Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Elna ‘Katheryn’ Helsel, 73, South Haven: Dec. 10, 1943 – April 10, 2017

Elna Kathryn Helsel

Elna “Kathryn” Helsel, 73, of South Haven, died Monday, April 10, 2017 at Via Christi St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Kathryn was born on December 10, 1943 in Blackwell, OK to Harold Francis Crow and Goldie (DeShazer) Crow.  She graduated from South Haven High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.  She married Alan J. Helsel on February 13, 1965 at the United Methodist Church in South Haven, KS.

Kathryn taught homemaking at South High School in Wichita, KS and worked as an elementary teacher in Seoul, Korea.  She was Head Start Director for Six Sandoval Indian Pueblos while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Wellington girls split in Andale; boys get swept

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington baseball and softball teams traveled to Andale and got both of their games in before the wet weather arrived.

The Wellington softball team split with Andale/Garden Plain, winning 4-2 and losing the second 10-9. The Crusader girls are 4-2 for the season.

The boys lost 12-7 and 8-1 over Andale/Garden Plain. The boys are now 2-5 for the season.

The statistics for both double-headers are as follows: 

SRMC Auxiliary volunteers recognized for hours of service at luncheon

SRMC Auxiliary recognized Monday.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Sumner Regional Medical Center volunteer luncheon was held at the SRMC boardroom on Monday, April 10. Over 20 auxiliary members attended the luncheon and hours of service pins were handed out.

Pictured above is Auxiliary President Nancy McNett with Dollye Moore (2,000 hours), Delores Smith (2,500 hours), Rita Rutledge (500 hours) and Betty Popplewell (500 hours). Also receiving pins, but not pictured, are Alice Fox (2,500 hours), Joan Saunders (300 hours) and Marcia Dickinson (300 hours). 

Janet ‘Jan’ Grace is named Cowley College – Sumner campus operations officer

Janet ‘Jan’ Grace

Sumner Newscow report —  Janet “Jan” Grace has been named the new Cowley College – Sumner Campus operations officer. 

Grace will be working two days a week at the Ark City campus and will have a temporary office in Galle-Johnson Hall until the Wellington campus is built.  She will resume full time responsibilities before October 1, 2017. 

As the Campus Operations Officer, Grace will work with the Cowley College team, Sumner County and Wellington community to create a student-centered, community oriented campus in Wellington.  

Free 150 Chisholm Trail 150 presentation to be held at Wellington Regent, April 24

Sumner Newscow report – On Monday, April 24, to celebrate the Chisholm Trail’s 150th Anniversary, the “Wild Women of the West” Dance Hall girls and Can-Can dancers, along with a visit by Jesse Chisholm portrayed by Sumner Newscow’s own James Jordan, will perform at 6:30 p.m., at the Wellington Regent Theater, 114 West Lincoln, Wellington. 

James Jordan

The free program is presented by the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society and the Chisholm Trail Museum along with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Sumner County Economic Development. For information: Jane – 620-441-9835 or Sherry at 316-833-6161. Feel free to ‘dress western.’

Caldwell’s Wild Women of the West portray the famous (and infamous) women from the Old West, and while many came through Caldwell during its wild and woolly cattle drive years, not all of the characters the women have chosen to portray made their way to Caldwell.

Whether it was the gold fields of the Klondike, or the end of the Chisholm Trail after a cattle drive, there were lots of men, plenty of money, and very few women.

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of April 14-16, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Assistant Principal John Buckendorff to become new head principal at WHS

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington USD 353 School Board made WHS Assistant Principal John Buckendoff its high school principal Thursday night.

John Buckendorff

Buckendorff will start his new duties on July 1 when the 2017-18 academic year begins. The announcement was made after two highly unusual executive sessions at the beginning of the meeting — one for 10 minutes and another for five minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. Executive sessions, i.e. private meetings, almost always occur at the end of the meeting.

The current vice principal will be replacing Adam Hatfield, who will be moving to the assistant Superintendent position, who in turn is replacing Brad Morris, who is retiring.

Buckendorff has been WHS assistant principal since August, 2014.

He was hired from the Goddard Public District where he was a Spanish/Business teacher from August 2008 to July 2014. Previously, he taught at the Wichita, Haysville and Oklahoma City Public High School systems.

In other employment news, the board approved the following resignations:

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, April 13, 2017:

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