Monthly Archives: July 2020

Sumner Newscow straw polls: Sheriff and District 2 Commissioners

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is our pre-election straw polls for local races. These polls are completely unscientific. We will be having two local elections this next Tuesday: The Sumner County Sheriff’s race and the County Commissioners District 2. If you do not reside in the county or in the case of the county commissioners District 2 race don’t reside in that particular district, please refrain from voting.



Who will you be voting for in this Tuesday's primary for Sumner County Sheriff?

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People can enroll at Cowley College from the comfort of own home

Sumner Newscow report — With the fall semester slated to begin August 18, Cowley College is offering students a chance to enroll from the comfort of home. Students can call 620-441-5232 to make an appointment to virtually enroll on Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins will also be accepted at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City and at its Wichita Downtown Center.

Students that call to make an appointment will be given a Zoom meeting ID number. Individuals that take part in Saturday’s virtual enrollment will be entered into a drawing for a Cowley prize.

Other upcoming events at Cowley College include the Dorm Storm Move-in Days August 15 (Central, Kirke Dale, Storbeck) and August 16 (Docking, Kimmell, The Lodge), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Help wanted: Homemaker (full time or part time) for Health Department

Help wanted: Homemaker (full time or part time) – Health Dept

Pay range $7.45– $14.83

Full-time or Part-time homemaker position available at the Sumner County Health Department with in-home services. Position involves assisting frail, elderly and physically disabled in the home with housekeeping and personal care services under various service programs. CNA certification preferred.  Training for CNA/CHHA certification available after 6 months.   Candidate must have valid KS Driver’s License and reliable transportation; and must pass drug screen; physical and criminal background check.

Apply online at  Applications close 08/05/2020 or until filled.  If any questions or for a paper application, contact the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Rm 101, Wellington Ks 67152, ph 620-326-3395.  Job description available. EOE

Paid advertisement: Lt. Jessie Cornwell supports Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers

Darren Chambers

The following is a paid political statement by Sumner County Sheriff Office Lieutenant Jessie Cornwell:

“Now that we’ve heard from the ex-employees about the Sheriff election, I would like the public to hear from a current employee.  I’ve been with the Sheriff’s Office for seven years now.  I have seen the good and the bad that comes with working in law enforcement.  America is entering a time where there is so much hate and division towards one group of people to the next.  Law enforcement is an ever-changing profession, but we are getting better every day.  It’s important to have a leader at the helm of a law enforcement agency that has both the knowledge and experience to lead it through these trying times.

Sheriff Darren Chambers has both knowledge and experience.  He has been certified at both the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Center.  He has been a cop for more than 36 years, and a supervisor for over 25 years.  He has extensive experience in working Exploited and Missing Children while he was with the Wichita Police Department. He’s taught domestic violence scenarios at KLETC for many years. Think about this for a moment, Darren was selected by the Kansas Sheriff Association to mentor other newly elected sheriffs what their obligations to the public and their employees.  Not only does Darren have the knowledge, but he also imparts it on the others.  When children are abused or your family gets attacked, who do you want to investigate that?  A man with knowledge and experience to lead such investigations, or a candidate that has not even been to the Academy.      

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

RCB Bank offers farm and range management

Robert ‘Bob’ Lockwood, 65, Wellington: Oct. 6, 1954 – July 23, 2020

Bob Lockwood

Robert (Bob) Lon Lockwood of Wellington was born on October 6, 1954, in Sterling, Colo. and died July 23, 2020, at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

Born in Sterling, Colo. to Victor and Betty Lockwood, Bob graduated from Greeley High School, Greeley, Colo. in 1973.

Bob and wife Karilyn (Jones) met while working at Hewlett Packard in Loveland, Colo.

Bob worked at Big Dog Motorcycles and with security at the Kansas Star Casino for many years.  Bob had just started working at the First Christian Church when he became sick.  He transferred his membership to this church when they moved to Wellington and said many times it was one of the best things he had ever done, he felt at home.

KSHSAA will begin all fall activities as scheduled

Sumner Newscow report – By action of the KSHSAA Executive Board Tuesday, all fall activities will begin as scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. This includes practice and competition.

Local school districts retain the right to modify the start dates for practice or competition based on their local and county health recommendations.

 The KSHSAA considerations for fall activities released on July 22 are still in effect. Those considerations are posted here:

Walter Taylor III is officially charged with second-degree murder, details of the crime released

Walter Edward Taylor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Walter Taylor III, 21, of Wellington has officially been charged with murder in the second degree stemming from last week’s shooting in east Wellington.

Sumner County District Court released the court complaint today and Taylor faces three felony counts including:

•Murder in the second degree, with firearms involved — a level 1 felony;

•Criminal threat — a level 9 felony;

•Criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied motor vehicle — a level 3 felony.

Taylor is currently in the Sumner County jail with a $1 million cash or professional surety bond. He is accused of shooting and killing 34-year-old Travis Schneider from Wellington. The shooting occurred July 22 at 1:30 p.m. just east of the Hargis Creek Bridge on U.S. 160 involving two vehicles, both containing a driver and a passenger.

The county attorney office filed the charges late Friday night, but the complaint was not available publicly through district court until today.

According to the complaint: 

Lee Stoner, 87, Oxford: March 3, 1933 – July 26, 2020

Lee Stoner

Lee Stoner, 87, of Oxford, died July 26, 2020 at his home in Oxford with his family by his side.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established with the Wellington Humane Society PO Box 494, Wellington, KS 67152 and the Wellington Church of Christ 217 W. 13th, Wellington, KS 67152. To leave an online condolence please visit

Superintendent outlines school’s next step after board passes the delay start to Sept. 8

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Wellington Superintending Adam Hatfield after the school board voted at a special meeting Monday night 6-0 to start school on Sept. 8 after Labor Day weekend.


Adam Hatfield

“During the Monday, July 27 USD 353 BOE special meeting, members approved a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school will now be on Sept. 8. Guidance from our local health officials stated that the delayed start would allow enough time for some of the current local virus incubation periods to pass.

This means that starting after Labor Day provides less of a chance that the start of school would be directly connected to a trend upwards in Wellington cases. We have been closely following recommendations and guidelines from the Sumner County Health Department and will continue to do so. We appreciate their guidance and professionalism.

Here are the next steps for USD 353:

Sumner County Court Docket: July 28, 2020 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.


Wellington Fire/EMS July/August newsletter released

Sumner Newscow report — The July/August Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter written by Fire/EMS Chief Tim Hay can be found here.  

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 27, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 27, 2020

Latest Sumner County COVID-19 count…

Sumner Newscow report — Latest Sumner County COVID-19 Case count:


Sumner County has confirmed 92 positive cases as follows: 68 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, and 21 active.

The additional cases are under investigation.

Figures from Friday can be found here.

KDHE FIGURES (Monday, July 27: 88 in Sumner County. 

For more statistical information click here:

Help Wanted: Operator or Apprentice for City of Wellington Water Distribution and Wastewater departments

The City of Wellington is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Operator or Apprentice in both the Water Distribution and the Wastewater Departments.  These positions are responsible for the maintenance and operation of both respective water/waste systems including manual tasks and operating various mechanical and power tools and equipment.  Qualified applicants must have and maintain a valid Kansas Drivers License and have the ability to obtain and Kansas Commercial Drivers License.  Additional description of duties on the job application.  The City offers a rewarding benefits package including health benefits, vacation, and retirement.   We are willing to train those individuals with a skill set that aligns with the duties for the positions and will consider all experience when offering a starting wage.  Negotiations for beginning wage start at the range of $13.51 to $14.98.  Please bring all your skills and talents and apply at by August 7.  Both positions are listed, complete your profile, and apply for either or both.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: July 20 – July 27, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 20 through July 27, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26, 2020

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26, 2020:

Friday, July 24, 2020

Domestic incident leads to multiple charges of 28-year-old in downtown Wellington Sunday

A domestic incident occurs Sunday.

(Updated, Aug. 3) Sumner Newscow report — On Sunday, July 26, shortly after 10:30 a.m., Wellington officers responded to 122 North Washington regarding a possible disturbance at the Beehive Quilt Shop.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a 58-year-old male and his 28-year-old son involved in a physical assault.

Officers intervene and after a short struggle, the 28-year-old male was taken into custody.    

Augustus Hart, who was visiting his parents in the upstairs apartment of the craft shop, was arrested with a battery of a law enforcement officer, aggravated domestic battery, domestic battery, and criminal damage to property. Hart suffers from Type 1 Bi-polar disorder and had struggled to get the help he needed according to family sources. 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: July 20 – July 26, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 20 to July 26, 2020 is as follows:

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