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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. 

10 things you need to know about the Class of 2015…

10 things to know WHS graduation

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the Wellington High School Class of 2015…


1. Who has a high school diploma this morning from WHS. 

Well, 123 of them can now officially call themselves Wellington High School graduates according to the official school list. This is considered one of the bigger classes to graduate in awhile. In 2014 there were 114 seniors.

Graduation pix #1

2. So who were the graduates?

The full list of Class of 2015 graduates are as follows:

Sunday Blog: Talking WHA, Tracy resignation, Valedictorians, new football format and Deflategate

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for May 17, 2015…

1. Not quite yet

Wheat Capital ManorThe Wellington Housing Authority board made significant steps May 7 when it called in independent auditor Cynthia Warren for a special meeting to issue a report in hopes of resolving the six-month controversy at Wheat Capital Manor. What was significant about the meeting is it brought some perimeters to the controversy, and provided the general public, including myself, some clue to what the fuss has been all about.

WHA administrator and Manor overseer Melissa Hamlin was absolved of all wrong doing except for not withdrawing $6,755 in 2014 from her and another employee’s paycheck to cover their spouses in the company healthcare plan (see story here).

The question the board must answer is whether there was malice.

Melissa Hamlin

Melissa Hamlin

Did Hamlin intentionally not withdraw money in defiance to the board’s instructions, or was this simply a misunderstanding and/or an accounting error? Considering the turmoil of the past six months within the board and who knows how much longer before, it might be a question too difficult to resolve. Perhaps, the best thing to do is make a plan for the two employees to repay the money, enact new policy and move on.

While it appears closure to this overblown controversy is nearing, two things still bother me. 

Reichenberger breaks league record in 300 hurdles; girls finish third…

Broken record Colin

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys finished fifth, the Wellington girls placed third and WHS senior Colin Reichenberger broke a league record in the 300-meter hurdles in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV meet in Andale Friday afternoon.

The Crusaders finished with 42 points on the boys side. Andale ran away from the competition with 227 points. On the girls side, Wellington had 65 with Andale accumulating 226. Circle was a distant second with 126.

The big news for the Crusader Nation was Reichenberger’s 39.38 mark in the 300 hurdles — a new AV-CTL DIV record. However, it was not Reichenberger’s personal best. His current school record is 39.30 set in the Belle Plaine Dragon Relays on April 14.

Reichenberger was more than a second faster than Hank Eck of Andale, who ran a 40.69 time Friday. 

It’s spring post season time in Sumner County

Sumner County Sports report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The spring post season has officially arrived with the state boys tennis tournament starting Friday morning.

It will kick off what will be a very busy and intense week of competition for athletes in tennis, baseball, softball, golf and track. Wellington will host the Class 4A Regional Baseball Tournament Monday (barring rain, of course). Wellington Golf Club will be the host of the regional golf also on Monday. Oxford is also hosting a regional girls softball tournament.

The following is a list of post season events including all Sumner County spring sports teams:


Class 4A State tournament at Pratt – May 15- May 16

Attention, Wellington: Police will be checking to see if you are wearing your seat belts starting Monday!

Click it or ticket in Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — Beginning on Monday, May 18, and continuing through Sunday, May 31, drivers can expect increased police presence on Wellington city streets as the Wellington Police Department joins almost 150 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2015 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign.

This activity is supported by agency grants from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act.  These acts require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained.  Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, or children under the age of 14, riding without proper restraint.  Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually. 

Hullinger, Scrivens, Decker, Meridith named 2015 Wall of Recognition inductees

Wall of Recognition

By Rick Phelps, Wellington Wall of Crusader Recognition chairman — Garrison Hullinger, president of an interior design company in Portland, Ore.; Dale Scrivens, a national championship college wrestler; Russ Decker, a former Wellington head wrestling coach and administrator; and Bill Meridith, a Wellington High School supporter and contributor have been named to the 2015 Wellington Wall of Crusader Recognition.

All four inductees will be honored with an awards presentation at Wellington’s Class Day ceremony tonight at the high school gymnasium at 7 p.m.

The inductees will also attend the Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. at the Daylight Donut Shop and at an all school assembly at 2:15 p.m. The following is a biography of each of the inductees: 

Sumner County Court Docket: May 13 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 City Clerk Shane Shields releases PSA on procedures to apply for council vacancy

Sumner Newscow local news report

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields released the following public service announcement.

“A vacancy exists in a council member position for the city of Wellington. Council member John Tracy submitted a letter of resignation at the City Council work session on May 11, 2015.

As per resolution No. 5471 adopted Nov. 1, 2011, establishing a procedure for filling a vacancy in a council member position, this is public notice of a 15-day application period for the position.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Tom Brady suspension question


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B.J. Tracy resigns from the Wellington City Council

Breaking News

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council member John “B.J.” Tracy made a stunning announcement at the end of Monday’s work session meeting.

Tracy has resigned from the city council. He was just starting his third year of a four-year term.

John Tracy

John Tracy

At the end of the council work session meeting, Tracy read the following letter.

“In August of last year, my immediate supervisor passed away unexpectedly from a medical illness. I was offered, and accepted his position of 911 Director — a position with far greater responsibilities that requires a large amount of attention and energy to fulfill. 

Post your FREE Garage Sales for this weekend here

Garage sale templete use this one

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!

Auditor states Hamlin has done nothing wrong except with healthcare payment withholdings

Wheat Capital Manor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In a special meeting held at the Wheat Capital Manor, an auditor told the Wellington Housing Authority board that administrator Melissa Hamlin has done nothing wrong except fail to withhold $6,766 from the 2014 health insurance premiums for the spouses of herself and a former employee.

Cynthia Warren, a U.S. Housing and Urban Development auditor from Eufala, Okla., was on hand to answer a list of five questions submitted to her by the board during a special public meeting held at the Manor Thursday afternoon. Warren is currently in the process of doing the WHA’s annual audit and has been doing so for a number of years.

Warren stated in 2014, after the authority switched insurance plans from Preferred/Coventry to a State of Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance policy, Hamlin failed to take out $282.33 a month for the health premiums of her and former maintenance supervisor Gary Irey’s spouses, who are on the WHA company plan. 

Wellington boys tennis team sets its sights on Regional in Winfield

Crusader sports news
2015 Wellington boys tennis team

2015 Wellington boys tennis team

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington boys head tennis coach Allen Keller said he is cautiously optimistic that this year’s Crusader team could have more state qualifiers than it has in his three years as head coach.

The Wellington tennis squad is traveling to Winfield for the Class 4A Regional Friday. Keller said the Kansas State High School Activities Association has sent out a bulletin saying that regional competition will likely be completed in one day instead of making it a two-day event due to possible impending storms moving into the area.

“That’s going to make for a long day of tennis,” Keller said of Friday. “We might not get out of there until after 10 p.m.”

The regional is the state qualifying round for the Class 4A State Tournament in Pratt the week after. Wellington will be competing against Augusta, Buhler, El Dorado, Pratt, Circle, Ulysses, Wichita Trinity and Winfield.

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