Daily Archives: May 19, 2020

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Wellington School District announces Class of 2020 Cum Laude honorees

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington School District announced its Cum Laude honorees for 2020. Six Wellington seniors were named as the top honorees of Summa Cum Laude. Four Wellington seniors were named Magna Cum Laude, and four Wellington seniors were named Cum Laude.

Summa Cum Laude winners – GPA 3.5 or better, ACT 29 or better, KS Scholar Curriculum Completers, 3 or more AP Classes: Tyler Brown, Austin Fink, Karsten Gill, Brody Groom, Mason Lough and Caleb Starnes.

Tyler Brown

Austin Fink

Karsten Gill

Brody Groom

Mason Lough

Caleb Starns

Magna Cum Laude winners – GPA 3.5 or better, ACT 26 or better, KS Scholar Curriculum Completers, 2 or more AP Classes: Rowan Catlett, Austin Harriger, John Long, and Quinn McCue.

As Kansas moves into Phase 2.0, Mid-America Dragway and Wellington Regent will reopen

Sumner Newscow report — Kansas will take the next step in its reopening on Friday, when movie theaters, museums, non-tribal casinos and other indoor entertainment venues will be permitted to reopen. Gov. Laura Kelly unveiled the changes Tuesday — the latest rollback of restrictions after weeks of lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Subsequently, a couple of local business owners have announced their reopenings. 

Mid-America Dragway, six miles west of Arkansas City on U.S. 166, will reopen on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a race called the “Quarantine Comeback Throwdown.” The gates will open at 8 a.m. with time runs starting at 10 a.m. Click here for more details.

•Wellington Regent, our favorite local movie theater, will reopen on Thursday, June 4 with the playing of Pulp Fiction – a 1990s Quinten Tarantino movie. First-run movies won’t be available for at least a month, according to Jerry Fike, Regent Theater owner. The opening of “Mulan” which was the movie the Regent was going to show when the pandemic hit in March, will start on July 24.

Bars and night clubs, along with swimming pools, will stay closed.

Wellington Recreation Commission and fitness center reopened Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Recreation Commission and the fitness center reopened today Monday, May 18 resuming normal business hours!
Please note these guidelines at the FC.


We ask that all patrons be mindful of the occupancy limits. WRFC workers will be monitoring numbers and tracking people in and out of the building.

Please continue practicing social distancing while in the building.  

Wellington City Sanitation Department will be running behind on routes this week

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Sanitation Department will be running behind on routes this week.

Any uncompleted residential routes will be completed the following day. 

Lawrence Alvin Durant, 90, Wellington: Nov. 17, 1929 – May 18, 2020

Lawrence Alvin Durant

Lawrence Alvin Durant, age 90, of Wellington since 1955, died Monday morning, May 18, 2020, at his home.

Lawrence was born on November 17, 1929, in St. John, Kans. to Robert Eugene Durant and Mildred Irene (McAllister) Durant.

Lawrence worked in the oil field from 1955-1962; from 1962-1974 he was a freight contractor for the Santa Fe Trail Truck Line; from 1974-1985 he unloaded piggyback trailers for the Santa Fe Railroad; from 1985-1995 he was a truck driver for GEC Welco; from 1996- 2004 he worked from U.S.D. #353.  He farmed most of his adult life and retired in 2005. Lawrence was born on November 17, 1929 in St. John, to Robert Eugene Durant and Mildred Irene (McAllister) Durant.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War from October of 1948-October of 1952.

He married Virginia L. Winn on April 16, 1955, in Wellington.  She preceded him in death in 2001.

Wellington High School released summer weights and condition program

Sumner Newscow report — The following is an outline of the Summer Weights and Condition program by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith.

We will start PSQ when we are in Phase 3 of the reopening plan, which right now is scheduled for June 15. For the first two weeks, we will only have high school students coming to PSQ

Phase 3: June 15- 26: High School only

1) Adhere to social distancing guidelines established by the Governor and Sumner Co. Health Department. (PHASE 3)

a) Mass Gatherings of no more than 90 individuals are allowed. We will limit 30 people max in each location: (weight room, main gym, aux gym) or conduct conditioning outside to help maintain social distancing

b) Maintain 6 ft. of social distancing with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.

2) Adhere to KSHSAA Guidelines:

Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting minutes: Monday, May 18, 2020

by Rama Peroo, Director of Institutional Communication at Cowley College — Dr. Harold W. Arnett presided over his first meeting as Board Chair during the monthly Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The meeting was held in the spacious Wright Room in order to safely increase community access with an approximate gathering limitation of 40 people while maintaining adequate social distancing. The meeting was also live-streamed to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Dr. Arnett has been a Board member since January 2020. His term will expire in January of 2024. Dr. Arnett’s bio can be found at

In other matters (the administrative reports were listed in the Board book):

Clinton Ray ‘Bear’ Kindy, 65, Hutchinson: June 28, 1954 – May 14, 2020

Clinton Ray Kindy

Clinton Ray ” Bear ” Kindy, 65, of Hutchinson died May 14, 2020 at his home.  Clinton was born June 28, 1954, to Ray Raleigh Kindy and Mary Ann Kirkpatrick Kindy in Wellington.

Clinton graduated from Wellington High School in 1972.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1972- 1978.  He was stationed in Vietnam.  Clinton served on the Intrepid aircraft carrier as a gunner.

After returning home, Clinton worked numerous jobs.  He found his passion in the wrecker business, especially in the heavy wreckers.  No job was too big for him.  Clinton retired in 2013.

Fabiola’s Dining is now open for Dine-In and Curbside ordering!

Click it or Ticket program has been initiated in Wellington… You have been warned

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath concerning “Click it or Ticket” program which started this week.


“We started this yesterday, and will continue through Sunday, May 31, travelers can expect increased police presence on Wellington streets as we join 180 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2020 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.

This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Enforcement will occur around the clock because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unbelted crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours.  Drivers will be confronted with strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, May 18, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, May 18, 2020:

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