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Nate Ybarra and Peyton Witham named Lord and Lady of Wellington’s Prom

WHS prom Lord and Lady

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nate Ybarra and Peyton Witham were named the Lord and Lady of Wellington at this year’s 2016 Wellington High School Prom.


Other special winners included:

Most Gorgeous gown: McKenna Oathout.Gorgeous gown McKenna Oathout

Gorgeous tux: Jaden Dycus.

Virginia boy with Sumner County roots takes his first helicopter solo flight at 16

Helicopter ride Hynes

Editor’s note: The following is an article written in the Suffolk, Va. News-Herald written by Tracy Agnew. Mitchell Hynes is the grandson of Shorty and Sandy Baker of Wellington and the son of Argonia High School graduate Shanda Hynes Martin.

SUFFOLK, VA. — If dates had license plates, then March 30, 2016, would carry tags that read “First in Flight for Mitchell Hynes.”

Wednesday was the day Mitchell, a Nansemond-Suffolk Academy sophomore, was able to take his first solo flight in a helicopter.

“I’m pretty excited,” Mitchell said before taking flight. “I’m a little bit nervous as well, though.”

Wednesday was his 16th birthday, and that marks the day trainees are able to take their first solo flight in an aircraft if they have already received the proper training.

And if any 16-year-old ever was well trained for this mission, it was Mitchell.

Garages Sales for April 22-24 weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of April 22-24 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!  Don’t forget Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is next weekend!


Tickets to Wellington Community Theater’s Dinner at eight, Dead at nine will make a great Mother’s Day present

Dinner at eight, dead at nine
Phil Hennig is the director of the latest Wellington Community Theater production "Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine."

Phil Hennig is the director of the latest Wellington Community Theater production “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine.”

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow   Not sure what to get the woman who has everything for Mother’s Day? How about tickets to a murder mystery dinner theater! The Wellington Community Theater will be presenting “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine,” a comedy murder mystery by Michael Druce, on Mother’s Day weekend at the Memorial Auditorium.

“It’s a murder mystery comedy, and we will interact with the audience,” said Phil Hennig, directory of the play. “They will have to figure out who the murderer was.”

With a cast of 11 talented actors, “Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine,” promises to provide entertainment for all ages.

The action centers around the head table of a banquet room where guests and audience members are expecting a dinner theater show. When guest of honor, Eleanor Van Heusen, falls face first into her plate of spaghetti, the guests become murder witnesses. Luck has it that Inspector Bungler happens to be there and helps solve the whodunit. To say the least, Eleanor isn’t loved by everyone, and her family members, and even the chef, all have reasons to kill her. As each reveals their murder plans, hilarity ensues, yet each one claims innocence.

Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 playing at Wellington Regent

Big Fat Greek Wedding at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (see trailer below).

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

Rated: PG-13 (for some suggestive material). Time: 1 hour 34 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Gold Circle Entertainment and HBO present a Playtone production of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Written by Academy Award (R) nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

Important dates for Wellington High School seniors…

Important dates ahead for seniors

Sumner Newscow report — The following are important dates for Wellington High School seniors:

Wednesday, April 27 2016 – 10:00 a.m. Senior Meeting in the WHS Auditorium. Students will be given their senior check-out sheets and information regarding Senior Class Night, Baccalaureate and Graduation.

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Last Day for Seniors who are not required to take finals.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Baccalaureate – 3 p.m.Free Will Baptist Church – 1219 North Plum.  This is a faith-based ceremony.  Even though attendance is optional for this service, several members of the community and several high school seniors spend a lot of time planning the service and it would be wonderful to have the service well attended.

Monday, May 9, 2016 –-Senior Finals (during regular class period times) – 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Periods. If you are required to take a Tuesday final, you must attend that class period Monday morning.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016Senior Finals – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Periods – seniors dismissed after 4th period.

Wellington community rallies together to raise funds for child’s funeral

Community rallies Armenta
Fundraiser was held by BADE Truck to help raise money for the family of  Kanyian “Tater” Armenta.

Fundraiser was held by BADE Truck to help raise money for the family of Kanyian “Tater” Armenta.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — When tragedy or loss strikes someone in a small community, residents rally together to help the family in anyway that they can. With the recent passing of 8-year-old Kanyian “Tater” Armenta, many fundraisers are taking place to help the family offset funeral expenses.

Kanyian 'Tater' Armenta

Kanyian ‘Tater’ Armenta

Armenta died on April 11 at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was a student at Lincoln Elementary in Wellington, and the son of Christy Winger, and brother to Victoria Winger, Logan Winger, James Winger and Blaine Guthrie, all of Wellington.

To help the family offset funeral expenses, there are fundraisers in place, as they did not have life insurance.

Sarah Dockery of Wellington is one of the people, who has decided to help by raising money by selling funnel cakes.

Funnel cakesThrough Wednesday, people can purchase a funnel cake from her from 1 to 6 p.m. at her home at 724 N. C St. Funnel cakes with powdered sugar will be $2, and those with fruit or caramel topping will be $3, with all funds raised being donated to Armenta’s family. You can also call Dockery at 620-705-9893, and she will be taking large orders after Wednesday.

“I’m hoping to do what I can to help with funeral costs by selling these funnel cakes,” Dockery said.


The Bade Truck was parked next to Sonic on Tuesday evening with all profits from food sales going to the family.

City Council considers putting in $200,000 water line to Mayfield residents in fear of KDHE fine

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — In response to a possible fine by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the City of Wellington is considering putting in a water line for people in the Mayfield area who have city water wells on their property.

For years – since the 1950s at least – the city and these private Mayfield property owners have had a gentleman’s agreement in place that the city is allowed to drill on their property, in turn the property owners get free water – albeit it being untreated.

But in 2015, the city was told by the KDHE, that there was a new federal rule that states cities may not let people have untreated water, even if it is coming off their property. The city has tried to work out something but now faces as May 1 deadline which includes a penalty. What that penalty is, nobody knew at Tuesday’s night meeting at the Council Chambers.

The council now faces a dilemma. Does the board put in a waterline that would cost the city $200,000, or face incurring a fine by KDHE? The city has budgeted $150,000 to pay for whatever agreements they make to comply with federal and state rules. But they have been told by the state to shut those customers off by May 1.

The city passed an measure Tuesday at the regular meeting to tell the state that it is not going to cut off water to people by May 1, because it does not yet have a system in place and does not want to put people in a position of not having water.

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Nick Reedy-Sylvester Provencio jury trial delayed to May 17; Provencio rape trial set for May 10.

Provencio and Reedy feature updated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Nick Reedy- Sylvester Provencio trial has been delayed for another month.

Reedy, 33, and Provencio, 22, pled not guilty to two felony and three misdemeanor charges concerning the alleged attack of Gregory Schneider, 54, and Bryan Nispel, 56, of Caldwell on April 22, 2015.

The trial was set to start today but has been continued to May 17 at Sumner County District Court.

It should be a busy month for Provencio, who is also scheduled to go to trial on a rape charge. The trial for his rape charge is set for May 10 in Wellington.

If Kansas Supreme Court shuts public schools down; this could create construction chaos at USD 353

USD school board meeting report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the Kansas Supreme Court follows through with its threat to the state legislature to close the state’s public school system on July 1, this could create a problem for USD 353 and the construction process.

Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss told the board at last week’s meeting that it the court shuts down the Kansas public school system, all construction on the safety and security bond project quite possibly will come to a halt and will not start again until a settlement is reached.

That comes as unwelcome news to the board, which is hoping that the project will come to a completion before the 2016-17 school year starts in August. Deadlines are tight at the moment.

USD 353 is currently in a two-year construction project that includes major innovation to the various school buildings for safety and maintenance issues. While much of the project is complete, there is still several items left to do including the implementation of a new HVAC unit and boiler at the Wellington Middle School and the repaving of the parking lot.

Angela Bates comes to Wellington to speak about Nicodemus the first African-American Settlement in Kansas

The rise of Nicodemus
Angela Bates was in Wellington Saturday to speak to Sumner County Historical Society of the community of Nicodemus.

Angela Bates was in Wellington Saturday to speak to Sumner County Historical Society of the community of Nicodemus.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Following the Emancipation Proclamation, several newly independent African American former slaves settled in Nicodemus, Kans., where they were promised freedom.

Nicodemus was the first all African American settlement in Kansas.

Angela Bates, executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society, made a presentation entitled “Children of the Promised Land,” for the Sumner County Historical Society meeting at the Wellington Public Library on Saturday afternoon. She travels the nation presenting educational programs covering Nicodemus, Exodusters, African American towns in the west, Buffalo Soldiers and African American women in the west.

Bates began genealogical research of her family, and the history of Nicodemus, where her family descendants were some of the original settlers.


Nicodemus is located north of Hays and east of Salina.

Nicodemus is located north of Hays and west of Salina.

“It’s important to understand what women and mothers went through during slavery,” Bates said.

Sunday blog: Sibyl Wells has made Wellington a better place to live

Five Cueball thoughts

Wells, Sibyl PIC 2

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I don’t think I ever met Sibyl Wells. If I had, I don’t remember.

We may have had a conversation. I may have taken her picture sometime, somewhere.

But when she died at 97 years of age, I placed her obituary on Sumner Newscow on Oct. 22, 2015 without any kind of recognition or remembrance (see obit here). Did I remember reading that obituary the first time? Not in the least.

We feature a lot of obituaries on this site. Since April 17, 2015, Sumner Newscow has run 193 obits. I would venture to say I recognize about 30 percent of the people, who have left us recently. Unfortunately for myself, Sibyl Wells was not one of them.

So goes life. After placing her obit, I moved on not remembering.

Members of the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment learn of sizable donation.

Members of the Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment learn of sizable donation.

But then something happened. I received an e-mail in March from Sumner Regional Medical Center. The endowment foundation was receiving a sizable donation from someone who had recently died. I learned that Sibyl Wells had donated more than $100,000 to the service organization that helps the local hospital with philanthropy endeavors including the purchase of equipment.

Is it really an honest attempt to solve the equality issue in Education Funding?

Guest editorial generic

by Ed Trimmer, State Representative, 79th District — On the last day of the regular session, the Kansas House and Senate passed an education equalization formula.  The Governor recently signed it.  The legislative process was rushed and confusing.  The final result was a plan that I believe makes little sense.  The Supreme Court will begin hearings on May 10 and a great many educators and others believe they will not accept the new formula as constitutional.

Ed Trimmer

Ed Trimmer

The need for a new funding formula came as a result of the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that Governor Brownback’s block grant funding formula was unconstitutional.  It took legislative leadership about three months to finally act on school finance.  Only after repeated condemnation from the press and school supporters for the apparent lack of action, was something finally done.

Two days before the end of the regular session, a finance formula was amended into an unrelated bill in conference committee.  Through a parliamentary move, the two Democrats on the conference committee were denied a vote.  Since the bill was sent back to the House and Senate as a conference committee report, legislators could not amend the bill and could only vote yes or no.  At no time were any members of the House allowed input, except for the two Republican members of the conference committee. 

Sumner County Superintendents condemn HB 2741; contents of bill below

Kansas Legislative Legislature session

Part 2 of two-part series

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Superintendents were quick to condemn House Bill 2741, which is designed to replace the block grant system and get the state in compliance with State Supreme Court edicts.

The biggest points of concern are the removal of state funds for athletics and extra-curricular activities, and allowing money that would have gone to the district to go to a private school or online educational system.

Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said the affect on public schools “could be devastating.”

He said if no money was available for athletics, it would deny opportunities for many students, and perhaps a significant number would go to a private school instead. He said that might also put a burden on private schools, and increase competition for a limited number of spots at a private school.

Garage Sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for April 15, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!


It is a celebration event at Wellington Sears for 2 days only!

re grand opening celebration

re grand opening celebration

Sears Re-Grand opening

Losing his wife to a drunk driver, Jared Estes speaks to Wellington’s youth of the dangers of underage drinking

Townhall meeting forum
Jared Estes was the motivation speaker at Wednesday's Townhall Meeting.

Jared Estes was the motivation speaker at Wednesday’s Townhall Meeting.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Jared Estes lost the love of his life when a drunk driver decided to get behind the wheel of his Porsche and drive over 120 miles per hour.

Jared and his wife Paige were high school sweethearts, having met at a basketball game, where he played ball and she was a cheerleader. After attending the Homecoming dance together, they were inseparable from there, even attending Wichita State University together, when Estes popped the question.

“I hid a diamond ring in her favorite candy, Fun Dip, and sealed it back up,” Estes said.

Estes told his story of defying medical odds and tragic emotional loss during the Town Hall meeting on underage drinking held at Memorial Auditorium Wednesday evening. The event was sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team, along with local and area law enforcement, who were also in attendance.

Abrams says HB 2741 is a response to recent Kansas Supreme Court decision to equalize school funding

Kansas Legislative Legislature session

First of two-part series:

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow Since its introduction last month in Topeka, a new school funding formula bill HB 2741 – co-authored by State Sen. Steve Abrams (R-Ark City) – has been creating quite a stir amongst fellow legislators, their opponents, lobbyists and educators alike.

Steve Abrams

Steve Abrams

The new bill in its present form (it’s full version can be found here) would create a public voucher type system distributing public funds to private education; defund athletics and other extra-curricular activities, and provide a sharp increase in property taxes.

Some HB 2741 opponents think it could force some schools to close or consolidate.

Abrams, though, told Sumner Newscow that the bill is in response to issues raised by the Kansas State Supreme Court in its ruling to equalize school funding.

Abrams along with State Rep. Ron Highland, who both chair education committees in both the Senate and House, introduced HB 2741 just before the state legislature went on its break on March 23. The bill has been referred to the Committee of Appropriation in the House. It is unclear if or when the bill will be taken up again this year or if it will be reintroduced in 2017.

Batman vs. Superman is coming to Wellington Regent; special showing Thursday

Batman v Superman at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Batman vs. Superman (see trailer below).

Schedule: Special showing: Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13 (for intense violence and action, thematic elements, and some partial nudity). Time: 2 hours 19 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio, and directed by Zack Snyder. Amy Adams and Diane Lane return as Lois Lane and Martha Kent, respectively.

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