Daily Archives: May 18, 2017

Wellington Heat still needs five homes for their players for upcoming season

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat still needs about five homes for their players for the upcoming season.

“A host family is one of the most important and influential aspects of a baseball player’s summer league experience,” said Rick Twyman, Wellington Heat owner/head coach. “Many of the players on the Wellington Heat are in a brand new environment, away from both school and home.”

The goal of the program is to help players adjust to moving to a new area, assist them as they get acquainted with the Wellington community, and provide a safe and stable living environment. It also provides an opportunity for the community to assist in the development of these players on and off the field.

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Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Kelsie Haydon

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our third featured Valedictorian is Kelsie Haydon.

Parents/guardians: Lisa and Jason Haydon. 

List of high school accomplishments.  Rotary Scholar, KU Honors Scholar, National Honors Society, 2016 Up and Coming Female of the Year, and WHS Leadership. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): I will attend Pratt Community College in the fall studying pre-med to start off but my all time career goal is to become a geriatrician.

Favorite past time: I do not normally have a lot of free time but when I do I take a lot of naps, play with my dogs and spend time with my friends and family.

Chisholm 150 feature: Women played significant role on the Chisholm Trail

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Women played many roles in helping the old west develop. During the Civil War, when husbands and older sons left to fight, traditional family roles changed significantly. Women learned to take care of their farms and ranches, as well as continuing to raise their children. Many times husbands and sons were killed in the war.

Once the war was over, many women developed roles as ranch owners. Some even had their own herds. And there were those who traveled the Chisholm Trail to take their herds from Texas to the railroads in Kansas so that their cattle would reach the northern markets.

It took courage for women to spend two months of battling hardships such as weather, thieves, and Indians. But they could sell their cattle for up to 10 times more per head in Kansas than Texas. Many dangers were often encountered along the way, and sometimes travelers could become lost. Four women who risked their lives to drive cattle up the Chisholm Trail were Amanda Burks, Margaret Borland, Lizzie Johnson, and Mollie Bunton.

Estelle Amanda Nite Burks

Tornado shelters are located at Sumner Regional Medical Center and Wellington Health and Rehabilitation

Sumner Newscow report — The following is reprinted from the Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter concerning tornadoes.

The public should have a predesigned place in their home or business to take shelter. Many times there is little to no warning and driving to a public shelter would be dangerous. Public shelters are located at Sumner Regional Medical Center and the Wellington Health and Rehabilitation, located at 1600 W. 8th.

If you know of other public shelters throughout Sumner County, add to the comment section below.


The City of Wellington maintains outdoor warning sirens located throughout the city, the airport and at the Wellington Lake. The sirens can be activated by Sumner Count 911 or by the fire and the police departments.

Sirens are only activated in the event the National Weather Service includes the city of Welington or lake in the tornado warning, or if a qualified spotter such as law enforcement or fire personnel observes a tornado or funnel.

Denny Leak carves out a Mustang at Washington Elementary

Denny Leak at Washington Elementary.

Sumner Newscow report — Denny Leak is at it again. He has carved out a “mustang” out of an old tree trunk at Washington Elementary school this week. This is just another one of his great creations across the community of Wellington. Check out his “Eagle” at Eisenhower Elementary here, and his “Lion” at Century Park here.

Wellington Regent this week: Fast and Furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious

This week at the Regent Theater: “Fast and Furious 8.”

Schedule: Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language.).

Time: 2 hours 16 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest villain to torment Dominic Toretto and his crew, while Helen Mirren joins the cast after publicly lobbying for a role to sate her real-life love of racing. Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton).

WHS Daily Bulletin: Class night is tonight at 7 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, May 18, 2017:


•Class night, 7 p.m.

•Regional track at Winfield, 1 p.m.


•Finals begin for freshman-juniors. First hour final: 1:30 to 3:05 p.m.


•Graduation at 2 p.m.

Friday menu:

Breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy.

Lunch: Tony’s Pizza, Pepperoni Calzone.

Today’s News:

Debbie (Kern) Volavka, 65, Caldwell: Dec. 24, 1951 – April 16, 2017

Debbie Volavka

Debbie (Kern) Volavka died on April 16, 2017 in Wheeler, Texas at the age of 65.

Debbie was born on December 24, 1951 to Carl and Wanda Kern in Winfield.

Her mother died when she was 3 years old and she moved to Caldwell to live with her grandparents, Curly and Opal Kern.

Debbie graduated from Caldwell High School with the class of 1971.  She married Dennis Lile right out of high school and they had a son, Jason.  She later married Garold Volavka and they had a son Jody.  After the death of her husband Garold, Debbie moved to Texas where she had various jobs and enjoyed crafting in her spare time.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Brecken Lawrence

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our second featured Valedictorian is Brecken Lawrence.

Parents/guardians: Kevin and Lynne Lawrence. 

List of high school accomplishments.  Presidential Honor Roll, Rotary Scholar, National Honor Society, KU Honor’s Scholar.

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Go to Kansas State, major in Pre-Med, minor in Spanish and eventually go to med school and become a Pediatrician. 

Favorite past time: Cooking and running. 

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