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Dr. Willis retires as a dentist after 38.5 years of serving the Wellington community


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – If you are one to have a big mouth in Wellington, chances are you might have seen Dr. Robert “Bob” Willis.

Dr. Robert "Bob" Willis

Dr. Robert “Bob” Willis

Willis had been a Wellington dentist for 38.5 years. But come last week, Willis has retired.

On Nov. 29, Willis closed his dentistry office on 204 E. Lincoln for good. All his patients are to be sent to Wellington Family Dentistry, owned by Dr. Gerald Phipps at 119 E. Lincoln, who bought the practice.

“There are several things that made me decide to retire,” Willis said. “For one thing, I’m 67 and I’m still in good health. I want to enjoy my retirement for as long as I can.”

He also said the timing was right. He leaves a dentistry profession that is becoming increasingly more corporate. Now was the time for his business to sell while it is still marketable.

“I’m not sure what the dentistry profession will be like in the future,” Willis said. “I anticipate it will be more insurance driven, dictating the treatment of the patients. That might be good for the patients, but not so much for the dentist.”

Don’t forget Logan Mize concert is tonight


Sumner Newscow report — Don’t forget! The Logan Mize concert is tonight at Memorial Auditorium. Mize will be rolling into town in his “Glenn” the station wagon sometime today, a station wagon he travels the country – a station wagon he picked up from a relative in Clearwater.

It will be a great night of music.. Acoustic show with Mark Brownlee Jr opening .. Doors open at 6 p.m. .. Beer will be available.. 10 bucks at the door … For all the details click here

Bravo’s Italian Bistro ribbon cutting held this morning


Sumner Newscow report — Bravo’s Italian Bistro, located in the old Rocco’s building at 107 W. Harvey Ave. in Wellington , had a ribbon cutting this morning. The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors held the ribbon cutting outside its restaurant which serves authentic Italian food.

Bravo’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant offers freshly-made Italian food and assorted homemade bread. The only thing that is pre-prepared is the tomato sauce, Antonio said. For the full story about Wellington’s newest restaurant click here

K-49 will remain closed until May, KDOT officials say


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Department of Transportation has confirmed that the K-49 bridge replacement project, six miles north of Caldwell, is still on schedule to reopen in May 2017.

For the past month, K-49, which links drivers going north of Caldwell to U.S. 160, has been closed as a new bridge is being constructed over the Chikaskia River Drainage about three miles south of the K-44/K-49 junction. Drivers, going north of Caldwell, have been detoured east on U.S. 81 through South Haven and Wellington.

King Construction Company Inc. from Hesston is the prime contractor for the $998,000 bridge project and is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature.

Panhandle Federal Credit Union has loan special on new and used vehicles

Panhandle Federal Credit Union New and Used Car Loans – Special Rate – now thru December 2016 – 620-326-2285.


Council accepts resignation of Brown; votes to sell Settler’s Creek lots to Miller; heard update on Lincoln Place

Wellington City Council meeting report

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council accepted the resignation of City Attorney Mike Brown at Tuesday’s meeting.

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Brown submitted his resignation letter to the City of Wellington on Nov. 21 with a short notice:

“City attorneys come and go and after 12 years, it is time for me to move on. Therefore, would you please accept this letter of resignation effective January 1, 2017.”

Shawn DeJarnett

Shawn DeJarnett

The Council has decided to hire local attorney Shawn DeJarnett of DeJarnett Law Office LLC in Wellington contingent on a contract stipulations. 

Brown resigned after having held the position for 12 years.

Council members said they wanted to get someone who lives in town if possible. Mr. Brown lives in Derby.  Since it is a professional service, the city does not have to go through a bid process, and can hire a city attorney in any way it wishes, City Manager Shields told the council.   

“In my 12 years of serving you, I hope people realize what a wonderful city Wellington is.” Mr. Brown said.


Myles Miller

Myles Miller

After much discussion, the Wellington City Council decided to sell 15 lots in the Settler’s Creek subdivision to Myles Miller of Miller Management.

The deal was approved 3-2 after Miller agreed to try to work out a deal with one of the residents. Settler’s Creek is located in east Wellington near the new Wedgewood Apartment Complex. Council members Vince Wetta, Kip Etter and Bill Butts voted for the real estate transaction while Jan Korte and Jim Valentine voted no. Council member Kelly Hawley was not present.

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City Council meeting video: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

The following video of Tuesday’s City Council meeting is courtesy of Robert Hamilton…

WHS Daily Bulletin: Crusader Way class raising money for Humane Society

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016:


•No events.


•Wrestling vs. Pratt at Wellington High School, 5 p.m.


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m. vs. Haven girls with boys following around 4:30 p.m.


•Wrestling at Wellington High School, 9 a.m.

•ACT test.

•Kingman Basketball Tournament, TBD.

Thursday’s lunch:

Choice of: Chicken Nachos, BBQ Rib on Bun, Salad

Today’s News:

Wellington boys knock off Conway Springs in triple overtime in Roitman’s debut

It was the battle of the 32s all night: Ian King vs. Josh Dugan.

It was the battle of the 32s all night: Wellington’s Ian King vs. Conway Springs’ Josh Dugan.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is hard to imagine a head coach having a more exciting debut.

But Rick Roitman opened his head coaching career in Wellington with a 52-50 triple overtime victory over Conway Springs in the first round of the Kingman Eagle Classic Tournament.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am with these guys,” Roitman said. “When you write this up, make sure you describe this as a ‘team’ win.”

Wellington and Conway Springs have played some good ones over the years, but this one may have been the best. By the end of this game, Wellington had fouled out both A.J. Snipes and Ian King. Conway Springs was without its big gun Josh Dugan.

And it took senior Connor Burnett coming off the bench to hit a free throw, and a key banker to give Wellington a two-point win.

Despite cold shooting, Wellington girls get 46-39 win over Conway Springs


Lauryn Snipes vies for a loose ball amongst Conway Springs defenders Tuesday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Putting things in perspective, the Wellington girls beat Kingman by five points in the season opener in 2015 and went on to finish third place in the Class 4A Div. 1 state tournament.

Wellington defeated Conway Springs 46-39 in its season opener at the Kingman Eagle Classic Tournament Tuesday. It was a grind of a game that saw the Lady Dukes behind for the bulk of the contest. Wellington had to outscore Conway Springs 21-11 in the fourth quarter to stave off the upset.

“Am I happy? Well, let’s just say we have a lot of work to do,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “I just told the girls to not get all freaked out over this game. We have a long season in front of us.”

Wellington was down 28-25 at the end of three quarters and didn’t take a lead in the second half until 6:54 in the fourth when Avery Rusk made a steal, layup and free throw thereafter to put the Lady Dukes in front 30-28.

Even then the Lady Dukes could not shake off the upset-minded Cardinals, who was holding a one-point lead with a little more than two minutes to play. But Wellington would go on an eight-point run and led 42-35 with a minute to play.

Rohrer Custom and Fabrication – you dream it, we build it


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Help wanted: Sumner County Family Care Center looking for full-time front desk receptionist

Help Wanted adSumner County Family Care Center, a busy family practice, is looking for a professional experienced full time front desk receptionist. Immediate opening, Medical background preferred. Professional appearance is a must. Please E-mail resume to

Christmas Calendar: Caldwell Lighted Christmas Parade… Logan Mize concert Thursday

Christmas Season Newscow calendar

(updated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a cumulative Sumner County community calendar of the all the Christmas holiday events. If you have an event not listed below, provide it in the comment section below, provide us a Facebook message on our business page, or e-mail us at

Businesses can also advertise their special events by e-mailing us as well. We will publish an updated calendar with new events throughout the holiday until we no longer have Christmas events. 



Coat DRIVE – WRC – No later than Friday, Dec. 16. Click here for more details.

Food Drive – SRMC – Dec. 12-16. Click here for more details.

Toy Drive – No. 7 Coffee House- Donations no later than Dec. 10 until 2 p.m. Click here for more details.

Toy Drive – Lions Club/WHS Leadership Team, Operation Holiday – Dec. 14 deadline. Click here for more details.

Wednesday – December 7

  • Caldwell lighted Christmas Parade and Holiday Shopping, 7 p.m. Click here for details.

Thursday – December 8

  • logan-mizeLogan Mize Concert, Memorial Auditorium, 7 p.m. Proceeds go toward air conditioning at Wellington Memorial Auditorium. Click here for details.
  • Ribbon Cutting – Bravo’s Italian Bistro, 10:45 a.m.
  • its-a-wonderful-life“It’s a Wonderful Life” – Wellington Regent Theater, 7 p.m.

Saturday – December 10

WHS Daily Bulletin: Leadership team continues Adopt Families for Christmas program

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016:


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m.  vs. Conway Springs, girls with boys following around 4:30 p.m.


•No events.


•Wrestling vs. Pratt at Wellington High School, 5 p.m.


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m. vs. Haven girls with boys following around 4:30 p.m.


Mill Creek still has a large assorted selection of Christmas trees

Mill Creek Lumber feature





Don’t forget Mill Creek also has a wide selection of Christmas lights and other decorative items.

Mill Creek hours are Monday-Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plus, Mill Creek is open on Sundays during the the holiday season. 


E-Waste Collection Day set for Saturday, Dec. 10

logo-cityWellingtonE-Waste Collection Day at the City of Wellington Recycling Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Collecting unwanted, working and non-working electronic devices.

For more information about the operating hours, please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831.  For questions concerning specific items to be collected or data destruction, please contact Pete at 316-305-6896 (evenings) or Julian at 316-305-6895 (evenings).

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another 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 hunting!

Barbara Jon’s is a Christmas must-stop


WHS Daily Bulletin: Austin Harriger and Austin Fink finish 4th in Augusta Debate Tournament

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 5, 2016:


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m.


•No events.


•Wrestling vs. Pratt at Wellington High School, 5 p.m.


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m.


•Wrestling at Wellington High School, 9 a.m.

•ACT test.

•Kingman Basketball Tournament, TBD.

Tuesday’s lunch:

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