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Conway Springs Collin Koester named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Our final Big Cheese Athlete of the week for the fall season is Collin Koester, a quarterback for the Conway Springs football team. Koester was a More »

SCH press release: Skilled Nursing Unit within hospital will be closing

 by Kelsey Curry, Sumner Community Hospital — The Skilled Nursing Unit within Sumner Community Hospital will be closing. Although this sounds daunting, there is an explanation that the community deserves and a More »

Shelby Johnson trial delayed because of admissibility of evidence disagreement between judge, prosecution

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Shelby Johnson murder trial has been significantly delayed after the Sumner County Attorney’s office has submitted a motion to the Kansas Court of Appeals concerning More »

A woman’s dream becomes a reality as Wellington Humane Society celebrates open house of new shelter

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jeanne Mitchell was an animal lover. The wife of the legendary football coach and Wellington Daily News publisher Jack Mitchell especially had a soft spot for More »

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  More »

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Nov. 15 – Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019: Friday, November 15, 2019 More »

Conway Springs Collin Koester named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Collin Koester

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Our final Big Cheese Athlete of the week for the fall season is Collin Koester, a quarterback for the Conway Springs football team.

Koester was a key player in Conway Springs heartbreaking 34-32 loss to Norton in the Class 2A quarterfinals.  Koester had the trifecta of touchdowns. He had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He ran for a 69-yard touchdown, and he passed for a 21-yard touchdown to Jonathan Wright. For the game, he rushed for 195 yards and passed for 86 and recorded three tackles on defense.

For the season in nine games, he rushed for 1,294 yards and passed for 720 for 2,014 yards of total offense.

For his effort, Koester is the recipient of a large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

SCH press release: Skilled Nursing Unit within hospital will be closing

 by Kelsey Curry, Sumner Community Hospital — The Skilled Nursing Unit within Sumner Community Hospital will be closing. Although this sounds daunting, there is an explanation that the community deserves and a silver lining to be seen.  Recently, the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) conducted an annual survey of the Skilled Nursing Unit.

A plan of correction was submitted based on survey findings which included a waiver request for the automatic sprinkler system installation.  SCH then received notification from the OSFM stating that a Survey and Certification (S&C) letter regarding installation of a sprinkler system in existing nursing homes (the skilled nursing unit is considered a long term care unit similar to a nursing home and therefore must follow the same regulations per Medicare) was sent to all providing facilities where the regulation requirements for all LTC’s were to be equipped with automatic sprinkler systems by August 13, 2013. 

SCBL all-league football team selections announced

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the 2019 South Central Border League all-league football team voted on by member coaches:

First Team Offense:

Tayte Halderman- QB- Sedan- Senior

Nic Moreno- RB- West Elk- Senior

Brogan Meyers- RB- Cedar Vale/Dexter- Junior

Caleb Noyes- QB- Caldwell- Senior

Clayton Henderson- QB- Cedar Vale/Dexter- Senior

Trey Strnad- TE- Caldwell- Junior

Devin Catlin- WR- Cedar Vale/Dexter- Senior

Dameion Hatten- TE- Sedan- Sophomore

Colton Potter- OL- Cedar Vale/Dexter- Senior

Arik Artherton- OL- Cedar Vale/Dexter- Senior

Caleb Walker- OL- West Elk- West Elk- Senior

Hunter Norland- OL- Oxford- Senior.

Honorable Mention Offense:

Can volunteer wheat be a danger to wheat crops?

Submitted to Sumner Newscow, Sumner County Extension office — There has been plenty of conversation lately about the amount of volunteer wheat and lack of control this year. There are reasons to worry. The most important reasons to control volunteer wheat are: 

    • Wheat curl mite/wheat streak mosaic virus;
    • Take-all;
    • Bird cherry oat aphid/greenbug/barley yellow dwarf virus;
    • Hessian fly;
    • Russian wheat aphid;
    • Banks grass mite;
    • Reduces moisture loss.

The most important threat from volunteer wheat is the wheat streak mosaic virus complex.

Latest Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter has been released

Sumner Newscow report — The latest Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter has been released. Click here for the latest news. 

Shelby Johnson trial delayed because of admissibility of evidence disagreement between judge, prosecution

Shelby Johnson

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Shelby Johnson murder trial has been significantly delayed after the Sumner County Attorney’s office has submitted a motion to the Kansas Court of Appeals concerning the admissibility of evidence.

Assistant County Attorney Mitch Spencer submitted the motion today after Sumner County District Court Judge Scott McQuin ruled against the allowing of certain evidence in a Monday hearing.

Johnson, 27, of Arkansas City (formerly of Oxford) is accused of the suspected murder of her 7-month-old daughter Jesslinn Hulett, who died with head and brain injuries on April 1, 2018, on Easter morning.

At issue, is whether an argument between Johnson and Schuyler Hulett which was heard by a neighbor could be used in the trial.

Potential jurors were told Monday via phone to cancel plans of attending jury selection proceedings originally scheduled for today until the legal issue is resolved.

In a written statement released this morning, M. Spencer states: 

Two Wellington and Conway Springs players listed in Kansas Tennis Coaches Association all-state list

Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas Tennis Coaches Association announced its all-state tennis teams. Wellington had two names on the all-state as has Conway Springs.

Class 4A State Champions Rylee Rusk and Kylie Aufdengarten.

Doubles partners Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk of Wellington were named to the Class 4A list.

Doubles team holding up team third place trophy.

Doubles partners Kara Koester and Karlee Osner of Conway Springs were named to the Class 3-2-1A list.

Both girls teams were state champions in their respective divisions in duo competition.

The KTCA All-State tennis team list is as follows: 

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, November 18, 2019

Wellington Police notes: Monday, November 18, 2019

A woman’s dream becomes a reality as Wellington Humane Society celebrates open house of new shelter

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jeanne Mitchell was an animal lover. The wife of the legendary football coach and Wellington Daily News publisher Jack Mitchell especially had a soft spot for dogs.

So one day, sometime during the mid-1980s, she was talking to her friend Linda Stewart about the plight of these stray dogs that were walking the neighborhood. And the idea was hatched to start working towards the building of a Humane Society shelter in Wellington to take care of the homeless dogs and cats.

Sunday, her dream became a reality as the Wellington Humane Society at 203 W. Hillside held its open house. It will officially open its doors on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The new facility will be state of the art and the envy of animal shelters across Kansas. It has been a long time coming.

The Wellington Humane Society Board of Directors, from left: Linda Stewart, Lora Phillips, Alda Boyd, Sherri Beltz, Debbie Woodrow, Duane Reichenberger and Phyllis Todd. Other Board members not pictured are Louise Leslie, Darla McGovern, Doug Pfalzgraf, Rachael McGuire, Amy Brown, and Becky Jester. (Click to enlarge photo).

Mitchell would never personally see the dream shelter. She died in 1990. The Humane Society incorporated and became a 501-C three non-profit with the intern of someday building a shelter in 1998.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Nov. 11 to Nov. 18, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

(Updated with corrected stats) Conway Springs is eliminated by Norton in 2A quarterfinals 34-32

Sumner Newscow report — For the second year in a row, Conway Springs lost a heart-breaker in the quarterfinals. This time it was in Norton 302 miles away.

Norton would beat Conway Springs 34-32 Friday night in a back-in-forth game that wouldn’t be decided until the final minute.

The Cardinals would get to the Norton 20. But a sequence of bad penalties would drop Conway Springs way back, and it was a distance it could not make up. Norton would take over on downs on a Cardinal incomplete pass on 4th-and-5 at the 25 with 1:10 to play to preserve the win.

It was a frustrating loss for Conway Springs, that also lost a close one to Phillipsburg 25-24 in the same round in Class 2A in 2018. This will be an end of an era for Conway Springs as the Cardinals will drop to Class 1A next season. 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Nov. 15 – Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019:

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bill Shoffner, 85, Enid Okla.: July 1, 1934 – October 28, 2019

Bill Shoffner, 85, of Enid, Okla. died peacefully late evening at the Masonic Home in Wichita on October 28, 2019. He was the son of the late William A. and Gladys Shoffner.

Bill graduated from Wichita East High school in 1952. After high school, Bill attended the University of Arizona on a football scholarship and married his high school sweetheart, Judy, they had four children together. Once he was done with school, he joined the family business selling mobile homes with Aetna.

Eventually, Bill began a new career at Royal Supply where he retired. Bill spent his retirement traveling, collecting coins, telling stories and spending time with his family. Along with his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his older sister Rutha Glasse. He is survived by his wife Judith L. Shoffner and his children Samuel Shoffner, Stephanie O’Neal, Stacey Shoffner and Sally Shoffner. As well as his 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly report: Nov. 11 – Nov. 17, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2019 is as follows: 

It’s official: Deanna Garver wins Wellington school board seat after provisional ballots are counted

Sumner County Commissioners Steve Warner, Jim Newell and John Cooney certified the election this morning. (Click on photo to enlarge)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Now it is official. Deanna Garver will become the new school board member for the Wellington USD 353 at large position. The Sumner County Commissioners certified the election by counting provisional ballots this morning.

Also, in the other hotly contested race, Jamie York preserved her 184 vote lead over the write-in opponents in the Caldwell Mayor’s race.

Deanna Garver

After the vote was counted, Garver picked up 12 additional votes. Incumbent Jackie Glasgow picked up an additional four votes. As a result, Garver will win this closely contested election where Garver was leading by 10 votes going into today.

After every election, the commissioners must certify the election by counting provisional ballots that are considered “challengable” in which the eligibility cannot be easily resolved. The problem could involve a name not showing up on the voter roll, a voter’s address not matching a photo ID in the state, a potential voter not being properly registered, etc. 

Sunday Blog: The Wichita Wind Surge name blows, but it doesn’t matter

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Sumner Newscow made history Thursday.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

We had a Newscow poll asking readers to vote what they thought of the Wichita Wind Surge – the  new name of the minor league baseball team.

By an overwhelming 93 percent, our readers said “it blows” (see poll here). Only 7 percent said they liked it and thought it was unique. The poll was so astoundingly one-sided, even I voted with the majority.

Since we started this website called the Cow, we have run about 500 poll questions. Never, never, never have we had something even hit the 90 percent agreement threshold. We couldn’t get 93 percent of people to agree on the color of the sun. Kansans would argue over belly button lint.

Kathryn Mae Guisinger, 98, Wellington: January 21, 1921 – November 15, 2019

Kathryn Mae Guisinger

Kathryn Mae Guisinger, of Wellington, died Friday, November 15, 2019, at Wellington Health and Rehab in Wellington, Kansas at the age of 98.

Kathryn was born the daughter of Andrew Robert and Edith (Henrich) York on Friday, January 21, 1921, in Springfield, Colo.

On July 20, 1940, Kathryn and Kenneth Max Guisinger were united in marriage in Blackwell, Okla. and settled in Braman, Okla. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing in 2001.

Madison knocks Caldwell from playoffs with 60-14 victory

Freshman Keiondre Smith scores on two touchdown pass receptions against Madison Friday night.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Madison proved why it is the No. 4 ranked team in the state and undefeated when it came in and defeated Caldwell 60-14 Friday night.

The Bluejays end their season at 7-4 in a roller-coaster kind of year.

Caldwell, who was down two starters at kickoff, had no answers for Madison’s explosive offense that seemed to move on the Bluejays at will (see stats here). Anytime, Caldwell would do something good, Madison had an answer sometimes on the very next play.

For instance, in the second quarter, Bluejay quarterback Caleb Noyes would connect with Keondre Smith, a freshman, on a 31-yard touchdown strike to cut into Madison’s 22-0 lead. But Madison took the ensuing kickoff all the way to inside the Caldwell’s 10 and scored thereafter. 

Friday night playoff scoreboard…

8-man Div. 1

Madison 60 Caldwell 14

Canton-Galva 42 South Central 16

Leoti-Wichita Co. 74 Little River 38

St. Francis 50 Hodgeman County 0

Class 2A

Norton 34 Conway Springs 32

Hoisington 48 Garden Plain 22

Nemaha Central 44 Humboldt 28

Riley County 14 Silver Lake 7

Class 3A

Andale 42 Beloit 0

Cheney 38 Scott City 7

Class 4A

McPherson 26 Arkansas City 6

Andover Central 31 Buhler 14

Paola 42 Chanute 34

 

Playing with Fire will be playing at Wellington Regent

Playing at the Wellington Regent: Playing with Fire.

Schedule: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG (for rude humor, some suggestive material and mild peril)

Coming soon: Frozen II – starting Nov.21

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