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Sumner Newscow sponsor: Wellington Health and Rehab

Wellington Health and Rehab 7-2-15

We welcome Wellington Health and Rehab to Sumner Newscow.  Wellington Health and Rehab, located at 1600 W. 8th Street, in Wellington is dedicated to providing exceptional health care and rehabilitative services.  Tami Klinedinst, Administrator, can be reached at (620)326-2232.  

Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks after Wellington Heat game

Wellington Heat Fireworks show

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks show will be held this year around dusk and after the Wellington Heat vs. Bethany Bulls on Saturday, July 4, starting at 6 p.m. at Hibbs-Hooten Field at Sellers Park.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with pregame starting at 6:30 p.m.

Following the game people can come onto the field for a spectacular fireworks show. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. The fireworks show is brought to you by Security State Bank.

If you know of other fireworks show in Sumner County, e-mail us at or place in the comment section below. 

Oxford Masonic Lodge is hosting fireworks stand fundraiser July 1-4

Oxford Masonic Lodge Ad July_2015

Oxford Masonic Lodge is hosting a fireworks stand fundraiser July 1 through July 4. Hours are 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. at 201 N. Sumner, Oxford, Kansas.  

Visit us during our free demo, July 1 at 7 -10 p.m. to see a sampling of the new and traditional products available. The Midian Shrine Cartoon Characters will be present for the kids to visit and enjoy.   All purchases made during the demo are at a 20% discount.


Prices marked include sales tax.  We accept debit and credit cards. And remember – proceeds from sales go to scholarships and other community projects, as well as the local 4th of July display.  Come on over to Oxford and enjoy the small town friendly atmosphere.  You will not be disappointed. 

For more information visit our Facebook Page: 

Medallion Clue #5 — July 3, 2015

2015 Wheat Festival MEDALLION Your clue today

Today’s Clue:

The Birdman.

Past Clues:

Clue #4

Thieving made legal.

Clue #3

The battle begins here.

Clue #2

Wellington Recreation Commission holds grand opening of Fitness Center

WRC grand opening

Fitness Center weight lifting

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Thursday was a big day at the Wellington Recreation Center. The new rec center which has been in the making for 20 years officially had its grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon.

The new addition features a new fitness center, meeting rooms, and other amenities. The fitness center has been open since late May.

 “I think we might have toured every building that was available over the past 20 years,” said Hankie Holefelder, Wellington Recreation Commission member to a crowd of 50 or so people including present and past WRC board members.

Exercise equipment galore at the new Wellington Fitness Center.

Exercise equipment galore at the new Wellington Fitness Center.

Originally proposed in 1994, the WRC board has looked at various locations from the old Apple Market grocery store building to the church that once housed the First Southern Baptist Church, to the Tibbs Furniture building and even the Wellington Junior High. In November 2008, WRC proposed refurbishing Memorial Auditorium to the city voters which was soundly defeated.

Jurassic World playing at Wellington Regent for second week

Jurassic World This Week at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Jurassic World

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hours 3 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. (C) Universal

Swim times plunge Tuesday as Sailfish battle McPherson at Wellington Aquatic Center

Alara Wilson freestyle v. McPherson

Six-year-old Alara Wilson lowered her time to 1:21.47 in the 50 Freestyle in the McPherson swim meet at the Wellington Aquatic Center Tuesday.

by Bliss Baird, Sumner Newscow correspondent — Many outstanding performances on Tuesday evidenced that the Wellington Sailfish were grateful to be competing at home after two weeks away. The fact that the opponent was McPherson, the farthest drive in the league, definitely factored into the sentiment, but so did the comfort of home pool advantage and the determination to achieve goals before the season’s end. The Sailfish excelled at every standard – postseason qualifications, best times, records, and places – making this very likely the best meet of the season so far.

Previous articles addressed District and Championship qualifiers at the end, but as the season draws to a close, earning a spot at a postseason meet becomes a matter of first importance. Fifteen swims met the Districts time standard, well above the season average of eight or nine! Aidan Young will join Marisa Black, Emberly Gonzalez, Chance Hamel, Kailey Klein, Jensen Lynnes and Nash Oswald in Manhattan after punching his ticket for Districts in two races.

The updated 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule (as of July 2) …

Kansas Wheat Festival news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The updated 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule is here. The changes include the addition of the Baby and Toddler Contest on Tuesday and moving the Mayor Cookie Jar Contest and Cookie reception.

The full schedule can be seen in its entirety by clicking on the purple Kansas Wheat Festival on the right. Sumner Newscow will have daily schedules throughout next week. 

Zebra Mussels discovered in Wellington City Lake

Here for the holidays
These Zebra Mussels were discovered at Wellington City Lake.

These Zebra Mussels were discovered at Wellington City Lake.

Press release by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Wellington Lake in Sumner County. Wellington city staff discovered the invasive, sharp-shelled mollusks as they replaced buoy lines. KDWPT staff subsequently found well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages in the old and new parts of the lake. There is no known method to completely rid a lake of zebra mussels.    

 Wellington Lake covers approximately 675 surface acres. The lake office is located at 452 West 50th Street South, which is about five miles west of Wellington on US Hwy 160, then about one mile south of the City of Mayfield. It is managed by the City of Wellington, and KDWPT manages the fishery as part of the department’s Community Fisheries Assistance Program (CFAP). The lake and recreation area offer a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and skiing.           

 Jessica Howell, KDWPT Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, reminds lake visitors that everyone using the lake plays a key role in stemming the spread of mussels to un-infested lakes. “This situation shows how important it is for boaters, anglers, swimmers and skiers to be aware of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and to take precautions to prevent their spread,” she said.  

Prevention is the best way to avoid spreading ANS. They often travel by “hitchhiking” with unsuspecting lake-goers.

Truck carrying a load of potatoes catches fire on Kansas Turnpike

Sumner Newscow news report
This picture came from a traveler, who was southbound on the Kansas Turnpike. Traffic was backed up a few miles Wednesday afternoon.

This picture came from a traveler, who was southbound on the Kansas Turnpike. Traffic was backed up a few miles Wednesday afternoon.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A trucker had himself a load of baked potatoes when his truck caught on fire on the Kansas Turnpike at 4:04 p.m. Wednesday.

At milepost 21, a semi carrying a load of potatoes southbound on the turnpike suffered $113,000 in losses when a fire started in the wheel area of the truck rear tires and eventually engulfed the truck. There were no injuries. The truck is listed as a total loss.

Upon arrival Wellington firefighters found heavy fire and smoke conditions coming from the truck. Firefighters deployed two hose lines to battle the fire. A second tender responding to the fire was struck from behind by a passenger vehicle just north of the incident while attempting to turn from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes in an attempt to reach the fire scene.

The fire truck received minor damage and the passenger vehicle had moderate amount of damage and was not drivable. There were no injuries at the accident scene either.

Medallion Clue #4 — July 2, 2015

2015 Wheat Festival MEDALLION Your clue today

Today’s Clue:

Thieving made legal.

Past Clues:

Clue #3

The battle begins here.

Clue #2

The Court is now in session.

Wellington Street Department completes H Street project

logo-cityWellingtonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Street Department has completed its work on H Street between 16th and Hillside. H Street is now open to the general public.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience during this project,” said Jeremy Jones, Wellington Director of Public Works.

Friends for Charity in Wellington make quilts to fill a need

Friends for Charity

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Wanting to help meet needs within the community, a group of ladies have started Friends for Charity.

The group is made up of volunteers who make quilts and many other hand sewn items to fill a need. Currently, they are working on 100 lap quilts for the Veterans of Foreign Wars to give to the Veterans Home in Winfield by Christmas, as well as burp cloths for Birthline.

The ladies ran into Theresa Snider at the library, and she told them that the VFW needed lap quilts for the Veterans Home in Winfield. The group was organize.

“The organization was born from that,” said member Ginny Schon. “We found a need and said we can do that, and we need people. We started getting the word out, and people understood what it was for and jumped in. It’s been wonderful.”

Schon said that it’s especially heartening doing something  for the veterans.

Brenda Goodman to appear in court Thursday on Golden Living Center theft case

Sumner Newscow news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brenda Goodman, 55, of Wellington, who is facing eight felony counts and 13 misdemeanor charges for “mistreatment of a dependent adult” while employed at Golden Living Center at 102 W. Botkin in Wellington, is facing her first appearance hearing at Sumner County District Court.

Goodman, who is also accused of two misdemeanor counts of “intimidation of a witness,” is scheduled to appear before a Sumner County judge at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Wellington. The hearing will determine whether or not to proceed with a preliminary hearing.

Brenda Goodman

Brenda Goodman

Allegedly, Goodman took $52,331.72 from the Resident Trust Account of 19 individuals, who were living at Golden Living Center, a nursing home on the south edge of Wellington.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office brought charges against Goodman following a 13-month investigation involving the Wellington Police Department and the attorney’s office. The investigation included 25 witnesses and two WPD detectives.

Goodman was assessed an appearance bond of $20,000 with conditions she has no contact with anyone over the age of 70. She has made bond and is no longer in custody at Sumner County Jail.

Sumner County Deputy County Attorney Mathew Mullen said Goodman, who was described as a business manager at Golden Living Center, appeared to have acted alone in the alleged crimes and no other suspects are under investigation.

“The matter came to light when a WPD detective was approached around April, 2014, concerning discrepancies in a financial statement of a resident living there at the time,” Mullen said. “We started to delve into the matter further and soon discovered this was not an isolated incident and several others were affected.”

Medallion Clue #3 – July 1, 2015

2015 Wheat Festival MEDALLION Your clue today


Today’s Clue:

The battle begins here.

Past Clues:

Clue #2

The Court is now in session.

Clue #1
We began this venture in 1986

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Caldwell man charged with 4 felonies after pointing revolver at 2 officers

Police Report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Darrell Dean Clark, 53, of Caldwell, has been charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor for pointing a loaded .22 caliber nickel-plated Liberty six-shot revolver at two Caldwell Police officers earlier in June.

The Sumner County Attorney’s office has charged Clark with:

•two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, a level 6 felony;

•one count of criminal discharge of a firearm, a level 7 felony;

•criminal threat, a level 9 felony;

•and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.

Clark is accused on June 12 of pointing a gun at an officer at 508 N. Young Street in Caldwell, forcing two officers to conceal themselves behind a wall and counter and threatening to commit violence against them.

Fatality accident west of Ark City, involved a Wellington passenger

Sumner Newscow news report

by Shane Farley, — The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified two people who died this weekend in a single-vehicle crash west of Ark City. The accident involved a passenger from Wellington. 

42-year-old Isaac Horn, Wichita, and 47-year-old Yolanda Narvaez, San Antonio, Texas, were named as the people killed in the crash, which happened just before midnight Saturday. Both were wearing seat belts, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Horn was driving a 2001 Lincoln Town Car south on 31st Road when that vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason, entered the west ditch and a struck a tree. The accident occurred in the 25000 block of 31st Rd.

Both were dead at the scene.

City Sanitation operations to be closed Saturday, July 4

logo-cityWellingtonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Due to the the 4th of July Holiday – City Sanitation operations, including Compost Site, Landfill, Recycling Center and commercial refuse collection routes will be closed on Saturday ~ July 4th. 

Refuse collections routes and Landfill will operate under normal hours on Friday ~ July 3rd.

Medallion Clue #2 – June 30, 2015

2015 Wheat Festival MEDALLION Your clue today

Clue #2

The Court is now in session.

Past Clue:

Clue #1
We began this venture in 1986

Who would have thought we’d still be here

The hunt begins…in honor of Jerry Blunk who hid the medallion for several years.

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