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Sunday blog: Living in Ark City, I can say I love the automated trash collection system

Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Arkansas City changed its trash collection to an automated system more than a year ago.

At the time I was as skeptical as anyone. For years I had taken my trash (after the wife reminded me three times) to the alley out back.  We usually just took plastic bags out there and hoped for the best. Sometimes a dog would get into it and make a mess, but usually it worked well.

James Jordan

Then they wanted us to take our trash to the street, and were even going to give us a big container to keep it in. I park on the street too, and that was my big objection.

But a year or so later, I’ll have to admit it is more convenient and parking on the street has never been an issue. Sometimes I park in front of the trash container, but that has never made a difference.

Having a big plastic container is also good. I’ve not had to pick up trash because a dog wanted a snack in a very long time.

Here is the rest of the story on those shameful attack Ads against Rep. Judd-Jenkins

Commentary by Larry Anderson, M.D. — Like many of you in the 80th District, our household just received the sixth glossy “attack ad” from the “Americans for Prosperity” group.  The first four and the sixth “attack ads” fault our Rep Anita Judd-Jenkins for voting to increase Kansas income tax rates but fails to admit that the income tax rates in 2018 will still be lower than what Kansans paid in the years from 1992-2012.  You may remember those 20 years as that time in Kansas history just prior to the “Brownback Experiment”.

A return to near previous income tax rates is essential if Kansas hopes to pull out of the downward financial spiral created by this “experiment”.  An “experiment/debacle” which led Standard and Poor’s to downgrade our Kansas credit rating in Aug 2014 and again in July 2016.

The Fitch Group and Moody’s also made similar downgrades due to what was seen as poor Kansas fiscal policy with inconsistent tax revenue, and especially worrisome was their finding that our elected KS officials were diverting appropriated funds, such as highway funds, and underfunding KPERS to supplement the state general fund balance.  More recently, during the waning days of our recent legislative session, Standard and Poor issued an “alert” as our legislators struggled to gather the bipartisan votes needed to override the Governor’s veto of a second budget.

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Application process has begun for Wellington Planning Commission vacancy

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The application period for the vacancy on the Planning Commission has begun for a 15-day period to 5:00 p.m. on December 1, 2017.  The appointment will start January 8, 2018 and will be for the remainder of the term which expires April 30, 2021.

The Planning Commission establishes regulations restricting the use of land and the locations of buildings and structures within the City. This includes restricting height and bulk of buildings and structures, the area of yards, courts and other places surrounding them and restricting the density of the City’s population. Each of the nine members of the Planning Commission, two of which shall reside outside of but within the three miles of the corporate limits of the City, is appointed by the Mayor with consent of the City Council, and serves a three-year term.  The Planning Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 

Culture Cow: Finally… Taylor Swift releases her latest album

Happy Weekend! The whole world stopped turning, the lights went out, and the sirens rang out into the night… Taylor Swift finally dropped her new album, Reputation.  This album is her best to date and despite the frequent changes in style and producers, carries a singular narrative through every song.

Taylor shows her mastery of album structure and changes the listeners mood with a swift transition every song.  The unsung heroes of this album are undoubtedly the producers and co-writers.

Max Martin, Shellback, and Jack Antonoff made as much of this album as Queen T and I’ll commend them for their work track by track.  This album is ripe with double-entendres, hidden meanings, meta 4h  wall breaks, and so much more.  To help you navigate the subtle genius of Reputation, below there is a track by track breakdown of how Taylor Swift reasserted herself as the greatest pop artist on the planet.

Ready for it?

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of November 17-19, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

This Thanksgiving people can eat Thanksgiving dinner at VFW and/or Wellington Food Bank

Veteran’s Day Thanksgiving dinner is this Sunday.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Many people don’t have a place to go to eat Thanksgiving dinner. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post and Wellington Food Bank both offer a free holiday meal that is open to the public.

The annual VFW meal will be held Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall. The meal is free and open to the public and you don’t have to be a member of the post to partake in the meal. Individuals attending are more than welcome to bring a side dish or dessert.

They will be serving 10 turkeys, several pans of dressing, and all of the “fixins.” The meal is first come, first served, and will begin after the opening ceremonies and prayer.

Veterans Ron Soria and Charles Lawless are happy to serve you this Sunday.

The Wellington Food Bank’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day at the Knights of Columbus Hall, promptly at noon. The meal is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Anyone can attend the free dinner.

Armed robbery near Mayfield, suspects remain at large

Sumner Newscow report — On Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery in the 900 block of West 20th Street South near Mayfield.

The victims reported two suspects entered the residence without permission.

One of the suspects, brandished a handgun and demanded the victims wallet, jewelry, cell phones and other property. The suspects told the victims to wait a period of time before looking outside. They then left in an unknown direction.

There was evidence collected from the scene and the investigation is still ongoing.

Scoular-Wellington Elevator continues to smolder as situation won’t be rectified any time soon

The elevator fire broke into huge flames Wednesday evening, alarming several neighbors. But officials say this is part of the clean-up process. (Photo by Kirstie Clements)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Scoular-Wellington Elevator fire has reached Day 12 since its Nov. 4 eruption, and it appears complete extinguishment is still days away.

Both Wellington Fire Department and Scoular, Inc officials are saying the situation is being handled methodically, and precautionary measures are being taken for everyone’s safety.

That may be true, but many local residents were alarmed to see bellowing orange flames that could be seen across east Wellington and miles down U.S. 160 Wednesday evening.

Assistant Wellington Fire Chief Vic Sandell says this is part of the process of removing burnt grain that continues to smolder inside the two concrete bins at the elevator once known as Wilcott and Lincoln. Sandell said the fire will continue to reignite any time the conditions are right for more oxygen connecting with the smoldering grain fire.

“I’m not sure how long it will continue,” Sandell said. “It could be another 10 days.”

A Bad Moms Christmas at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: “A Bad Mom’s Christmas”

Schedule: Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 2 and 7 p.m.

Featured “Geostorm” film rating: R.

Movie Synopsis: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows the three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.

By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Sumner County Women for Kansas to host former state budget director at meeting in Caldwell tonight

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Women for Kansas will host Duane Goossen, former state budget director, at a meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Caldwell High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend the meeting which is open to everyone.

Duane Goossen

Goossen will speak on “The Road Ahead to Recovery,” at the meeting. Goossen is the Kansas Center for Economic Growth’s senior fellow. Before joining the Center, he was a seven-term member of the Kansas House of Representatives and a budget director for 12 years under three governors. He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

The Kansas Center for Economic Growth is a nonprofit organization that conducts research and analysis to promote balanced state policies that help ensure all Kansans prosper.

Goossen has worked tirelessly to educate the public about Brownback’s devastating 2012 tax cuts.

Save the date! Saturday, Dec. 2 will be Wellington Mill Creek Open House

Jason Boyd Band concert will benefit Memorial Auditorium air conditioning project

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County’s own Jason Boyd always had a love for music.

“My dad, Kenny, taught me to play the drums early in my life and I was playing in his band at age 12,” Boyd said. “I guess it is second nature to me.”

Today, with a new album set to be released, The Jason Boyd Band has never been busier. And on Saturday, area music fans can see the band in concert, featuring John Goolsby, perform at the Memorial Auditorium from 7 to 11 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the venue’s air conditioning project. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Boyd was born and raised in Wellington, and is a 2001 graduate of South Haven High School. Once out of school, Boyd had a couple of bands, including Line Change for about four years. After that, the Jason Boyd Band, with a genre of country, really took off in 2007.

“In 2016, I came up with the bright idea to start touring regionally, and put a song on the Top 40 Texas charts,” Boyd said. “We toured seven states and played 70 shows last year, and really covered a lot of ground.”

Family History Fair offered ways to research genealogy and military records

Crusader Singers featured at Historical Fair Veteran’s Day Program.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — People congregated at Wellington Memorial Auditorium last Saturday for the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society Family History Fair. Speakers in attendance presented information on researching historical and vital records which was followed by a Veteran’s Program featuring speaker Major Edward L. Blocker, retired Air Force, and the Wellington High School Crusader Singers with Ms. Jessica Coldwell.

The events got started in the morning when Virginia Downing, representing the Wichita Genealogy Society, presented ‘Veteran’s Over the Years – How to do Military Research.”

Virginia Downing

Downing said she researched countless ancestors and has helped people find their ancestors.

“You can also search for genealogy, history, and a little bit of everything on Cyndi’s List,” Downing said. “As I began researching, I tried to find unusual things,” Downing said.

She started listing the wars and how one could find an ancestor.

Revolutionary War 1775-1783

Between 1775-1783, the Revolutionary War was fought which was also known as the American War of Independence. This war involved the confrontation between British troops and local militia at Lexington and Concord, Mass. on April 19, 1775.

Pension files for this war, and for all 80,000 pension and bounty-land warrant applications are now available online at, which is available free at some libraries.

War of 1812

The Christmas trees have arrived at Mill Creek Lumber

Needing a live Christmas Tree for Thanksgiving? You are in luck! Mill Creek Lumber just received a load of trees from Michigan. They have sizes from 5′ – 10′ and offers free delivery.
Mill Creek has Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Scotch Pine and Concolor.
Mill Creek also will have decorated wreaths, kissing balls and garland.  There is also a GREAT assortment of Fall and Christmas Decorations!
(Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 3rd Annual Holiday Open House, 12/2 from 5 to 8 p.m.)

WHS Daily Bulletin: Time to dress up those naked turkeys

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017:

This week:

•Practice begins for winter sports.


•Varsity scholars’ bowl at Wichita West, 4 p.m.


•Debate at Kingman.

Tomorrow menu:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs. Lunch: Chicken Strips, hamburger mac and cheese.

Today’s News:

Sumner Court Docket: Nov. 15, 2017 report

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.


Work half the year – get paid for the whole year

TECT Aerospace offers a three day work week to Machinists – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – on both first and second shift.

Work 36 hours and be paid for 40 hours. Qualified candidates for Machinist positions, who possess three or more years of five axis machining experience, will qualify for a $1,000 sign-on bonus.

TECT Aerospace offers an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, tuition reimbursement and paid time off.

Apply in person by application at 1515 N. A in Wellington or send resumes to [email protected].

TECT Aerospace is an equal opportunity employer.


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Sumner County veteran Eldon Gracy is recognized for World War II experience at K-State football game

Eldon Gracy of Caldwell was recognized for his years of service during World War II.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Each home football game, the Kansas State University athletic department does a “Fan of the Game.” On Saturday, when K-State hosted West Virginia, Sumner County resident and U.S. Veteran Eldon Gracy was recognized for his achievement in front of a capacity crowd at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

It was quite an honor this Veteran’s Day weekend for a man who has served his country in World War II, and his county here in Sumner.

Gracy was born at a farm home near Garber, Okla. on Jan. 16, 1926. He was drafted in the U.S. Army in March 1944 and trained as a “heavy mortar man” and was a member of the 87th Division of the 345th regiment. He was shipped overseas in Nov. 1944 after the U.S. and allies invaded western Europe.

“He made a beach head landing and was immediately sent to the front of the action,” said Michael Gracy, his son. “He fought many battles during December 1944 and into 1945.”

Eldon and his fellow soldiers were in action 100 miles north of the Battle of the Bulge line and they were called to reinforce the troops there in what is considered the coldest winter ever in Germany.

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