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Avengers: Endgame playing this weekend at Wellington Regent

Held over a second consecutive week!!!

Playing at Wellington Regent: Avengers: Endgame.

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

Rated: PG-13.


Schedule: Thursday, March 30  – 2 and 7 p.m. 

Top of South Haven’s Class: Cynae Wiley and Cade Dvorak

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are continuing the feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We are featuring one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is South Haven.

Valedictorian: Cynae Wiley

Salutatorian: Cade Dvorak.

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

State track preview: Weather is predicted to dominate

De’Andre Washington and Blake Rausch will be participating in the 4×100 boys relay team at the state meet.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest state high school sporting event, is scheduled to begin Friday at Wichita State University. But the weather appears to be as uncooperative with the trackers as it has been in every other spring sport.

So let’s assume everything will go without a hitch tomorrow and Saturday. The meet promises to be heavy on Wellington athletes but light on other Sumner County athletes.

Wellington is bringing 17 boys and girls entries to the state track meet. The full schedule can be found here.

Now how many of those entries will end up being podium standing placers? It is going to be tough.

U.S. 81 north of Wellington is now open

Sumner Newscow report — U.S. 81 north of Wellington to the casino is now open.

Here is an update of all roads affecting the county according to the Sumner County Emergency Services:

Latest Sumner County weather warnings…


Sumner Newscow report — The latest from the Sumner County Emergency Management office…

Thunderstorms will increase as they spread west/northwest across south-central and central Kansas this morning. Scattered to numerous thunderstorms, several of which may be severe with very large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible this afternoon and tonight. Areas at greatest risk for very large hail, perhaps around 2 inches in diameter, 60 to 80 mph winds and a few tornadoes would across all of south central Kansas and those parts of central Kansas (ORANGE shaded area)… along, and south, of Great Bend through around McPherson. Golfball-sized hail and winds to around 60 mph are expected for the remaining areas.

Most rivers will remain in flood, through Friday morning.

FLOOD WARNINGS in Sumner County…

Help wanted: Wellington Public School nurse

Wellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following position:

  • School Nurse   (available for the 19-20 school year).

Interested parties should complete the online Certified application found on our website,, under Job Opportunities. 

Sumner County road closure updates:

Road closures as of Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — The following was released by the Sumner County Emergency Management and the Kandrive website.

I-35 northbound/southbound through Sumner County: OPEN
HWY K-49 north from Caldwell to Viola: OPEN
HWY-81 south from Oklahoma stateline: CLOSED
HWY-81 Wellington south to South Haven, Caldwell, Okla Stateline: OPEN
HWY-81 Wellington north to Casino: CLOSED
HWY-53 Casino to Mulvane: OPEN
HWY-55 Belle Plaine east to Udall: OPEN
HWY-160 Wellington east to Winfield and west to Harper: OPEN
HWY-166 South Haven east to I-35: OPEN
HWY-166 I-35 east to Ark City: CLOSED

Argonia blacktop north to Suppesville: OPEN
Argonia blacktop south to 90th ST: OPEN
Clearwater blacktop from Clearwater to 90th Ave: CLOSED (at Sedgwick County line)
Corbin blacktop from Corbin to HWY-81: CLOSED
Corbin blacktop from Corbin to 80th ST: OPEN
Perth blacktop from K-49 east to HWY-81: OPEN
Belle Plaine South blacktop from Belle Plaine to HWY-160: CLOSED
Dalton blacktop HWY-160 south to HWY-166: OPEN
Oxford blacktop from Oxford to Geuda Springs: OPEN
Oxford blacktop north from Oxford: CLOSED
Ridge Road dirt road, north from Ninnescah River to County Line: CLOSED
Rock Road and 70th Ave. N (Cicero Rd) dirt road: CLOSED

The Bureau of Reclamations and The Army Corps of Engineers that manage the Arkansas River basin flood control has begun the release of water from Cheney Lake starting Wednesday morning for an unspecified amount of time. All three rivers in Sumner County (Chikaskia, Ninnescah, Arkansas) are currently in flood stage, and are expected to remain in flood stage until possibly Friday morning.

Wellington council hears 4-page, 1,800-word report on flood, hail, water line damage

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The last time the Wellington City Council met it was the night of the big flood. It was a subject that dominated the regularly scheduled meeting two weeks later.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields presented a four-page, 1,800-word doc “flood event” report to the council that assessed the events and the damage that occurred on May 8 (see the full document here). It also delved into an unrelated storm earlier concerning hail damage in north Wellington and the water line breakage that occurred because of the flood.

“In the end, we certainly hope that this event is a rare and never again occurrence,” Shields surmised at the end of his verbal report to council.

The question many in Wellington are contemplating, what is the status on federal and state relief.

People are asked to avoid certain area of Wellington Lake due to flooding

Sumner Newscow report — Due to flooding at Wellington Lake, the attached map includes roads that are closed off. Please avoid these areas. Do not drive around barricades or drive through water-covered roadways.

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Cowley College – Sumner Campus has announced its fall 2019 schedule; Enroll today!

Cowley College – Sumner Campus

Now enrolling for Fall 2019!

Short General Education Center

General Education (Core Classes):

  • Composition
  • College Algebra*
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Public Speaking
  • Computer Applications

Technology & Innovation Center

  • Agricultural Studies*
  • Computer Science
  • Career & Technical Education

*Summer 2019 Course options also available!

Contact Admissions today!

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Wellington native Gerri Wetta Hilger releases new book: ‘Our Duty’

Gerri Hilger makes an ‘author talk’ presentation at Wellington Public Library.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Flight nurses first appeared during World War II, and normally received little or no training, as badly wounded soldiers were coming in, and nurses had to be ready to fly. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, there were no flight nurses.

Gerri Wetta Hilger, a native of Wellington, presented her newly published book, “Our Duty”, during an author talk held recently at the Wellington Public Library. Hilger did extensive research to make sure that her historical facts were accurate, along with telling the story of the less recognized, but just as important, people who served our country during World War II.

“The book is 75 percent true,” Hilger said. “Lots of events were created to bring the characters together.”

“Our Duty” follows best friends Polly and Aggie, student nurses during WWII, and their shenanigans, as they struggle to graduate. Aggie joined the Army Air Corps, where she qualifies to be a flight nurse, and Polly remained at home to help out. They wrote many letters back and forth to one another, and through them, readers will learn of the difficulties faced by the under-recognized group of brave women, including their initial lack of respect by the military brass. Letters from home entertain Aggie, as they describe romantic adventures and escapades.

Chisholm Trail Festival in Caldwell was a hoot

Sumner Newscow report — Caldwell celebrated the 25th anniversary of their annual Chisholm Trail Festival, May 3-5. The event included a gunfight downtown, and a program titled “Looking for The Border Queen.” There were cornhole tournaments, sidewalk sales, crafts fair, a Czech Chapter beer garden, wagon rides, kids activities and more fun galore. For all the pictures of the Chisholm Trail Festival by Amber Countryman just click here

Top of Oxford’s Class: Kendra Ives, Hannah Smith, Robin Myatt

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are starting a new feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We are featuring one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is Oxford.

C0-Valedictorian: Kendra Ives.

C0-Valedictorian: Hannah Smith.

Salutatorian: Robyn Myatt. 

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The finding your diploma question







So could you find your high school diploma if you tried?

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Weather notes: Wellington Family Aquatic Center opening delayed, state golf meet starts 1 week

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Family Aquatic Center will open Monday, May 27. The original opening date was Friday, May 24 but the opening has been delayed due to weather complications.


The Class 4A High School state golf tournament, which was scheduled for last Monday, will not be played until Tuesday, May 28.  The state meet is being held at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield. 

Game of Thrones Ends Not With a Bang, but With a Fizzle

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — After eight years, an ungodly sum of money, and countless shocking moments, one of the most pivotal shows in history has finally come to an end.  And, boy, was it BORING.  If you would’ve asked me a month ago, I probably would have predicted I’d still be broken up about the finale days after the fact, but to be honest, I’m just happy it’s over. 

This season was a disappointment wrapped up in a nightmare and I’m glad the show’s creators took the easy way out and gave us some shameless fan service that falls apart the minute you start thinking about it.  None of the characters got the ending they deserved, innumerable mysteries stayed just that, and why the hell is Bran king?  Game of Thrones was an incredible show for years and I’m sorry it had to end this way, but thank god it’s over.

As always, let’s do a quick recap of the “action.”  The show starts out on an admittedly cool shot of Drogon taking wing behind Danny as she walks to address her insanely large army considering what we’ve been told of her “depleted forces.”  She then gives a rousing speech that is only meant to be scary because it’s in a different language and spoken to an army of brown people (another dollar in the racism jar please). 

For the month of May, Wellington has received 16.91 inches – and we have 10 more days to go

Sumner Newscow report — So how much rain has Wellington received this month? Here is the daily precipitation accumulation from May 1 to today, according to the west Wellington station at the Collaborative Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. The total has been 16.91 inches thus far, with 10 days to go. Is it closing on a record? Not sure. But there is no doubt it has been more than a lot.

Wellington’s 4×100 meter relay team is named Big Cheese athletes of the week

Wellington’s regional winning 4×100 relay team: Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield, and Blake Rausch.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 4×100 meter relay team has been named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.

The 4×100 meter relay team placed first in the Class 4A Regional held at Circle Thursday evening. The team, consisting of Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield and Blake Rausch, ran the race at 43.8 to finish first to qualify for the Class 4A State Track meet held this Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University.

For their efforts, these four young men each receive a free large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 North Washington. 

Summer Reading Program will ‘blast off’ this Thursday with ‘A Universe of Stories’

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library is gearing up for another summer reading program with a theme of “A Universe of Stories”.

A Blast Off Party will be held Thursday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. on the library lawn, and 7th Street, which will be blocked off in front of the library. Hotdogs, chips and water will be provided by Advance America. There will also be balloon animals, face painting, games, music, and more!

A registration table will be available for all ages to sign up for the summer reading program.

All ages are encouraged to read all summer long and to log their titles. Prizes, including a pool party, will be awarded.

Be J.P. Weigand Realtors guest for ‘Nature Connects’ on Wednesday, May 29

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