Daily Archives: October 9, 2017

Robbery at Casey’s West on Sunday…

Sumner Newscow report – Late Sunday evening at 11:35 p.m. on October 8 an unknown masked subject entered Casey’s west armed with a knife and demanded cash.  The subject left Casey’s West in Wellington with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No employees or customers were harmed during this incident.  The robber was described as 5’10” tall 150-170 pounds, dressed in a dark colored top and dark pants, wearing dark colored gloves and a pair of unknown brand dark colored shoes with white soles.  The subject appears to be wearing some type of mask covering their face.

Should you recognize this person or have any information about this crime, contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331, Sumner County E911 or Sumner County Crimestoppers at 620-326-3135 or 800-222-TIPS.

Donna Regnary, 67, Wellington: July 27, 1950 – Oct. 7, 2017

Donna Regnary

Donna M. Regnary, age 67, of Wellington, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center.  Donna worked as a toll collector for the Kansas Turnpike Authority for 28 years.  She has been a Wellington resident since 1989 .

Donna M. (Gale) Regnary was born on July 27, 1950 in Whitewater, KS to Ivan Gale and Margaret (Fenimore) Gale.

Donna married Gary T. Regnary on October 21, 1989 in Mayfield, KS.

Donna enjoyed spending time with family and friends, knitting, and baking.

Linda Willey, 75 Caldwell: August 3, 1942 – Oct. 8, 2017

Linda Willey

Linda Faye Wooderson Willey was born on August 3, 1942 to Roy and Genevie (White) Wooderson in Caldwell.  She had her ultimate “Homecoming” on October 8, 2017 as she passed away at the Oxford Grand in Wichita.

She grew up on a farm in Grant County, Oklahoma and attended country school through eighth grade.  Her freshman year she came to Caldwell for her high school years and graduated with the class of 1960.  Little did Linda know she had already met her future husband, Karl Willey, on trips into town with her parents.  They dated all through high school and after Linda attended Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma for one year they were married in Caldwell at the United Methodist Church on July 9, 1961.  They were blessed to spend almost 52 years of marriage together.

Linda and Karl made their home in Wichita.  She worked outside the home until their first daughter, Kimberly, was born.  Their second daughter, Sherri, completed the family.  The young family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and later to Oxford, Alabama.  In 1974 the family was fortunate to have the opportunity to return to Caldwell and purchased Detrick’s Grocery Store.  Linda worked alongside Karl to make the business a success.  She enjoyed working in the store and community and was still able to take care of the home and be involved in all of her daughter’s activities.

Wellington Police Department to initiate seat belt campaign starting Oct. 30

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Beginning October 30 through November 3, the Wellington Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies to stop what has been likened to an epidemic in Kansas. In 2016, 44 children ages 0-19 lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas.  Sadly, almost half of those children were not wearing their seat belts.

“In the health field, they talk about making sure children have received their immunizations to prevent deadly diseases,” said Chief Heath.  “But what many parents don’t think about is that wearing a seatbelt properly is the best prevention of serious injury or death in a vehicle.”

According to the 2017 Kansas observational seatbelt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seatbelt. If the driver is buckled, about 98% of the children are restrained. If the driver is not buckled, only about 29% of the observed children were buckled. We want adults to model good driving behaviors for children.

Betty Jean Thompson, 94, Wellington: April 18, 1923 – Oct. 7, 2017

Betty Thompson

Betty Jean Thompson, age 94, lifelong Wellington resident, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Botkin Care & Rehab Center in Wellington.  Betty worked as a Nurse Aide at Cedar View Nursing Home for 22 years before she retired in 1980.

Betty Jean (Washburn) Thompson was born on April 18, 1923 in Wellington, KS to Eugene Washburn and Alverta E. (Mumford) Washburn.

Betty married Carl F. Dwyer in 1939.  He passed away in 1969.  She then married Francis (Mat) Dwyer in 1972.  He died in 1978.  She then married Jack E. Thompson in 1980.  He passed away in 2006.

Betty was a faithful member of the First Christian Church for over 80 years and was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Carl Dwyer, Mat Dwyer, and Jack Thompson; son, Rodger Dwyer; daughter, Beverly Griffith; grandson, Christopher Dwyer; great granddaughter, Donna Miles.

Help wanted: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker


Sumner Mental Health Center has three (3) openings for individuals to provide psychosocial rehabilitation services to assist consumers on a one-on-one basis with interpersonal and daily living skills.  Job requirements include good writing skills for documentation of services; aptitude to use an electronic medical record and computer training programs; professional judgment; time-management skills, and must meet criteria to drive the agency fleet.  Prior social services work preferred.  Two (2) of the openings are to work with youth in Community Based Services and one (1) position is to provide services to youth and adults.

Applications are available at Sumner Mental Health Center 1601 W. 16th Street, Wellington, KS or resumes may be emailed to  Background checks required for employment.  October 25, 2017 closing date unless filled earlier.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the comment section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

Culture Cow: The first Oldies, but Goodies!

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Monday. A slow week in pop culture and the fact that I’m on vacation this week means I’m going to be doing something a little different with this week’s Culture Cow.  Let me present you the Oldies, but Goodies edition.

I’m going to take a look at some of the best albums/movies/books/TV shows in no particular order.  If you need your fix for new music however, check out some great new singles from Sam Smith, Maroon 5, Pink, and Ty Dolla $ign.  With that out of the way, let’s get started because, much like rain at an amusement park, you didn’t ask for it, but here it is so try and enjoy yourself.

The first relative oldie I want to shout out is Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper.  It was the young hip hop phenom’s first major project similar to his Coloring Book, every single song is a banger.  You’ll have to check it out on Soundcloud or YouTube, but it’s definitely worth the search.  A surprising bonus to this mixtape is the list of features.  Every artist featured on the project went on to be rising stars in the culture. 

The list includes Childish Gambino, Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, NoName, Vic Mensa, BJ the Chicago Kid, and a couple more fire contributions.  The mixtape stays upbeat most of the time with pumped-up hits like NaNa, Favorite Song, and Juice, but is balanced with Chance’s woke songs like Cocoa Butter Kisses and Everything’s Good.  Acid Rap is one of the best mixtapes ever and if you think I was just waiting for an excuse to write about it… you’d be right.

Next, let’s venture all the way back to the land of VHS tapes for one of the best animated films of all time, Anastasia.  Recently made into an excellent Broadway play (I was in NYC a few nights ago), Anastasia follows the story of the Communist Revolution in Russia in the early 1900s.  When the Bolsheviks rose up and overthrew the aristocratic government, the rounded up the royal family and executed them, but there was a legend that the youngest daughter, Anastasia, escaped and was rumored to still be alive somewhere. 

Two con-men decided to hire an actress to play the part of the lost princess and deliver her to her grandma in France for the reward money.  Once they (and the Bolsheviks) find out they might have the real princess, a fantastic adventure of Disney proportions breaks out.  One of the best and most underrated of Disney’s princesses, Anastasia is a great choice to break the monotony of whatever your kids are currently watching on a loop or for nostalgic millennials.

Wellington Police report this weekend: Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017:

Friday, October 6, 2017

Wellington Fire/EMS Department: Oct. 2-8, 2017 report

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, 2017 is as follows:

E-Waste Collection Day at the City of Wellington Recreation Center is Saturday

E-Waste Collection Day at the City of Wellington Recycling Center on Saturday, October 14 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Collecting unwanted, working and non-working electronic devices. For more information about the operating hours, please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831.  For questions concerning specific items to be collected or data destruction, please contact Pete at 316-305-6896 (evenings) or Julian at 316-305-6895 (evenings).

NO CRT monitors, NO old tube-type TV’s.

WHS Daily News Bulletin: Don’t forget FCA will be Friday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Oct. 9, 2017:


Regional  golf.


Volleyball at Buhler.


AVCTL Cross Country at Buhler.

9th Volleyball at Mulvane.


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