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Volunteers for Salvation Army Bell ringing to support Sumner County

Sumner Newscow report — The annual Salvation Army Bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season.  Volunteers make the difference between an empty kettle and one that can raise about $30 per hour, which is enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries or shelter for an individual for the night.   This ministry supports families right here in Sumner County!!

That’s where you come in:  VOLUNTEER BELL RINGERS are needed right here in Wellington!  Salvation Army kettles will be stationed in 3 areas:  two at Walmart (east and west doors) and one at Dillons.

Click HERE to sign up.

If you clicked on the above link you could tell there is A LOT.  Please, please share this information with your employees, co-workers, congregations, family, friends – EVERYONE – because we want to hear bells ringing the entire time they are here in Wellington!

Sunday feature: Where are those #@$& officials?!

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We love to boo the officials. They wear those funny black and white shirts and they always make calls for the other team… so we think. When we win, we win. When we lose, it’s always the officials’ fault.

But as much as we love to hate them, the officials are taken for granted for always being there in hopes of implementing an orderly game.

That may be changing. The Kansas State High School Activities Association is facing a crisis that not only is affecting football, but basketball, girls softball and baseball. The state can’t find enough officials to call the games.

Longtime football official Mike Wilmoth was at a Crusader Club meeting the other day, and hammered this point home.

“I was officiating the other night, and I was the second youngest ref on the five-man crew,” said Wilmoth, who is now 60-years-old.

Rains: VNA has met all the requirements for accepting the planning/zoning request

by Cletas Rains, letter to the editor — I would like to respond to Mr. Hisken’s letter to the editor concerning the proposed Verbio North America plant.  First, I understand the concerns raised by the folks who do not want the plant located in their area.  Most of these people are members of ours at Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative and I can sympathize with their perspective of “not in my backyard” position concerning the location.  However, that is not a legitimate reason for denying the permit and zoning change requested.  The developers of this project have met all the requirements set forth by regulation and the requirements of Sumner County, the State of Kansas, and the federal standards.

Mr. Hisken poses several questions about VNA and the financial aspects of the project.  First, he asks what benefit would this operation bring to Sumner County?  Even with a property tax abatement, which is given to nearly every new business, there is the potential of a significant financial gain by the operation of this facility.  If he is addressing tax subsidies, I would note there are a number of tax subsidies being enjoyed by quite a few in Sumner County today.

The 42nd annual Christmas in the Country is coming to Oxford!

Beehive Creative Toys and Quilt Shop holds ribbon cutting and grand opening this weekend

The Beehive ribbon cutting was held Friday afternoon. (Click on photo for larger version)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Rarely has there been a ribbon cutting in downtown Wellington that has had so much fanfare as of late. Beehive Quilt Shop and Bee Creative Toys ribbon cutting held a ribbon cutting yesterday afternoon. Today, the business will be having their grand opening celebration until 4 p.m. If you missed the grand opening, don’t worry, there is plenty of opportunity to come by and see what’s happening at 112 n. Washington.

The ribbon cutting and grand opening culminates two years of work for a business that carries on the tradition of a building that once was the home of Gambrill’s Department Store and J.C.’s Penney.

While the store has been open for almost a year, the grand opening was delayed until now.

“We wanted to wait until we got the exterior signage, which is kind of the crown jewel of the store,” said Annarose White, the co-owner of the store. “We have been working closely with the Historical Society in making sure the signs are authentic.”

It’s Friday… What is the new CultureCow, Alex?

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Let’s start talking this weekend by talking about a fantastic development of joining two great American institutions: Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and traditional game shows.  Both streaming services have become the go-to place for original content and the movies we all know and love, but they’ve been lacking in one crucial area: game shows.

Game shows are a great American tradition where anyone can go up on stage and try their absolute hardest to win fame in fortune, albeit for the vast majority, the opposite is ever more likely.  But that all changed last week when Netflix finally pulled the trigger and bought the rights to the very best gameshow of all time: Jeopardy!

Jeopardy is the ultimate test of trivia knowledge and the equivalent of the Olympics for nerds.  The only thing better than an episode of Jeopardy is an episode of Jeopardy where they make Alex Trebek (the host) read rap lyrics in one of their music categories. 

Mill Creek Holiday Open House on Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wellington places second in Patriot League Scholar’s Bowl for both 7th, 8th graders

Sumner Newscow report — Both the Wellington seventh and eighth grade teams placed second in the Patriot League Scholar’s Bowl held in Wellington.
The team results are as follows:
Seventh grade: 
1. Clearwater 5-0
2. Wellington 3-2. Wellington won the head to head tie breaker against Rose Hill.
3. Rose Hill 3-2
Eighth grade:

El Chile is offering an All American breakfast and a Mexican lunch

Bohemian Rhapsody playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

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

Catch the CultureCow review here. (He thinks Queen is the best rock band ever).

Redesign curriculum is getting the support of the Wellington school board

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Three Wellington parents came to the school board meeting to express their displeasure with the new Redesign curriculum using Summit software. But the majority of the Wellington school board appear to be pleased with the ongoing process.

Redesign is a new curriculum introduced this semester for freshman, sophomore and Kennedy Elementary students that emphasizes individual paced learning of the four core subjects of English, math, science and social students.

At Monday’s meeting, Kevin Dodds, a Wellington city councilman and parent, along with Charles Garver and Chris Smalley expressed their concerns with the new curriculum.

“I don’t like it one bit,” Dodds said. “My son has been in tears because of the program. He doesn’t want to go to school.”

Black Friday is upon us… how about a Green Mountain Grill at Hobb’s Mechanical?

VFW and Wellington Food Bank to hold Thanksgiving dinners

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Many people don’t have a place to go to eat Thanksgiving dinner. In Wellington, 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 this coming Sunday, Nov. 18 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. Those attending are more than welcome to bring a side dish or dessert.

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

The Wellington Food Bank’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 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.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Bill Snyder stepping down question







Do you feel K-State football coach Bill Snyder's needs to be replaced?

  • Yes. All good things come to an end. (54%, 188 Votes)
  • No. He is a legend and should stay as long as he likes. (25%, 86 Votes)
  • Who cares? (17%, 59 Votes)
  • I'm a K-State hater. Whatever happens, hopefully the Cats do the wrong thing. (3%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 345

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Sumner County election breakdown: Precincts voting habits change little from election to election

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Clerk’s office released the official general election tallies for each precinct today. And when analyzing the data: little changed as far as how voters voted from 2018 to 2016 or 2014.

We have two versions on the precinct voting. Click here for the Excel version (must have Microsoft Word to view it)  11-6-2018 GENERAL Election Abstract Click here for a direct larger version of the tallies.

Sumner County voters are pretty consistent in their voting habits. The Republicans continue to hold a grip on the county, but the degree of its grip varies precinct to precinct. If you are a Democrat, Wellington seems to be your only salvation. And the county tends to vote more Republican the more rural you get. And if you are in Conway Springs, Democrats might just want to forget it. 

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The Gold Corner first ever Case Clearance sale on Saturday, Nov. 24

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WHS band instructor Ben Olson has been placed on leave

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington High School band instructor Ben Olson has been placed on leave, the USD 353 administrative office has confirmed.

Wellington Chief of Police Tracy Heath has confirmed that the WPD is currently investigating an incident involving Olson. No details concerning the nature of the incident was provided by either USD 353 or the WPD.

Former Wellington band instructor David Brody has been named as an interim band instructor at this time. Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener would not confirm whether this is temporary or a more permanent status for Brody. 

Wellington Police asking for help with Friday night-Saturday morning mailbox vandals

Sumner Newscow report — Late Friday, November 9 and early Saturday, November 10, Wellington Police investigated 13 reports of mailboxes being vandalized around town.  Mailboxes were strung along West Harvey, North Olive and North Poplar. Those south of 16th received the heaviest damage.

The Wellington Police Department is asking for any information leading to the person or persons responsible for the damage.  If you have information, contact Wellington Police or Sumner County Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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