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Sunday blog: Talking utility costs, Randle, A&A football, and Black Friday herds

Five Cueball thoughts

Ice storm in Sumner County

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 29, 2015…

1. Perspective

Sumner County was inflicted with wet icy weather this week. And inevitably when that occurs Sumner Coujnty utility workers, whether they work for the city of Wellington or REC or wherever, are asked to take time away from their families and go bear the weather elements to fix fallen lines.

Electricity is something we take so much for granted these days. There has been a lot written and spoken about the recent electric rate increase going into effect in January — so much so that I am putting a moratorium on the subject until something newsworthy comes down the pike on the subject.

Yes, these utility rates are extremely high. Yes, there needs to be vigilance in the analysis on where are money is going. Yes, there is someone very powerful, who is making a lot more money than he/she should be at the expense of us consumers.

2015 Outdoor Christmas Decoration Contest

Christmas Outdoor Decoration contest

Theurer online auction for former Federal Tire building and Husqvarna business liquidation

Federal Tire building

Theurer Auction logo finalAuction #1 consists of  Prime Commercial Real Estate located in downtown Wellington, Kansas. Located at  319 & 323 North Washington Street, this was formerly the Federal Tire and Husqvarna Dealership.    For details concerning the real estate, including tax information,  see:  

This auction is on-line only!  Auction begins closing on Dec. 1, 2015 at 1 p.m.


Auction #2 (on-line only!) is the Husqvarna Business Liquidation Sale.  You will find office equipment, signs, appliances, office furniture, and much much more. To view the entire selection of contents being sold at auction, please go to Auction begins closing on Dec. 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.

How much rain did we receive on Thanksgiving?

Newscow precipation report

Sumner Newscow report — 2.7 inches of rain in Wellington starting Thanksgiving morning until 4:30 a.m. this Friday. 

Support your local retailers this holiday shopping weekend

Black Friday Special

Have a great day shopping, or whatever you are doing today. Just make sure to give your local hometown retailers a nod this holiday season. After all, your local business retail base is what defines your community.

Here are some of the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Specials we have here on Sumner Newscow:

•Kan-Okla. Technology store – Caldwell. Say hello to KanOkla cash starting Saturday November 28, “Small Business Saturday” and through December 11, every $50 purchase made at the KanOkla Technology Store, you will receive $10 KanOkla Cash.

•Mill Creek Lumber – 623 E. 16th St. – Wellington – Looking for a Fresh Cut Christmas Tree? Mill Lumber has the best selection in Wellington! From 3 foot to 10 foot, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir & Scotch Pines. They are also stocking Decorated Kissing Balls, Wreaths, and Roping.  **Special Sunday Hours** 11/29 and 12/6, 12 p.m. -3 p.m. –

•Wellington Sears – 214 S. Washington – The Wellington Hometown Sears is holding a Black Friday Doorbuster pricing event through Friday. Items on sale for the Friday Doorbuster sales can be found here.

•Lucky Rhinestone Boutique – 114 S. Washington – SAVE up to 50 percent off with the Black Friday Sale in downtown Wellington this Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Lucky Rhinestone Boutique carries purses, baseball hats, burn out t-shirts, designer inspired jeans with rhinestones, capris, shorts, rhinestone jewelry, colorful camis, and other items any fashion diva would want.

•Derby Mattress – 105 S. Baltimore, Derby, Kans. – Save up to $1,300 on Serta iComfort or iSeries Motion Adjustable and get a free Cuisinart Cookware Set. This promotion ends on Nov. 30. So hurry!

•McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuuming – 314 S. Summit, Ark City and 609, N. Baltimore, Derby – This hometown business is celebrating their 13th anniversary with big sales and savings. They have BLACK FRIDAY sales EVERY DAY through Monday, November 30, 2015.

•Don’t forget to attend the Christmas Bazaar in Caldwell on Nov. 28 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See details here.


Up to 50 percent on Black Friday Sale at Lucky Rhinestone Boutique in downtown Wellington

Lucky Rhinestone 480 pxl
Rhinestone frontSAVE up to 50 percent off with Lucky Rhinestone Boutique’s Black Friday Sale in downtown Wellington this Friday, November 27 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  
Lucky Rhinestone Boutique carries purses, baseball hats, burn out t-shirts, designer inspired jeans with rhinestones, capris, shorts, rhinestone jewelry, colorful camis, and other items any fashion diva would want.  

Visit Lucky Rhinestone’s web site here or their Facebook Page here to keep up to date on all special events and promotions!


Grain terminal being considered for Milan by 2 companies

Sumner Newscow local news report

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — CHS Inc., an energy, grains and food company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and MKC, a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services throughout Kansas, are considering plans to build and operate a grain terminal in Milan, Kan.

If approved, site preparation would begin in early 2016. Located in Sumner County, the facility will include a high-speed shuttle loader with access to the BNSF line. Upon completion, on-site storage will be approximately 7 million bushels.

“This project is part of our continued commitment to meet the needs of producers and to sustain the cooperative model for future generations,” said Dave Christiansen, president and CEO. “The addition of speed and space with access to world markets will bring value to the local producers in the region and allow other cooperatives in the area access to markets through a cooperative partner.”

Black Friday Sale at Derby Mattress – savings galore!


Check out the Black Friday Sale at Derby Mattress, located at 105 S. Baltimore (K-15) in Derby at 316-789-0880. For more information click here

Save up $300 Derby MattressFree Cuisnart cookware setSave up to $1,300 on Serta iComfort or iSeries Motion Adjustable and get a free Cuisinart Cookware Set. This promotion ends on Nov. 30. So hurry!

Two sided mattress Derby MattressHard to find two-sided mattress set – starting as low as $599 for a Queen set.

Queen Pillow top mattressAnd Black Friday Only Sale – Queen Pillow Top Mattress. Sets starting at $299.

And check out this Special Promotion: 

Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle arrested at Kansas Star Tuesday

Sumner Newscow news report

Sumner Newscow report — A professional football player was arrested in Sumner County on Tuesday night at the Kansas Star Casino. Joseph Randle, a former Dallas Cowboy running back, was charged on the suspicion of criminal threat, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Joseph Randle

Joseph Randle

He is being held on $25,000 bond, according to the Sumner County Sheriff’s office. With no court hearings scheduled Wednesday in Sumner County District Court, Randle will spend the holiday weekend in Sumner County Jail in Wellington unless he bonds out.

Randle, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this month, has already been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

According to a report on, Randle was at a blackjack table at about 10:30 p.m. when he became so belligerent that gaming table employees “ordered him removed,” said Fred Waller, public information officer for the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission in Topeka.

Wellington High School to start clay target team this spring

Clay Target team use this one

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — After reading about a high school clay target league on Facebook, Mark Chase talked to his wife, Linda Chase, Wellington High School Vo Ag Instructor, about starting a league here.

Linda Chase

Linda Chase

“We do a lot of shooting and hunting activities,” Chase said. “He told me there would be a lot of kids interested in that, and that it would be a good sport and something different.”

Chase said that it really wasn’t difficult as she thought it would be to get approved by the school board.

“I did lot’s of background research on clay target leagues, and knew they had insurance available, and checked to see what the school was going to be able to cover, etc.” Chase said. “I started sending emails to the administration at the high school and Superintendent Rick Weiss, to ask their opinions. Everyone was for getting a team started.”

Chase said that Weiss is an avid duck hunter, and thought it was a great idea, since he enjoys hunting. Weiss did background research into insurance and when it was presented to the school board, he worked with Chase, since they found out they would be covered as long as they followed guidelines.

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Black Friday Doorbusters sales starts Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wellington Sears

Make a Wish feature

Make a wish

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Hometown Sears is holding a Black Friday Doorbuster pricing event on Thursday and Friday.

The Friday Doorbuster sales can be found here.

From now until Dec. 31, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, including the Sears store at 214 S. Washington in Wellington, will donate 100 percent of customer donations to “Make-a-Wish.”

The doorbuster Sears event will include great, great savings including 40 percent or more reduced pricing on major appliances including Kenmore. The doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs through 11 p.m. Then on Friday the sale will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this sale Sumner County! For more information click here.  For the Wellington Sears Facebook page click here.

For a larger version of the ad below click hereBlack Friday event on Cow


National Weather Service issues winter weather advisory for Sumner County on Thursday to Satuday

Winter weather advisorySumner Newscow report — The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory including Sumner County in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 through 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. 

In a press release sent by the Sumner County Emergency Management office, a slow moving storm system will be hovering over the southwestern United States and will bring a transition from widespread rainfall to a mix of light freezing rain, sleet and snow throughout portions of central and south central Kansas into the Flint Hills late Thursday through Friday night…light ice accumulations are likely in those areas.

 Northerly winds of 15 to 20 mph may combine with icing on trees and power lines…resulting in possible sporadic power outages.

Phelps wins Giff award; Burnett tops all-league list; 2 others now in record book

WHS season's wrap 2015
Seniors recognized

Eight seniors on WHS team recognized including: Jason Norris, Nick Hyde, Jared Shields, Connor Phelps, Jace Lowe, Remington Gilkey, and Skyler Struble.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School football team wrapped up the 2015 season with an awards banquet held at the WHS commons Monday evening.

Connor Phelps

Connor Phelps

As mentioned in the previous story: Connor Phelps, a 6-1, senior, was recipient of the “Coach Giff” True Crusader Award. Phelps, as a starting tailback, had 1,211 yards on 198 attempts this year for the Crusaders. Phelps averaged 6.1 yards per play and scored 18 of the Crusaders 31 touchdowns this season.

“I don’t think I ever once heard Connor complain,” Ryan said. “If he did, it wasn’t around me.”

Conner Burnett

Conner Burnett

Conner Burnett; a 6-1, 290 pound, junior; was named a first team offensive lineman in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.

He was one of only five lineman and the lone Crusader to make the first-team list. The full all league list of the AV-CTL DIV can not be released until all six teams have completed play. Wichita Collegiate, a member of the AV-CTL DIV, is playing for the Class 3A State Championship against Rossville this Saturday.

There were four Crusaders on the second team AV-CTL list:

WHS Daily Bulletin: JV Scholars team finishes third at Cheney

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Nov. 24, 2015:


•Junior class to Kansas.


No school, Happy Thanksgiving.

Today’s Lunch  Baked Ham, Potatoes with Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Pineapple Chunks and Milk.

Monday’s Lunch — Pizza, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Bread Stick, Marinara, Applesauce.

Today’s News:

Third annual enchanted Christmas evening concert to be held in Caldwell

Sumner Newscow report — The Third Annual Enchanted Christmas Evening Concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 12 at the Historic Opera House located at Central and Main in Caldwell. The concert will feature The New Era Brass Quintet playing traditional Christmas Music. The New Era Brass Quintet is directed by four time Halls of Fame member Roger Lewis.

Following the brass quintet, popular professional vocalist Laura Doeden will take the stage, performing modern and traditional Christmas music, including one she wrote the lyrics and music for.

After Laura Doeden, Marshall Matthews will perform traditional and modern Christmas numbers. Matthews is a recognized international performer, and lives in Caldwell. There may be an additional vocal artist performing, but has not been locked in yet.

Expert makes 2-hour presentation (Zzzzz) to council on how electric rates are established

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council members heard in great detail how electric rates are set at the state and regional level, as well as the mechanics of the power charge adjustment, during a presentation at the council chambers Monday. Larry Holloway, assistant general manager of operations, spent nearly two hours going over the intricacies of how rates are set.

Mayor Shelley Hansel called the presentation informative, and other council members also said he helped them understand how rates are set.

The city had invited them down to explain rates recently. There was little discussion, only a few questions, and they are not planning to take any action as a result.

McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum is celebrating its 13th anniversary with Black Friday sales through Nov. 30

Sewing machine McDonald's

by Pam Strader, Sumner Newscow — McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum is celebrating their 13th anniversary with big sales and savings. They have BLACK FRIDAY sales EVERY DAY through Monday, November 30, 2015. 

These sales include:

25% off ALL Husqvarna Viking Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery Machines (excludes Designer Epic or Premier Software)

•25% off Viking Brand Notions, & Accessories.

•New Sewing machines starting at $149

•New embroidery machines (with software!) starting at $1349

•New 16 inch quilting machines with stitch regulator starting at $5699

•Sale limited to stock on hand. Better hurry, don’t miss out!

McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum opened their doors in 2002 at 314 S. Summit, Arkansas City, Kansas (Phone:  620-441-0939) and expanded the business to include 316 S. .Summit in 2014. 

Connor Phelps wins the Coach Giff True Crusader award

Connor Phelps wins Giff award

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Connor Phelps won the coveted “Coach Giff” True Crusader Award at the annual Wellington High School football banquet tonight.

This recipient, given to the outstanding senior,  must demonstrate the following characteristics: a good student, a hard worker, committed 100 percent to the football program, dedication and a team player with a positive attitude. The award is in honor of John Gifford, a longtime Crusaders coach, who had dedicated his life to Wellington football.

Previous winners of the Coach Giff award were: 

Hungry eaters attend VFW fundraiser dinner Sunday

Good eating at VFW dinner Sunday.

Good eating at VFW dinner Sunday.

VFW serving

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington VFW held its annual Thanksgiving dinner Sunday afternoon, one of three community holiday dinners this week in Wellington. For more pictures by Amber Schmitz of the dinner, click here.

VFW Charles Lawless

VFW emcee Charles Lawless.

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