by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said this morning he will be filing charges on Charles L. Kitch, Jr., 33, of Wellington accused of the Sunday morning assault on attorney John “Jack” Potucek of Wellington.
Spencer said Kitch will be facing charges of aggravated burglary, a felony; aggravated battery, a felony; and possibly the lesser charge of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.
Kitch is accused of assaulting Potucek, Sumner County Counselor to the Commissioners, at his home on north Washington around 8 a.m. Sunday. Kitch is currently in custody at Sumner County Jail with a bond of $100,000 set by the district court judge. Spencer said he will go with the recommendation of the Wellington Police Department.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 33-year-old Wellington male has been arrested for an alleged attack of prominent attorney John “Jack” Potucek of Wellington at his home Sunday morning.
Charles L. Kitch, Jr., 33, of Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.
Potucek, 72, who is the Sumner County Counselor for the county commissioners, appears to be in good condition according to sources at his office. He is currently convalescing at home. There was no concussion, the source said.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington has qualified five wrestlers to the Class 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Salina – tied for the highest number of USD 353 athletes since the Russ Decker era in the early 1990s.
In 2005, Wellington also sent five wrestlers.
Andrew Pelkey at 145, Chance Hain at 170, Taylan Lamkin at 195, Dalton Holt at 220, and Tyson Hodson at heavyweight will be representing Wellington in the big show Friday morning at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
The first round state pairings involving Wellington wrestlers are a follows:
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Feb. 21-23. If you still need garage sales just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting!
When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 41 minutes.
Movie Synopsis: “The LEGO (R) Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO (R) adventure. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) an ordinary, rules- following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This weekend is THE weekend for the Wellington wrestling team.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association Regional Tournament in Winfield will start Friday at 2 p.m. This will determine which wrestlers move on to the Class 4A Regional at the Bicentennial Center in Salina on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Wellington will be competing against Labette County, Andale, Andover Central, Augusta, Clearwater, Coffeyville, El Dorado, Independence, Mulvane, Pratt, Rose Hill, Circle, Wellington, Wichita Trinity and Winfield. The top four wrestlers from each weight division advances to state.
“This will be one of the top two regionals in the state in Class 4A,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach.
So how many wrestlers does Wellington expect to qualify? Let’s just say, this just might be the best year Wellington has had since the Russ Decker days back in 1994.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to proceed with a project increasing sewer capabilities for residence on the northeast side of the community and provide utilities to the newly built concession stand at 9th Street ball field and the concession stand at the football stadium.
A new 12-inch sewer line will be constructed for $166,725 which will start on Harvey Street near the railroad museum, go north through Sellers Park at the creek to 9th Street, over to Cherry Street, then up to Douglass Street and north to Waldo Street where it will connect into another existing sewer line.
Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said a new higher capacity sewer line is needed to address the increased development in the area. Oak Tree Inn is building a 110-room lodging complex, a 48-unit apartment complex is being built next to Wellington Wal-Mart Super Center, and there are remaining lots at Settler’s Creek that need to be sold.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – “The South Haven High School girls softball team.” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
A group of 11 girls with the help of Twaila Wiley, a USD 509 employee, are on a mission to form the first Lady Cardinal softball team to play this spring.
While their opponents are likely to be area junior varsity squads and South-Central Border League opponents in need of a game, their biggest competition in 2014 is time, money and the legal loopholes of starting a high school softball program.
But come this spring, South Haven Cardinal softball hopes to become a reality. They plan on having a schedule of eight games.
“The girls really want this badly,” Wiley said. “They really love to play and want to make this a legitimate high school program.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A persistent rumor that has been circulating around Wellington lately is the local Walmart Super Center is going to be turned into a regular Wal-Mart Discount Store and that it won’t be open 24 hours of the day.
After speaking with Walmart Store Manager Zlatko Djurovic this morning, that rumor IS NOT TRUE!
Djurovic said there are no changes on the horizon for the local store.
“It does us no good to close off a certain segment of the store,” Djurovic said. “You might as well utilize that space.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both the Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be trying to rebound from losses to Andale Friday evening. Wichita Collegiate comes to town Tuesday night for another Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV showdown.
Believe it or not, Wellington and all other schools, are just two weeks away from sub-state.
For the Wellington girls their sub-state pairing is set. Having lost to Mulvane and Andale, the Crusaders have really no chance to finish as the top seed. They will be battling Winfield in the first round of sub-state. Mulvane is at 11-5 while the Crusaders are 9-7. The Wildcats own the tiebreaker. Winfield is 9-8. Mulvane will be playing Rose Hill in the other first round game.
As far as league goes, Wellington is pretty much out of the running for a league title after Friday night’s 43-27 loss to Andale.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington eighth grade boys basketball won a Pioneer League Division 3 Tournament championship with a 42-31 victory over Arkansas City in Mulvane Saturday afternoon.
The win wraps up a sensational two years for the Class of 2018. This group accumulated a 27-5 record over the two years as WMS basketball players. They were 13-3 in seventh grade and 14-2 in eighth grade.They were also Pioneer tournament champions in 2013, beating Circle 42-34.
Using 18 points from A.J. Snipes, Wellington would win the grudge match with Ark City Saturday. The Knights beat Ark City 33-19 at home and lost to the same team 35-27 on the road.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — H.B. No. 2453…
Kansas is in the national spotlight again for all the wrong reasons with a bill called H.B. No. 2453 that proposes allowing public and private employees the right to refuse service based on religious views of marriage.
Translation: We don’t want to serve homosexuals.
The bill passed the House, and now goes to the Senate. If it is passed there then all eyes will be on Governor Sam Brownback to sign it into law.
However, there is some good news. The bill appears on its way to dying thanks to one courageous legislator, who happens to be a Republican.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Houston Sober, the son of Patti Sober and Ty Sober, was crowned the Duke of Wellington for 2014.
Sober was crowned with Payton Baker, Parker Daugherty, Ben DeJarnett, and Jacob Johnson as attendants.
Jaedyn Ledesma, the Duchess of Wellington of 2013-14, presented the crown to Sober in front of a large crowd at the Wellington gymnasium. The coronation followed Wellington boys 67-44 loss to Andale and the girls 43-27 loss to the Lady Indians.
Sober is a member of the First United Methodist Church. His school activities include running the Momentum Movement, Business Professionals of America for one year, Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years, National Honor Society for two years, baseball for four years, cross country for four years, basketball for two years, wrestling for one year and powerlifting for one year.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Instead of paying for specific classes next fall during registration, all USD 353 student parents could be paying a flat rate of $100 before the 2014-15 school year.
Wellington High School Principal Dale Adams has proposed to the Wellington school board a policy in which every student will pay $100 in school fees during registration regardless what classes they sign up.
The hope is to give some students incentive to take higher end courses in science and industrial arts without having to pay extra up-front initial fee costs.
When: Friday 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.
Also! Nut Job – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday – 2 p.m.
Rated: PG-13 Time: 99 minutes
Movie Synopsis: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother-a hot-tempered cop-to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case.
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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ever so often people are reminded why they love sports.
The Oxford boys pulled off an upset Tuesday night that shook the hierarchy order of the South-Central Border League boys basketball standings. Oxford knocked off Udall, 39-37, on the road.
Udall came in as the No. 7 ranked team in Class 1A-Div. I according to the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.
And much like K-State Wildcat fans stormed the court on Monday night after the big upset win over the Jayhawks, so did the Oxford Wildcat fans on Tuesday night. Was it “Wildcat Week?”