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Sumner County Fair celebrates ’90 years along the Chisholm Trail’ August 4-6

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Fair will be celebrating “90 years along the Chisholm Trail” August 4-6 in Caldwell. The following is the schedule for the week:

Saturday July 29

6:00 p.m. Horse Show at Argonia Rodeo Arena

Monday July 31

7 p.m. Fair Set up

Thursday, August 3

4-8 p.m. Entering of open and junior class exhibits.
 Entering and Consultative Judging of 4-H Exhibits
Weighing and entering of all livestock.
8:30 p.m. Required meeting of livestock exhibitors in barn.

Friday, August 4

Help wanted: K-State Extension Agent at Sumner County office

EXTENSION AGENT, Family and Consumer Sciences opportunity in Sumner County, office in Wellington, Kansas. See for responsibilities, qualifications, and application procedure. Application deadline is August 16, 2017.

K-State Research and Extension is an EOE of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Background check required.

Missing person from BHU Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center had died

David Harrison

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath confirmed Friday that David Harrison, a 76-year-old man, who escaped from the Behavior Health Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, was found dead.

“It is with great sorrow to report that the missing person from Sumner Regional Medical Center reported to Wellington Police on Wednesday, July 19th 2017 was found deceased,” he said in a statement.  “No further information will be provided.  This case is under investigation.”

U.S. 81 Construction project won’t be completed until October (maybe); here’s how to avoid a train

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – U.S. 81 is officially closed, as the Kansas Department of Transportation closed the road off for construction Thursday.

The project, according to the KDOT press release, is expected to be completed in October – depending on delays caused by adverse weather conditions.

The new detour, as you probably know, is sending southbound drivers – east on Harvey Street, south to Jefferson Street, and down to Botkin Street on the south side of town, before turning west and rejoining to U.S. 81. For those, who are taking the detour, may get caught by a train. The one at 10 a.m. this morning was there for at least 15 minutes.

Wellington residents are very familiar with the underpass outlet to the south part of town via Fair St. Those not from here maybe not so much. If a train is occupying the intersections at Jefferson and Washington, here is the route to move you along your way… 

Instead of sitting at the U.S. 81 detour at Jefferson and Washington during a train stop, head east on Harvey Street (blue line) to Fair Street, which will take you to the south part of town.

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of July 21-23, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

17 candidates for school board, city council and Cowley trustee speak at political forum

There were 17 candidates at Thursday’s political forum.

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten of the 11 Wellington City Council candidates were on hand for a forum held at the Raymond Frye Complex Thursday evening. Two of the four Cowley College trustee candidates were on hand while all five Wellington School board members were present.

The candidates were given one question. What were the top two concerns they had about the office they were seeking?

The forum — sponsored through the Women for Kansas-Sumner County, Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Sumner County Economic Development — lasted slightly more than an hour. The following are a synopsis of what was said by each candidate at the well attended gathering. To watch the full video of the candidate’s forum, click here.

Wellington School Board

The school board candidates started first with candidates Carol Hadorn and Jaron Parsons, who are vying for District 1 Position 4 in the general election. Larry Mangan and Darick Harriger, who were vying for District 2 Position 5 then spoke. Jason Newberry, who is running unopposed for District 3 Position 6, spoke at the end. There will be no primary for Wellington school board races. The two contested races will be held in the November general election.

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Video feed: Candidates forum – Wellington School Board, Wellington City Council, Cowley trustee

Political ad: Glennis Zimmerman for Cowley College Trustee


Spider-Man playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend…

This week at the Regent Theater: “Spider-Man”

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

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo).

Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).

See Culture Cow review here.

Caldwell leaders are looking at building a splash pad at a city park

This is an example of a Splash Pad that the City of Caldwell is looking to construct.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With splash pads becoming such a popular trend, Caldwell leaders have decided to start a campaign to install one in its city park.

A splash pad or spray pool is a water recreation area, usually located in a public park, for water play with very little or no standing water, and is free to the public. This type of water recreation eliminates the need for lifeguards, and limits the need for supervision. Most often, there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad’s rain deck, and may also have other water features, such as a rainbow, or mushroom or flower shaped showers.

Caldwell’s splash pad will offer free recreational water activity during the summer months in the Caldwell City Park, and will feature handicapped accessible, motion activated directional jets, cascades, jet stream, bucket trio, and an aqua dome. The total cost of the project is estimated at $85,000. In order for the project to become a reality, a capital fundraising campaign will be necessary. Construction is being planned for 2018.

This has been an ongoing discussion with the Caldwell City Commission, City Administrator Casie Risley, and Public Works Supervisor Marc Marcrum, for the past five years

City Council approves sewer study of campus; KDHE to involve itself in tire issue

Correction: It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday’s article that the city has agreed to set aside $20,000 to install sewer facilities for the new satellite Cowley Campus in Wellington. On Tuesday, the council has agreed to set aside $20,000 to go with a study by Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. concerning sewer extension and improvements for the campus site.

Wellington City Manager stated this morning to Sumner Newscow:

“The City did not approve sewer to Cowley, and the City did not agree to install sewer facilities.  The latter two things may yet occur, but not at this point.”

Shields said normally the developer pays the sewer, the city pays the electric and they split the water.

At the meeting, Council member Kip Etter said he felt the city has a responsibility to take care of such agreements. He said he would send a message to other developers, either in a good way or a bad way.

Hansel agreed, saying, “This will send a loud message to future development. We need to be progressive.”


Correction 2: It was also incorrectly reported that the the city was repaving the lots at Casey’s General Store West. The terminology is “re-platting” not repaving which is a zoning procedure. The reason for the re-plat is so the owners of Casey’s can sell off the storage units which are behind the convenience store.


(Wednesday version) by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Department of Health is getting involved in the tire issue that the city of Wellington has been dealing with for several months. The property at 220 Haslett has hundreds of tires on the property, and the city is trying to figure out how to get rid of them, and the owner has also been trying to help.

The 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival Contest winners

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are results of many of the Kansas Wheat Festival contests held last week. If there is a contest we have not yet published send it to [email protected].

Grand Prize winner:

Lisa Carrington, second right, was the winner of the $500 prize. She is standing with her two children: Chloe and Caleb. Wellington Executive Chamber Director Annarose is presenting the check.


Perplexing puzzle winners:

The Poplar Street Gang of Sharon and Matt Pryce, Meri Hainsworth and Alysa Stewart were the winners of the 555-piece challenge. The runner up team was from Hutchinson.


Coloring Contest winners:

Wellington Heat to play for Kansas Collegiate League Championship tonight

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat won Tuesday 6-5 against the Valley Center Mud Daubers and are playing for the Kansas Collegiate League Championship game tonight at 7 p.m. at Sellers Park. 

Update: Missing 76-year-old male has been located

Sumner Newscow report — The elderly man who escaped from the BHU unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center has been located at 2:42 p.m. today according to the Wellington Police Department. 

Calling all fairies, mermaids and unicorns!

Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio at 316 S. Washington is very excited to offer our a Fairies & Friends Magical Dance Camp – July 24, 25, and 26th!  If your little one loves fairies, mermaids, unicorns and other magical creatures- you will not want them to miss this fun three morning camp! Camp is daily 9:00-11:30 with noon pick up available at no additional charge!  Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio – 316 S. Washington Wellington KS

It’s geared towards dancers age 4-8. Children will get a great mix of singing, dancing, and fun and games! They will be making props to use for the LIVE PERFORMANCE at the end of the camp and will even leave with their very own fairy garden! 

July 24-26 9:00-11:30 Fee: $60 (Late pick up @ NOON Available for FREE!!)

Registration Deadline: Friday July 21 – is required to allow us to have plenty of materials for the children. (More specifics will be given to those that register.)

No Dance experience necessary!

Call Michelle or go online to register today! – 785-466-6338

Register here

New state law may not affect Wellington Aquatic Center slides

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several Kansas cities, including Winfield, have been closing water slides at pools and aquatic centers due to a new state law that includes heavy restrictions and permit requirements.

However, Wellington City Attorney Shawn DeJarnett said Wellington may be exempt from any potential closures.

Shawn DeJarnett

The new law went into effect July 1 after a state lawmaker’s son died last summer on the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. It imposes new inspection and permit requirements on amusement rides, which states:

A water slide is an amusement ride if it is ‘a slide that is at least 15 feet in height and that uses water to propel the patron through the ride.’”

DeJarnett said the “propel” portion of the law, probably will exempt Wellington from the same regulations placed on others.

“The ones at the Wellington pool do not do that, so they feel it does not apply to them,” DeJarnett said.

He said the discussion is continuing with city attorneys around the state and with the league of municipalities. For now the slides will remain open as usual, but he said the discussion is continuing.

(Updated) July 18 Wellington City Council meeting video feed…

This is the newest version of Tuesday night’s video of the Wellington City Council meeting:

Special thanks to Robert Hamilton for producing these videos. 

Wellington City Council candidates forum to be held Thursday

Sumner Newscow report — A candidates forum for the Wellington City Council, the Sumner County representative for Cowley College, and the Wellington school board will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.

The forum is being sponsored by three organizations: Women for Kansas-Sumner County, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and Sumner County Economic Development.

Political ad: Vote for Tami Klinedinst for Wellington City Council

Tami Klinedinst

Wellington City Council Candidate, Tami Klinedinst, is an established Licensed Health Care Administrator and Executive Director with a positive demonstrated ability in business operations and business development.  Through this professional experience, Tami has very strong abilities and skills in budgets, staffing and total quality management of systems and processes. 

This has resulted in her exceptional improvements of the facilities she has led to achieve National Recognition in 2016 American Healthcare Association.  Tami is currently serving on the Wellington City Planning Commission since 2013 and is a Wellington Lions Club member.

 Tami graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  In 1981, she received her degree and license as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Colby Community College. 

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