Wellington City Council Roundup

Council discusses budget, gun signs, another SRMC tax referendum and executive session for city manager interviews

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Technically, when the Wellington City Council meets for a work session that isn’t a regular scheduled meeting, it’s to do a lot of the preparation work More »

Sumner County 2014 election

Sumner Newscow conducting straw poll for 3 state primary races on Tuesday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Listed below are the three most hotly contested races in next week’s Kansas State Primary. Sumner Newscow is conducting a straw poll on the races where More »

Straw poll vote - District 3 commissioner

Sumner Newscow straw poll vote: Sumner County Commissioner race District 3

            By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Third District Sumner County Commissioner Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Cliff Bales of Oxford More »

Straw poll vote- 80th state rep

Sumner Newscow straw poll: The 80th District State Representative Republican primary race

              by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 80th District State Representative Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Kasha Kelley is being More »

Straw poll - U.S. House District 4

Sumner Newscow straw poll: The U.S. House District 4 Representative Republican primary race

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The U.S. District 4 Representative Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Mike Pompeo is being challenged by Todd Tiahrt. All voters in More »

K-State pre-plant wheat meeting to be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20

K-State logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Area wheat producers, and anyone with an interest in agronomy or wheat production in Cowley and Sumner counties are invited to attend the K-State Pre-Plant Wheat meeting on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at the Oxford High School Commons, Oxford, Ks. The meal is being provided by American Ag Credit.

This meeting will be great opportunity for area wheat producers to discuss wheat planting options with area and state specialist. The meeting will focus on variety selection, Wheat Diseases and Fertilization. 

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly bookings: July 21 – July 28, 2014

The following Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Bookings in the county jail for July 21 through July 28, 2014: 

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27, 2014:

Wellington 15-year-old Babe Ruth, American Legion teams eliminated in tournaments

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — You know when the high school football season really starts? When summer baseball is over.

The two last remaining Wellington youth baseball teams were eliminated this weekend. The Wellington 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Star baseball team was eliminated in the Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament in Garden City this weekend – going 1-2.

Wellington opened the tournament losing to Lakin 12-2 in the first round. That threw the locals in the losers bracket where it would be Lyons 9-0 before losing to the host Garden City 10-5. Fate would have it that the two teams Wellington lost to are playing for the state championship on Monday.

Winners of the WOW award and MVPs are as follows: 

Sunday blog: Talking California, fireworks, Republican revolt, Neighbors movie and Quinn’s thoughts…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for July 27, 2014…

1. California…

You may have noticed Sumner Newscow ran a little slow last week. That’s because SN headquarters along with my daughter and a friend took off to California for a few days.

We got to see this Beverly Hills sign before they charged us for looking.

We got to see this Beverly Hills sign before they charged us for looking.

There’s a lot to like about California. The weather, the beautiful women, the food.

Trouble is, now that I have returned home, I need a second job – because I was most certainly fleeced.

For example, I checked into a hotel near Disneyland last week and while the room was well beyond triple figures – the city of Anaheim and the state of California knocked on an 18 percent lodging tax on the bill… Eighteen percent!!!

We spent a day at Disneyland where they say all your dreams come true. Yeah, I believe them. I’m having nightmares about next month’s credit card bill. 

Sunday feature: Michelle and Makayla Brownlee come home with a big trophy and an International championship

Brownlee feature 7-27-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Brownlee family decided to rent a car and drive to the 39th annual Quibica International Family Bowling Tournament in Rockford, Ill. last weekend. It turned out to be a very wise decision. How else could they bring home the five-foot tall 18-pound first-place trophy?

There are bowling trophies. And then there is this bowling trophy that towers just above 11-year-old Makayla’s head and over the shoulder’s of her mother Michelle in their home west of Wellington.

Makayla and Michelle Brownlee — a mother-daughter team representing Wellington’s Meadow Lanes — won the towering trophy last weekend when it bested 35 other parent/youth teams from 25 states and the U.S. Navy at the Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. Makayla, a Wellington sixth grader, also received a $5,000 scholarship from a share of a $70,000 scholarship pool for participants in the tournament.

The Brownlees pictured with the second place team.

The Brownlees pictured with the second place team.

The Brownlees took the fully paid trip to finish first by 12 pins beating out another Kansas team Brayil Bozarth and her dad, Brian, from Ness City 237-225. Suffice it to say, for being an International tournament, this tournament ended up being a battle for the Kansas State Championship.

Sumner Newscow Weekend Calendar – July 25- July 27; plus important dates in the future

Sumner Newscow Calendar

Friday July 25 —

•Wellington Heat Game vs. Oklahoma Bulls- 7:05 p.m.- Pick up your free tickets courtesy of Strickland Towing at the gate. Don’t miss the Johnny Cash Trivia Night and also several free giveaways throughout the night courtesy of the Heat and several sponsors.

•Kansas 15-year-old State Tournament in Garden City – Wellington playing double-elimination tournament.


Saturday, July 26 — 

•Grand Opening of the “Old Time Soda Shop”-1 p.m.- 5 p.m. – Chisholm Trail Museum.

•Black Top Nationals Classic Car & Motorcycle Event- Sellers Park.

Wellington 15-year-olds playing in Babe Ruth State Tournament in Garden City this weekend

Babe Ruth logoSumner Newscow report — The Wellington 15-year-old Babe Ruth All Stars are the last summer team to represent the community. They are currently playing in the 13-15 year old Kansas State Babe Ruth Tournament in Garden City that starts today and runs through Monday.

Wellington played Lakin in the first round game at 2 p.m. today. It the locals won, they will advance to the second round at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If they lose than they will play at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  Other teams in the tournament were: Parsons, Lyons, Frontenac, Cottonwood Valley, Galena and Garden City. The tournament is double elimination.

The 15-year-olds were recent winners of the District 3 tournament held at Wellington’s Hibbs-Hooten Field the past weekend. This was a six-team tournament in which Wellington beat fellow Sumner County all-star team Oxford 20-5 in the championship last Sunday.  

Wellington City Council to hold work session next Tuesday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., in the council room at City Hall, 317 S. Washington. The purpose of the Council Work Session is for discussion of the 2015 Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, and various City project and issues:

Specifically, the council will address the following topics:

Wellington City Manager job opening gets lots of interest

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Manager vacancy left by Gus Collins in April most certainly did not go unnoticed.

The Wellington City Council received 53 applications for the manager’s position. However, Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer cautioned that 15 resumes are probably legitimate.

Roger Stallbaumer

Roger Stallbaumer

“A lot of those are random resumes sent out for any job opening out there,” Stallbaumer said. “But I do anticipate we have some very qualified candidates in that bunch.”

But first comes the budget which the Wellington City Council will approve in August.

“The budget comes first,” Stallbaumer said. “We aren’t going to even think about filling the city manager position until we get the budget put together.”

The Wellington City Council has made one decision about the hiring process.

Garage Sale listings for July 25-27, 2014

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for July 25-27, 2014. If you still need garage sales advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! 


Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, July 24, 2014:

No one was hurt at car drive through DeJarnett Law Office accident this morning

Auto accident feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas University student Erin Zoglmann has been an intern for Wellington Attorney Shawn DeJarnett during the summer – serving as an office assistant.

It is probably safe to say today will be her most memorable day of the summer.

The DeJarnett office looking from the west.

The DeJarnett office looking from the west.

Zoglmann, whose was sitting at the desk is in the front at the DeJarnett Law Office, LLC at 118 West Harvey, got the scare of her life when an elderly woman drove through the front window of the law office at 10 a.m.

The woman, whose name has not been released by the Wellington Police Department, was allegedly visiting Diana Page at the Edward Jones office next door. 

The Dore wins Rec League Co-ed softball regular season and tournament championship

The Dore are your league winners.

The Dore are your league winners.

Sumner Newscow report — The Dore Grill and Bar were recent winners of the Co-Ed Wellington Rec League regular season and tournament held at Rock Island Ballpark.

The team standings for the league are as follows:

The Dore  - 10-4

D-Tan Salon & Boutique – 9-5

Gill Chiropractic – 9-5

Base Invaders – 7-7

Red Beard’s Barber Shoop – 7-7

Balls Deep 0-14.

The Dore beat Gill Chiropractic for the tournament championship.

Members of the team pictured above are:

Front Row Left to Right:
Kaitlin Norris
Shelby McCoy
Ashlyn Whaley
Kelsey Whaley
Shannon McCoy
Alex Stallbaumer.

Back Row Left to Right:
Nick Becker
Chad Whaley
Shawn Becker
Travis Whaley
Derek McCreary
Justin “Chief” Golden.


Mary (Kincaid) (Stewart) Murphy, formerly of Wellington: June 6, 1925 – June 30, 2014

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Murphy, Mary F. (Kincaid) (Stewart), born June 6, 1925, died June 30, 2014.

Preceded in death by parents, brother Bill, husbands John Stewart and Al Murphy, children Becci and David, granddaughter Erika Bennett.

Survived by daughters Marilyn (Ron) Deckert and JoAnn “Jodie” Bennett, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many friends. Mary loyally served her God Jehovah for many decades.

Car crashes through the front of the DeJarnett office

Sumner Newscow report — An elderly woman crashed through the front of DeJarnett Law Office, 118 W. Harvey, in Wellington this morning in the 1oo block of West Harvey. No one was hurt.

Wellington Fire/EMS crews and Wellington Police were on the scene. An accident report has not yet been release.

South Haven Schools looking to enroll your student for the upcoming 2014-15 year


Wellington school board approves the purchase of 462 computers; makes yearly designations

School board meeting roundup

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — While the USD 353 students won’t be in school for three more weeks, the official start of the 2014-15 school year for the administration started July 1.

The school board, during a busy part of the Kansas Wheat Festival, dotted some I’s and crossed some Ts with several designations. For example, Jackie Berryman was named the school board president; Security State Bank is now the official bank; Forrest Bryant is the official school treasurer; Shawn DeJarnett is the school attorney and Renn and Company is the school’s insurance provider.

Substitute teacher salaries will be $75 a day, paraprofessionals will get minimum wage designated by the federal government; and milage will be reimbursed at 50 cents a mile rate. 

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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