Monthly Archives: August 2017

Hobb’s Inc. holding Labor Day Grill Sale

Cattle drive to come through Caldwell, Wellington Lake for 150 Chisholm Trail celebration

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — About 100 head of cattle, including some longhorns, will be traveling down Caldwell’s Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 16 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

Hundreds of thousands of Texas longhorn cattle once traveled northward across Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma to Kansas railways. The trail was named for Jesse Chisholm, who used the route as a wagon freight trail, before it was used to drive cattle. Chisholm was very familiar with the route that ran through Pond Creek, Okla., Caldwell, Clearwater, to Wichita, having been in the territory as early as 1864. The trail was used by many early day traders and freight haulers.

Jesse Chisholm

The cattle drive will begin Sept. 12 in Pond Creek, Okla., and continue through Medford and Renfrow, Okla. until reaching Caldwell. On Sept. 20, the drive will go south of Wellington Lake to Mayfield, and continue to Clearwater. Cow camps will be open to the public approximately 3-6 p.m. daily. Visitors can expect to see drovers wearing authentic gear, horses, and over 90 head of cattle, along with cowboy campfire cooking demonstrations.

Caldwell’s celebration will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, and will begin with a 7 a.m. Cherokee Strip Land Run 5K/15K, followed by a farm and art market in Heritage Park from 8 a.m.-noon. Talking Tombstone tram tours will be held at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A parade will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the cattle drive at 10:30 a.m.

Football season begins across Sumner County

Belle Plaine at Conway Springs
Central-Burden at A&A (at Argonia)
Udall at Caldwell
Oxford at South Haven

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Tomorrow night, three weeks of practice and an off season of physical and mental training will culminate with the first Friday night football game of the season. Sumner County teams like Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, Argonia-Attica, Caldwell, Oxford and South Haven open the season with high hopes. The following is a preview of what fans of those schools will expect this Friday and the season beyond:

Conway Springs

Conway Springs is used to making the playoffs, and even winning some games once they get there.  So last year’s loss to Chaparral in the final regular season that kept the Cardinals out of the playoffs was a bit of a jolt. The Cardinals will once again be competing in one of the toughest districts in the state. As 2016 proved,  7-2 does not necessarily gets you in the playoffs. Conway Spring was ousted because of a tiebreaker.

Conway Springs Cardinals

Many prognosticators believe Conway Springs will return to the playoffs, with a good group of players returning.

Colton Terhune returns at quarterback, and running backs Riley Akiu and Trenton Jones also return. The three of them combined for 2,500 yards. Four offensive linemen return as well, so the offense should be set. Offensive linemen returning include Matthew Lange, Daniel Becker, Sylar Kunz and Chase Ast.

The defense should be loaded as well. Defensive ends Lang and Becker return, along with Ast at defensive tackle.  Akiu and Brenden Pauly return at linebacker. In the defensive backfield, Jones, and Zach Mercer return.

The Cardinals are the preseason favorite to win the Central Plains League and predicted to win that overwhelmingly tough district with Chaparral, Garden Plain and Cheney.

Over the last five years the Cardinals have lost more than two games only once. In 2013, Conway Springs made a deep run into the playoffs and finished 11-2.

Conway Springs opens its season at home, hosting Belle Plaine.

Belle Plaine

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wellington High School girls golf team opens at Augusta Country Club

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2017:


•Girls golf at Augusta Country Club, 3 p.m.

•Freshman volleyball at Rose Hill, 5 p.m.


•No school.

•Varsity football at Clearwater, 7 p.m.


Cowley College groundbreaking is set for Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The groundbreaking ceremony for Cowley College’s Sumner Campus will take place at 1 p.m. October 11 in Wellington. The location of the future campus is east of Walmart along U.S. 160. Refreshments will be provided and the event is open to the public.

Agora Architecture will have 3D Virtual Modeling goggles available at the groundbreaking ceremonies for individuals to get an interactive first look at the Sumner Campus before it is constructed. In addition, large paper-based renderings will be available for public viewing.

On Nov. 8, 2016, Sumner County voters made history by approving the passage of a half-cent county sales tax to build a Cowley College campus in Sumner County and to provide educational services for citizens of Sumner County and surrounding areas.

Marjorie Short, the wife of the late Bill Short, is the owner of Short Land Company, LLC, and the donor of the 18 acres of property just east of Walmart along Highway 160. In honor of the donation, the family received naming rights to the General Education Center.
The Technical Center is expected to open in the fall of 2018 followed by the opening of the Short General Education Center in the fall of 2019.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wellington Police Notes for Wednesday, August 30, 2017:

TECT hosting job fair in Wellington on Tuesday, Sept. 12

TECT Aerospace will be hosting a job fair in Wellington on Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sumner Workforce Center. TECT will also be hostin another one on Monday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Cowley Workforce Center in Winfield.

Machinists – 1st and 2nd ALT shift available (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12 hr.)

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

Material Handler – 1st shift

CDL class A license required

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

Assists with shipping/handling – Prefer experience with aerospace parts

Quality Inspector – 2nd shift

Verify configuration/acceptability of machined/formed product using precision tools

Ability to review blueprints/specs to determine acceptance criteria

Prefer FAI experience

Must have 1 yr. experience

TECT Aerospace offers an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, tuition reimbursement and paid time off.

Apply in person by application at 1515 N. A St. in Wellington, online at  or send resumes to [email protected]

Gladys McCoy, 94, Wellington: Dec. 13, 1922 – Aug. 29, 2017

Gladys McCoy

Gladys M. McCoy, of Wellington, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 94.

Gladys was born the daughter of John J. and Cherity (Howard) Williams on Wednesday, December 13, 1922 in Center Ridge, Arkansas.

On February 15, 1939, Gladys and Ira McCoy were united in marriage. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage before his death in 1988.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Kelley and her husband Mike of Wellington, grandchildren: Scott Percival and his wife Amber of Wichita and Lori Robinson and her husband Jay of Wellington; great-grandchildren: Zachary Percival, Jordyn Clark and her husband Danny, Taryn Bulger and her husband Ryan and Devin Robinson and his wife Hannah; great-great-grandchildren: Anthony Percival, Kayden Clark, Kolton Clark, Aubree Robinson, Evelynn Robinson, Wesley Bulger, Calvin Bulger and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ira Mccoy; brother, Sonny Williams and sister, Zola Dusher.

Wellington volleyball team embarks on its 5th season with a different head coach

2017 Wellington Varsity Volleyball team

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington volleyball program has been collecting head coaches like many people change out of their clothes. In five years, Wellington will have had five head volleyball coaches.

This year, Blake Brewster, steps up to the net. He was an assistant last season and is the son of Dean and Dixie Brewster, who are (and were) accomplished head basketball coaches in Argonia.

Blake Brewster

Brewster and the 2017 Crusaders are off to a 2-5 start so far this year after playing in the “Early Bird” Winfield tournament and splitting a double dual in McPherson.

Wellington defeated Mulvane 25-14, 17-25, and 25-23. Earlier in the day, Wellington lost to host McPherson 25-16, 25-11.

In the Winfield tournament, the Crusaders finished 1-4. They beat Winfield 25-13, 23-25, 25-13 in their fifth match of the tournament. That broke an 0-4 start in which they lost to Wichita Trinity 23-25, 25-12, 25-8; Conway Springs 15-25, 24-26; Buhler 25-20, 29-27; and El Dorado 25-23, 22-25, 26-24.

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South Haven Fair parade held last weekend

Sumner Newscow report — The South Haven Fair parade was held last week with a large turnout. Click here for all the pictures taken by reporter Amber Schmitz. 

Wellington tennis team takes competitive quad against ranked opponents

Kylie Aufdengarten and Mekenna Adams went undefeated in No. 1 doubles.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The fifth ranked Wellington girls tennis team opened its season with a bang eking out a one-point victory over eighth ranked Buhler and a five-point win over Class 3A third ranked Conway Springs.

Wellington hosted a quad Tuesday under perfect August skies. In the end the Crusaders finished first with 19 points. Buhler had 18 and Conway Springs 14. Goddard Eisenhower finished fourth with 9.

Both of Wellington’s doubles teams: Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten in No. 1 doubles and Avery Rusk and Rylee Rusk in No. 2 doubles placed first. Jacelyn Buck placed first in No. 2 singles.

“It was pretty decent start for the season, but there are many things we need to improve on,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. 

Theurer Storage and Rentals $1 sale

WHS Daily Bulletin: Auditions for school play ‘Fools’ is set for Thursday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017:


•No event listed.


•Girls got at Augusta Country Club, 3 p.m.

•Freshman volleyball at Rose Hill, 5 p.m.


•No school.

•Varsity football at Clearwater, 7 p.m.


United Way of the Plains to accept donations for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey

Sumner Newscow report — United Way of the Plains will accept donations and work with United Ways in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey that will provide both short and long-term recovery programs to hard-hit communities. If you wish to specify a particular area, please note the city or county on your check and United Way of the Plains will make every effort to get the funds to the closest United Way.

United Way of the Plains will distribute funds without any administrative charges. Make checks payable to United Way of the Plains, with Hurricane Harvey in memo line, and mail to United Way of the Plains, 245 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202. For more information contact United Way of the Plains, 316-267-1321. 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, August 29, 2017:

Crusader preview: Wellington girls tennis team set to put preseason No. 5 ranking on the line

The 2017 WHS girls tennis team. (Click on photo for larger version)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls tennis program has experience, depth, and a state ranking going into its home opening tournament today.

The only thing it doesn’t have is an overall significant number of players and a possibility of getting placed in a lousy regional — as in a regional so tought it will end potential state qualifying aspirations. Today’s preseason tournament is the first of two at Sellers Park. This one today is considered the best of the two as it brings in highly competitive tennis teams from Goddard Eisenhower, Conway Springs and Buhler.

Wellington comes into the tournament as the preseason Class 4A No. 5 ranked team according to the Kansas Tennis Association poll. Wichita Collegiate, McPherson, Topeka Hayden and Independence are the only four teams ranked ahead of the Lady Dukes.

In 2016, Wellington finished ninth overall in Class 4A at the state tournament in Winfield. Of the six who qualified for the state tournament, only one graduated: Lauryn Snipes. She was partnered with Avery Rusk.

James Paul Hess, 89, Caldwell: Nov. 29, 1927 – Aug. 27, 2017

James Paul Hess

James Paul Hess, of Caldwell, died on August 27, 2017 at the age of 89.  Paul was the seventh child born to James George and Leona Hess on November 29, 1927 in rural Corbin, Kansas.  Paul attended a one-room schoolhouse down the road from his family farm and attended Caldwell High School.  Paul would tell about how his father came and picked up the children from the schoolhouse one day during the dust bowl.   Paul married his high school sweetheart, Carol Hoyt, on February 2, 1951.

Although Paul was disqualified for the draft into the U.S. Army for WWII, due to a previous farm accident that affected his right hand, he was drafted into the Korean Conflict as a sniper in the 179th Regiment Infantry, 45th Division in 1950.  On January 17, 1952 while on a night patrol preparing for an ambush, a member of the infantry triggered a landmine, wounding all in the party.  While seriously wounded in the abdomen and legs, Corporal James P. Hess crawled his way over frozen, mine-covered ground to a field telephone and called for urgent medical assistance.  Paul was recognized and honored for his heroism and devotion to duty as a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Award.  After a lengthy stay at army hospitals in Japan and Denver, Colorado, he returned home to his bride, Carol. 

Sumner Sheriff weekly report: August 21 – August 28, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Aug. 21 to Aug. 28, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Brown Box Bakery to be at food truck rally before Wellington-Clearwater game Friday

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