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State tournament preview: Oxford baseball team set to play Bluestem in huge first round tussle

The Oxford baseball team practiced this week at the Hafner Center at Cowley College in preparation of the state tournament.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford High School baseball team will be embarking on its second boys Class 2-1A State Tournament run in three years when it will travels to Great Bend Thursday.

The Wildcats (20-1) will be battling Bluestem (15-4) at 1:15 p.m. tomorrow in the first round. The game will be single elimination. If Oxford can get past Bluestem then it will be assured three games in the eight-team bracket (see here). There will be a sendoff at 7:15 a.m. tomorrow. Sumner Newscow will have live tweets of the game.

Oxford head coach Kyle Green is giving Dalton Silhan the starting nod on the mound against Bluestem. The junior has an ERA of 1.77 in 27.2 innings pitched.

The Wildcats and Lions have never met on the diamond. They did play in the first round of the Class 2A Regional in basketball which Bluestem won. The Lions have been Class 3A until this year and was once a member of the Central Plains League that included schools like Conway Springs and Belle Plaine around Wichita.

Now the school is part of the Tri-Valley League that includes schools more east and north. The only common opponents for the two clubs have been Cedar Vale-Dexter. 

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Outgoing council members give advice on the joys of public service

Council person Vince Wetta with Jan Korte pictured above.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As of Friday evening, only one candidate had signed up to run for the Wellington City Council. The deadline is June 1. Traditionally people do wait until the deadline approaches before signing up. But that deadline is approaching fast (see filings here).

The council will have a very different look after the election in November. Three of the six city council members terms will end this year, and all three have said they are not running again. However, one is wavering.

Bill Butts

Council members Vince Wetta and Jan Korte both served full terms, and Bill Butts was appointed to finish an unexpired term taking over for B.J. Tracy, who abruptly resigned in June 2014.

While Butts said he is not intending to run at this point, he is leaving the door open to changing his mind.

By the time the current term ends in January 2018, Korte will have been on the council for six years and she feels it is time to quit.

“There are other things I want to do, and I just feel like I am finished,” Korte said. She is still running her CPA business and plans on continuing that operation.

Sumner County Court Docket: May 23, 2017

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.


City/School candidates filings as of May 22; Election deadline is June 1

Sumner Newscow report — The list of election filings for city and school seats in Sumner as of May 22, 2017 can be found here.

People have until Thursday, June 1 to file for the primary election on August 1, general election will be Nov. 7.

Here is some important information:

•Last day to file is June 1 at noon. 

•Must turn paperwork into the Sumner County Clerk’s office.

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21, 2017:

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend 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!

Sunday blog: What does the future behold for our graduates? We don’t really know

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — I have had the privilege of being a math teacher at Wellington High School since 2011 and have taught students across the curriculum from Algebra 1 to Calculus.  Two years ago, I retired from the District and was accepted by Cowley College to teach College Algebra and College Statistics as an Adjunct Lecturer — based at Wellington High School.

Robert Escandon

This is a reduced workload since I teach only a few periods a day to (mostly) seniors.  So, at age 68, I am semiretired.  Having said that, I discovered there are now nearly 50 students already signed up for College Algebra (for the Fall semester) and around 44 signed up for College Statistics (for the Spring semester).  These are numbers we have not seen before —- so it looks like I will still be busy in my semi-retirement!

It seems like yesterday when I too was 18 and full of anticipation for my impending adult life.  Older men gave me their advice which, being young, I accepted selectively!  Now life has reversed and I am the “old-guy” looking at our young men and women about to embark on their own adventures in life.  Interestingly, I am now irresistibly drawn to providing advice, just like the “old-guys” of my youth were presumably drawn to sharing their life’s experiences with me!

I have been very lucky in my life to have experienced more than I could possibly have imagined when I was young.  Not all of those experiences were good and some were very bad, but they were, nonetheless, experiences to live through and to be modified by them.   Here’s my life, in bullet-points:

Letter to the editor: Two visions for SRMC

Commentary by Larry Hooker, Wellington, Kansas — This an open letter to the leaders and the great citizens of Wellington and Sumner County:

My name is Larry Hooker.  I was the Controller at Sumner Regional Medical Center for the past 19 months. I want to share with each of you some of my thoughts, and feelings, about the opportunities that lie ahead for SRMC.

Basically there are two visions we, as a community, could have for SRMC.

First, there is the one that has been circulating as a rumor … “SRMC is going to close” and approximately 120 people would lose their livelihoods.

Second, there is the one that the City of Wellington HCA Board and the current Senior Leadership team and all the other great SRMC associates believe in, and that is, “our greatest days are ahead.”  But this great team needs your help, every one of you can help SRMC succeed and have its best days ever.  That is the purpose of my letter … I want to enlist your support for the second vision: A great future for SRMC.

112 new 2017 Wellington High School graduates become Crusader alumni

The annual capping of the graduation ceremony.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On an unusual Saturday afternoon, Wellington High School held its graduation for 112 seniors.

With a plethora of decorated graduation caps (see a lot of them in our photo gallery here), the Class of 2017 became WHS alums. Want to feel old? Most of these graduates were born at the turn of the Century – the first class to never experience the 1900s in any capacity.

“When you leave here, keep in mind ‘once a Crusader always a Crusader,” said Wellington High School, Adam Hatfield at the end of the event.

Principal Adam Hatfield gives the WHS graduates some advice before sending them on their way.

It was standing room only – perhaps the largest yet at the Wellington High School gymnasium which was brought indoors after the Class of 2010 graduated.

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Stephanie Bristow

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We have featured a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation which is today at 2 p.m.

Our sixth and final featured Valedictorian is Stephanie Bristow.

Parents/guardians: Amelia Bristow and Chris Bristow. 

List of high school accomplishments: Superintendent’s Honor Roll – four years; BPA national qualifier, recipient of the Lions Club Junior Award and Plaque winner; Kansas University Senior Scholar; Wichita State University Junior Scholar; Kansas State Scholar; 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): I plan to major in biology at Wichita State University, and then pursue a degree in marine biology. With that I would attain a career in field research of marine ecosystems. 

Favorite past time: Cooking. 

(updated with video) Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy was burglarized this morning

This hole was created by an intruder on the north end of the wall.[/caption]

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy at 505 East 16th Street was burglarized early this morning by what appears to be a single male intruder.

The Wellington Police are currently investigating an incident in which an unknown suspect unbolted the outer siding of the metal building on the north side of the business, tore through the drywall and created a hole big enough to slip through.

Once inside, the thief helped himself to an unspecified amount of prescription pills of various brands before exiting.

Pharmacy was broken in on the north side. It has since been patched.

Currently, there are no suspects, said Linn Shaffer, Wellington Health Mart owner. The robbery took place around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning according to the company’s surveillance video.

“The security system got beat,” Shaffer said. “He appeared to be someone who knew what he was doing.”

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Kayma Brand

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our fifth featured Valedictorian is Kayma Brand.

Parents/guardians: John and Amy Brand. 

List of high school accomplishments: Held officer positions in SADD, National Honor Society and Class. I have also completed my associates in Psychology through Cowley County Community College. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Attending Kansas State University and majoring in Psychology. 

Favorite past time: I enjoyed being part of the WHS Lady Tennis team. Although I only played two years, I always felt like a Crusader on the team. 

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of May 19-21, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Will Long

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our fourth featured Valedictorian is Will Long.

Parents/guardians: J.C. and Mary Long. 

List of high school accomplishments.  National Honor Society, Presidential Honor Roll, Governor’s Scholar, Rotary School, Junior Lions Club Award, KU’s Honor Society. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Go to Kansas University and study finance, maybe law school. 

Favorite past time: Watching basketball. 

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Kelsie Haydon

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our third featured Valedictorian is Kelsie Haydon.

Parents/guardians: Lisa and Jason Haydon. 

List of high school accomplishments.  Rotary Scholar, KU Honors Scholar, National Honors Society, 2016 Up and Coming Female of the Year, and WHS Leadership. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): I will attend Pratt Community College in the fall studying pre-med to start off but my all time career goal is to become a geriatrician.

Favorite past time: I do not normally have a lot of free time but when I do I take a lot of naps, play with my dogs and spend time with my friends and family.

Chisholm 150 feature: Women played significant role on the Chisholm Trail

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Women played many roles in helping the old west develop. During the Civil War, when husbands and older sons left to fight, traditional family roles changed significantly. Women learned to take care of their farms and ranches, as well as continuing to raise their children. Many times husbands and sons were killed in the war.

Once the war was over, many women developed roles as ranch owners. Some even had their own herds. And there were those who traveled the Chisholm Trail to take their herds from Texas to the railroads in Kansas so that their cattle would reach the northern markets.

It took courage for women to spend two months of battling hardships such as weather, thieves, and Indians. But they could sell their cattle for up to 10 times more per head in Kansas than Texas. Many dangers were often encountered along the way, and sometimes travelers could become lost. Four women who risked their lives to drive cattle up the Chisholm Trail were Amanda Burks, Margaret Borland, Lizzie Johnson, and Mollie Bunton.

Estelle Amanda Nite Burks

Tornado shelters are located at Sumner Regional Medical Center and Wellington Health and Rehabilitation

Sumner Newscow report — The following is reprinted from the Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter concerning tornadoes.

The public should have a predesigned place in their home or business to take shelter. Many times there is little to no warning and driving to a public shelter would be dangerous. Public shelters are located at Sumner Regional Medical Center and the Wellington Health and Rehabilitation, located at 1600 W. 8th.

If you know of other public shelters throughout Sumner County, add to the comment section below.


The City of Wellington maintains outdoor warning sirens located throughout the city, the airport and at the Wellington Lake. The sirens can be activated by Sumner Count 911 or by the fire and the police departments.

Sirens are only activated in the event the National Weather Service includes the city of Welington or lake in the tornado warning, or if a qualified spotter such as law enforcement or fire personnel observes a tornado or funnel.

Wellington Regent this week: Fast and Furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious

This week at the Regent Theater: “Fast and Furious 8.”

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

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language.).

Time: 2 hours 16 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest villain to torment Dominic Toretto and his crew, while Helen Mirren joins the cast after publicly lobbying for a role to sate her real-life love of racing. Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton).

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Brecken Lawrence

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our second featured Valedictorian is Brecken Lawrence.

Parents/guardians: Kevin and Lynne Lawrence. 

List of high school accomplishments.  Presidential Honor Roll, Rotary Scholar, National Honor Society, KU Honor’s Scholar.

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Go to Kansas State, major in Pre-Med, minor in Spanish and eventually go to med school and become a Pediatrician. 

Favorite past time: Cooking and running. 

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