Sumner County Sub-state basketball schedule this week: MONDAY – Boys: Class 2A – Bluestem (9-11) at Oxford (11-9), 7 p.m. Girls: Class 3A – Belle Plaine (0-20) at Caney Valley (18-2); 7 More »
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Helen Leckrone, 31, of Wellington has been arrested and charged by the Wellington Police Department with two counts of aggravated criminal threat relating to the bomb More »
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I was asked an interesting question the other day. Why do I write editorials? Because I can, I guess. The question comes at a time, More »
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Aaron Schoemann, a Wellington High School junior, finished fifth in the 182 pound division of the Class 4A Kansas State Wrestling Tournament in Salina. Schoemann would More »
by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief — On Friday, February 24, 2017, Wellington Police responded to a reported bomb threat at Eisenhower Elementary school, located in the 900 Block North Plum. Students were More »February 24, 2017 Cueball
(Updated: Friday, 1:14 p.m.) Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener sent the following letter Friday afternoon concerning the bomb threat at USD 353’s Eisenhower Elementary School:
“At approximately, 9:15 a.m., Eisenhower Elementary School received a bomb threat.
Students were immediately evacuated to the Freewill Baptist Church, two blocks north of the school.
An alert was sent to all district parents and all schools were in lock down.”
Whitener would go onto say:February 24, 2017 Cueball
Polly A. Lattimer, age 84, died Thursday morning, February 23, 2017 at Botkin Care & Rehab Center in Wellington, KS.
Polly Ann (Gammon) Lattimer was born on June 16, 1932 to Chester and Frances Gammon. She graduated from Covington High School in Garber, Okla.
She married Wilbur Raymond Lattimer on June 4, 1956 in Athens, Pa. He passed away in 1990.
She enjoyed with her family, playing bingo and reading.February 23, 2017 CueballFebruary 23, 2017 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Eric Daniel Haskin-Ybarra has asked the Sumner County District Court for a court appointed attorney during a brief first appearance hearing held this morning in Wellington.
Haskin-Ybarra is charged with two felonies including malicious cruelty to an animal and robbery. He is also charged with a Class A misdemeanor of cruelty to an animal, and two counts of domestic battery, Class B misdemeanors.
The judge also continued the case for March 23 at 1:30 p.m.February 23, 2017 CueballFebruary 23, 2017 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South Haven school district dismissed classes early when the school district received a bomb threat.
South Haven Superintendent Lynn Archer said she won’t divulge how the bomb threat occurred, only that emergency personnel were called in around 10 a.m. this morning. All students and faculty were dismissed and were transferred to a community church as a designated safe place.
At 11 a.m. on students were dismissed for the day.
Archer said since then the buildings were deemed safe and classes will resume as scheduled tomorrow.February 23, 2017 CueballLoading ...
Larry Alley helps sustain Brownback veto of HB 2178 which would eliminate small business income tax statusFebruary 23, 2017 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gov. Sam Brownback veto of HB 2178 — which eliminates a tax exemptions on small businesses currently not paying income taxes — was preserved by three votes in the Kansas State Senate on Wednesday, thanks in part to State Sen. Larry Alley (R- Ark City) of the 32nd District that encompasses Sumner County.
Alley voted to preserve the veto. The Senate needed 27 votes to override for a two-thirds majority. It would only get 24 of the 40 votes cast, short of the 66 percent requirement.
Meanwhile in the Kansas House, which voted to override the governor 85-40, Sumner County representatives were evenly split.
Anita Judd-Jenkins (R- 80th District) and Ed Trimmer (D- 79th District) voted for the override, while Hoffman (R-116th Dist.) and Pete Degraaf (D- 82nd Dist.) voted to preserve the district.
If passed, HB 2178 would have eliminated a tax exemption that allows more than 330,000 business owners to pay zero state tax on their income. It also would have increased income taxes for many taxpayers and created a third tax bracket.February 23, 2017 Cueball
Sumner Newscow report — A 64-year-old Mulvane man was killed Wednesday morning in a pickup-train collision in Sumner County.
According to media reports, the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning near K-15 and 120th Ave. North, on a gravel road just south and east of Mulvane. The Ford Ranger pickup was going east on 120th and did not stop at the railroad crossing. The driver was identified as Rex Pyeatt of Mulvane.
KHP trooper Chad Crittenden said it is unclear if the driver saw the train. The crossing is marked with signs but does not have any warning signals.February 23, 2017 Cueball
Submitted to Sumner Newscow — During the Feb. 23 Chamber Coffee at Daylight Donuts, a ceremonial check was presented to The Bryce Day Memorial Foundation from the Wellington Charity Fantasy Football League. The league commissioner, Nate Jones of Sumner Communications and league’s year-three champion, Tytus Cornejo of the Cornejo-Day Funeral Home, and handed the $900 check to Betty Zeka, the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation treasurer.
The WCFFL works like a celebrity game show. Community figures and business owners enter into the league with a $100 donation, each playing for a different local charity or non-profit organization. At the end of the season, the league champion presents all of the donation money to their charity. Eight people competed in 2016, but an extra $100 was donated this year by the league champ, thus the total donation was brought up to the $900 total.
“I’ve been able to see firsthand how the foundation helps people at such an important time,” Cornejo said. “Choosing to support it and give a little extra was easy to do.”
This was the third year for the WCFFL. To date the league has donated $2,700 to local charities.
Along with Cornejo (who played for The Bryce Day Memorial Foundation) and Jones (Sumner County Community Drug Action Team), the rest of the league consisted of:February 22, 2017 Cueball
by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Soon Wellington police officers will be wearing body cameras, and all vehicles will have cameras installed as well. The city council approved the purchase of the system at its meeting Tuesday. The cameras will cost $68,660, which is a little less than the $76,000 that was budgeted for the system.
Wellington Police chief Tracy Heath said they have had cameras in the cars for years, but this will be an integrated system that will make it more efficient. Everyone can shoot video now with their phones, and it is time for police to have the same technology, he said.
Heath said body cameras have been experimented with some with different levels of success. This equipment is designed for this use, so should work better.
Heath also said the cameras would provide more information for prosecutors when working a case.February 22, 2017 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The post-season sub-state basketball tournament brackets have been officially released by the Kansas State High School Activities Association today for Classifications 3A to 1A. The Class 6A-4A brackets will be released on Saturday.
The following are the brackets for all sub-states involving Sumner County teams and the analysis of what to expect ahead:
CLASS 3A GARDEN PLAIN – Conway Springs playing.
Class 3A Garden Plain sub-state boys bracket can be found here.
Class 3A Garden Plain sub-state girls bracket can be found here.
Conway Springs boys (16-4)February 22, 2017 Cueball
Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner Newscow scoreboard for Tuesday night’s game:
Wellington 63 Clearwater 58 (OT)
Belle Plaine 71 Garden Plain 61
Conway Springs 62 Douglass 49
Oxford 62 Central Burden 53 (OT)
Clearwater JV 61 Wellington 42
Clearwater C 43 Wellington 42.
Wellington 48 Clearwater 19
Rose Hill 63 Collegiate 42
Conway Springs 54 Douglass 27
Garden Plain 65 Belle Plaine 21
Central Burden 44 Oxford 36
Caldwell 46 South Haven 26.
Wellington JV 43 Clearwater 28.
Clearwater C 38 Wellington 37.
The box score of the games we have are as follows:February 22, 2017 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was Senior Night in Clearwater and the school was honoring long-time and well respected athletic director Bob Mellen. Yet, Wellington crashed the party. The boys beat the Indians 63-58 in yet another overtime game. Earlier in the evening, the Wellington girls won 48-19 in a snoozer (see story below).
The win Tuesday for the boys was significant in that it was their first road win of the season. Up to this point, Wellington had either won at home or in a tournament contest. Tuesday’s game was the first time the Dukes won in an opponent’s gym.
Secondly, Wellington is in a tussle with Mulvane for the top seed in next week’s Rose Hill sub-state. Both teams are 7-12 (more on that in a future story).
But Rick Roitman, Wellington head boys basketball coach, was less concerned about any of the previous fore mentions. He is just happy that the team is coming together.February 21, 2017 Cueball
by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The cannons that sit beside Memorial Auditorium have quite a colorful history. Recently, a plaque depicting that history was added to the display, thanks to many contributors.
“We started raising money for this in 2015 in the fall I believe, after we learned they had been in Wellington for so long,” said Annarose White, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “Yet, there was no identification or historical information at the site to share about the cannons.”
Information written by Jim Bales, as well as research done by Jim and Sunni Bales and Jeremy Jones, was use to develop the language for the cannon plaque.
“We ordered from the same company Caldwell used for all of their historical plaques,” White said. “We hope this is the first of many.”
Funds toward purchase of the plaque were raised through the weekly Chamber Coffee meetings that are held Thursday mornings at Daylight Donuts.February 21, 2017 Cueball
WHS Basketball at Clearwater.
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•Basketball at Wellington vs. Collegiate.
•State wrestling at Salina.
•State wrestling at Salina.
Breakfast: Cinnamon roll.
Lunch: Chicken Patty/Spicy Chicken Patty, meatloaf.
Today’s News:February 21, 2017 Cueball
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another 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 hunting!
Sumner County business on the mooooove
Sumner Newscow Calendar
- John Calvin Moore, Jr., 89, Wellington: April 1, 1927 – Feb. 27, 2017
- Final KBCA poll has Wellington girls 8th; Caldwell boys No. 1, Lady Jays in top 10
- Sub-state basketball starts tonight; cumulative week-long Sumner County calendar
- Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Feb. 24 -Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
- Crusader Wall of Recognition seeking nominations
- 31-year-old Wellington woman named as possible link to Friday’s bomb threats
- Leila Lou Hemmingsen, 84, formerly of Wellington: Dec. 3, 1932 – Feb. 25, 2017
- Sumner County Sheriff Office report: Feb. 20 – Feb. 26, 2017
- Wellington Compost Site will open for normal hours starting on Saturday
- Help wanted: Full time teller position