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Philip Dale Moore, 96, Wellington: Nov. 9, 1920 – July 7, 2017

Philip Dale Moore

Philip Dale Moore, age 96, lifelong resident of Wellington, died at his home on Friday, July 7, 2017.  He was a retired insurance agent for New York Life.
Phil was born on November 9, 1920 in Wellington, KS to Clyde F. Moore and Nora M. (Braun) Moore.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School and Southwestern College.  He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II from 1942 – 1945.

He married Rheba M. Helm on September 5, 1940 in Newkirk, OK.  She preceded him in death on July 5, 2008.

Phil enjoyed fishing and traveling in the RV with Rheba.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rheba; son, J. Brandon Moore; four brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include his children Mindy Byington of Park Hills, MO and Tim Robertson and his wife Sharron of Peabody, KS; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Superintendent Mark Whitener receives 2-year extension; Hatfield said there will be no mill levy increase

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mark Whitener, who became the new Wellington Superintendent a year go, was granted a two-year extension last night at the July Wellington School Board member — the first official meeting of the academic school year.

Mark Whitener

The board gave Whitener the extension after a 10-minute executive session during a rather short meeting Monday evening.

Former Wellington High School Principal Adam Hatfield also started his new role as the assistant superintendent.

In his first announcement, Hatfield said Wellington taxpayers, at least when it comes to USD 353, will not see a mill levy increase.

In other school board business:

•Whitener announced that all educational positions have  been filled after hiring a fifth grade Lincoln Elementary teacher. “That’s good news, considering a lot of the smaller districts in Sumner County still have five to eight teaching positions, mostly at the elementary level that needs to be filled,” he said.

Wellington to host Senior Babe Ruth tournament starting Thursday; 9, 10 and 15 year olds go elsewhere

Walnut Ark Valley League Senior Babe Ruth team. (Photo IDs below).

Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 16-18 year-old Senior State Babe Ruth Tournament will be held at Sellers Park. The event begins on Thursday and will run through Sunday with bracket play.

Two Wellington based teams will be in the tournament. There is the Walnut Ark Valley and the Wellington Senior Babe Ruth teams. Six other teams in the tournament includes: Parsons, Liberal, Independence, Cottonwood Valley, Junction City and Abilene. The tournament will consist of a round-robin format that guarantees three games. The bracket championship is on Sunday. Brackets of this tournament can be found here. The two Wellington team schedule is below.

Elsewhere, there are currently a Wellington 9-year-old team; a 10-year-old team; and a 13-15 year old team playing in various state tournaments.

The update of district games, and the state schedule for each team are as follows:

Cal Ripken baseball


Kerri Hunter finds 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For Kerri Hunter, it has been a lifelong search looking for the Wheat Festival Medallion. Ever since she was a little girl, she has been searching. This Saturday, it all paid off. Hunter found the 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion at the third and Ash location in Wellington on Saturday afternoon.

The full list of clues and the answers are below.

“I knew it was in that location when the “No Man’s Land” clue came out and was released,” Hunter told Wellington Executive Director Annarose White when she collected her prize Monday morning at the Chamber office at Memorial Auditorium.

Same day she and Carrie Lough figured out the Red Hot Chile Peppers Clue and the “not under the bridge”.

Several years ago in a different Medallion hunt, Hunter thought it was at the 3rd and Ash location, but it wasn’t.

“I thought it would be an excellent spot for a future Medallion spot,” she said.

Baby/Toddler Contest headlines Tuesday Kansas Wheat Festival schedule…

Tuesday, July 11:

Noon  –  Kids Coloring Contest entry deadline. Return finished coloring page to the Wellington Senior Center, 308 S. Washington. Prizes will be awarded. (Sponsored by Friends for Charity)

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Baby & Toddler Contest – Pre-registration required. Theme: Wanted Wranglers!  1600 W 8th St, Wellington, KS 67152 (Sponsored by Wellington Health and Rehab)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.   The Downtown Art Exhibit and Festival Kick-Off Reception– Chamber members and sponsors are invited to this exclusive preview of Kansas artwork and the 117th Kansas Wheat Festival. Invitation only. 104 N. Washington Ave. (Sponsored by the Wellington Community Arts Network and Strategic Financial Concepts).



Full Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule of Events

On-going Exhibits and Attractions

Ottaway Carnival – Wednesday through Saturday at the Raymond Frye Complex Parking Lot, 320 North Jefferson, $25 wristband special every night.  Carnival opens each evening at 6 p.m.

Security State Bank Kansas Wheat (Festival) Penny Search

SSB will scatter pennies at various Wheat Festival locations. There will be several specially marked pennies that can be traded in at SSB for $50.00!

Harvest Photo Display- Sumner County Economic Development, 314 N. Washington–9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, July 10th thru Friday, July 14th. (Sponsored by Kansas Wheat, Susan’s Portrait Designs & MKC)

Downtown Art Exhibit–104 N Washington Ave. Open Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network and Strategic Financial Concepts)

Kansas Wheat Festival – “Wheat Show” — Display at Renn & Company, 209 S. Washington Ave. Winners announced Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m. during Picnic in the Park (Sponsored by Renn & Company)

Chisholm Trail Museum- 502 North Washington – Open 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Free Admission. Donations accepted.

Panhandle Railroad Museum–425 East Harvey

Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m..Tuesday to Saturday.  Free Admission. Donations accepted.

Food Vendors – 7th street East and West of Washington each day.

Third annual SSB Wheat Run to be held this Saturday

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 10, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 10, 2017

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