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Post your FREE garage sales ads here

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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 selling and hunting!

Sumner County Extension agent Randy Hein to present gardening program at Wellington Library

Sumner Newscow report — Please come to the Wellington Public Library Meeting room on Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. for a gardening program.

Randy Hein from the Sumner County Extension Office will be at the library to speak on various gardening topics such as soil and the best tips for growing veggies. 

Official times for The Great Race

Sumner Newscow report — The following are the official times of the Slate Creek Relay – Great Race 2014


1ST PLACE                    The Dore Enchies                             43:49                                                                                                   

2ND PLACE                    Anders Spinalators                            45:53

The Enchies return to championship form winning the Slate Creek Relays i.e. Great Race

Enchies win Great Race 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Dore Enchies returned to winning form by winning the 2014 Slate Creek Relays at Woods Park Saturday evening.

The Dore Enchies knocked out the defending champion Anders Spinalators to capture The Great Race Cup. Anders placed second while the Sons of Thunder finished third.

The final order of teams was as follows:

1. The Dore Enchies

The Enchies were the first place winners. (Photo by Steve Sturgis).

The Enchies were the first place winners. (Photo by Steve Sturgis).

2. Anders Spinalators

Transformers – Age of Extinction is playing at Wellington Regent

Transformers Age of Extinction

This week at the Regent Theater: “Transformers – Age of Extinction” (Movie trailer is below).


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


Rated: PG-13 Time: 2 hours 45 min.


Movie Synopsis:TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. (C) Paramount

The Great Race will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Woods Park

Great Race preview - Can Spinalators?

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the 13th consecutive year, Wellington will be holding The Great Race, aka The Slate Creek Relays, this weekend at Woods Park. The race begins at 5 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s team participants include:

The Anders Spinalators

Axis of Awesome

Black Oak Striders

Dore Enchies

Greeno Flameouts

Sons of Thunder

Spencer Speedsters

SSB Big Bucks

Village Idiots

Gove Bandits.

The Anders Spinaltors are the current defending Great Race Champions. 

Security State Bank of Wellington says ‘thanks’!

“Congratulations and Thank You to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce for another outstanding Kansas Wheat Festival.”

From your Friends at SECURITY STATE BANK

“We Had An Awesome Time!!!”

Here were some of the activities Security State Bank participated in during the Wheat Festival.

The SSB bed race team…

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The  SSB float in the parade…

SSB Parade Entry

The SSB money machine…

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And overall having our selfie! – A really great time.

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Serving Sumner County Since 1897

Member FDIC


HELP WANTED: GKN Aerospace has several job opportunities

 GKN Aerospace Precision Machining, Inc., a leading provider of highly engineered subsystems and components for the aerospace, defense and space industries located in Wellington has the immediate openings for: 

Carl Acuff, Jr. will be performing at the Sumner County Fair in Caldwell on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.

Carl Acuff at Sumner County Fair

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 87th annual Sumner County Fair in Caldwell is right around the corner and this year’s featured entertainer is Carl Acuff, Jr. who will be performing with The Legends and Up and Comers.

The concert to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. in Caldwell is being sponsored by the Sumner County Fair Association and area businesses (listed below).

The free concert will be part of a plethora of activities at the annual fair in Caldwell which will be running Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 3.

The Carl Acuff Jr. Show has become an American institution since 1992. The 2014 tour proves to be no exception to the rule with a dynamite show, great costuming, music and comedy.  

Wellington resident Perry Wiley expresses his concern about fireworks on Fourth of July

Perry Wiley fireworks

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Fourth of July holiday can be a bang of a good time for many, but a Wellington resident expressed his displeasure with the holiday at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Wellington resident Perry Wiley questioned the current fireworks policy. The council decided it will revisit the issue at a later date.

During the audience participation Wiley made the following statement:

“I think the fireworks got out of hand this year… It wasn’t too well enforced. I couldn’t get up and down my street because of all the fireworks. I spoke to a lady who works at Sterling House and she couldn’t get there because of the fireworks by the apartments near Sterling House.

“In short of banning all fireworks, which I would be in favor of, they should be banned in residential areas. They should only be shot in parks or ballfields or wherever.”

3 Sumner Republicans on list breaking party ranks to support Democrat Paul Davis for Governor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Democrat challenger Paul Davis on Tuesday gave his campaign for Kansas governor a bipartisan boost by announcing the endorsements for more than 100 moderate Republicans who has split with conservative GOP Governor Sam Brownback over education and tax policy. Three of the 103 people listed as “Republicans for Kansas Values” are from Sumner County.

Former Speaker of the House Robert Miller of Wellington was one of the 103 people listed on the web site, who have broken from their Republican party to endorse Davis on the Democrat side. Former South Haven School Board member Jay Zimmerman and current South Haven school board member Glennis Zimmerman were also on the list.

Former State Rep. Vince Wetta (left) points to Democrat candidate Paul Davis (right) last week in the Kansas Wheat Festival parade.

Former State Rep. Vince Wetta (left) points to Democrat candidate Paul Davis (right) last week in the Kansas Wheat Festival parade.

Davis’ campaign staged a news conference at a Topeka hotel with 40 of the disaffected Republicans.

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Chamber board: No decision has been made concerning future Wheat Festival policies and procedures

The following letter was released by the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors today:

Dear Media Friends,

The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB would like to address the recent situation that occurred during the KS Wheat Festival parade this past Friday, July 11, 2014.

First and foremost, we are very relieved to know that those involved are healing and were not more seriously hurt.  We are also very thankful to all the police, Fire/EMS and others who quickly responded to the young woman and her young rider.

The situation has provided the Board of Directors and Chamber Staff the opportunity to evaluate the policies and procedures currently in place to help minimize risk and add to the enjoyment for all those who attend the annual parade. It is important to note no decisions have been made, nor will there be any decisions made, until thorough discussion, input and evaluation takes place. The Wheat Festival is a long-standing community tradition and citizen input is encouraged in the decision-making process. 

Sumner Court Docket: July 15, 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.


Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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 selling and hunting!

Wellington Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Tournament updates: July 15, 2014

Babe Ruth All Star tournament roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the latest update of Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth teams and the complete scores of the 12-year-old Cal Ripken Tournament played at Worden Park this weekend. For previous games click here. For full brackets of your favorite tournament click on the website


10-and-under all stars: 

State tournament at Fort Scott. 

First round – SPIAA 8 Wellington 4. MVP: Logan McClain. WOW: Hagen Wright.

Second round – Fort Scott 12 Wellington 1. MVP: Carson Nugen. WOW: Blake McCreary. Wellington finishes 0-2 in tournament. 

Summer Family Movie Night is free to the public, starting this Friday, July 18!

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Updated: July 16: Chamber director talks about the 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival and horse ban in Monday’s interview

July 14 it's over daily bulletin

Editor’s clarification: July 16, 2014: Since this story was written and published on July 14, there has been dispute whether the Chamber Executive Director Shelley Hansel had said she was going to ban horses in the parade during an interview at the chamber office on Monday. Since this story has been written, the chamber board presented a letter to the public that no decision on the matter of the horses in the parade has been issued. It has been requested that we take this story down. Sumner Newscow refuses to do so because we stand by the contents of this story as it was presented at the time.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The crowds were bigger, the participants in contests were smaller and the term “remember when they used to have horses in the Kansas Wheat Festival parade?” is now a reality.

For everything that happened during the five-day 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival – it’s always the bad unexpected things that people will most remember. The 2014 event will be marked by a parade participant Chelsea Easterly, who was bucked off her horse during Friday night’s parade.

As a result, come next summer when the 115th Kansas Wheat Festival rolls around, horses will be prohibited from participating in the parade.

“If you think about it now, it seems like a disaster ready to happen,” said Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Hansel. “You have all these people compacted in one area a horse somewhere is bound to get spooked.

Vicky Coffey of Wellington is the grand prize Wheat Festival winner

Grand prize Wheat Festival winner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Vicky Coffey of Wellington is $1,500 richer after winning the Kansas Wheat Festival grand prize drawing. The drawing was held this morning at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce with WACC executive director Shelley Hansel, Bank of Commerce President J.C. Long, and Day’s Funeral Home Director Tytus Cornejo helping with the drawing.

It was the last official act of the Kansas Wheat Festival.

Updated 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival contest results to Sumner Newscow — The following were winners of the Kansas Wheat Festival contests. For previous announced winners click here. Donut Eating Contest are still pending.

2014 Wheat King
Mike Headley

Downtown Art Exhibit
A total of 45 pieces of art were exhibited..

Adult art:

First place and Best of Show – Ernest Vincent Wood III, Wichita, KS – “The Conversion of St. Paul” – oil on canvas.

Second place – Samson Ledesma, Wellington, KS – “Carri” – charcoal and graphite.

Third place – Skeet Sirmons, Wellington, KS – “Giddy Up” – oil on canvas.

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