Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

Caldwell Chisholm Trail Fest to be held May 5-7

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Caldwell is having fun playing host to one of the 2017 Chisholm Trail celebrations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the trail. The annual Chisholm Festival will be held May 5-7 in Caldwell.

Though born on the trail in 1871, it wasn’t until 1879 when the Santa Fe Railroad expanded its line to Caldwell that she boomed into a true cattle town, loading up and heading east with shipments of beef. This border town took on all the elements of a lawless frontier settlement with saloons, gambling dens, brothels; the first town north of Indian Territory provided a place where the cowboys could go wild after months on the dusty and treacherous trail. Gunfights, showdowns, general hell raising and hangings soon became commonplace.

Over a million cattle hit Caldwell’s borders as Caldwell experienced a higher murder rate and lost more law enforcement officers than other more famous cowtowns.

     Reconnecting with their history as one of the six original cow towns in Kansas, the annual Chisholm Trail Festival will take you back to an 1880’s Old West vibe. Get into the spirit and “Dress West for the Fest” by dressing in 1880’s era western wear or grab your hat and boots and come on down! Don’t let dress code deter you, if you don’t own an hat, Caldwell officials will sell you one.

Oxford senior Chevis Cowdin signs with Southwestern College

Sumner Newscow report — Oxford Senior Chevis Cowdin signed with Southwestern College today in Winfield.  Cowdin is a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines for the Oxford Wildcats.

His senior season culminated in the Wildcats winning their first ever district championship in 8 man football, their first district championship since 2006 (11-man). Cowdin’s individual accomplishments this year include:

Going in Style to be played at Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Going in Style”

Schedule: Special screening tonight at 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for drug content, language, and some suggestive material).

Time: 1 hour 37 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy “Going in Style.”

Kindergarten Roundup is currently being held

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The USD 353 Kindergarten Roundup is currently being held today until 6:30 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. 

The 13th annual Wellington Area Chamber Golf Tournament is Saturday, May 13

Sumner Newscow report — There is still time to put together a team or sponsoring a hole for the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce four-person scramble to be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12 p.m. Shotgun start will at the Wellington Golf Club.

The entry fee is $75 per player or $300 per team which includes golf, cart, bottled beverages, meal and prizes. There will also be a beer cart on the course during play.

Prizes and meal will be held at WGC Pavilion following the tournament.

Ed Trimmer: Politics continue in Topeka

Ed Trimmer

by Ed Trimmer, Kansas State Representative, 79th District — I have not written an update on the legislature since before the end of the regular session.  That is because the Legislature hasn’t really moved toward accomplishing the three things that are the most important for us to finish our work this session, a school funding formula, a tax plan to bring the State out of debt, and a budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

As we returned for the wrap up session on May 1, I thought we would be ready for a serious discussion of these three major policy and budget concerns.  I thought we would be ready to move toward resolving them.  I was wrong!  I believe we should pass a school funding formula, a budget and then a tax plan with appropriate revenue.

What I have learned is that the Republican leadership plan is to run a tax bill that does not raise enough money to fund public schools, a budget that does not really solve our long-term debt issues, and then a school funding formula with additional revenue to come from some other sources. 

Sumner Newscow Precipitation table: May 4, 2017

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, May 3, 2017:

WHS Daily Bulletin: The time is now to run for public office – as in Student Council

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, May 4, 2017:


•Regional Tennis at Pratt

•Golf at Collegiate 3 p.m.

•Baseball at Rose Hill 4 p.m.

•Softball at Rose Hill 4:30 p.m.


•Regional Tennis at Pratt

•Track at Chaparral 3 p.m.


•C Team Baseball Tournament at WHS

Monday menu:

Breakfast: Biscuits and gravy.

Lunch: Taco Pizza, Corn dog.

Today’s News:

*Any 9th-11th grade girl interested in playing volleyball next year- there will be a meeting in the commons during the 1st part of CruCon on Wednesday May 10th. 

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Click It or Ticket is on its way to Wellington – starting May 22

by Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath, special to Sumner Newscow — Beginning on Monday, May 22, and continuing through Sunday, June 4, travelers can expect increased police presence on city streets as the Wellington Police Department joins 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2017 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.

This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.  Enforcement will occur around the clock.  Officers will be especially vigilant at night because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unrestrained crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours.

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act.  These statutes require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, teens in any seat position, or children under the age of 14, riding without being properly restrained.

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