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Five Cueball thoughts

Five thoughts: Downtown restaurants, Veteran’s Memorial, Roundabout, cremation and Quinn

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014… 1. Downtown restaurants…  With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an More »

Argonia-Attica feature state champ

Victory for Victoria – Argonia-Attica’s magical season ends with state championship game loss

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  After spending the season overwhelming its opposition, Argonia-Attica was overwhelmed by Victoria 52-8 in the Class 1A Division II eight man state championship game in Newton More »

Wellington City Council Roundup

City Roundup: Cody Sims resigns; employees recognized; street repairs delayed, etc…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of recent activities involving the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Park Board and the Wellington Recreation Commission: Cody Sims resigns Cody More »

Garage sale templete use this one

Post your FREE Garage Sales ad for this weekend here

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The garage sales for Nov. 21-23 are as follows. Remember you can still advertise your garage sale in the comment section below. Happy bargain selling and More »

7th grade league champs feature

Wellington 7th Grade wins Pioneer League Scholars Bowl Championship

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Seventh Grade Wellington Scholars Bowl team won the Pioneer League Tournament held in Wellington Thursday evening! The team of eight individuals would rattle off six More »

Five thoughts: Downtown restaurants, Veteran’s Memorial, Roundabout, cremation and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014…

1. Downtown restaurants… 

With opening on Monday, there will be eight restaurants in the area.

With opening on Monday, there will be eight restaurants in the area.

With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. Downtown Wellington will have eight restaurants in the vicinity. Since moving here in 1992, I can’t remember Wellington having that many.

There is Rocco’s serving Italian, El Chili Verde serving Mexican, Fabiola’s serving Mexican, Barefoot Jerry’s serving American dishes; The Dore serving American dishes; Wishing Well serving homestyle food; Best of the Orient, serving Chinese; and The Donut Shop serving great donuts.

That’s quite a selection – all businesses owned by local people. It’s as if we have our own food court.

Ultimately, the onus is on you the customers to keep these businesses thriving. Downtown Wellington can only survive if it provides something unique that you can’t find elsewhere in town. But it is a two-way street. You, the customers, have to support these unique businesses.

The downtown has always been the lifeblood of the community – and that hasn’t changed.

If you’re hungry go get something to eat downtown. And while you are there kill two birds with one stone and get a little of your Christmas shopping out of the way.

And if you aren’t downtown, Penny’s Diner, Andy’s Restaurant, The Great Wall, Mi Casita and the various fast-food restaurants are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.

 

2. Veteran’s Memorial… 

Victory for Victoria – Argonia-Attica’s magical season ends with state championship game loss

Argonia-Attica feature state champ
Titans' season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.

Titans’ season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  After spending the season overwhelming its opposition, Argonia-Attica was overwhelmed by Victoria 52-8 in the Class 1A Division II eight man state championship game in Newton Saturday.

Taking advantage of a blocked punt, three turnovers, and a potent offensive and defensive line, the Knights would take a 36-0 lead into half time en route to a 44-point victory. The Titans finish their Cinderella year at 12-1 during a season where they nearly broke the all-time state eight-man touchdown record while posting 50 points or more in all but two games.

But on a foggy Saturday morning, A&A’s spectacular offense was missing as Victoria’s heavily advertised defensive line put the clamps on the Titans for four quarters. Defensively, Argonia-Attica could not come up with the big stop. Victoria came up with five fourth down conversions in the first half to lead by five touchdowns at the half.

Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.

Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.

And on top of the Knights’ proficiencies, they had luck on their side.

One play in the first half epitomized the kind of day both teams were having. Victoria quarterback Brady Dinkel was in a 4th and 18 situation when he threw an ill-advised pass to receiver Taylor Corley deep in the end zone. There were three Titan defenders in the vicinity.

Argonia-Attica live feed – State Championship game


El Chili Verde is now serving margaritas with great Mexican food

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Rocco’s to open on Monday

Roccos openingBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The long awaited opening of Rocco’s, in downtown Wellington on Harvey Street, will be Monday, Nov. 24 of next week according to general manager Chelle Klein.

Rocco’s will open on Monday, Nov 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the evenings. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday. It will feature Italian food, steak, salmon, shrimp, wine and beer.

 

City Roundup: Cody Sims resigns; employees recognized; street repairs delayed, etc…

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of recent activities involving the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Park Board and the Wellington Recreation Commission:

Cody Sims resigns

Cody Sims

Cody Sims

Cody Sims, the Wellington Economic Development Director, has resigned. He submitted his resignation on Nov. 10 and has accepted a position as assistant city manager of Augusta. His last day with the city of Wellington will be Dec. 5.

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Employees recognized

Seven Wellington City Employees were recognized for milestone years of service Tuesday at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting. Those recognized for 10, 15 and 25 years of service with the city are as follows: 

13th annual craft show to be held at Wellington High School Nov. 22

Paula Mortimer

Paula Mortimer

The 13th annual craft show, sponsored by Paula Mortimer, will be going on at the Wellington High School on the November 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is going to be a sold out show with over 100 vendors!

The craft show has everything from homemade crafts to framed art, sculpture and pottery.  Over 100 vendors selling direct sales like Scentsy, It works, Jam Berry nails, Deterra essential oils Watkins and many many more.

“Kust some of the wonderful handcrafted items for sale will include 18 inch doll clothes beautiful wreaths, jewelry, hand sewn items, hairbows, tutus, and headbands,” Mortimer said. “We also have several fundraisers involved this year. The scouts will be selling popcorn, Habitat for Humanity will be there with a raffle, American Legion Riders will be there with a raffle, friends and family of Vicky Coffee will be doing a bake sale for a fundraiser, JDRF will be doing an all proceeds fundraiser to raise much needed funds for their cause as well.”

Post your FREE Garage Sales ad for this weekend here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The garage sales for Nov. 21-23 are as follows. Remember you can still advertise your garage sale in the comment section below.

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Wellington 7th Grade wins Pioneer League Scholars Bowl Championship

7th grade league champs feature
Wellington seventh grade wins Scholar's Bowl.

Wellington seventh grade wins Scholar’s Bowl.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Seventh Grade Wellington Scholars Bowl team won the Pioneer League Tournament held in Wellington Thursday evening! The team of eight individuals would rattle off six wins and one loss to capture the league championship!

The team, coached by Shanna Fairbanks and Danna Swingle, are from right to left:

Near sold out crowd view Hunger Games – The Mockingjay, Part 1; movie to continue at Regent for 10 more nights

Regent Theater premiere was heavily attended

Regent Theater premiere was heavily attended. This picture was taken about 15 minutes before showtime. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Regent Theater manager Jerry Fike said it was “close” to being sold out for the premiere of the Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 Thursday evening. A huge crowd was on hand to see the world premiere of the third installment of the Hunger Games. The local movie goers enjoyed the two-hour plus movie featuring Katniss and all her drama. Really? Almost dying for a cat?

If you missed it, don’t worry. The movie will continue the next 10 nights at the Regent including showings at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Wellington Police notes on Thursday, November 20, 2014:

How it all began: In an effort to save football, Argonia and Attica schools merge teams

A&A Titans new beginning feature

Editor’s note: The following story was written on Aug. 25, 2013. It was a grand experiment between Argonia and Attica. Would anyone have guessed that just 15 months later the Titans would be playing for a state championship?

August 25, 2013 — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it’s the case of the inevitable declining of population in rural Kansas, or if is a lack of participation by a small pool of boys now attending the high school, Argonia has merged with Attica High School to form a new high school football team.

The A&A Titans will be making their debut on Sept. 6 against Udall in Argonia. The team will consist of six Argonia and 12 Attica players. The Titans will be dressed in red and black with a new uniform and logo.

Eight-man football in Kansas is in constant flux. As rural populations decline, as school funding shrinks, small Kansas schools grapple with shutting their doors. If they aren’t closing, their combining their sports teams. So is the case with the Argonia Red Raiders and Attica Bulldogs.  

Wellington City crews busy putting up downtown Christmas decorations

Sumner Newscow report — It’s that time of year again. The City of Wellington was busy putting up downtown Christmas decorations. Just in case you don’t know there’s 36 days until Christmas.

City Crews were on Harvey Street this weekend.

City Crews were on Harvey Street this Thursday afternoon.

Meet and Greet reception for new City Manager Roy Eckert was held at council chambers

Meet and Greet for new city manager

Meet and Greet for new city manager

Sumner Newscow report — Several Wellington citizens came to the council chambers to meet and greet the new City Manager Roy Eckert and his wife Jan today. Eckert started his position on Monday, Nov. 10 and was at his first city council meeting Tuesday night. 

Oxford’s 38th Annual Christmas in Country is Nov. 28-29

Oxford's Christmas in the Country

Argonia-Attica to battle Victoria for all the Class 8-man Div. II marbles Saturday

State championship on the line A@A

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the Argonia-Attica football players have been nervous this week, they sure are not showing it, said Luke Greenwood, A&A co-head coach.

“They are extremely excited and focused,” Greenwood said. “We’ve had a great week of practice. I don’t think I would say nerves has been a factor.”

Come Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when the Titans walk onto the field that may be a different story. A&A will be trying to bring home a Class 1A Division II eight-man state championship in Newton at Fischer Field. If accomplished, the Titans will be the first Sumner-Harper County football team to win a state championship since Conway Springs did so in 2011.

The last time an eight-man team has won a state championship in the area? Attica did it in 1988 winning the 8-man Division II crown. None of the football players were alive then. 

Sumner County Court Docket: Nov. 20, 2014 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Wellington Police Notes for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, November 20, 2014:

No more scheduled events this week. 

Thursday’s lunch: macaroni and cheese, meat balls, green peas, baby carrots, bread/jelly, apple.

Friday’s lunch: Baked ham, potatoes/brown gravy, green beans, angel biscuit/jelly, pineapple chunks.

Today’s News

Earthquakes in Kansas: Should you purchase Earthquake Insurance?

Earthquake feature 11-19-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With the advent of significant earthquake activity in Kansas, people are asking whether they should obtain earthquake insurance. We spoke with Barbara Shaffer, an insurance agent for Insurance Services Inc. in Caldwell. Here is what she had to say:

Barbara Shaffer

Barbara Shaffer

1. First of all, name your insurance business and how long you have been an agent? I have worked with Insurance Services, Inc. in Caldwell.  I have been an agent for 35 years in this office.

2. Earthquakes in Kansas have been a recent phenomena. When did this become a real topic of conversation in the insurance business? A few years back an earthquake hit during an OSU football game in Stillwater, Okla.,  and the sportscasters very excitedly commented on it! It seems since then, they  have become more and more frequent.

3. Do you recommend earthquake insurance? 

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