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Wellington City Council approves 2024 budget – property owners to see small tax increase

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council unanimously approved the 2024 budget. City taxpayers should expect a small property tax increase for municipal services when they receive their bills this December.

•Residential property values for a $75,000 home property will see an annual increase of $17.25.

•Residential property values for a $100,000 home property will increase by $23.

•Residential property values for a $125,000 home property will increase by $28.75.

•Residential property values for a $175,000 home property will increase by $40.25.

During its regular session meeting a week ago, the council approved a $49.8 million budget. An estimated 60 people were in attendance. The budget approval was delayed two weeks in anticipation of the larger crowd and moved from the council chambers to the Memorial Auditorium.

“When you figure out the amount of taxes increased by the city for the whole meeting, it is about the cost of a steak dinner,” said Guy Leitch, Wellington City Council member.

The all encompassing Wellington Homecoming – Fall Festival week schedule

Sumner Newscow report — It is a huge weekend for Wellington: Fall Festival, Homecoming, and Reunions galore. Here’s a cumulative schedule of all events ahead:

The Gold Corner entry in 2022. 


Entries for the fourth annual scarecrow light pole decorating contest is this Friday at 5 p.m.  The entry form can be found here.

Duchess Candidate and their escorts. (Photos by Katie Ford)


Thursday – Parade – 6 p.m.

Friday – Pep Rally – 2:30 p.m.

Football: El Dorado at Wellington, 7 p.m.

Coronation at halftime: Candidates – Kate Haines, Sheadyn Stewart, Blaire Vanquez, Olivia Smith, Lyric Cornejo.

Homecoming dance at WHS Commons.


Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— If you have a garage sale this next weekend, post it here free in the comment section below. If you are unable to do so, you can e-mail us at

Happy bargain hunting!

The classifications are out: South Sumner to play 11-man… Wellington might see Kapaun in football… Miege remains 4A in basketball… Oxford is back to 2A in b-ball

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The highly anticipated football and “all other sports” Kansas State High School Activities Association classification lists came out this afternoon and they will surely raise more than a few eyebrows in Sumner County.

•Get ready to play 11-man football, South Sumner Outlaws.

•Belle Plaine, you are back in Class 2A football.

•Oxford, you are back in Class 2A basketball (and all other sports).
•Wellington football players – you may be dealing with Kapaun Mt. Carmel in Wichita because it is dropping to Class 4A.

•Sorry, Lady Dukes basketball team, Bishop Miege is still in Class 4A.

See the full football classification list here. See the full “all other sports” list here.

The KSHSAA released its bi-annual football classification list based on enrollment figures classifying Class 6A to 6-man football for 2024 and 2025. Wellington will remain in Class 4A, which has been its classification since 1991. The USD 353 school district registered 365 students for grades 9th through 11th grade this September. This is actually a six-student increase from the 359 students registered in 2021. Wellington will be the fourth smallest school in 4A ranging from 682 to 331 students.

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Thursday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023

Wellington Police weekend report: Thursday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings: Sept. 18 – Sept. 25, 2023

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings for Sept. 18, 2023, through Sept. 25, 2023, are as follows:

Wellington rolls to 46-24 victory over Labette, Bannister ties school-record for touchdowns in a game

Skylar Branam scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass in the first half. He had two of them Friday. (Photos by Eric Rinehart)

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington football team made it six straight against the Labette County Grizzlies 46-24 in its first home game of the season.

Dusty Bannister

Wellington quarterback Dusty Bannister tied a school record for most touchdown passes in a game. He threw for five, tying Trevor Nance’s record against Clearwater in 2014. In an interesting twist, Nance was taking the game stats tonight for the Crusaders.

Wellington, which improved to 2-2, accumulated 494 yards in total offense, almost doubling its opponents’ offensive output of 251.

The Crusaders never trailed and had this game pretty much in control throughout the second half. There were 13 players who got their hands on the ball for the Crusaders. Wellington had no turnovers.

Yet, for all that went right for Wellington on Friday, enough went wrong to make any Crusader fan cringe.

Football preview: Wellington comes home, A&A will have its hands full, district play begins for smaller schools

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s week 4, and the season is starting to come into focus. Wellington has its 2023 home opener against Labette County, Argonia-Attica is hosting Central Burden in a battle of undefeated, and district play begins for most of the Sumner County teams.

Tomorrow is a great night to watch football. It will be in the mid-70s and partly cloudy right around kickoff at 7 p.m.

Crusader logo for article.

Labette County (1-2) at Wellington (1-2) 

Wellington finally comes home after opening three weeks on the road. It will be a youth football night.

This will mark the sixth consecutive year Wellington has played Labette – a school situated in the state’s southeast corner in a town called Altamont – south of Parsons, east of Independence and northeast of Coffeyville. It has been the one school Wellington has had consistent success with, having beaten the Grizzlies for five consecutive seasons. Last year, Wellington rolled past Labette 52-34.

Playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend: Nun II. Throwback Thursday: Rainman


Playing at the Wellington Regent: The Nun II.

Schedule: Friday – Monday at 7 p.m.

Throwback Thursday: Rainman. Show at 7 p.m.

Wellington varsity boys cross country starters are named the Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Wellington boys cross country starting five. (Katie Ford photos)

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week’s Big Cheese Athletes of the Week is the starting five of the Wellington boys cross country team.

Not sure it has ever happened, but the boys of Rome Hunt, Kaleb Hamilton, Luke Wylie, Connor Walker, and Brodee Lough scored a perfect 15 at the Chaparrall Cross Country varsity meet last Thursday. A 15 is when the top five runners get first, second, third, fourth, and fifth for team scoring (add it up: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +5). To score as a team, you must have five runners. The team was led by Walker who ran the 5K race in 18:31.00 and was second overall. His score placed first in the team scoring. Subsequently, Wellington outdistanced the second-place team, Wichita Independent, which scored 48.

For their effort, the five runners will each receive a complimentary large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Michael Edgington is bound over for arraignment for the shooting death of his wife

Michael Edgington

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Michael Edgington, 24, of Wellington, has been bound over for arraignment on murder in the second degree (reckless), a level 2 felony.

Edgington is accused of shooting his 25-year-old wife, Sydney Lea Ann Palmer, on July 3 at 1316 North A Street in Wellington.

Sydney Palmer

The arraignment hearing will be held on Sept. 28, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sumner County Courthouse. An arraignment is the first step in a criminal proceeding where the defendant is brought in front of the court to hear the charges against them and enter a plea.

Sumner County District Judge William Mott determined there is enough evidence for trial after a one-hour preliminary hearing held at the courthouse Monday morning.

Edgington allegedly killed Palmer during an argument after brandishing and firing a gun at the victim, who threw a small concrete figurine at him, according to the criminal complaint.

Festival at Drury Dam celebration is Saturday to raise funds for needed repairs

By Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow —  The Rick Conner family purchased the Drury Park and Dam site in 2019 from the LeeRoy and Kay Fast family to revitalize the area.

On Saturday, the Connors are hosting a “Festival at Drury Dam,” including a pit barbecue, entertainment, and more.

“The reason for the festival, other than to have a good time, is to raise funds to repair the dam,” Rick Conner said.

Drury Dam was once a popular Kansas tourist destination but has seen its day.  But the Connor family hopes the dam can be renovated, returning it to a modern-day version of its former glory. During the past four years, Conner has built a shower house with two showers and a toilet, a one-unit laundry facility, and plans to open an RV park and Drury history museum soon.

The Festival at Drury Dam will be a fundraiser for dam repairs on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 8 p.m. at Drury Park. Live music will be performed by local musicians Jim Bales, John Hutchison, Leonard Rinehart, Grody Riggins, and The Great Moon Hoax.

Rick Connor.

A pit barbeque will be served at 4 p.m. while local historians Jim Bales and Amber Countryman present “A History of Drury.”

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Wellington school board approves using ESSER funds to help pay for the rising cost of living and/or healthcare cost increases

By Russ Sturm, Wellington USD 353 Communication Specialist — The Wellington School Board discussed using Emergency and Secondary School Emergency relief funds to give full-time USD 353 employees a one-time retention fee of $1,500 to help pay for the rising cost of living and/or healthcare cost increases.

Employees who are paid monthly will receive a lump sum payment in October while hourly employees and those paid bi-monthly will receive their payment over the course of the school year with an equal increase to each check. This payment is only for the 2023-24 school year.

Tom Henning motioned to approve the use of ESSER funds to help with employee retention in the amount of $1500 per full-time employee. Pat Zeka seconded the motion. All seven board members voted to approve the ESSER request including Henning, Zeka, Chris Buckman, Brandon Earl, Andrea Kreifels, Jason Newberry, and Deanna Garver.

Sports roundup: Wellington Cross Country teams sweep in Chaparral, tennis squad wins in El Dorado, volleyballers get 2nd in Chappy … more (final edition)

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sports news updates of Wellington teams…

The five Wellington boys varsity cross country team achieved a perfect 15 score in Chaparral’s meet last Thursday. Brodee Lough is not pictured.


The Crusader CC runners ran at full strength in the 5K varsity races, and things went pretty well Thursday.

Both the varsity boys and girls swept at Wellington High School (full results are here).

The Wellington boys could not have done any better going 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in scoring to finish with a perfect 15 team points. Wichita Independent was a distant 48, Douglass 61 and Chaparral 89.

The Crusader finished with 26 points for first. Chaparral was second at 46 and Cheney had 52.

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 15 – Monday, Sept. 18, 2023

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 15 to Monday, Sept. 18, 2023:

Friday, September 15, 2023

Wellington school board approves Revenue Neutral Rate and budget… moves forward with new scoreboard… and more

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington school board voted 4-3 to increase the Revenue Neutral Rate at last week’s meeting. It then approved its 2024 school budget 6-1. The board members voting for the RNR increase were Brandon Earl, Tom Henning, Andrea Kriefels, and Jason Newberry. Those voting against were Chris Buckman, Deanna Garver, and Pat Zeka.

The revenue-neutral rate is the mill levy rate that would generate the same amount of property tax revenue as the year before, using the current tax year’s total assessed valuation. The USD 353 will have a slight decrease in its mill levy. The budget for school districts is unique to that of the city councils and counties because it depends on state reimbursements based on enrollments.

The RNR and budget hearings were held Monday before the regular meeting. The budget was passed after the approval of the RNR increase by a 6-1 margin with Buckman being the only school board member voting against it.


By Russ Sturm, Wellington Communication Specialist — The following are highlights from the September board meeting:

Fire destroys house on 509 E. 3rd St. in Wellington Saturday morning

Saturday’s house fire was a total loss.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Fire/EMS responded to a structure fire at 509 E. 3rd St. on Saturday at 9:12 a.m. There were no injuries.

Firefighters were deployed to the residence owned by Debra Silva, with Virgil Tidwell and Crystal Nolte as occupants.

Upon arrival, the fire and heavy smoke conditions showed from two sides of the house. Firefighters deployed two hand lines to conduct fire extinguishment and a search of the home.

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The house is considered a total loss, with an estimated loss of $30,000, including content. The cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction. The occupants had no insurance.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Sept. 11 – Sept. 18, 2023

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings for Sept. 11, 2023, through Sept. 18, 2023, are as follows:

Sumner County Sports Calendar: Monday – Saturday

Monday, Sept. 18, 2023 


3 p.m. — JV TENNIS: Circle, Eisenhower, Winfield at Wellington Sellers Park.

6 p.m. — JV FOOTBALL: Wichita Collegiate at Wellington football field.


4:30 p.m. — MS VOLLEYBALL: 7th grade triangular at Winfield.  8th grade triangular at Haysville.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023 

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