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Sumner County farmer Tim Turek wins 2018 Kansas State Fair Market Wheat Show

Governor Jeff Colyer presents Sumner County farmer Tim Turek with 2018 Fair Market Wheat Show with gold watch.

Sumner Newscow report – Tim Turek was the winner of the 2018 State Fair Market Wheat Show.  Turek won the Eastern Sweepstakes and overall Grand Champion for his entry of Doublestop CL+.    Governor Jeff Colyer presented a gold watch on behalf of the Kansas Wheat Commission at the Kansas State Fair on Thursday, September 13.

The wheat was entered in the Sumner County Fair and submitted to the state level where it is judged and analyzed competing against other wheat entries across the state on judged on milling and baking quality, test weight, protein content, dockage and number of shrunken and broken kernels.

Several years ago the state of Kansas divided wheat entries into an Eastern and Western division due to the fact Western Kansas yields better wheat quality due to higher protein.  This is the first year an Eastern Kansas entry has won the Grand Champion title.   The shows Reserve Grand Champion was a sample entered by Craig Pringle from Cowley County. 

Wellington Public Library to have demonstration on how to use an electric pressure pot

Sumner Newscow report — Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the library meeting room, the Wellington Public Library will have a demonstration on the use of electric pressure pots. Samples will be given out. Electric pressure pots cook food quickly, economically and preserve a lot of the flavor and nutrients in foods.

Please come to see the presentation by, Bernadette Love, of the, K-State Research & Extension office.. Cost is free! Contact Shirley Hensley for more information.

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Help wanted: Construction I-II-III Sumner County Road and Bridge

Construction I-II-III – Road & Bridge

$8.83 – $21.23 per hour Non-exempt

High school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must obtain and maintain a valid class “A” Commercial Driver’s License within three (3) months of employment.  2-5 years of construction and /or road maintenance work experience required or a comparable combination of education and experience. Much of the work is done outdoors in adverse weather conditions.  Successful applicant will be drug tested.

Apply online at  Applications close 10/03/2018.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, ph 620 326 3395. EOE

Wellington’s Caleb Reichenberger, Belle Plaine’s Bo Gooch named Big Cheese Athletes of the week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We couldn’t narrow the selection, so for the first time ever we are choosing two Big Cheese Athletes of the Week from different schools.

Caleb Reichenberger, a Wellington High School senior, was chosen for helping Wellington to a 35-14 victory over Augusta. Bo Gooch, a Belle Plaine senior, was named after Friday’s big 41-40 win over Cherryvale.

Caleb Reichenberger

Reichenberger was part of a valiant defensive effort Friday night for the Crusaders. He was one of the leading tacklers, getting 5.5 tackle, including four sacks, helping the Crusaders hold Augusta to just 154 yards of offense – 100 if you don’t count the final drive. Reichenberger was also outstanding on offense. He caught one pass for a 34-yard touchdown. He also had an impressive 30-yard pass reception on a third-and-forever late in the game, which was all for naught because the official called a silly illegal player downfield penalty on Wellington.

Bo Gooch

Gooch had an outstanding night as quarterback for Belle Plaine in the Dragons dramatic win including scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. He was 17 of 30 passing for 364 yards and five touchdowns passes. He also had 44 yards rushing on 12 carries.

For their efforts, Reichenberger and Gooch will receive a FREE large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Through adversity, Belle Plaine football team wins a great, great game

Belle Plaine players celebrate after stunning victory over Cherryvale. (Courtesy photo)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  It had been a chaotic week for the Belle Plaine football players – all based on circumstances beyond their control.

So when Friday night’s game ended last weekend that saw Belle Plaine defeating Cherryvale 41-40 in dramatic last-second fashion, there was extreme emotion, elation, even relief.

“They were so excited,” said Josh Corbett, who became a head football coach for the first time last Friday. “There were a lot of things to that win.”

Belle Plaine football has been a struggling program. Just two years ago, almost to this day, the Dragons had shredded a 31-game winning streak against Northeast Arma – a convincing 48-0 win on the road. The Sept. 26, 2016 victory would have been the first varsity win since Oct. 19, 2012.

Before this season, the Dragons would win three more times – again to NE Arma and then to Leon-Bluestem twice. This season, though, things appeared to be different. Blessed with six seniors, who have stuck with the program through its trials and tribulations, Belle Plaine, now 2-2, has been a different team this year. They have been in three of their first four games and easily could have been 3-1.

Belle Plaine coach has been put on paid leave; Corbett named head football coach

Sumner Newscow report – The Belle Plaine school board voted to place a school-district employee on paid leave during a special meeting held Monday evening.

The board also voted to elevate Josh Corbett as the head football coach of the Belle Plaine team. Corbett will replace C.J. Madison who was a first year head high school football coach for the Dragons.

Coach Superintendent Jim Sutton Monday was mum to any further details. The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a complaint that involves a coach in the Belle Plaine school district.

GKN was the big winners of the 2018 Chili Cookoff

Sumner Newscow report — GKN was the big winner of the 2018 Wellington Fall-Fest Chili Cook off held in downtown Wellington over the weekend.

The winners are as follows:

People’s Choice: GKN.

Most Spirited: Cowley College – Sumner Campus.

First place: GKN.

For all the pictures of the downtown festivies, click here

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here

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!

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log report: Sept. 17 to Sept. 23, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Sept. 17 to Sept. 23, 2018 is as follows: 

Sunday blog: The fishy nature of how Christine Ford’s allegation against Judge Kavanaugh came about

Commentary by John Munro, Sumner Newscow — Last weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced she had a letter, but at the time she didn’t announce by whom, that implicated Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a sexual assault that had happened 35 years prior.  Later in the week, the author of the letter, Christine Ford, came forward and announced that she was the person who had been assaulted.

John Munro

In the letter she claimed that in the summer of 1982, she went to a beer party in a home where the parents were away.  She claims she was dragged into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, who was 17 at the time, and was grouped. He allegedly had tried to remove her clothes, and had a hand over her mouth to keep her from yelling out.  Then, supposedly, a friend of Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, and she got up and ran into a bathroom and locked herself in.

However, through all of this she claimed she didn’t know who’s house it was, where it was located, how she had gotten there, and how she had managed to get home.  Also, she didn’t tell any of this to her parents, account she didn’t want them to know she was at a beer party.  And she claims she never shared any of this information with any of her friends.  Now come on, REALLY?  I’ve been around long enough to KNOW that this just isn’t something that young girls keep quiet about.  If she had any close buds, which I’m sure she did, she would have confided in them.

Juliette Hyer is crowned 2018 Duchess of WHS during homecoming ceremony

Juliette Hyer won the 2018 Duchess crown at halftime of the homecoming game. (Photo by Dustin Craig)

Sumner Newscow report — Juliette Hyer, the daughter of Ryan and Rebecah Hyer, has been crowned the 2018 Wellington High School Duchess, announced at the halftime homecoming ceremony Friday. Dakota Lynnes was her escort.

She is involved with Crusader Creators and Crusaders of the Stage. Her hobbies outside the school includes drawing and playing her instruments. She has received an abundant amount of art awards. Her future plans are to attend college and study anthropology.

The 2018 Duchess homecoming court (photo by Steve Sturgis) (Click on photo for larger version)

Caldwell improves to 4-0 with 32-12 victory over Argonia-Attica

A&A Masen McDaniel took over the reigns at quarterback Friday night to no avail against the Caldwell defense.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Caldwell scored three times in the second quarter and held Argonia-Attica’s offense in check for most of the game, emerging with a 32-12 win at home in a battle of undefeated Friday night.

Both teams were 3-0 entering the game, and both had been beating opponent by big scores.

Caldwell scored on its first possession when Dru Volavka scred from 13 yards out, capping a 5-play 50-yard drive.

Argonia-Attica quarterback Blake Harnden had long runs for apparent touchdowns on back-to-back plays the second time the team got the ball, but both were called back on holding penalties. The Titans also benefited from a running into the kicker penalty on a punt, but the drive eventually stalled deep in Caldwell territory when a fourth-down pass was incomplete.

Caldwell went on to score on its last three possessions of the second quarter to take a 26-0 lead at the half.

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Wellington ‘Red’ rips Augusta 35-14 in front of packed homecoming crowd

It’s a fumble! Augusta had it deep in Wellington territory after a Crusader fumble a couple plays earlier. This time Augusta returns the favor. (Photos by Dustin Craig).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On a night when Wellington was missing some key parts of its offense, this was the night for the defense.

Using a tenacious defensive front that held Augusta in check all night, Wellington knocked out the Orioles 35-14 in front of a packed homecoming stadium at Seller Park. Wellington is now 3-1.

The Wellington defense stuffed Augusta to 146 yards of rushing, and 8 yards of passing by dominating the line of scrimmage. Oriole quarterback Jayden Wilson scrambled for his life going a paltry 3 of 11 for 8 yards, one interception and three sacks.

Throw out the 54 yards given up on the final Augusta drive by an obviously gassed Crusader defense, and Augusta was held to just 100 yards of offense.

Wellington’s defensive front held Augusta to just 8 net yards passing and 146 rushing for the night.

“We preached and preached all week that in order to be successful against Augusta’s flex bone offense, they had to contain the option,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “As you saw on the final drive, if you make a mistake on defense they can go for big yards.”

Conway Springs defeats Trinity Catholic 22-8 in slugfest; Oxford loses

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs outlasted Trinity Catholic 22-8 and improved to 4-0 for the season. Also, Oxford was destroyed by Medicine Lodge 46-0.

Conway Springs 22 Trinity Catholic 8

Two touchdown runs by Payton Winter in the third quarter proved to be the difference as the Cardinals eked out a 22-8 win. Trinity scored first on a 65 yard touchdown pass from a Kaleb Hammeke pass completion to Isaac Miller in the first quarter. It would be Trinity’s only score.

Conway Springs never scored until 3:44 of the second quarter when Collin Koester scored on a 1 yard run, tying the game at 8-all. After Winter’s two scores in the third, Conway Springs held Trinity scoreless the rest of the way.

Overall, Trinity had more offense 289 to 251 but committed four turnovers. The Cardinals never lost the ball. That was probably the difference right there. 

First year Belle Plaine football coach under investigation by Sumner County Sheriff

Sumner Newscow report — Channel 12, KWCH-TV, is reporting on its site that the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed an investigation is underway following a complaint concerning first-year Belle Plaine High School football coach C.J. Madison.

The sheriff’s office didn’t disclose the nature of the investigation it says is in it’s beginning stages.  Friday reached out to district officials and the Sumner County attorney for further insight into the report.

Sources say that Belle Plaine coach Josh Corbett is taking over coaching duties for tonight’s game between Cherryvale and Belle Plaine.

Crazy Rich Asians playing at the Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent Theater: “Crazy Rich Asians”

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

Rating: PG-13 (for some suggestive content and language.)

Movie Synopsis: Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

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