Wellington over Mulvane usethis one feature

Wellington teams sweep Mulvane before Christmas break (updated with JV, C team scores)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Merry Christmas, Wellington. You just swept Mulvane. All five Wellington basketball teams including the varsity boys and girls basketball teams were victorious over the green and More »

Wheat Capital unrest

Convoluted controversy at Wheat Capital Manor in Wellington has many upset

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was an unusual motion. At its Tuesday meeting, the Wellington City Council voted to continue a discussion for one week later over a controversy that More »

Garage sale templete use this one

Post your FREE Garage Sale Ads here

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Dec. 19-21, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section More »

Big Hero 6 at Regent

‘Big Hero 6′ to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Big Hero 6.” (Movie trailer is below). When:  Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour, 33 More »

Sumner Newscow news report

Scheduling hearing on Blansett case has been continued to Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington made her first appearance in Sumner County District Court for a scheduling hearing this morning. Judge William Mott accepted the motion More »

Sumner County under winter weather advisory for tonight National Weather Service advises

Winter weather advisorySubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair issued the followed warning…

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory that includes Sumner County…in effect now and until 6am Thursday morning.

A wintry mix is possible this afternoon and evening before becoming all snow overnight, then freezing drizzle by morning.

Sumner Newscow recommendations on donations, comment policies and other subjects surrounding the Blansett investigation

Sumner Newscow note from publisher

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow has been getting several inquiries concerning various memorial donation funds being set up in the name of Caleb Blansett, the 10-year-old who tragically died Sunday of an alleged murder.

Caleb Blansett

Caleb Blansett

While it is great to see people help out in need, donors should also be mindful of where their money is going. Sumner Newscow is recommending that donations should be sent to a memorial fund set up at Impact Bank at 206 East Harvey Avenue.

This is not to take away from other internet-based memorial funds out there. This is only to recommend that money going toward this specific fund will be handled by professionals who work in finance and know how to property distribute the funds.

Comment policies

Sumner Newscow is specifically outlining policies for the comment section for the ongoing news of the Blansett investigation. The new policies will be: 

Missed free throws thwart Dukes upset bid; girls get off to good start, WMS, Sumner County updates…

Basketball today's newsby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An upset bid fell short for the Wellington boys basketball team, the Wellington girls got off to a good start but couldn’t finish it off in the second half, Wellington Middle School basketball scores Monday, Sumner County basketball updates, and the sports schedule for the rest of the week…


Varsity boys: Andale 52 Wellington 44 

For awhile the Crusaders were sniffing an upset. With 4:47 remaining in the game, Wellington was trailing the No. 3 ranked Andale team 42-39.

But Wellington would then miss seven straight free throws — a troubling trend extended from last week— and that would spark a 10-point run for the Indians and lead to an eight-point win. 

Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 16, 2014:

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Brown assigned as Lindsey Blansett’s court appointed attorney; first hearing set for Thursday; memorial fund set up

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County District Court Judge has assigned Mike Brown as Lindsey Blansett’s court-appointed attorney today. Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being charged with first degree murder of her 10-year-old son, Caleb Blansett.

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

Blansett’s first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. under the court docket of Sumner County Judge William Mott. This has been a change of schedule said County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. Blansett’s first hearing was originally set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. under judge Scott McQuin.

Spencer said McQuin will eventually be the presiding judge but Mott will need to assign the case to him first.

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Whether Blansett will make an appearance in court Thursday morning will depend on Brown, Spencer said.

Blansett is accused of murdering her son at their house late Sunday evening at 902 W. 7th in Wellington. In the District Court complaint, Blansett decided that Caleb’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven.

El Chili Verde has a new telephone number for to go orders


Wellington wrestlers finish 6th in 13-team home tournament; Aaron Fair wins at 195

Aaron Fair

Aaron Fair

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wichita Northwest won the Wellington Invitational with 156 points while the home team finished seventh with 68 points in the 13-team tournament held here Saturday.

Wellington’s Aaron Fair won the 195 pound weight division with a pin at the 2:00 mark over Dylan Jorns of Mulvane in the championship round. Fair would go 4-0 for the day.

The varsity Crusaders overall was short-handed. Wellington head wrestling coach Mitch McComb said he moved all his varsity freshman in the lower weight divisions to the junior varsity side. Skyler Struble at 152 was sick while Skylar Brand at 220 was taking ACTs. 

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Monday, December 15, 2014:

Lindsey Blansett charged with first degree murder

Lindsey Blansett feature charged

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington has been charged with first degree murder – an off grid felony Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer announced tonight.

Her bond has been set at $500,000.

According to the court complaint, it states:

“Lindsey Blansett has been charged on Dec. 14 with unlawfully, intentionally, and with premeditation kill a human being to wit her son Caleb Blansett, 10 years old, who had gone to bed.

“Lindsey Blansett decided that Caleb Blansett’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight so she took a rock and a knife into the bedroom and struck him with rock and stabbed him with a knife multiple times until he was dead.” 

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath’s press conference: 4:30 p.m., Monday

(Updated 4:09 p.m.) Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington is in custody on suspicion of murder of 10-year-old son

Breaking News


Alleged homicide occurs at 902 W. 7th.

Alleged homicide occurs at 902 W. 7th in Wellington.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Shane Farley,  — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington is being held in Sumner County jail on suspicion of killing her 10-year-old son.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office is expected to receive an autopsy report from the Sedgwick County Forensic Science Center and determine whether or not to file charges on Blansett concerning the death of a Lincoln Elementary student.

Lindsey Blansett

Lindsey Blansett

The WPD, assisted by the Sumner County Sheriff Department has been conducting a homicide investigation of a Blansett, who is being held in custody at Sumner County jail

Another child, about the same age of the boy, has been placed in protective custody, according to Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief.  No one else was hurt at the residence.

According to a WPD press release, the juvenile male had sustained a puncture wound to the chest.

Heath said officers received a 911 call at 11:45 p.m. concerning a death at the residence at 902 W. 7th in Wellington.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014:



• Basketball at Andale


• Finals: First – fourth period.


• Finals – fifth – eighth period.
• Wrestling at Augusta 5 p.m.
• Band Concert 7 p.m.


• NO SCHOOL- Inservice
• Basketball at WHS vs. Mulvane
• Wrestling at Marion 3p.m.
• Winter Formal after game


• JV Wrestling at Rose Hill 8:30

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Friday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014:

Sunday blog: Talking demolition of property; college football playoffs and ACL tears

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, um… make that three thoughts, on this busy holiday weekend…

1. Damage control

Much has been made with a lawsuit against the City of Wellington over the demolishing of property owned by a Burden couple on 806 South Cherry Street in April (see story here).

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

While I can’t say that the city of Wellington adhered to proper procedures in this particular case, I will say the demolishing of structures has always been a controversial, dicey proposition that no one at city hall particularly likes. The city is placed in a no-win situation. Do you leave property that is not only a neighborhood nuisance but a potential health hazard? Or do you risk the alienation of not only the property owners but those who have lived in Wellington and view the condemned property through rose-colored memories?

There’s a lot of gray manner to the whole ideal. Do you tear down this property, while leaving a similar property standing? How do you define condemned property anyway?  

Wellington wins Kingman Tournament Championship; girls finish 1-2

Tournament Kingman taking
Kingman Tournament Championship

Kingman Tournament Championship

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is Dec. 14 and the Wellington boys are 3-0 and have a Kingman Tournament first place trophy in their possession.

The Crusader boys basketball team won 62-54. It was Wellington’s second tournament championship in as many years against a feisty Kingman team. It was also the first time the Wellington boys won the Kingman tournament championship since 2007.

In other action, the Wellington girls lost to Haven 52-44 in the third place game Saturday afternoon.

“Yeah, it’s been a little too long,” joked Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach about winning the championship. “To win three in a row on back-to-back-to-back nights especially when it is your first three games is tough to do… Those 10 guys with their uniforms represented Wellington well.” 

Roger Alan Lintecum, 62, Wellington: Nov. 13, 1952 – Dec. 11, 2014

Roger Lintecum

Roger Lintecum

Roger Alan Lintecum, of Wellington, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at his home in Wellington at the age of 62.

Roger was born the son of Murl and Lillian (Carithers) Lintecum on Thursday, November 13, 1952 in Hutchinson. He graduated from Wellington High School in the Class of 1970. Roger retired after working over 30 years as an electrician for BNSF Railroad. He began his career with Rock Island Railroad and later transferred to Santa Fe Railroad.

Natalee Goble, 90, Conway Springs: Jan. 18, 1924 – Dec. 11, 2014

Nathalee M. Goble, 90, formerly of Conway Springs, Milan and Wellington, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Via Christi-St. Joseph, Wichita, Kansas.

She was born January 18, 1924 at Booker, Texas to Erman Ferguson and Ada Lanor (Evans) Ferguson. She moved with her family to Oklahoma where she attended Blue Mound rural school.  The family moved to Argonia, Kansas in April of 1935 from Gray, Oklahoma.  Nathalee attended the Malaby rural school Northeast of Argonia before attending Milan High School.

Nathalee began working at Clarkson Short Company in Wellington and later worked in a local variety store and restaurant.  She worked at Boeing Aircraft during World War II.

Gayle Gordon, 71, Wellington, March 12, 1943 – Dec. 7, 2014

Gayle Gordon, of Wellington, died Sunday, December 07, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington at the age of 71.

Gayle was born the daughter of Truman and Frances (Baker) Pyles on Friday, March 12, 1943 in Argonia.

On November 4, 1960, Gayle and Lloyd C. Lowe were united in marriage and celebrated over 24 years of marriage before his passing in 1985. She was blessed to find love again and on October 24, 1990, she and Henry Gordon were married in Conway Springs. They were married almost 5 years before he passed in 1995. 

Oxford boys and girls playing for Fairfield Tournament Championship; other scores…

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford boys and girls will be playing for the Fairfield Tournament Championship while Caldwell boys and girls were victorious over Central-Burden in the Border Queen Tournament Classic in Caldwell. Norwich boys and girls sweep Argonia.

Oxford boys: 45 Fairfield 38

Oxford 12 11 10 12 45
Fairfield 4 7 8 16 38
Oxford: Grant Smith 1, Derek Williams 15, Daelyn Haskins 1, Colter Silhan 10, Timmie Catlin 12, Oggie Shimkus 4, Kyson Perrin 2
Fairfield: Osenbaugh 1, Williams 2, Voeller 6, Burns 6, Dealy 23
FT: Oxford 5/8, Fairfield 8/9. 3pters: Fairfield 5 (Dealy 5).

Caldwell Border-Queen Tournament Classic scores: 

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