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If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Top five news stories in Sumner County according to us (in no particular order). 1. Wellington Family Clinic closes. A business that had its roots traced back to the days of Wellington Hospital on S. Washington, south of the railroad tracks closed its doors. The three doctors at the facility, a physician’s assistant, the nurses and other medical personnel bid goodbye as the operation ceased on May 24, 2013.2. Wellington Police nab several in drug busts. In one weekend in May, two drug busts went down. Curtis Everhart, 31, of Wellington was arrested, charged, confined and eventually convicted for the intent to distribute stimulants and other felonies. Then three people, two days later, Zane McHenry, 27, of Wellington; Levi Lane, 34, of Wellington; and Juan Marquez, 27 were arrested, charged and confined for distributions of certain substances.An even bigger drug bust occurred on May 17, when Jeffery Redford, 34, of Wellington; Maggie A Redford, 33, of Wellington; William Sirmons, 49, of Wellington and Billy Russell, 49, of Wellington were all charged with at least one count of selling or distributing heroin, all felonies after an eight month WPD investigation.3. Spencer Weikal pleads no contest to second degree murder. Weikal, 25, of Wellington pled no guilty in November, which to the judge is essentially a guilty plea, to second degree murder of 2 year old Larrissa Foster – a crime committed on Nov. 29, 2011.The plea bargain agreement between Weikal’s attorney and the Kansas State Attorney General’s office ended two years of legal negotiating. Weikal is still to be sentenced on Jan. 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Weikal could spend anywhere from 147 months to 653 months in prison.He was accused of abusing a little girl while in his care that eventually led to her death at a Wichita hospital. Details of the story are here:4. Oak Tree Inn announces hotel expansion.In November, American Hotel Income Properties announced it will build a 110-room hotel to be located across the street in the parking lot that once served the Warner Strip Mall. The new hotel will be called Oak Tree Inn, while the current 80-room facility will eventually be called Green Country Inn.Wellington Sears is expected to move out of its current location and move downtown into the old Tibbs Furniture Store.Citing an increase in railroad traffic, T.R. Lodging Enterprises Inc. of Wichita expects to have the facility built by November 2014.In a Sumner Newscow poll released that week, more people were excited that the parking lot would be cleaned up than the fact more guest lodging is coming to Wellington. Attracting a hotel has been a major goal of the Wellington City Council and staff. Six development groups have been looking at Wellington, but still no construction progress has been made despite lucrative tax incentives.5. Vandenburgh Ave. gets completed.In what has been essentially a 20-year project, Vandenburgh Ave. — a diagonal roadway connecting North A Street to the U.S. 160-81 intersection by Pizza Hut reopened in early December. The $2.12 million highway and parallel 10-inch sewer line project started in earnest on March 18.Wellington City Councils as far back as the 1990s have been trying to get Vandenburgh fixed. Finally after the city was able to procure state funding to help with the project, it became a reality.The city council must decide now whether or not to make the road a U.S. 81 bypass. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 2013 was a unique year, but not one that contained any life altering for-the-ages kind of moment story. Perhaps, that is good news.Sumner County didn’t have much in the way of natural weather disasters. The tornado season was a dull one – thank goodness. The great drought of 2012 was broken in 2013 with much rainfall in the spring and summer. Sumner County farmers had another good year cutting wheat, but not the bumper crop of 2012. As far as business goes, there was no impending doom in Sumner County’s economic industrial trifecta of agriculture, aircraft and railroad.Locally, there was a lot of highway construction. There were no hotels being built in Wellington, although there was a big one built at the Kansas Star Casino. Sumner Regional Medical Center made some progress on debt, but continued to lose money.  A quarter cent sales tax came to an end this December helping fund the hospital.Historically, the Wellington City Council reduced its membership from eight to six – and the terms were expanded from two years to four years. 2014 will be the first year there will be no Wellington city election unless it is a special referendum.For the most part, Sumner County continued to be Sumner County in 2013.But that didn’t mean the year was dull by any stretch of the imagination. In other 2013 news:Railroad tragedy — Kevin Beggs, a former Wellington Area of Chamber of Commerce president and downtown baker, lost his legs in a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railcar accident. His accident garnered several fundraisers thereafter. The story generated immense interest amongst Sumner Newscow readers – eventually shutting down the website for a day due to a large amount of traffic to the site.Break ins — Two Wellington businesses were broken into during the year. Subway Sandwich Restaurant was robbed at gunpoint last summer, and most recently the Wellington Jumpstart Convenience Store was burglarized.In August, there were a string of burglaries at the Wellington Recreation Commission Center, the Assembly of God Church and the Wellington Country Cafe. Two Wellington juveniles were eventually apprehended and charged with the crime.Shooting in South Haven — A rural Sumner County resident became the subject of controversy when he shot and killed Joseph Lamasters, an Iowa man, who was at large in the county on March 4 and being pursued by law enforcement for a stolen car and parole violations.Sumner County attorney Kerwin Spencer did not charge the 52-year-old man living north of South Haven because he considered it an act of self defense.Football controversy — The Wellington High School football team got sidetracked from a successful season when a controversy erupted over a haircut party and social media tweets thereafter — resulting from the eventual expulsion of a WHS player.Suspects arrested shortly after the two-county pursuit by Sumner County Sheriff deputies.High speed chase —  Wichita drug dealers pursued Everhart (see above) in a high-speed car chase starting in Sedgwick County and eventually ending in Wellington over an alleged drug deal gone bad. The chase resulted in four arrests. Everhart wasn’t charged in this case, but his legal troubles would come later.Drowning — The summer did not start out well at Wellington Lake when a 14-year-old boy, Travis James Webb of Haysville, drowned at the lake on May 28. The drowning took place between 4 and 5 p.m. on Memorial Day but the body was not found until 8 a.m. the next day after a six-hour search. It marked the third drowning in 25 years at the lake.Caldwell school lockdown — The Caldwell school district was placed in lockdown for about a week after a 17-year-old student made a criminal threat. The 17-year-old was charged with one count of aggravated criminal threat, a level 5 felony. He is awaiting a juvenile hearing in Sumner County court.Intentional fires — Brandon O’Neal, 20, of Conway Springs was charged with four felonies for allegedly intentionally starting a fire in his home in hopes of framing a neighbor. O’Neal was serving probation from a burglary conviction of the neighbor’s dwelling. His probation for that crime was overturned and he is set to stand trial soon for aggravated arson, arson, non-residential burglary, and burglary of a vehicle. The county attorney says O’Neal’s action was an act of revenge.“Corky” LongSo long, Mr. Long — Longtime banker, oilman, and civic leader William “Corky” Long died on Nov. 30 at the age of 84. He was Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Commerce until his death. He served on a myriad of civic organizations in Sumner County and was a state representative in Harper and Barber County in the 1960s.Business evolution — Wellington saw some changes on the retail business landscape. The Symmetris Health Complex held its open house on 1015 E. 16th St. on July 25. The complex will be the home of Erickson and Gill Dentistry, Gill Chiropractic and Crossfit Symmetris.As mentioned before, Wellington Sears is moving downtown. Susan’s Portrait is building a new studio, north of Braums. Olen Medical Supply, moved from the Sumner Family Care Center complex to downtown. Unfortunately, the business closed its doors in December.Block scheduling — The Wellington school board ended a two-year controversy by implementing an eight-period schedule for Wellington High School thus abolishing the block scheduling of the past 15 years.Construction ahead — After a 10-year search the WRC board announced plans to remodel and expand the WRC Center at its current location for $1.89 million. The board got a 10-year lease from the school board and the city council approved a 20-year bond to double the size of the facility to the west. Construction is expected to start in January to include a fitness center and more office space.Storm damage — The area was not completely devoid of storm damage. The Argonia school was significantly damaged because of a severe thunderstorm with 80 mph wind in August that blew throughout the area tearing off the roof and flooding both the high school and elementary.School did not start there until September.center_img And then these things occurred….•Wellington was the focus of New Years national cable television blather for having an ordinance that owners could not own too many cats. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the newly adopted ordinance was actually copied from other ordinances elsewhere.John Michael Montgomery concert wows the crowd.•Country star John Michael Montgomery performed a concert at Memorial Auditorium to celebrate the new improvements at the facility.•Wellington Wal-Mart got placed on the City of Wellington tax roll after five years of neighborhood revitalization rebates.•Argonia’s high school football team merged with Attica after it was determined they had too few players to field a team.•The Wellington Medallion for the second time in history was not found. The money was donated to the children of Kevin Beggs.•Vince Wetta won the Distinguished Service Award.•Caldwell Last Chance Bar and Grill burned and was subsequently closed.•Governor Sam Brownback arrived in Wellington to promote agriculture during the Kansas Wheat Festival.•Wellington’s city council became a six-member board for the first time in its history. Jan Korte, John Tracy, John Brand, Vince Wetta, Jim Valentine and Kelly Green were elected to serve on the board.•A trucker took out the lights at 8th and Jefferson making the intersection a four-way stop.•Wellington Regent held its first midnight showing of a World Premiere with “Hunger Games – Catching Fire.” It was a sellout.•The board abolished the weighting of certain courses and abolished the school’s honors system. The board is currently reviewing bringing in nationally recognized advanced placement classes.•The Wellington Junior High was the subject of a “ghostly” activity and featured on a national television show.•Garrison Properties proposed for a second time to buy that same ghostly junior high building. The company hopes to turn the building into an apartment complex providing it can obtain low-interest government bond funding. The first proposal fell through because Garrison was unable to obtain that same funding.•An apartment complex is proposed to be located east of the Wellington Wal-Mart.•Wellington’s own Mason Lowe, 11-years-old and counting, found himself on the big stage at Intrust Bank in Wichita playing “Stormy Weather” on the piano when the Zac Brown Band came to town. The band saw his piano skills on You Tube and invited him for a pre-concert party. They then asked him to play in concert. OK, maybe there was a lot going on in 2013…last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s love affair with river cruising has seen an increase in interest for Yangtze cruises through the awe-inspirng Three Gorges.Helen Wong, MD and founder of Helen Wong’s Tours, said the rise in cruising interest had ultimately led to bookings for group and independent tours to other corners of China, beyond the traditional centres of Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Chengdu.“Australia’s growing hunger for cruising experiences has been overwhelming,” says Wong. “With a further increase in 2018.“The cruises through the spectacular Three Gorges between Yichang and Chongqing – and vice versa – have been popular for many years. But based on the more recent thirst by Australians to experience a luxury cruise ship holiday, we forecast a healthier flow of Australians along the Yangtze.”In meeting demand for luxury cruise holidays, Helen Wong’s Tours, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, utilises the seven-strong American-owned Victoria Cruises fleet in its programme, each vessel rated five-star by the China National Tourism Administration.With a multilingual cruise director on board, each ship is air conditioned and boasts outside cabins with private balconies and bathrooms. All meals are included in a choice of two restaurants along with Wi-Fi access and a host of other features.The Three Gorges cruise is a feature of Helen Wong’s Tours’ 15-day Yangtze Wonders group tour which also includes visits on Shanghai, Xian (home of the Terracotta Warriors) and Beijing. Until the end of November 2017 it is priced from $5750 per person, twin-share, from Australia.Helen Wong’s Tours also offers nine-day Downstream and Upstream Yangtze tours, from $2760 per person, twin-share, including stays in Shanghai and Chongqing. Return airfares from Australia are extra.To venture along the Yangtze is more than a mere river cruise; it’s a lifetime experience, where passengers call on fascinating towns and journey on a mini cruise along one of the tributaries. Whether they begin the cruise from cosmopolitan Chongqing or near much smaller Yichang in Hubei province, guests can prepare for a journey filled with treasured moments, where the giant Three Gorges Dam is as commanding as the beautiful Three Gorges.The cruise meanders along a 660km section of China’s most famous river, passing three gorges and cliff-side temples, stopping at the world’s largest dam and cruising under a series of contemporary road bridges which connect traditional farming villages and towns.Like the Great Wall, the Three Gorges Dam is representative of what the Chinese people can achieve. Its billing as the largest “conservancy project undertaken” tells part of the story.last_img read more