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Tyler Brown wins men’s 5K run at Kansas Wheat Festival

Tyler Brown wins 2018 Kansas Wheat Run.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyler Brown, who is approaching his junior year at Wellington High School, was winner of the men’s 5K run at Saturday’s 2018 Security State Bank Wheat Run.

Lacey Buckwalter, a Sterling College track and field athlete from Sylvia, Kans., was the winner of the women’s event.

Lacey Buckwalter wins the women’s 5K.

Brown ran the race in 18.40 while Buckwalter came in at 22:20.

In the one mile run, Zach Haxton of Argonia was the winner of the boys. Tavia Hart was the one-mile winner for the women. Photo gallery of the event can be found here.

The full results for both races per age group are as follows: 

Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom playing at Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom”

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

Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril)

Catch the CultureCow review of the film here.

Movie Synopsis: It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.

(Updated Thursday) Accused robber at Jump Start Convenience Store has been identified

Update: Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said a suspect has been identified in Monday’s Jump Start convenience store robbery at 1106 North A Street. 

He said the case has now been sent to Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer’s desk for possible formal charges. He did not identify the suspect at this time.


Sumner Newscow report — There was a robbery held at Jump Start convenience store at 1106 North A Street on Monday at 2 a.m.

According to a press release by the Wellington Police Department, on early Monday morning a suspected white male, dressed in black long sleeves shirt, gray pants, wearing two bandanas over his face, black colored sunglasses and black gloves entered Jump Start and demanded money from the clerk.

The clerk complied and the robber left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and Marlboro cigarettes. 

Eight teams competing in the 2018 running of The Great Race

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Eight teams will be competing in the 2018 running of The Great Race. The big event occurs at 5 p.m. Saturday at Woods Park, south of the golf course.

SSB Big Bucks will be defending their title after burying the competition in 2017. After years of being in the running but not quite winning, the Wellington based team ran away with it with a 44.23.98 time

SSB Big Bucks were bridesmaids until 2017 when they won it all. Now they are the hunted.

This year ties the smallest group to compete in the race. On average the race usually features between 8 and 12 teams.

Longtime powerhouse Ander’s Spinalators won’t be in attendance this year due to other obligations. But seven other teams are returning.

There are two newcomers on board this year. The Manila Gorillas will be competing for the first time this year. And the Impact Bank Dashing Dukes enters the fray.

The full roster is as follows(the program can be found here):

Catch the Fair Bug – the Sumner County Fair is August 2-5

Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Catch the Fair Bug and come join the fun and help celebrate 91 Years of the annual Sumner County Fair to be held August 2-5, 2018, in Caldwell.  The fair board has worked diligently to plan events for all ages.  Entering of exhibits will be completed Thursday evening August 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again Friday morning from 8 to 10:30 a.m. so bring items and come enter them in the Fair!

One major change is in store for exhibitors.  Each exhibitor will be issued one premium check for all their entries instead of vouchers in each department.  It is a check and can be cashed anywhere that accepts checks.  The Fair Board does ask that an exhibitor use the same name at each department where he/she enters an exhibit; for example, do not enter as Suzie Smith in one department and Sue Smith in another.  Doing this will really confuse our computer!!

Hopefully, this change will enable exhibitors get cash for their premiums easier.  These checks will be available for pickup at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and, if possible, should be cashed within 30 days.

City Council approves the hiring of Ben Heasty to replace Derek Harrison as head golf pro; 4.48 acres of land annexed

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was announced Wellington Golf Course Director Derek Harrison, who has managed the Wellington golf course for over five years, has tendered his resignation, and Ben Heasty will take over on an interim basis. Harrison will continue running the pro shop. The announcement was made during an otherwise uneventful Wellington City Council meeting. 

In other business:

• The Council approved the annexation of 4.48 acres of land in the Coyote Ridge Addition. The Laci L. Gregory Revocable Trust has purchased the two lots involved and has requested the annexation. The city already services the area with utilities, and the staff recommended passage. The council voted for annexation unanimously.

•Jason Symons was named to the Board of Zoning Appeals. He was the only applicant.

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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!

Wheat Festival in pictures: A final look back with 240 pictures …

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s a wrap! The 2018 Kansas Wheat Festival is in the books.

And we are featuring 240 pictures from six days of Kansas Wheat Festival events. Just click here for all the pictures from Sunday’s Worden Park festivities including the helicopter ball drop… to Saturday’s beer/wine tasting, the Wheat Run, the pancake feed at the VFW, the car show and more. Then we have left over pictures from Friday’s pancake eating contest and the lawn mower races. And, of course, we have the pictures from the previous three days as well.

Photos were taken by Amber Countryman, James Jordan, Dustin Craig and Tracy McCue.

It was quite a week in Wellington. Continue with Sumner Newscow throughout the week as we publish results. 

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wellington Police report for the weekend of Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, 2018:

Friday, July 13, 2018

Letter to the editor: The public needs to re-elect Anita Judd-Jenkins

To the editor:

We elected Anita Judd-Jenkins in 2016, and are pleased with her efforts in support of those issues important to Kansas moderates of both parties.  Kansas again needs our votes for Rep Judd-Jenkins in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Rep Judd-Jenkins works to cut intrusive regulations that stifle small business, supports family value issues,  Fights to end corporate tax loopholes, is pro life, defends our second amendment rights, and promotes tax breaks for Kansas families.

In the Republican primary, Rep Judd Jenkins will face an opponent schooled and supported by remnants of the Historic Brownback “Experiment”. A tragic experiment which preferentially reduced taxes for certain groups to the point that our State government had to raid turnpike revenues and underfund KPERS to supplement the State general budget.   This “theft” did not escape review  and resulted in both Moody’s Financial and Standard and  Poor downgrading our Kansas Securities, not just once, but twice.

Wheat Festival in pictures: Friday got busy with fun

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We have 65 photos from the Kansas Wheat Festival activities from the parade, carnival and street dance. Just click here for all the pictures.

We’ll have more pictures tomorrow including photos from some of the pre-parade festivities. Continue to have fun Sumner County. It’s Saturday night! 

Scenes of the 2018 Kansas Wheat Festival: Day 2

Sumner Newscow report — Thursday evening was a not-so-crappy day in downtown Wellington for the events that started at 5:30 p.m. and lasted until well past midnight. There was the Patriotic salute, the cow chip throwing contest, the bed races, the tricycle races, the downtown bands and fun galore. For all the pictures of Thursday’s events click here

CultureCow: Check out my review of Ant Man, I punning killed it

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow —Merry weekend CultureCow readers and have yourself a great weekend at the Kansas Wheat Festival. On those occasions that you may not be attending an event, go see a movie, like Incredibles 2 at the Wellington Regent or if your are inclined a Marvel flick like Ant Man and the Wasp.  Ant Man has always been the smallest (boom, double entendre, nailed it) supporting character in the Marvel Comics Universe, which makes it surprising that the studio would make his sequel the very next film after the monumental release of Infinity War.

Much to my disappointment, this film takes place just before the events of the latest Avengers battle so everyone on Earth still exists and it’s a fun little (killing it) self-contained adventure.  With side characters like Paul Rudd’s Ant Man, Marvel can take risks and shift the tone of the movie from the serious and heroic vibe of the Avengers to a looser, funnier flow like that of the Guardians of the Galaxy except at the city, rather than galactic, level.

No matter the stakes, Ant Man and the Wasp is an excellent hold over until we get to see what comes next in the MCU and holds its own as one of the tighter scripts in the series.  Not only is the writing and plot structure significantly improved, the addition of Evangeline Lilly as the title character a brilliant move.  The Wasp is not only a great sidekick, but the chemistry between her and Rudd seeps through the screen and only adds to the comedic foil. Whether you’re a Marvel junkie or not, Ant Man and the Wasp is a hilarious movie and is more than worth the tiny (last pun, I promise) time investment to make your weekend.

Board roundup: Whitener’s contract extended; track bleachers, Washington playground, Redesign, high school roof also discussed

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There weren’t fireworks or a rousing edition of “Auld Lang Syne” being sung, but a new year has officially started on July 1 for Wellington USD 353 (and other school districts across Kansas for that matter). And there was plenty to talk about as the meeting lasted for nearly three hours.

Perhaps, the biggest business was the renewing of Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener’s contract. The board approved a two-year expansion of his contract that will run through 2020-21. Whitener is starting his third year heading the Wellington school district.

Jackie Berryman was re-elected president of the board, and Jason Newberry is the vice president. Shawn DeJarnett was reappointed the district legal counsel and Jared Brown, district treasurer.

The board accepted the resignations of:

Incredibles 2 is playing at the Wellington Regent for second week.

Second consecutive week! This week at the Regent Theater: “Incredibles 2”

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

Rated: PG (for language, drug use, and some suggestive content)

Movie Synopsis: Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”–but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life.

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Huge crowd attends Picnic in the Park, we have the pictures

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As always, the Kansas Wheat Festival if off and running with the annual Picnic in the Park. We have the pictures as well as the Baby Contest on Tuesday. Just click here.

Abby Lowe wins the Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion; Medallion Hunt clues explained…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Abby Lowe of Wellington was the winner of the Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion Hunt. She found the Medallion by a fire hydrant at RCB Bank yesterday evening.

Here is a video of how she came up with the $1,000 winnings.

Burglary/fire investigation continues in Tuesday’s South Mayfield Road incident

Sumner County Sheriff Office and State Fire Marshall continue investigation into burglary today.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said the office has several leads but has yet to pinpoint a suspect or suspects in the aggravated burglary and intentional fires set at a family home on the 400 block of South Mayfield Road yesterday afternoon.

At 1:15 p.m. a suspect, described as a white male, 35 to 40 years of age, 6’1” to 6’2”, 230 to 250 pounds with short sandy brown hair, short facial hair, tan pants, black boots and tattoos on the left arm was discovered by the victim in his home brandishing a small caliber hand gun.

According to Chambers, the victim had come home for a quick bite to eat and let his dog out of the house. He had parked his pickup truck and had left the keys inside before going into the house. He was greeted by the suspect who was in the house burglarizing it. The suspect, according to Chambers, pointed a gun at the victim, who then immediately escaped and ran toward a group of trees to the southwest. He then ran straight south to his neighbors which was almost a half-mile away.

Chambers said the suspect then set a fire in the house, which he speculates was an attempt to hide evidence. He then left the house, and saw the home owner’s pickup, jumped in, drove off the lot, turned north, and then turned immediately left into the next adjacent private road. He then parked the pickup by a north storage shed and started it on fire. Chambers estimated the distance between the house and the shed was about 200 yards.

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