Daily Archives: May 8, 2017

150 years later, Caldwell is still the ‘Toughest Town on the Chisholm Trail’

Caldwell’s Chisholm Trail Fest was a huge success this weekend with a plethora of activities including the work of this diligent blacksmith.

Sumner Newscow report  — People from across Kansas and Oklahoma gathered in Caldwell to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. The Chisholm Trail Fest lasted three days and included a plethora of activities recognizing those days when the Wild West was young, and Caldwell was anything but mild.

Much like the old west, this weekend featured a gun fight, street dance, pub crawl, ghost tours, dressing in western gear, saloon girls, poker games, a street dance and much more. The big moment came at high noon on Saturday when the Kansas-Oklahoma Proclamation Exchange was made. A horseback rider from Kansas came into town carrying the proclamation signed by our governor. His journey lasted 152 miles from Abilene to Caldwell and when he arrived he handed the proclamation from the rider from Oklahoma, who took it south. It was indeed a big, big Saturday in the Border Queen city.

The Cowboy exchange was held at high noon in downtown Caldwell.

Then came “The Gangs of Wild West Caldwell” show, complete with the reinvention of the Caldwell Talbot Gang Shootout, Can Can dancing by both the Border Queen Bellas and Delano District’s Delano Dollies, and dozens of spirited actors including area news personalities, performing on the street near the Chisholm Trail Event Arena immediately following the proclamation handoff.

For more pictures of the event click the “read more” button or click here for the full Chisholm Trail Fest 150th Anniversary photo gallery taken by Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz. 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017:

2017 Wellington High School All Sports Banquet to be held Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — The 2017 Wellington High School All Sports Banquet will return to evening hours when all athletes and their families will converge at the commons and auditorium on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Coaches will present award letters and awards for their players. Outstanding male/female senior athletes will be awarded. Crusaders Club will be providing a hamburger or hot dog for each eligible person. In order to be eligible the sports department is asking for help to make this potluck meal happen. If each family will bring their designated items, the staff will give a family that allows them to eat. 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Senior nights are tonight for baseball/softball teams

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, May 8, 2017:


•Baseball Triangular at Wellington, vs. McPherson and Goddard. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Senior night before 6 p.m. game.

•Softball doubleheader, 4:30 p.m. vs. McPherson at Worden Park (Senior ‘Day’ before 4:30 p.m. game.

•JV golf at Winfield, 3 p.m.

•JV track at Goddard, 3:30 p.m.


•Varsity golf tournament at Hesston, 1 p.m.

•Varsity JV softball at Circle, 1:30 p.m. (Make up game).


Brock Edwards becomes 1st WHS boys tennis player to qualify for 4 consecutive state tournaments

Brock Edwards, shown in an earlier tournament in Wellington, places third in Class 4A Regional in Pratt.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brock Edwards, a Wellington senior on the boys tennis team, qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

Edwards will play this Friday and Saturday in the state tournament at the Prairie Village-Harmon Park Tennis Complex in the Kansas City area. Bishop Miege is the host.

Brock Edwards

The WHS senior finished third in the 18-player bracket at the Class 4A Regional in Pratt. The top six players qualified for state in singles and doubles.

He was the lone Crusader state qualifier (see full bracket here). Reece Langford was eliminated in the first round of singles. Both doubles teams were also eliminated. Jaden Adams and Jared Oatout were one doubles team and Carson LeGrand and John Long were the other.

Edwards becomes the first Wellington boys tennis player in history to qualify for state. Not even Evan Keller, who many will argue as the best WHS boys tennis player in history, was able to make state four years in a row.

Two WHS girls have accomplished that feat: Erianne Adams and Kailey Jenkins, according to WHS tennis historian Brian Aufdengarten.

Jobs galore at TECT Aerospace

Tect Aerospace at 515 N. A in Wellington has several job openings:

 Machinists – Second and Alternate shift.

 Requirements include a previous work history of two years or more 3-5 axis machining.

 Material Handler – first shift

CDL Class A  License required.

Transport/load/unload goods to/from customers/suppliers

Assists with shipping/handling – Prefer experience with aerospace parts

 Hand form — first shift

Wellington School Board meeting scheduled for tonight

Sumner Newscow report — There will be a Wellington School Board meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the USD 353 administration center on 221 S. Washington.

Some of the subjects the board are scheduled to discuss include:

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