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Labor Day blog 2: Gaston’s Floor Covering will help you kick off the holiday season in style

Feature Gaston's Floor Covering

Editor’s note — This is the second of the three-part Sumner Newscow Labor Day Blog about a local business owned and operated by local people.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here’s a scary thought. Christmas is only four months away and Thanksgiving is three months away. Think about this. You might be hosting the family for Thanksgiving or Christmas. You might have to host the company Christmas party or the sorority holiday bash.

Wouldn’t a new floor in the kitchen or in the living room be ideal to making that party a true success?

Well, Gaston’s Floor Covering — locating at 1200 E. 16th Street in Wellington — is here to help you.

shaw carpetThis month, Gaston’s is running a carpet sale – on a wide variety of luxurious Shaw Carpet, laminate and wood flooring all in stock and ready to put in your home. Come check out the newest fresh yarns to bring color, texture and value to your homes. 

Labor Day Blog Part 1: Sammy Somona takes no short cuts when it comes to food at Best of the Orient

Best of the Orient feature

Editor’s Note — Labor Day is about the working men and women and nobody works harder than those running small businesses. Sumner Newscow is featuring three Labor Day stories about Wellington businesses owned and operated by Wellington people. Today our feature is on Sammy Somona, owner of the “Best of the Orient” Restaurant – a Wellington restaurant staple for more than 20 years. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sammy Somona of Wellington had one message he wanted to get out there when he found out we were going to do a story on him this week…

“Tell people we are open.”

Somona is the owner of “Best of the Orient” – a Thai-Chinese Restaurant in Wellington located at 114 E. Lincoln. Lately, he has found himself caught in a local Chinese Restaurant war. With the opening of “Good Taste” Chinese Buffet in east Wellington, that now makes three restaurants serving Asian food in the Sumner County seat – including The Great Wall on the west side of town.Best-of-the-Orient

That’s a tough sell in a community of 8,000 people – especially when so many people are employed in Wichita these days and not eating lunch here. It doesn’t help when social media and rumors spread like fire that Best of the Orient Restaurant has closed.

But for Somona, it is about weathering the storm. He realizes people are going to try the new guys out. His hope his loyal customer base, those who have patronized his business for years will return.

People have grown to love the unique dishes served at  this Lincoln Ave. location.

People have grown to love the unique dishes served at this Lincoln Ave. location.

Best of the Orient is a downtown business and off the beaten track. It has for years built its reputation as a buffet serving great zesty home-style food and extremely loyal customers.

“I’m not a big fan of super buffets,” Somona said. “Those places with 100 or more food items seem to taste like they have been warmed up in a microwave.” 

10 things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington Volleyball team…

10 things to know about vollyball

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington High School girls volleyball team…


1. Where we last left off

Wellington’s season ended in 2013 with a 14-21 record and a first round sub-state loss to Mulvane 25-22, 15-25, 25-14. That most certainly on paper was nothing to remember in the history books. However, there were some very good signs in the making in October.

The 14 victories were the first time Wellington reached double-digit wins in years. In previous years, Wellington feasted on smaller schools to pick up wins. In 2013, Class 4A victories started to become a reality.

Four of the six regular starters in 2014 were sophomores. Eight of the 12 girls were underclassmen.


2. Enter Alison Widen…

Post your FREE garage sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We currently have no garage sales for this weekend for Labor Day Weekend. You can still do by putting your ad in the comment section below:

Happy bargain selling and hunting!

Wellington Rec Rap – Summer into Fall edition

WRC rec rap logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Check out this week’s “Rec Rap Summer into Fall edition.”  Check out the WRC Fall brochure and register online at Click on the blue logo at the bottom of the home page to view a virtual brochure and click on register now to sign-up.

Brochures  will be delivered to schools and area businesses  the first week of September.

Call the WRC at 326-3323 for more information on all WRC programs and activities.

Fitness Classes

City of Wellington transfer station to be closed Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Transfer Station will be closed Monday – Sept 1 in observance of Labor Day.  Monday’s commercial trash collection will be picked up on Tuesday.

Sumner Newscow turns 3…

Sumner Newscow turns 3 copy

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow, the premiere news website in Sumner County, turns 3 to today.

Since its inception we have published 3,203 stories in our everlasting pursuit of recording the history of Sumner County since Aug. 28, 2011.

With that in mind, we are giving a free T-shirt to the first person who could tell us what was the first news event we ever covered as a Sumner Newscow operation. Just submit your answer in the comment section below or send us an e-mail at

Guardians of the Galaxy will be hitting Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

Guardians of the Galaxy

This week at the Regent Theater: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Movie trailer is below).


When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Sneak Peak tonight!: Middle School Special Screening is Thursday at 7 p.m. Wear your Knights t-shirt and get in for only $6!


Rated: PG-13. Time: 2 hour and 1 minute


Movie Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

Wellington High School Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

This week’s schedule:

Thursday - 

•JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.

•Football scrimmage at Wellington High School, 6 p.m.

•Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage, 5 p.m.

Friday -

•No school.

Saturday - 

•Varsity Volleyball at Winfield. 

Triumph Accessory Services looking for mechanic, new capabilities technician

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Triumph Accessory Services in Wellington is a leading provider of maintenance services to military, regional and commercial aircraft. Triumph is currently looking for qualified individuals for:


New Capabilities Technician

For complete job information and to apply, go to the website

Pre-employment drug screening and background checks are required as well as random drug/alcohol screening.

Triumph provides an excellent work environment and benefits.

Triumph is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled.

Public to get first view of athletes at annual Crusader Club Volleyball/Football Scrimmage

Take it to the public WHS seniors

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Wellington sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to get a sneak preview of both the WHS volleyball and football teams Thursday evening. The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will be holding a Gatorade Scrimmage at 5 p.m. at the high school gymnasium and the WHS football, the Wellington Middle School team, and the youth football teams will be showcased in the Crusader Club Scrimmage.

Here are a few things you will see:

•Wellington has 70 football players out this year including 20 seniors (see newly released roster below). Individual pictures of all the football players can be found here.

•Great manicured field thanks to new groundskeeper Steve Gill.

•Other amenities such as the new banner on the press box and the new decked out Crusader Grill by Impact Bank.

Here are a couple of things you will not see Thursday:

2014 Crusader tennis preview: 10 things you need to know…

10 things to know about the tennis team

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things you need to know about the 2014 Wellington High School tennis squad…


1. Where we last left off…

Wellington head girls tennis coach Brian Aufdengarten brings back five of the top six girls on the 2013 squad. Wellington had one doubles entry in the state tennis tournament in Topeka last October. Kelsey Whaley, who qualified with Peyton Adams, graduated with a 23-9 doubles record in 2013.

Peyton Adams

Peyton Adams


2. First the good news…

The good news is Peyton Adams returns for her fourth year in the program as a senior. She is a two-time state qualifier and one whale of a competitor. As part of the Wellington duo, she and her partner Whaley had a flare for the dramatic which included playing two marathon matches in the Wellington Regional last October in which it took five hours for them to play. Aufdengarten said he might use her in singles. Of course, that is in a perfect world. And we don’t live there.


3. Now the bad news …

Wellington Chamber holds ribbon cutting for Good Taste Chinese Buffet

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the Good Taste Chinese Buffet Restaurant at 1311 E. 16th Street in Wellington this morning.

The buffet, which was the Wellington Steakhouse, opened in July by the Jason Lin and his family. The new business includes five tables and 100 food items including Chinese, American and Seafood dishes. The Lin family is currently opening a Japanese, Thai Restaurant in Wichita as well.

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

This week’s schedule: 

Thursday - 

•JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.

•Football scrimmage at Wellington High School, 6 p.m.

•Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage, 5 p.m.

Friday -

•No school.

Saturday - 

•Varsity Volleyball at Winfield.


Wednesday’s lunch: Macaroni and Cheese, Meat Balls, peas, baby carrots, bread/jelly, apple.

Sumner County Court Docket: August 27, 2014 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Wellington City Council work session has been cancelled for tonight

The Wellington City Council Work Session scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. has been cancelled.

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Wellington High School bulletin: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

This week’s schedule: 

Thursday - 

•JV tennis at Maize South, 3 p.m.

•Football scrimmage at Wellington High School, 6 p.m.

•Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage, 5 p.m.

Friday -

•No school.

Saturday - 

•Varsity Volleyball at Winfield.


Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken Nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh broccoli, peaches.

WHS Volleyball team to hold Gatorade Scrimmage on Thursday

Crusader head logo smallerSumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School volleyball team will be holding a “Gatorade” scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. at the gymnasium. This scrimmage will precede the Hamburger Scrimmage at Sellers Park starting around 6 p.m.

People are asked to bring a case of water or unopened bottles of Gatorade for admittance.

Wellington Street Department to have chip sealing from Aug. 25 and Aug. 29.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Street Department will be chip sealing 22 blocks between August 25th and August 29th, weather permitting.  This project includes the following:

7th between “B” and “C”

9th, 10th, 11th and 12th between Washington and Jefferson

Olive between Harvey and 8th

Washington between 10th and 16th

Jefferson between 10th and 16th.

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