Category Archives: Featured

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9, 2020

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, August 7 to Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020

Friday, August 7

Wellington AD Luke Smith outlines fall season ahead… practice start-up dates… COVID sports rules

Above is the full virtual USD 353 Fall Sports meeting presentation by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether or not a full fall sports season will materialize ultimately depends on another COVID-19 outbreak. Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith held a 14-minute virtual fall sports meeting to outline what parents need to expect in the months ahead when it comes to sports.

Smith said this video is an overview of the WHS/WMS sports. Individual teams should have their own meetings leading up to the season whether that will be in-person or virtually will be left to them.


High School practice:

Football: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the high school practice football field.

Enroll in Orion Education and Training – a diploma completion program for adults

It’s never too late to earn your high school diploma.  Orion Education is currently enrolling for the fall semester.  Orion’s high school diploma completion program provides a unique opportunity for people 19 and older to earn credits toward a high school diploma. Adults are able to work at their own pace, complete the needed courses and receive a high school diploma from a local school district. Courses meet the state and local graduation requirements and are available online. 

 Visit the websites at

Contact the Belle Plaine or Winfield locations to enroll.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: August 3 to August 10, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for August 3 to August 10, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Sunday blog: Politics aside, mail-in voting has merit and potential problems

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m not sure what I’ll be doing on Nov. 3, but I know what I won’t be doing.

I’m not voting.

Oh, I’ll vote. But it won’t be on Nov. 3, the day of the general election. I’ll either have voted via absentee ballot (see advanced ballot application here), or I’ll go down to the Sumner County Clerk’s office to advance vote which starts Oct. 14.

There is no way I’m going to the Raymond Frye Complex in COVID-19 2020 during a general election pandemic where every Tom, Dick, and Harriet votes and long packed lines are the norm. Think big gatherings are a problem at the moment? Ask Herman Cain. By the way, if you insist on voting in that room on Nov. 3, wear a mask.

As far as the whole mail-in ballot debate in 2020 is concerned, it is a slam dunk yes for me. As for the long-term? I’ll get back to you on that.

Friday Sumner County COVID-19 case count: Aug. 7…

Sumner Newscow report — Latest Sumner County COVID-19 Case count:


Sumner County has confirmed 94 positive cases: 87 recovered, 3 deaths, and 4 active. (July 31 cases: 72 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, and 19 active).

KDHE FIGURES (Friday, August 7)99 in Sumner County (Up 2 from July 31).

Click to enlarge.

Sumner County Court Docket: August 7 report

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 unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Ghostbusters, Despicable Me, Fast Times at Ridgemont High showing at Wellington Regent

Council members briefed on the water issues from last week

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Many people in Wellington were without water, or had a low volume of water, over the weekend due to a water line break. Stores like Wellington Walmart and McDonald’s Restaurant were closed for a while.

Wellington City crews had the situation in hand by Monday. Assistant City Manager for Utilities Jason Newberry gave the city council a rundown on the problem and how it was addressed at its meeting Tuesday.

The city was working on a water quality issue and was cleaning the water towers when the leak was discovered. The lead was found under one of the water towers where the mainline was broken. The water was rerouted to the second main water line.  That created some bottlenecks and some water pressure issues.

Darren Chambers wins as sheriff… Jim Newell wins as commissioner

Darren Chambers

Jim Newell

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County voters returned both incumbents Sheriff Darren Chambers and County Commissioner Jim Newell for another four years after yesterday’s Kansas State Primary.

Neither candidate faces a Democrat opponent in the general election.

Chambers defeated challenger Jason Boyd 2,148 to 1,669 with 3,817 votes cast. Chambers won 56.27 percent of the vote to Boyd’s 43.72.

On the commissioner’s side, Newell had 779 votes to Hansel’s 498 for 1,277 votes in the southwest part of the county and western Wellington. Newell garnered 61 percent of the vote to 39 percent. Hansel was the former Wellington mayor. She challenged Newell who won a fifth term.

The two races, outside a couple of trustee races, were the lone competitive races.

Debra Norris was unopposed as county clerk, Dannetta Cook was unopposed as county treasurer, Jessica Anderson was unopposed as register of deeds – all Republicans. On the Democrat side, county attorney candidate Marty Keenan ran unopposed.

2020 Kansas State Primary live twitter feed…

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The voting by mail question








What is your opinion concerning mail-in voting for the upcoming general election?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Sumner County Commissioner Meeting Minutes: July 13-14, July 20-21 and July 28-29

Sumner Newscow report — The approved Sumner County Commissioners meeting minutes for July 13-14, July 20-21, and July 28-29 are as follows:

July 13, 2020 – 9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present were County Clerk Debra A. Norris and 80th House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of July 6 and 7.

At 9:05 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with County Treasurer Dannetta Cook to discuss non-elected personnel.  County Counselor Jack Potucek was also present.  At 9:20 a.m., the executive session was extended for an additional 10 minutes with the same parties present.  At 9:30 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

Wellington USD 353 enrollment and visa card pickup will be held tomorrow from 12 to 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — USD 353 enrollment and visa card pickup will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12 to 7 p.m. This will be the only day to pick up Visa cards at your school(s) school. Call the Central Office if you cannot make this date and schedule a pickup time.

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines and avoid large crowds, enrollment and Visa card pick up will be at the individual schools. People will need to go to each of your students’ schools to pick up cards.


Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, August 2, 2020

Wellington Police report this weekend: Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2, 2020:

Friday, July 31, 2020

Tomorrow is the Kansas Primary, here are the precinct locations

Sumner County report — The following are the precints for the precinct voting locations for tomorrow’s Kansas State Primary.     

Polls in Sumner County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We have color coordinated precinct locations using the school’s colors (Conway Springs is in silver because we already have too many red). They are: Argonia, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Oxford, South Haven and Wellington. All rural precincts are in black.

Avon Township, Wellington Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 E. Harvey, Wellington.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: July 27 – Aug. 3, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 27 to Aug. 3, 2020, weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Post your FREE garage sale ads for this weekend

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!

Sunday feature: 25 years ago, Wellington joyfully held itself a Midwest Babe Ruth Regional tournament

The 1995 Wellington 13-15 year old Babe Ruth team. Click to enlarge.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Not to sound old or anything, but 25 years ago to this day, I was having a lot more fun.

And so was Wellington.

There were no cell phones, no pandemics, no mask mandates, no race riots, no mean-spirited social media posts, and politics were things to think about in November.

In August 1995, my two biggest concerns were a 9 1/2 month pregnant wife and a Wellington Babe Ruth baseball tournament.

Wellington hosted a 13-15 Year Old Midwest Plains Babe Ruth Regional Baseball Tournament that year. Wellington, perhaps the ultimate Babe Ruth town in Kansas history, had hosted many district and state tournaments and even hosted a World Series in 1971.

But this was bigger.

For me, looking back now, it is without a doubt the happiest memory I have as a Wellington Daily News reporter.

Wellington school board prepares for the weirdest school year ever

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board met Monday for a social distancing special meeting preparing for what will probably be the most strange school year ever.

As mentioned before, the board voted 6-0 to implement a reopening plan. But the group will hold a work session on August 10 to fine-tune the plan that provides in-person and 100 percent virtual options. See the summary of the plan here.

Also, the board approved moving the start date of school to Sept. 8 taking the recommendation of the local health officials. Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield said health officials advised him that the delayed start would allow enough time for some of the current local incubation periods to pass.

“This means that starting after Labor Day provides less of a chance that the start of school would be directly connected to a trend upwards in Wellington cases,” Hatfield said.

In other school board news… 

Powered by WordPress