Sylvester Provencio found guilty

Sylvester Provencio found guilty of aggravated battery

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sylvester Provencio was found guilty of aggravated battery, a felony, by a Sumner County jury late this afternoon for his part in a brawl that took More »


Heat begins 4th season in Wellington this Saturday at Sellers

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Heat begins its fourth season in Wellington on Saturday, and another campaign to get to the World Series will begin. In their first season in More »

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

Jury now in deliberation in Provencio aggravated battery trial

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 12-person jury is now in deliberation in the Sylvester Provencio aggravated battery trial. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell, is accused of assaulting Greg Schneider, 54, and More »

Sumner Newscow Business news

Oklahoma-based RCB Bank to acquire the nine CornerBanks including Wellington and Oxford

by Shane Farley, — Oklahoma-based RCB Bank has announced it will acquire Winfield-based Cornerbank, according to a jointly written statement from the two banks. The sale, pending regulatory approval, is expected More »

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

Provencio’s defense calls 1 witness; jury expected to hear closing statements early Tuesday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the State of Kansas five days of testimony to wrap up its case against Sylvester Provencio, charged with aggravated battery, a level 5 felony. More »

Police Report

Jeremy Cabrera is booked after 2 vehicles were reported to be stolen in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jeremy Cabrera, 23, of Wellington is currently in Sumner County jail after being booked by Wellington Police Department on seven counts of theft and five counts More »

Sylvester Provencio aggravate battery trial to restart at 1 p.m. today

State of Kansas vs. Sylvester Provencio

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Sumner County jury has been excused by Judge Scott McQuin for the weekend and reconvenes at 1 p.m. today to hear more testimony in the trial of Sylvester Provencio, accused of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and a deprivation of motor vehicle misdemeanor. 

Monday will mark Day 5 in a trial that has already pitted significant legal haggling between the state of Kansas and Provencio defense attorney Jess Hoeme of the Wichita firm Joseph Hollander and Craft. Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is accused of assaulting two older Caldwell men on April 22, 2015 in rural Sumner County over an incident that started with a white Toyota pickup that was stuck in the mud during the midnight hour. Nick Reedy, 33, also of Caldwell, who was with Provencio that night, has already pled guilty to aggravated battery charges during a plea bargain agreement earlier in the week. 

Much of Thursday and Friday’s court proceedings dealt with police evidence from the investigation including two key pieces —  a metal pipe which was found on the floorboard of the Mary Kay Pink Cadillac recovered after the melee in Caldwell, and the whereabouts of Greg Schneider’s wallet that was missing and not found until the following fall during football season. 

WPD and Humane Society find 65 animals at S. Jefferson home

Police ReportSumner Newscow report — According to a KWCH Channel 12 story, the Wellington Police Department found 65 animals at a house in the 600 block of S. Jefferson Street, Saturday evening.

Officers said the floors in the home were covered with inches of feces, and the Humane Society called the conditions inside unlivable, the report said.

Police found 22 rabbits, 12 dogs, nine cats, three guinea pigs, three ferrets, two rats, and four mice living in the home, as well as 10 chickens in the backyard.

Police and the Wellington Humane Society removed cage after cage covered in feces and matted fur from a home in 600 block of S. Jefferson Street Saturday night.

“I’ve never had this many in a building, in a house. It’s a classic case of hoarding,” said Phyllis Todd, vice president of the Wellington Humane Society.

Wellington girls softball team to battle Independence in first round of Class 4A Div. I state tournament

KSHSAA post season pairings
WHS girls softball team 2016.

WHS girls softball team 2016.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls softball team will be playing in the Class 4A Division I State Softball Championship tournament to be played in Salina on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. The Crusaders will come into the tournament as the fourth seed and will battle Independence the fifth seed. The winner will advance to the second round on Friday at 11 a.m. The loser will be eliminated in the eight-team single elimination tournament.

Both Wellington and Independence have identical 17-5 records.

The full bracket is as follows:

#1 Kansas City Piper (18-2) vs. #8 Hays (10-10), 5 p.m., Field A.

#4 Wellington (17-5) vs. #5 Independence (17-5), 5 p.m., Field A.

#2 Spring Hill (18-3) vs. #7 Baldwin (14-8), 5 p.m., Field B.

#3 Augusta (18-4) vs. #6 Eudora (16-6), 7 p.m. Field B.

The winner of K.C. Piper/Hays will battle the winner of Wellington/Independence at 11 a.m., Friday. 

Sunday feature: Filming for ‘On a Clear Day you can see Conway’ is hopefully to start in August

A day in Conway feature
Megan O'Donell and Adam Catlin will star in movie set for film in August.

Crystal Gannon and Adam Catlin will star in movie set for film in August.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Filming is set to begin in August for Kansas resident Adam Catlin’s movie “On A Clear Day You Can See Conway,” which will feature the local talent of Lindy Fike and Nate Ybarra. See original story here.

“This is a great opportunity to show off the state of Kansas as we rarely get a chance to do it,” Catlin said.

The movie is based on a 2005 novel written by Catlin, a Southwestern College graduate and Sedan native.

The story follows Jack Connor, a fictional character, who has been editor of the Conway Springs Star for the past decade, and will soon be out of a job due to his newspaper’s pending merger. With his life at a crossroads, Connor confronts his past by going home to Sedan, a town he left 25 years earlier when he went to surprise Megan O’Donnell at a football game.

Sumner County Deputies to conduct spot sobriety checkpoints on area highways

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — Officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol and Sumner County Sheriff’s Office will be cooperating in an effort this month to locate intoxicated drivers. Checkpoints operated by Law Enforcement Officers from both departments will be set up randomly at various locations in Sumner County.

Drivers will be stopped and those suspected of intoxication will be given brief field sobriety tests.  Confirmed impaired drivers will be arrested.

According to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, efforts will be made not to severely interrupt traffic flow: citizen’s patience and cooperation will assist this important effort.  The purpose of the checkpoints is not to harass motorists, but to decrease impaired drivers and make the highways and roads in Sumner County much safer.

Maintenance Supervisor for apartment building at Wellington Housing Authority

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Maintenance Supervisor needed for a 3-story high rise apartment building. Applications can be obtained at 400 S. C Street, Wellington, KS 67152. Job is open until filled. Wellington Housing Authority is an equal employment opportunity employer. (620) 326-5821.

Sumner County election information released by County Clerk’s office

Sumner County Election

Submitted to Sumner Newscow by the Sumner County Clerk’s Office — The following is information about the upcoming 2016 Sumner County elections concerning voter registration, advanced voting, voting identification, voting machines, and important dates concerning the upcoming election:


Voter registration closes 20 days prior to EVERY election.

Need to re-register for name changes (such as marriage, etc) or address changes.  Address change must be made on voter registration even if voter is located in the same precinct or next door, across the street, etc.

State Representative Ed Trimmer files for re-election of District 79

Ed Trimmer

Ed Trimmer

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Wednesday, May 18, State Representative Ed Trimmer filed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives for District 79.  The district includes Winfield, Udall, Oxford, Belle Plaine and surrounding areas.  Trimmer has served in the House for the past eleven years.

“We should not mortgage our future and the future of our children by borrowing money to pay our current debts,” Trimmer said of one of the reasons he is running for re-election. “We should stop raiding funds earmarked for highways, children, veterans, and senior citizens, just to make our budget balance.  I welcome the opportunity to continue the fight for a tax structure that is fair to all Kansan residents, a state that is out of debt, and one that provides adequate funding for our public schools and colleges.”

In a press release released by the Ed Trimmer campaign, it states:

Garage Sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!

KanOkla Networks named finalists for Kansas Department of Commerce Governor’s Award

kanokla networks new logo 10-29-14Sumner Newscow report — KanOkla Networks in Caldwell was named one  of the finalists of the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Governor’s Award of Excellence. The winner will be announced on June 22 at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Topeka.

KanOkla joins CivicPlus, Cunningham Telephone and Cable, RedGuard and Roto-Mix, LLC as Merit finalists.

KanOkla was also named one of 26 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and part of the 63 Merit Awards winners given by the KDOC.  The Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy. 

Wellington Rec Center has free child care from Mondays through Thursdays

WRC Childcare

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 19, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wellington qualifies in five events at regional track meet in Winfield

Sports todaySumner Newscow report — The Class 4A Regional track meet was held in Winfield. Wellington finished 13th in the girls and 12th with the boys.

The qualifiers will now advance to the state track meet in Wichita on Friday-Saturday, May 27-28.

The Wellington state qualifiers are as follows:

Mill Creek Garden Center is hosting 1st Garden Center Open House Sunday

Flowered pots Mill Creek

Mill Creek Garden Center is hosting their first Garden Center Open House  Sunday, May 22, 1 to 3 p.mPlan to join Mill Creek Lumber for their first Garden Center Open House! They will have plenty of discounts, giveaways, FREE product (with purchase) and How-To workshops.    Fairy jar Mill CreekPopcorn, cotton candy and sno-kones for kids big and small. Free fairy garden/butterfly garden jars with a $10 purchase,  while supplies last.  Mark your calendar! Butterfly jars Mill Creek

Graysen DeJarnett qualifies for second consecutive Class 4A state tournament

DeJarnett puttingSumner Newscow report — Graysen DeJarnett, a Wellington High School senior, qualified for the 2016 Class 4A State Championships at Bentwood Golf Course in Ulysses, Monday. DeJarnett shot an 85, tying him for 11th place.

The team placed sixth overall with a score of 368.

“I am very proud of this team as well as a number of individuals who continued to improve throughout the season,” said James Ginter, Wellington High School golf coach. “Congratulations to Graysen for qualifying for a second straight year to the state tournament. We had a lot of young players who worked very hard and improve throughout the year. That will continue to be a key to our success in the future.” 

Rose Hill and Collegiate qualified their entire teams.  The individuals who qualified from the Winfield Regional were: Pete Carney, Andale; Martin Nuessen, Augusta; Aaron Meyer Andale; Jake Becker, Augusta; Graysen DeJarnett, Wellington, and Andy Burger, Winfield. The results are as follows: 

Christeen Williams, 83, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1932 – May 19, 2016

Christeen Williams

Christeen Williams

Christeen F. Williams, of Wellington, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 83.

Christeen was born the daughter of Elmer and Genevia (Lee) Taylor on Thursday, October 06, 1932 in a log cabin near Wilson, Oklahoma.

On November 19, 1950, Dean and Christeen Fay Taylor were united in marriage in Hobart, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated over 59 years of marriage before his passing in 2010.

WMS science instructor Cindy Tracy wins 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award

Cindy Tracy feature
Cindy Tracy wins 2016 USD 353 Teacher of the Year award.

Cindy Tracy wins 2016 USD 353 Excellence in Teaching award.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Cynthia Tracy believes that every child has a gift, and that if you are patient and work with them, they will be successful.

Tracy was named the Wellington USD 353 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award recipient at a teacher assembly held Tuesday. There were 30 nominees. A committee of peers along with a member of the School Foundation board made the selection.

“I believe every child has a gift that they can offer the world,” Tracy said. “You have to be patient and work with the child, that’s where that gift comes out, they share it. It doesn’t matter if they’re gifted, a regular student or special education student. They have something to offer.”

Tracy said that if you watch and listen and help them realize they have this, even if they believe they don’t, this can make them successful.

“Everyone, no matter their abilities, has something to offer the world,” Tracy said. “Taking everyone’s abilities and using them, I design lessons so that everyone can be successful, no matter their IQ, because that doesn’t really matter.”

Tracy became a teacher in 1999, after obtaining her associates degree from Cowley County Community College and bachelors and masters degrees from Wichita State University. She has been employed with the district for 25 years, having started as a para-educator. After earning her teaching degree, she was employed at Lincoln Elementary as a fourth grade teacher, then a science teacher position opened at Wellington Middle School and she decided to try it. Six years later, she realizes that she made the right decision.

The Angry Birds Movie is playing at Wellington Regent

Angry Birds at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: The Angry Birds Movie (see trailer below).

Schedule: Special showing on Thursday at 2 p.m. today!; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m.

Rated: PG (for rude humor and action). Time: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds–or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 18, 2016:

Wellington softball team off to state for the first time since 1995

On the way to state girls softball
Ryleigh Buck is greeted at home after lifting Crusaders to a 2-1 lead after homer in bottom of sixth.

Ryleigh Buck is greeted at home after lifting Crusaders to a 2-1 lead after homer in bottom of sixth.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was 1995. Bill Clinton was President. The Grunge sound was alive. Wellington was about to embark on a number of public projects like the building of the pool, downtown renovation. The new high school was still almost a decade away.

And the Wellington girls softball team made it to the state tournament.

It would be the last time a softball team would go to the state tournament until 2016, when Wellington will be making its triumphant return.

The 2016 Crusaders are off to Salina after winning the regional championship in Worden Park Wednesday evening with a 3-1 victory over Winfield. Earlier in the day, Wellington would run-rule Mulvane 15-5 in five innings. The state tournament bracket has yet to be set but the Lady Dukes will play Thursday, March 26 in a single-elimination eight-team bracket.

On Wednesday, Wellington had to come-from-behind after Winfield opened the game with a lead-off home run by senior sensation Kelsey Phillips. Winfield led 1-0 and it would loom large for 6 1/2 innings.

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