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Sunday blog: Women are spaghetti, men are waffles

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — There have been a few books, often written in an amusing style, about the differences between men and women’s mode of thinking:  One of the first was the (now) well known book, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”

Robert Escandon

That the brains of the two genders are wired differently is now an accepted fact.  Modern technology, like PET Scans, show us that parts of the male and female brains light up with electrical activity,  in different regions (and with different intensities), when presented with the same stimulus.

This is a whole new area of research and is exposing fascinating facts, some of which are disturbing.  Tests conducted on psychopaths, serving long prison sentences, show absences of electrical brain – stimulus to emotion and to visual images of suffering.  It’s as if that part of the brain is either not wired correctly or is not even present.

When I was last visiting England a news report spoke of a man who drove to a north-London gas station, at night, and brutally stabbed to death the night-shift attendant, who he didn’t know and who he had never met before.  After the senseless murder, he drove off and five miles later stopped at another gas station. 

Across the Pond playing at Wellington Memorial Auditorium, Oct. 7

Date: Saturday October 07, 2017 8 p.m. 
Doors: 7 p.m. – This show is All Ages 
Promoter:  Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Buy your tickets online through Ticket Storm or in person at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/ CVB!

$10 a ticket – all ages

Argonia-Attica eke out close win against South Barber 34-30

Argonia-Attica defenders stop South Barber in this exciting eight-man battle.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Argonia-Attica made plays when it had to have them, and found a way to win against South Barber Friday in a 34-30 win. The Titans scored on their first possession and led most of the game, but the Chieftans of South Barber also made plays and the lead changed hands four times in the second half.

Argonia Attica’s Trevor Pierce intercepted a pass at his own goal line with 1:32 left in the game. The Titans were able to run the clock out to preserve that win. On a third down with a minute left Masen McDaniel threw a pass to Anthony Handlin to get the first down, and from there they ran the clock out.

Offensive coach Luke Greenwood said his team knew South Barber was a great team and would be a strong test.

Conway Springs destroys Medicine Lodge 54-0

Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs had no trouble destroying Medicine Lodge Friday night 54-0. The box score is here

Oxford triumphs over Strafford 48-24

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford Wildcats got back to .500 with a 48-24 victory over Stafford to the delight of the hometown crowd.

Oxford would win this one in the third quarter when it would score the game’s last five of seven touchdowns for victory.

The box score is as follows: 

Wellington falls to Andale 38-0

Wellington’s defense stymied the Andale on several drives. But the Indians were still able to score five different times. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is always something about Andale that can thwart any kind of momentum a Wellington football team may have in a season.

Yes, Wellington came into the game 3-0 and was vying for a league championship. But when the evening ended the Crusaders were once again staring at an overwhelming defeat and searching for answers. This time it was 38-0.

Wellington had no answers for the Indians, who out rushed the Crusaders 268 to 46 and would out pass them 71 to 26. For the night the Crusaders mustered just 72 yards of offense. In turn, Andale rolled with 339 yards for the night.

Andale established its dominance on the first drive. After almost breaking the opening kickoff, the Indians would score three plays later on a Sawyer Simon 30 yard run.

Wellington-Andale live twitter feed… Week #4 scores…

Mill Creek Lumber has another shipment of fall plants that has just arrived

Garage Sales for this weekend..

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Sept. 22-24, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

WHS Daily Bulletin: Reminder, there is no school on Monday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Sept. 22, 2017:


•Football at Andale, 7 p.m.


•9th volleyball at Clearwater, 8 a.m.

•WHS tennis at Wichita Collegiate, 9 a.m.

•Volleyball at Cheney, 9 a.m.

No school on Monday.

Today’s News:

Help wanted: City of Wellington Sanitation Collector


The City of Wellington is currently taking applications for the position of Sanitation Collector involving refuse collection and requiring manual labor in all weather conditions.  High School graduate or GED.  Salary range is $9.77 to $14.17 DOQ.  Please apply on-line at or to the City Clerk, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152 by 5:00 pm, September 29, 2017.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.

When the Chisholm Trail went through Sumner County

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are a few notable differences between the Chisholm Trail 150 Cattle Drive of 2017 and the ones that started in 1867 and ran through the 1880s.

Perhaps, the one telling sign is the herd of 108 roping steers had to actually wait on a train in Sumner County before crossing over the tracks at Mayfield, Kansas. Then there is this thing called pavement and cars, and busloads of children yelling in glee.

Oxford Elementary students were thrilled to see the cattle drive.

And no matter how authentic the cowboys of the 0-K Chisholm Trail Cattle Drovers Association may be, it was highly unlikely that the cowboys of the 1870s had cell phones in their pockets or nearby.

Nevertheless, it has been a great week to recognize the Chisholm Trail that helped establish Sumner County.

The O-K Chisholm Trail drovers are conducting a commemorative cattle drive from Pond Creek, Okla. to the south edge Wichita – about 90 miles. The cows have spent almost a week in Sumner County alone.

Travelin’ Smoke BBQ is Wellington’s newest food business

The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors recently welcomed Travelin’ Smoke BBQ to the community. (Click on photo for larger version).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — That sweet smoky aroma you are smelling as you are heading south on U.S. 160-81, north of the Wellington Viaduct, is coming from Travelin’ Smoke BBQ – Wellington’s newest food business.

Travelin’ Smoke BBQ, owned by Billy and Traci Soles, is a red food truck that is open Mondays and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The barbecue business offers a plethora of food items from melt off the bone slabs of ribs, to pulled pork, to brisket, to sides of coleslaw, potato salad, mac ’n cheese etc.

The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the Travelin’ Smoke BBQ’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

‘All Saints’ playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “All Saints”

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

Feature film rating: PG.

Time: 1 hour 48 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Wellington Christian Academy spelling bee winners announced

Ava Hawks (left) and Sally Palmer.

Sumner Newscow report — On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Wellington Christian Academy held its annual spelling bee.  Ava Hawks and Sally Palmer will represent WCA at the Sumner County Spelling Bee, which will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at the Wellington Middle School at 9:30 a.m. at the auditorium. 

Wellington City Council puts finishing touches on developers agreement with Cowley College

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council put the finishing touches on the developers agreement that will make the Cowley College – Sumner Campus of Wellington a reality at its meeting Tuesday.  At a special meeting, two days after the regular session, the council approved the agreement, which defines who would pay for various infrastructure items related to the college.

The two measures on Tuesday that were passed made the water and sewer portions official. Both of them passed on a 5-1 vote with Jim Valentine voting no on both.

On the water expansion, Wellington will pay $75,000 of the $130,000 project that is to be financed by bond issues.

The sewer portion also includes lateral improvements and the city hopes other customers will be added as growth expands on the east side of town along with the college. The city will be spending about $200,000 on that part also financed by a bond issue.

TNT Pest Control will protect your investment from unwanted guests

Wellington Choirs wow the crowd


Sumner Newscow report — There has been a lot of good things going on at Wellington High School this fall: the football team, the student section, the tennis team, the volleyball team, the band. But one of the hottest programs going is the Wellington Choir. Two middle schools, the Crusader singers, and the high school choirs performed at the WHS auditorium yesterday evening for its fall concert. It brought the crowd to its feet with a standing ovation. For pictures of the big event click here.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Lincoln Place question

What do you think should happen to Lincoln Place (the building on Washington and Lincoln)?

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Wellington volleyball team sweeps competition; now above .500 for first time this season

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Let’s put this in perspective. Wellington started the season 1-4 in the Winfield preseason volleyball tournament.

Wellington defeated Circle 14-25, 26-24, 27-25 in the afternoon match. The Crusaders then defeated Clearwater 25-17, 25-16 in the nightcap.

The Crusaders are now 10-8 and dominated both Circle and Clearwater in a high-spirited night of volleyball in front of a solid crowd at Crusader gymnasium. OK, domination may be too strong of word for the match with Circle, because the Thunderbirds won the first set 25-14. But Wellington would comeback in set #2 and 3 with two point victories.

Circle won the other double dual 25-23, 25-13.

The Crusaders are now winners of 5 of the past 7 matches and 6 of 9 since last week’s split with Rose Hill and Collegiate.

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