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Labor Day blog 2: Gaston’s Floor Covering will help you kick off the holiday season in style

Editor’s note — This is the second of the three-part Sumner Newscow Labor Day Blog about a local business owned and operated by local people. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here’s More »

Best of the Orient feature

Labor Day Blog Part 1: Sammy Somona takes no short cuts when it comes to food at Best of the Orient

Editor’s Note — Labor Day is about the working men and women and nobody works harder than those running small businesses. Sumner Newscow is featuring three Labor Day stories about Wellington businesses More »

10 things to know about vollyball

10 things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington Volleyball team…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington High School girls volleyball team…   1. Where we last left off… Wellington’s season ended in More »

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We currently have no garage sales for this weekend for Labor Day Weekend. You can still do by putting your ad in the comment section below: More »

Sumner Newscow turns 3 copy

Sumner Newscow turns 3…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow, the premiere news website in Sumner County, turns 3 to today. Since its inception we have published 3,203 stories in our everlasting pursuit of More »

Labor Day blog 2: Gaston’s Floor Covering will help you kick off the holiday season in style

Feature Gaston's Floor Covering

Editor’s note — This is the second of the three-part Sumner Newscow Labor Day Blog about a local business owned and operated by local people.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here’s a scary thought. Christmas is only four months away and Thanksgiving is three months away. Think about this. You might be hosting the family for Thanksgiving or Christmas. You might have to host the company Christmas party or the sorority holiday bash.

Wouldn’t a new floor in the kitchen or in the living room be ideal to making that party a true success?

Well, Gaston’s Floor Covering — locating at 1200 E. 16th Street in Wellington — is here to help you.

shaw carpetThis month, Gaston’s is running a carpet sale – on a wide variety of luxurious Shaw Carpet, laminate and wood flooring all in stock and ready to put in your home. Come check out the newest fresh yarns to bring color, texture and value to your homes. 

Jimmy Alley Reed, 911 Director of Emergency Services in Sumner County, dies Saturday

Jimmy Allen Reed

Jimmy Allen Reed

James “Jimmy” Allen, 57, Reed died Saturday, August 30, 2014. He was the 911 Director of Emergency Services for Sumner County.

Allen held several positions including KEMA representative to the State Interoperability Executive Committee; KS 911 Coordinating Council board member Governor Appointed for the Operations-Subcommittee; past President (board member) for Kansas Chapter of APCO; South Central Homeland Security communications sub-committee; South Central Region Vice-President to KEMA board; Sumner County Incident Dispatch Team; and Hutchinson Community College Advisory Board (dispatch program).

State certifications were held with IMT (Incident Management Team); COML (Communications Leader); COMT (Communication Technician); KCEM-KS Certified Emergency Manager and Mulvane Fire Department Volunteer.

Evelyn Diebolt, 56, Wellington: March 6, 1958 – August 28, 2014

Evelyn M. Diebolt, of Wellington, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 in her home at the age of 56.

Evelyn was born the daughter of Joe and Christina (Ronspey) Diebolt on Thursday, March 06, 1958 in Iola. Her parents precede her in death.

Following high school, Evelyn continued her education by briefly attending college. She then began at local nursing homes by providing maintenance and cleaning services. Evelyn eventually moved away from the Iola area and settled in Sumner County where she spent several years residing in Wellington. She was involved with the Sumner County Mental Health Center where she was part of the gardening group and helped as a dishwasher. Evelyn loved animals and was particularly fond of chickens and roosters as they reminded her of growing up on a farm. 

Labor Day Blog Part 1: Sammy Somona takes no short cuts when it comes to food at Best of the Orient

Best of the Orient feature

Editor’s Note — Labor Day is about the working men and women and nobody works harder than those running small businesses. Sumner Newscow is featuring three Labor Day stories about Wellington businesses owned and operated by Wellington people. Today our feature is on Sammy Somona, owner of the “Best of the Orient” Restaurant – a Wellington restaurant staple for more than 20 years. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sammy Somona of Wellington had one message he wanted to get out there when he found out we were going to do a story on him this week…

“Tell people we are open.”

Somona is the owner of “Best of the Orient” – a Thai-Chinese Restaurant in Wellington located at 114 E. Lincoln. Lately, he has found himself caught in a local Chinese Restaurant war. With the opening of “Good Taste” Chinese Buffet in east Wellington, that now makes three restaurants serving Asian food in the Sumner County seat – including The Great Wall on the west side of town.Best-of-the-Orient

That’s a tough sell in a community of 8,000 people – especially when so many people are employed in Wichita these days and not eating lunch here. It doesn’t help when social media and rumors spread like fire that Best of the Orient Restaurant has closed.

But for Somona, it is about weathering the storm. He realizes people are going to try the new guys out. His hope his loyal customer base, those who have patronized his business for years will return.

People have grown to love the unique dishes served at  this Lincoln Ave. location.

People have grown to love the unique dishes served at this Lincoln Ave. location.

Best of the Orient is a downtown business and off the beaten track. It has for years built its reputation as a buffet serving great zesty home-style food and extremely loyal customers.

“I’m not a big fan of super buffets,” Somona said. “Those places with 100 or more food items seem to taste like they have been warmed up in a microwave.” 

10 things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington Volleyball team…

10 things to know about vollyball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington High School girls volleyball team…

 

1. Where we last left off

Wellington’s season ended in 2013 with a 14-21 record and a first round sub-state loss to Mulvane 25-22, 15-25, 25-14. That most certainly on paper was nothing to remember in the history books. However, there were some very good signs in the making in October.

The 14 victories were the first time Wellington reached double-digit wins in years. In previous years, Wellington feasted on smaller schools to pick up wins. In 2013, Class 4A victories started to become a reality.

Four of the six regular starters in 2014 were sophomores. Eight of the 12 girls were underclassmen.

 

2. Enter Alison Widen…

Post your FREE garage sale ads here

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We currently have no garage sales for this weekend for Labor Day Weekend. You can still do by putting your ad in the comment section below:

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, August 28, 2014:

Wellington Football Scrimmage canceled for tonight; volleyball still going…

Due to inclement weather the Wellington Crusader Club Hamburger Football Scrimmage will be canceled.

The Wellington Gatorade Volleyball scrimmage will go on as planned starting at 5 p.m. at the Wellington High School gymnasium.

Wellington Rec Rap – Summer into Fall edition

WRC rec rap logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Check out this week’s “Rec Rap Summer into Fall edition.”  Check out the WRC Fall brochure and register online at  www.wellingtonrec.com. Click on the blue logo at the bottom of the home page to view a virtual brochure and click on register now to sign-up.

Brochures  will be delivered to schools and area businesses  the first week of September.

Call the WRC at 326-3323 for more information on all WRC programs and activities.

Fitness Classes

City of Wellington transfer station to be closed Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Transfer Station will be closed Monday – Sept 1 in observance of Labor Day.  Monday’s commercial trash collection will be picked up on Tuesday.

Sumner Newscow turns 3…

Sumner Newscow turns 3 copy

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow, the premiere news website in Sumner County, turns 3 to today.

Since its inception we have published 3,203 stories in our everlasting pursuit of recording the history of Sumner County since Aug. 28, 2011.

With that in mind, we are giving a free T-shirt to the first person who could tell us what was the first news event we ever covered as a Sumner Newscow operation. Just submit your answer in the comment section below or send us an e-mail at sumnernewscow@gmail.com.

Guardians of the Galaxy will be hitting Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

Guardians of the Galaxy

This week at the Regent Theater: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Movie trailer is below).

 

When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Sneak Peak tonight!: Middle School Special Screening is Thursday at 7 p.m. Wear your Knights t-shirt and get in for only $6!

 

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour and 1 minute

 

Movie Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

Wellington High School Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

This week’s schedule:

Thursday - 

•JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.

•Football scrimmage at Wellington High School, 6 p.m.

•Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage, 5 p.m.

Friday -

•No school.

Saturday - 

•Varsity Volleyball at Winfield. 

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Triumph Accessory Services looking for mechanic, new capabilities technician

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Triumph Accessory Services in Wellington is a leading provider of maintenance services to military, regional and commercial aircraft. Triumph is currently looking for qualified individuals for:

Mechanic

New Capabilities Technician

For complete job information and to apply, go to the website triumphgroup.com.

Pre-employment drug screening and background checks are required as well as random drug/alcohol screening.

Triumph provides an excellent work environment and benefits.

Triumph is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

Public to get first view of athletes at annual Crusader Club Volleyball/Football Scrimmage

Take it to the public WHS seniors

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Wellington sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to get a sneak preview of both the WHS volleyball and football teams Thursday evening. The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will be holding a Gatorade Scrimmage at 5 p.m. at the high school gymnasium and the WHS football, the Wellington Middle School team, and the youth football teams will be showcased in the Crusader Club Scrimmage.

Here are a few things you will see:

•Wellington has 70 football players out this year including 20 seniors (see newly released roster below). Individual pictures of all the football players can be found here.

•Great manicured field thanks to new groundskeeper Steve Gill.

•Other amenities such as the new banner on the press box and the new decked out Crusader Grill by Impact Bank.

Here are a couple of things you will not see Thursday:

Susan Wampler, 66, Wellington: June 3, 1947 – Dec. 19, 2013; services Saturday

Susan Wampler

Susan Wampler

Susan Wampler, 66, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away in Oregon on December 19, 2013.

Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.  Arrangements are with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.

Susan Kay Wampler was born June 3, 1947 the daughter of Floyd and Leona (Nuttle) Wampler in Wellington. The family moved to Anaheim, CA and she graduated from the Anaheim High School.

2014 Crusader tennis preview: 10 things you need to know…

10 things to know about the tennis team

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington High School tennis squad…

 

1. Where we last left off…

Wellington head girls tennis coach Brian Aufdengarten brings back five of the top six girls on the 2013 squad. Wellington had one doubles entry in the state tennis tournament in Topeka last October. Kelsey Whaley, who qualified with Peyton Adams, graduated with a 23-9 doubles record in 2013.

Peyton Adams

Peyton Adams

 

2. First the good news…

The good news is Peyton Adams returns for her fourth year in the program as a senior. She is a two-time state qualifier and one whale of a competitor. As part of the Wellington duo, she and her partner Whaley had a flare for the dramatic which included playing two marathon matches in the Wellington Regional last October in which it took five hours for them to play. Aufdengarten said he might use her in singles. Of course, that is in a perfect world. And we don’t live there.

 

3. Now the bad news …

Wellington Chamber holds ribbon cutting for Good Taste Chinese Buffet

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the Good Taste Chinese Buffet Restaurant at 1311 E. 16th Street in Wellington this morning.

The buffet, which was the Wellington Steakhouse, opened in July by the Jason Lin and his family. The new business includes five tables and 100 food items including Chinese, American and Seafood dishes. The Lin family is currently opening a Japanese, Thai Restaurant in Wichita as well.

Darl Parsons, 86, Geuda Springs: Nov. 15, 1927 – August 24, 2014

Dari Parsons

Dari Parsons

Darl Parsons, 86, of Geuda Springs died August 24, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home and residence for the past 49 years. He was born November 15, 1927 in Hugoton, Kansas. He was the son of Ted and Bess (Beach) Parsons.

His family moved to the Winfield, Kansas area in 1937. Graduating from Oxford High School in 1945, Darl joined the US Navy Jan. 1, 1946. He spent the majority of his service in the Pacific and was honorably discharged as Seaman 2nd Class Nov 24, 1947. Upon discharge, Darl assisted his Father in farming. Darl continued his life as a farmer until his death.

On May 2, 1953 he married Jo Ann Patton. He continued farming as well as working at the GE plant at Strother Field. He worked at the GE engine rebuilding facility for 20 years retiring in 1990. He continued his farming post-retirement of cattle, sheep and wheat. A lover of animals, he always had a dog and many cats for companionship.

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