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As Kansas moves into Phase 2.0, Mid-America Dragway and Wellington Regent will reopen

Sumner Newscow report — Kansas will take the next step in its reopening on Friday, when movie theaters, museums, non-tribal casinos and other indoor entertainment venues will be permitted to reopen. Gov. Laura Kelly unveiled the changes Tuesday — the latest rollback of restrictions after weeks of lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Subsequently, a couple of local business owners have announced their reopenings. 

Mid-America Dragway, six miles west of Arkansas City on U.S. 166, will reopen on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a race called the “Quarantine Comeback Throwdown.” The gates will open at 8 a.m. with time runs starting at 10 a.m. Click here for more details.

•Wellington Regent, our favorite local movie theater, will reopen on Thursday, June 4 with the playing of Pulp Fiction – a 1990s Quinten Tarantino movie. First-run movies won’t be available for at least a month, according to Jerry Fike, Regent Theater owner. The opening of “Mulan” which was the movie the Regent was going to show when the pandemic hit in March, will start on July 24.

Bars and night clubs, along with swimming pools, will stay closed.

Wellington Recreation Commission and fitness center reopened Monday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Recreation Commission and the fitness center reopened today Monday, May 18 resuming normal business hours!
Please note these guidelines at the FC.


We ask that all patrons be mindful of the occupancy limits. WRFC workers will be monitoring numbers and tracking people in and out of the building.

Please continue practicing social distancing while in the building.  

Wellington City Sanitation Department will be running behind on routes this week

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Sanitation Department will be running behind on routes this week.

Any uncompleted residential routes will be completed the following day. 

Wellington High School released summer weights and condition program

Sumner Newscow report — The following is an outline of the Summer Weights and Condition program by Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith.

We will start PSQ when we are in Phase 3 of the reopening plan, which right now is scheduled for June 15. For the first two weeks, we will only have high school students coming to PSQ

Phase 3: June 15- 26: High School only

1) Adhere to social distancing guidelines established by the Governor and Sumner Co. Health Department. (PHASE 3)

a) Mass Gatherings of no more than 90 individuals are allowed. We will limit 30 people max in each location: (weight room, main gym, aux gym) or conduct conditioning outside to help maintain social distancing

b) Maintain 6 ft. of social distancing with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.

2) Adhere to KSHSAA Guidelines:

Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting minutes: Monday, May 18, 2020

by Rama Peroo, Director of Institutional Communication at Cowley College — Dr. Harold W. Arnett presided over his first meeting as Board Chair during the monthly Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting held Monday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The meeting was held in the spacious Wright Room in order to safely increase community access with an approximate gathering limitation of 40 people while maintaining adequate social distancing. The meeting was also live-streamed to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Dr. Arnett has been a Board member since January 2020. His term will expire in January of 2024. Dr. Arnett’s bio can be found at

In other matters (the administrative reports were listed in the Board book):

Fabiola’s Dining is now open for Dine-In and Curbside ordering!

Click it or Ticket program has been initiated in Wellington… You have been warned

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath concerning “Click it or Ticket” program which started this week.


“We started this yesterday, and will continue through Sunday, May 31, travelers can expect increased police presence on Wellington streets as we join 180 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2020 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign.

This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Enforcement will occur around the clock because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unbelted crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours.  Drivers will be confronted with strict enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act.

Sad news: The Avenue of Flags will not be displayed this year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Avenue of flags will not occur this Memorial Day weekend in 2020. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Avenue of Flags, a Memorial Day weekend tradition in which Prairie Lawn Cemetary is decorated in over 1,200 flags, will not happen in 2020.

Andy McEntire, the chief organizer for the Avenue of Flags which was to happen on May 23-25, said the event is canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic guidelines.

“There is no way we can do this and use proper social distancing,” McEntire said. “We have 70 to 100 people who volunteer to put the flags up in the flag poles each year. We just can’t do it this year.” 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17, 2020

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17, 2020:

Friday, May 15, 2020

Cowley College ranked first among the top-50 community colleges

Sumner Newscow report — Offering more online courses than any other community college in the country, Cowley College ranked first among the top-50 community colleges that offer online programs according to

Many of Cowley College’s courses and degrees transfer to four-year colleges and universities, while Cowley is authorized for online courses in all 50 states.

Cowley offers over 30 completely online fully transferable associate degrees, with more than 600 online courses for students to choose from. The online courses are delivered via the Blackboard course delivery system. Students have access to online tutoring services, a variety of academic support services, and even an E-Library Portal that allows them access to research, informational, and material resources for success in their education.

Sumner County Sheriff office weekly report: May 11 to May 18, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 11 to May 18, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

City of Wellington: Landfill, Compost Site closed, Refuse Collection schedules delayed due to Memorial Day

Sumner Newscow report — Due to the observation of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2020, the Landfill and Compost Site will be closed. The Monday refuse collection routes for that week will be picked up on Tuesday. 

The Gold Corner: The kids rocked it during this quarantine

Wellington Fire/EMS report: May 11 – May 17, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for May 11 to May 17, 2020 is as follows: 

Sunday blog: Whether Summit should have or shouldn’t have been dumped, Monday’s vote was reckless

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I have some mixed feelings on Monday about the Wellington school board’s dumping of the Summit program.

On one hand it was unfair, impractical, and basically threw the teachers and administrators under the bus.

On the other hand, the school board majority did exactly what it said it was going to do when first elected. I don’t necessarily believe the school board should be an extended branch of the administration.

My biggest beef with Monday’s vote is that this board didn’t present an adequate exit plan. “What next?” is a legitimate concern. I would have probably extended the program one more year until there was a secure alternative plan in place. Yes, if Summit was the evil purveyor of educational manipulation as its opponents say it is, we do have a group of students, sophomores and juniors, who have spent two years under its guise. I’m not sure another year would have been devastating until the school district came up with a specific plan especially since the students are finally used to it.

Help wanted: City of Wellington Lake Clerical position

Help wanted: City of Wellington Lake Clerical position.

Ability to operate a personal computer and learn software program required to complete recreational permits.  Properly document and receipt cash for camping, recreation, and boating permits.  Answer questions from the public concerning charges and rules and regulations of the lake.  Typical work hours will be approximately 33 hours per week, Wednesday through Sunday.

REQUIRES WORKING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS (MEM. DAY, JULY 4, LABOR DAY)!  Work is performed at the Wellington Lake Office.  Starting Salary is $8.25 per hour.  EOE, Drug-free workplace.  Apply at www/ or City Clerk’s Office, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS.

Question of the day: Will the Wellington swimming pool open this summer?

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Summer is right around the corner and one of the biggest questions to be answered is if and when the Wellington public pool will be opened for the summer.

Normally, the Wellington pool opens on Memorial Day weekend. Obviously, that is not going to happen under the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

The Wellington City Council is scheduled to discuss the pool opening at its next meeting this Tuesday. The meeting will be streamed live via YouTube through the city website (click here).

Governor Laura Kelly has moved Kansas to “Phase 1.5” which lasts from Monday, May 18 until May 31. Kansas is then scheduled to enter into “Phase 2” on June 1 giving public swimming pools the ability to operate. Her mandate on Thursday has most certainly thrown a wrench in public pool openings, delaying the process for at least two weeks. 

WRC announces summer baseball/softball program updates

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Sports? On CultureCow? Quarantine is getting to everyone

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. This week on CultureCow, I’m going to step a little out of my comfort zone and discuss something usually reserved for Tracy McCue himself: sports.  Contrary to what longtime readers might think, I do fancy watching sports, namely the NBA and football games in which my fantasy team has a stake in. But it’s by no means my favorite thing on television.

But there is a special place in which sports and filmmaking overlap: the lauded sports documentary.  Sports documentaries have the challenging job of making someone care and feel moved by a story that is ultimately about someone (usually a man) playing a game better than everyone else around them.  Most filmmakers accomplish this feat by talking about the historical and cultural context that made this athlete so important, but sometimes it literally just is how well someone put a ball in a certain place.  And such is the case of the newest sports docuseries that’s captured the eyes of a nation: the Last Dance.

The Last Dance is a 10-part docuseries that tells the admittedly fascinating story of Michael Jordan through the lens of his last season with the Chicago Bulls.  Michael Jordan was the most famous person in the entire world for nearly a decade and managed to win 3 championships in a row twice, only taking a break in the middle to play an entirely separate professional sport.  He starred in the extremely successful and iconic movie Space Jam

Sixth case of COVID-19 in Sumner County is confirmed

Sumner Newscow report – A sixth case of COVID-19 in Sumner County has been confirmed. 

The patient is a man in his 40s.  This case is associated with an outbreak in northeast Kansas.

Case investigation and contact tracing have been initiated.

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