Sumner NewsCow http://www.sumnernewscow.com News and Sports for Sumner County Thu, 23 May 2019 20:42:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Avengers: Endgame playing this weekend at Wellington Regent http://www.sumnernewscow.com/avengers-endgame-playing-this-weekend-at-wellington-regent/ Thu, 23 May 2019 20:42:09 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55391

Held over a second consecutive week!!!

Playing at Wellington Regent: Avengers: Endgame.

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

Rated: PG-13.

PLUS… 

Schedule: Thursday, March 30  – 2 and 7 p.m. 

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Top of South Haven’s Class: Cynae Wiley and Cade Dvorak http://www.sumnernewscow.com/top-of-south-havens-class-cynae-wiley-and-cade-dvorak/ Thu, 23 May 2019 20:21:42 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55595 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are continuing the feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We are featuring one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is South Haven.

Valedictorian: Cynae Wiley

Salutatorian: Cade Dvorak.

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

CYNAE WILEY

Parents: Twaila and Jason Wiley.

List of high school accomplishments: President of National Honor Society, President’s outstanding achievement Award, American award citizenship, President’s outstanding achievement award, KSHSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement award, KSHSAA Student Advisory Team, Maxpreps softball player of the year, and Kansas Governor’s scholar.

Future aspirations: To continue my education and play softball at Allen in Iola, KS.

Favorite Past Time: Hanging out with friends and playing with my pups.

Favorite T.V. Show: Friends

Favorite Movie: Shazam! or Madea movies

Favorite Book: The Twilight Series

Favorite Teacher: Mrs. Fulton

People I Admire Most: My mom and dad.

Most Memorable school moment: My sophomore year during volleyball we had a team bonding trip and went to town and did some grocery shopping for a tournament the following weekend.

Favorite Quote: “How Lucky am I to have something that means saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh

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CADE DVORAK

Parents: Tad and Tamara Dvorak

List of high school accomplishments: Letter in Football Basketball 10,11,12, Class Pres 9,11  Class Vice 10, FCCLA Pres 12, NHS Vice 12, FFA Officer 10,11, Honors Student, 9,10,11,12

Future aspirations: Enter the Air National Guard and pursue a degree in health science from an undecided college

Favorite Past Time: Playing sports and watching the Royals play.

Favorite T.V. Show: Impractical Jokers.

Favorite Movie: The Rookie.

Favorite Book: Hunger Games.

Favorite Teacher: All of them. I don’t have a favorite.

People I Admire Most: My parents and siblings.

Most Memorable school moment: Dalton Tatum finding his long lost brother on the senior trip.

Favorite Quote: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” — Master Oogway.

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State track preview: Weather is predicted to dominate http://www.sumnernewscow.com/state-track-preview-weather-is-predicted-to-dominate/ Thu, 23 May 2019 17:38:34 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55591

De’Andre Washington and Blake Rausch will be participating in the 4×100 boys relay team at the state meet.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest state high school sporting event, is scheduled to begin Friday at Wichita State University. But the weather appears to be as uncooperative with the trackers as it has been in every other spring sport.

So let’s assume everything will go without a hitch tomorrow and Saturday. The meet promises to be heavy on Wellington athletes but light on other Sumner County athletes.

Wellington is bringing 17 boys and girls entries to the state track meet. The full schedule can be found here.

Now how many of those entries will end up being podium standing placers? It is going to be tough.

Wellington senior Eric Kop appears to be the leading candidate to place at state and bring home a first-place medal. He is currently the top seed in the 300-meter hurdles. He has a 38.82 regional seed time, tops in Class 4A.

Eric Kop in hurdles.

Kop also is the fourth seed in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.50 time.

Elsewhere, De’Andre Washington will be participating in four events, the 100, 200, 4×100 relay and the long jump. He has the best chance of placing in the 200, where he is the seventh seed.

The 4×100 meter relay team consisting of Grey Hatfield, Christian Buckman, Blake Raush, and Washington comes in a ninth seed.

On the girls’ side, Wellington could have several placers, especially in the field events.

Senior discus thrower Brooke McCorkle comes into the meet as a fourth seed. Taylor Meyer is a seventh seed in the discus. School record holder Elise LeGrand is the sixth seed in the pole vault.

Camryn Ricke, who won the regional in the long jump, is an 8th seed in 4A.

The 4×100 meter relay girls team for Wellington is the seventh seed in 4A. That team consists of Mercedes Glover, Jordyn Young, Camryn Ricke, Jennifer Jensen

As far as other Sumner County schools, Conway Springs Jonathon Wright goes in as a fifth seed in the triple jump and seventh seed in the high jump.

Conway Springs Zachery Mercer is the fourth seed in the long jump and Daniel Becker is a seventh seed in the shot put.

The “tentative” state track meet schedule for the Sumner County participants, their school, and their seed, are as follows:

BOYS

Friday

8 a.m. – Shot put: Daniel Becker, C.Springs, 7th seed.

9:45 a.m. – Long jump: Zachery Mercer, C. Springs, 4th seed.

11:30 a.m. – High jump: Jonathan Wright, C. Springs, 7th seed.

2:30 p.m. – 110-meter hurdles prelims: Eric Kop, Well., 4th seed. Gavin York, Well. 8th seed.

10:05 a.m. — 4×100 meter relay prelims: 2A – Conway Springs (Zachary Mercer, Collin Koester, Ryan Zoglmann, Jonathan Wright), 6th seed.

3:15 p.m. — 4×100 meter relay prelims: 4A- Wellington (Grey Hatfield, Christian Buckman, Blake Rausch, Washington), 9th seed.

3:55 p.m. – 400 meter prelims: Christian Buckman, 10th seed.

4:45 p.m. – 300-meter hurdles prelims: Kop, Well., 1st seed. York, 10th seed.

5:35 p.m. – 200-meter relays: De’Andre Washington, 7th seed.

6:25 p.m. – 4×400 relay: Wellington (Eric Kop, Blake Rausch, Christian Buckman, Chase Pfalzgraf), 8th seed.

7 p.m. – 3200 run finals: Tyler Brown, Well., 14th seed.

Saturday

9 a.m. – 100 meter prelims: Washington, Well., 11th seed. –

11:30 a.m. – Javelin: Collin Koester, C. Springs, 9th seed.

3 p.m. – Long Jump: Michael Ledbetter, Well., ninth seed. Washington, Well., 12th seed.

3 p.m. – Triple Jump: Wright, fifth seed.

5:30 p.m. – 800 meters finals: Zach Haxton, Arg., 8th seed.

GIRLS

Friday

9:45 a.m. – Javelin – Alivia Lange, C. Springs, 3rd seed. Lexi Fisher, C. Springs, 15th seed.

10:25 a.m. – 400-meter prelims – Alyssa Hunter, B. Plaine, 12th seed.

11:30 a.m. – Triple jump: Makenzie Curry, C. Springs, 11th seed.

1:15 p.m. – Long jump: Cameryn Ricke, Well., 8th seed.

2:10 p.m. – 110-meter hurdles prelims: Elise LeGrand, Well. 16th seed.

2:55 p.m. – 4×100 meter relay prelims: Wellington (Mercedes Glover, Jordyn Young, Camryn Ricke, Jennifer Jensen), 7th seed.

4:45 p.m. – Discus: Brooke McCorkle, 4th seed.

Saturday

8 a.m. – Pole vault: Legrand, Well., 6th seed.

9:45 a.m. – Javelin: Taylor Meyer, Well., 7th seed.

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U.S. 81 north of Wellington is now open http://www.sumnernewscow.com/u-s-81-north-of-wellington-is-now-open/ Thu, 23 May 2019 15:59:33 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55587

Sumner Newscow report — U.S. 81 north of Wellington to the casino is now open.

Here is an update of all roads affecting the county according to the Sumner County Emergency Services:

Here is the latest information we have for all-weather roads in Sumner County….as of 9:58 am on 5/23/19.

I-35 northbound/southbound through Sumner County: OPEN
HWY K-49 north from Caldwell to Viola: OPEN
HWY-81 south from Oklahoma stateline: CLOSED
HWY-81 Wellington south to South Haven, Caldwell, Okla Stateline: OPEN
HWY-81 Wellington north to Casino: OPEN
HWY-53 Casino to Mulvane: OPEN
HWY-55 Belle Plaine east to Udall: OPEN
HWY-160 Wellington east to Winfield and west to Harper: OPEN
HWY-166 South Haven east to I-35: OPEN
HWY-166 I-35 east to Ark City: CLOSED

Argonia blacktop north to Suppesville: OPEN
Argonia blacktop south to 90th ST: OPEN
Clearwater blacktop from Clearwater to 90th Ave: CLOSED (at Sedgwick County line)
Corbin blacktop from Corbin to HWY-81: CLOSED
Corbin blacktop from Corbin to 80th ST: OPEN
Perth blacktop from K-49 east to HWY-81: OPEN
Belle Plaine South blacktop from Belle Plaine to HWY-160: CLOSED
Dalton blacktop HWY-160 south to HWY-166: OPEN
Oxford blacktop from Oxford to Geuda Springs: OPEN
Oxford blacktop north from Oxford: CLOSED
Ridge Road dirt road, north from Ninnescah River to County Line: CLOSED
Rock Road and 70th Ave. N (Cicero Rd) dirt road: CLOSED

The Bureau of Reclamations and The Army Corps of Engineers that manage the Arkansas River basin flood control has begun the release of water from Cheney Lake starting Wednesday morning for an unspecified amount of time. All three rivers in Sumner County (Chikaskia, Ninnescah, Arkansas) are currently in flood stage, and are expected to remain in flood stage until possibly Friday morning.

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]]> Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-police-notes-wednesday-may-22-2019/ Thu, 23 May 2019 15:16:47 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55582 Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 22, 2019:

•6:55 a.m. Tony J. Botts, 48, Stewartsville, Mo was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•7:10 a.m. Barry V. Rosenberg, II, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•7:25 a.m. James B. Hays, 81, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•8:05 a.m. Minnie C. Sexton, 61, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•9:13 a.m. Jerry D. Myers, 74, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for a dog at large x3 and no registration x3.

•10:16 a.m. Officers took an animal bite report in the 500 block E. 16th, Wellington.

•11:25 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.

•12:10 p.m. Officers took an animal bite report in the 500 block E. 16th, Wellington.

•12:20 p.m. Marvin R. Rains, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.

•12:39 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.

•12:47 p.m. Dana M. Tompkins, 46, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large, animal bite and immunization required.

•1:10 p.m. Nicole R. Payne, 37, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for animal bite and no registration.

•1:48 p.m. Noah D. Moody,  21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large x3, no registration x3 and immunization required x3.

•2 p.m. Paul M. Vargas, Sr., 71, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•7:19 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 400 block E. 4th, Wellington.

•7:25 p.m. Kristy K. Debuhr, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•7:35 p.m. Kelly K. Snavely, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•7:55 p.m. Julie J. Zeka-Wright, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•7:55 p.m. Alexis E. Tracy, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for a disobeyed stop sign.

•8:06 p.m. Officers responded to a Civil Problem in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.

•8:15 p.m. Ryan C. Hunt, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•8:30 p.m. Jordan A. Lowden, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no seat belt.

•9:22 p.m. Erin P. Russell, 21, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.

•9:27 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1400 block E. Michigan Ct, Wellington.

•9:58 p.m. Officers investigated theft in the 300 block N. F, Wellington.

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Molly Smith, 25, Wellington: January 26, 1994 – May 18, 2019 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/molly-smith-25-wellington-january-26-1994-may-18-2019/ Thu, 23 May 2019 15:01:03 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55578

Molly Smith

Molly Diana Smith, of Wellington, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Wellington, at the age of 25.

Molly was born the daughter of Corey Douglas and Malissa Ann (Hernandez) Smith on Wednesday, January 26, 1994, in Wellington. She graduated from Wellington High School in 2012. Molly was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, and friend. She will be missed by many.

Survivors include her sister, Megin Bannister and her husband Colby of Wellington; grandmother, Bobbi Bradford of Wellington; great-grandmother, Delores Smith of Wellington, nephews: Trenton Dusty, Colton and Karstin Bannister all of Wellington; aunt, Cindy Martin and her husband Rick of Wellington; uncle, Michael Smith of Pawnee, Oklahoma; aunt, Carissa Fennell and her husband Dre of Wichita, Kansas, cousins: Alex Smith, Lala, Andre and Jayla Fennell, along with a large extended family.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Corey and Malissa Smith and grandparents: John Smith, Claudine Smith, Joe Hernandez and Maj. Wayne Bradford.

Memorial services for Molly will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Wellington Free Will Baptist Church, Wellington.

Memorial contributions can be given to the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation. All contributions will be used to assist the family with the service expenses and can be left at the funeral home or made online at www.brycedaymemorialfoundation.com/donate.

To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.

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Latest Sumner County weather warnings… http://www.sumnernewscow.com/latest-sumner-county-weather-warnings/ Thu, 23 May 2019 14:09:40 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55570  

Sumner Newscow report — The latest from the Sumner County Emergency Management office…

Thunderstorms will increase as they spread west/northwest across south-central and central Kansas this morning. Scattered to numerous thunderstorms, several of which may be severe with very large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible this afternoon and tonight. Areas at greatest risk for very large hail, perhaps around 2 inches in diameter, 60 to 80 mph winds and a few tornadoes would across all of south central Kansas and those parts of central Kansas (ORANGE shaded area)… along, and south, of Great Bend through around McPherson. Golfball-sized hail and winds to around 60 mph are expected for the remaining areas.

Most rivers will remain in flood, through Friday morning.

FLOOD WARNINGS in Sumner County…

The Flood Warning for the Chikaskia River near Corbin is CANCELED.

The Flood Warning continues for the Arkansas River affecting Sumner County.

The Arkansas River near Mulvane will be in Flood stage until Saturday evening.  At 2:15 a.m. Thursday the stage was 19.9 feet and falling…Flood stage is 16.5 feet, Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.

* Forecast…The river will fall below flood stage Saturday evening.

The Arkansas River at Oxford will be in Flood stage until further notice. At 2:05 a.m. Thursday the stage was 21.2 feet… Flood stage is 17.0 feet, moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.

* Forecast…The river will continue rising to near 21.4 feet by Thursday morning then begin falling.

The Ninnescah River near Peck has fallen below Flood stage, and the FLOOD WARNING for the Ninnescah River at Peck is CANCELED.

The Ninnescah River near Belle Plaine will be in Flood stage until Friday morning.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday the stage was 26.3 feet and steady… Flood stage is 23.0 feet, Major flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.

* Forecast…The river will fall to below Flood stage by this afternoon.

* Impact…At 26.0 feet…A section of K55 floods with 2 feet of water starting from 300 feet east of the river bridge and expanding out to 25 feet wide. Expect flood waters on Highway 81 to expand further south to the Y intersection of K55. The small community of Ponderosa Estates, 5 miles northwest of Belle Plaine, will have a few homes flooded and roads leading into the Ponderosa flooded. Timber Brook Estates will have roads inundated by over a foot of water.

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Help wanted: Wellington Public School nurse http://www.sumnernewscow.com/help-wanted-wellington-public-school-nurse/ Thu, 23 May 2019 13:46:41 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55572 Wellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following position:

  • School Nurse   (available for the 19-20 school year).

Interested parties should complete the online Certified application found on our website, www.usd353.com, under Job Opportunities. 

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Sumner County road closure updates: http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-county-road-closure-updates/ Thu, 23 May 2019 04:37:47 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55567

Road closures as of Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — The following was released by the Sumner County Emergency Management and the Kandrive website.

I-35 northbound/southbound through Sumner County: OPEN
HWY K-49 north from Caldwell to Viola: OPEN
HWY-81 south from Oklahoma stateline: CLOSED
HWY-81 Wellington south to South Haven, Caldwell, Okla Stateline: OPEN
HWY-81 Wellington north to Casino: CLOSED
HWY-53 Casino to Mulvane: OPEN
HWY-55 Belle Plaine east to Udall: OPEN
HWY-160 Wellington east to Winfield and west to Harper: OPEN
HWY-166 South Haven east to I-35: OPEN
HWY-166 I-35 east to Ark City: CLOSED

Argonia blacktop north to Suppesville: OPEN
Argonia blacktop south to 90th ST: OPEN
Clearwater blacktop from Clearwater to 90th Ave: CLOSED (at Sedgwick County line)
Corbin blacktop from Corbin to HWY-81: CLOSED
Corbin blacktop from Corbin to 80th ST: OPEN
Perth blacktop from K-49 east to HWY-81: OPEN
Belle Plaine South blacktop from Belle Plaine to HWY-160: CLOSED
Dalton blacktop HWY-160 south to HWY-166: OPEN
Oxford blacktop from Oxford to Geuda Springs: OPEN
Oxford blacktop north from Oxford: CLOSED
Ridge Road dirt road, north from Ninnescah River to County Line: CLOSED
Rock Road and 70th Ave. N (Cicero Rd) dirt road: CLOSED

The Bureau of Reclamations and The Army Corps of Engineers that manage the Arkansas River basin flood control has begun the release of water from Cheney Lake starting Wednesday morning for an unspecified amount of time. All three rivers in Sumner County (Chikaskia, Ninnescah, Arkansas) are currently in flood stage, and are expected to remain in flood stage until possibly Friday morning.

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]]> Wellington council hears 4-page, 1,800-word report on flood, hail, water line damage http://www.sumnernewscow.com/wellington-council-hears-4-page-1800-word-report-on-flood-hail-water-line-damage/ Wed, 22 May 2019 18:47:31 +0000 http://www.sumnernewscow.com/?p=55561 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The last time the Wellington City Council met it was the night of the big flood. It was a subject that dominated the regularly scheduled meeting two weeks later.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields presented a four-page, 1,800-word doc “flood event” report to the council that assessed the events and the damage that occurred on May 8 (see the full document here). It also delved into an unrelated storm earlier concerning hail damage in north Wellington and the water line breakage that occurred because of the flood.

“In the end, we certainly hope that this event is a rare and never again occurrence,” Shields surmised at the end of his verbal report to council.

The question many in Wellington are contemplating, what is the status on federal and state relief.

It is a question, city officials cannot answer at this time.

“We are gathering data that will be turned to the Sumner Emergency Management Director,” Shields said. “He will be collect information across the county, townships and municipalities. There are certain thresholds, we have to meet to qualify for federal reimbursement.”

Wellington City of Public Works Jeremy Jones said the city is tracking the damage in areas inside and outside flood plains as well as assessing the street and allies.

“There are a lot of things going on here. Eventually, we will get to everything,” Jones said. “Not to downplay for those affected, but as far as floods go, it could have been so much worse. Still, it is going to take time. If people see something please call us.

Jones said the city still needs to prioritize what is the most important.

The lake and cemetery roads, the ball fields at Rock Island and Sellers Park, the concession stand/storage shed at Rock Island seem to be the most affected, and are areas the city still need to address in the future

For example, Jones estimated, the city lost 50 percent of the gravel on all city roads and alleys.

Wellington City Council member Kevin Dodds said he worried about the Wellington Youth Football program that lost almost $8,500 in equipment in its storage shed at Rock Island. He wondered if the city could reimburse the program.

Shields said he would look into it.

Council member Jim Valentine earlier in the meeting complimented the residents of Wellington for their persistence and helping one another.

“This is what Wellington is all about, neighbors helping neighbors,” he said.

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