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Dora – The Lost City of Gold playing at the Wellington Regent

Playing at Wellington Regent: Dora – The Lost City of Gold:

Schedule: Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG (for action and some impolite humor).

Last chance to see: Yesterday at 7 p.m., tonight!

Coming soon:

Two established local businesses moving to downtown Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Two new businesses are headed for downtown Wellington.

The Wellington H&R Block Tax Preparation Office is making the move from its old building at 517 North G St. to 119 S. Washington Ave. which is the former location of RCB Bank in downtown Wellington.

H&R Block officials confirmed the move and the new office will be open as soon as next month. In fact, the website is already sporting its new address (see here). The new RCB Bank is now on U.S. 160, east of the Wellington McDonalds.

Another business, Travelin’ Smoke Barbecue which has the popular food truck on U.S. 81 (not far from the H&R Block old location by the way), will be relocating at Barefoot Jerry’s Pub and Grill.

In a statement, released on August 20 on the Travelin’ Smoke Barbecue Facebook business page: 

City of Wellington refuse collection routes are running behind this week due to truck breakdown

Sumner Newscow report — The refuse collection routes are running behind this week due to a truck breakdown and illnesses. Some of Wednesday’s residential routes were not completed until this morning. The city of Wellington may not be able to complete Thursday’s routes until Friday morning. The city of Wellington will be able to get back on our normal schedule Friday and Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sumner County Fair Association holds Figure 8, Demolition Derby last weekend

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The 2019 Sumner County Fair Association held the Figure 8 race and the Demolition Derby, August 16 and 17 respectively at the race arena on the west edge of Caldwell. Nathan Amstutz won the Fair Figure 8 championship. Scott Angell was the Demolition Derby champion on Saturday. 

The Figure 8 race with Nathaniel Zulkoski as chairman of the event and assisted by Scott York was held Friday night.  Four heats and a consolation heat were run to qualify drives for the final event.  Driver racing in the first heat were: Joseph Campbell, Jim Veale, Scott Biddle and Tony Russell with Biddle and Russell qualifying for the finals.  Competing in the second heat were drivers Brittan Stacy, Nathan Amstutz, Scott York, Robert Wilson, and Bo Musson with Amstutz and Wilson being the final heat qualifiers.  Third heat drivers were Brendon Hembree, Earl Beard, Reed Reynolds, Trevor May, and Adam Anders with May and Reynolds qualifying for finals. Justin Fraley, Justin Epperly, Max Parsons, Scott Gatewood, and Troy Lindley raced in the fourth heat with Parsons and Gatewood making it to finals. 

Wellington High School theater tryouts for two productions this year is Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School Theater will be presenting “Ebenezer – A Scrooge Story,” and “Mary Poppins.”

Children’s auditions will be Saturday, August 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wellington High School Auditorium.

Be prepared to read, sing 30 seconds (a cappella), a song of your choice. Also learn a dance combination. A parent or guardian must be present at the audition.

The show dates are: Ebenezer – A Scrooge Story – Nov. 15-17. Mary Poppins – April 9-11. 

Council agrees to move swearing in of new members to the first of December; expanding code compliance officer’s role discussed…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council verbally agreed to move the swearing-in of the new council members and mayor to the first of December instead of the second Monday of January as was the case two years ago. Thus it will effectively end the terms of the outgoing council members terms one month earlier — those being Kip Etter, Jim Valentine and Kelly Hawley on the council and Mayor Shelley Hansel.

The state of Kansas mandated city and school board elections to be held in November for a general election instead of April about three years ago, with the swearing-in of the new terms after January 1.

However, because there were problems with several municipalities across the state being unable to initiate the new members right after the holiday and before the second Monday of January, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill last spring allowing city/school districts to swear in new or re-elected members in December.

The Wellington City Council approves 2020 budget calling for 1.87 mill levy increase

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 4-1 vote, the Wellington City Council passed the 2020 budget at yesterday’s meeting. The budget, published herecalls for a 1.87 mill levy increase to 59.143 mills compared to 56.453 for the 2019 fiscal year.

A mill levy is the “tax rate” that is applied to the assessed value of a property. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 dollars of assessed value.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields said the increase equates to $46.41 on a $150,000 home and $15.41 on a $50,000 home.

The public hearing was held without comment.

“I guess we are all good,” said Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel, as she tapped the gavel to end the hearing.

The vote was: 

Help wanted: Sumner Community Hospital is looking for Certified Nursing Assistants

Sumner Community Hospital is looking for a few full time, energetic, customer-service oriented Certified Nursing Assistants.  We have openings on1st shift (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 2nd shift (5 p.m. to 5 a.m.) in our Acute/Skilled units and also in our BHU. Minimum starting wage of $10.22 per hour + shift differentials.  Competitive benefits with wages based on experience.  We offer a friendly, caring work environment and look for only the most compassionate care givers.  If you are one and want to join our team, apply in person at 1323 North A St, Wellington, KS. 67152, apply on-line at or e-mail resume to allenk@srmcks.orgSCH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Tobacco & Drug Free work place.

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New roof project could cost school district $1.3 million

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Fixing the Wellington High School roof will be an expensive proposition.

The Wellington school board heard from Don McMican, the engineering consultant for the project, last week and he told the board that the ever-leaking roof project that covers WHS will likely cost the school district at least $1.3 million. That project will come out of the school district’s capital outlay and contingency funds.

The roof project has been an albatross around the necks of the school board for several years now. The leakage has put the 15-year building’s integrity at peril.

Three contractors have submitted bids to the project, all with at least 15 years experience. The project is expected to take 280 days or 40 weeks to complete. The bids were broken down that gives the board leeway to see how much of the project it wishes to address. McMican said the base bid will address the roof itself and fixing the leaks at hand. That will be about $900,000 not including the $50,000 contingency. The alternative bids include fixing various parts of the masonry and walls on the ground level. 

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Golden Tigers Registration is set at Cowley College – Sumner Campus this Thursday

Sumner County Commissioner Meeting minutes… Commissioners approve 2020 budget with 3.9 mill increase

Sumner Newscow report — The following are Sumner County Commissioner notes for August 12 and August 13.


August 12, 2019, 9 a.m

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission room of the Sumner County Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Jim D. Newell and Commissioner John Cooney. Commissioner Steve Warner was absent. Also present was County Clerk Debra.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved minutes of August 5 and 6. 

Maintenance Director Joe Struble discussed generators and equipment with the Commission. Several aspects of the needs were reviewed. County Counselor Jack Potucek was also present. Director Struble advised funding would be available. 

Jan Grace, Campus Operations Officer for the Cowley College – Sumner County Campus provided an update of the campus, classes and outside uses of the Short Educational Building to the Commission. TECT Aerospace, Workforce Alliance and Cowley College signed a contract for an internship program. The program offers employees to receive credit hours towards certification while working. 

Sumner Community Hospital has so much to offer when it comes to healthcare services and professionals

High wind storm created electrical outage and extensive cleanup in Wellington on Saturday


This tree broke in half at the entrance at Woods Park on the east end. Clean up was extensive as high winds produced much debris over Wellington.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington homeowners spent Saturday cleaning up from an unexpected wind storm that blew through the area after midnight.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields said there were numerous tree limbs and fallen trees down across the city.  There were no reports received of significant damage but the city was without electricity around 2 a.m.

High straight-line winds, estimated over 70 mph, swept through the area at about 1:30 a.m blowing distribution lines together causing it to short circuit the system.  The outage was due to the short circuit, but the outside feed of power was never lost.  Activating the Gas Turbine Generator would not have restored power, Shields said. 

Wellington is getting love by statewide preseason prognosticators

Preseason practice is officially here. Wellington High School players participated in the annual conditioning drills on Saturday. (Photo by Steve Sturgis). 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The summer offseason is officially over. Today, teams across Sumner County in football, volleyball, cross country, girls tennis and girls golf have started the 2019 campaign. Today was the first official practice day as mandated by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.

Although the season is way too young for any kind of meaningful analysis, the Wellington High School football team is getting some preseason love. Additionally, Conway Springs is predicted to have another great year on the gridiron.

Here are just a few things being said by two of the preseason publications, you know those magazine/websites you completely forget about once the season starts.

Kansas Pregame Football Preview — This magazine published by Sixteen 60 Publishing Co. can be found at Impact Bank in Wellington and Caldwell (see website here). The publication has given Wellington an “others” destination in that Class 4A poll. Of course, Bishop Miege, is No. 1. Goddard and McPherson, the two teams that played for the west finals in 2018, are slated No. 2 and 3. Paola and Buhler follow. The full 4A list is as follows:

First Choice Therapy will hold its Grand Opening on Friday, Aug. 23, 3 to 7 p.m.

We have remodeled and relocated to the first floor for easy access for our patients. There will be food trucks, LOADS of FREE raffle prizes, KWLS 107.9, games for the kids, balloon animals, face painting, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and so much more!!!  You have the CHOICE to have your therapy needs to be met anywhere – make us your FIRST CHOICE! 


USD 353 Open House is tonight for all schools 4 – 6 p.m… First day starts tomorrow!


Open House at All Schools from 4 to 6 p.m.

TUESDAY, AUG. 20    

First Day of School: 

Wellington High school orientation – Juniors and seniors, 8 to 11 am. Freshman and sophomores, noon to 3 p.m. No Lunch Served and busses will run.

WMS Orientation –  On Aug. 20th, only 6th Grade will report (all day) at WMS
•7th & 8th Grades will report for their first day on Aug. 21.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the comment section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

South Haven Community Fair is set for August 22-24

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the schedule for the South Haven Fair from Thursday to Saturday: 

Thursday, August, 22


BEER GARDEN: Courtesy of Joe B’s Bar. Adjacent to the Shoo Fly Building from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., 21 to enter 

Friday, August, 23

VENDOR BOOTHS: Booths will be available to visit in the community building while the building is open 

EXHIBIT ENTRY: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

OLD FOLKS REUNION & LUNCH: Lunch will be served by the South Haven churches at the South Haven Senior Center at 11 a.m. 

EXHIBIT JUDGING: 12:30 p.m. 

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