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Sumner County Court Docket: May 28, 2015 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office. These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County More »

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Seven applicants apply for Wellington City Council vacancy

Sumner Newscow report — There were seven applicants to fill the open Wellington City Council vacancy left open when John “B.J.” Tracy tendered his resignation in early May. Those applicants include: Cindy More »

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Klinedinst approved to SRMC board, but concerns about personal liability still looms

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — An interesting discussion popped up at the May 19 Wellington City Council meeting that begged to ask the philosophical question, “how much could it cost you More »

Oxford baseball team heading to state

Oxford ‘Wildkittens’ journey to Great Bend for state tournament

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps the No. 1 most joyful thing about Oxford’s High School baseball team’s entry into the 2015 Class 2A-A State Tournament in Great Bend is it More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The SRMC becoming a municipal hospital question

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(Update: Monday, 8:30 p.m.) Fort Worth woman dies after 2-car accident on U.S. 160 at turnpike gate

Breaking News

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Turnpike accident #2

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ethel McClintock, a 65-year-old female from Fort Worth, Texas, was killed in a two-car accident which occurred at 9:41 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 160 at the Kansas Turnpike Exit No. 19 gate.

McClintock was a passenger in a 2009 Subaru Outback that was going eastbound on U.S. 160. Amy Gaither, a 42-year-old female from Oxford, was driving westbound in a 2005 GMC Envoy with four children all 14 years and younger.

According to the Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report, the driver in the Subaru Outback attempted to make a left turn onto the I-35 entrance at the toll booth plaza. Gaither’s front struck vehicle No. 1 right front in the west bound lane at U.S. 160.

People gather to pay tribute to our fallen heroes at Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day tribute feature
Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine gives Cindy Adams, widow of Vietnam vet Kenny Adams, after Memorial Service.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Prairie Lawn Cemetery was a busy place this morning as people paid homage to those no longer with us. And at the heart of Wellington’s grandest cemetery was the annual Memorial Day Service held this morning. The service paid tribute to fallen veterans of U.S. Wars past.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine gives address of the day.

Vietnam Army War Veteran Jim Valentine was the featured speaker.

“We know that the rights we have today are actually privileges you have given us with the many sacrifices you have made in all of the past wars,” Valentine said of fallen heroes of wars past. “Everyday of our lives, we should remember to honor your services to our great nation.”

The placing of the wreaths was announced by James Lockhart. The ringing of the bell by veteran Charles Lawless who represented the Wellington Fire Department recognized each war conflict.  

It’s official! Ryleigh Buck makes Team USA women’s baseball team

Rylee Buck USA baseball team player
Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

Ryleigh Buck talks with one of her coaches at the Pan Am Game Qualifier in March.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ryleigh Buck is officially on the Team USA Women’s Baseball team, and will represent the country at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

USA Baseball announced the 18 players named to the 2015 U.S. Women’s Baseball National Team following the completion of three days of on-field trials in North Carolina. Buck is on the roster as an infielder/right hand pitcher from Wellington, Kansas.

She is the only player from Kansas and one of just two in the whole Midwest. Jenna Marston of from St. Louis, Mo. is also on the roster. Team USA will have representatives from eight different states.

It is a monsoon throughout Sumner County this weekend

Who needs a river to float down? These young men decide to go tubing on the "canal" route in west Wellington by Eisenhower Elementary School, Saturday. This pictures was taken by Rachel McGuire.

Who needs a river to float down? These young men decide to go tubing on the “canal” route in west Wellington by Eisenhower Elementary School, Saturday. This picture was taken by Rachel McGuire.

Sumner Newscow report — How much rain are we getting? According to our trusty rain gauge, we received 3.3 inches of rain over the past weekend as of noon today. Wellington has received 14.4 inches of rain in the month of May!

The National Weather Service has Wichita at 10.45 inches as of yesterday morning. We had two inches of rain Saturday.

The extended NWS forecast for the area appears to be 20 to 30 percent chance of rain and relatively cloudy all week. On the positive side, there doesn’t seem to be any ferocious downpours in the next five days. 

Five Quinn’s thoughts for May 24, 2015

Quinn McCue

Quinn McCue

By Quinn McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Quinn’s thoughts for May 24, 2015…

1. Schools out! Personally I thought it would be more exiting. Then I realized I have literally nothing planned for the entire summer.

2.My eyes burn.

Sunday blog: Perhaps it’s time to officially make SRMC a municipal hospital

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Can anyone tell me the difference between the Sumner Regional Medical Center and, say, the Wellington Fire and Police Departments?

Yeah, yeah. I know the fire department is there to put out fires and deliver sick people. The police department is in charge of throwing bad guys in jail. The hospital is there to fix our boo-boos and keep us from dying.

But essentially, all three institutions do the same thing— provide a community service unlike any other city department whether its utilities, the park department, etc.

So why not make SRMC a municipal hospital and stop this us vs. them mentality?

At Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting, SRMC was getting hammered over not paying for city utilities. In a nutshell, it was one government institution hammering another governmental institution about the amount of taxpayers money they were not receiving from the other.(see story here). It is obvious this system of billing SRMC for utilities isn’t working.

Utility non-payments are nothing new for SRMC. I remember writing a Wellington Daily News article in the late 1990s or early 2000s when the hospital was not even 10 years old, about the city abating utilities for the hospital. As outlined by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields Tuesday, SRMC has had utility abatements for 27 of the last 60 months and hasn’t made a payment since Oct. 2013.

Wellington swimming pool not open today

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Aquatic Center, which was scheduled to open today, will not open due to the wet conditions. The pool is expected to open on Memorial Day.

Wellington gets 6 track athletes to state in 7 events after regional

Crusader sports news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be taking six athletes in seven events to the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita next weekend.

The Crusaders traveled west to Holcomb to participate in the Class 4A Regional Friay. In order to qualify, an athlete must finish in the top four of his/her event.

Wellington’s Colin Reichenberger finished first in both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. He also broke a school record in the 300 with a run of 38.90. This marks the first time he surpassed the 39 second threshold. 

Memorial Day Services to be held Monday at 10 a.m.

Feature Memorial Day service

Sumner Newscow report — There will be Memorial Day Service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.

The featured speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Jim Valentine. The order of the service will be as follows:

Welcome – James Lockhart.

Oxford baseball team to play Moscow on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

WildcatsSumner Newscow report — The Oxford boys baseball team will be playing Moscow in the first round of the Class 2-1A State Tournament on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Great Bend. See bracket here.

Oxford is a No. 6 seed at 11-11 while Moscow is the third seed at 17-5. The teams will battle at 6:30 p.m. in the single elimination game. It will be the last game of the evening. The winner of Oxford/Moscow will advance to the second round where it will meet the winner of Medicine Lodge (17-4) and Olathe-Heritage Christian Academy (10-13). 

City transfer station and compost pile to be closed Monday

logo-cityWellingtonSumner Newscow report — Due to the Memorial Day Holiday – The City Transfer Station and Compost Site will be closed on Monday, May 25th.  Also, Monday’s commercial trash pick-up will occur on Tuesday, May 26.

Future Lady Crusader basketball camp to be held June 8-11

Crusader head logo smallerSumner Newscow report — There will be a “Future Lady Crusader” Basketball camp held for incoming third through fifth graders on June 8 to June 11.

The camp, sponsored by Impact Bank, will start at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. and be held at the Wellington High School gymnasium.

The cost per camper is $35 and will include a T-shirt.

The camp staff includes head coach Eric Adams, staff and the Lady Crusader players.

Joy Marie Turek, 70, Caldwell: August 15, 1944 – May 19, 2015

Joy Turek

Joy Turek

Joy Marie Turek, age 70, died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015, at Wesley Hospital in Wichita.  She was born August 15, 1944 at Lyons, the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore.

Joy attended school in Chase and was a cheerleader for the Chase Jinx during her high school years.  After graduation on May 17, 1962 she moved to Wichita and worked for Southwestern Bell.  On April 16, 1966 she married Gene Turek and moved to their farm north of South Haven.  As a “small town girl” she knew nothing of the farm.  She adapted quickly and soon became a vital part of the operation.  She eventually helped to raise hundreds of sheep, cattle, acres of crops and took many meals to the field all the while raising four children and never missing an event any of them were involved in.

Oxford is on its way to state! Beats Cedar Vale/Dexter 3-2 in Regional Championship

Oxford statebound feature

Oxford celebrating

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — “Oxford is going to state.”

Not since 2006 can an Oxford baseball team make such a claim. Thursday afternoon at the Broadway Sports Complex in Winfield after two rain delays, Oxford would beat Cedar Vale/Dexter 3-2 to claim the Central-Burden Regional Championship.

Oxford now travels to the Great Bend Sports Complex on May 28-29 for the Class 2-1A State Tournament.

“Wow. That’s all I can say,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head baseball coach. “This team has just gotten better and better as the year has gone on.”

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wellington City Council to hold work session Wednesday, May 27

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Council will hold a Work Session on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall, 317 S Washington, Wellington, Kansas. The purpose of the Council Work Session is to discuss various City projects/issues.

Post your FREE garage sale ads here

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for May 22 to May 24 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Avengers: Age of Ultron playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Avengers at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours 21 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Jackie Glasgow named recipient of Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching

Jackie Glasgow

Jackie Glasgow

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Jackie Glasgow, assistant professor of education and the coordinator of the doctoral program, was named recipient of the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching during Southwestern College Commencement exercises Sunday, May 10. The Kopkes established the award in order to honor outstanding faculty members. 

“The Kopke award exemplifies the Builder spirit at Southwestern and affirms my role at Southwestern as an opportunity to shape educational leaders,” Glasgow says.  “The award is not just about the recognition of what has been accomplished but more on what has yet to be accomplished for future leaders in our school systems and higher education institutions.” 

“Jackie deserves the outstanding teaching award,” says Andy Sheppard, provost of Southwestern College.  “She is the heart and soul of the Ed.D. program and her students have truly benefited from her work with them.”

Swimming pool to open on Sunday, May 24

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Swimming Pool will not be opening Friday. Instead, it will be opening at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 24th.
If you have more questions, contact the Wellington Recreation Commission Fitness Center at (620) 326-3323.

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