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Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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!

Sunday Feature: “Wichita – The Movie” makes premiere in Wellington on Wednesday

Wichita The Movie feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For one night only, Wellington’s Regent Theater will premiere “Wichita — The Movie,” — that proves big time studio productions does not necessarily have to be made in Hollywood.

The Wellington Regent Theater is part of a 30-city, six-state tour for the film. The movie will be shown this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wellington residents may recognize the butcher in the film: Gregor Hunt, who graduated from Wellington High School in 1983.

Carter Green, owner of GreenJeans Studios in Wellington, did the title track for the movie.

“Wichita — The Movie” is a feature length western, written and produced in Wichita. All of the sets and props were produced here. All but two of the actors in the movie live or have lived in the south-central Kansas region.

Gregor Hunt

Gregor Hunt

The adult-themed film is a cat-and-mouse mystery set in Wichita in 1882 about a mysterious fugitive who is seeking out his revenge on the person who landed him in prison. His tracking skills lead him to the quiet, peaceful town of Wichita, during a time when the town was ascending from a small farm village to a cross-cultural industrial metropolitan (see more details of the movie: .

Board accepts Jerry Hodson’s resignation as administrator of the USD 353 school district

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board has accepted the resignation of Jerry Hodson, who has served in several capacities at the USD 353 Central office over the past two years at its Thursday regularly scheduled meeting.

Hodson has accepted the school superintendent’s job in Atwood – located 30 miles north of Colby in northwest Kansas.

Hodson has been the curriculum director since 2012 at USD 353 when he replaced Jackie Glasgow, who resigned to become a full assistant professorship at Southwestern College. His USD 353 job has evolved since that point where he has served as Curriculum Director, technology administrator, and maintenance director during the 2013-14 academic year.

Previously, he served as Wellington Middle School Principal.

Other resignations included:

Wellington golf team finishes 5th; Graysen DeJarnett places 4th at home invite

WHS golf tournament feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Varsity  Golf team hosted the annual invitational held at the Wellington Golf Club.

WHS sophomore Graysen DeJarnett scored a 79 and finished fourth individually. He opened the golf day with a bang getting a birdie – on a windy day. Chance Russell shot an 88 as Wellington’s second best golfer. Joseph Friesen placed third with a 94. Aareon Mason rounded out the top four with a 105.

Wellington’s team total, which is a cumulative score of a school’s top four golfers, was 366 placing the Crusaders fifth. Rose Hill ran away with the tournament with a 311 score. Hesston had a 334. Augusta had a 338 and Goddard Eisenhower 343.

Graysen DeJarnett was Wellington's top golfer on Thursday.

Graysen DeJarnett was Wellington’s top golfer on Thursday.

“Muppets Most Wanted” to be shown at Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent

Muppet MovieThis week at the Regent Theater: “Muppets Most Wanted” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.(c) Disney

Wellington graduate E.K. Franks has been named Arkansas Director of Recruiting

E.K. Franks is now a Razorback

Sumner Newscow report — E.K. Franks, a 1989 Wellington High School graduate, has been named Arkansas’ Director of Recruiting, head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday.

Franks comes to the Razorbacks from Southeastern Louisiana, but previously worked with Bielema at both Wisconsin and Kansas State. The Arkansas press release notes he has worked with “multiple professional athletes, including Wes Welker, Terence Newman and Darren Sproles.” He also reportedly has “extensive recruiting ties to Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Mississippi.”

Franks – best known as “Killer” was a record setting running back in football for the Crusaders and a three-time high school wrestling state champion from 138 to 152.

“I have known E.K. Franks for more than a decade and can’t wait to see the positive effect he will bring to our Razorback family,” Coach Bielema said. “He will lead our recruiting department on a variety of different levels to help bring Arkansas football to the highest level of success.”

Woodlawn Ave. is open north to south; Lincoln Street Project should be finished by May

New Lincoln sign

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Travelers in east Wellington have noticed this week that Woodlawn Ave. going north to south is now open as road construction workers move closer to the completion of the Lincoln Street Reconstruction project.

Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said the project which encompasses Lincoln Avenue from Woodlawn to the Wellington Compost Site is expected to be completed by the end of May.

The detour signs have been moved one block east. Road construction started in mid-November. People were detoured down Fair, west of Woodlawn, to 4th Avenue and then east. See map here:

2-year-old Cooper Norris wins Pig and Cow Bracket Contest

Pigshack Newscow Pig and Cow bracket winner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Think filling out an NCAA Tournament Bracket requires any kind of skill? Consider this…

Of the 90 people who filled out a Sumner Newscow- Pig Shack Barbecue  ”Pig and Cow” bracket to win $200, the winner was won by a 2-year-old!

Cooper Norris, the son of Tim and Heather Norris, won the $200 contest for having the highest point total. We are guessing he may have had some help.

Dan Monson finished second and will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Pig Shack. Irene Monson finished third and will receive a $25 gift certificate. 

Crusader preview: Wellington girls track team have potential of being very, very good

2014 Crusader track preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington head track coach Tyler Ryan had this to say the other day at a Crusader Club meeting.

“The girls have a chance of unseating Andale for the league title.”

That would be quite the feat. Andale does a lot of things well. One could argue it does track best of all.

But this is a big year for the Lady Dukes. Despite losing Megan Campbell — a multi-state champion and placer in 2013 and now attending Wichita State — Wellington is returning eight state qualifiers from 2013 from a team that finished fourth in Class 4A.

Sumner County Court Docket: April 7, 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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Chinese Buffet Restaurant to be located in the former Wellington Steakhouse complex

Chinese Restaurant coming

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be getting itself a new Chinese Buffet Restaurant.

The building best known as the Wellington Steakhouse complex will be the home of “Taiwan” – a super Chinese style restaurant on U.S. 160, in east Wellington.

Building owner Hasu Bhakta said the renovations will be completed around 45 days from today depending on the weather and how quickly the owners could move in the equipment. He looks for it to open either in the last part of May or the early part of June.

The new restaurant will be independently run and not part of a chain franchise. The buffet will feature popular Chinese items including a select number of American food items.

“It will depend on what the Wellington people like,” Bhakta said. 

Sunday blog: The cost of doing business when playing the tax incentive game

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Wellington and Sumner County have always been about three things: planes, trains and combines. It is how our economy works. But if we don’t periodically bring in new business and keep our existing ones happy we will be about moving vans, unemployment checks and empty pockets.

The question is: Can Wellington/Sumner County adequately compete in today’s business world against other municipalities, court houses and state capitols to attract the kind of industry that helps us grow and remain economically viable?

Will it get to the point that businesses will have a "signing" day with the winning community?

Will it get to the point that businesses will have a “signing” day with the winning community?

Wellington is no different than any other town in America. We all hope for prosperity, and sometimes that means luring new industry or commerce to town. What results is an incentive war not much different than college universities trying to snag the latest five-star football recruit, or the auto dealers trying to get you to buy a car.

It has come to the point where governmental entities are literally “prostituting” themselves with various tax incentives and other quirks in hopes something will move to town. 

Trina Cook has been found!

Trina Cook has been found

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office has informed Sumner Newscow via e-mail that Trina Cook has been found alive and is safe!

Cook, a white 32-year-old female, was missing for about a week, until she was found on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Department did not elaborate on how she was discovered.

The Sheriff Department sent out a bulletin to several media outlets in the south-central Kansas area that she had been missing since March 26. The press release said at the time that her disappearance was very unusual for Cook not to have contact with her family for this long. Family members were extremely worried.

“Divergent” playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Divergent” (Movie trailer is below).


DivergentWhen: Friday 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday: 2, 7 and 9:45 p.m. and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.


Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour 20 minutes.


Movie Synopsis: DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth. (C) Summit

Final plat for Oak Tree Inn approved; company hopes to have hotel completed by Thanksgiving

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council approved the final plat of the new Oak Tree Inn being built at the corner of Woodlawn Ave. and U.S. 160 in the Penny’s Diner parking lot.

With the excavation nearly complete of the old Warner Plaza lot, the construction of the new 110-room Oak Tree Inn is about to begin. The new hotel will be open by Christmas 2014 with the goal of opening before Thanksgiving, said Roy Riggs of T.R. Lodging Enterprises – owner of the Oak Tree Inn/Penny Diner.

The existing 80-room Oak Tree Inn will remain open but be renamed Green Country Inn.

Tuesday’s motion, unanimously passed by the city council with member John Tracy being absent, was more or less a technicality – giving T.R. Lodging final approval of four lot plat. The Wellington City Planning Commission recommended its approval two weeks earlier.

Three of the lots are owned by T.R. Lodging, with the exception of one lot on the northeast corner being owned by Fugate Enterprises, a Wichita development group that owns several Pizza Huts/Taco Bells in south-central Kansas. The new hotel is being constructed to accommodate an influx of Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad business traffic in Wellington. 

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Wellington boys tennis team to open season today with home invitational

Wellington tennis preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys tennis team will start its 2014 season today with its one and only home meet of the year at Sellers Park starting at 3 p.m. Kingman, El Dorado, Goddard and Augusta will be the visitors.

This marks Allen Keller’s second season at the helm of the Crusader boys tennis program. His team will be consisting of a lot of freshman and a lot of juniors – not so many sophomores or seniors.

In 2013, Wellington failed to get anyone into the state tournament – the first time that had happened in years.

“I’m humbled that Brian (Buchanan) asked me back to be the head Wellington tennis coach after my not so successful debut,” joked Keller at the Crusader Club meeting. 

Oxford’s Kenny Thomas baseball field is now open for business

Oxford builds new baseball field

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  On Friday, a new era began in Oxford with the dedication of the Kenny Thomas baseball field at the  Champeney Athletic Complex.

The new state-of-the-art baseball complex is the first phase of what will be a three-phase process in which a softball field and new concession stand will also be constructed.

“This is a beautiful facility and when completed it will be one of the best in our league and in the area,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head boys baseball coach. “I know the baseball boys and myself are very appreciative of all the community efforts that were made to bring this to fruition.”

The baseball field has been more than 10 years in the making and more than $100,000 have been raised. 

Wellington boys sweep Rose Hill; Wellington girls get swept in last home games for 4 weeks

Sliding in for win Wellington-Rose Hill

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team swept Rose Hill while the girls softball team got swept in what will be the last home dates for both varsity squads until April 28 when Circle comes to town in four weeks.


Wellington boys win big 

In 2013, Wellington won four games. The Crusaders are one game from matching last year’s total with a double-header sweep against Rose Hill. The Crusaders would win game one 5-3 and game two 6-3.

The Rockets opened the day with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The Crusaders quickly shaved that lead in half in the bottom half of the inning by loading the bases and seeing Adam Condit single in Jalen Macias.

Fourth annual Sicily’s Run is planned for May 3

Sicily run feature

Special to Sumner Newscow — The fourth annual Sicily’s Run will be held in Wellington Saturday, May 3.  Sicily’s Run is a 5K and ½ mile Fun Run held in memory of Sicily Zeka, a former Wellington resident, who battled Wilm’s Tumor, a pediatric cancer of the kidneys.

She fought for 19 months before passing away March 21, 2010 at the age of 4. Funds raised from this event support the Sicily Zeka Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Each year until the year 2023, when Sicily would have graduated, a graduating Wellington High School senior who exemplifies the most important qualities found in the leaders and caregivers in the medical field and research labs around the world, will be awarded the scholarship to support his or her first steps toward a career in medicine.  Last year’s recipient was Elizabeth Tompkins.

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