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COVID-19 update (Friday, Oct. 23): Latest Sumner County case count

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





Sumner County has confirmed 278 positive cases: 233 recovered, 4 deaths, and 41 active. 

Monday, Oct. 19: 255 positive cases: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, and 30 active and 1 outbreak in Wellington.

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KDHE FIGURES (Friday): 276 in Sumner County.

Monday, Oct. 19: 255. 

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CultureCow: The Trial of the Chicago 7: the Lincoln Project of movies

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. Personally, I have never seen an episode of the early 2000’s drama, the West Wing created by Aaron Sorkin.  I know it’s a staple in American television and considered to be groundbreaking in the way politics were portrayed on the silver screen.

But the constant critique I hear is that it creates a mythical version of politics where facts reign supreme and both sides respect each other as equals.  While I’ve still never seen that show, I know I’ll never need to after watching Sorkin’s new movie on Netflix called the Trial of the Chicago 7.

This film recreates the night in 1968 Chicago where police brutally assaulted protesters outside the Democratic National Convention.  American police making a mockery of their country on the global stage is old hat these days, but at that time this was a major scandal and the Nixon administration was desperate for a scapegoat so they could sell the lie that the very people meant to “protect and serve” citizens were somehow justified when beating the hell out of them on live television.  Luckily there were eight scapegoats in attendance that night, but more on them in a second.

Sumner County preview: Teams finalize playoff position tonight

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — And now we are here. Final weekend of the regular season in the 2020 Coronavirus season. Here’s what Sumner County teams need to do to assure themselves the best possible post-season outcome…

Class 2A District 6
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Garden Plain 4-0 6-1 16.15 1
Kingman 3-1 5-2 14.75 0.75
Belle Plaine 2-2 3-4 0 0.5
Chaparral 1-2 2-4 -7 0.333
Douglass 0-2 3-2 -21 0
Bluestem 0-3 0-6 -21 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Douglass at Belle Plaine – It appears Belle Plaine is in the playoffs regardless of what happens tonight. If the Dragons happen to lose, it would drop them to 2-3 for a .400 winning percentage which would be above Douglass’ 1-2 and .333 mark. Belle Plaine can sore up the No. 3 seed with a win.

Class 1A District 4
District Overall Points Dist. Win %
Conway Sprgs. 5-0 6-1 21 1
Sedgwick 4-0 7-0 16.125 1
Remington 2-2 2-5 0 0.5
Elkhart 2-3 2-5 -8.6 0.4
Sublette 1-2 1-3 -4 0.333
W. Independent 1-3 1-5 -6.75 0.25
Johnson-Stanton 0-4 0-7 -17.6 0
Standings are determined by 1) win-loss percentage, 2) head-to-head games. 3. point differential of +/- 13 per game.

Wellington head coach James Ginter reflects on his daughter’s state championship and the future

Payton Ginter shares a laugh with her dad Wellington head coach James Ginter.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Payton Ginter, a Wellington High School senior, won the Class 4A Individual Girls Golf State Championship last Tuesday at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. She was the first high school golf state champion since 2010 at WHS. (See story here) We caught up with Wellington head coach James Ginter, who is also her dad, to get his thoughts on Ginter’s huge victory over the two-day event. 


1. What is your overall reaction to Payton’s big state championship victory?

My overall reaction of Payton’s individual state championship was and still is one of great elation. It’s hard to put into words what this experience meant to both of us. This journey started from the day she was born riding around in the golf cart. 

2.Were you surprised with the results?

I was not surprised by the results. Payton and I had many long conversations before the season began that she would have an excellent opportunity to win the state championship. Her results throughout the season definitely backed that up. Her season resulted in six first-place finishes out of 10 tournaments, never finishing below fourth place. That’s an incredible accomplishment when you’re competing against 40 and 60 golfers at each tournament.

3. It was a good four years. What did she do in the other three state tournaments?

Crusader preview: Wellington wants to end a 12-game losing streak to Mulvane

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been a streak as baffling as it is frustrating. When Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar was recently told it was 2005 since Wellington last beat Mulvane he said, “I was 19.”

Friday night, the opportunity presents itself. Wellington is actually favored to beat Mulvane Friday night.

“We are young, but if there is one team younger than us it would be Mulvane,” Aguilar said.

The Wildcats have one win, a 25-20 victory over Coffeyville – a team that lost to Labette County two weeks ago. The other five losses have been significant. It lost to Rose Hill by 40, Clearwater by 47, Andale and Collegiate by a combined 119-0.

So… this could be the year.

But Wellington must exorcise a lot of ghosts (good thing we are close to Halloween). Mulvane has won 12 straight games over the Dukes, three of those by a touchdown or less. Wellington doesn’t have that long of a streak with any other team. The Crusaders defeated Andale in 2011 and Collegiate in 2018. Both of those programs have administered some of Wellington’s biggest thrashings. 

And just like that, air conditioning to Memorial Auditorium appears to be close to reality

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The fundraising for air conditioning at Memorial Auditorium has been an all-consuming task whether it be John Michael Montgomery or Logan Mize singing concerts, or a night of glitz fundraisers. The Memorial Auditorium has worked hard but has 0nly raised a fraction of the cost.

Well, now it appears in one big swoop that Memorial air conditioning will become a reality because of the Cares Act Coronavirus Relief fund.

Wellington City Manager Shane Shields informed the council at its Tuesday meeting that the air conditioning project falls under the eligibility of funding. The project therefore will be paid through the U.S. Government. Shields gave this notice at the end of the meeting. No action was taken. 

Playing at the Regent this week: Monsters Inc…. Halloween (Tonight!)… Stories of the paranormal… Curbside pickup Saturday

Wellington Middle School student Adalyn Rains hospitalized in Wesley ICU after MIS-C diagnosis

Adalyn Rains was diagnosed with multi-inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Twelve-year-old Adalyn Rains, a seventh grade student at Wellington Middle School, started feeling ill after a tennis tournament on Oct. 7.

“She went to school on Thursday, then went to school on Friday,” said Jessica Rains, Adalyn’s mother. “When I picked her up Friday, she said she didn’t feel good. I took her temperature and it was 103. Then she started vomiting.”

All-day Sunday, she had diarrhea, a headache and complained of abdominal pain.

“Monday morning, I took her temperature and it was 103. Then took it again 30 minutes later, and it was 105,” Rains said. “That’s when we took her to the ER in Derby.”

Thinking she had appendicitis, she was transported by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. A Covid test was performed, but results came back negative.

Ascension Via Christi is targeting early February opening for new E.R. in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A representative from Ascension Via Christi told the Wellington City Council the company is looking to open a new emergency clinic for the community either in the first or second week of February.

Hilary Walbridge, Director of Business Development for Ascension, addressed the council at Tuesday’s meeting providing a timeline of the construction process. She also requested a change order concerning installing a new bulk oxygen system and nurse call system that will add $65,041 to the city’s capital outlay budget for the project.

The council unanimously approved the change order which raises the bond issue from $645,462 to $710,503. The construction costs are part of a lease agreement between Ascension and the city of Wellington approved on July 21. The city agreed to make $700,000 in capital improvements – including design and construction costs –  to renovate the space that will house the ER and associated services.

Wellington Payton Ginter becomes Class 4A State Girls Golf Champion

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s Payton Ginter is a state champion in Class 4A. Ginter culminated a four-year career, oftentimes as the lone Wellington competitor with an individual state championship medal.

Ginter follows Kylie Aufdengarten and Rylee Rusk in Class 4A tennis in 2019 as an individual state champion. She is the first WHS golfer to win the individual state title since Myles Miller in 2010.

Ginter is also a four-time state qualifier, and her career can be charted by her progress in placing at state. She finished 45th in state as a freshman at state. She placed 13th in 2018, and in 2019 she finished fourth.

That led to her two-day performance at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course on a somewhat cold, cloudy Monday and Tuesday. Ginter, who finished third on her home course in the Wellington Golf Regional a week ago. She was in second place after the first day shooting an 82, trailing only Abaiegeal Donavan of Concordia, who tallied a 79.

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Wellington Middle School student tests positive for COVID-19

Sumner Newcow report — The following is a press statement by Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield…


“Today, we received notification that a USD 353 student at Wellington Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the student(s) involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions. Therefore, we have decided to notify the public of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in our schools.

Adam Hatfield

We will provide a weekly update on the USD 353 website. The graphic will be posted on the right hand side of the page.

We are in constant communication with the Sumner County Health Department. They will conduct contact tracing and notify anyone affected. If there is a positive case in your school, the SCHD will determine if you are considered a close contact. You do not need to quarantine unless you are contacted by the SCHD.

However, if you are exhibiting symptoms please stay home.

Calli Hatfield, Rylee Rusk and Berkeley Wright named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk finish sixth at Class 4A state tournament.

Berkeley Wright

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This week there will be three Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.  Wellington High School seniors Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk have been named Big Cheese Athletes of the week for finishing sixth at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Topeka. Berkeley Wright, a Wellington senior quarterback, is named for helping lead his team to a 27-13 victory over Buhler.

Doubles partners Hatfield and Rusk entered the 4A tournament as a fourth seed from the Pratt Regional. They then proceeded to make noise by defeating the top seed from the Independence Regional in the first round, before losing a tough match to a Buhler duo in the second. They would go on to finish sixth place with a 4-2 record. Rusk became the all-time winning tennis player in school history.

During the same weekend, Wright helped Wellington pull off an incredible upset in Buhler. He threw for 59 yards, ran for three touchdowns, made two sensational quick kicks in the third quarter, and recovered a kickoff that gave Wellington field position at the 50 clutching to a 14-13 lead.

For their efforts, Hatfield, Rusk and Wright have each won free large delicious Big Cheese Pizzas at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Rettig meets with Sumner County Commissioners to discuss COVID-19 cluster and reporting techniques

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig met with the commissioners this morning one day after the health department deemed that there was a COVID-19 cluster in Wellington.

According to the latest figures, there are currently 30 active and one outbreak in the SCHD report Monday evening. An outbreak is defined as: “Five or more confirmed cases in the following types college/university, corrections, daycare, gathering, group living, healthcare, long-term care facility, schools, sports practices/games.”

Rettig told the commissioners that there were six attributed to one location, thus making that a cluster. The Kansas Department of Health and Services will be identifying where the cluster is on its website soon. Rettig would not pinpoint the cluster at the meeting or afterward.

There has been speculation that the cluster came from First Freewill Baptist Church. Charlotte Brooks, who works at Freewill, states: 

COVID-19 update (Oct. 19): Latest Sumner County case count

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





Sumner County has confirmed 255 positive cases: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, and 30 active and 1 outbreak in Wellington. 

“Outbreak is classified as 5 or more confirmed cases in the following types: college/university, corrections, daycare, gatherings, group living, healthcare, long-term care facility, schools, sport practices/games.”

Three days ago: 242 positive cases: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, and 17 active.

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KDHE FIGURES (Monday): 255 in Sumner County.

Three days ago: 242 on Oct. 15. 

Click here for full KDHE COVID statistics.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: Oct. 12 – Oct. 19, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Oct. 12 – Oct. 19, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Rusk/Hatfield place sixth in Class 4A state tennis tournament in Topeka

Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk finish sixth at Class 4A state tournament. (Photo by Carmen Hatfield)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s Rylee Rusk and Calli Hatfield completed their high school tennis career with a sixth-place finish in doubles competition at the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Topeka Saturday afternoon.

Rusk/Hatfield finished the two-day event going 4-2 and giving Wellington four team points. Wichita Collegiate won the team state championship.

“These two girls will be missed from our program and put their names with some of the top players in Wellington’s history,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “For Rusk, it has been quite a career. She was a four-time state qualifier and placed every year.”

Rusk also set the all-time win mark in WHS history with 118 wins beating Kylie Aufdengarten, who had 117. Rusk had paired with Aufdengarten in her junior year to win the doubles state championship.

Wellington police weekend report: Friday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Sumner Roundup: Caldwell gets back on track… Conway Springs keeps rolling… A&A finally sees its foe…


by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of Sumner County games…


Caldwell 42 South Barber 14

The Caldwell Bluejays got back on track and kept their playoff hopes alive with a convincing 42-14 win over South Barber on Friday. At 4-1 only Norwich has a better record in the district, with Caldwell and two other teams with two losses each.

Caldwell got two touchdowns early and never looked back. The Bluejays led 28-0 by halftime.

Dawson Bristor completed four of nine passes for 77 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bristor also ran for 80 yards and had one touchdown on the ground.

Wellington explodes in 4th quarter, takes down Buhler 28-13

Trey Greenlee with the tackle. Photos by Eric Rinehart. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you were a betting kind of person, going into the fourth quarter you probably wouldn’t have taken the odds that Wellington’s football team would end the game in victory formation.

But that is what happened as the southern Crusaders erased a 13-7 deficit to go on to defeat Buhler 28-13 and secure its second win of the season.

It was almost breathtaking how everything came together for the Dukes in the fourth quarter. After two frustrating losses and three tough quarters, Wellington would score three touchdowns – all in the final eight minutes.

“We were making the kind of plays tonight that we haven’t been making the past two weeks,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “That was a good win for our program. And hats off to the defense.”

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