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Panhandle Federal Credit Union is named premiere sponsor of the 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival

Kelly Ford with Danny Crittenden.

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Panhandle Federal Credit Union will be the premiere sponsor of the 2019 Kansas Wheat Festival.

The announcement came just five days after the completion of the 2018 festival held in Wellington. This year’s sponsor was Cowley College.

As the premiere sponsor, Panhandle will be featured on all the festivities memorabilia and other promotions. Danny Crittenden, President of the Wellington branch and WACC Executive Director Kelly Ford made the joint announcement in front of the bank Thursday afternoon.

Sumner Newscow Jaws Trivia contest: Question #2

Tyler Brown wins men’s 5K run at Kansas Wheat Festival

Tyler Brown wins 2018 Kansas Wheat Run.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyler Brown, who is approaching his junior year at Wellington High School, was winner of the men’s 5K run at Saturday’s 2018 Security State Bank Wheat Run.

Lacey Buckwalter, a Sterling College track and field athlete from Sylvia, Kans., was the winner of the women’s event.

Lacey Buckwalter wins the women’s 5K.

Brown ran the race in 18.40 while Buckwalter came in at 22:20.

In the one mile run, Zach Haxton of Argonia was the winner of the boys. Tavia Hart was the one-mile winner for the women. Photo gallery of the event can be found here.

The full results for both races per age group are as follows: 

It is Manila Mania at Manila Liquor this weekend…

Hurry to the Wellington Sears 3-days extra 10% Sale.

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Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom playing at Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom”

Schedule: Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril)

Catch the CultureCow review of the film here.

Movie Synopsis: It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.

Cowley College – Sumner Campus is holding upcoming enrollment days

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(Updated Thursday) Accused robber at Jump Start Convenience Store has been identified

Update: Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said a suspect has been identified in Monday’s Jump Start convenience store robbery at 1106 North A Street. 

He said the case has now been sent to Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer’s desk for possible formal charges. He did not identify the suspect at this time.


Sumner Newscow report — There was a robbery held at Jump Start convenience store at 1106 North A Street on Monday at 2 a.m.

According to a press release by the Wellington Police Department, on early Monday morning a suspected white male, dressed in black long sleeves shirt, gray pants, wearing two bandanas over his face, black colored sunglasses and black gloves entered Jump Start and demanded money from the clerk.

The clerk complied and the robber left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and Marlboro cigarettes. 

Win 2 free tickets to next week’s showing of Jaws at Wellington Regent

For rent: Wheat Capital Manor has 2 vacant studio apartments

For Rent – Wheat Capital Manor Currently has two vacancies for Studio Apartments.   

Currently accepting applications for one and two-bedroom apartments.

Applications can be picked up at 400 S. C Street, Wellington, KS, 67152.

Phone:  620-326-5821

*Must meet HUD eligibility criteria*


Rod Jacobs is winner of ‘We, The People’ rifle

Rod Jacobs (center) was the winner of the “We, The People” rifle. Organizer John Munro made the presentation with Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kelly Ford.

by John Munro, special to Sumner Newscow — The winner of the Henry “We The People” rifle is Rod Jacobs.  For the second year in a row, the winning ticket was sold by Smoker’s Choice, one of my top selling vendors.  Rod said he bought a book of five tickets.

As some of you might already know, this is the last year I’ll be doing the raffle.  However, we are talking to a replacement, so we sincerely believe that we can keep this event alive and on-going. I’ll keep everyone up to date on this as we work things out.

There is just no way I can thank the people involved in this project enough.  My sponsor/vendors this year, Smoker’s Choice, Impact Bank, Bank of Commerce, Mill Creek Lumber, Renn and Company, Wellington Wheel and Alignment, Travelin’ Smoke BBQ, Sears Hometown Store, Hobbs Mechanical, The Gold Corner, Sumner Communications, Trigger Guard Shooting Range, Mayfield Grocery and Locker, Wellington Animal Clinic, Orscheln’s, Vince Erwin Glass, The Dore, Sunflower Custom T’s, Personal Threads, M and M Printing, K T Kustoms, and individuals Vince Wetta and Terry Nunemaker, you people are the greatest!

Big Cheese Pizza is taking employment applications

Big Cheese Pizza is taking applications for employment. Apply in person. Ask for Curt. No phone calls please. Big Cheese is at 324 N. Washington. 

Eight teams competing in the 2018 running of The Great Race

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Eight teams will be competing in the 2018 running of The Great Race. The big event occurs at 5 p.m. Saturday at Woods Park, south of the golf course.

SSB Big Bucks will be defending their title after burying the competition in 2017. After years of being in the running but not quite winning, the Wellington based team ran away with it with a 44.23.98 time

SSB Big Bucks were bridesmaids until 2017 when they won it all. Now they are the hunted.

This year ties the smallest group to compete in the race. On average the race usually features between 8 and 12 teams.

Longtime powerhouse Ander’s Spinalators won’t be in attendance this year due to other obligations. But seven other teams are returning.

There are two newcomers on board this year. The Manila Gorillas will be competing for the first time this year. And the Impact Bank Dashing Dukes enters the fray.

The full roster is as follows(the program can be found here):

Political candidates need to have forum questions to Sumner Newscow by next Tuesday

Attention all candidates for the state representative of the 80th District and candidates of the third district in Sumner County:

Please have your questionnaires answered for the Sumner Newscow political forum to us by Tuesday, July 24. Send them via e-mail at [email protected]. If you need us to resend a copy of the questions, we will do so at well. If you are late, we will make a note of it when publishing your answers.

The Sumner Newscow political forum for both races will be featured on Sunday, July 29. We will also be conducting a straw poll on the following Wednesday. The Kansas primary is Tuesday, August 7. 

Catch the Fair Bug – the Sumner County Fair is August 2-5

Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Catch the Fair Bug and come join the fun and help celebrate 91 Years of the annual Sumner County Fair to be held August 2-5, 2018, in Caldwell.  The fair board has worked diligently to plan events for all ages.  Entering of exhibits will be completed Thursday evening August 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again Friday morning from 8 to 10:30 a.m. so bring items and come enter them in the Fair!

One major change is in store for exhibitors.  Each exhibitor will be issued one premium check for all their entries instead of vouchers in each department.  It is a check and can be cashed anywhere that accepts checks.  The Fair Board does ask that an exhibitor use the same name at each department where he/she enters an exhibit; for example, do not enter as Suzie Smith in one department and Sue Smith in another.  Doing this will really confuse our computer!!

Hopefully, this change will enable exhibitors get cash for their premiums easier.  These checks will be available for pickup at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and, if possible, should be cashed within 30 days.

Sumner Newscow Precipitation table: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

City Council approves the hiring of Ben Heasty to replace Derek Harrison as head golf pro; 4.48 acres of land annexed

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was announced Wellington Golf Course Director Derek Harrison, who has managed the Wellington golf course for over five years, has tendered his resignation, and Ben Heasty will take over on an interim basis. Harrison will continue running the pro shop. The announcement was made during an otherwise uneventful Wellington City Council meeting. 

In other business:

• The Council approved the annexation of 4.48 acres of land in the Coyote Ridge Addition. The Laci L. Gregory Revocable Trust has purchased the two lots involved and has requested the annexation. The city already services the area with utilities, and the staff recommended passage. The council voted for annexation unanimously.

•Jason Symons was named to the Board of Zoning Appeals. He was the only applicant.

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WPD investigating possible armed robbery in Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — People have been inquiring about a possible armed robbery in the 700 block of West 7th Street area in Wellington yesterday afternoon. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the WPD is still investigating, but is not issuing a press release at this time.

“However, we are confident that this was not a random act,” Heath said.

Help wanted: Clerk/Typist 1 at County Clerk’s Office

Clerk/Typist I II-County Clerk’s Office

$7.30 to $14.54 per non-exempt

HS diploma or GED.  1 to 3 yrs accounting/clerical experience.  Position involves the performance of varied clerical and limited accounting duties in the County Clerk’s Office.

Apply online at  Applications close 07/24/2018. If any questions, contact the Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, ph 620-326-3395 Job description available. EOE

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