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Reedy pleads guilty; Provencio takes case to trial jury; opening statements made

Provencio and Reedy feature updated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell were both involved in the same April 22, 2015 brawl which took place in southern rural Sumner County. They were also charged with essentially the same felonies and misdemeanors by the Sumner County attorney’s office. But it appears they are taking different paths in the criminal justice system.

Nick Reedy

Nick Reedy

Reedy pled guilty this morning to aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor for the alleged assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell. He made the plea agreement at 8 a.m. before the start of the jury trial held today in Sumner County District Court.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will be recommending prison time in hopes that Reedy will spend anywhere from 32 to 36 months. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for the early part of July. Reedy is currently out on bond.

Sylvester Provencio

Sylvester Provencio

Provencio, however, has made no plea and his jury trial went forward today. He is also facing a jury trial on felony rape charges in an unrelated incident scheduled for June 21.

Spencer said Reedy will not testify in the Provencio aggravated battery case this week.

“Technically, Reedy is still considered in trial until his sentencing,” Spencer said. “So he has the right to remain silent.”

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Wellington City Council is considering buying lots from old Crestview Heights

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council is considering buying lots from the old Crestview Heights subdivision, a development that was planned but never really developed. They discussed their options Monday night in a work session meeting, and plan to continue discussions at tonight’s meeting.

logo-cityWellingtonThe city also held an executive session to go over evaluations of City Manager Roy Eckert. Mayor Shelley Hansel said it was basically an employee review. Each of the council members filled out an evaluation form, and Eckert did as well. Since it was a personnel issue, there was no public discussion.

The council also held an executive session at the request of County Economic Development director Stacey Davis, who wanted to talk about trade secrets.

In the public session she asked the city for $42,000 for the coming year. She said the amounts they are asking the city for are based on a formula that takes into consideration things like population and property valuation.

Zane Aguilar named new head varsity football coach

Breaking News

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Zane Aquilar, a long-time assistant at Wellington High School, has been named the new varsity head football coach this evening.

Aguilar will be replacing Tyler Ryan, who resigned as head coach after four years at the helm.

Zane Aguilar

Zane Aguilar

The Wellington school board announced the decision during a special meeting that was held at the school administrative office. The board held four executive sessions, one for 30 minutes, 15 minutes and 15 minutes before making a motion at 7:10 p.m. tonight. It was unanimously approved with those in attendance.

Aguilar will also move from elementary physical education to the high school p.e. position.

Other employment changes at the meeting included:

It is Monday, and there are 104 new graduates in Wellington

WHS newest alumni

Caps in the air 2016


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This morning 104 Wellington High School graduates will wake up as alumni of Wellington High School for the first time in their lives. Some will leave their hometown quickly, some will more on eventually, and some will stay put. But the Class of 2016 will never be together as a whole again.

The annual commencement ceremony was held in the WHS gymnasium Sunday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd. Fourteen Valedictorians made a combined speech including: Madison Adams, Ryleigh Buck, Addyson DeJarnett, Baylee DeJarnett, Dylan Jones, Jaylynn Luna, Allison McCue, Shelby McNamara, McKenna Oathout, Connor Phelps, Dietra Sober, Skyler Struble, Peyton Witham and Noelle Wright.

“We are all going to give Valedictorian speeches today and we promise to hold our speeches under 15 minutes,” said WHS Valedictorian Madi Adams. “Just kidding.”

Eight of the 14 Valedictorians gave short speeches going over their progress through high school years. As always there was the standard fair of marching in to “Pomp and Circumstances,” the Madrigals performing, the presentation of diplomas, the singing of the Alma Mater, the turning of the tassels, the throwing the caps in the air, the marching out and then the scattering to various graduation parties of wherever. Unlike Augusta High School, everyone managed to not shoot themselves.

Amongst all this, 26 seniors were recipients of scholarships given by local institutions and memorials. Here are the scholarship recipients: 

Sunday editorial: What is wrong with my state?

Guest editorial generic

Commentary by Andy Speagle, Vice Chairman, Sumner County Democratic Party — What is wrong with my state?

Like many of you, I’m a born, raised and educated citizen of Kansas.  I grew up in a small town and was always amazed at the beauty of this state and the friendliness and caring that I saw from my fellow Kansans.  I served for nearly a decade in the U.S. Army, and upon my departure from that institution I looked forward to returning home to my native land.  Sadly, as the years have drawn on, I’ve become somewhat less enamored with my home state.

Andy Speagle

Andy Speagle

The current failed government experiment, led by Governor Brownback and his cronies in Topeka, threatens to destroy our state.  As we stare down the barrel of another almost $300 million revenue shortfall, we are left looking forward to another raiding of our highway funds, primary, secondary and higher education budgets, retirement funds and other key social programs.  The government’s continued refusal to expand Medicaid via the Affordable Care Act leaves many of our seniors paying much higher medical care costs than necessary.  Why?  How could this happen to the state I call home?  How did we allow this to happen?

It’s clear that our governor and state legislators have forgotten that their jobs are to serve the people; not themselves, not special interests and not their big business buddies.  What’s ultimately sadder is that we seem to be continuing to allow this.  When did we forget that the folks in Topeka don’t rule us, aren’t our lords and masters and are elected merely to represent and serve our best interests?  Does anyone truly believe it’s in our best interests for our schools to go unfunded, for our highways to fall into disrepair, for our citizens to be denied access to affordable health care options?

2016 senior award winners at WHS Class Night

2016 Class Night

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Class of 2016 held its class night Thursday with 105 graduating.

The following are a list of various awards. Due to time constraints, not all the awards are listed below. People can list missing awards from Wellington’s ceremony in the comment section below. For photo gallery of Thursday’s program click here.

John Sturgis Family Student Council Scholarship Computer Give away – Google Chrome Computers were giving to the following seniors: Addyson DeJarnett, Dylan Jones, Haley Farley, Graysen DeJarnett, Madi Adams, Kaitlyn Ledbetter, JayLynn Luna, Juan Chandler, Julian Cornejo, Dietra Sober, Alexis Marshall, Allison McCue, Joshua Quanz, Auni Williams, Noelle Wright, Taylor Zimmerman, McKenna Oathout, Mariah Moore, Cameron Bartelson, Abby Goodrum, Patrick Hallman, Morgan Lyles, Ryleigh Buck, Jozia Caudillo, Baylee DeJarnett, Wesley Gilmore, Shelby McNamara, Connor Phelps, Skyler Struble,  Jake Walton, Nate Ybarra and Peyton Witham.

2016 Crusader Wall of Recognition recipients spend day recognized with life success

Wall of Future success feature
Wall of Recognition recipients group

From left to right: David Taggert’s wife, Ruth; son, Joe; event organizer Rick Phelps; Tenneil Cobb and Ted Davis.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As today’s students were recognized for achievement at the annual Class Night at Wellington High School, three more WHS alumni were recognized for achievement in life.  Ted Davis, Tenneil Cobb and David Taggert were added to the Crusader Wall of Recognition at Wellington High School Thursday night.

During a day of activities, Davis and Cobb and the family members of David Taggert were part of several activities, including attending the Chamber Coffee, having a school assembly, and an interview session with the media.

This year’s inductees were long time Wellington resident Davis graduated in 1941, Cobb graduated in 2002, and the late Taggart graduated in 1969. He was represented by his wife, Ruth, and son, John.

Davis, who is 93, and still drives his car, has lived in Wellington for 80 years. He said moving from Wichita to Wellington when he was 13 was the best thing that ever happened to him. He is well known in the community as a businessman and part of the development of the Aircraft industry in Wellington.

He is proud of the aircraft industry in town, and said a lot of parts are made there.

Wellington head football coach could be hired soon, but no offer has been made

USD school board meeting report

Correction — According to a previous version of this story it stated that an offer has been made to hire a new Wellington High School football coach. That is not the case. Activities Director Brian Buchanan said a candidate could be hired soon, but no offer has been or was made.

On Monday, the Wellington School Board officially accepted the resignation of Tyler Ryan, the four-year head football coach, who announced his resignation in late April. The board also accepted the resignation of T.D. Buck as an assistant football coach so he can become an offensive line coach in Winfield.

A committee has been interviewing several candidates for the open position this week. Buchanan said the school district had about 40 applications, and it was weeded down to a handful for interviews which were conducted Tuesday at the school district.

Wellington board member Pat Zeka was one of the members on the committee during the early going and said she helped with reviewing the resumes. That sparked a discussion at Monday’s meeting whether a board member should serve on committees to hire teachers or coaches.

MKC, CHS to build grain terminal in Milan

Sumner Newscow news report

Milan grain facility

The following is an article written on the website Kansas Agland by Amy Bickel.

Special to Sumner Newscow — CHS Inc. and Mid-Kansas Cooperative announced plans Tuesday to officially build and operate a high-speed rail-shuttle grain storage and loading facility in Milan near Wellington.

Site preparation will begin this month. Located in Sumner County, the facility will include a high-speed shuttle loader with access to the BNSF line. Upon completion, on-site storage will be approximately 7 million bushels, the cooperatives announced in a news release.

In addition, the facility will have a receiving capacity of 100,000 bushels per hour by way of trucks, the release stated. Rail load-out capacity will be in excess of 80,000 bushels per hour and will include a circle rail track capable of holding 120 railcars in addition to mainline locomotives with access to the BNSF.

WHS Freshman Crusader Way class to participate in ‘Walk A Mile in their Shoes’ event Saturday

Walking a mile

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Until someone has actually been in the same situation as another person, they can’t fully understand where they are coming from. In an effort to raise awareness about sexism and discrimination, Karla Defore’s Crusader Way/Civics freshman students are holding the first annual “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” event this Saturday, May 14. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Century Park walking path. The public is welcome to participate in this free event.

Walk a Mile in her shoesThe award-winning Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Each year, participation increases with the number of men, women and their families raising awareness. The Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event is a a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.

DeFore asked her students to list topics that they thought needed to be worked on in the community or world, and they chose sexism and discrimination for their Crusader Way project.

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KSHSAA releases post-season softball and baseball brackets this morning

KSHSAA post season pairings

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its 2016 baseball and softball assignments this morning. The following includes Sumner County teams.

Class 4A Regional softball

Host: Wellington.

#1 Wellington (15-5) vs. #4 Mulvane (3-16), Monday, 3 p.m.

#2 Winfield (14-5) vs. #3 Rose Hill (9-9), Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Championship game – Monday, 6 p.m.

Bracket can be found here.  

Class 4A Regional baseball

Tenneil Cobb, David Taggart, Ted Davis named 2016 inductees on Crusader Wall of Recognition

Wall of Recognition

2016 Wall of Recognition spread

Sumner Newscow report — Tenneil Cobb, a 2002 Wellington High School graduate who became a television producer and writer; David Taggart, a 1969 WHS graduate who would become the longest running treasurer for the Coca-Cola Company; and Ted Davis, a 1941 WHS graduate, who would become one of the community’s most successful entrepreneurs have become the 2016 Crusader Wall of Recognition inductees.

The three will be recognized during WHS Class Day Ceremony on Thursday at 7 p.m. The honorees will also be featured at the weekly Chamber Coffee and part of an all-school assembly during the day.

The following is a biography written by Rick Phelps, WHS social studies teacher and Wall of Recognition board member of the three inductees:

Tenneil Cobb

Tenneil Cobb

Tenneil Cobb – WHS Class of 2002

Tenneil B. Cobb is a television producer and writer. While at Wellington High School she played first-chair saxophone, lettered in cheerleading, and traveled the U.S. speaking and volunteering as a trustee of Key Club/Kiwanis International. She graduated from WHS in 2002 and was named a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholar.

After graduation, Tenneil attended Brown University in Providence, RI.  She is the first female graduate of WHS to ever graduate from an Ivy League school. While at Brown, she served on the boards of the Ivy Film Festival and Brown Film Society. She was also a cheerleader. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American Civilization and an emphasis in Popular Culture.

Lancy Lough of Wellington charged with level 1 aggravated kidnapping

Police Report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lancy Lough, 53, of Wellington is currently in Sumner County Jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping stemming from a domestic incident that occurred Wednesday, May 4, at 1101 North C St.

Lancy Lough

Lancy Lough

Lough is accused of holding a 41-year-old woman against her will and physically assaulting her during an incident that occurred in the early morning hours. She was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center where she was treated for injuries.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office has charged Lough with a level one aggravated kidnapping felony – considered the most severe penalty for this particular charge.

According to the criminal complaint docket filed Friday in Sumner County District Court, Lough used “force, threat, or deception, with the intent to hold such person kidnapped and to inflict bodily injury or terrorize said victim.”

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend

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 hunting!

That smell you smelled this weekend was due to spraying of sludge from Wastewater Plant

Wellington smell

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you hear someone say “Wellington stinks!” that statement had some merit this past weekend.

But the great thing about this particular smell, it will subside soon (the meat packing plant is a work still in progress).

Wellington Assistant City Manager Jason Newberry said the City Wastewater Plant is doing its periodical removing of by-products or sludge. The City of Wellington then provides the sludge for fertilizer to an area farmer, who is spraying it on his field south of town.

Sunday feature: In 2016, WHS will have 14 Valedictorians; In 2019, there will be none

Graduating Valedictorian

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — When Wellington High School announced there would be 14 Valedictorians for next Sunday’s Graduation Ceremony, many have questioned how this could happen.

After all, traditionally a Valedictorian is given to the top scholastic student in a class, who would give a speech at graduation. On a rare occasion two students were given the honor. Some schools have Salutatorians, who are students who finish second in class rankings.

However, come next Sunday in Wellington, 14 outstanding individuals among 109 graduating seniors will take stage to deliver a Valedictorian speech

Crusader head logoNo one will deny 14 is a tremendous number.

But there is a combination of factors playing here in an evolutionary Valedictorian picking process that has been ongoing for about two decades at Wellington High School.

And in 2019, when today’s freshmen become seniors, a Valedictorian will become a thing of the past at WHS.

USD 353 will adopt a Cum Laude college system (see requirement graph below). The high school graduation speech will likely be delivered by the WHS Senior President, according to Adam Hatfield, Wellington High School principal.

To explain how this all came to be, let’s look how it all got started in the mid to late 1990s.

Wellington Police Department will be implementing ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign on May 23

Click it or ticket in Wellington

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Beginning on Monday, May 23, and continuing through Sunday, June 5, 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 2016 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.  This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.  Enforcement will occur around the clock.  Officers will be especially vigilant at night because the likelihood of seatbelt use at night is much lower than during the day and the percentage of unrestrained crash deaths soars much higher at night.

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, teens in any position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained.  Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually.  In the event that a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained the driver will be cited.  The fine for an adult violation is $10 (plus the time out for the traffic stop, during which the driver’s license number will likely be called in to dispatch).  The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60 (no court costs), while the driver’s fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 + a court cost charge of at least $98.

Eisenhower Elementary raises a little over $20,000 during Color Run fundraiser

Eisenhower color run feature

Eisenhower Color Run #1

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Eisenhower Elementary raised a little over $20,000 during their Color Run fundraiser. After paying for prizes and materials, the school will keep $16,000, which will go toward the purchase of 30 Google Chromebooks.

The fundraisers would also like to purchase playground equipment and other technology equipment. Top student collectors were Ellie Hays, Kendall Janzen and Thalia Garcia, who were awarded a Kindle Fire, Fit Bit and Academy Sports gift card. Elizabeth Vaughn’s Wellington High School business class designed the sponsor signs for the event.

For more pictures of the event click here

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