Daily Archives: September 13, 2017

William Lindley Diacon, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 13, 1951 – Sept. 10, 2017

William Lindley Diacon

William Lindley Diacon was born September 13, 1951,  in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to James Louis Diacon and Dorothy Ann Hoch Diacon.  He died Sunday, September 10, 2017, at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, AR.

At age 2, he moved to Wellington, where he resided until graduating from Wellington High School in 1969. In 1965 he received his Eagle Scout award.  He attended the University of Kansas from 1969-1973, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology.  

He received his medical doctorate degree from the University of Kansas in 1976. He was a diagnostic radiology resident at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, from 1976 through 1980, serving as chief resident from 1979-1980. Following completion of his residency, he moved to northwest Arkansas, where he was medical director of the mobile ultrasound laboratory that brought the first ultrasound services to Carroll, Madison, and Benton counties.  

He was a staff member of St. Mary’s/Mercy hospital from 1980 until 2017, and was on the staff of Bates Hospital, Eureka Springs Hospital, Carroll General Hospital and Huntsville Hospital from 1980-1986.  In 1989, he joined the Rogers Medical Center, where he continued to practice until 2017.  In 1996, he was the medical director of the first ultrasound department in Arkansas to become accredited by the American Institute of Medicine (AIUM).  

Wellington volleyball team splits in 2017 home debut

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls volleyball came home for the first time this season and earned a hard-earned split vs. Wichita Collegiate and Rose Hill.

The Crusaders would sweep Wichita Collegiate 25-23, 25-20. Wellington lost the nightcap to the top ranked Rockets 25-19, 25-14.

The Crusaders are now 5-6 for the season.

Playing in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV for the first time this season, Wellington kept the Spartans on their heels. It built a 4-2 lead over the private school, and was down 10-9 before ripping off six consecutive points to take a 15-10 lead.

The Crusaders were up 20-12, when Collegiate started chipping away with five consecutive points. But eventually Wellington held tough and pulled off the two-point win.

In the second set, Wellington opened with a 4-0 lead and never looked back ending the game and the match with three consecutive Keelie Cunningham serves for victory.

Elaine Freeman, 71, Wellington: Feb. 2, 1946 – Sept. 12, 2017

Elaine Freeman

Elaine Ruth Freeman, age 71, long time Wellington resident, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her home.

Elaine R. (Winchell) Freeman was born on February 2, 1946 in Wellington to Walter E. Winchell and Mildred M. (Long) Winchell.  She was a 1964 graduate of Wellington High School and Hutchinson Community College.

Elaine married Wendell J. Freeman on October 21, 1967 in Wellington.

Elaine was an avid gardener, proud member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service organization, and longtime crochet enthusiast.  Above all, her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends.  She and Wendell opened the Daylight Donut Shop in Wellington, KS in August of 1980.  Owning the donut Shop, where so many folks start the day and celebrate special occasions, has been a source of tremendous pride for both she and Wendell.  She was a proud resident of Wellington, and thankful to have been able to raise her family here as well.

Help wanted: Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director position

Help wanted: Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director position…

The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated, results oriented Executive Director to enhance and grow a unified member-based organization. The Executive Director is responsible for all business operations of the chamber. The Executive Director is the spokesperson of the chamber and effectively and efficiently manages resources that promote the chamber and visitors bureau to area businesses, local government agencies, residents and guests of the Wellington area and Sumner County.

The Executive Director must demonstrate self-initiative in directing the activities that obtain and retain business members, plan and execute fundraising and civic events, and develop strong relationships with Wellington and Sumner County government agencies and the business community at large to provide value to the membership and to the chamber.

For additional information or to submit a resume, please contact Brandon Earl (Board President) or Stacy Davis (Incoming President) via email at:

[email protected]

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Open application period: Wednesday, September 13 –  Wednesday, September 20

Sumner Court Docket: Sept 13, 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.


Meal train, donations, set up for Karen Imsdahl and family

Karen Imsdahl and her husband Bill.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Karen Imsdahl of Wellington was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 small cell cancer in the liver, lung and glands. For the past seven years, she has served as the custodian at the Wellington Public Library, but recently had to resign due to health reasons.

At the present time, her husband, Bill, is not working, as he is taking care of her. This past weekend, a fungal infection was found in her lungs, and she is currently a patient at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to offset any expenses that arise, including living expenses, as neither of them can currently work. Donations may be made by visiting

Kansas Hunter Safety Clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — A Kansas Hunter Safety Clinic meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wellington Senior High School in the Agriculture Building on east side of campus. Lunch will be provided by the Wellington FFA on Saturday.

Prior registration is required. Sign-up at All material will be provided by Kansas Safe Hunter program, and there is no cost to the students.  It’s free.

Minimum age to receive a certification is 11 years. Class is limited to 75 students. For more information go to or call John at 620-326-8129.

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, September 12, 2017:

Duck hunting meeting/duck blind drawing to be held Oct. 4

Sumner Newscow report — The annual duck hunting meeting/duck blind drawing will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Lake Shop.

This meeting will be a requirement for all duck blind holders and hopefuls.

For questions or additional information, please contact Wellington Lake Staff at (620) 434 5454.

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