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Sumner Court Docket: October 27, 2016 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Expanding Sumner County Economic Development Commission moves to downtown Wellington


by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Economic Development Commission Director Stacey Davis believes Wellington is ready to make a move. That is just one of the reasons they moved to a new office at 314 N. Washington. They were open in their new place Monday, which is where the United Way office was until recently.

Davis said they had outgrown their small offices across the street from the Wellington Public Library, and let the place they were moving would be a good option.

“There is a lot of potential with the possibility of the college coming,” she said, referring to plans by Cowley College to build a campus in Wellington if voters approve a sales tax to help fund the move.

The college will make Wellington more attractive to businesses seeking to relocate. She said she is frequently in contact with businesses and industries looking to make a move. Most of those talks are confidential and cannot be released until a deal has been reached. But companies do look, and whether there is a community college is something they look at.

WHS Grad Peyton Adams is a finalists for Queen Alalah Coronation to be held Friday

Crusaders around the world

Sumner Newscow report –  Peyton Adams, a 2015 Wellington High School graduate, is one of five women selected by Cowley College students, faculty, staff, and administration as a finalists for Queen Alalah LXXXV to be crowned during the annual Coronation on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Arkalalah Festivities this weekend.

Peyton Adams

Peyton Adams

The other finalists include: Morgan Bruce, Arkansas City; Stephanie Cabrera, Arkansas City; Peyton Cravens, Arkansas City; and Kyndal Dutton, Winfield.

The Coronation will take place in the Robert Brown Theatre inside the Brown Center for Arts, Sciences and Technology on Cowley College’s Arkansas City campus. People attending the Queen’s Coronation will vote to determine the next Queen Alalah.

Hearing of the enjoyment her family had in attending Cowley College, Adams decided to follow in their footsteps and also attend the school.  She is the daughter of Eric and Coni Adams of Wellington, and the granddaughter of Linda and Gary Fair of Wellington, and Cindy and the late Kenny Adams of Wellington. She has an older sister, Erianne, who also attended Cowley College.

Corbin Turkey Supper set for Wednesday, Nov. 2

Sumner Newscow report
— When November rolls around, it’s time to start thinking about the Corbin Turkey Supper. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 2 for the annual Corbin Turkey Dinner held at the Corbin Methodist Church.

The dinner will be from 5 to 8 p.m. or until the food is gone. Call ahead at 620-863-2412 for carry outs before 4:30 p.m.

This year’s turkey supper will be something to see. There will be 500 pounds of turkey, 200 pounds of sweet potatoes, countless number of pies, dozens of rolls, mashed potatoes and cranberries. Plans for this meal have been in progress for over a month.

The Corbin Turkey supper got its roots in 1952 and it has been an annual tradition every since.

Six Sumner County football teams jockey for playoff positioning this week


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With one week left in the high school football season, six of the seven Sumner County teams can still find a way to make the playoffs, three teams are vying  for a district crown and two Sumner County teams are in real trouble going into week #9.

Crusader head logoIt’s crunch time, and here is a synopsis of each Sumner County team going into the final week of the season.

Class 4A

Wellington – Ulysses, away. Friday, 7 p.m.

The Crusaders are in real trouble.

Mulvane has clinched the district title. For Wellington to make the playoffs, it would have to beat Ulysses by 15 points and hope Winfield loses badly to Mulvane.

With the number of injuries and just the fact the Crusaders are playing out west, this isn’t a likely scenario.

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Class 3A

Conway Springs – Chaparral, away, Thursday, 7 p.m.

The WHS production of ‘Back to the 80s’ restarts for second week; performances will be Thursday, Saturday: 7 p.m.

Jacob Michaelis and Baylee Pacchelli perform as the two teachers in 'Back to the 80s.'

Jacob Michaelis and Baylee Pacchelli perform as the two teachers in ‘Back to the 80s.’

Sumner Newscow report — The second week of the hilarious musical “Back to the 80s” presented by the Crusaders of the Stage will be restarting again for a second week. The performances for this week will be 7 p.m. on Thursday and 7 p.m., Saturday.

The price of admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For pictures of the performance on Saturday, click here.

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Cast members include:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Spooktacular Fun Run is Saturday at WHS

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016:


No events listed.


Back to the 80s – 7 p.m.


Football at Ulysses at  7 p.m.


Back to the 80s, 7 p.m.

Today’s lunch Choice of: Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty, Roast Turkey, Salad.

Tomorrow’s lunch Choice of: Chicken Nachos, Smothered Burrito, salad.

Today’s News:

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Several Halloween events taking place this weekend


by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With Halloween approaching on Monday, there are many local events taking place this week where children are sure to get more than enough candy.

The fun starts Friday with the Wellington Recreation Center’s Halloween Fun Fest from 6:30-8 p.m. for grades 1-5. The Recreation Center’s Little Mummies party is Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-2 p.m. Also on Saturday is a Halloween dance for grades 6-8. There are fees for these programs.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Church Ignited will host their annual free Halloween Hullabaloo, with games, candy and treats for kids, from 6-8 p.m. at their church, 715 N. Woodlawn.

Also on Saturday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints will host a Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. at 1003 W. 22nd St. The free event is open to ages 18 months to 12 years old who are accompanied by an adult.

Wellington downtown Trick or Treat Down the Street is 4-6 p.m. on Halloween

downtown trick or treat


USDA is accepting applications for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

news releaseSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service  is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.  Created under the 2014 Farm Bill, this program provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands.

Kansas state conservationist Eric B. Banks said, “Conservation easements provide many public benefits to Kansans, including protection of open spaces, wildlife habitat, and wetland preservation.  We encourage private landowners, Indian tribes, and non-governmental organizations to contact their local NRCS office to apply.”  There are two programs under ACEP, each with a different application process.  Vesting the NRCS office will ensure the applicant receives guidance on the correct application process.

The goal of ACEP is to protect land devoted to food production and wildlife habitat from being converted to non-agricultural uses.  ACEP is a voluntary program for landowners or tribal governments that allow them to leave a conservation heritage for their family and community.  Landowners can chose between the ACEP-Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) or ACEP-Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) enrollments options. 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Juniors have just 3 days left to sell magazines

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016:


No events listed.


Back to the 80s – 7 p.m.


Football at Ulysses at  7 p.m.


Back to the 80s, 7 p.m.

Today’s lunch Choice of: Bacon Cheeseburger, Ham and Cheese French, Toast Sandwich, Salad.

Tomorrow’s lunch Choice of: Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty, Roast Turkey, Salad.

Today’s News:

Tayland French named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tayland French, a Wellington High School senior, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Tayland French

Tayland French

French helped the Wellington girls volleyball team pick up a first round sub-state victory over Mulvane 25-13, 13-25, 25-19 on Saturday. She had five kills and six digs against Mulvane in the post season tournament in Rose Hill. Wellington was then eliminated by No. 2 ranked Rose Hill in the sub-state  championship.

“She has been really good with adjusting both right, middle and an outside hitter all season long,” said Hannah Shuck, Wellington head volleyball coach.

Chip sealing project starts on Harvey from Olive to High Street today

Road Work ahead try this again!!!!Sumner Newscow report — As part of the city of Wellington’s continuing street maintenance program, the street department will begin a chip-sealing project on Harvey Ave. from Olive Street to High Street today.  The street will be closed in that area during the Project.

For more information, please contact the Street Department at 326-7831.

4-H Foundation and Council to host ‘Let’s Take a Chance’ on Nov. 5.


by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — A game show, “Let’s Take A Chance,” will be hosted by the 4-H Foundation and Council as a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5.

“It’s a game show mix between Let’s Make A Deal and the Price is Right,” Elizabeth Gatz, Sumner County Family & Consumer Science Agent. “We took games from both shows and are mixing them up.”

The event, a joint fundraiser for the 4-H Council and 4-H Foundation, will be held Sat., Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Raymond Frye Complex. There are only 250 tickets available at $10 each. A small concessions stand will also be available.

“We are going to have prizes in audience also, such as does anyone in the audience have a red crayon?”

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

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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!

Sumner County Historical/Genealogical Society to host South Central Kansas Family History Fair Saturday

news releaseSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Saturday, October 29, the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society will host the South Central Kansas Family History Fair at the Memorial Auditorium, 208 North Washington, Wellington.  Doors open for registration at 9 a.m. (Flyer with schedule is below) 

The Family History Fair features three speakers, Genealogy guru Thomas MacEntee, Michelle Enke, Manager of the Genealogy Special Collections Center, Wichita Public Library, and Gene Davies, professional genealogist and information technology specialist.

“Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Mistakes” will be presented by Thomas MacEntee,, at 10:00 a.m.

When Thomas MacEntee, a “tech guy” got laid off in 2008, he created a job doing the genealogy that he loved. Today, MacEntee, Founder of, author, and social media expert is one of the most sought after and popular professional genealogy speakers in the world.

Cowley College basketball teams to host free clinic in Wellington

cowley-tiger-campaignSumner Newscow report — Cowley College Basketball Teams will be hosting a free clinic for boys and girls in grades 1-6 on October 27 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Wellington High School Gym.

Participants need to bring athletic shoes and wear t-shirt and short (or sweats).

If you have any questions contact Cowley Athletic Director Shane Larson at 620-441-5246.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly report: Oct. 17- Oct. 23, 2016

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Oct. 17 to Oct. 23, 2016 is as follows:

National Honor Society will host American Red Cross blood drive

American Red CrossSumner Newscow report — On Wednesday, November 2, the National Honor Society Crusader Chapter at Wellington High School will be hosting a blood drive through American Red Cross. This event will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The blood collected will go towards those in need in the Sumner County area.  

In addition, if we have 60 people donate blood on this day, the NHS organization will receive a $250 scholarship from the Red Cross. If we have 100 people donate, the Red Cross awards the organization $500!  This money will go towards a deserving Honor Society senior member.

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