Daily Archives: October 1, 2017

From the airport, to a tribute, to a football game, to a visit by Elvis… 3 days of pictures in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was an incredible three days in Wellington. On Thursday, there was the air show at the Wellington Airport. On Friday, there was the tribute to Stephen Jamerson and the Wellington Collegiate football game. On Saturday there was the Elvis Concert at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium. Here are the pictures that we have of the four events:

Wellington vs. Wichita Collegiate football game – Pictures by Eric Rinehart. The full photo gallery can be found here.

The pregame tribute to Stephen Jamerson – who died the previous evening in an auto accident. Pictures by Eric Rinehart. The full photo gallery of the event can be found here.

The Elvis Show at Wellington Memorial Saturday evening. Pictures by Amber Schmitz. The full photo gallery can be found here.

The Kansas Air Show was held at the Wellington Memorial Auditorium. Pictures by Amber Schmitz. The full gallery can be found here.

Harold ‘Dick’ Norris, 84, Wellington: Feb. 11, 1933 – Sept. 29, 2017

Dick Norris

Harold “Dick” Norris, 84 of Wellington, died under Friday, September 29, 2017 at his home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 until 8 p.m at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags and may be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Harold Richard “Dick” Norris was born February 11, 1933, the son of William Clarence and Selma (Achelpohl) Norris in Portland, KS. He attended Wellington High School and served his country in the US Navy serving during the Korean War. On October 25, 1952 Dick was united in marriage to Peggy “Jolene” Hundley in Wellington at the First Baptist Church. 

Sunday blog: Fact vs. Pleasant Fantasy

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — Over the course of a long life I have come to the conclusion that most of us, most of the time, believe what we want to believe, rather than that which may be true.  This tendency becomes amplified when, or if, the true situation might require an unpalatable solution.

Robert Escandon

For the past couple of decades a debate has raged concerning climate change and whether or not mankind has been influencing global warming.  This is not the first time that man has been faced with the prospect that (we) can alter the climate.  I remember the scare that CFC chemicals being discharged in the atmosphere, were destroying the Ozone Layer and therefore allowing more destructive ultraviolet light to penetrate to the earth’s surface.

There was very clear evidence of this with a “hole” of depleted ozone over the southern hemisphere, growing measurably bigger every year.  While it was affecting only Antarctica, mankind wasn’t too concerned.  However, concern started to turn into alarm when vegetation in extreme southern regions showed unmistakable destruction, due to being bathed in excessive UV rays.

The evident was clear.  Satellite images showed the ozone hole getting ever-larger and TV crews could show viewers exactly what was happening to vegetation in southern latitudes as the UV rays grew more intense.  There was no debating the science and world leaders took action by banning chemicals used in certain aerosol products and refrigerant liquids.

Showing respect for the flag/nation is proper, correct and right

by Pam Ross, Letter to the editor — There was a time when children in particular were taught certain manners, either at home or at school.  It seems to me that some of those fell through a hole along the way.  For example; walking on the correct side of the aisle, speaking clearly and enunciating properly, showing respect to one and all regardless of what one’s opinion is. Sorry, I digress.

Our nation idolizes sports figures.  I feel badly for the actions being shown by several professional athletes; when the National Anthem is played in public, you are to stand, remove your hat if you are a male, place your hand over your heart and face the flag.  I was taught to sing the anthem if you knew the words. Showing respect for our flag/nation is proper, correct and right.  It is not a time for a demonstration of your current discontent.  The right to peaceful assembly is more appropriate for that.

Conway Springs remains No. 4 in Class 3A; Caldwell graces top 10 in 8-man Div. II; game updates of other schools

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs and Caldwell grace the top five of their respective Class 3A and Class eight-man division 1 polls in the various statewide polls across the state.

Conway Springs, which beat Trinity Academy 62-35 (see stats here), is No. 5 in four statewide polls in Class 3A: The Wichita Eagle, The Topeka Capital Journal, the Catch It Kansas, and the

Nemaha Central, Phillipsburg and Silver Lake are in the top 3 although those teams are switched around based on which poll. Garden Plain is ranked No. 5 in all four polls.

Caldwell, which beat Burrton 63-6 last week (see stats here), is No. 3 in the Catch It Kansas poll. It is in the “others” in the Wichita Eagle, Capital Journal and the K-Preps poll.

The full poll can be found for the Wichita Eagle here,  Topeka Capital-Journal here, Catch-It Kansas here, and here.


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