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Grace and Cole Theurer were big winners at the Kansas State Fair

Sumner Newscow report — Grace and Cole Theurer, children to Travis and Heidi Theurer and grandchildren of Glennis Zimmerman, had tremendous success this weekend at the Kansas State Fair.

Grace showed the Grand Champion Breeding Gilt at the Swine Show. Her gilt won over about 250 other swine females.

Cole won the drawing for the Grand Prize at the Grand Drive held on Saturday. His prize is the use of a trailer for a year. Ethan Theurer, a cousin, also won his class of commercial breeding gilts.

Belle Plaine’s Caleb Steele is Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Caleb Steele carrying the ball as a running back for Belle Plaine.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Caleb Steele, a Belle Plaine running back, has been selected as Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Caleb Steele

Steele helped Belle Plaine to a 16-0 victory over Kingman Friday night as the Dragons are 2-0 for the first time this decade. He had 12 carries for 115 yards and one touchdown.

He also kicked a 36-yard field goal.

For his effort, Steele is the recipient of a free large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington.

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Ora Munger pleads guilty to 4 felony counts, including robbery and kidnapping, in Sumner County

Ora Munger

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ora Munger, 41, of Iola, pled guilty to four felony counts stemming from the July 10, 2018 robbery and kidnapping at the Mitch Bartelson home at 455 S. Mayfield Road in Sumner County.

Munger pled guilty to:

•Kidnapping, a level 3 felony;

•Attempted aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon, a level 5 felony;

•Arson of a dwelling, a level 6 felony;

•Theft of a motor vehicle and contents, a level 7 felony.

As part of a plea deal struck between the Sumner County Attorney’s office and Munger’s defense attorney, four other counts were dismissed including:

City of Wellington hires firm to map city water distribution system

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington has hired Midland GIS Solutions to survey and map the City’s water distribution system. This generally consists of locating utility features with global positioning system (GPS) equipment. Starting the week of September 23rd, the work will be ongoing through October of 2019. You may notice employees of Midland GIS Solutions working in your neighborhood. They will occasionally need access into and through private property.

The City has easements to perform this type of work and Midland GIS will be as respectful and unobtrusive as possible while completing this project. Midland GIS employees will be wearing shirts and hats marked with the company’s logo and reflective safety striping. This will make them easily identifiable. 

Board of Trustees holds monthly meeting at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City

by Rama Perro, Cowley County communications director — Cowley College’s Board of Trustees gathered Monday evening in the President’s Private Dining Room located inside the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center to discuss items of business during its annual monthly meeting.

Next month’s Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Monday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at Cowley College’s Short General Education Center.

In other matters:

1. Dr. Rittle provided a College update. Dr. Rittle informed the Board that Cowley College is busy working with Cowley County and Sumner County Workforce Development to build synergies in service for our region. Cowley has also applied for the Second Chance Pell which offers inmates who qualify the opportunity to take college classes with the support of federal dollars. Also, Cowley awarded more than 800 technical certificates and degrees which is an increase of approximately 100 from the previous year. Lastly, Cowley recently received formal approval from the Higher Learning Commission to enter into the Open Pathway for institutional accreditation. Dr. Rittle praised the work done by Dr. Schoon, as well as the faculty and staff, in order to accomplish this important accreditation milestone.

Salter House Museum receives grant from Wal-Mart to perform upkeep and maintenance

Sumner Newscow report — The Salter House Museum in Argonia recently received a grant from Wal-Mart to perform upkeep and maintenance to the site.  The Salter House Museum is home to the first woman Mayor in Kansas, Susanna Madora Salter. Susanna Madora Salter was a U.S. politician and activist. She served as mayor of Argonia, Kansas, becoming the first woman elected as mayor and one of the first women elected to any political office in the United States.

A group of Argonia residents has been working on restoring and re-opening the landmark for the past year.  The home, now the Salter House Museum, was built in 1884 by Oliver Kinsey with bricks that were fabricated on site. The home has been restored with furnishings of that time period and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971.

Second annual Wellington Airport Open House was a soaring success

Sumner Newscow report — The second annual Wellington Airport Open House was a soaring success. Celebrating its expanded runway and the thriving industry that is aviation, area residents converged at the airport on Saturday for a good time.

There were free airplane rides for “Young Eagles,” vintage aircraft on display, a children’s book reading and signing by Author Carol Ysidro, food trucks, and bands. For more pictures of the big event, click here

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620 runners converge on Wellington’s Hargis Creek for cross county meet

Camden Parkey finished third in the junior varsity race at the Wellington Cross Country meet Saturday.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Six-hundred and twenty runners converged on Hargis Creek Saturday morning for the annual cross country meet.

There were 10 races throughout the morning from sixth grade to varsity. On the varsity level, Goddard Eisenhower swept both the boys and girls team events.

Wellington took the JV boys event and Valley Center was first for the girls. The Wellington Middle School sixth grade boys and girls were winners. Valley Center and El Dorado won the seventh grade while the Andover teams won both the eighth-grade divisions.

Wellington JV boys placed first in home meet.

Schools from Wellington, Oxford, Belle Plaine and Caldwell, represented Sumner County. Caldwell boys did especially well in the varsity boys race, placing fourth among mostly Class 5A and 6A schools.

As far as Wellington there were 20 medalists. 

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!

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: Sept. 9 – Sept. 16, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Sept. 9 to Sept. 16, 2019 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Sumner Newscow Sports Calendar – Sept. 16 – Sept. 21, 2019


Monday, September 16, 2019

Wellington High School

3:00pm Golf: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Andale, Andover Central, Arkansas City, Buhler, Circle, Mulvane, Winfield

6:00pm Football: Boys C-Team Game vs. Andale

 @ Wellington Football Field
Sellers Park

Wellington Middle School

3:30pm Tennis: Girls 7/8 Dual vs. Prairie Hills Middle School

5:00pm Volleyball: 7/8 Triangular vs. Rose Hill Middle School, Winfield Middle School

8th grade only

5:00pm Volleyball: 7/8 Triangular vs. Rose Hill Middle School, Winfield Middle School

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Wellington High School

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 13 – Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019:

Friday, September 13, 2019:

Ark City currently is a long ways away for drivers in South Haven

Sumner Newscow report — Remember the good old days when getting from South Haven to Arkansas City was nothing more than a direct 20-minute route?

That hasn’t been the case since the U.S. 166 bridge is being rebuilt, east of Arkansas City — something that has been going since Dec. 3 (see original story here). The good news is, that bridge is less than two months from coming to completion. The bridge is tentatively going to reopen on Nov. 1, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

In the meantime, drivers eastbound to Ark City still need to take the official detour through Wellington over to Winfield and south to Ark City or drive south into Oklahoma. That detour, though, is in delay as U.S. 81 is getting resurfaced. That project is going to last another five weeks.

According to KDOT: 

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log: Sept. 9 – Sept. 15, 2019

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Sept. 9 to Sept. 15, 2019 is as follows: 

Sunday blog: Climate change or climate fraud?

Commentary by John Munro, Sumner NewscowIt seems that Dr. Michael Mann’s “hockey stick theory on climate change” has hit a rather unpleasant truism.  It’s obviously false, and has been from the get-go. Let me explain:

John Munro

In 2008 Dr. Mann presented his “hockey stick graph” showing a flat, stable temperature range extending back over 500 years, then showing a sharp rise in global temperatures beginning around the first of the 19th century, or the start of the industrial age, when we began to use more and more coal and oil for manufacturing, and producing more carbon dioxide, among other chemicals released into the air. 

However, Mann failed to note the temperature rise that continued into the 16th century and the “little ice age” that occurred for some 150 years beginning in the early 17th century until the late 19th century.

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