Sing at Wellington Regent Theater

‘Sing’ playing at Wellington Regent Theater for second week; Star Wars Rouge One is next week

This week at the Regent Theater: “Sing” Coming next weekend of Jan. 27… Star Wars – Rogue One! Information about “Sing” movie… Feature film rating: PG (for some rude humor and mild More »

Tournament week roundup

Chaparral, SCBL Tournament week update: Thursday, Jan. 19

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tournament week update as of Thursday: Chaparral Tournament (boys) – Wednesday Conway Springs 60 Wellington 57 Arkansas City 71 Mulvane 43. Thursday #2 Belle Plaine (5-3) More »

As always Wellington-C. Springs

Conway Springs ekes past Wellington 60-57 in first round of Chappy Tourney

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was just another ho-hum contest between Wellington and Conway Springs where the fate of the game was decided on a shot at the buzzer. Sarcasm More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Trump is about to become President question.

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Wellington City Council meeting report

City of Wellington gets $300,000 Community Development Block Grant which will go toward home rehabilitation

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The city of Wellington got word this week that it has been approved for a $300,000 Community Development Block grant for housing rehabilitation. The city had More »

Tournament week roundup

Sumner County Basketball Tournament Week Update:

Tournament week update: Chaparral Tournament (boys) – Wednesday #1 Conway Springs (8-1) vs. #8 Wellington (2-6), 6 p.m. #4 Ark City (4-4) vs. #5 Mulvane (5-4), 8 p.m. Thursday #2 Belle Plaine More »

Sumner County Sheriff weekly report: Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, 2017

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

(Update 4:30 p.m.) Fate of pit bull case is now in hands of Sumner County attorney; while Blu awaits surgery

Sumner Newscow local news report

Blu the dog

Update – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he has spoken with Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath and they are currently seeking the original video of the dog “Blu” and her injuries that was produced by the Wichita Pit Bull Rescue update: Beauties and the Beasts Inc. (see linked video below) in the evidence gathering process in the case.

“I came back from vacation and I received 27 telephone messages this morning from people wanting me to make formal charges on a case I haven’t even had a chance to read,” Spencer said. “After awhile I had to decide whether I should read the case, or keep fielding phone calls.”

He said the discovery of the dog occurred when there was a domestic dispute involving the wife was accusing her husband of abuse on New Years Eve night.

“Thankfully, the dog is now in good care,” he said. “This gives us time to do a thorough investigation and not worry that the dog is in danger.


Original story 12:15 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 3-year-old pit bull by the name of “Blu” is currently in the custody of a licensed Wichita animal rescue group over alleged domestic abuse by a Wellington couple.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said this morning he was going to visit with Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer today to see whether or not charges will be filed. (That has now occurred) Heath would not release names of the alleged suspects.

Wellington Police Report: Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Police Report

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wellington Fire/EMS Department to have annual pancake feed

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow — The Wellington Fire/EMS Department and Chris Cakes of Wichita will be holding its annual pancake feed on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The location is at the Wellington Fire Station at 200 N. C Street. All you can eat! Adults are $7 and Children $4. 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: Jan. 9 – Jan. 15, 2017

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2017 is as follows:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Check out the Counselor’s schedule for a busy January

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017:


•Girls basketball at Wellington vs. Winfield, J.V. at 6 p.m. Varsity at 7:30 p.m.


•Boys basketball: Chaparral – Wellington vs. Chaparral.


•Wrestling at Wellington, 6 p.m.


•Boys Basketball: Chaparral Tournament. Time and opponent, TBA.


•Boys Basketball: Chaparral Tournament. Time and opponent, TBA.

Wednesday menu:

People can help the Wellington Humane Society through their Dillon’s Plus Card account

Humane Society Color LogoSumner Newscow report — One can provide support to the local Wellington Humane Society with the Dillon’s Community Rewards Program.  All one has to do is enroll a Dillon’s Plus Card or create an account with Dillon’s Community Rewards online. After a person signs up, the Society benefits every time one shops and swipes the Plus Card. There is no cost to enroll and one can continue to receive Plus Card prices and fuel points as before.  

Donations of pet food, litter, etc. can be dropped at Wheatland Services, 120 N. Washington, Wellington, KS.  Cash donations are needed and appreciated.  Cash donations will assist in vet and medical assistance for animals in need.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Assistant Superintendent Brad Morris resigns from USD 353 effective on June 30

USD school board meeting report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second time in three years, Wellington is going to be looking for an assistant superintendent.

Brad Morris submitted his resignation effective on June 30. He replaced Larry Roth two years ago, who accepted a Superintendent’s job at Sedgwick County.

The motion came after a rather uneventful January meeting that lasted just 50 minutes last week.

In other business:

Oxford’s Grant Smith signs letter of intent with Coffeyville Community College to play baseball

Oxford Grant with parents & Coach

Grant Smith signs with Coffeyville Community College. He is seated with his parents: Mr. Tracy Smith and Mrs. Anita Smith. Standing in the back row, from left are: Oxford Head Baseball Coach Kyle Green, and Wichita Arsenal Stars Head Coach Rod Ellison.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow
— Oxford Senior baseball player Grant Smith signed a National Letter of Intent with Coffeyville Community College to play baseball next year. 

Smith, a four-year starter for the Oxford Wildcats at third base and on the mound, will tentatively pitch for the Red Ravens.  

Smith, the son of Tracy and Anita Smith, sorted through several offers — in Coffeyville, Sterling College, and Highland Community College before settling on Coffeyville. He took visits to all three before making his decision.

“I took my visits to Highland and Sterling first, and then I went to Coffeyville,” Smith said. “As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew Coffeyville was the place for me. The coaching staff made me feel at home and I had a connection with the staff, which was important to me.”

Murder in Winfield leads to arrest of 32-year-old husband

Police Report

by Shane Farley, — Police have identified 33-year-old Melissa C. Gardner as the woman killed Sunday at a home in Winfield.

Her husband, 32-year-old, Zachary L. Gardner was located in the back of the residence and detained. He was later arrested and booked into the Cowley County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder.

Melissa Gardner was dead at the scene, a home at 504 E. Fourth, and had reportedly been shot. An investigation is continuing.

A woman has died and Winfield Police have a “person of interest” in custody as a homicide investigation gets under way in Winfield.

Authorities were called to a residence at 504 E. Fourth around 7:30 Sunday night. The woman was dead at the scene and a person was taken into custody.

Police are interviewing that person of interest and others as a result of the investigation. Chief of police Danny Parker said it appears the woman died of a gunshot wound, however, an autopsy will be conducted to determine that for certain.

Dynamic Learning Center of Belle Plaine offers free diploma program


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Area receives 2.5 inches of rain over the weekend

Sumner Newscow report — The ice storm did not turn out to be as bad as predicted, thank goodness. And Sumner County got some much needed moisture.

Wellington received 2.5 inches of rain throughout the weekend according to our trusty rain gauge. Good thing. Sumner County was partially between abnormally dry and moderate drought according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Click here for the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released on January 10.

U.S. Drought Monitor

Dennis Metz to present ‘Homesteading near Oxford’ at Historical Society meeting

Homestead picture
Sumner County Historical Genealogy SocietySumner Newscow report
— The Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society will host “Homesteading Near Oxford”
a presentation by Dennis Metz, Oxford, on Monday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m.  at the Wellington Public Library, Wellington.

In 1872, when Dennis Metz’s great-great-grandfather, Clint Metz, farmer, gambler, and Civil War veteran came into Sumner County, Kansas seeking land to homestead, there were few people, no railroads, the grass was as high as the stirrups on his saddle, and the Dalton gang had yet to rob their first bank.

“His [Clint Metz’s] grandson was my Granddad,” said Dennis Metz, “I grew up on the same farm with my Granddad.”

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church having biscuits and gravy breakfast next Saturday

St. Jude's Breakfast Episcopal Church display ad

Sunday blog: Time to force the private schools to play tougher competition


Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I was in New York City a few months ago, and someone actually asked me if most Kansans had electricity.

I told her, yes, and we are close to getting this new thingy called the Internet. The fact I was holding my smart phone was lost upon her.

Tracy "Cueball" McCue

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

I will say this though, even if Kansas has electricity, the Internet and smartphones and all this sophisticated weather equipment to accurately predict the ice storm of the century, we are slow to change on certain issues.

For example, why do we allow private schools to run all over public schools in high school sports?

I have been hearing this for years. People complain that private schools can sport better teams, because they have the ability to recruit athletes from anywhere and still keep their enrollment figures low.

Well, yes that is true. But no one will do anything about it!

Win a beautiful Lovebright Diamond Heart Pendant, valued over $2,500, at The Gold Corner

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Belle Plaine stuns Cheney 56-53 to improve to 6-3

Belle Plaine Dragonby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Joe Newman is only in his second year with the Belle Plaine Dragons, but the program seems to be picking up new ground every time it hits the hardwood.

The Dragons are 6-3 and picked up another monumental win Friday against Cheney, 56-53. Remember, last season Belle Plaine had just three wins.

Belle Plaine led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter but saw its lead dissipate quickly in the second quarter when Cheney outscored the Dragons 20-6 and led 29-23 at the half.

After the two teams traded baskets in the third – scoring 15 apiece, Belle Plaine made its move in the fourth.

Wellington girls make it four in a row with win over Augusta

Back to business Crusaders

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls basketball team improved to 6-3 with a 59-45 victory over Augusta Friday with a high powered offensive performance.

Avery Rusk scored 23 points and Lauryn Snipes had 21 in a non-league contest with Augusta. The Crusaders shot an outstanding 53 percent from field and going 6 of 12 from the 3-point arch.

The Crusaders opened the game establishing a 12-2 lead and would never trail thereafter. Wellington mostly held a double digit lead throughout and would never let Augusta get much closer than eight.

Wellington hopes to make it five straight when it hosts Winfield Tuesday in a girls-only night. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. following the junior varsity contest starting at 6 p.m. The Crusaders will then play in one of the top high school girls tournaments in the state of Kansas when they travel to Haven. As of last Monday, Wellington would be the eighth seed, even with just three losses.

Catholic Bishop visit to Wellington will not occur this weekend; but will be rescheduled later

Sumner Newscow report — Catholic Bishop Carl Kemme scheduled visit to St. Rose/St. Anthony’s Parish in Wellington has been postponed this weekend due to weather. His visit will be rescheduled at a later day. Regular Saturday evening and Sunday services will be performed. 

Without Snipes, Wellington boys fall to Augusta 71-39 Friday

Crusader nights

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys basketball team ended one of its most interesting weeks losing to Augusta 71-39 in a forgettable game that was nearly postponed due to the unpredictable weather.

The Crusaders were without A.J. Snipes who is nursing a right wrist sprain. Snipes hurt it when he fell on it during the final two minutes against Wichita Collegiate Tuesday night.

“We thought it was broken, but it appears to be just a sprain,” said Rick Roitman, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But right now he can’t dribble. Not sure if he will be ready for the Chaparral tournament on Wednesday.”

Wellington is to battle Conway Springs in the first round of the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Snipes, who is the team’s leading scorer, assist and steal maker; will undoubtedly be needed as the Dukes approach one of the tougher Chaparral tournaments in years.

The Crusaders completed the first half of the season with a 2-7 record and saddled with a four-game losing streak. Without Snipes, the Crusaders appear to be limping. But Roitman is optimistic that this team is on the cusp of being pretty good.

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