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Can Can girls and Jessie Chisholm came to Wellington

The Can Can girls were dancing up a show at the Regent Monday.

Sumner Newscow report — On Monday, the “Wild Women of the West” Dance Hall girls and Can-Can dancers, along with a visit by Jesse Chisholm portrayed by Sumner Newscow’s own James Jordan, performed at the Wellington Regent Theater.

Caldwell’s Wild Women of the West portrayed the famous (and infamous) women from the Old West.

All the pictures from the fun filled event can be found here.

James Jordan as Jesse Chisholm.

Brooke McCorkle named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brooke McCorkle, a Wellington sophomore for the girls softball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Brooke McCorkle

McCorkle capped a very busy week on Monday by pitching a seven-inning shutout, by striking out 14 batters and allowing four hits in a 9-0 victory over Buhler. In that game she had 90 pitches with 66 of them being strikes for a .733 percent strike rate. She also had 22 of 27 first strike pitches. She also recorded a victory over Mulvane on Thursday by striking four and allowing 11 hits. On Wednesday, she pitched 8.2 innings, throwing a six-hitter and striking out 10.

On the batting side, McCorkle had 12 hits in six games, including a triple and two doubles. She has a .690 on base percentage.

For her efforts, McCorkle receives a delicious free large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Wellington girls break 3-game losing streak with 3-game winning streak

Wellington’s Madi Lewellen pitching in game one vs. Mulvane. Jacelyn Buck is shown above. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls are 7-5 for the season after sweeping Buhler Monday 20-6 and 9-0. On Thursday at home, Wellington lost to Mulvane 6-5 before coming back in the nightcap and winning 4-3.

Interesting statistic: Wellington has lost four of its five games by one run. The Lady Dukes could be 11-1 with a few more breaks. Subsequently, it has won two one-run games and could be 5-7.

Wellington had little trouble with Buhler on the road. In game one, Avery Rusk was 4 of 5 at the plate including a home run. Wellington opened with an 8-3 first inning lead and after rather two quiet innings, the Crusaders scored four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth.

The Lady Dukes would bang out 21 hits in this five-run rule game. Jacelyn Buck had two triples and Madi Lewellen had a double. In three of the five innings, Wellington would go through its whole batting rotation.

Lewellen was the starting pitcher allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out eight.

In game two, Wellington continued its dominance with Rusk ripping off four hits. Jacelyn Buck smacked a home run. Rusk, McKenna Jones and Brooke McCorkle all had triples.

Wellington baseball team falls to 5-8 with Buhler sweep, Mulvane split

Wellington’s Cade Phelps gets hugged by teammates after hitting a 2RBI walk off double in a game with Mulvane last week.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team finds itself in need of breaking a three-game losing streak after getting swept in Buhler Monday. On Thursday, Wellington split with Mulvane, winning the first game 7-6 before losing the second 11-1 at Sellers Park.

The Crusaders are 5-8 with one make-up and six games left on the schedule. The Crusaders return home to host Clearwater Thursday. The doubleheader opening pitch starts at 4 p.m. at Sellers Park.

Wellington ran into a buzz saw in Buhler, which is 9-1 for the season having lost only to Circle. Buhler would run-rule the Dukes 12-0 after five innings. The northern Crusaders scored three runs in the second, two runs in the third, and seven runs in the fourth. The southern Crusaders went through four pitchers with Therin Frame attributed with the loss allowing five hits.

Julian Jimenez was the lone Duke to get a hit in the first contest.

The second game was a little better but not much. Wellington was cursed with five errors. Connor Burnett had an especially good game at the plate with three RBIs on two doubles.

WHS Daily Bulletin: WHS Student Council officers are announced

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, April 25, 2017:


Tennis at Augusta

JV Tennis at Circle

Band Concert


CTE Showcase 6-8

Tennis at Winfield

Golf at Cherry Oaks

Senior Interviews.


JV AVCTL Tennis at Buhler.

Golf at Hesston

JV Golf at Collegiate

Baseball at WHS

Softball at WHS.


K.C. BBQ Society sanctioned Chisholm Trail BBQ Cook Off will start this weekend in Wellington

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With 30 teams signed up for the Chisholm Trail BBQ Cook Off next weekend, Wellington will smell delicious.

The cook off is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society for the first time and will include a KCBS professionally judged competition, a Kid-Q Contest, and a People’s Choice Award judged by contest attendees. Proceeds from the People’s Choice competition are going to be donated to the Memorial Auditorium air conditioning fund. There will be 40 judges available who have been certified by the Kansas City BBQ Society.

“We have a great committee, the planning has gone really well,” said Sunni Bales, who, along with her husband, Jim Bales, is a certified KCBS judge.

Kansas City BBQ Society rules and regulations will be followed. There will be a total of $5,000 up for grabs in grand prize money. Entry fee will include entry into categories of chicken, ribs, pork butt and brisket. The fee also includes entry into the People’s Choice, a pork butt, 15 amp 110v outlet, 20×30 ft space, water, 2 bags of ice, and a gift bag, which includes gifts from local businesses and contest sponsors. There will be prizes awarded for Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, top 10 places in each category, and People’s Choice.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt warns Wellington residents of scams

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt speaks to a Wellington audience about consumer scams and what you should do to prevent them.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt visited Wellington on Thursday afternoon in an effort to warn residents about possible scams, and how to protect themselves.

“We get 4,000 complaints about scams in Kansas alone,” Schmidt said.

Recovery of money varies, but can be in the $10 million range.

“That’s a lot of money that someone ripped off that we got back,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt went on to talk about consumer scams, such as telemarketing, lemon laws, and the additional tools that consumers need that don’t require hiring a private attorney.

Bank of Commerce in Wellington is celebrating Community Bank Week with refreshments and door prizes

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Bank of Commerce is inviting customers and non-customers alike to join them for refreshments during banking hours this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Community Bank Week.  They will have drawings for prizes that support the local community, such as Wellington Chamber Bucks and Wellington Regent Theatre gift certificates.

Community banks are part of the essential fabric of the rural or urban areas they call home. Inside these doors, critical decisions are made daily to ensure the success of local businesses, families, schools and communities. Across the state of Kansas, the last week of April is set aside to celebrate and recognize Community Bank Week. Members of the Community Bankers Association of Kansas (CBA) including Bank of Commerce in Wellington are hosting several activities to honor the vital role that community banks serve in their cities and towns.

“Community banks exist to come alongside local businesses and families to see their goals and dreams become reality,” said Blake Heid, CBA Chairman and President/CEO, First Option Bank, Paola, KS. “Across Kansas, nearly 300 community banks open their doors daily with a shared goal of seeing their local rural and urban areas succeed. The driving force of their daily decisions are always community bank customers, and CBA Community Bank Week gives community banks a chance to say ‘thank you’ in creative ways.”

Crusader and Knights sports schedule: April 24 – April 30

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the sports schedule for April 24-30 for the Wellington High School and the Wellington Middle School (WMS schedule below).

Monday, April 24, 2017
Time Event Location
3 p.m. Tennis: Boys Varsity Tournament

(Rescheduled from 04-04-17)

vs. Chaparral, Douglass, Fairfield, Kingman, Meade at Chaparral High School
3 p.m. Tennis: Boys JV Invitational
vs. Conway Springs, Derby, El Dorado, Valley Center at WHS Tennis Courts
4 p.m. Baseball: Boys Varsity/JV Double Header
4:30 p.m. Softball: Girls Varsity/JV Double Header
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23, 2017:

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly report: April 17 – 23, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for April 17 to April 23, 2017 is as follows:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Valley Center Art Day announced

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 24, 2017:


JV Tennis at WHS

Baseball at Buhler

Softball at Buhler

Tennis at Chaparral.


Tennis at Augusta

JV Tennis at Circle

Band Concert


CTE Showcase 6-8

Tennis at Winfield

Golf at Cherry Oaks

Senior Interviews.


JV AVCTL Tennis at Buhler.

Golf at Hesston

JV Golf at Collegiate

Baseball at WHS

Softball at WHS.


Post your FREE Wellington Citywide Garage Sale ads for Saturday, April 29

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This weekend will be the biggest garage sale weekend of the year in Wellington with the Citywide Garage Sale this Saturday, April 29. Post your FREE garage sale ads in the comment section below for the citywide garage sale here.

These are absolutely free garage sale ads and will be read by significantly more people than the $20 you will pay elsewhere. We will rerun this post a couple of more times before the big event.

Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Sunday blog: The psychology of challenging our mindset

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — Since I started writing columns for Newscow, I have been amazed by some of the reader-responses.  Whereas, I expected disagreement with some of my thoughts, I have been truly surprised by the vehemence of some responses.  It’s not that some responses have been rude, (I have enough self-confidence to handle that) it’s that they are actually “angry” at some of the views or thoughts I might have expressed.

Robert Escandon

The whole point of our press is that it is free to express opinions.  Okay, some of my views will not be shared by everyone (no surprise there).  On occasions, when a responder is expressing very strong levels of emotion, I have suggested they write their own counter-article and offer it to Newscow — unless Tracy is hiding things from me (which I doubt) then no reader has yet taken up that offer.

Some have advised that I “take my leftist views with me and get the hell outta Dodge.” Interestingly, I have always thought of myself as a centrist and am generally wary of political views which are towards the extremes (left or right).  Having lived for 68 years, I see that most problems exist in gray areas, where, at least some, compromise may be sought.  There can be no compromises with extreme points of view.

So, I have been trying to rationalize why some readers might get angry with my written words as opposed to simply offering points of disagreement.  After all, I am not angry when writing a column. I am simply offering some thoughts and opinions for my words to convey.  I happen to like writing and find it quite therapeutic — kind of “clears my brain” of thoughts that roll around inside my head. 

The 2017 Wellington Prom in awards and pictures

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Prom 2017 is now officially over and all the junior and senior prom participants probably made it home during some early morning hour.  For all the pictures click here.

Jayden Dycus and Mallory Barker were crowned WHS Prom Lord and Lady at the dance.

Here are the other award winners: 

Annual Smorgasbord in Mayfield to be held Saturday raising money for Church and missions

Special to Sumner Newscow — Since 1973, the Community of Mayfield has hosted two annual events that benefit the Mayfield Federated Church:  The Spring Smorgasbord and the Fall Lord’s Acre Dinner and Auction. 

The purpose of these programs is to raise money for the Church and missions, both local and global.  These types of celebrations were first introduced into Kansas in 1953 by S. Ben Finley, who at that time was pastor of the Tisdale Methodist Church of rural Winfield. Rev. Finley had no particular guidelines, but thought out the process, step by step.

When asked if this had any scriptural foundation, Rev. Finley turned to the Old Testament. References from Exodus and Leviticus gave the background for bringing the “first fruits” of harvest. It is a means of teaching stewardship whereby we share out time, our talents and our possessions with God.

2017 Wellington High School Prom Schedule of Events

New and Vintage Spring Market to offer 60 vendors to shop from

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The annual New and Vintage Spring Market will be held on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium in Wellington.

The New and Vintage Treasure Markets are held twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and feature a mix of handmade, vintage, repurposed and eclectic goods.

In 2015, Tawnya Ybarra of Wellington decided to host her own arts and crafts show. To better accommodate the amount of vendors and shoppers, she eventually had to move her event to Memorial Auditorium.

The market will feature 60 vendors with various types of goods to sell, including jewelry, repurposed items, clothing boutiques, home decor, rustic/vintage items and baby goods.

Wellington Rec soccer pictures will be taken Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Recreation Commission soccer games and pictures will go on as scheduled tomorrow. We’ll keep you informed if there are any changes. Coaches please have your players there for pictures an hour before game time. 

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