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Sumner County Fair celebrates ’90 years along the Chisholm Trail’ August 4-6

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Fair will be celebrating “90 years along the Chisholm Trail” August 4-6 in Caldwell. The following is the schedule for the week:

Saturday July 29

6:00 p.m. Horse Show at Argonia Rodeo Arena

Monday July 31

7 p.m. Fair Set up

Thursday, August 3

4-8 p.m. Entering of open and junior class exhibits.
 Entering and Consultative Judging of 4-H Exhibits
Weighing and entering of all livestock.
8:30 p.m. Required meeting of livestock exhibitors in barn.

Friday, August 4

Missing person from BHU Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center had died

David Harrison

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath confirmed Friday that David Harrison, a 76-year-old man, who escaped from the Behavior Health Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, was found dead.

“It is with great sorrow to report that the missing person from Sumner Regional Medical Center reported to Wellington Police on Wednesday, July 19th 2017 was found deceased,” he said in a statement.  “No further information will be provided.  This case is under investigation.”

U.S. 81 Construction project won’t be completed until October (maybe); here’s how to avoid a train

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – U.S. 81 is officially closed, as the Kansas Department of Transportation closed the road off for construction Thursday.

The project, according to the KDOT press release, is expected to be completed in October – depending on delays caused by adverse weather conditions.

The new detour, as you probably know, is sending southbound drivers – east on Harvey Street, south to Jefferson Street, and down to Botkin Street on the south side of town, before turning west and rejoining to U.S. 81. For those, who are taking the detour, may get caught by a train. The one at 10 a.m. this morning was there for at least 15 minutes.

Wellington residents are very familiar with the underpass outlet to the south part of town via Fair St. Those not from here maybe not so much. If a train is occupying the intersections at Jefferson and Washington, here is the route to move you along your way… 

Instead of sitting at the U.S. 81 detour at Jefferson and Washington during a train stop, head east on Harvey Street (blue line) to Fair Street, which will take you to the south part of town.

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of July 21-23, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

17 candidates for school board, city council and Cowley trustee speak at political forum

There were 17 candidates at Thursday’s political forum.

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten of the 11 Wellington City Council candidates were on hand for a forum held at the Raymond Frye Complex Thursday evening. Two of the four Cowley College trustee candidates were on hand while all five Wellington School board members were present.

The candidates were given one question. What were the top two concerns they had about the office they were seeking?

The forum — sponsored through the Women for Kansas-Sumner County, Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the Sumner County Economic Development — lasted slightly more than an hour. The following are a synopsis of what was said by each candidate at the well attended gathering. To watch the full video of the candidate’s forum, click here.

Wellington School Board

The school board candidates started first with candidates Carol Hadorn and Jaron Parsons, who are vying for District 1 Position 4 in the general election. Larry Mangan and Darick Harriger, who were vying for District 2 Position 5 then spoke. Jason Newberry, who is running unopposed for District 3 Position 6, spoke at the end. There will be no primary for Wellington school board races. The two contested races will be held in the November general election.

Spider-Man playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend…

This week at the Regent Theater: “Spider-Man”

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

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo).

Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.).

See Culture Cow review here.

Caldwell leaders are looking at building a splash pad at a city park

This is an example of a Splash Pad that the City of Caldwell is looking to construct.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With splash pads becoming such a popular trend, Caldwell leaders have decided to start a campaign to install one in its city park.

A splash pad or spray pool is a water recreation area, usually located in a public park, for water play with very little or no standing water, and is free to the public. This type of water recreation eliminates the need for lifeguards, and limits the need for supervision. Most often, there are ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the splash pad’s rain deck, and may also have other water features, such as a rainbow, or mushroom or flower shaped showers.

Caldwell’s splash pad will offer free recreational water activity during the summer months in the Caldwell City Park, and will feature handicapped accessible, motion activated directional jets, cascades, jet stream, bucket trio, and an aqua dome. The total cost of the project is estimated at $85,000. In order for the project to become a reality, a capital fundraising campaign will be necessary. Construction is being planned for 2018.

This has been an ongoing discussion with the Caldwell City Commission, City Administrator Casie Risley, and Public Works Supervisor Marc Marcrum, for the past five years

City Council approves sewer study of campus; KDHE to involve itself in tire issue

Correction: It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday’s article that the city has agreed to set aside $20,000 to install sewer facilities for the new satellite Cowley Campus in Wellington. On Tuesday, the council has agreed to set aside $20,000 to go with a study by Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. concerning sewer extension and improvements for the campus site.

Wellington City Manager stated this morning to Sumner Newscow:

“The City did not approve sewer to Cowley, and the City did not agree to install sewer facilities.  The latter two things may yet occur, but not at this point.”

Shields said normally the developer pays the sewer, the city pays the electric and they split the water.

At the meeting, Council member Kip Etter said he felt the city has a responsibility to take care of such agreements. He said he would send a message to other developers, either in a good way or a bad way.

Hansel agreed, saying, “This will send a loud message to future development. We need to be progressive.”


Correction 2: It was also incorrectly reported that the the city was repaving the lots at Casey’s General Store West. The terminology is “re-platting” not repaving which is a zoning procedure. The reason for the re-plat is so the owners of Casey’s can sell off the storage units which are behind the convenience store.


(Wednesday version) by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Department of Health is getting involved in the tire issue that the city of Wellington has been dealing with for several months. The property at 220 Haslett has hundreds of tires on the property, and the city is trying to figure out how to get rid of them, and the owner has also been trying to help.

The 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival Contest winners

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are results of many of the Kansas Wheat Festival contests held last week. If there is a contest we have not yet published send it to [email protected].

Grand Prize winner:

Lisa Carrington, second right, was the winner of the $500 prize. She is standing with her two children: Chloe and Caleb. Wellington Executive Chamber Director Annarose is presenting the check.


Perplexing puzzle winners:

The Poplar Street Gang of Sharon and Matt Pryce, Meri Hainsworth and Alysa Stewart were the winners of the 555-piece challenge. The runner up team was from Hutchinson.


Coloring Contest winners:

New state law may not affect Wellington Aquatic Center slides

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several Kansas cities, including Winfield, have been closing water slides at pools and aquatic centers due to a new state law that includes heavy restrictions and permit requirements.

However, Wellington City Attorney Shawn DeJarnett said Wellington may be exempt from any potential closures.

Shawn DeJarnett

The new law went into effect July 1 after a state lawmaker’s son died last summer on the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. It imposes new inspection and permit requirements on amusement rides, which states:

A water slide is an amusement ride if it is ‘a slide that is at least 15 feet in height and that uses water to propel the patron through the ride.’”

DeJarnett said the “propel” portion of the law, probably will exempt Wellington from the same regulations placed on others.

“The ones at the Wellington pool do not do that, so they feel it does not apply to them,” DeJarnett said.

He said the discussion is continuing with city attorneys around the state and with the league of municipalities. For now the slides will remain open as usual, but he said the discussion is continuing.

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Wellington Heat embark on post season by hosting Kansas Collegiate Tournament starting tonight

The Wellington pitching staff from left: Sean Cruz, Kyle Vail, Ryan Kakora, James McDonald, Jacob Hudson, Mitchell Langer, Brett Clark and Bobby Milacki. Kaden Twyman is pictured in front.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat has had an exceptional season in its first year of Kansas Collegiate Summer Baseball League. Now comes the season defining post season.

Tonight, the Wellington Heat will start their post season journey with the six team Kansas Collegiate League Tournament at Sellers Park. The Heat, which finished the season at 35-5 overall and 28-4 overall, is the top seed in the sanctioned NBC Regional, and is a heavy favorite to win it.

Heat will be battling the winners of the Clearwater Outlaws and the Park City Rangers in a double elimination tournament that will run three days and perhaps Thursday. Other teams in the tournament are: the Kansas Cannons, Valley Center Mud Daubers and the Wichita Marlins. The tournament started earlier today.

Wellington Heat jumped from the Jayhawk Baseball League into the Kansas Collegiate this summer. There were a myriad of reasons for the switch, but primarily it was due to the rising costs of travel. Instead of making huge expensive-laden trips to Hays and Liberal, the Heat have spent the summer playing teams that didn’t require a hotel room.

The Heat have dominated the league this season, and has done so with great pitching.

“The pitching staff has given up like 60-70 runs in the league,” said Rick Twyman, Wellington Heat owner and coach. “We have hit over 200.”

Wellington Police this weekend: Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wellington Police notes for this weekend: Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017:

Shaping up to be the best Game of Thrones season yet; and the Wheat Festival is a cultural event

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow In case you’ve been asleep for the past week and haven’t heard, Game of Thrones season 7 premiered last night.  Game of Thrones is the most hyped show in recent years and it absolutely deserves it.  Every season is marked by spectacular battles and interesting characters, most of whom die, but only if the audience likes them.

This season looks to be the most exciting one yet, winter has finally come and the Daenarys is FINALLY in Westeros so the timelines Game of Thrones has kept apart for 6 seasons are going to clash.  I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t seen it yet, but in case you haven’t, quit holding out and get that HBO membership so you can enjoy the best TV show in the world currently.

Great news about that HBO membership: You can now watch HBO shows through Hulu, the lesser-tier streaming service that focuses on network television.  With the acquisition of HBO, Hulu has transformed into viable streaming service that offers a wide enough range in coverage to support getting rid of cable all together.

Unlike Netflix, Hulu has access to new network programing the day its released on TV and now full access to the HBO library home to gems like Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Veep, Ballers, True Detective, and many many more.  Hulu is also making moves in its original content by bringing books like 11/22/63 and the Handmaid’s Tale.  Hulu is on the come up.


In local culture news, it’s that magical time of the summer called the Kansas Wheat Festival. 

Fred Hinman is winner of the Golf Ball Drop; Lisa Carrington wins Wheat Festival Grand Prize

Fred Hinman of Wellington was ecstatic after winning the Sumner County Young Professionals’ Golf Ball Drop contest Sunday afternoon.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Fred Hinman of Wellington has been known for going on a vacation or two. All of those paid for by Fred Hinman. This Sunday, he learned he will go someplace else on a time share program donated by J.P. Buellesfeld Financial Services Inc. as part of the helicopter golf ball drop.

Lisa Carrington was the winner of the annual Wheat Festival Grand Prize. The two winners were announced during the Wheat Festival Grand Finale at Worden Park. With that, aside from the free Wellington Aquatic Swim starting at 5 p.m. that will wrap up the 117th Kansas Wheat Festival.

Click here for all the picture of the past two days as Wellington celebrated its biggest week of the year. 

The Grand Finale at Worden Park wraps up a great festival

Sunday, July 16, 2017:

7:30 a.m. Knights of Columbus Breakfast- 201 East Harvey. $

9 a.m. Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament- McKinley Park. Registration forms at the Chamber (Sponsored by Security First Title).

10 a.m.  41st Annual Softball Tournament (If there are enough teams to keep playing)– Rock Island fields.

Noon – 3 p.m. 117th Kansas Wheat Festival Grand Finale – Worden Park – Food truck rally, tie dye event for kids, kite flying, Wellington Young Professionals Golf Ball Drop, helicopter rides and more!  Located at Worden Park 800 W. Hillside Wellington, KS 67152 (KanOkla Networks).

12 p.m. Food Truck Rally – Worden Park Come out and enjoy lunch. Many different choices.

Kansas Wheat Festival Day 3 in pictures

Click here for the full photo gallery from staff photographers Amber Schmitz and James Jordan of Friday’s activities. 

Despicable Me 3 playing at Wellington Regent through Sunday

This week at the Regent Theater: “Despicable Me 3”

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

Feature film rating: PG (for action and rude humor).

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters-Margo, Edith and Agnes-and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

Sears Hometown Store Family and Friends 3 days only sale starts Sunday

Saturday events continue with final concert acts, carnival, kids tractor pull and more

For full schedule and other events click here.

Saturday, July 15, 2017:

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Family Fun Day- Sellers Park. Activities for children, agricultural education, and more. (Sponsored by Triumph Accessory Services, Grene Vision Group, and Sumner County Family Care Center).

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Arts & Crafts Show- Sellers Park. Food and concessions will be available in park.

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.   34th Annual Wheat Festival Antique Rod & Classic Car Show– Sellers Park. (Sponsored by Koehn Motors and Wellington Auto & Machine)

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.      Dog Wash – Next to the Panhandle Railroad Museum. $10 per dog which includes bath, towel dry and nails clipped (Sponsored by Wellington Humane Society Serving Sumner County).

8:30 a.m. 4-H Rabbit Show Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. (Sumner Count Extension Office).

9 a.m.  41st Annual Slow Pitch Softball Tournament – Rock Island Fields. Pre-registration is required. Information and registration forms available at the Chamber.(Sponsored by Walmart)

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Nursing and Diaper Changing Air Conditioned Trailer (Sumner County Health Department).

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