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Fall 2016 honor roll released at Wellington High School

Crusader head logo

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the first semester honor roll at Wellington High School. 

Mark Kope of Tonkawa was winner of the 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival logo/button design contest

Mark Cope of Tonkawa named winner of Kansas Wheat Capital button contest.

Mark Cope of Tonkawa named winner of the 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival button design contest.

Sumner Newscow report — Mark Kope of Tonkawa, an employee of KanOkla, was named the 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival logo/button design winner. The new design which was revealed at a Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce coffee earlier this month incorporates two events: the annual Kansas Wheat Festival with the 105th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail.

Kope said he didn’t know much about the Chisholm Trail, so he did what most all of us do when we know nothing about a subject – he Wikipedia it. He saw the map, made in 1873, and he used it for the background. He then integrated the silhouette cowboy.

“I wanted to depict the challenges of the cowboy back in the day with the map that symbolized the Chisholm Trail,” Kope said. “Of course, I needed to include the wheat heads.”

Free Will Baptist Church Paint Party proceeds to benefit ministry in Panama


Steve and Lori Torrison family.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The women’s ministry team of the Free Will Baptist Church wanted to reach out and help a good cause.

They chose Lori Torrison, missionary in Panama, to receive funds from a paint party they are hosting.

The party will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at No. 7 Coffee House, with proceeds helping fund Torrison’s ministry.

A paint party is part social and part painting a masterpiece identical or similar to that of the instructor.

Steve and Lori Torrison were appointed career missionaries to Panama in 2004. After attending a year of language school in San Jose, Costa Rica, they moved to Chitré, Panama, in April 2006.

‘Sing’ playing at Wellington Regent Theater for second week; Star Wars Rouge One is next week

Sing at Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent Theater: “Sing”

Coming next weekend of Jan. 27… Star Wars – Rogue One!

Star Wars Rogue One

Information about “Sing” movie…

Feature film rating: PG (for some rude humor and mild peril).

Time: 1 hour 28 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theater in this quirky animated musical.

Chaparral, SCBL Tournament week update: Thursday, Jan. 19

Tournament week roundup

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tournament week update as of Thursday:

Chaparral Tournament (boys)


Conway Springs 60 Wellington 57

Arkansas City 71 Mulvane 43.


#2 Belle Plaine (5-3) vs. #7 Chaparral (3-6), 6 p.m.

#3 Clearwater (4-4) vs. #6 Kingman (3-6), 8 p.m.

Losers bracket: Friday: 3, 4:30 p.m. Winners bracket: 6:30, 8 p.m.


Wellington vs.  Mulvane, 3 p.m.

Belle Plaine/Chaparral vs. Clearwater/Kingman loser, 4:45 p.m.

Conway Springs vs. Ark City, 6:30 p.m.

Belle Plaine/Chaparral vs. Clearwater/Kingman winner, 8 p.m.

South-Central Border League 


Conway Springs ekes past Wellington 60-57 in first round of Chappy Tourney

As always Wellington-C. Springs
Wellington A.J. Snipes battles Conway Springs Josh Dugan.

Wellington A.J. Snipes battles Conway Springs Josh Dugan.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was just another ho-hum contest between Wellington and Conway Springs where the fate of the game was decided on a shot at the buzzer.

Sarcasm aside, Conway Springs overcame an 11-point half-time deficit to beat the Crusaders 60-57 in the first round of the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic. Conway Springs will advance to play the winner of Ark City-Mulvane game at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Wellington plays the loser at 3 p.m.

Conway Springs would hit nine 3-pointers to avenge an earlier double-overtime loss to Wellington in the preseason Kingman Classic.

Wellington led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter and was in front 32-21 at the half. But the Crusaders double digit lead evaporated as a hot shooting Conway Springs came out and outscored Wellignton 20-14 in the third quarter.

That set up a chaotic fourth quarter in which Conway Springs took a 49-48 lead at the 5:42 mark in the fourth. It would then up the lead to 55-51 and then would hold on to beat the Crusaders by three.

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City of Wellington gets $300,000 Community Development Block Grant which will go toward home rehabilitation

Wellington City Council meeting report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The city of Wellington got word this week that it has been approved for a $300,000 Community Development Block grant for housing rehabilitation. The city had applied for this grant last summer and Mayor Shelley Hansel read the letter announcing the grant is now a reality at the Wellington City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The federal grant, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be administered through the Sumner County Economic Development District, and the Kansas Department of Commerce. The money will be distributed through the city at some point soon.

The letter said six applications were received and four were awarded. The application process was long and involved a lot of people. The city will also apply for another grant next year to continue housing rehabilitation in the city.

This was a process that started summer in which people who lived within the target area from A to G Street and from H Street to 15th Street, were asked to fill out applications in order to receive up to $25,000 in grant money to rehabilitate their house.

Last summer, Sumner County Economic Development Commission Stacy Davis said that people within this area will qualify for home repairs whether it be new roofs, windows, or other construction needs.

Compost Site will be open on Saturday for storm cleanup

logo-cityWellingtonSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Compost Site will be open this Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate clean-up from the recent ice storm.

Sumner County Basketball Tournament Week Update:

Tournament week roundup

Tournament week update:

Chaparral Tournament (boys)


#1 Conway Springs (8-1) vs. #8 Wellington (2-6), 6 p.m.

#4 Ark City (4-4) vs. #5 Mulvane (5-4), 8 p.m.


#2 Belle Plaine (5-3) vs. #7 Chaparral (3-6), 6 p.m.

#3 Clearwater (4-4) vs. #6 Kingman (3-6), 8 p.m.

Losers bracket: Friday: 3, 4:30 p.m. Winners bracket: 6:30, 8 p.m.

South-Central Border League 

Wellington girls basketball player Avery Rusk named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week

Avery Rusk in a previous game against Rose Hill. 

Avery Rusk

Avery Rusk

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Avery Rusk, a 5-9, junior, for the Wellington girls basketball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the week.

Rusk had a sensational week helping the Crusaders onto a five-game winning streak. Against Wichita Collegiate, Rusk scored 14 points, five rebounds and two steals helping Wellington to a 45-27 victory. Then on Friday she helped the Lady Dukes 59-45 victory by scoring 23 points, including two steals and going 3-of-3 at the free throw line.

Tuesday, in a 49-27 victory over Winfield, Rusk was again the leading scorer with 14 points.

For her effort, Rusk receives a delicious large free Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. 

Wellington girls get fifth straight victory with convincing 49-27 victory over Winfield

Wellignton trips up Winfield
Wellington's Lauryn Snipes comes down with the rebound over Winfield defenders - the same story all night.

Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes comes down with the rebound over Winfield defenders – a repeated story all night.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tack on a fifth straight win for the Wellington girls basketball team, as it overwhelmed visiting Winfield Tuesday night 49-27.

Holding Winfield to just three points in the first 12 minutes, the Crusaders would cruise to a 22-point victory against a team that was 5-3 going in.

A year ago, people may remember, Winfield gave Wellington its toughest test of the regular season, losing by three points at the buzzer after failing to make a trey to send it into overtime. This game had little of that excitement.

“We just got after it tonight defensively,” Adams said. “We played energy and fast.”

The Vikings had no answers for the Crusaders especially on the boards where Wellington clearly had the advantage. The Crusaders opened up a 10-3 lead and was comfortably in front 25-8 at the half.

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Electric outage caused by automobile-utility pole accident

Electric Outage reportSumner Newscow report — A non-injury accident occurred on the east side of Wellington Monday evening that caused an electrical outage for those living on the east half of Wellington. 

Alan Prince, 58, of Wellington hit a fixed object/power pole owned by the city of Wellington, north of the Wellington High School at 6:55 p.m.

Prince refused medical treatment.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields said the accident caused an outage for the eastern half of the city, or thereabouts, that was off for approximately 1 hour.  Once it was back on, the area east of Casey’s – i.e. McDonalds and Walmart, was off about three more hours as crews had to reset a utility pole.  

(Update 4:30 p.m.) Fate of pit bull case is now in hands of Sumner County attorney; while Blu awaits surgery

Sumner Newscow local news report

Blu the dog

Update – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he has spoken with Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath and they are currently seeking the original video of the dog “Blu” and her injuries that was produced by the Wichita Pit Bull Rescue update: Beauties and the Beasts Inc. (see linked video below) in the evidence gathering process in the case.

“I came back from vacation and I received 27 telephone messages this morning from people wanting me to make formal charges on a case I haven’t even had a chance to read,” Spencer said. “After awhile I had to decide whether I should read the case, or keep fielding phone calls.”

He said the discovery of the dog occurred when there was a domestic dispute involving the wife was accusing her husband of abuse on New Years Eve night.

“Thankfully, the dog is now in good care,” he said. “This gives us time to do a thorough investigation and not worry that the dog is in danger.


Original story 12:15 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A 3-year-old pit bull by the name of “Blu” is currently in the custody of a licensed Wichita animal rescue group over alleged domestic abuse by a Wellington couple.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said this morning he was going to visit with Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer today to see whether or not charges will be filed. (That has now occurred) Heath would not release names of the alleged suspects.

Wellington Police Report: Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Police Report

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Friday, Jan. 13 – Monday, Jan. 16, 2017:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wellington Fire/EMS Department to have annual pancake feed

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow — The Wellington Fire/EMS Department and Chris Cakes of Wichita will be holding its annual pancake feed on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The location is at the Wellington Fire Station at 200 N. C Street. All you can eat! Adults are $7 and Children $4. 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log report: Jan. 9 – Jan. 15, 2017

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2017 is as follows:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Check out the Counselor’s schedule for a busy January

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017:


•Girls basketball at Wellington vs. Winfield, J.V. at 6 p.m. Varsity at 7:30 p.m.


•Boys basketball: Chaparral – Wellington vs. Chaparral.


•Wrestling at Wellington, 6 p.m.


•Boys Basketball: Chaparral Tournament. Time and opponent, TBA.


•Boys Basketball: Chaparral Tournament. Time and opponent, TBA.

Wednesday menu:

People can help the Wellington Humane Society through their Dillon’s Plus Card account

Humane Society Color LogoSumner Newscow report — One can provide support to the local Wellington Humane Society with the Dillon’s Community Rewards Program.  All one has to do is enroll a Dillon’s Plus Card or create an account with Dillon’s Community Rewards online. After a person signs up, the Society benefits every time one shops and swipes the Plus Card. There is no cost to enroll and one can continue to receive Plus Card prices and fuel points as before.  

Donations of pet food, litter, etc. can be dropped at Wheatland Services, 120 N. Washington, Wellington, KS.  Cash donations are needed and appreciated.  Cash donations will assist in vet and medical assistance for animals in need.  Donations are tax-deductible.

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