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Three crew members missing, 1 hurt after head-on trail collision in Texas Panhandle

Sumner Newscow local news reportSumner Newscow report — According to an Associated Press report, three crew members were missing and one was hurt Tuesday after a head-on train collision in the Texas Panhandle that caused several box cars to erupt in flames and led authorities to evacuate residents in the area. Authorities have not released any names at this time.

The two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track when they collided near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. Each train carried two crew members; one man jumped before the collision, according to BNSF spokesman Joe Faust. The man was being treated at a hospital and the extent of his injuries was unknown.

It’s not clear how fast the trains were traveling when they collided, but the speed limit in that area is 70 mph, Faust said. It also wasn’t clear why the trains were on the same track.

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Some Wheat Festival contest entries are due Friday

2016 Kansas Wheat Festival logoby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — It’s that time again, when downtown Wellington comes alive for the 116th annual Kansas Wheat Festival! The annual event will be held July 6-10, with many activities, contests and entertainment planned.

The first event will be the Baby and Toddler Contest, sponsored by Wellington Health and Rehab. The event will take place Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the basement of the facility and pre-registration is required. The theme is “I am SUPER!”. Age categories for boys and girls are: 6 months-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-3 years old. Late entries will not be allowed to participate, and all entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place boy and girl. Entry fee is $10, and the deadline is July 5 at 3 p.m.

The Kansas Wheat Festival Baker’s Bonanza will be held Wednesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by Rivercross Hospice, Golden Living Center, Sumner County Farm Bureau and The River. Following the contest, a Baker’s Bonanza Bake Sale will take place at the Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, at noon.

Fireworks can be shot off July 1; here is what to keep in mind…

firecrackersSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington is allowing the discharge of fireworks starting Friday, July 1 within the city limits. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through July 3, 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.  Retail sale hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 1 through July 4.

Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay has released the following Firework Regulations and Safety information:

 Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources:

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
  • Always ignite fireworks outdoors
  • Have water nearby
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
  • Dispose of fireworks properly, preferably in a bucket of water
  • Never throw or shoot fireworks at another person or at vehicles
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers

TECT Aerospace of Wellington has several job openings

Help Wanted adTect Aerospace of Wellington has the following job openings: 

Tect Machinists – 1st shift (Conventional/Detail), 2nd alternative shift (CNC)  and 3rd shift (CNC) available

 CNC – Requirements include a previous work history of two years or more 3-5 axis machining.

Conventional/Detail – previous Bridgeport/Manual Mill experience required

Material Handler – first shift

CDL class A required

TECT Aero help wantedTransport/load/unload goods to/from customers/suppliers

Assists with shipping/handlingPrefer experience with aerospace parts

Handform – first shift

Wellington City Council holds 3-hour work session to discuss upcoming budget

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council talked about the upcoming budget for about three hours Monday. The council still needs to trim some items and decide what to do with various funds, but it looks like the city will not have any tax increase.

Interim City Manager Shane Shields said the city’s valuation has increased some, about $1 million. That would mean if the city keeps the property tax levy as it is the city would take in about $34,000 more than it did last year.

Golf course funding, police and fire, as well as employees in general, were the big ticket items that still need to be hashed out.

The council tentatively planned another work session for July 11, and they have two regular meetings in July, to continue discussions. The budget has to be published by the first of August, leaving time for a public hearing before the final vote in August.

No actions were taken Monday, but some general consensus did emerge.

Medallion Clue #2 — Tuesday, June 28

2016 Medallion Hunt general

Clue No. 2 — Tuesday, June 28

That Stinks! PU!

Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

Glad you’re with us

We’re 30 this year and excited to have you join us.

Help wanted: Student Information System/IT Coordinator

Help Wanted ad

Help wanted: Student Information System/IT Coordinator

Where: USD 353 School District.

USD 353 will be accepting applications for a Student Information System/IT Coordinator.

If interest, please contact: Wendy Goodrum at

The job opening deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 5.

The official, updated 2016 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule”

2016 Wheat Festival feature schedule

Updated 2016 Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule:

July 6 – 10, 2016 – *Schedule is subject to change*

On-going Exhibits and Attractions:

Ottaway Carnival – Runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Raymond Frye Complex Parking Lot, 320 North Jefferson, $23.00 wristband special every night.  Carnival opens at 6 p.m.2016 Kansas Wheat Festival logo 

Security State Bank Kansas Wheat (Festival) Penny Search – SSB will scatter pennies at various Wheat Festival locations. There will be several specially marked pennies that can be traded in for $50!

Harvest Photo Display Display at Edit Boutique, 108 S. Washington-  during store hours Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Sponsored by Kansas Wheat & Susan’s Portrait Designs).

Downtown Art Exhibit104 N Washington Ave. Open Thursday & Friday 5-7pm, Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday 1-4 p.m. (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network).

Kansas Wheat Festival – Wheat Show- Display at Renn & Company, 209 S. Washington Ave. (Sponsored by Renn & Company).

Chisholm Trail Museum502 North Washington, Open 1-5pm, Wednesday-Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. No Admission fee. Donations accepted.

Panhandle Railroad Museum425 East Harvey – Open 10 a.m. -4 p.m.Tuesday – Saturday.  Free Admission. Donations accepted.

Kansas wheat harvest is all but complete; prices are abysmal

Harvest 2016

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas wheat harvest is all but complete in Sumner County, as well as most of the state. Local agriculture officials say as of Friday it is about 95 percent complete in Sumner. Recent rains did not have much of an impact as most of the wheat in the county is already harvested.

But despite the good harvest, wheat prices are low – ranging from $3.60 to $4.40 a bushel.

Curt Guinn, of the Wellington Coop, said the operation has slowed a lot, and the elevator has surpassed 3 million bushels at that coop alone.

Statewide officials expect 393 million bushes to be harvested, which is a 22 percent increase from 2015. The statewide average so far is 48 bushels per acre, and if that holds up, it will surpass a record set in 2003.

Daniel YoNash comes to Wellington as new financial advisor for Edward Jones’ downtown office

Wellington's Newest financial advisor

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Having been born in the old Wellington Hospital, and living in the area all of his life, has brought Daniel YoNash back to Wellington as the new financial advisor for Edward Jones. His first day in the local office was April 11.

Former advisor Diana Page, who had been with the company for 20 years, died in January.

“It’s hard losing an advisor, but I seem to have resonated well with the community,” YoNash said.

Since YoNash was born in Wellington and has always lived in the area, the company offered him the advisor position here. After earning his business administration degree from Friends University in Wichita, he obtained a series 7 and series 66, both financial licenses he is required to have.

“I spent two months studying, then took the tests,” YoNash said.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

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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!

Starting today bridge repair on US-81 Highway in Caldwell

Road Work ahead try this again!!!!Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Starting the week of June 27, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin the preservation project on the bridge carrying US-81 Highway over Fall Creek Drainage in Sumner County, located .24 miles east of US-81/K-49 Junction, on US-81 just east of Caldwell.

Traffic will be carried through the work zone while construction takes place. The traffic will be shifted to one side where the bridge will be repaired on the eastbound lane, after which the traffic will be switched and repairs will proceed on the westbound lane of US-81. Please slow down through the work zone and be aware of the traffic signal. Drivers can expect delays of less than 15 minutes due to construction.

All loads over 13-foot of total width should seek alternative routes. This preservation project is scheduled to be completed in January 2017, depending on delays caused by adverse weather conditions.

Help wanted: Detention Officer for Sumner County Sheriff Office

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Detention Officer I – Sheriff Office.

Pay range: $11.64 – $19.10.

HS diploma or GED.  Position processes inmates through detention facility.  Maintains security of inmates in facility and during transport.  Prepares reports and maintains records.  Candidate must pass a Criminal History background check.  Must have a valid KS driver’s license.

Apply on line at  Application closing date 07/17/2016.  Complete job description available at Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Rm 101, Wellington Ks 67152, ph 620-326-3395. EOE

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run report: June 20 – June 26, 2016

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for June 20 to June 26, 2016 is as follows:

Medallion Hunt Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

2016 Medallion Hunt general

Clue No. 1 – Monday, June 27

Glad you’re with us

We’re 30 this year and excited to have you join us.

Diana Page was a sponsor and co-conspirator of the Medallion Hunt for 15 years;

this year’s event is dedicated to her.


Volunteers needed for Veteran’s Room during Wheat Festival

Sumner Newscow report — Volunteers are needed to staff the Veteran’s Room at the Memorial Auditorium, particularly during the Wheat Festival. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the front door of the Veteran’s Room for those who are interested to leave their contact information.

Anyone interested may also contact Tracy Thomas at the Wellington Public of Works building at 326-7831.

Sunday thoughts: Medallion, European Union, O.J., Manziel and the Kansas Legislature

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, June 26, 2016…

1. Medallion hunt

2016 Medallion Hunt generalThe official start of the Kansas Wheat Festival is still two weeks away, but it truly starts Monday when the first clue of the Medallion Hunt is released, Monday exclusively at 6:30 a.m. on Sumner Newscow. A list of rules can be found here.

This marks the fourth year Sumner Newscow is co-hosting the event along with Steve Page. With a registered button, you could get a cool $1,000 if you are to find the Medallion.

As always, I’ll reiterate the position of Sumner Newscow as we have in years past. Much like the advertisers of this website, Sumner Newscow has nothing to do with contest’s content. We don’t make up the clues, we don’t organize the event, nor do we participate in the contest in any way other than providing the daily clues online and press coverage surrounding the event.

Diana Page

Diana Page

Therefore, it would be a waste of your time to complain to me. My official position is: whatever controversy that might develop, I will stand 100 percent behind the organizers who work their tails off to make this a fun event. So if you want to cry a river about the Medallion, take your tears elsewhere.

Also, I want to salute the late Diana Page, who for years, made this Medallion Hunt a great event. It doesn’t seem possible she is not involved. RIP, Diana. Every summer at this time, your legacy will be revisited.


2. Open wound Europe…

Two things are obvious from Great Britain’s vote to exit the European Union:

Wellington has received 1.4 inches of rain in June

Newscow precipitation report smallerSumner Newscow report — Wellington has had its share of rain as of late. Thursday afternoon, Wellington received. .5 inches. Friday, the area received an additional .6 inches. For the month of June we have received 1.4 inches.  Stay tuned, more heavy rain could be in the forecast this late afternoon and evening.

Mark Whitener comes into Wellington Superintendent job with optimism and caution

Sumner Newscow interview

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — One week from today, Mark Whitener will become the new USD 353 Wellington Superintendent. He will be replacing Rick Weiss, whose tenure comes to an end on June 30, 2016.

It has been awhile since Wellington has had a new superintendent – 10 years ago to be exact.

Whitener comes to Wellington during a rather tumultuous time for Kansas public schools. But he is optimistic that there will be better times ahead.

We sat down with Whitener to ask him a few questions on where he came from and what he expects in the years ahead for Kansas and USD 353.

Sumner Newscow: What made you decide to become a Superintendent of Wellington schools?

Mark Whitener

Mark Whitener

Whitener: I have served as Oxford High School Superintendent for five years. This has been a tremendous job for a superintendent. But I was ready for a new role.

Here I was serving as both a superintendent and principal. I was ready for a role where I could focus my attention solely on being a superintendent.

SN: Tell us about your background.

Whitener: I started my public school career in Ark City in 1989 and was a fifth grade teacher. I did that for 17 years and was an academic coach as well. They asked me to be principal for Ixl Elementary in Ark City and I was there for four years. Then I became a middle school principal in Ark City. My ultimate goal was to become a school superintendent.

SN: You are coming in during a tumultuous time for public schools in the state of Kansas. What do you think is the biggest challenge you will have at this moment?

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