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The Groods playing at Wellington Regent throughout weekend

Playing this week at Wellington Regent: Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. More »

Wellington’s Colton Elmore has scored over 100 touchdowns – and he is only a 5th grader

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As the days get colder and the 2020 football season is becoming a memory, Colton Elmore can look back and say he has been part of More »

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The mandatory mask question

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Commissioners fail to pass a mask mandate again, SCHD employees are frustrated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 2-1 vote, the Sumner County Commissioners opted the county out of Governor Laura Kelley’s new mask order, Tuesday morning. The vote came despite pleas More »

Belle Plaine, Bartlett Arboretum receive grant to help move K-55 to quiet zone status

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Belle Plaine, in cooperation with the Bartlett Arboretum, has received a $66,042 grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the construction phase of More »

KSHSAA board of directors will be meeting tomorrow to determine the start of the winter season

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County winter coaches are on edge tonight and it has nothing to do with Xs and Os or the quality of their opponents. The Kansas More »

The Groods playing at Wellington Regent throughout weekend

Playing this week at Wellington Regent: Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.

This Christmas, shop with your local heroes

Local officers visited homes to give away gifts in 2019.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — A convoy of emergency vehicles from the sheriff’s department, police department, and EMS will deliver gifts and food to local families in need.

In 2014, Sumner County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Carnaggio approached School Resource Officer James Yunker asking if he knew any local families who could use assistance at Christmas.

“I wanted to show my three children the power of giving back, and that not everyone is as fortunate as they are,” Carnaggio said.

In 2016, he spoke with Sheriff Darren Chambers, Fire Chief Tim Hay, Police Chief Tracy Heath, and Wellington Walmart manager Jan Johnson about starting a Shop With Your Local Heroes event.

William ‘Bill’ Blanchat, 90, Danville: May 19, 1930 – Nov. 24, 2020

William Blanchat

William Donald “Bill” Blanchat was born on May 19, 1930, in Danville, Kansas to Clifford Joseph and Pauline E. (Landwehr) Blanchat.  As a child, the family moved Medicine Lodge/St. Leo area, where he attended school in St. Leo through the 6th grade.  The family then moved back to the farm in the Danville area.  He continued in grade school and then attended Harper High School, where he graduated with the class of 1948.

Enlisting in the United States Navy in 1951, Bill served on the USS Los Angeles in the Pacific Ocean during the Korean Conflict.  With the rank of Machinery Repairman Second Class, he was honorably discharged on September 16, 1954.  During his service, he obtained decorations for National Defense, Good Conduct, United Nations, and Korean Service.  After his discharge, he returned home to the family farm to help his father with farming and ranching.

On February 5, 1955, Bill was united in marriage with Verna Lee May in Wichita at the Holy Savior Catholic Church.  The couple was blessed with seven children: Deborah, Gregory, Daniel, Randal, Jeffrey, Susan, and Nancy.  Verna passed away on January 13, 2015, less than a month shy of their 60th anniversary.

Wellington’s Colton Elmore has scored over 100 touchdowns – and he is only a 5th grader

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As the days get colder and the 2020 football season is becoming a memory, Colton Elmore can look back and say he has been part of 100 touchdowns in his career.

That’s quite an accomplishment for a high school player, who also probably had a big middle school career. After all, some high school teams are lucky to get 25 touchdowns in a season.

But Elmore is only a fifth-grader. And he has accumulated those 100 touchdowns in four years playing for his Wellington Youth Football team.

Colton Elmore being hugged by his dad after a victory.

Last month, Elmore was honored for scoring his 100th touchdown after a home game at Worden Park against the Westside Junior Eagles. Elmore had scored that 100th touchdown on a 26-yard quarterback keeper as the Wellington fifth grade romped to a 25-0 victory.

It was another day in the office for Elmore but what came afterward wasn’t. To the surprise of him and his parents Jaime and Justin Elmore, Colton was recognized with a signed football from all his teammates and coach, t-shirts, and signs touting his accomplishment during a presentation recognizing the 100 touchdown runs and passes.

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Commissioners fail to pass a mask mandate again, SCHD employees are frustrated

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 2-1 vote, the Sumner County Commissioners opted the county out of Governor Laura Kelley’s new mask order, Tuesday morning.

The vote came despite pleas from Sumner County Health Department employees asking the commissioners or a mask mandate. Both the state and county COVID-19 numbers have soared in recent weeks.

The SCHD reported there are currently 189 active cases as of Monday. The total case count is 657, including six deaths, and 462 recoveries. From Nov. 15 to Nov. 21, 45 percent of the cases are in Wellington with 23 percent in the northern half and 32 percent in the southern half of Sumner County — excluding people within the Wellington city limits).

On Monday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that Sumner County had 695 cases since the virus’s inception (see map and statistics here).

Despite the soaring numbers, the commissioners have adamantly refused to pass a mandate. At Tuesday’s meeting, the commissioners failed to pass a mask mandate for the third time. Commissioners John Cooney and Steve Warner voted to opt-out of the mask mandate while Jim Newell voted in favor of staying. A similar vote was taken in July.

Wellington Police weekend report: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

Wellington Police notes this weekend: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Bradley Scott Stocking, 67, Wellington: April 5, 1953 – Nov. 23, 2020

Brad Stocking

Bradley Scott Stocking, age 67, longtime Wellington resident, died Monday morning, November 23, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.  Through the years he had worked as a CNC Programmer for Boeing, PreMac, and Spirit.  He retired from Spirit in 2015.

Brad was born on April 5, 1953, in Wellington, to Harold F. “Fred” Stocking, Jr. and Nancy Rae (Cook) Stocking.  He graduated from Argonia High School in 1971 and was a graduate of Wichita State University in 1981.

He married Rebecca Rose on October 8, 1983, at the First Christian Church.

Norma June Cochran, 94, Wellington: Oct. 16, 1926 – Nov. 22, 2020

Norma Cochran

Norma June Cochran, a longtime resident of Wellington, died on Sunday, November 22, 2020, in Emporia at the age of 94.

Norma was born the daughter of Zenas and June Pearl (Ellis) Short on October 16, 1926, in Osage, Oklahoma.

On August 15, 1945, Norma and Raymond Cochran were united in marriage in Independence. Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage before his passing in January of 2008.

Gary Alan Jones, 76, Derby: Feb. 24, 1944 – Nov. 23, 2020

Gary Jones

Gary Alan Jones “Jonesy” was born February 24, 1944, in Wichita, to Sam and Rosalie (Brown) Jones.

Gary attended East High School in Wichita and graduated in 1964. In 1963-1964 he worked for the Ross’ who owned the Pump House.  He restored many gas pumps, one of which is still in the back of the bar. Gary served in the Army from August 1964 to 1971.  Following his discharge from the Army, he worked for almost 30 years in the aircraft industry.

He was an original member of the Mulvane Patriot Guard, traveling to many funerals and protests against Fred Phelps.  He loved boats, water skiing and snow skiing. He was a true biker man and always had a bike, including an Indian his father bought him. Gary made many trips to Sturgis, riding his bike all the way. He always helped with the toy runs as well.

KSHSAA votes to start winter season on Dec. 1, no spectators allowed until Jan. 28

Sumner Newscow report — By a 53-24 vote, the Kansas State High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted to start the winter season as originally scheduled.

The vote was taken during a special meeting held in a KSHSAA zoom meeting. Winters sports will begin next Tuesday and will go through Dec. 23. Then there will be a moratorium from games stretching from Dec. 23 to Jan. 7. There was also a compromise that allows winter sports teams to play more than 80 percent of their original schedule.

In the initial proposal, the season was not to start until Jan. 15 and be capped at 13 games.

However, there will be no spectators allowed from Dec. 1 until Jan. 28 which passes 50-20.  There was an amendment to allow two spectators per athlete. That motion failed.

Centenarian Irene Metzinger, 105, Caldwell: Oct. 21, 1915 – Nov. 21, 2020

Irene Metzinger

On October 21, 1915, Leo and Catherine (Hoffman) Gerber of Fowler was blessed with the birth of their third child, Irene Marie. Eventually, there were twelve Gerber children.

Irene attended grade and high school in Fowler graduating in 1934, later attending the American Business College in Wichita. After graduating from business college, Irene worked in Wichita. This was during the Great Depression. Her family moved to Danville in the late thirties.

Irene married Oracena Metzinger in 1940 in Danville. To this union were born four children, Melvyn, Bernard, Marcelline and Harold. They lived on a farm northwest of Caldwell until 1989 when they moved to Caldwell.

Oracena passed away on September 25, 1995. She is also preceded in death by her sons Bernard and Harold and a grandchild, Jeff Brand.

Belle Plaine, Bartlett Arboretum receive grant to help move K-55 to quiet zone status

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Belle Plaine, in cooperation with the Bartlett Arboretum, has received a $66,042 grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the construction phase of the railroad quiet zone crossing at Kansas Highway 55.

On Nov. 12, KDOT announced $5 million for 14 new Cost Share projects across Kansas, including the Belle Plaine project. These 24 projects meet a host of local needs, including improvements for safety and helping position communities for future economic growth. KDOT received 76 applications requesting a total of $38 million in state funds.

“We are proud to be a partner in this project,” said Belle Plaine Mayor Greg Harlan. “The project is moving forward through support of local residents, but without using local tax dollars.”

The latest funding is only part of the public/private partnership which is making the quiet zone work a reality. The Bartlett Arboretum also received a $30,000 grant from the Lattner Family Foundation and has utilized $44,000 in state tax credits through Legacy Foundation, the umbrella foundation of the Belle Plaine Community foundation.

The project shows how successful public/private partnerships can be.

Tina Joy Reza-Sproul, 70, Caldwell: July 17, 1950 – Nov. 10, 2020 (updated with postponement information)

Tina Reza Sproul

Tina Joy Reza-Sproul died on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Her service which was to be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Caldwell Community Center, 119 East 1st Avenue Caldwell, KS 67022 will be postponed until a later date.

Tina was born July 17, 1950 in Missoula, Montana. Tina grew up in Deer Lodge, Montana with her two younger sisters, Roxanna and Noreen and a half-brother named Jerod.

 After graduating high school in 1968, Tina married Keith M Mitchell and had her son Michael S Mitchell in 1969 then later,  her daughter Cynthia D Mitchell in 1973.

Later Tina remarried Mark S Reza and moved to Texas where she completed her family with a daughter Rebecca M Reza born in 1981. 

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, November 23, 2020

Application period for Housing Authority Board is open until Dec. 8

Sumner Newscow report — The application period for a vacancy on the Housing Authority Board has begun for a 15-day period to 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2020.  The appointment will be for the remainder of the term which expires April 30, 2021.

The care and operation of the Wheat Capital Manor shall be under the control and management of the Housing Authority Board. The Board is authorized to employ an executive Director and agents and employees both permanent and temporary; and to delegate to one or more of them such powers or duties as the Authority may require or deem proper. The Housing Authority meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  This member must be a resident of the City of Wellington.

Sumner Newscow scoreboard…

Wellington Middle School girl vs. Rose Hill. 

8th A: Wellington 40 Rose Hill 9. (Season record: 5-0)
8th B: Wellington 38 Rose Hill 14. (5-0)
7th A: Wellington 46 Rose Hill 8. (3-1)
7th B: Wellington 68 Rose Hill 8. (3-1).

No individual scoring was available.

Tonight: Makeup game – Haysville West at Wellington, 8th grade only. Live streaming of the game can be found here

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran: We must all respect the results of a free and fair election

Sumner Newscow report — The following statement was made by Kansas U.S. Senate Jerry Moran in his latest newsletter:

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Jerry Moran

In America, elections are sacred – the foundation of democratic government.

It is important that the election results be accurate. President Trump has the right to request recounts and can utilize the courts to determine the integrity of the election.

That process will soon be completed, and we must all respect the results of a free and fair election. We cannot afford to spend the next four years divided over who won the election or denying the legitimacy of the president as was the case for President Trump throughout his presidency.

KSHSAA board of directors will be meeting tomorrow to determine the start of the winter season

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County winter coaches are on edge tonight and it has nothing to do with Xs and Os or the quality of their opponents.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association board of directors is meeting tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in Topeka to determine whether or not to postpone the 2020-21 winter season until at least Friday, Jan. 15 among other COVID-19 issues. It isn’t just about athletic competition but will involve debate, scholar’s bowl, and band activities.

The proposals include: 

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