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Updated: Ellen Love, Argonia, faces federal charges for making illegal payments to four Sumner County individuals

Sumner Newscow news report

UPDATED OCT. 16, 7 P.M. — By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Jim Cross, U.S. Attorney’s office – A former Farm Service Agency director in Sumner County was indicted Wednesday on a charge of making $306,000 in agriculture disaster payments to applicants who had been denied approval for the money, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ellen A. Love, 51, Argonia, was charged with one count of unlawfully conveying federal funds. The Federal Grand Jury indictment alleges the crime occurred while Love worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Executive Director of the Sumner County Farm Service Agency located in Wellington.  Sumner Newscow has obtained the indictment from the Federal Grand Jury.  It can be found here:  Love indictment

According to the indictment papers, in March and early April 2013 producers Timothy Isaacs, Tracy Robyn Isaacs, Michael Andra and Tina Andra applied for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments – also known as SURE —  at the behest of Love.  The USDA provides assistance to farm producers who have suffered losses as a result of agricultural disasters. To be approved, applicants must have suffered significant crop losses in a disaster-designated county and they must have had crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Kansas City Royals fans… the legitimate ones… we want to hear from you

Kansas City time use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wow, the Kansas City Royals are in World Series. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

This hasn’t happened in 29 years, and it may not happen again for another 29. So let’s live the moment to the max.

Sumner Newscow wants to hear the story of being a true Kansas City Royal fan. We’d like to get your take on what it has been like to suffer for so long and then suddenly be jolted into this land of ecstasy. Send us a picture. Tell us about 1985. Tell us your story.

There are several ways of doing this. You can e-mail us at sumnernewscow@gmail.com, or you can provide your story on the comment section below, or call me at 620-326-0717. This is your time. Live the moment and let us hear from you. 

Sumner County Court Docket: Oct. 15, 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 unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Triumph Group provides major help to Chisholm Trail Museum this week

Improving the museum
Triumph, "WINGS over Wellington" group is making Chisholm Trail Museum a better place to visit.

Triumph, “WINGS over Wellington” group is making Chisholm Trail Museum a better place to visit.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Each year Triumph Group, known as the WINGS over Wellington group, has a community project. In 2014, the project is helping the Chisholm Trail Museum at 502 N. Washington.

Last year, Triumph refurbished the Rock Island ball field concession stand. In 2012, the group helped build the nature trail at the Wellington Lake.

“Boy, this is great,” said Louise Leslie, a Chisholm Trail Museum volunteer. “Not only are they donating supplies and their expertise, but they are donating their time. When you are volunteer group such as we are, time is so essential.”

The Chisholm Trail Museum, once the Hatcher Hospital, has been a tourist attraction in Wellington for several decades and has attracted a plethora of people throughout the United States.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Royals fever question

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Wellington school board roundup: WMS golf team proposed; Sellers Park handicapped accessibility discussed; mill levy adjusted…

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sports were topics of much discussion at last week’s Wellington School Board meeting.

Jeff DeJarnett, a Wellington Middle School coach of several sports, along with several parents and golf officials were on hand to ask the board about implementing a WMS golf team.

DeJarnett said he has 12 girls and 12 boys at WMS, who would sign up to play golf this spring. The sport would cost the school district about $5,000 which will be travel expenses and the hiring of a coach.

The board tabled the motion Thursday night and will discuss it next month.

DeJarnett said the Wellington Golf Club Junior Golf program during the summer months saw tremendous growth in 2014. There were 54 junior golfers, who participated in lessons and/or competition. 

Omaha, Neb. developer proposes purchase of Wellington Junior High classrooms

Wellington Junior high building again 10-14-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board has received several offers the past five years from developers wishing to turn the former junior high building into an apartment complex. So far nothing has panned out.

The latest offer comes from Mike Fallesen, Vice President of Affordable Housing Development, Seldin Company in Omaha, Neb. He brought a different proposal to the board at last week’s meeting that hasn’t been heard before. His company wants to purchase “part” of the building.

Fallesen said after looking at the building, the company is interested in rebuilding the classrooms into apartments, but not to purchase the auditorium or the gymnasium. 

Wellington City Council to hold work session tonight; various city project updates listed below

Wellington City Council Roundup

Sumner Newscow report —  The Wellington City Council will be having a work session tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the council chambers. Here are few things the council will be discussing:

1) Golf Course Clubhouse project.

2) Executive session to discuss city manager candidate.

Miscellaneous items: 2015 COLA, Water Conservation Program report.

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Peyton Adams; Madi Adams – Ryleigh Buck; Mekenna Adams – Maggie Fink qualify for Class 4A state tournament

Wellington girls regional results

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both the Wellington High School doubles teams and a singles player have qualified for the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament to be played in Winfield this Friday and Saturday.

In the Regional held in Pratt Saturday and Sunday, Wellington’s Peyton Adams finished second in singles. Madi Adams and Ryleigh Buck placed second in doubles and Mekenna Adams and Maggie Fink placed fourth. The top six placers in each regional have advanced.

Wellington placed second as a team. Winfield won the event with 24 points. Wellington finished second with 16. Prat had 7, Wichita Trinity 6, Circle 3, Colby 1, Larned 1, Augusta 0, and Ulysses 0.

To qualify, the girls had to win the first two rounds. Only one Wellington player failed to advance as Auni Williams was knocked out in the first round. 

Sunday, oops, Monday blog: Why do we have a holiday for someone getting lost?

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — My apologies to all those who breathlessly wait for my Sunday blog all weekend. It was THAT kind of weekend.

Christopher ColumbusBut maybe it was a blessing in disguise. Because today, I woke up and discovered it was my second least favorite holiday: Columbus Day. Valentine’s Day is my first but that is for another column.

Columbus Day always nails me. I always have checks to deposit at the bank and mail to be picked up. But there is never any forewarning and I forget every – single – year.

What I can’t understand is why do we celebrate a holiday for someone who got lost?

Wellington falls to Collegiate 38-34 in week #6

Wellington 34 Collegiate 38 feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A spirited comeback fell short for the Crusaders Friday night as Wellington goes into district play at 4-2.

Wichita Collegiate beat Wellington 38-34 in a game which at one point looked like a dreadful blowout and at another point looked like a game the Crusaders could steal away.

At one point, Collegiate led 17-0 before Wellington could get its first first down of the game. But once Wellington’s Trevor Nance connected with Colin Reichenberger for a 15 yard completion with 8:48 in the second quarter, the Crusaders would go on to score 34 points. Stranger things have happened. After all Kansas City is one game up in the American League Championship Series. 

Sumner County football preview: Conway Springs to battle Wichita Trinity for all the league marbles

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you should know about Sumner County football for week #6…

 

1. What’s on tap in Sumner County? 

W. Trinity at Conway Sprgs
W. Independent at Belle Plaine
Caldwell at Pretty Prairie
South Haven at Argonia-Attica
Central-Burden at Oxford

 

Conway Springs Cardinals

Conway Springs Cardinals

2. Conway Springs hosting Trinity…

Without a doubt the big game in Sumner County this weekend is Conway Springs hosting Wichita Trinity.

Trinity is 5-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class 4A. Conway Springs is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. This game will decide the winner of the Central Plains League. 

Crusader preview: Wellington travels to Wichita Collegiate in final non-district contest

Wellington-Wichita Collegiate

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It goes without saying, since Wichita Collegiate was dumped on the laps of the other Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV schools, the Spartans have dominated Wellington.

In the four previous years, Wellington has been outscored by Collegiate cumulative 179-66. Wellington has never been three touchdowns from Collegiate when the final horn sounded.

But thinking back, Wellington hasn’t been totally dominated by the Spartans either, not like Andale. Rewind back to 2013. Wellington was actually leading in the third quarter and had the ball before the world collapsed and Wichita Collegiate went on a fourth-quarter rampage. The final 49-21 score was a bit misleading.

Two years ago when Wellington battled Collegiate in week #4 it was the first time that team showed some spark and was playing even ball at the half. 

Oxford to hold political forum for candidates of 79th District Ed Trimmer and Larry Alley

Sumner County 2014 election

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford High School government classes and the Oxford Lions Club will be holding a political forum for the Kansas State Representative 79th District between Republican candidate Larry Alley and incumbent Ed Trimmer.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Lions Club, on 116 N. Sumner. The moderator will be Pastor Danny Guinn of the Oxford Christian Church.

The candidates will make opening remarks. Constituents will be able to fill out notecards questions they have for the candidates which will be asked by the moderator. The candidates will have three minutes for a response to each question, and a candidate will be allowed a one minute rebuttal.

Council roundup: Quiet zones at railroad crossings will be much, much more expensive to construct

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the city of Wellington wishes to go through with the construction of quiet zones at railroad crossings on the five intersections on the south side of town, it appears the costs will be significantly higher than what was previously thought.

Interim City Manager Shane Shields informed the council at Tuesday night’s meeting he and two other city employees met with the design plan engineer for the proposed quiet zones from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad office to G Street and it would cost $223,637 instead of the $100,000 or less that was previously estimated.

Shields cautioned the design plans are not completed so the figures are not set in stone.

This summer, a group of homeowners, living in the area near the railroad, asked the council to make the intersections into quiet zones so BNSF would not have to blow their horns when a train approaches Wellington. 

Mayor: Wellington Council could name city manager in 2 weeks… maybe

Sumner Newscow local news report

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said the city council is getting “close” and could name a candidate in two weeks… maybe.

Roger Stallbaumer

Roger Stallbaumer

“I know people are getting tired of not knowing who the next city manager is,” Stallbaumer said after Tuesday’s city council meeting. “I know I am. But we’ve been putting in some long hours and want the best person for the job.”

The council search to replace Wellington City Manager Gus Collins, who resigned in April and left at the start of June, has been whittled from 53 applicants to just two. One candidate, who is from Kansas, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Stallbaumer said two candidates are still in the running: one from Texas and the other from Colorado.

The Wellington City Council met in executive session for 60 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel which included interim city manager Shane Shields Tuesday evening after a rather short public session.

Jael Catlett of Eisenhower Elementary wins Sumner County Spelling Bee

2014 Spelling Bee winner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Eisenhower Elementary student Jael Catlett won the 2014 Sumner County Spelling Bee Championship held at the Wellington Middle School auditorium today.

Catlett spelled the word “rosin” to lift herself to victory. By the way, rosin is: “the solid amber residue obtained after the distillation of crude turpentine stumps and is used in adhesives, varnishes and inks for treating the bows of stringed instruments.”

Shelby Brunhoeber

Shelby Brunhoeber

Brett Wychoff

Brett Wyckoff

 

There were 32 Sumner County spellers at the bee held this morning – two representing each elementary and middle school in the county. The students ranged from fifth to eighth grade.

Two boys finished tied for second. Shelby Brunhoeber of Caldwell Elementary and Brett Wyckoff, of Eisenhower Elementary tied after missing a word in the round for which Catlett spelled rosin correctly. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Ebola question

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Wellington girls finish fourth in AV-CTL Div. III-IV tournament at Riverside Monday

Wellington tennis league results 10-7-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls tennis team placed fourth in a monstrously tough Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. III and IV tournament held at Wichita’s Riverside Tennis Courts, Monday afternoon.

Wichita Collegiate, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A won the tournament with 65 points. McPherson, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, finished with 63.

Winfield placed third with 43 points and Wellington finished with 41.

El Dorado had 27, Buhler 23, Circle 13 and Augusta 2.

The Crusaders will travel to the Regionals in Pratt Friday and Saturday. Winfield, Wellington, Circle and Augusta will be there along with Colby, Larned, Pratt, Wichita Trinity and Ulysses. 

Wellington Police have arrested 2 juveniles for recent rash of business burglaries

Burglaries in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has made arrests regarding a rash of business burglaries occurring in and around Wellington within the last several weeks.

Two 17-year-old males — one from Wellington and one from Milan — are currently in custody with what police are considering responsible for the two Wellington Golf Course burglaries, the Advance America Cash Advance business burglary and the attempted burglary to the Daylight Donut Shop.

Additionally, police believe these two males are also responsible for a recent burglary in the Oxford area.

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