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Jarod and Sarah Bruey enter plea deals resulting from the death of 12-year-old daughter in August, 2021

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jarod and Sarah Bruey have both entered into a plea agreement that will likely keep them from serving any jail time for the accidental shooting of More »

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Post-season preview: Here’s what to expect for Sumner County basketball teams (updated)

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Believe it or not, the high school postseason is about to begin. The KSHSAA has already released the Class 1A post-season assignments. The Class 2A sub-state More »

Wellington school board roundup – February meeting

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a roundup of the Wellington USD 353 school board meeting through school communication specialist Russ Sturm. ——— Discussion Items: Education Spotlight: Business Education Teacher Desiree More »

Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail booking: Feb. 12 – Feb. 19, 2024

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Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024

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Jarod and Sarah Bruey enter plea deals resulting from the death of 12-year-old daughter in August, 2021

Jarod Bruey

Sarah Bruey

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jarod and Sarah Bruey have both entered into a plea agreement that will likely keep them from serving any jail time for the accidental shooting of their 12-year-old daughter on Aug. 6, 2021.

Jarod Bruey, 44, of Caldwell, has pled guilty or no contest to the charge of aggravated endangering of a child, a level 9 felony. In exchange, the state of Kansas is dismissing the charge of murder in the first degree.

Although sentencing for Jarod Bruey has not been made at this time, he is expected to be granted probation providing he abides by the terms of the plea agreement. Otherwise, he would be incarcerated for 5 to 17 months. Jarod Bruey has to pay a fine up to $100 and have 12 months of presumed supervision.

His wife, Sarah, has pled guilty or no contest to the charge of child endangerment, a misdemeanor. She, too, was once charged with first-degree murder. She has been granted probation on a 12-month county jail sentence. She is ordered to pay court costs of $158, probation fees of $60 and booking fees of $5.

The agreements were made on Feb. 13.

This likely puts an end to nearly 3 1/2 years of legal wrangling resulting from the death of a 12-year-old girl, who was accidentally fatally shot in the face with a Hi-Standear 9-shot .22 revolver by her step-sister at a rural home, west of Caldwell.

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On Tap Tonight…

On Tap Tonight:

Collegiate at Wellington: C boys and girls – 4:15, JV boys – 5:45, V girls – 6, JV girls – 7:30, V boys – 7:30 p.m.
Conway Springs at Cheney
Garden Plain at Belle Plaine
Sedan at Oxford (SCBL Championship on line).

Post-season preview: Here’s what to expect for Sumner County basketball teams (updated)

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Believe it or not, the high school postseason is about to begin. The KSHSAA has already released the Class 1A post-season assignments. The Class 2A sub-state assignments will be released on Wednesday. The Class 4A is on Saturday.

Here is a synopsis of the sub-states ahead involving Sumner County teams.

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Girls: Wellington has sewn up the top seed in the Class 4A-West. That means it is guaranteed two home games in the sub-state (providing it wins the first round). The Crusaders will likely play Ulysses in the first round as the No. 16 seed.

However, Winfield could leap-frog the Tigers or at least pull into a tie. The Vikings are hosting Circle and Augusta this week.

If Wellington wins Tuesday, that will slate the Crusaders against several possible opponents as the No. 8 and 9 seed. The likely teams are Buhler, Scott City, or Mulvane.

Boys: This is a huge week for the Wellington boys. They are currently a No. 8 seed in the Class 4A-West, which means they will host a first-round sub-state game.

Mary Jane Drew, Anthony: Feb. 2, 1946 – Feb. 18, 2024

Mary Jane Drew

Mary Jane Drew was born February 2, 1946, in Anthony, daughter of Edward O. and Alberta V. (Johnson) Zuber.  She grew up in Anthony, graduating from Anthony High School with the Class of 1964.

She leaves behind her three children: Melissia Janette Ruark, Melody Jean Terry, and Charles Edward Drew; six grandchildren:  Christopher Terry, Jessica Ruark, Michael (Kylie) Terry, Jasmine Ruark, Mathew (Hannah) Terry, and Marcus Terry; and 14 great-grandchildren.  Her brothers, James Vincent (Gretchen) Zuber and Edward Jeremiah Zuber will always miss her.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Feb. 19, 2024

Wellington Police notes: Monday, February 19, 2024

Wellington school board roundup – February meeting

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a roundup of the Wellington USD 353 school board meeting through school communication specialist Russ Sturm.

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Discussion Items:

Education Spotlight:

Business Education Teacher Desiree Schwartz and a student made a presentation concerning Market Day at the middle school. The Market Day included numerous pop-up businesses setting up shop in the WMS hallways. Each business could take out a small loan from Empowered to get started and then had to pay back their loan from their profits. The next showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the school. Students, staff and the community are invited to attend.

Community Building/Locker Rooms Donation Drive

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Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail booking: Feb. 12 – Feb. 19, 2024

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings for Feb. 12, 2024, through Feb. 19, 2024, are as follows:

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024:

Friday, February 16, 2024

Marriage Conference Weekend is set for Friday – Saturday, Feb. 23-24 at Wellington Baptist Temple

Sunday blog: Is a victory parade really necessary?

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tuesday night before the big Kansas City Chief victory parade, my wife and I were joking about planning a trip up there.

There are many things I would like to see or do before I leave this great Earth. Attending a city victory parade is not one of them. There is the traffic, the crowds, finding a stupid place to park, getting lost in a sea of humanity, the lack of bathrooms, the weather, and so on and so on. At the top of the list is the seeming lack of control.

I told my wife that night it’s a great way of getting shot in one of those mass shootings.

It was a throw-away line I uttered that night, but something I always think about. How can you not? It is in the back of my mind whenever I go to a ballgame, attend a community event, etc. I do so not out of fear but out of habit. Did I pack up the camera? Am I about to get shot? Where are the car keys?

I never not go to my planned destination because fear is not worth living. I’m about 60. If some bullet is going to go through my skull, I’ll die having already lived a rich and blessed life.

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Regional wrestling roundup: Four Wellington boys qualify for the Class 4A state tournament

Derrick Lowe

Jamar Armstrong

Cayson Ramirez

Taylon Cantrell

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington had four boy wrestlers reach the critical “blood round” at the Class 4A Regional in Andale on Saturday. The blood round is the consolation semifinals —  that point that determines who goes to state and who stays home.

It is called the most intense moment in high school sports, where a lifetime of grappling comes down to just one match.

Wellington went 4-for-4 in the consolation semis and subsequently will get four wrestlers to state – its largest representation since 2014. Talan Cantrell at 120, Cayson Ramirez at 190, Jamar Armstrong at 215, and Derrick Lowe at 285 are headed to Salina’s Tony’s Pizza Events Center as No. 4 seeds in Class 4A.

“I wasn’t surprised. These four were expected to make it to state,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington’s head wrestling coach. “We weren’t as fortunate with the girls (the week before), where I thought we had some wrestlers who didn’t qualify who probably should have.”

Wellington boys and girls sweep in Clearwater; jockey for sub-state positioning

Ella Goodrum vs. Clearwater.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 60-47 victory pretty much secured the Wellington girls’ basketball team its third consecutive Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title. The boys also capped a big 60-34 win at Clearwater Friday evening.

For the girls, the Crusaders improved to 8-0 in league with only Collegiate and Andale at home on the horizon. Wellington could clinch an outright title on Tuesday against a Collegiate team that lost to El Dorado last night.

This was the game Wellington had circled, by far the most competitive game since the Orange and Black Classic Tournament in Colby.

The Crusaders were trailing for much of the game last January against Clearwater. There was none of that on Friday. The Crusaders opened with an 18-10 first-quarter lead and would never let Clearwater sniff any closer. Wellington would lead 32-25 at the half and opened up a double-digit lead 48-34 in the third en route to a 13-point victory.

Friday night scoreboard…

Boys
Wellington 60 Clearwater 34
Andale 54 Rose Hill 52
Medicine Lodge 47 Conway Springs 38 (Details below)
Oxford 78 Flinthills 50 (Details below)
Kingman 65 Belle Plaine 43 (Details below)
Caldwell 43 Udall 41

Girls
Wellington 60 Clearwater 47
Andale 50 Rose Hill 19
El Dorado 42 W. Collegiate 36
South Haven 36 Argonia 17 (Details below)
Kingman 45 Belle Plaine 33 (Details below)
Caldwell 43 Udall 38
Flinthills 48 Oxford 32 (Details below)
Wellington JV 41 Clearwater 14 (Details below)

Details of various games:

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