Roy Eckert signs

Part 2 of 2-part series: A brief stop in Wellington would soon become a new job for Roy Eckert

Part 2 of 2-part series by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About the time the Wellington City Council was about to start its city manager search, Roy Eckert and his wife Jan More »

Wellington vs. Mulvane preview

Crusader preview: Wellington has not beaten Mulvane since 2005, this would be a good time to end that streak

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Name the football team that the Wellington varsity has the longest losing streak against? No it isn’t Andale or Wichita Collegiate. Wellington is currently on a More »

Roy Eckert signs

(UPDATED: 4:40 p.m.) Part 1 of 2-part series: Wellington Council, Eckert make it official

UPDATE — Roy Eckert has signed and delivered the agreement via e-mail at 3:30 p.m. today to the city of Wellington office making him the new Wellington City Manager. The following account More »

Substate volleyball pairings 2014

KSHSAA announces sub-state assignments for volleyball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State High School Activities just announced its sub-state assignments for volleyball. Sumner County teams will be participating in five different sub-state on Saturday. Winners More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The governor question

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Friday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014: 

Donnis Slusser Crain to present ‘Footprints to Land Records’ at Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society

Donnis Slusser Crane

Donnis Slusser Crane

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On Monday, October 27, Donnis Slusser Crane, author, genealogist, and professional storyteller, will present the program “Footprints to Land Records” to the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society members and guests at the Good Taste Chinese Buffet meeting room, 1311 E. 16th, Wellington.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.; the meal at 5:30 p.m..

A storyteller since she was three years old, Crane will share her expertise at locating family information and connecting the genealogy dots with her listeners in a fun and easy to understand way.

Sumner County Weekly Jail Bookings: Oct. 13 – Oct. 20, 2014

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings for Oct. 13 to Oct. 20, 2014: 

Wellington girls complete tennis season with 3 state medalists and 8th place team finish

Bittersweet ending state tournament
Mother Judy Fink gives her daughter Maggie Fink a hug after the state tournament (photo by Coni Adams)

Mother Judy Fink gives her daughter Maggie Fink a hug after the state tournament (photo by Coni Adams)

By Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach — It was a bittersweet ending to the tennis season, We sent both of our varsity seniors out making the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Winfield with a medal.

After playing three years in doubles, Wellington High School senior Peyton Adams made the switch to the singles side.

Peyton Adams finishes 11th place to finish her senior career.

Peyton Adams finishes 11th place to finish her senior career.

We’ve had two goals all year. Let’s make state and let’s get a medal. A state medal has eluded Peyton for the past two years.  Day one didn’t start real well for Peyton when she dropped her opening round match to Muller from Hayden 6-4, 3-6, 11-13.  The loss dropped Peyton to the backside where she found her game and beat Nisley from Nickerson 9-2, then beat a hard hitting Gibson from Bishop Miege 9-2.  The win qualified Peyton for day two and a guaranteed medal spot.  

We have a moral obligation to make Seller Park football stadium accessible to all

Sumner Newscow editorial

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board had an interesting discussion the other night.

Wellington school board member Larry Mangan at the Oct. 9 meeting posed a legitimate question to the other elected members in the room: Does the Sellers Park football stadium fit the standards of the American Disabilities Act?

That set off a debate amongst the members, and the answer to the question was never reached. About a decade ago, the school district installed bleachers on the visitor’s side which were indeed ADA compliant for wheelchair citizens. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said by the letter of the law he was told that would make the stadium ADA compliant.

However, he said if the stadium was to be completely rebuilt it would not meet ADA standards. The home stands are not compliant, nor were the restrooms or the paths leading to the stands. 

Wellington Council offers $100,000 contract to Roy Eckert, former county manager of Montrose, as new city manager

Sumner Newscow local news report
Roy Eckert

Roy Eckert

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The city council will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution approving an employment agreement with Roy Eckert, a former county manager at Montrose, Colo., to become the Wellington City Manager for an annual salary of $100,000.

The resolution states:

“The city of Wellington has agreed to hire Roy Eckert, as city manager and said Roy Eckert has agreed to serve as city manager of said city to sign said Employment agreement.” If the resolution passes it will authorize Mayor Roger Stallbaumer to sign the agreement.

Eckert has worked in city and county management for almost 35 years and served as city manager in Missouri, Georgia, and Alabama as well as borough manager for Ketchikan Gateway in Alaska. He abruptly resigned as the Montrose county manager in May after serving 16 months.

The employment contract stipulations offered to Eckert if the resolution passes include: 

Wellington quarterback Trevor Nance speaks after win over Rose Hill

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a video of senior quarterback Trevor Nance after Wellington’s 33-21 game.

Peyton Adams and Maggie Fink/Mekenna Adams are still playing in state tennis tourney

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington has three players still playing on day two of the Class 4A State Girls Tennis Tournament.

Singles Peyton Adams lost her first match to Muller from Topeka Hayden in three sets, then she had to win two matches in a row to be able to play on Saturday.  She beat Nisley from Nickerson and beat Gibson from Bishop Miege.  She will open Saturday against Ediger from Mcpherson.

Doubles Maggie Fink & Mekenna Adams won their first match over Baldwin, then lost in three sets to a regional winner from Independence.  They also had to win two matches and beat Wamego and Pratt.  They will open play with Mcpherson also.

Caldwell takes down South Barber 46-28; Argonia-Atttica, South Haven win big

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell Bluejays took a huge step toward a playoff berth with a 46-28 victory over South Barber. It was a barn burner for sure.

The Chieftains took a 6-0 lead after one quarter. But Caldwell quarterback Darin Ward would get the first of his five touchdowns on a 25 yard run. An interception by Sam Wencel led to a Bluejays touchdown and Caldwell’s first lead. The Jays led 14-6 at the half.

South Barber would eventually retake the lead with two touchdowns to start the second half. But two Ward to Wencel touchdowns would put Caldwell back in front for good. The full stats are here: Caldwell – Box Score Report – 10_18_2014


Argonia-Attica keep rolling

Wellington survives Rose Hill comeback; now 1-0 in district play (updated with stats)

Wellington 33 Rose Hill 21 pix

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It seems appropriate that a dramatic week would be capped with a dramatic game.

Wellington would beat Rose Hill 33-21. But it was also the kind of game that the Crusaders couldn’t get off the field fast enough.

After taking a 27-0, Rose Hill would make a furious comeback in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and almost getting a fourth. Wellington survived with a gutsy touchdown drive very late in the game.

Some of the boys after the game seemed gassed. The injuries that has so decimated this team like no other appeared to be catching up on the Crusaders late. This could also be Colin Reichenberger’s last hurrah as the school’s record breaking receiver. He played with a bandaged hand, an injury he incurred in practice when he smashed his finger against another teammate’s helmet earlier this week. 

Wellington-Rose Hill Live tweet; week #6 scores; more updates on state tennis

The BoxTrolls will be coming to the Wellington Regent this weekend

Boxtrolls use this one

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


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


Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.


Movie Synopsis:

Garage Sales for Oct. 17-19, 2014

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Oct. 17-19, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington seventh grade football team goes 7-0, takes Pioneer League crown

7th grade goes 7-0 internet copy


Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington seventh grade football team won the Pioneer League Div. III championship. Wellington defeated Arkansas City 44-6 Thursday night to finish up 7-0 for the season. The team will be honored at halftime. We’ll have more details of the Knights’ championship season at a later time. 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, October 16, 2014:

Wellington girls tennis team starts its state tournament journey

2014 WHS Girls team accepting tournament runner-up trophy.

2014 WHS Girls team accepting tournament runner-up trophy.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — And they are off. The Wellington girls tennis team are currently playing in the Class 4A state tournament in Winfield today. The brackets were set this morning.

Peyton Adams is playing in singles. Madi Adams and Rylee Buck are playing in doubles as a team. Mekenna Adams and Maggie Fink are the other team.

We will update you as the tournament progresses.

(Updated with stats and Reichenberger injury) Crusader Preview: Now the games count for the Wellington football team

Wellington-Rose Hill preview

UPDATE – OCT. 16, 8:15 p.m. — Wellington Head Coach Tyler Ryan just informed us that Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger may have fractured his finger in practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable tomorrow night against Rose Hill. “We will weigh our options,” he said. He didn’t rule out Reichenberger playing but he didn’t rule out that the receiver is out for the season either.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s time.

That 4-2 start is meaningful for the Wellington High School football team. But when it comes to post season glory, it means absolutely nothing.

Tomorrow night, at Seller Park, Wellington will by vying to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 when Rose Hill comes to town. It is senior night and the last home game of the season. (For comparable stats of the two teams collected by Garrett Wilson look at the statistical information below).

The opportunity presents itself nicely for the Dukes. Wellington has the ability to beat both Rose Hill and Mulvane in the next two weeks. If it does so, then Wellington is on its way to the playoffs. If it loses one of those two, then it needs lots of help, and be placed in a must win situation at Ulysses.

Updated: Ellen Love, Argonia, faces federal charges for making illegal payments to four Sumner County individuals

Sumner Newscow news report

UPDATED OCT. 16, 7 P.M. — By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Jim Cross, U.S. Attorney’s office – A former Farm Service Agency director in Sumner County was indicted Wednesday on a charge of making $306,000 in agriculture disaster payments to applicants who had been denied approval for the money, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ellen A. Love, 51, Argonia, was charged with one count of unlawfully conveying federal funds. The Federal Grand Jury indictment alleges the crime occurred while Love worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Executive Director of the Sumner County Farm Service Agency located in Wellington.  Sumner Newscow has obtained the indictment from the Federal Grand Jury.  It can be found here:  Love indictment

According to the indictment papers, in March and early April 2013 producers Timothy Isaacs, Tracy Robyn Isaacs, Michael Andra and Tina Andra applied for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments – also known as SURE —  at the behest of Love.  The USDA provides assistance to farm producers who have suffered losses as a result of agricultural disasters. To be approved, applicants must have suffered significant crop losses in a disaster-designated county and they must have had crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Jill Lynn Davis, 56, of Wellington: June 4, 1958 – Oct. 3, 2014

Jill Lynn Davis

Jill Lynn Davis

Jill Lynn Davis, of Wellington, died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 56.

Jill was born the daughter of Mary Lee (Harvison) and Owen Pendarvis on Wednesday, June 04, 1958 in Wichita.

In 1985 Jill and Kenny Davis were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated nearly 30 years of marriage.

Kansas City Royals fans… the legitimate ones… we want to hear from you

Kansas City time use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wow, the Kansas City Royals are in World Series. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

This hasn’t happened in 29 years, and it may not happen again for another 29. So let’s live the moment to the max.

Sumner Newscow wants to hear the story of being a true Kansas City Royal fan. We’d like to get your take on what it has been like to suffer for so long and then suddenly be jolted into this land of ecstasy. Send us a picture. Tell us about 1985. Tell us your story.

There are several ways of doing this. You can e-mail us at, or you can provide your story on the comment section below, or call me at 620-326-0717. This is your time. Live the moment and let us hear from you. 

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