Monthly Archives: March 2017

Oxford graduate Keitha Adams is now the head coach at Wichita State

Keitha Adams, an Oxford High School graduate, is hired on to head the Wichita State women’s program. (Courtesy photo)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Keitha Adams, the new head coach of the Wichita State University Women’s Basketball program, most certainly has a Sumner County connection. She grew up in Oxford.

Adams is a 1985 Oxford High School graduate. Her jersey is retired there after being the Wildcats all-time scoring leader. She played under Jim Littel, the head women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma State University. One thing about Oxford High School, it has an amazing historical presence in the coaching world. The recently departed football coach Bruce DeHaven could be added to the list.

Adams was not part of Oxford’s 1980-1981 state championship team as she was an eighth grader at the time. But when she got to high school, she would go on to score 1,763 points, and become a multiple all-stater during her four years.

She would go on to coach at Winfield in basketball, softball, volleyball and track and field before getting a job as an assistant basketball coach at Independence Community College.

Kong – Skull Island playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

Sumner Newscow Calendar: 3 big events occur this Saturday… and more

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — For those looking for something to do this weekend, there are many local events to attend.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary Kickoff event will take place on Washington Ave. between 8th Street and 9th Street. The event was originally scheduled at the Wellington Lake, but had to be moved to town due to the rain. The proclamation reading and signing will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Proclamation Fair will begin at 10 a.m.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sumner County will host a fundraising Bowl for Kids’ Sake bowling tournament at Meadow Lanes at 10 a.m. and 12 noon. This annual event is put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas. The Sumner County group’s goal is $30,000, of which almost half has been raised.

Following the tournament, Ladies Night Out will be held at the Memorial Auditorium with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Garage Sales this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of March 31 – April 2, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Pig Cow Bracket update: Winners seem more clear cut if Gonzaga, North Carolina or Oregon win

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m sure there are a large majority of you cheering for former K-State coach Frank Martin to win a National Championship for South Carolina. Yours truly isn’t one of them.

For if South Carolina wins all the marbles, it will create absolute chaos in the Sumner Newscow Pigshack Bracket Buster Contest. It will bring a great number of brackets back into the contest that will need to be re-tallied, because no one, let’s repeat, NO ONE! picked South Carolina to get to the Final Four let alone win it all.

So if South Carolina wins, then every bracket would be wrong and therefore it is a free-for-all to see who had the most “less wrong” bracket. Go, Gonzaga!

If it becomes a North Carolina, Gonzaga or Oregon as national champions then there is definitely a clear-cut winner. By the way, kudos to anyone who picked Oregon to win it all. That doesn’t seem like a normal thing to do. But Colton Whaley and Braxten Phillip Caudillo are the only two bracketologists of the 150 so brackets we received who have the Ducks winning it all.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wellington Food Bank to be closed tomorrow due to water line break

Sumner Newscow report — Due to a water line break in the building, the Wellington Community Food Bank will be closed Friday, March 31.

It will reopen Monday, April 3 as scheduled. 

A busy auction calendar at J.P. Weigand

Five great auctions coming up at J.P. Weigand…

Crusaders of the Stage present “Pride and Prejudice” starting tonight

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Crusaders of the Stage will present “Pride and Prejudice” adapted from the novel written by Jane Austen, first published in 1813.

The play will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $8 at the door and student/senior tickets at $6.

The characters and those WHS performers in the play include: 

Wellington-Andale doubleheader postponed until April 13

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School baseball and softball games at Andale scheduled for today have been postponed until April 13. The boys play at 4 p.m. and girls start at 4:30 p.m.

Two earthquakes in the area in past 24 hours

Sumner Newscow report — Two earthquakes were felt in Sumner County over the past 24 hours.

The last one occurred at 3:32 a.m. this morning with the epicenter about 5 miles southwest of Belle Plaine. This earthquake had a 2.9 magnitude.

The previous earthquake, which got the attention of social media, occurred 6.2 miles east of Medford. That one occurred at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday with a magnitude of 4.1.

Manuel Soria, 95, Wellington: August 7, 1921 – March 29, 2017

Manuel Soria

Manuel R. Soria, 95, a Wellington resident since 1930, died early Wednesday morning, March 29, 2017 at his home.  Manuel worked as a machinist for Plessey Midwest and was also manager at the American Legion.

Manuel was born on August 7, 1921 in Dallas, Texas to Julian Soria and Estanilada (Rico) Soria.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School.  He joined the United States Army and served in the Philippines during WWII from June 23, 1942 – December 26, 1945.

Manuel married Savina Macias on December 21, 1946 in Wellington.

Manuel was a member of the National Guard from 1947 to 1981.  He served two terms as the Commander of the American Legion and also served as Commander of the Firing Squad for many years. He was also in charge of the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day programs for many years.  Manuel was also instrumental in coordinating the Avenue of Flags since its inception.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jacinta Cornejo and Carmen Arebalo; and a great grandson, Michael.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, March 29, 2017:

WHS graduate Jason Ellis to serve as interim head of Department of Communications and Agriculture Education at K-State

Sumner Newscow report – Associate professor Jason Ellis will serve as interim head of the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education at Kansas State University.

Jason Ellis

Ellis is the son of Richard and Carolyn Ellis of Mayfield. He is a 1994 Wellington High School graduate.

John Floros, dean and director of the College of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Ellis’ appointment in this role will begin March 12, and he will serve until a national search has been completed and a permanent department head has been named.

“Jason is an impressive individual,” Floros said. “He was nominated by many people, he has the trust and respect by everybody in the department and the college, and he has the leadership skills to do an excellent job as an interim department head.”

Ellis takes over the role following the departure of Kris Boone, who served as the department head since 2005 and will soon begin working as the new director of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute.

“I’m looking forward to serving as interim department head,” Ellis said. “This department has a lot of great momentum going into the future, and I’m excited to help guide that progress.”

Help wanted: Custodial, maintenance groundskeeper at USD 353

Help wanted: Wellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Custodial (Night Shift) at the Wellington Middle School
  • Seasonal Maintenance Groundskeeper

 Interested parties should complete and return applications to the District Office, 221 S. Washington, Wellington, KS  67152

Tractor Safety Courses offered at Winfield and Argonia

Sumner Newscow report — If you are 14 or 15 years old and plan to do farm work for someone other than a parent or guardian, you must take a tractor safety course following the U.S. Department of Labor requirements before you can be employed at certain hazardous farm tasks. This includes operating a tractor over 20 horsepower.

Sumner County youth will have the opportunity to attend one of two sessions being offered. The first will be held at Prairie Land Partners, 2300 West 9th Avenue, Winfield on March 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost of this training will be $20  payable at the door the day of training. 

Ark City man recovering from lightning zap Tuesday evening

by Shane Farley, — Josh Carnaggio is feeling pretty sore – and very fortunate – after being too close to a lightning strike during a thunderstorm Tuesday night in Ark City.

The 31-year-old Carnaggio was resting this morning after some scary moments in the parking lot of the local Walmart. He left the hospital late Tuesday and went home to recuperate.

Around 8:40 p.m., emergency crews were called to the store for the report of a man who had been struck by lightning. Review of video from the parking lot shows a flash of lightning hit a pole about 20 or 30 feet away.

From South Haven to Ashland: students volunteer their labor to help wildfire ranching victims

The South Haven group of volunteers include: (Front row, L-R) Kayden Wolf, Shianne Howell and Ethan Theurer. (Back Row, L-R) Slate Van Zant, Garrett Howell, Cooper Wolf, Seth Stroman (FFA Advisor), Joe Cook, Luke Theurer (parent sponsor), David Clawson (rancher from Ashland), Colby Theurer, David Moreland and Slade Wiley.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — People who wring their hands bemoaning the future of today’s youth, never met this specific group of students from South Haven.

A group of 10 current and future South Haven FFA students with two adult sponsors spent 18 hours Saturday helping a rancher, they never met until Saturday, rebuild his charred ranch near Ashland, Kans.

The group left South Haven at 4:30 a.m., drove 180 miles for almost three hours to help David Clawson, a Clark County rancher, clean up his ranch after a devastating wildfire swept through the area.

The trip from South Haven took nearly three hours to make.

The ranch was part of more than 1,000 square miles of land that was devastated by wildfires in western Kansas and Oklahoma, south of Dodge City. The series of blazes is considered one of the largest outbreaks of fires in the state’s recorded history. In Clark County alone, it is believed ranchers lost about 2,500 adult cattle and at least 1,000 calves.

Senior-laden Wellington boys tennis team opens with 2nd place finish in home invite

Will Long, above, places first in No. 2 singles at Wellington Invitational. Above, No. 1 singles player Brock Edwards places first.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington boys tennis coach Allen Keller said this is the most talented group he has had since becoming the head coach here. Tuesday afternoon, underneath ominous cloudy skies, the WHS tennis team tested its worth with the season opening Wellington Invitational at Sellers Park.

Host Wellington finished second behind Class 5A power Goddard Eisenhower. The Dukes finished with 22 points, trailing the Tigers with 26. El Dorado had 18, Kingman 12 and Augusta 2.

Individually for Wellington, Brock Edwards would finish second in No. 1 singles; Will Long would place first in No. 2 singles; Jaden Adams/Carson LeGrand finished third in No. 1 doubles; and Reece Langford/Avery Rademaker placed third in No. 2 doubles.

The Crusaders are senior laden and experienced. Keller said the top four rated players are also extremely smart.

That tennis experience paid off especially in the singles division yesterday evening.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Cheerleading parents meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, March 29, 2017:


•Golf – JV at Winfield at 3 p.m.

•Boys Tennis – JV at Circle at 3 p.m.

•Varsity/JV Baseball at Andale at 4 p.m.

•Varsity/JV Softball at Andale at 4:30PM

•Crusaders of the Stage ”Pride & Prejudice” at WHS 7 p.m.


•Crusaders of the Stage ”Pride & Prejudice” at WHS 7 p.m.

•WHS track and field at Clearwater, 4 p.m.


•Crusaders of the Stage ”Pride & Prejudice” at WHS 7 p.m.

Thursday menu:

Breakfast: Cheesy ham and egg casserole.

Lunch: Bacon Cheeseburger, grilled chicken sandwich.

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