Busy weekend in Wellington

Citywide Garage Sale, annual garden show and WHS prom is slated for this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you are not having a busy weekend in Wellington this weekend, then you may want to get out more. Three big events are occurring on More »

Wellington Police Take Back Day

Wellington Police Department with the DEA to hold Drug Take Back Day on April 26

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Wellington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in More »

Crusaders around the world

Dr. Byron Newberry, a 1987 Wellington High School grad, becomes dean of College of Engineering and Computer Science at Oklahoma Christian

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dr. Byron Newberry, a Valedictorian for the Wellington High School Class of 1987,  has been named Oklahoma Christian University’s Dean of  College of Engineering and Computer More »

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U.S. Olympic coach John Underwood to kickoff ‘Life of an Athlete’ seminar in Wellington tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Underwood, Director of the the nationally renowned program Life of an Athlete, is coming to Wellington tonight to kickoff a two-day training seminar for area More »

Sumner County Court docket use this one

Sumner County Court Docket: April 23, 2014 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 »

City of Wellington, Health Care Authority Board to accept sealed bids on 513 East 16th St. lot

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington and the Health Care Authority Board will accept sealed bids on that real property and improvements thereon located at 513 East 16th Street, Wellington on or before 4 p.m. on May 2, 2014.   Any and all bids may be rejected in the City’s sole discretion for any reason, or no reason.

The bids are further subject to City and Buyer agreeing on City retaining land for access to Highway 160, and arriving at all other acceptable contractual terms which are anticipated to be customary for sale of business property in this locale.    Any sale will be for cash due in full less any down payment at closing.

Wellington City Manager Gus Collins resigns; tenure ends June 1

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gus Collins, Wellington City Manager, has submitted his resignation to pursue another career opportunity.

Collins will complete his tenure here on June 1. The Wellington City Council has called a special meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. It will be there where the council will officially accept his resignation and start the process of finding his successor.

Gus Collins

Gus Collins

He said he spoke to the mayor 10 to 12 days ago and told city staff officially on Monday.

“I have had the opportunity to spend eight wonderful years serving Wellington as City Manager,” Collins said. “I spent 23 years in El Dorado. The past eight years in Wellington has most certainly been the most rewarding.” 

Wellington girls split while the Crusader boys lose twice in Winfield

Crusader head logoby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School girls softball team split with Winfield while the boys were swept Monday evening at the Broadway Sports Complex in Winfield.

The Winfield girls would beat Wellington in game one 6-3. The Crusaders rebounded to beat the Vikings in a six-inning run-rule game in the nightcap 12-2. On the boys side, Winfield beat Wellington 4-3 in game one and 9-2 in game two.


Girls split 

Caldwell’s Myles Richardson has Cystic Fibrosis; Friends, family walking to raise money and awareness

Myles for Miles Cystic Fibrosis cure

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Look at the picture. Myles Allan Richardson of Caldwell looks like an average happy little 1-year-old boy.

But Myles, unfortunately, is one of about 30,000 people, who has Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic, life threatening, chronic disorder which affects the lungs and digestive system. On May 10, family and friends of Myles will be walking in the Great Strides walk at Cowtown Museum in Wichita to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are calling it “Miles for Myles.”

Myles is the son of Haley Watts, the grandson of Eric and Dana Watts, the great grandson of Ed and Rosie Bernard and Brenda Volavka and the great-great grandson of Ruby Eshelman and Melvin Nelson. He was born on March 4, 2013 and at the age of 21 days was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

“We are walking so that Myles can breathe,” Rosie Bernard said. “We want Myles to live past pre-school or even past the recent statistical report of life expectancy of 35 years. 

Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is set for Saturday, April 26; Post your FREE garage sale here

Citywide garage sale

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Citywide Garage Sale is slated for Saturday, April 26. And the world needs to know you are having one for that weekend. Go ahead and post your garage sale for the citywide garage sale in the “comment” section below. If you have a garage sale THIS weekend, advertise in the garage sale section in the previous post. We will remind the shopping troops periodically.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Linda Marie Banks, 73, Wellington: March 30, 1941 – April 14, 2014

Linda Banks

Linda Banks

Linda Marie Banks, of Wellington, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 73.

Linda was born the daughter of Burris and Evelyn Louis (Hartzel) Montross on Sunday, March 30, 1941 in Independence.

On April 12, 1969, Linda and Edward H. Banks were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage before his death in 2002.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sons: Roy Hill and Richard Banks.

Quinn McCue holding Dodgeball Tournament to raise money for books at Wellington Middle School

Quinn McCue

Quinn McCue

by Quinn McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hi, this is Quinn here again with something a little more serious. I’m the host of a dodge ball tournament to be held April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Wellington Middle School. The reason I’m doing this because it is actually a fundraiser.

I’m in the gifted program and we got to do our own project.  I decided to address a real life problem– the problem of outdated books in the WMS library.  The way I’m solving this is, of course, a dodge ball tournament.

So if your kid that’s in 3rd-8th grade might be interested, have him/her gather a team of six and fill the form and pay the entry fee.  

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: April 14 – 21, 2014

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wellington Police Notes Friday, April 18 – Sunday, April 20, 2014:

Sumner County Farm Service Agency accepting applications for full-time Program Technician position

The Sumner County Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications for a temporary full-time Program Technician position beginning at a Grade 3 or Grade 4.  Salary range is $25,181 to $28,269 depending on knowledge and experience.  An agricultural background and general computer knowledge is not required, but could be helpful.

Applications (FSA-675, Application for FSA County Employment) may be picked up at the Sumner County FSA Office, 320 N Jefferson Wellington, KS between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Applications must be returned to the office no later than 4:30 pm, April 30, 2014.

Sunday Blog: A student expresses his love for his third grade teacher

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Since it is Easter Sunday and it’s about renewal and hope, I’m turning over my Sunday blog to a sixth grader at the Wellington Middle School.

Each year, “The Excellence in Teaching Award” is sponsored by the USD 353 School Foundation Inc. and seeks to encourage and recognize the professional and leadership excellence of Wellington educators.

A USD 353 student can nominate a teacher. At the end of the year, a winner is presented the award and receives a $1,000 cash reward.

Mason Lough performing at the Zak Brown Concert...

Mason Lough performing at the Zac Brown Concert…

The other day, Carrie Lough, the mother of a sixth grader, shared with me a letter written by her son Mason. Mason if you remember was the 11-year-old boys who performed a piano solo “Colder Weather” at a Zac Brown Band concert in Wichita in 2012 (see story here).

She said for the past four years he has been nominating Jill Kiker, a third grade teacher at Kennedy Elementary, for the award.

“I’m not sure how they decide,” Carrie said. “But don’t listen to me, just read Mason’s letter.”

It’s a good one and we’re sharing it here. 

Lori Milton, 38, Blackwell, Okla.: April 21, 1975 – April 15, 2014

Lori Martin

Lori Martin

Lori Yvonne Uchiyama Milton of Blackwell, Okla. died Tuesday, April 15th at the age of 38.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM at the South Haven Community Building in South Haven, Kansas.
Lori was born on April 21, 1975, in Wichita, Kansas, to Karen Hull Nagel and Ryan Uchiyama.

She was a new baby sister to Paul Newhouse.

Noah being shown at the Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “Noah” (Movie trailer is below).Noah

When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (c) Paramount

Olivia Sneed, daughter of Jeff and Neena Sneed of Wellington, signs to play tennis at Ohio State

Olivia Sneed signs with Ohio State

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Olivia Sneed, the daughter of Jeff and Neena Sneed of Wellington, has just signed a scholarship to play women’s tennis for the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Sneed will be a 2014 Shawnee Mission East graduate in May. She was the Class 6A Kansas singles state champion last fall after going undefeated throughout the season and defeating Lawrence Free State’s Alexis Czapinski.

Sneed attended Wellington Middle School, before her freshman year. She then transferred to Shawnee Mission East High School in the mornings and trained at Kansas City United Tennis Academy in the afternoon. KCUT is considered one of the top college tennis preparatory academies in the nation.

She is currently the No. 1 ranked girls tennis player in Kansas and is No. 21 nationally on the Tennis Recruiting Network recruiting list. Her RPI is 64.5, 17th nationally. She has a 33-13 club tennis record for a 71.7 percent winning percentage. She is ranked anywhere from 16 to 24 nationally on various national tennis rankings, Jeff Sneed said. 

WHS Valedictorian Ben DeJarnett receives $18,277 annual scholarship to Ottawa University

Ben DeJarnett

Ben DeJarnett

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ben DeJarnett, a Valedictorian for the 2014 Wellington High School class of 2014, has received a scholarship that will be $18,277 a year to Ottawa University.

DeJarnett, the son of Shawn and Kristen DeJarnett, was invited and competed in the Top Scholars Competition at Ottawa University on March 1st.  In preparation for said competition, WHS Principal Dale Adams coordinated mock interviews for Ben to simulate the competition.  The interview panels were comprised of volunteers from school personnel and community members.

Based upon his credentials and performance at the competition, DeJarnett was awarded a Provost Scholarship at Ottawa University, which is a 75 percent tuition paid over his four years.  Based upon 2014-1015 tuition, this scholarship will be $18,277.00, per academic year.  He has accepted this scholarship and will be attending Ottawa in the fall.

Edgar “Leon” Stewart, Wellington: Dec. 15, 1947 – April 17, 2014

Leon Stewart

Leon Stewart

Edgar “Leon” Stewart died on April 17th, 2014 after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Leon was born on December 15, 1947 in Mayfield growing up with his sisters: Barbara and Maxine. Leon worked in the aircraft industry for more than 30 years becoming exceptional in his skill craft. Leon was a GOD fearing man who displayed great integrity to those who knew him. He enjoyed road trips with friends, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing and teaching. Leon taught some valuable lessons to his five boys: Corby, Michael, Titus, Shay and Caleb. His most important lesson was “Take care of your family.”

Leon is survived by his wife of more than 32 years, Bobbie Stewart, sister; Maxine, his five sons listed above and his grandchildren: Deric, Briawna, Abigail, Chloe, Madison, Tanner, Tatum, Sheadyn, Loudyn, Gage and Greyson. Leon will be missed but never forgotten. 

Easter Egg Hunts, Easter services make for a big weekend; Churches advertise your Easter schedule

Easter in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are several Easter activities for this weekend in Wellington. Church members or priests/pastors please note if you want to advertise your Easter activities, do so in the “comment” section below.

The following are just some of the Easter Egg activities in the area for which we have at this time.



Aviator Church Wellington Egg Hunt at Woods Park — 10 a.m, ages 0-12, $100 cash prize (for parents), inflatables, 25,000 eggs.

Beat the lines and preregister at

Wellington City Wide Easter Egg Hunt – Noon at Hargis Creek – sponsored by Kimball Insurance.

Orschelen Discount Store will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. for kids ages 1-10 inside the store. There will be 1,800 eggs that will include wooden eggs with special prizes.

Wellington police notes: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, April 17, 2014:

Highway Diner 81 is open in the former building of A&W Restaurant

New sign Highway Diner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A new sign has been erected at the restaurant formerly known as A&W Restaurant. The new digs is called “Highway Diner 81″ . This billboard was put in place today. Look for the newly black painted roof. 

Wellington girls softball team sweep Andale/Garden Plain; boys not as fortunate

Crusader girls sweep Andale

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team got its first double-header win of the season and it came at the end of the hands of Andale/Garden Plain.

The Wellington boys baseball team fell to defeat to Andale-Garden Plain 10-0 and 10-2.

The game were delayed for two games due to the cold, snowy weather on Monday.  Wellington travels to Winfield next Monday.


Girls pick up wins

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