Daily Archives: October 4, 2017

Adam Bennett, a 25-year-old Wellington High School grad, is killed in two-vehicle collision west of turnpike gate

by Shane Farley, — A 25-year-old local man was killed Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi east of Wellington on U.S. 160, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.  Adam Bennett was dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 2:40 p.m. Bennett was said to currently live in Winfield though he grew up in Wellington. He was a 2011 Wellington High School graduate.

Bennett was eastbound on U.S. 160 in a 2012 Chrysler 300 when he went left of center for an unknown reason, according to a report. The Chrysler collided with a 1986 Peterbilt semi traveling westbound.

The semi ended up in the north ditch and the Bennett vehicle ended up in the south shoulder of the highway. The crash occurred just west of an entryway to the Kansas Turnpike.

Fatality accident just west of turnpike gate

Full photo version of this accident can be found by clicking on the photo itself. Please use discretion. Photo use without permission is strictly prohibited. 


The Kansas Highway Patrol has confirmed that there has been a fatality in a two-car accident just west of the Exit 19 Turnpike gate on U.S. 160. The highway has been closed from east of Wellington Wal-Mart to the turnpike gate.

According to a Kansas Turnpike alert, the Wellignton Toll plaza Exit 19 has been partially open following the crash, but people should expect delays.

No further information was provided at this time.

Kelly Ford announced as the new Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce executive director

Kelly Ford

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB has selected Kelly Ford as the new Executive Director.

“After careful consideration the Executive Board of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB has selected Kelly Ford as the new executive director,” said Stacy Davis, incoming President of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. “Kelly understands she has big shoes to fill and is willing to accept that challenge, as well as bringing her unique touches to the Chamber.

“We are very excited for this new chapter and the opportunities that will develop from it.”

Across the Pond to perform at Memorial Auditorium on Saturday

Across the Pond

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, Oct. 7, why not enjoy a concert by Across the Pond at the Memorial Auditorium?

Across the Pond is a British Invasion tribute band, singing songs from artists such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Hollies, the Yard Birds, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.

“We play a pretty wide range of music, and it’s all pretty much British Invasion,” said the band’s drummer, Jim Beebe. “We try to cover the top songs from each band. Typically, when we start, the crowd sings along, as they know all of the words. It’s a lot of fun.”

About six years ago, Across the Pond was started as the brainchild of lead guitarist, Al Lang.

“It was through Al’s brainstorming that we became a band,” Beebe said. “It’s something he always wanted to do, and he’s a huge Beatles and Rolling Stones fan.”

Sumner Newscow precipitation table: Oct. 4, 2017 report

Important information about city of Wellington drinking water released

Editor’s Note: The following release was sent by the City of Wellington.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

When disinfection (such as the use of chlorine) is used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants combine with organic and inorganic matter present in water to form compounds called disinfection byproducts (DBP). EPA sets standards for controlling the levels of DBP in drinking water, including Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM). Compliance is based on a four-quarter average of sample results for each location where TTHM samples are collected, called a locational running annual average (LRAA ). The TTHM standard for any one LRAA is 80ug/L. Results for a sample we collected on 6/18/2017 show that our system exceeds the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL) for TTHM. One of the LRAA where TTHM samples are collected at the end of Second quarter of 2017 was 88ug/L.

What should I do?
You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

Howard Doyle Fisk, 82, formerly of Caldwell: Sept. 12, 1935 – Sept. 27, 2017

Doyle Fisk

Howard Doyle Fisk, 82, retired Insurance Adjuster for National Flood Insurance Program died on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.  Doyle was born the son of Howard Glen and Mildred Gertrude (Oathout) Fisk  September 12, 1935 in Grant County, Oklahoma. Doyle graduated from Caldwell High School in 1953.  He attended Oklahoma State University and was a member of the wrestling and swim teams.

He left college when drafted into the United States Army on March 17, 1959 to January 31, 1964, during the Vietnam Era. While stationed in California, he met Barbara Berry at a dance and three months later married her. Doyle brought her back to Kansas to reside.

He was a long time member of Riverlawn Christian Church, Wichita.

He was a Midian Shriner with York and Scottish Rites 3rd degree Knight awarded for exceptional services and Albert Pike Masonic Blue Lodge #303.  He enjoyed participating in Shriner’s Picnic & Back to School Report Card Day at Joyland Amusement Park, Shriner’s Parade, Shriner’s Circus & Muscular Dystrophy Clinic affiliated with Shriner’s Hospitals for children. 

Madge Lucille (Cline) Volavka, 95, Caldwell: March 5, 1922 – Oct. 2, 2017

Madge Volavka

Madge Lucille (Cline) Volavka died on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Sumner County Hospital District#1 in Caldwell, Kansas at the age of 95 years, 6 months and 27 days. Madge was born March 5, 1922 on the family farm near Medford, Okla. to Benjamin Franklin Cline and Belle R. Cline.

Madge graduated from Medford High School in 1939 and Tonkawa Junior College in 1941.  She was always on the honor roll throughout her school years.

Madge and her friends attended a lot of dances at the Sokol and ZCBJ halls.  She met Charlie Volavka, Jr. at one of those dances and they married on August 5, 1941 at the Christian Church in Medford, Okla.  They were married for 58 years.  They lived on a farm northeast of Caldwell where they raised cattle, sheep, shetland ponies, wheat, milo and alfalfa.

Madge and Charlie adopted two children, Patricia Ann at the age of 5 and Douglas Kim at the age of 3.

WHS Daily Bulletin: If you are motivated, there is a work ethic meeting on Thursday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017:


No events listed.


  • Cross Country at Cheney State Park 4:30
  • 9th VB at Augusta 5:00


  • Regional Tennis @ Collegiate
  • Football at Scott City 7:00


  • Regional Tennis at Collegiate
  • JV Volleyball at Chaparral, 9 a.m.

Tomorrow’s breakfast: Scrambled eggs.

Wellington Council approves Westborough Street project; to be included with 3 others in bond financing

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council approved a project to repave the streets in the Westborough Subdivision at its meeting Tuesday. Earlier in the meeting they approved a bond issue to finance this and other projects.

APAC-Kansas had the low bid of $665,255, which was well below the engineer’s estimate of $867,563.

The people of the subdivision had filed a petition with the city to get the roads paved, and those people living there will pay 10 percentage of the cost of the project and for all of the design portion.

The project passed when Mayor Shelley Hansel casted the tie-breaking vote to make it 4-3. Voting for the ordinance were Vince Wetta, Jan Korte, and Bill Butts. Voting against the proposal were Kip Etter, Kelly Hawley and Jim Valentine.

Etter said he was in favor of the project but wanted the project to include curb and guttering. That had been part of the discussion all along as people who build roads agree that adding curb and guttering will protect the streets, lower maintenance costs and make them last longer.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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