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Avengers: Endgame playing this weekend at Wellington Regent

Held over a second consecutive week!!!

Playing at Wellington Regent: Avengers: Endgame.

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

Rated: PG-13.

PLUS… 

Schedule: Thursday, March 30  – 2 and 7 p.m. 

Top of South Haven’s Class: Cynae Wiley and Cade Dvorak

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are continuing the feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We are featuring one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is South Haven.

Valedictorian: Cynae Wiley

Salutatorian: Cade Dvorak.

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

State track preview: Weather is predicted to dominate

De’Andre Washington and Blake Rausch will be participating in the 4×100 boys relay team at the state meet.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest state high school sporting event, is scheduled to begin Friday at Wichita State University. But the weather appears to be as uncooperative with the trackers as it has been in every other spring sport.

So let’s assume everything will go without a hitch tomorrow and Saturday. The meet promises to be heavy on Wellington athletes but light on other Sumner County athletes.

Wellington is bringing 17 boys and girls entries to the state track meet. The full schedule can be found here.

Now how many of those entries will end up being podium standing placers? It is going to be tough.

Wellington council hears 4-page, 1,800-word report on flood, hail, water line damage

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The last time the Wellington City Council met it was the night of the big flood. It was a subject that dominated the regularly scheduled meeting two weeks later.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields presented a four-page, 1,800-word doc “flood event” report to the council that assessed the events and the damage that occurred on May 8 (see the full document here). It also delved into an unrelated storm earlier concerning hail damage in north Wellington and the water line breakage that occurred because of the flood.

“In the end, we certainly hope that this event is a rare and never again occurrence,” Shields surmised at the end of his verbal report to council.

The question many in Wellington are contemplating, what is the status on federal and state relief.

Wellington native Gerri Wetta Hilger releases new book: ‘Our Duty’

Gerri Hilger makes an ‘author talk’ presentation at Wellington Public Library.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Flight nurses first appeared during World War II, and normally received little or no training, as badly wounded soldiers were coming in, and nurses had to be ready to fly. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, there were no flight nurses.

Gerri Wetta Hilger, a native of Wellington, presented her newly published book, “Our Duty”, during an author talk held recently at the Wellington Public Library. Hilger did extensive research to make sure that her historical facts were accurate, along with telling the story of the less recognized, but just as important, people who served our country during World War II.

“The book is 75 percent true,” Hilger said. “Lots of events were created to bring the characters together.”

“Our Duty” follows best friends Polly and Aggie, student nurses during WWII, and their shenanigans, as they struggle to graduate. Aggie joined the Army Air Corps, where she qualifies to be a flight nurse, and Polly remained at home to help out. They wrote many letters back and forth to one another, and through them, readers will learn of the difficulties faced by the under-recognized group of brave women, including their initial lack of respect by the military brass. Letters from home entertain Aggie, as they describe romantic adventures and escapades.

Top of Oxford’s Class: Kendra Ives, Hannah Smith, Robin Myatt

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are starting a new feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We are featuring one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is Oxford.

C0-Valedictorian: Kendra Ives.

C0-Valedictorian: Hannah Smith.

Salutatorian: Robyn Myatt. 

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The finding your diploma question

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Game of Thrones Ends Not With a Bang, but With a Fizzle

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — After eight years, an ungodly sum of money, and countless shocking moments, one of the most pivotal shows in history has finally come to an end.  And, boy, was it BORING.  If you would’ve asked me a month ago, I probably would have predicted I’d still be broken up about the finale days after the fact, but to be honest, I’m just happy it’s over. 

This season was a disappointment wrapped up in a nightmare and I’m glad the show’s creators took the easy way out and gave us some shameless fan service that falls apart the minute you start thinking about it.  None of the characters got the ending they deserved, innumerable mysteries stayed just that, and why the hell is Bran king?  Game of Thrones was an incredible show for years and I’m sorry it had to end this way, but thank god it’s over.

As always, let’s do a quick recap of the “action.”  The show starts out on an admittedly cool shot of Drogon taking wing behind Danny as she walks to address her insanely large army considering what we’ve been told of her “depleted forces.”  She then gives a rousing speech that is only meant to be scary because it’s in a different language and spoken to an army of brown people (another dollar in the racism jar please). 

Wellington’s 4×100 meter relay team is named Big Cheese athletes of the week

Wellington’s regional winning 4×100 relay team: Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield, and Blake Rausch.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 4×100 meter relay team has been named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.

The 4×100 meter relay team placed first in the Class 4A Regional held at Circle Thursday evening. The team, consisting of Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield and Blake Rausch, ran the race at 43.8 to finish first to qualify for the Class 4A State Track meet held this Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University.

For their efforts, these four young men each receive a free large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 North Washington. 

Top of Conway Springs’ Class: Molly Louise Schmanke, Nathan Ohl

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are starting a new feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We are featuring one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is Conway Springs.

Valedictorian: Molly Louise Schmanke.

C0-Salutatorian: Nathan Ohl. 

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2019

Wellington Police report for the weekend: Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2019:

Friday, May 17, 2019

First Stephen Jamerson Memorial Scholarship is presented in emotional tribute

Stephen Jamerson

Jamerson’s graduation gown draped on open seat. (Photo by Steve Sturgis).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On Sept. 28, 2017, near Wellington, Stephen Jamerson, 16, a WHS junior, was driving his motorcycle home from work on U.S. 160 when he died instantly after running into the back of a 2005 Pontiac.

The tragedy struck the Wellington community hard, especially his peers and his classmates.

On Saturday when the Class of 2019 marched in to get diplomas, the moment was not lost on anyone. This was supposed to be his big day too.

The first Stephen Jamerson Memorial Scholarship was presented by the Shannon and Travis Jamerson family at the Wellington High School graduation Saturday. Timberly Hearlson and Ezekiel Rebold were named the award recipients.

Jamerson family presents first Stephen Jamerson Memorial scholarship.

But the scholarship was more than a presentation. It was a tribute.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings report: May 13 to May 20, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 13 to May 20, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

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!

Wellington High School Graduation 2019: 120 seniors get their diploma

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second year, Wellington High School held its graduation on a Saturday and it was a packed house in the gymnasium.

One-hundred and twenty graduates walked across the stage to obtain their high school diploma. Some may actually still be able to find that diploma 20 years from now.

It was a bittersweet event. For the first time in its history, Wellington did not have a Valedictorian instead choosing Summa Cum Laude, Magna cum laude and Cum Laude scholarship honors.

That decreased the number of seniors who took to the stage to make a speech. In years past, Wellington had more than double-digit Valedictorians. This year, Wellington had just three Summa Cum Laude: Tanner Dillon, Devin Dickinson, and Taylor Meyer.

Top of Caldwell’s Class: Kassidy Bruey, Samantha Strnad, Tylyn Ward

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are starting a new feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We will feature one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is Caldwell.

Valedictorian: Kassidy Bruey.

C0-Salutatorian: Samantha Strnad. 

Co-Salutatorian: Tylyn Ward. 

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

Top of Belle Plaine’s Class: Bo Gooch, Hannah Mowdy, Cassandra Ruhlin, Caleb Oswell

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are starting a new feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those that who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We will feature one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is Belle Plaine.

Valedictorian: Bowen Gooch.

Hannah Mowdy

Cassandra Ruhlin

Salutatorian: Caleb Oswell.

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

Updated election filings… June 3 deadline looming

Sumner Newscow report — The following are the latest election filings as of May 17 which will be updated Friday of each week until the filing deadline. All candidates must file with the County Clerk’s office and pay a filing fee of $20.  Filing deadline is June 3 at 12:00 p.m.

CultureCow: PBS Shines while Uber Cries, all is right in the world

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. And a happy (very) belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, especially a very special shout out to Dr. Tamara McCue.  The bad thing about only doing one of these articles a week is that I miss out on some holidays.  Sure I could’ve said something in my Game of Thrones review but I was too mad at that point.

What I do get to be timely about, however, is today’s holiday: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia which is admittedly a terribly long mouthful, but hey I’m down for the cause.  Take some time today to give your LGBTQ+ friend a call or a hug.

Some people who’re taking the holiday seriously are the creators of the children’s show Arthur on PBS by having one of their longest-running characters, Arthur’s teacher and known cake enthusiast, Mr. Ratburn, having a same-sex marriage.

Top of Argonia’s Class: Baylee Jordan Booker, Cora Vineyard

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In recognition of the Sumner County graduating seniors, we are starting a new feature: “Top of the Class of 2019” featuring unique questions for those that who were named Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and in Wellington’s case Summa Cum Laude. We will feature one school per day in alphabetical order.

Today’s school is Argonia.

Valedictorian: Baylee Jordan Booker.

Salutatorian: Cora Vineyard

So what are some of these students favorites?… 

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