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Jungle Book/ Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Wellington Community Theater production starts tonight!

Cast members above include: Brenna Brown, Hannah Shelley, Lizzie Harriger, Chloe Henderson, Josh Amos and Hunter Lough.

Cast members above include: Brenna Brown, Hannah Shelley, Lizzie Harriger, Chloe Henderson, Josh Amos and Hunter Lough.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Community Theater and Children’s Theater of Wellington will be presenting the Jungle Book and The Adventure of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for three nights on April 17, 18, and 19.

The premiere showing is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Junior High Building Auditorium at 311 North A Street.

The other two showings are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door.

The cast list for both productions are as follows:

Garage Sales for this weekend

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for April 17-19, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

“Home” playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

Home at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Home

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 33 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own.

Sumner Court Docket: April 16, 2015 report

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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 Work session gets feisty as council figures what to do with utility rates

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The new Wellington City Council won’t be ushered in until next Tuesday. But judging from this Tuesday’s work session meeting it could be a lively two years.

The utility reserve fund and the consumer rates were the subjects for the meeting, but the two-hour plus meeting often veered into philosophical discussions about the city’s future. And at one point it got downright nasty.

Very late into the two hour meeting, Wellington City Councilmen Vince Wetta and Jim Valentine got into a shouting match. In a nutshell, Wetta was upset about how confrontational Valentine is at city meetings. Valentine was upset that the other city council member’s aren’t listening to him.

Work sessions are unlike regular city meetings. Council members sit at a round table and discuss issues without any formal proceedings. No action can be taken, and talk is most generally done informally. People of the general public are usually not allowed to address the council unless addressed by a council member first. Basically, it’s a company business meeting with reporters lurking in the background. 

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It has been 20 years! Reunion set for 1995 state champion Wellington High School baseball team

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1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.

1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Has it already been that long?

Twenty years ago, Wellington High School captured its one and so far only high school baseball championship when the Crusaders knocked off Topeka Hayden for the Class 4A title in Manhattan.

The 1995 state championship team is being honored on May 7 between the Wellington High School baseball games with Clearwater. After the second game there will be a hamburger feed for players, coaches, managers and bat boys. Please let coach Mike Wilmoth know if you are going to be able to attend. For more information about the event click here.

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Two Wellington High School students charged in March 23 Danville grain elevator break in

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Wellington High School students have been charged for the burglary of the Danville Cooperative grain elevator at 801 South Jefferson in Wellington on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Jonathan Ryberg, born in 1997, of Wellington and Avery Cheney, born in 1996, of Wellington have been charged with criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; theft, a Class A misdemeanor and criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, two windows at the Coop valued at $200 were damaged. Ryberg and Cheney are also accused of taking goggles and three wrenches.

At 8:20 a.m. on March 23, two Wellington Police Department officers took a report of the break in. One officer inspected the damage and observed the window on the front door had been broken along with a window in the restroom. The surveillance video and still photos showed the two adult males looking through the business which were distributed to the local media. Tips to the WPD indicated the suspects were identified as Avery and Ryberg. 

Wellington baseball team splits with Andale, still in hunt for AV-CTL DIV title

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team kept its Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title hopes alive with a double-header split at Andale Monday evening.

Wellington would lose game one to the Indians 2-1, but would return to win the nightcap 7-5. The win puts the Dukes at 5-1 in the AV-CTL DIV with Circle and Clearwater left on the schedule. Andale, which combines its baseball program with Garden Plain, is currently at 5-1 in league play with Mulvane and Collegiate left to play.

“We control our own destiny,” said Jesse Dale, Wellington head baseball coach. “If we win out we can at minimum be co-league champs.”

Wellington played what was a very competitive couple of games. But it was the final inning of the second game that had Crusader fans on edge.

The Crusaders were leading by a healthy 7-2 advantage thanks to an impressive first start by freshman hurler Cade Phelps. But in the bottom half of the seventh, Andale made its move with a couple of singles and a double steal by Harrison Denk to pull within three, 7-4.

Kelly General Store has a little of everything for the curious shopper

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About six months ago, Holly Kelly was driving down Harvey Street and noticed an abandoned building with a greenhouse and she thought, “wouldn’t it be cool to have a greenhouse for the community again.”

And last weekend, Kelly General Store was born at 314 E. Harvey St. Several local people have flocked to Wellington’s newest business that opened Saturday to robust business despite coinciding with Belle Plaine’s Tulip Time.

Holly Kelly, Owner of Kelly General Store.

Holly Kelly, Owner of Kelly General Store.

Monday morning, the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Wellington’s newest store in what was once Bob’s Floral’s in the 1990s.

How does one describe the Kelly General Store? 

The fifth and final Sicily’s Run to be held May 2

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Sumner Newscow report — The fifth, and final, Sicily’s Run will be held in Wellington Saturday, May 2.

Sicily’s Run is a family- friendly 5K and ½ mile fun run held in memory of Sicily Zeka, former Wellington resident, who battled Wilms Tumor, a pediatric kidney cancer, for 19 months before passing away March 21, 2010 at the age of four.

Funds raised from this event support the Sicily Zeka Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Each year until the year 2023, the year Sicily would have graduated high school, 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. Three past recipients will be recognized at this year’s event.

Sunday blog: Talking Chicken little, utility reserves, city election, marijuana and garbage collectors

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 12, 2015…

1. Chicken Little.

"Kansas, the tornado is coming!"

“Kansas, the tornado is coming!”

It may go down as one of the nuttier weeks I’ve had in awhile when you factor in the election, the website controversies, Easter, and the personal things going in my life. So Wednesday’s non-storm was an accurate metaphor for the week in general.

Wednesday, Chicken Little made a visit to Kansas to tell us the sky was falling. It wasn’t so much the weather information. We should all be informed of possible storms ahead. It was how the news was delivered.

I actually felt bad for that Channel 12 weather forecaster on my tube Wednesday evening. I knew his bosses were telling him to get on screen and babble about an approaching tornado-like storm that was obviously not materializing, knowing full well half the Kansas population was hating his guts because they were missing a critical episode of “Survivor.”

With all the hysteria, I thought at least we could get some rain out of the deal. No such luck. 

Guest Editorial: Health Care Authority Board appointments are the most important positions available

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EDITOR’S NOTE — The following is a guest editorial written by J.P. Buellesfeld, who is owner of Buellesfeld Financial Services Inc.

Recently, Steve Shelley and Kelli McComb resigned from the Health Care Authority Board which oversees Sumner Regional Medical Center. The city of Wellington is taking applications to feel the positions and people can do so at the city of Wellington offices at 317 S. Washington. 

By J.P. Buellesfeld

J.P. Buellesfeld

J.P. Buellesfeld

The Health Care Authority Board for the City of Wellington currently has two openings out of a five member board.  The Health Care Authority Board is the most important authority board in Sumner County as it is 100 percent in control of the governance of Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Sumner Regional Medical Center is one of the largest employers in Sumner County.  The Council of the City of Wellington had no applicants for the first (15) day application period that ended March 25, 2015.  The City Council is currently accepting applications in the second (15) day application period through April 13, 2015.  The City Council will then be appointing two new members to the Health Care Authority Board.  I believe now is a good time to explain how critically important this decision is.

In the case of Verret v. United States, a Texas federal district court upheld an Internal Revenue Service determination that the chairman of a non-profit hospital’s board of trustees was personally liable for the hospital’s non-payment of federal withholding taxes, Stephen Verret had been chairman of the board of Doctors Hospital in Groves, Texas. On appeal, the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision.

Former Wellington Public Library Director Kim Wiens charged with felony theft

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kimberly Wiens, a former director of the Wellington Public Library, has been charged with theft, a level 9 felony for allegedly defrauding the library $4,464.36.

Sumner County Attorney’s office filed the complaint last week which states Wiens “unlawfully, feloniously, and willfully obtained by deception, control over property for compensation of 236.46 hours of vacation time with the intention to permanently deprive the owner, to wit: Wellington Public Library.”

Kim Wiens

Kim Wiens

The complaint said the alleged crime took place on July 31, 2013, which was also Wiens last day of employment. Wellington Assistant Sumner County Attorney Mathew Mullen said, however, the compensation in question occurred over a number of years.

Wiens, born in 1955, has been summoned to appear in Sumner County Court for first appearance on April 23, 2015 at 9 a.m.

A theft felony, as opposed to a misdemeanor, is loss of property valued over $1,000. If convicted, Wiens could face up to six months in prison.

Sumner County Docket: April 9, 2015 report

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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.


Council member Valentine asks for independent audit; rest of council says no

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The depletion of the City of Wellington utility reserve fund has raised more than a few eyebrows (see story here), and councilman Jim Valentine’s motion for an independent audit may have raised a few more.

Jim Valentine

Jim Valentine

On a night for which he was re-elected for another four years, Valentine during the council correspondence portion of Tuesday’s meeting made a formal motion:

“I’ve got a lot of questions from people around town about the so called ‘lost money.’ So I’m going to ask for a motion for an outside audit of all expenses from 2011 to 2014 including 2012 and 2013. We need to to put this thing to bed.”

The motion would eventually die from a lack of second. But before doing so, it still made for an interesting six-minute discussion.

Wellington council member Vince Wetta asked Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields, if there was lost money, or was this a case of money being transferred from one account to the other.

Shields said money transferred out of the utility fund was used for operating services as was outlined in the making of the 2014 budget. There was $600,000 transferred from the reserve fund for general operating expenses in one year. But there was no missing money, he said. 

Nick Becker wins Sumner Newscow/Pig Shack Barbecue Bracket contest

Pigshack Newscow Pig and Cow bracket winner

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Becker of Wellington won the Sumner Newscow/Pig Shack Tournament bracket challenge. He will win $200 for his effort.

Nick Becker, Cow/Pig contest winner.

Nick Becker, Cow/Pig contest winner.

Roger Brownlee finished second and will receive a $50 gift certificate to Pig Shack Barbecue. Terri Driskell placed third and will win $25 gift certificate to Pig Shack Barbecue.

Becker won over more than 150 brackets submitted in the contest. And he won by a landslide. Becker scored 166 points. Brownlee won by a distant second with 137 points and Driskell’s 135. 

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Shelley Hansel elected mayor; Valentine, Etter, Green elected to council; Zeka, Glasgow win school board seats

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington registered voters elected Shelley Hansel as their new mayor for a four-year term.

Wellington City Council members Kelly Green and Jim Valentine were re-elected for a four-year term. Kip Etter joins the Wellignton City Council.

In the school board USD 353 races, Pat Zeka unseated Bob White, and Jackie Glasgow won a four-year term over Janette Moser.

Elsewhere there was a slew of county races too numerous to mention. 

2015 Final Sumner County City/School General Election results

School bond election 2015
School board Position Candidates Votes received
USD 353 – Wellington  Dist. 1 Pos. 1 Angie Ratcliff 1,296
Dist. 2, Pos. 2 Jackie Berryman 1,284
Dist. 3, Pos. 3 Robert White 666
Pat Zeka 851
Dist. At large Jackie Glasgow 1,182
Janette Moser 324
USD 356 Conway Springs Dist 1 Pos. 1 Bill Dalbom 173
Dist 2 Pos 2 Eddie Allen 170
Dist 3 Pos 3 Bruce Harrington 179
Dist at large Bradley Paly 179
Dist 2 Pos 5(unexpired term) Aaron Lange 179
USD 357 Belle Plaine Dist 1 Pos. 1 Stephanie Scott 583
Dist 2 Pos 2 John Murray 536
Dist 3 Pos 3 Rodney Bell 109
James Stambaugh 520
Dist at large Burke Bringer 116
Christy Fell 321
Duane Smith 158
USD 358 Oxford Dist 1 Pos. 1 John Cooney 54
Byron White 123
Dist 2 Pos 2 Ryan Bain 53
Adronica Collinsworth 29
Phillip Rush 100
Dist 3 Pos 3 Dorinda Neises 164
Dist at large Justin Shepherd 164
USD 359 Argonia Dist 1 Pos. 1 Brian Fitch 114
Dist 2 Pos 2 Shane Morrison 113
Dist 3 Pos 3 David Gaddie 118
Dist at large Joseph Allen 85
Robyn Phillips Haxton 43
USD 360 Caldwell All At-Large Wm. Brian Daily 211
Amy Futhey 361
Gage Overall 344
Clifton Risley 333
Bryce Sommerhoff 282
USD 509 South Haven All At Large Suzie Bacon 68
Bryan Smith 63
Lake Theurer 70
Steven Nicholson 78
City of Wellington Mayor Kelly Green 423
At-large Shelley Hansel 656
Mark Hatfield 44
Tami Klinedinst 284
Jazzmyne Pettegrew 36
City Council Cindy Antonich 526
(Elect 3) Kevin Dodds 483
Kip Etter 727
Kelly Green 602
Mark Hatfield 132
Gretchen Moore 73
Stanton Palmer 123
John Alan Saunders 55
Jerry Sears 122
Jim Valentine 746
Kim Woodrow 301
Fatema Yunker 181
City of Argonia City Council Douglas Boese 34
(Elect 3) Mary Beth Bookless 10
Don Phillips 72
Jim Pierce 56
Rob Randall 78
City of Belle Plaine Mayor Richard Penn 256
T. Bub Rothgeb 112
City Council Dennis McGinnis 272
Robert Narron 179
Lonnie Patrick 110
Richard Penn 130
City of Caldwell Mayor Paul Mark Arnold 210
Bill Schwertfeger 141
City of Conway Springs City Council Dennis Buck 47
(elect 3) Robert Mack 68
Larry Phye 130
Tim Sones 118
Darren Stevens 58
Janet Wiseley 81
City of Geuda Springs Mayor No candidate.
City Council Nathan Cook 15
(elect 5) Scott Ferguson 24
Paul Hills 22
Jerry Hills 11
R.L. Jordan 21
Alvin Lamb 26
Mike Peters 20
Roger Terry 26
City of Hunnewell Mayor 0
City Council (elect 5) 0
City of Milan Mayor  Boyd Jones 13
City Council June Williams 11
(elect 5) Howard Yale 8
City of Oxford City Council Richard Bain 90
(elect 3) Tom Lowry 89
Brian Mayfield 98
City of South Haven Mayor Donald Minor 44
City Council Kim Byers 36
(Elect 2) Diana Locke 35

Also, USD 357 Bond question passed: 412 yes, 254 no.

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