of Wellington in what was initially called a stabbing of his son at his home early Sunday morning.

Jason Schoemann

Jason Schoemann

Schoemann was released from Sumner County jail this afternoon and is absolved of any wrongdoing or court obligations. He was originally held in custody on suspicion of aggravated battery against his 22-year-old son Austin, but in a memo addressed to the District Court Clerk, Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and the Wellington Police Department, Spencer stated:

“Notice is hearby given that after reviewing the original police report and a supplemental report from (Wellington Police) Detective (Bobby) Wilson, I have determined that Jason Schoemann was acting in reasonable self-defense under the circumstances. He was enduring a physical attack from another individual (his son Austin Schoemann) and Jason was not the initial aggressor in the situation. It appears at the time that it was reasonable for him to use a weapon to defend himself and that he quit using force when force was no longer necessary.”

In an interview in his office this afternoon, Spencer said that Austin had been staying temporarily at Jason and his mother Jennifer’s home.

Spencer said Jason and Jennifer were talking in another room when Austin overheard the conversation about him.

Owner of Wellington Junior High building wants to turn it into apartment complex

Wellington City Council Roundup

Just junior high

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — There is a new plan in place for the old junior high school in Wellington (again). The Wellington City Council Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the plans of Commonwealth Development Corporation to turn the building into apartments for senior citizens.

That does not approve the project itself, but does give the company the go ahead to pursue federal and state tax credits to make the construction happen.

This has been tried a couple of times over the past year or so, but Louie A. Lange III said he is confident his company based in Wisconsin will be able to pull the project together.

The building was sold by the schools last year to the highest bidder. Lange and his company have a contract in place to buy the building, contingent on things coming together as planned.

Lange said his company has been in business since 2001 and they have done about 40 projects and many of them involved refurbishing old schools into apartments. They have also done hospitals.

Sumner County Attorney has yet to determine whether Jason Schoemann will be charged with Sunday morning stabbing

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will be sifting through a significant amount of reports and witness testimonies to determine whether or not to formally charge Jason Schoemann, 43, of Wellington, who is currently in custody for the alleged stabbing of his son.

Jason Schoemann

Jason Schoemann

Schoemann is currently being held in Sumner County jail on suspicion of possible felony charges of aggravated battery and domestic battery. In the next 24 hours, Spencer expects to determine whether or not to charge Schoemann for the stabbing that occurred in the 1100 block of South Washington in Wellington, Sunday morning.

Jason’s 22-year-old son, Austin Schoemann, is currently at Via Christi-St. Francis being treated for knife wounds to his chest and shoulder. Spencer said Austin is expected to recover, but will probably stay in the hospital for the rest of this week.

Spencer said he will determine whether or not the evidence shows that Jason Schoemann aggressively pursued his son in the stabbing, or if he was reacting in self defense.

He said he will be reviewing eight one-hour audio tapes containing testimonials from four to five witnesses, plus read the lengthy official police report.

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In 2015, Wellington Police handled less criminal cases but wrote more tickets than in 2014

Sumner Newscow local news report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Crime remained remarkably the same in Wellington during 2015 according to the latest report in this week’s city council meeting packet submitted by the police department. (See full stat sheet here).

The report, released by the Wellington Police Department, compares 2015 to 2014. It shows criminal cases down slightly, but there were some increases and decreases in different areas. There were 1,562 criminal cases in the city in 2015, and 1,606 the previous year. There were a few more automobile accidents in 2015, with 201 reported, and 175 the previous year.

Police were busy writing tickets though, as 1,705 were written in 2015, compared to 1,197 in 2014.

The report shows the police cleared more cases last year, with 1,140 cleared and 607 remaining active in the past year. There were 951 cleared in 2014 and 780 active in the same period for 2014.

The monthly breakdown shows August and September as the most crime filled months last year, with 158 reported in August and 145 in September.  The lowest number of crimes were in November with 98 reported.

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Jan. 15 – Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

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WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Friday, Jan. 15 to Monday, Jan. 18, 2016:

(Updated) Wellington girls basketball team rated No. 3 in latest KBCA poll; No. 1 in Performance Index

Sumner County basketball news

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team continues to rise in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll today. The undefeated Crusaders are now ranked No. 3.  Andover Central, which suffered losses to Derby and Wichita South, fell from No. 3 to No. 5.  See newest poll here.

Also, a website that uses a formula called the Kansas Performance Index has Wellington No. 1 in Class 4A Div. I. More on that list below.

The KBCA Class 4A Div. I girls poll is as follows: 

Stabbing reported on 1100 Block South Washington this morning

Police Report

Sumner Newscow report — Early Sunday morning at 3:18 a.m., January 17, Wellington officers assisted by Sumner County Deputies responded to a residence in the 1100 Block South Washington on a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, Officers learned that two adult males — 43 years of age and 22 years of age and identified as a father/son — were involved in a physical altercation when allegedly the son was stabbed in the upper left chest area.

Wellington EMS transported the 22 year old male from the scene and subsequently to Wichita for treatment.  The 43 year old male was transported and treated at SRMC and subsequently booked into the Sumner County Jail on aggravated battery and domestic battery charges.        

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