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Mark Whitener comes into Wellington Superintendent job with optimism and caution

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One week from today, Mark Whitener will become the new USD 353 Wellington Superintendent. He will be replacing Rick Weiss, whose tenure comes to an end More »

Garage sale templete use this one

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of June 24-26, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use More »

Disc golfing feature

For Nathan Allton of Wellington, Saturday’s Slate Creek Disc Golf Tournament is epic

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Although it’s been played in other countries since about 1926, disc golf is becoming increasingly more popular everywhere, including Wellington. In 2012, Nathan Allton moved back to More »

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

Provencio sentencing delayed to at least August 4; motion to acquit denied; motion for new trial to be deliberated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The sentencing of Sylvester Provencio, convicted of reckless aggravated battery, won’t occur until at least August 4. Today, Judge Scott McQuin presided over a 55-minute sentencing More »

Ninja Turtles movie

Wellington Regent Theater this week: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Special showing of Pulp Fiction

This week at the Regent Theater: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the shadows (see trailer below). Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Other movies: Pulp Fiction More »

100th anniversary library

Authorpalooza and July 2 birthday party are part of the year-long celebration of the Wellington Public Library Centennial

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library is turning 100 and two big events are coming up soon. This Saturday, June 25, Authorpalooza will be held (see flyer below). More »

Belle Plaine Council looking into legalizing chicken coops; Wellington has years ago

Legalizing chickens

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Belle Plaine City Council is considering an ordinance that will allow chicken coops within its city limits. It only has to look at Wellington to see how it is going. 

The five-person council has yet to consider a chicken ordinance, but it has heard testimony from a resident, and has agreed to study the proposal. 

Belle Plaine Police Chief and Animal Control Officer Gordon Fell said he has given the subject some research. 

“I have put a survey on Survey Monkey and have asked a few residents in town,” Fell said. “I haven’t really came up with a consensus either way.”  

Fell said his recommendation to the council is to allow no more than five to 10 chickens per household. The chicken coop must be at least 50 feet from the residence and a neighbor’s property line. And there will be no roosters – because, well, roosters are noisy especially in the early morning hours when some people are still sleeping. 

Magician comes to Wellington

Magician Wellington Library

Sumner Newscow report — The magician Flying Debris, aka Richard Holmgren, performed during Family Day last Thursday as part of the Wellington Public Library’s summer reading program. Photo by Amber Schmitz. 

Help wanted: USD 353 part-time business office clerk

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Part-time Business Office Clerk 

Where: USD 353 School District


Job duties:

Completes reports required for internal and external compliance, including but not limited to, information for the Kansas State Department of Education.

Provides on-going training as needed to staff throughout the District, both individually and in groups, on use of information systems.

Assists with data maintenance; both student and employee.

Responds in a knowledgeable, courteous, and professional manner to inquiries and requests for assistance from program managers, employees, and the community regarding the budget and other activities of the Business Department.

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19, 2016:

Hurry! Family & Friends sale at Wellington Sears ends today!

June family and friends feature

Family and Family 6-20-16

EXTRA 15 percent off appliances and floor care.  Extra 10 percent off almost everything else including lawn tractors.  Plus 5 percent additional off when they use their SEARS CARD or 12 mo. no interest financing available.

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run report: June 13 – June 19, 2016

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for June 13 to June 19, 2016 is as follows:

Button registration for the Medallion Hunt starts tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow reminderSumner Newscow report — Button registration for the 2016 Medallion Hunt begins today in front of the Memorial Auditorium tonight at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Button registration officials will be back Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings during the same time frame. For details of the 2016 Medallion Hunt can be found here

Sunday editorial: America’s anger and gun violence

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I asked an important question last week on Facebook, that no one seemed to really know how to answer:

Why is America so angry?

This week, America spent a good deal of time pointing fingers at one another in the wake of the tragedy that killed 49 innocent victims in a nightclub in Orlando.

While I can justify the anger of such a senseless slaughter, I am saddened by how little remorse there is for the victims, or the tragedy itself. For that matter, we don’t seem to have the ability to come up with any lasting solutions.

We continue to point fingers. That’s America in 2016.

But while there is no solution for America’s current surge of anger, people have resorted to a more palpable topic to explore – the issue of guns.

I try to steer clear of debating guns. It is an emotional topic for many people. I’m not a gun person, but I also couldn’t care less if you have guns, or an arsenal of ammunition. As long as you aren’t pointing those guns at me, that is your right as an American.

I also tend to side with gun advocates on issues like concealed carry – provided those carrying the weapons are well trained on the subject. I’d like to think if some S.O.B is shooting up a place, there is a good guy on my side with a gun ready to take this maniac down.

But, here is where I differ from some of my gun-loving friends:

Parents Night Out to be held Saturday, June 18

Parents Night Out Church of Christ

Help wanted: Triumph Accessory is looking for a shipping and receiving clerk

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Triumph Accessory Service is looking  for a shipping and receiving clerk.


Triumph is looking for an Inspector with the skills and experience to determine the conformance of product to engineering drawings and specifications, using inspection methods, techniques, practices, aids, equipment, and tools.


All complete job description is available at

Work on K-49 Highway North of Caldwell to resume

Road Work ahead try this again!!!!Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Beginning the week of June 27, the Kansas Department of Transportation will resume construction on K-49 Highway in Sumner County to begin the chip seal process. This surface recycle and overlay project on K-49 Highway starts at the US-81/K-49 Intersection in the City of Caldwell to US-160/K-49 Intersection.

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane and will be controlled by flagmen and pilot car during the daytime. Traffic slowdown with delays should be expected with delays of up to 15 minutes. All loads over 12′ of total width should seek alternative routes. This project is scheduled to be completed in August, depending on delays caused by adverse weather conditions.

APAC Kansas, Inc., Shears Division from Hutchinson is the prime contractor for this $2,013,000 project, which is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature. For more information about T-WORKS projects and funding visit the website,  Highway construction project locations and road condition information can be viewed at the website, or can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 511.

Heat, 9-6, in Dodge City this weekend; return home Tuesday to play Hays Larks

Wellington Heatby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat is playing in Dodge City this weekend will end a five-day road trip. The Heat split a double header in Haysville Thursday, winning the first game 3-2, and losing the second one 5-4.

The Heat have games scheduled in Dodge City Friday through Sunday, and will be there the whole weekend.

The Heat return to Wellington next Tuesday for a three-game set against the Hays Larks. Next Friday, they play at the El Dorado Broncos, and then host the Broncos Saturday and Sunday.  Starting next Tuesday they have five games in six days in Wellington.

Wellington is 9-6 on the season so far, and they have been a good road team. It is still fairly early in the season, and the Hear are still coming together, with their eyes on the post season in August.

Against Haysville, Daulton Leiker pitched a very good game in the first game of the double header Thursday. Ryan Baca also pitched well in that series.

Sheri Bruster wins volunteer of the year award after horrific accident more than 14 years ago

Sheri Baker feature volunteer
Sheri Bruster

Sheri Bruster winner of Impact Center volunteer award. 

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Sheri (Baker) Bruster’s life was changed forever on Dec. 20, 2001. She and her father, Frank Baker, were just north of Wellington on their way home from Christmas shopping in Wichita, when they were hit by a drunk driver.

As a result, Bruster has been named the Kansas DUI Impact Center Volunteer of the year for 2015.

For several years, Bruster has volunteered at the Kansas DUI Impact Center in Wichita. There are also two victim presentation panels held in Wellington every year for which she speaks.

Bruster tells the story of that fateful night in which she lost her father, as well as the drunk driver, who lost his life in a horrific two-car collision, north of Wellington on U.S. 81.

“I present my story to a panel of court ordered offenders,” Bruster said. “I speak about once a month, and it’s usually people under age 21 who have been charged with minor in possession or minor in consumption.”

Bruster was presented the award by staff at the center on Sunday.

Dance Master Class with Mackenzie Crosley is June 23


Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, June 16, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wellington school board to meet Monday at 6 p.m. for special meeting

USD school board meeting reportSumner Newscow report — The USD 353 Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Board Meeting Room at the Central Office located at 221 South Washington, Wellington, Kansas, 67152. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss non-elected personnel.

2016 Kansas Wheat Festival is 3 weeks away; Sponsorships are needed

2016 Wheat Festival graphic

Submitted to Sumner Newscow
— Kansas Wheat Festival is quickly approaching on July 6-10. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce still has several key sponsorships open. First come, first serve.
 Sponsorships can be split or shared.  

“We are so thrilled to have TECT Aerospace as the premier sponsor this year for the 116th Kansas Wheat Festival,” said Annarose White, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. 

The following Kansas Wheat Festival events that have sponsorships and those that still need sponsorships: 

Ila Mitchell, 95, Wellington: July 21, 1920 – June 16, 2016

Ila Mitchell

Ila Mitchell

Ila M. Mitchell, age 95, of Wellington, died early Thursday morning, June 16, 2016.  She was a homemaker and lifelong Wellington resident.

Ila M. Mitchell was born on July 21, 1920 in Wellington, KS to William A. Bowman and Coral L. (Rowe) Bowman.

Ila married William A. “Bill” Mitchell on April 27, 1942 in Newkirk, OK.  He preceded her in death in 1990.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; two brothers, Bert Bowman and Bill Bowman and one sister, Shirley Romig.

X-Men Apocalypse playing at Regent: Coming Soon: Inside Out, Pulp Fiction, Teenage Ninja Turles

X-men Apocalypse

This week at the Regent Theater: X-Men Apocalypse (see trailer below).

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

Other movies:

Inside Out Regent

Inside Out – Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. $5 with $1.50 popcorns, $1.50 pop.

Pulp Fiction RegentPulp Fiction – Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m.

This Friday’s feature film: X-Men Apocalypse: PG-13 (for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images). Time: 2 hours 16 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible.

Lightning at and in the pool for Wellington Sailfish

Wellington assistant swim team coach Cindy Tracy is surrounded by young Sailfish swimmers during meet with Twin Rivers.

Wellington assistant swim team coach Cindy Tracy is surrounded by young Sailfish swimmers during meet with Twin Rivers.

By Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent —  The theme of Tuesday night’s dual between the Wellington Sailfish and the Twin Rivers Club was lightning —  the kind that frightens swimmers and frustrates coaches forced a brief interlude with less than seven events to go in the night.

Fortunately, the storm headed in the opposite direction, and the meet was able to conclude without further delay. That was not the first lightning of the night, however. The kind that excites swimmers and delights coaches had already blazed during the 50 free. Eighty-one percent of competitors who entered with a time in the event improved it!

Laney Dillon slashed over 25 seconds from a race that takes only about a minute. Other electrifying swims include 22-second drops by Ralphie Cornejo, Hayden Stow, and Maddox Miller, a 20-second improvement by Alara Wilson, and 15-second cuts by Jaxson Irey-Hurt and Maizy Cornejo.

In addition to a high percentage of time cuts, the 50 Free had flashes of Districts qualifications. Michael Davis cut more than five seconds to clinch his first Districts cut, one of his season goals! In one of her many beautiful swims, Emma Dillon seized her first districts cut of the season. Emberly Gonzalez, Chance Hamel, and Mackinze Tracy also beat the time standard they had satisfied last year, proving that 2016 will be another exciting season, and Jensen Lynnes, Nash Oswald, and Jordan Thompson reaffirmed the qualification they earned last week at Derby.

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