Monthly Archives: August 2020

2020 Crusader preview: Wellington volleyball team looking to vie for top 2 finish in AV-CTL DIV

2020 WHS volleyball team (click to enlarge).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Audrey Gill is the new head coach of the Wellington High School volleyball team. She inherits a squad that has a lot of promise and hopes to be one of the top two finishers in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.

Audrey Gill

Gill has been with the WHS program for three years and was the junior varsity coach. This year because Blake Brewster left for other career pursuits, Gill was elevated to the head coaching role. 

Driver of stolen vehicle eludes Sheriff deputies in Oxford area

Sumner Newscow report — On Friday, August 28, 2020, at 4:07 p.m., Sumner County Sheriff Deputies assisted Kansas Turnpike troopers who were pursuing a vehicle southbound on the turnpike.  Troopers were pursuing the vehicle with a stolen tag.

The driver of the vehicle left the turnpike at exit 19 in Wellington. Sumner County Sheriff deputies took over the pursuit from there.

Deputies pursued this vehicle for several miles until the pursuit was called off for safety reasons.  Deputies stayed in the area and located the vehicle parked off the road in a field.  The pursuit picked up again until deputies lost the vehicle around the Geuda Springs area. 

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Aug. 24 – Aug. 31, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Aug. 24 to Aug. 31, 2020: weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, Aug. 28 – Sunday, Aug. 31, 2020

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Aug. 31, 2020:

Friday, August 28, 2020

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log report: Aug. 24 to Aug. 30, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Aug. 24 to Aug. 30, 2020 is as follows: 

Rodent sightings have increased during the pandemic

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A study released in July by researchers at three universities indicates that the number of people reporting rat sightings has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlie Lee, a wildlife management specialist at Kansas State University, says the increased contacts between human and rodents could be a result of people staying in place more often where the animals are likely to be foraging.

“What’s really going on here is difficult to determine, but it’s probably that people are spending more time in locations that they haven’t spent that length of time in previously,” Lee said. “That gives them a greater opportunity to observe rats in those locations.” 

2020 Crusader Preview: Wellington’s season ahead is most certainly a trip into the unknown

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was picture day for the Crusader football team on a Thursday normally reserved for the Crusader Club hamburger scrimmage.

One player walked into Sellers Park not donning a mask. Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar looked at him and told him to go back and get a mask or he could not be in the team photo.

So goes 2020, a year like no other, where coaches have another level of stress on top the normal wanting to win ball games and all the other intangibles that go with coaching high school football.

The 2020 Wellington High School team. (Click to enlarge)

The high school season is just five days away, and come Friday Wellington will be hosting Clearwater in what will be the strangest football season in history. No one knows if this season will even occur, or when it could abruptly end, or maybe be suspended. As one has learned over the past six months, abrupt change is right around the corner.

But today we are focusing on the normal – the season ahead, as if 2020 was like 2019, 2018 or any other year.

Here are 10 things to know about the 2020 Wellington High School Crusader football team —

1. The essentials.

Wellington varsity volleyball team goes 2-1 in Winfield Invite

Sumner Newscow report — The following are results from the Winfield Invitational volleyball tournament held Saturday. This was the season opener:

WHS Main Gym Quad:                                          

Winfield, Ark City, Wellington, Mulvane.

Round 1: Winfield defeated Mulvane 27-25, 26-24; Wellington defeated Ark City 25-12, 25-17.

Round 2: Wellington defeated Winfield 23-25, 25-19, 25-23; Mulvane defeated Ark City 26-24, 25-15.

Round 3: Winfield defeated Ark City 25-14, 25-17; Mulvane defeated Wellington 14-25, 25-21, 29-27.

WHS Aux Gym Quad:                                                        

Weekly update (Aug. 28): Latest Sumner County COVID-19 case count update

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


Sumner County has confirmed 121 positive cases: 107 recovered, 3 deaths, and 11 active.

Last week: 110 positive cases: 95 recovered, 3 deaths, and 12 active.

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KDHE FIGURES (Friday, August 28): 117 in Sumner County (Up 7 from August 21).

Sumner Newscow Sport Calendar: Sat. Aug. 29 – Sat. Sept. 3

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS (Wellington and Sumner County football Fridays)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

9 a.m. Volleyball: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools..

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

3 p.m. Tennis: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  WHS Tennis Courts

Courts are located on 9th street, just West of football field

5 p.m. Volleyball: Varsity Game vs. Multiple Schools..

Mulvane vs Wellington Wellington vs Clearwater Mulvane vs Clearwater

5 p.m. Volleyball: JV Game vs. Multiple Schools..

Mulvane vs Wellington Wellington vs Clearwater Mulvane vs Clearwater

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Delays west of Wellington as U.S. 160 gets resurfaced

Repaving slowdown.

Sumner Newscow report — If you are heading west out of Wellington today, expect to be delayed, perhaps even for more than 15 minutes.

About 39 miles of U.S. 160 in Sumner and Cowley counties will be resurfaced beginning soon in a nearly $1.9 million project overseen by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The section to be resurfaced stretches from the Harper/Sumner County line east to the west city limits of Wellington, from the east city limits of Oxford to the west city limits of Winfield and from the east city limits of Winfield to the K-15/U.S. 160 junction.

Winfield teen charged for vandalizing MAGA billboard in Cowley County

Maga sign vandalized south of Winfield.

by Brady Bauman, — A Winfield teen was arrested Monday in connection to an on-going investigation of a political billboard that was vandalized recently, according to Wednesday’s Cowley County Sheriff’s Office activity report.

Garrett Bogle, 19, was arrested for criminal damage to property to a “MAGA” billboard that supports President Donald Trump. Authorities were called to the 25,000 block of U.S. 77 Highway for a report of criminal damage to property on Aug. 16.

The billboard, located just north of Ark City, was covered with blue paint and “resist” and “BLM” — the acronym for “Black Lives Matter” — were written over the blue in yellow paint.

CulturCow: Stop buying your Aunt’s essential oils and watch Unwell on Netflix

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday… Down to Earth with Zac Efron. The Goop Lab. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.  Netflix is known to create docuseries after docuseries about charlatans who believe they can solve life’s problems with a simple method or, even better, through a product they’ll be happy to sell you. 

With these myriad “wellness” cures in mind, it’s refreshing to hear the streaming giant finally put out a rebuttal in the form of Unwell.  Unwell is a new docuseries that explores a unique wellness trend each episode where it speaks to prominent leaders in the industry and the scientists that often prove them wrong. 

Wellness cures have combined a deadly brew of pseudoscience, cultural appropriation, and exploitation to create an entirely new culture around being “well” without the need for medicine and that isn’t just dangerous, it’s bleeding onto the cultural fabric of our country that we may not be able to bleach out.

Carl Wickery, 78, Augusta: Nov. 13, 1941 – Aug. 26, 2020

Carl Wickery

Carl Lewis Wickery of Augusta died on August 26, 2020. Carl was born on November 13, 1941, in Caldwell to Lewis Hughes and Verna Mae (Riley) Wickery. He was raised and received his education in Caldwell, where he graduated in 1961. Following school, he joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country.

Carl met Linda Sue Maxwell on a blind date. They were married on October 23, 1971, in Enid, Okla. and during the marriage had four children. Carl was probably best known in Caldwell as a butcher at Jack Sprague’s Butcher Shop. He retired from Walmart in 2003.

Wellington junior varsity tennis team kicks off 2020 sports season with Maize South tourney

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington junior varsity team traveled to Maize South yesterday for an eight-team invitational.  All matches were not finished at the time so no team scores were available.

Wellington’s top finisher was Airalyn Frame playing No. 2 singles, who won the tournament, in her first-ever tennis match.  She won all three of her pool play matches 6-1 over Maize South, 6-2 over Goddard Eisenhower, and 6-0 over Maize.  In the finals, Frame beat Varenhorst from Collegiate 6-4.  

Wellington’s No. 1 doubles team of Ashlyn Gerten and Jordyn Brown went 3-1 on the day only losing their opening match to Collegiate 6-1, but won their next three 6-3 over Maize South, 6-0 over Maize, and 6-3 over another Maize South team. 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Linda Beth Kostner, 68, Kingman: May 19, 1952 – Aug. 27, 2020

Linda Kostner

Linda Beth Kostner died on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Clearwater at the age of 68.

She was born the daughter of Adrian and Eleanor (Ruddell) Kostner on Monday, May 19, 1952 in Kingman.

Linda graduated from Kingman High School. She was also a proud graduate of Kansas State University and had a lifelong love of learning. Linda enjoyed working with children and was employed as a social worker and teacher most of her life. She was passionate about spreading the word of Jesus to children by working with church youth programs.

Door Rescue 911 – Never a trip charge for service in Sumner County

Sumner County high school football schedules for 2020

The following are the Sumner County high school football schedules for 2020. All games are at 7 p.m.


Sept. 4 — Clearwater, home.

Sept. 11 — Wichita Collegiate, away.

Sept. 18 — Andale, away.

Sept. 25 — Labette County, home.

Oct. 2 — Rose Hill, home.

Oct. 9 — El Dorado, away.

Oct. 16 — Buhler, away.

Oct. 23 — Mulvane, home.


Sumner Court Docket: August 27, 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.


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