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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. 

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.

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.

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! 

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.

‘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 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.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Lincoln Place question

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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.

Wellington Council now contemplates: What to do with Lincoln Place?

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The fate of the Lincoln Place building is all but sealed. The city has approved a measure to tear it down now that the city has received an insurance settlement. Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said city staff has a verbal agreement in place with the company that will be hired to do the demolition. They are putting the finishing touches on getting ready and very soon a contract will be signed, he said.

The council approved the measure at the last meeting.

Kip Etter

For many months the general consensus of the city council has been to tear the building down. The price tag for demolition is $329,000, but refurbishing it would be much more than that, according to estimates.

Council member Kip Etter is one who wants to find out if there are some other options and if it can be salvaged. He wants to take a little more time to investigate.

The city is getting $285,900 in the insurance settlement, and getting that money has been a holdup in the process.

For months, the city of Wellington has waited to get an insurance settlement. Since July of 2016 the building and the street beside it have been closed.

Caldwell’s Corbin Rice is named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Corbin Rice

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Corbin Rice, a 6-0, 155 pound, junior for the Caldwell football team has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Rice threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns while going 5 of 13 passing in a 56-6 victory over Central-Burden this past weekend. He also was the team’s leading rusher going 77 yards on seven attempts accounting for four rushing touchdowns.

Rice also accounted for two interceptions on defense, leading Caldwell to a 3-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the latest Kansas Catch-It Kansas poll.

For his efforts, Rice receives a FREE delicious large Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. in Wellington. 

Sumner County commissioners clarify on how they derived with sales tax issue to pay for Cowley College-Sumner Campus

Editor’s note: The following is a clarification of selection of Sales Tax funding by the Sumner County Board of County Commission to accommodate construction of the Cowley College/Sumner County Campus. This was released by the Board of Commissioners through the county clerk’s week on Monday.

By the Sumner County Commissioners: When the Cowley College/Sumner County Campus project was in the concept/proposal stage, the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners was approached for partial funding assistance.

Various alternatives were available for consideration by the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners to help fund this project, including mill levy and sales tax.  The sales tax alternative however, was the only revenue alternative that allowed the citizens of Sumner County to address the issue and vote their approval of an additional tax.

The Sumner County Board of County Commissioners submitted the issue to voters on the November, 2016, ballot to assure greatest voter turnout, as well as consolidate all sales tax issues for voter consideration.

Sumner County teams are sprinkled throughout latest football, tennis and volleyball polls.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The newest polls are out for high school football, girls tennis and volleyball, and several Sumner County teams are getting recognized by statewide observers.

In football, there are at least four statewide high school polls, which begs us to ask: Where’s your poll?

The Wellington football team is getting a little love for the first time in years after going 3-0. Wellington is currently ranked in “others” in the latest Topeka Capital Journal, the high school website and the Wichita Eagle poll.

However, the Crusaders have yet to crack into the top 10 CatchitKansas poll (that’s intolerable).

Wellington opened up with three consecutive wins over Clearwater, El Dorado and Rose Hill and that has captured some statewide attention. Rest assured, if Wellington upsets Andale this Friday on its home field the Crusaders probably will be ranked in all four polls and maybe crack into in the top five.


Things on the Culture Cow plate: Lil Dickey, documentaries, mockumentary, Emmys…

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow – Happy Monday. If you listened to Lil Dickeys debut album, Professional Rapper then you remember an excellent song called Pillow Talking feat. Brain.  Well, Brain is back with his very own EP called I’m Brain with heavy features from Lil D.  The EP follows Lil Dickey’s thought process as he’s ironically making an album, making the entire thing Meta as any Deadpool comic.  With Lil D’s (aka the independent variable/aka homicide/aka the time traveler’s wife/aka rap game Walter White) wit and trademark bars, The Brain is a must-listen this week.  Luckily for all of us, Dickey negotiates with Brain and gets the last song titled How Can U Sleep all to himself with a monstrous feature from The Game.


Remember that war in the 70s the U.S. didn’t win?  Well Hollywood sure remembers and came out with two films this week analyzing it.  The first, Vietnam War: a Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, premiered on PBS last night as the first installment in a series extending through Thursday, every night at 7 p.m.

I haven’t personally seen it, but the Cow himself says it’s definitely worth checking out.  The second film came from Netflix named First They Killed My Father.  It’s Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and it is HEAVY. 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report for Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Sunday Blog II: Civility usually works better… Is soccer a good fit for Wellington?…

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes I just get in a mood to rant.


The past Cowley College debate

I am not about to dig up the overwrought, overindulged, overrated, overanalyzed, over-the-top arguments about the developer’s agreement with the city of Wellington and Cowley College and I’m allowing no comments on the subject below. The subject matter is dead at least on this site.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

The only reason I’m bringing it up isn’t because of the issue itself, but the dynamics surrounding the issue. If you remember more than a week ago, it took the Wellington City Council two meetings – one on Tuesday and the other on Thursday — to discuss the same issue. I was stricken by how incredibly different the two meetings were.

On Tuesday, it was a raucous WWE atmosphere where I have expected chairs getting thrown at any second. Council members were fighting with one another, council members were fighting with the crowd, the crowd was yelling back, and there were insults and barbs all over the place. Facebook for the next two day was in a frenzy.

Sunday blog: When marketing goes really wrong

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow – When you next make a mistake, it may be useful to recall that large organizations are just as capable of making mistakes, big mistakes too! HUGE!

Robert Escandon

One of the all-time classics concerned the Hoover Company, makers of vacuum cleaners and other household machinery.  Such was their domination of the British market that the company name was even synonymous with the activity.  Even now, people will say “I’ll just ‘Hoover’ this rug.”  When foreign competition came knocking, Hoover found itself with warehouses full of their outdated vacuum cleaners that weren’t selling, so, they resorted to the traditional marketing ploy of offering benefits associated with the purchase of a vacuum cleaner.

Now, it was well known that the public take-up of promotional offers was very limited,  (often less than 1 or 2%) hence companies could afford to offer decent incentives knowing that few people would actually take up those incentives.  However, the general marketing opinion was that incentives would garner interest at the retail level effectively boosting advertising.

That was the wisdom of the day. The Board of Directors for Hoover U.K. were getting desperate to rid themselves of their growing vacuum cleaner inventory and Hoover U.S.A. were putting big pressure on them to regain market share.  The U.K. Board decided to offer a special inducement to customers and mounted a big advertising campaign, which was “Buy any Hoover vacuum cleaner and get a return flight to New York.”

Crusaders roll to 27-13 victory over Rose Hill; improve to 3-0

Joe Ybarra rumbles for 119 yards, 107 of them in the second half.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is an interesting stat in Wellington 27-13 victory over Rose Hill. In the first half Wellington had 43 yards rushing and two passes for 21 yards including an interception. By the end of the ball game, the Crusaders had 252 yards in total offense more than quadrupling its first half output.

And it ended the game in the victory formation. It was most certainly a tale of two halves.

The turning point in this game came with 10 seconds to play in the first half. Wellington, who had generated just two first downs and had punted five times, had just fumbled the ball on a punt reception, giving Rose Hill a chance to build on its 6-0 lead.

Then it happened. Rose Hill quarterback Nolan Ast rolled to his left and was looking downfield. He threw to the flat and defender Michael Ledbetter, who seemed to have come out of nowhere, grabbed it and took off 60 yards in the other direction for a touchdown.

Soccer introduction into Wellington High School has been getting lukewarm reception

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A proposal to introduce soccer into the Wellington school system, has been getting some leg work by a few local fans of the sport. But it is still a tough sell, the Wellington school board learned Monday night at its regular meeting.

Last month, board member Jason Newberry and citizen Mike Hollman introduced a proposal to start either a Wellington High School or Wellington Middle School soccer program.

The board thought it was an idea worth pursuing and asked administrators to gauge the interest by handing out surveys and hold a meeting at the high school.

After handing out a survey and holding both a boys and girls meeting, the interest appears to be lukewarm at best.

Ten high school boys attended the meeting with one 9th grader, five 10th graders, four 11th graders and no 12th graders. Out of the 10 boys, nine took the time to fill out the survey. All of them would say they would like to play soccer next year in the fall. Three said they would play soccer over cross country. Soccer is played in the fall for boys.

Week #3 is not the most intriguing for Sumner County teams

Week #3

Conway Springs at Douglass

Belle Plaine at Chaparral

A&A at Flinthills

Caldwell at Central Burden

Sedan at Oxford

South Haven at Udall

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Week #3 offers a smorgasbord of games for football fans across Sumner County. But let’s say it’s a rather bland smorgasbord – like nothing but cold cuts.

The most interesting contest may be Sedan at Oxford. Sedan is 2-0 having defeated Cedar Vale-Dexter 44-0, and Central Burden 34-22. Oxford is reeling from a 56-6 loss to West Elk but is still considered one of the top SCBL teams.

The Wildcats are playing at home for the first time this season.

Caldwell at Central-Burden offers some intrigued. Like Oxford, the Raiders are having their home opener. Central has showed some promise early having given A&A a good game 38-20 and playing Sedan close. Caldwell is still favored to win this one having beaten this team 54-6 in 2016.

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