Monthly Archives: July 2017

Wellington City Council, Cowley College trustee primary polls are open until 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — Don’t forget the August primary for Wellington City Council and Cowley College Trustees will be held tomorrow. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Sumner Newscow will provide a live twitter feed when results become available.

The top six Wellington City Council candidates will advance to the general election in November. Those running in the primary are: Cindy Antonich, Allison Theime, Kathy Heacock, Tami Klinedinst, Jennifer Heersche, Joe Soria, Robert Hamilton, Kent Douglas, Kevin Dodds, Mike Hollman and Kim Woodrow. Only those within the Wellington City Limits will be voting in this race.

The top two of the four running for Cowley County Trustee will move on to the November general election from the field of Kay Ryan, Bill Butts, Glennis Zimmerman and Brian Fitch. All registered voters in Sumner County can vote in this race.

The location of the precincts are as follows:

USD 353 (Wellington)

Qualified voters of USD No. 353 residing in the City of Wellington will vote at Raymond Frye Complex, 320 N Jefferson.

Update: Roll over accident at 9-mile corner results in injury of 2 Sunday morning

(Updated Monday, 3:30 p.m.) Sumner Newscow report — Two Sumner County teenagers from the Caldwell area were hurt following a rollover accident at the intersection known as nine-mile corner Sunday morning. According to Captain and Chief Deputy Mike Westmoreland, the accident occurred after a teenager was recording a video on Snapchat moments before the rollover accident that was nine miles north of Wellington on U.S. 81.

Westmoreland told KAKE news the accident happened around 12:20 a.m. when a group of teens were in a car heading south, towards Wellington. The driver was recording video as the vehicle approached the intersection. The driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled into the north ditch.

Update: 16-foot tandem axle trailer and riding mower has been recovered

Sumner Newscow report— A 16-foot tandem axle trailer containing a 72-inch Hustler X-one riding mower, yellow in the color and a 22-inch Snapper push mower that was reported to have been stolen on July 13, has been recovered.

“Excellent work by all involved,” said Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief.

Heath said the equipment was found in Douglass, Kans. through investigative work of some other cases. No arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation will continue.

Culture Cow: A busy week in music and Rick at Morty is back for season 3

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a busy week for music and Good for You the debut album for XXL Hip Hop Magazine 2017 freshman class inductee, Aminé.  Aminé first debuted a few months ago with his hit Caroline and used that success to fund his incredible first studio album.

An interesting fact about him is that he might be the first successful rapper from Portland Oregon, a city famous for flaunting their weirdness and celebrating their eccentricities.


Good for You stays true to Portland uniqueness by refusing to sound like any rapper in the game.  His stylish beats and tone are matched only by the cleverness of his rhymes, expect much more from Aminé.

Julia Michaels, another artist that parlayed a susccesful single into a quality album, dropped Nervous System this weekend.  More of an EP than an actual album, Nervous System is only seven songs.

Julia Michaels

Her style of high-pitched vocals backed up with killer beats (produced by Mattman and Robin) that made her song Issues popular comes to fruition in this album.  Michaels’ style borders on EDM, but is decidedly more personal and lyrically developed.  Nervous System is a breakup album that’s funny at times and emotional the next.

Lil Wayne is back to releasing his own music and he was missed.  Wayne hasn’t dropped an album since 2013 and has spent his time featuring in other artists’ tracks. 

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Help wanted: Part-time registered nurse at Sumner County Health Agency

Registered Nurse I II III -Part time- Sumner County Health Agency

Pay Level 9, 10, 11-$15.50-$30.83/ hr, DOQ

Part-time RN wanted for Health Department for 1-2 days a week.  Additional work hours and on-call hours may be available depending on flexibility with work schedule.  Experience with immunizations and assessments a plus.

Candidate must have current Kansas RN Licensure, valid Kansas Driver’s License and reliable transportation; and pass drug screen, physical and criminal background check.

Apply online at  For complete job description or paper application contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Room 101, Wellington, KS  67152.  Phone 620 326 3395. EOE. Application closing date 08/09/2017

Wellington Heat makes NBC World Series debut with 7-3 victory over USA National

Sumner Newscow report — The Welington Heat won their first game of the 2017 NBC Tournament with a 7-3 victory over the USA National Team Sunday evening.

The Heat stroked out 11 hits to USA’s 6. They committed two errors, while USA had none.

Wellington’s next game is Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. against the San Diego Waves.

Heat’s overall record is 44-5.

Wellington Police report this weekend: Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Friday, July 28, to Sunday, July 30,  2017:

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log: July 17-July 23, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 17 to July 23, 2017 is as follows:

Ellamae ‘Ellie’ Schulz, 63, Wellington: Dec. 7, 1953 – July 28, 2017

Ellamae Schulz

Ellamae “Ellie” Schulz, of Wellington, died Friday, July 28, 2017 at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 63.

Ellie was born the daughter of George and Shirley Louise (Younker) Guiles on Monday, December 7, 1953 in Burlington, Iowa.

On June 25, 1988, she and Charles Schulz were united in marriage in Stafford. Together they celebrated 29 years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Schulz; son, Shane, Reynolds (Kelli) of Texas; daughter, Jessie Reynolds of Burlington, Iowa; 3 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren with one on the way; brother, George Guiles (Debbie) of Indianola; brother, Darrell Guiles; sister, Jane Roth and her husband Gary of Salem, Iowa and sister-in-law, Leslie Younker and her family of Wellington. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Cress Younker and daughter, Candy Ann Reynolds.

After years of being the brides maids, SSB Big Bucks are Great Race Champions

Canoe races at 2017 Great Race. (Photo by James Jordan)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The term “always a bridesmaid never a bride” will no longer apply for the SSB Big Bucks, who simply obliterated the competition and won the 2017 Slate Creek Relays, aka The Great Race Saturday afternoon.

The Big Bucks, sponsored by the Security State Bank, finished first with an impressive 44.23.98 time nearly a minute over second place Anders Spinalators, which finished at 45.39.

The Dore Enchies finished third at 49.53.96.

The other placings were: 4. Honey Badgers – 50.06.28, 5. The Axis of Awesome 57.44.55, 6. Black Oak Striders, 58.00.39 7. Rugged Racers, 58.47.12. 8. Doo-Dah Flying Circus 59.09.38 and 9. Greeno Flameouts 1:03.35. See the specific order of each leg of the race here.

The starting gate. (Photo by Tracy McCue)

It has been quite a run for the Big Bucks in 2017, who won the Kansas Wheat Festival Bed Races earlier this month and are now Great Race champions. Photo gallery can be found here.

SSB has been finalists four of the past five years placing third in 2016, second in 2015, third in 2013, and third in 2012. This year they gutted the roster bringing in all but two of the participants from the previous year. It proved to be the smart move as it broke through the stranglehold that has been the dynasties of the Anders Spinalators and Dore Enchies.

Due to Kansas law, inflatables will only be featured on Saturday evening at fair

The following is public notice released by the Sumner Fair Association:

On July 1, 2017, the Kansas Amusement Ride Act became effective.  This legislation forced some changes in the Sumner County Fair’s plans for inflatables and other rides at the upcoming fair.  Inflatables are included in the law, and owners must register with the KDOL and be licensed and inspected.  One of the fair’s inflatable providers is unable to complete that process and will not be able to come to the fair. Thus, the fair will only have inflatables on Saturday evening, August 5.  We have added extra ones so there will be inflatables for kids of all ages. There will also be laser tag both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Friday evening anyone who wants to play laser tag will purchase an armband for $10 and will be able to play from 7 to 11 p.m. These arm bands are to be purchased at the fair ticket table that evening. Saturday evening arm bands will include all inflatables and laser tag and will be $20 if purchased in advance (Aug. 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 5) or $25 on site.  These armbands will be good from 7 to 11 p.m.          

Sunday blog: Can your memory be trusted?

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — So there you are, sitting in the Family Room, and you go to the bedroom to get something.  Having opened the bedroom door you find you have forgotten whatever it was you wanted!  It’s annoying, because it must have been something important otherwise you wouldn’t have gone to the bedroom in the first place!  Wracking you brain makes no difference; whatever fleeting memory you might have had is gone.

Robert Escandon

You return to the family room and retrace your steps, hoping that something will jog the recall. You may even be surprised by spontaneously remembering whatever it was, several hours later, while doing something entirely unrelated.

I used to worry about my memory lapses until I dared mention this to other people, only to discover they too had the same experience.  It was a relief to realize I was not alone.

One of the reasons that I think on memories is that I now have nearly 70 years of them locked away somewhere in my gray matter.   Surprisingly, I find acquiring new knowledge is actually easier than when I was young.  I’ve had to prove this to myself by self-teaching new aspects of math before incorporating them into my math lectures.  Maybe it is because I am less easily distracted these days.  Or maybe my memory is more selective and selfish. 

SSB Big Bucks are the champions!

SSB Big Bucks are the big winners!

The SSB Big Bucks, the team sponsored by State Security Bank in Wellington, won the 2017 Slate Creek Relay Great Race at Woods Park for the first time in its history. After years of knocking on the door as the second and third place teams, this was their year capturing the Great Race Cup. The brown clad troops won in a rout with a 44:23 time, nearly a minute in front of Anders Spinalators, who finished second place with a 45:39 time. The Dore Enchies placed third at 45:39. The full story and the largest photo gallery you will find anywhere with four Sumner Newscow photographers will be featured shortly.

Special Culture Cow Friday edition: We need to talk about Super Hero movies

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — It seems like nowadays you can’t go to a movie theatre without being bombarded with grown men wearing leather tights and punching each other.  This issue is almost political in how divisive it is; either you hate the whole genre or you have Thor Ragnarok’s release date marked in red on your calendar which is November 3.

Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying that super hero movies are critical to the movie industry right now.  Comic book films annoy people who are understandably frustrated that a single genre can dominate the cinematic landscape and make it harder for traditional films to compete for the spotlight.  Fans argue that the movies are good films in their own right, aided by outstanding visual effects and interconnected plot lines that collectively build up to a larger story.  Both sides have a strong argument, but in the end, neither is completely sufficient.

The major flaw in the super hero genre is that in order to satisfy the extremely critical fan base, each film must operate in the same universe as every other film and will almost certainly need sequels and prequels to fully develop the characters.  This means that no matter how good the origin story might be, no one will care about the character until he or she is a fully established hero.  The number of movies starts to stack up quickly until it seems like you have to watch 5 films before you can even understand the latest in the Marvel Universe the less-impressive DC equivalents. 

Wellington Farm and Art Market in downtown to be held tomorrow

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Farm and Art Market will be held again this Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. Featuring Humane Society, Local Frozen Chicken, Farm Fresh Eggs, Vegetables – Organically Raised, Fresh baked goods, and more. No cupcakes from Brownbox Bakery for tomorrow. 

Phipps Produce Farm is here at the farmers market this weekend – now through October.

Orscheln Farm & Home 10 percent off friends and family sale is Saturday

Robert McBride, 87, Wellington: May 5, 1930 – July 23, 2017

Robert Kaye McBride, 87, of Wellington died Sunday, July 23, 2017 at his home in Wellington.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.  A memorial has been established for the Alcoholics Anonymous. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Robert Kaye McBride was born on May 5, 1930 the son of Hubbard and Mary (Symmonds) McBride in Abilene, Texas. After High School he joined the United States Army serving his country from 1946 until 1950 in the Medical Corps. He worked for Cessna in 1951 as a sheet metal Assembler thru the 80’s and later did aircraft modification pertaining to short field take off and landing. Kaye later went into the buy and sell business with Jack Whaley at the Curiosity Shop until 1999. He loved the high country of Colorado as well as fishing and hunting. He enjoyed flea markets. Loved the lady’s and working small jobs. He was a faithful member of Alcoholics Anonymous of 55 years.

Sumner Court Docket: July 28, 2017 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Stanley Scott, 52, Oxford: Oct. 16, 1964 – July 26, 2017

Stanley Scott

Stanley Scott, 52, of Oxford, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Oxford.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 31, 2017, at the Oxford First Christian Church. Burial will follow at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Oxford Funeral Service from 12 and 6 p.m. with the family present from 3 until 5 p.m. at Oxford Funeral Service Chapel.  A memorial has been established with Cancer Research. Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Home, P. O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information please visit

Stanley Mitchell Scott was born on October 16, 1964 in Independence, Kansas, the son of Clayton and Anna (Rahn) Scott.

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