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Sumner County resident has connection with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has a connection with Sumner County – albeit indirectly. James Laue, father of Caldwell Public Library’s librarian Lisa Moreland, worked alongside More »

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Sunday blog: “The Donald” – is he a well man?

by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow columnist —  My observations, following, are not to be taken as political statements in any manner.  They are just personal observations of the two recent candidates, and More »

Crusader sports news

Wellington wrestlers get 3 in state at regional in El Dorado

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington wrestlers did not win many matches Saturday, but the Crusaders still managed to get three qualified for the state wrestling tournament to be held next More »

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WHS grad Cle Ross named to the NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Cle Ross, a 1997 Wellington High School graduate, has been named to the North Central Missouri College Athletic Hall of Fame. Ross will be one of three More »

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Regional preview: Wellington has 6 wrestlers competing in regional wrestling tourney

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In the high school wrestling world, today is the NFL Playoffs. Next week’s state tournament is the Super Bowl. The Wellington wrestling squad will be sending More »

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Les Dean is named new Sumner Regional Medical Center CEO; starts April 1

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 5-0 vote this afternoon, the Sumner Regional Medical Center board of directors approved the hiring of Les Dean as the CEO for the county’s More »

Sumner County resident has connection with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Knowing Martlin Luther King feture
James Laue is shown in this picture in the background. Not sure the details of this picture but it was recently featured on the Today Show. Sally Lebeda of Caldwell made a screen shot photo.

James Laue is shown in this picture in the background. Not sure the details of this picture but it was recently featured on the Today Show. Sally Lebeda of Caldwell made a screen shot photo.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has a connection with Sumner County – albeit indirectly. James Laue, father of Caldwell Public Library’s librarian Lisa Moreland, worked alongside Dr. King for eight years.

Black History monthBefore Moreland married her husband Matt Moreland and moved to a farm south of South Haven, she was a little girl of a father who worked closely with the civil rights leader. He was there on the night he was slain.

In 1968, Laue was staying in a room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. next to Dr. King, on the night he was shot, and was also the first person to come to his aide afterwards.

“In April of 1968, I was not quite 3 years old, and I had a little brother who was almost 1,” Moreland said. “My family was living in Virginia at the time, and my father was working for the Department of Justice in the Community Relations Service, a position put into effect by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

This picture was taken at Martin Luther King's assassination. King is in the lower left picture with Laue circled.

This picture was taken at Martin Luther King’s assassination. King is in the lower left picture with Laue circled.

Laue grew up in River Falls, Wis., where he attended the University of Wisconsin. After an African American professor sparked his interest in the civil rights movement, he packed his belongings and headed on a train to Harvard, where he earned a Ph.D. After choosing the topic Direct Action with Desegregation, he found himself right in the middle of the civil rights movement.

Sunday blog: “The Donald” – is he a well man?

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by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow columnist —  My observations, following, are not to be taken as political statements in any manner.  They are just personal observations of the two recent candidates, and their personalities, as individuals!

Being a Green Card holder (a.k.a. legal alien) I am not permitted to vote, so I have no political axe to grind.  To be clear, I did not lean towards either of the main party candidates and would have been unsure where to cast a vote, even I was allowed to do so—– which I am not.

Robert Escandon

Robert Escandon

Let’s look first at Hillary Clinton:  She represented more of the same with a future government locked-up in endless debate, arguing and achieving little that would be new.  She also illustrated how completely out of touch she was with ordinary working people.  For instance, when campaigning in Kentucky she stated that “Coal is dead.”

While this might be true — as society moves towards non-fossil fuel power sources— it was hardly the slogan to use when you wanted the votes of miners who have lost their jobs.  It’s no good telling middle-age miners that “we will retrain you for the coming technologies.”  Is some miner really going to drop his pick axe and go to College to learn coding?  Hillary simply displayed no empathy or understanding of a working class lifestyle. 

Wellington wrestlers get 3 in state at regional in El Dorado

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Ian Groom goes 3-1 in Regional held in El Dorado.

Ian Groom goes 3-1 in Regional held in El Dorado.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington wrestlers did not win many matches Saturday, but the Crusaders still managed to get three qualified for the state wrestling tournament to be held next week. On Saturday at the regional tournament in El Dorado,

Aaron Schoemann, at 182, and Ian Groom, at 195 were already qualified and were in the finals of their respective weight classes Saturday. Both lost in the finals and finished second in the region.

Aaron Schoemann finishes regional runner-up.

Aaron Schoemann finishes regional runner-up.

At the 145 weight class, Kanden Young of Wellington finished fourth and qualified. He won his consolation semifinal match earlier in the day over Lyric Gonsalves of Clearwater. Young was ahead 12-0 and dominated the match in the third round when Gonsalves went down with an apparent knee injury and was unable to continue. Young was declared the winner.

Friday Scoreboard roundup: Wellington teams sweep Mulvane; Conway Springs teams dominate

Sumner Newscow scoreboard roundup

Friday basketball scoreboard: 

Boys: 

Wellington 73 Mulvane 65

Clearwater 51 Rose Hill 48

Belle Plaine 50 Wichita Independent 38

Conway Springs 65 Medicine Lodge 44

Argonia 40 Udall 33

Caldwell 56 Cedar Vale-Dexter 43

Oxford 58 South Haven 37

Girls: 

Wellington 71 Mulvane 23

Rose Hill 55 Clearwater 19

Conway Springs 55 Medicine Lodge 37

Udall 50 Argonia 46

The Sumner County box scores that we have: 

Help wanted: Local oilfield service company looking for full-time employee

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Local oilfield service company seeking an individual to fill a full time position.  Duties include pumping, roustabout, and related work.

All work done locally.  Prefer an applicant with prior oilfield experience, but willing to train the right individual.  Must have a valid driver’s license (CDL preferred) and willing to work weekends.  Employees of Gusher Energy Services, Inc. are subject to D.O.T. safety qualifications, including pre-employment drug/alcohol testing.

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Please mail resume to Gusher Energy Services, Inc., P.O. Box 45, Wellington, KS  67152 or email mcarroll.gusher@hotmail.com by February 24, 2017.

Vera Elizabeth Struble, 97, Caldwell: funeral services will be held Monday

Vera Struble

Vera Struble

Vera Elizabeth Ames was born July 27, 1919 to Elmer and Sarah Ames on her family homestead in Grant County Oklahoma.  She attended New Hope Grade School one mile from her home in Grant County.  She graduated from Caldwell High School in 1937.  She was always proud of her roots and enjoyed attending CHS Homecoming.

Her life changed when friends introduced her to a tall, handsome gentleman, Ivan Struble her Freshman year at CHS.  After graduation, Vera attended and completed business College in Wichita.  In 1943, while Ivan was still in the army, Ivan and Vera were married in Boluxi, Mississippi. To this union four children were born, Sharon, Steve, Sue and Shelley.

Vera was the ultimate farm wife and mother and took a lot of pride in both roles.  She made clothing for her children and was a great cook.  For many years, she helped with a variety of 4-H projects including dress reviews at the Grant County Fair.  She was a member of the Red Bud Club in Grant County for over sixty years and so loved the many friendships made in this club and others.

Wellington’s Schoemann and Groom reach championship finals, qualify for state

Crusader head logoSumner Newscow report — Wellington has two wrestlers in the Championship finals at the Class 4A Regional in El Dorado.

Both Aaron Schoemann at 182 and Ian Groom at 195 reached the finals and qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina with decision victories late Friday night. Kanden Young at 145 lost in the championship semifinals and will compete in the consolation semifinals tomorrow. If he wins he will go to state. If he loses he will be eliminated.

The other three Wellington participants lost and are battling through the consolation bracket. No Wellington wrestlers have been eliminated going into the second day. The tournament restarts at 11 a.m.

Here are the results of the first day…

Schoemann went 3-0. He opened the tournament pinning Kell Wood of Andover Central at 1:38. He then pinned Ebert at Andale at 1:51 in the second round. That set him up against Ali Viravong of Winfield where he scored a 6-3 decision to qualify for the big show.

J.P. Weigand & Sons Inc. wants to say “thanks!”

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Help wanted: City of Wellington Lake Clerical position

Help Wanted adCity of Wellington Lake Clerical position available.   Ability to operate personal computer and learn software program required to complete recreational permits.  Properly document and receipt cash for camping, recreation and boating permits.  Answer questions from the public concerning charges and rules and regulations of the lake.  Typical work hours will be approximately 33 hours per week, Wednesday through Sunday.  REQUIRES WORKING WEEKENDS!  Work is performed at the Wellington Lake Office.  Starting Salary is $8.00       per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  Apply at www.HRePartners.com or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5:00pm, Friday, March 1st2017.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Thursday, February 16, 2017:

WHS grad Cle Ross named to the NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame

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Cle Ross with his son.

Cle Ross with his son.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Cle Ross, a 1997 Wellington High School graduate, has been named to the North Central Missouri College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ross will be one of three athletes selected for induction into the NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame. He along with Cassandra Hunt and Max Mothersbaugh represent a strong 2017 class.  The induction ceremony will be between the women’s and men’s basketball games on Saturday, February 18.  A reception for the Hall of Fame recipients will also be held in the Sugg Room of the Ketcham Community Center that day at 1 p.m., one hour prior to the women’s tipoff.

Ross competed for the NCMC Pirates baseball program during his sophomore year in 2000.  That year, Cle set the single season school record for stolen bases (43) and played well enough to earn a roster spot at NCAA Division I University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff for his final two collegiate seasons.  While there, he held school records for the highest single season batting average (.377) and career batting average (.359). He also earned First Team All Southwestern Conference honors and was voted team Player of the Year in 2002.  Following this success, Ross played one year of unaffiliated minor league baseball as well.

Regional preview: Wellington has 6 wrestlers competing in regional wrestling tourney

Wellington team

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In the high school wrestling world, today is the NFL Playoffs. Next week’s state tournament is the Super Bowl.

Crusader head logoThe Wellington wrestling squad will be sending six wrestlers to the Class 4A Regional Wrestling Tournament today at El Dorado starting at 3 p.m. today. That’s a far cry from the full 14 member squad that many teams will bring. Of the six, there are no seniors.

“I can’t remember there ever being a year when Wellington had no seniors in a regional, not since I’ve been head coach at least,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach. “The great thing is I’ll have all six of these wrestlers next year.”

Wellington bringing just six wrestlers of the 30 or so wrestlers that started the season is a colossal soap opera that takes way too much time to tell here.

Nevertheless, McComb says this year the quality of the wrestlers in El Dorado today may exceed the quantity. Two of the six are three seeds, projected to go to state. The other four, with a little luck, could vie for a Class 4A state tournament berth which will be held in Salina next week.

Those wrestling from Wellington today are:

Edna Mae May, 93, Caldwell: Feb. 24, 1923 – Feb. 15, 2017

Edna May

Edna May

Edna Mae May of Caldwell died February 15, 2017 at the age of 93.

Edna was born February 24, 1923, the daughter of Lauren Tatum Wykes and Elizabeth Wykes, the youngest of 18 siblings. She was raised on a small farm in northern Oklahoma.

She met and married Clarence David Harbison of Caldwell at a young age.  Together they had three children, David, Darlene and Dwain.  They followed their dreams to southern California and were together for thirteen years.  In California she met her second husband, George May.  They stayed in California working together until it was time to retire, then they decided to call Caldwell their home.

Edna had quite a few hobbies, she loved trying her luck at the local casinos, and was always first to the car when the opportunity arose.  She enjoyed spending time at the Caldwell Senior Center playing games and visiting with friends.

Les Dean is named new Sumner Regional Medical Center CEO; starts April 1

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 5-0 vote this afternoon, the Sumner Regional Medical Center board of directors approved the hiring of Les Dean as the CEO for the county’s largest healthcare facility.

Les Dean is currently the laboratory manager at SRMC. He will be replacing Barry Harding on April 1. Harding was hired through the Community Hospital Corporation to be the interim CEO at SRMC since November 2015.

Les Dean

Les Dean

Dean has worked at SRMC since 20o6 as Director of Clinical Laboratory Operations overseeing the operation of all areas in the laboratory including complexity testing – blood banking, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, phlebotomy, drug of abuse testing, proficiency testing, customer service, outreach marketing and personnel management. This will be his first experience as a hospital administrator.

SRMC logo.BMPSRMC Board President Fred Hinman said the board decided to hire within, listing several reasons for the move. He said Dean is considered a good manager with deep knowledge of the inner workings of SRMC and its financial situation. He is considered level headed and highly respected amongst his peers. He can start on the ground running. And, best of all, SRMC can afford him.

“When we announced this to the managers at SRMC, they erupted in applause,” Hinman said. “Les realizes that being administrator is not just a job, but that he is overseeing SRMC as an important part of the community.”

Dog’s Purpose playing at Wellington Regent; Also, Wayne’s World…

Dog's Purpose at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “A Dog’s Purpose”

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

Wayne's WorldPlus: Wayne’s World, Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10 p.m.

“Dog’s Purpose” Feature film rating: PG (for thematic elements and some peril).

Time: 2 hours.

Movie Synopsis: “A Dog’s Purpose” shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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WHS Daily Bulletin: Forensic tournament will be held at high school on Saturday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017:

Thursday

No events listed.

Friday

Basketball at WHS vs. Mulvane. 4:15 p.m. – C team/freshman; 5:45 boys JV. 6 p.m. girls varsity, 7:30 p.m. boys varsity, girls JV. It is Hawaiian night.

•Special K Basketball at Wellington, 1 p.m.

•Regional wrestling at El Dorado.

Saturday

•Forensic tournament at Wellington High School.

•Regional wrestling at El Dorado.

Friday menu:

First annual Wheat Country Pheasants and Quail Forever Banquet is Feb. 25

First annual Wheat Country Pheasant

Sumner Newscow report — The first annual Wheat Country Pheasants and Quail Forever banquet is held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Mayfield Community Building at 310 N. Hutchinson Street.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the auction at 7:3o p.m.

The Wheat Country Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Chapter is also looking for sponsors for the banquet. All money raised will stay with the local chapter. As an added bonus we will be having a sponsor only raffle for a Custom Pheasants Forever Gold Boy Henry Rifle!

If sponsors would like to donate to the silent auction, please contact Jim Yunker at 620-441-8929  at jyunker@usd353.com or Mike Wilmoth at 620-215-4014 after 3:05 p.m. mwilmoth@usd353.com.

Proceeds from the banquet will go to the Wheat Country Chapter to be used for youth shoots, outreach hunts, a scholarship honoring Chris Kaufman, upland habitat and other projects to promote hunting and conservation.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, February 15, 2017:WPD Wellington police notes logo

Enjoy a large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington

Enjoy a large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. We will be back next week with a Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.
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