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“Pie the teacher” to be held at Wellington High School to raise money for residential patients in the hospital.

Pie the teacher

Sumner Newscow report — Jo Tredway and Peighton Westmoreland are holding a Pie-the-Teacher fundraiser in order to buy Christmas presents for the residential patients in the hospital. Here is some further information:

  • The fundraiser will be held December 1-5.
  • All proceeds will go towards buying the residential patients at SRMC Christmas presents. Any left over money will go towards the nursing homes.

“Late night with the Cats” has been a tradition for 9 years at Oxford High School

Oxford Midnight Madness

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — High school basketball and wrestling season is upon us. For the past couple of weeks the practices have been intense as area coaches determine who is going to start, who isn’t and who will be basketball’s next rising start. At Oxford High School the Wildcats have a unique tradition to Sumner County… “Late Night with the Cats.”

Last Saturday, the Wildcat boys and girls basketball teams hosted their Ninth Annual Late Night with the Cats to kick off basketball season. It is in the tradition of the college basketball Midnight Madness events hosted by teams like KU, K-State and Wichita State. At OHS, the high school version of the tradition was started by Coach Kyle Green in 2005.

OHS senior boys performing their Senior dance with the OHS cheerleaders.

OHS senior boys performing their Senior dance with the OHS cheerleaders.

“I was an assistant at Council Grove High School, where the Braves performed Late Show in the Grove each year,” Green said. “I give Council Grove Head Boys coach Bruce Hula a ton of credit. He started Late Show up there and when I came here I brought it with me and tagged it Late Night with the Cats.”

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 to play at Wellington Regent at 7 p.m. starting tonight

Five consecutive nights Hunger Games

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – will be going for five consecutive nights at the Wellington Regent Theater.

After a rousing successful weekend last week, The Regent will run the movie tonight, Thursday (Thanksgiving night), Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. They will also have a matinee showing on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. They will also show the movie the weekend thereafter at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

After a sellout, at the premiere last Thursday, Regent has experienced great crowds for America’s No. 1 movie. This is the third movie of a four part series based on a trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins that has sold over 64 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Here is more information on the movie:

Oxford’s 38th Annual Christmas in Country is Nov. 28-29

Oxford's Christmas in the Country

Safe Homes, CountryMart and Sumner, Cowley Farm Bureaus give away 30 Thanksgiving meals

Safehomes holidays 2014 feature
From Left:  Safe Homes employees Merry Crain, Lindsay Wilson, Cami Austin, Jennifer Irwin and Donnie Grose; SH Board Member Kay Bradberry; Denise Middleton with Cowley County Farm Bureau; Patty Clark with Country Mart; Justina Metz with Sumner County Farm Bureau; SH advocate Lisa Pike; Brad Bryant with Cowley County Farm Bureau and SH Board Member Clayton Crawford.

From Left: Safe Homes employees Merry Crain, Lindsay Wilson, Cami Austin, Jennifer Irwin and Donnie Grose; SH Board Member Kay Bradberry; Denise Middleton with Cowley County Farm Bureau; Patty Clark with Country Mart; Justina Metz with Sumner County Farm Bureau; SH advocate Lisa Pike; Brad Bryant with Cowley County Farm Bureau and SH Board Member Clayton Crawford.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — This year, Safe Homes, CountryMart and the Sumner and Cowley County Farm Bureaus are thankful for the opportunity to give 30 families a proper Thanksgiving meal for the holiday.

This year, 30 Turkeys and grocery items for the full traditional Thanksgiving dinner were donated to Safe Homes clients in several communities across Sumner and Cowley Counties.  This was made possible by the Cowley County Farm Bureau and Sumner County Farm Bureau, who worked in partnership with Country Mart and Safe Homes to ensure these 30 families had the necessary groceries to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to their families.

Wellington Transfer Station to be closed for operation on Thursday and Friday

The Wellington Transfer Station will be closed for operation on Thursday – November 27th and Friday – November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and will re-open on Saturday – November 29th.

Also in observance of Thanksgiving this week, Thursday’s residential trash collection will be picked on Friday as well as Friday’s regular commercial trash collection.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Ferguson Question








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Sumner County Sheriff report: Nov. 17 – Nov. 24, 2014

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The following is the Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings report for Nov. 17 to Nov. 24, 2014: 

Wellington Public Library this week:

Monday, November 24

No programs scheduled

Tuesday, November 25

Did you know the library is open until 8:30 PM on Tuesdays?

Book Babies

There will be no book babies this week. We will see you all next week!

 Technology Class at 6 p.m.: Basic Word

Winfield woman pleads guilty to federal charge in online prostitution sting

By Shane Farley, — A Winfield woman has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with an online prostitution sting investigators conducted last year.

25-year-old Brittany L. Morris pleaded guilty to a count of misprision of a felony.

In her plea, Morris admitted arranging for herself and a 17-year-old girl to meet officers at a hotel off K-10 Highway near Eudora to exchange sex acts for money. The arrangement was made on April 11, 2013 when undercover agents called to respond to an advertisement online.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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 selling and hunting!

Car chase that started in Sumner County ends in fatality of Udall man

Breaking News

By Shane Farley, — One person was killed and three others were injured Saturday when a police pursuit – that began in Sumner County – ended with a car crash in Sedgwick County.

22-year-old Jason A. Minson, of Udall, was identified as the deceased. He was the driver of a 2002 Oldsmobile passenger car that struck a tree on College Ave. in Mulvane.

Minson was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempting to elude officers with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Dept. when the crash happened, just before 3 a.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Five thoughts: Downtown restaurants, Veteran’s Memorial, Roundabout, cremation and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014…

1. Downtown restaurants… 

With opening on Monday, there will be eight restaurants in the area.

With opening on Monday, there will be nine restaurants in the area.

With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. Downtown Wellington will have eight restaurants in the vicinity. Since moving here in 1992, I can’t remember Wellington having that many.

There is Rocco’s serving Italian, El Chili Verde serving Mexican, Fabiola’s serving Mexican, Barefoot Jerry’s serving American dishes; The Dore serving American dishes; Wishing Well serving homestyle food; Best of the Orient, serving Chinese; The Donut Shop serving great donuts; and Big Cheese Pizza serving pizza.

That’s quite a selection – all businesses owned by local people. It’s as if we have our own food court.

Ultimately, the onus is on you the customers to keep these businesses thriving. Downtown Wellington can only survive if it provides something unique that you can’t find elsewhere in town. But it is a two-way street. You, the customers, have to support these unique businesses.

The downtown has always been the lifeblood of the community – and that hasn’t changed.

If you’re hungry go get something to eat downtown. And while you are there kill two birds with one stone and get a little of your Christmas shopping out of the way.

And if you aren’t downtown, Penny’s Diner, Andy’s Restaurant, The Great Wall, Pig Shack, Good Taste Chinese, Mi Casita and the various fast-food restaurants are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.


2. Veteran’s Memorial… 

Victory for Victoria – Argonia-Attica’s magical season ends with state championship game loss

Argonia-Attica feature state champ
Titans' season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.

Titans’ season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  After spending the season overwhelming its opposition, Argonia-Attica was overwhelmed by Victoria 52-8 in the Class 1A Division II eight man state championship game in Newton Saturday.

Taking advantage of a blocked punt, three turnovers, and a potent offensive and defensive line, the Knights would take a 36-0 lead into half time en route to a 44-point victory. The Titans finish their Cinderella year at 12-1 during a season where they nearly broke the all-time state eight-man touchdown record while posting 50 points or more in all but two games.

But on a foggy Saturday morning, A&A’s spectacular offense was missing as Victoria’s heavily advertised defensive line put the clamps on the Titans for four quarters. Defensively, Argonia-Attica could not come up with the big stop. Victoria came up with five fourth down conversions in the first half to lead by five touchdowns at the half.

Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.

Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.

And on top of the Knights’ proficiencies, they had luck on their side.

One play in the first half epitomized the kind of day both teams were having. Victoria quarterback Brady Dinkel was in a 4th and 18 situation when he threw an ill-advised pass to receiver Taylor Corley deep in the end zone. There were three Titan defenders in the vicinity.

Argonia-Attica live feed – State Championship game

El Chili Verde is now serving margaritas with great Mexican food


City Roundup: Cody Sims resigns; employees recognized; street repairs delayed, etc…

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of recent activities involving the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Park Board and the Wellington Recreation Commission:

Cody Sims resigns

Cody Sims

Cody Sims

Cody Sims, the Wellington Economic Development Director, has resigned. He submitted his resignation on Nov. 10 and has accepted a position as assistant city manager of Augusta. His last day with the city of Wellington will be Dec. 5.


Employees recognized

Seven Wellington City Employees were recognized for milestone years of service Tuesday at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting. Those recognized for 10, 15 and 25 years of service with the city are as follows: 

13th annual craft show to be held at Wellington High School Nov. 22

Paula Mortimer

Paula Mortimer

The 13th annual craft show, sponsored by Paula Mortimer, will be going on at the Wellington High School on the November 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is going to be a sold out show with over 100 vendors!

The craft show has everything from homemade crafts to framed art, sculpture and pottery.  Over 100 vendors selling direct sales like Scentsy, It works, Jam Berry nails, Deterra essential oils Watkins and many many more.

“Kust some of the wonderful handcrafted items for sale will include 18 inch doll clothes beautiful wreaths, jewelry, hand sewn items, hairbows, tutus, and headbands,” Mortimer said. “We also have several fundraisers involved this year. The scouts will be selling popcorn, Habitat for Humanity will be there with a raffle, American Legion Riders will be there with a raffle, friends and family of Vicky Coffee will be doing a bake sale for a fundraiser, JDRF will be doing an all proceeds fundraiser to raise much needed funds for their cause as well.”

Wellington 7th Grade wins Pioneer League Scholars Bowl Championship

7th grade league champs feature
Wellington seventh grade wins Scholar's Bowl.

Wellington seventh grade wins Scholar’s Bowl.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Seventh Grade Wellington Scholars Bowl team won the Pioneer League Tournament held in Wellington Thursday evening! The team of eight individuals would rattle off six wins and one loss to capture the league championship!

The team, coached by Shanna Fairbanks and Danna Swingle, are from right to left:

Near sold out crowd view Hunger Games – The Mockingjay, Part 1; movie to continue at Regent for 10 more nights

Regent Theater premiere was heavily attended

Regent Theater premiere was heavily attended. This picture was taken about 15 minutes before showtime. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Regent Theater manager Jerry Fike said it was “close” to being sold out for the premiere of the Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 Thursday evening. A huge crowd was on hand to see the world premiere of the third installment of the Hunger Games. The local movie goers enjoyed the two-hour plus movie featuring Katniss and all her drama. Really? Almost dying for a cat?

If you missed it, don’t worry. The movie will continue the next 10 nights at the Regent including showings at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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