Daily Archives: April 19, 2017

Bowl For Kids Sake event raises money for local Big Brothers Big Sisters

More than $17,000 was raised at this year’s Big Brothers/Big Sisters bowling event.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — A Bowl for Kids Sake tournament was recently held at Meadow Lanes bowling alley in Wellington to raise money for Sumner County Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“This is the only fundraiser they do, and we are in good shape financially now,” said Debi Clark with Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We were in the red, but have remedied that.”

Of the 43 participants, 13 were Argonia Elementary students, who raised $1,436 of the total $17,572 in sponsors and pledges. There were five bowling teams who participated on the day of the event, which had a goal of $30,000.

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City of Wellington agrees to contract to collect bad utility debts

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington agreed to a contract with the Collection Bureau of Kansas to try to collect bad debts for its utility department. The company is in the business of collecting debts for cities around the state, and some other entities, and will get a percentage of what it collects.

The council approved joining CBK at its meeting Tuesday.

The city has just over $1 million in bad debt that it has accrued since 2003. There is more that has been put in a state setoff program, and the city has collected some through that state operation.

The city had been working with CBK sporadically in the past.

City of Wellington crews working on water main break

Updated: Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. - Due to a water main break at 8th and Jefferson, please enter the Recycle Center from the South and exit that same direction while city crews are repairing the main break.

The Recycle Center will operate under normal hours today – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — The city of Wellington crews are on the scene working on a water main break on 8th and Jefferson.

People are urged to avoid the area if possible for the safety of those working to fix the issue. 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom deadlines are looming with big event this Saturday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, April 19, 2017:


•Varsity baseball and varsity softball at Winfield, 3 p.m. (makeup).


•JV golf at Hesston golf park.

•Baseball at Wellington High School.

•Softball at Wellington High School.


•Golf at Cheney.

•Tennis at Winfield.

•Track at Clearwater.

•C-team baseball at Wellington, 4 p.m.


Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, Wellington: Nov. 24, 1924 – April 14, 2017

Virginia Eklund

Virginia Marie Eklund, 92, peacefully slipped away from the body on April 14, with family by her side. Ginny was born November 29, 1924 in Friend, Nebraska, the third of 3 daughters and a younger brother born to Albert and Bertha (Hansen) Johnsen.

At the age of 11 her family moved to a small homestead near Ault, Colo. Ginny graduated from Ault High School in 1941 at the age of 16. Her parents made her wait until she turned 18, at which time she moved to Denver and worked at Montgomery Wards for 2 years.

Ginny then followed her parents to Ottawa, KS and shortly thereafter  moved to Lincoln, NE where she worked at an unemployment office for 2 years. Returning to Ottawa she worked for the next 6 years at the Ottawa Steel Products company as a secretary.

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