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Grain terminal being considered for Milan by 2 companies

Sumner Newscow local news report

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — CHS Inc., an energy, grains and food company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and MKC, a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services throughout Kansas, are considering plans to build and operate a grain terminal in Milan, Kan.

If approved, site preparation would begin in early 2016. Located in Sumner County, the facility will include a high-speed shuttle loader with access to the BNSF line. Upon completion, on-site storage will be approximately 7 million bushels.

“This project is part of our continued commitment to meet the needs of producers and to sustain the cooperative model for future generations,” said Dave Christiansen, president and CEO. “The addition of speed and space with access to world markets will bring value to the local producers in the region and allow other cooperatives in the area access to markets through a cooperative partner.”

Former Dallas Cowboy Joseph Randle arrested at Kansas Star Tuesday

Sumner Newscow news report

Sumner Newscow report — A professional football player was arrested in Sumner County on Tuesday night at the Kansas Star Casino. Joseph Randle, a former Dallas Cowboy running back, was charged on the suspicion of criminal threat, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and interference with a law enforcement officer.

Joseph Randle

Joseph Randle

He is being held on $25,000 bond, according to the Sumner County Sheriff’s office. With no court hearings scheduled Wednesday in Sumner County District Court, Randle will spend the holiday weekend in Sumner County Jail in Wellington unless he bonds out.

Randle, who was released by the Cowboys earlier this month, has already been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

According to a report on, Randle was at a blackjack table at about 10:30 p.m. when he became so belligerent that gaming table employees “ordered him removed,” said Fred Waller, public information officer for the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission in Topeka.

Wellington High School to start clay target team this spring

Clay Target team use this one

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — After reading about a high school clay target league on Facebook, Mark Chase talked to his wife, Linda Chase, Wellington High School Vo Ag Instructor, about starting a league here.

Linda Chase

Linda Chase

“We do a lot of shooting and hunting activities,” Chase said. “He told me there would be a lot of kids interested in that, and that it would be a good sport and something different.”

Chase said that it really wasn’t difficult as she thought it would be to get approved by the school board.

“I did lot’s of background research on clay target leagues, and knew they had insurance available, and checked to see what the school was going to be able to cover, etc.” Chase said. “I started sending emails to the administration at the high school and Superintendent Rick Weiss, to ask their opinions. Everyone was for getting a team started.”

Chase said that Weiss is an avid duck hunter, and thought it was a great idea, since he enjoys hunting. Weiss did background research into insurance and when it was presented to the school board, he worked with Chase, since they found out they would be covered as long as they followed guidelines.

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Black Friday Doorbusters sales starts Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wellington Sears

Make a Wish feature

Make a wish

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Hometown Sears is holding a Black Friday Doorbuster pricing event on Thursday and Friday.

The Friday Doorbuster sales can be found here.

From now until Dec. 31, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, including the Sears store at 214 S. Washington in Wellington, will donate 100 percent of customer donations to “Make-a-Wish.”

The doorbuster Sears event will include great, great savings including 40 percent or more reduced pricing on major appliances including Kenmore. The doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs through 11 p.m. Then on Friday the sale will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Don’t miss this sale Sumner County! For more information click here.  For the Wellington Sears Facebook page click here.

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Phelps wins Giff award; Burnett tops all-league list; 2 others now in record book

WHS season's wrap 2015
Seniors recognized

Eight seniors on WHS team recognized including: Jason Norris, Nick Hyde, Jared Shields, Connor Phelps, Jace Lowe, Remington Gilkey, and Skyler Struble.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School football team wrapped up the 2015 season with an awards banquet held at the WHS commons Monday evening.

Connor Phelps

Connor Phelps

As mentioned in the previous story: Connor Phelps, a 6-1, senior, was recipient of the “Coach Giff” True Crusader Award. Phelps, as a starting tailback, had 1,211 yards on 198 attempts this year for the Crusaders. Phelps averaged 6.1 yards per play and scored 18 of the Crusaders 31 touchdowns this season.

“I don’t think I ever once heard Connor complain,” Ryan said. “If he did, it wasn’t around me.”

Conner Burnett

Conner Burnett

Conner Burnett; a 6-1, 290 pound, junior; was named a first team offensive lineman in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.

He was one of only five lineman and the lone Crusader to make the first-team list. The full all league list of the AV-CTL DIV can not be released until all six teams have completed play. Wichita Collegiate, a member of the AV-CTL DIV, is playing for the Class 3A State Championship against Rossville this Saturday.

There were four Crusaders on the second team AV-CTL list:

Expert makes 2-hour presentation (Zzzzz) to council on how electric rates are established

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council members heard in great detail how electric rates are set at the state and regional level, as well as the mechanics of the power charge adjustment, during a presentation at the council chambers Monday. Larry Holloway, assistant general manager of operations, spent nearly two hours going over the intricacies of how rates are set.

Mayor Shelley Hansel called the presentation informative, and other council members also said he helped them understand how rates are set.

The city had invited them down to explain rates recently. There was little discussion, only a few questions, and they are not planning to take any action as a result.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here…

Garage sale templete use this one

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 selling and hunting!

Guest editorial: When a community loses its hospital…

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Mercy Hospital

Editor’s Note: Sumner Regional Medical Center board member Terry Deschaine brought this editorial to the attention of Sumner Newscow concerning the recent closing of Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kans. It was written by the editor of the Wilson County Citizen in Fredonia on Oct. 19, 2015. Below that is another view by a Jennifer Bacani McKenney, an M.D. physican on how Mercy hospital’s closing is affecting surrounding communities such as her community in Fredonia.


Independence’s Mercy Hospital, which had been losing millions of dollars in recent years, shut its doors for good on Oct. 10, leaving 9,500 residents of Independence unsure where they will go in a medical emergency.

Towns like Independence, in rural, underpopulated southeast Kansas, are having a hard time holding onto their hospital. Mercy is the 56th rural hospital to close in the United States in the past five years, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.

Generally small and isolated, rural hospitals struggle to provide the latest services and technology. Few doctors want to make their career in rural medicine. And local patients are often drawn to whatever larger hospitals are within driving distance. Those have been issues facing all rural hospitals, not just those who have ceased fighting to stay open.

Kansas Power Pool officials to visit Wellington Monday to talk all things electric

The cost of electricity

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Officials from the Kansas Power Pool will visit a Wellington City Council work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the council chambers to talk about all things electric.

Council members had asked them to come explain how it all works, and the meeting is open to the public.

Wellington has an electrical power plant, and is part of the Kansas Power Pool, which is part of a greater alliance of power entities. There are four major regional ones in the United States, and they control things like how much power is needed.

Recently electric rates were raised and that raised a lot of concern. The electric charge was raised 30 percent, but that does not include the power adjustment charge which is passed through to the Kansas Power Pool.

That power adjustment charge is based on things like costs of fuel and other economic factors. It has been lower over the past few months, and that has actually reduced many electric bills. The rate increase does not start until January 2016, but if the power charge adjustment cost stays low, people may not see that much of an increase.

Victoria stuns Argonia-Attica 36-28 in last seconds to capture 8-man state crown

It was crazy A&A state champ
State champion A&A picture tackler

Titan defenders had Victoria contained for most of this game. Two long plays by the Knights defined the game.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Argonia-Attica dug itself out of a 22-8 hole at half time, only to have the walls cave in on it in the final moments losing 36-28 to Victoria in the eight-Man Division 2 state football championship game in Newton Saturday.

Victoria quarterback Brady Dinkel made a dramatic 55-yard scoring run on a fourth-and-inches play with two seconds left on the clock. He also ran in a two-point conversion and A-A’s attempted runback of the kickoff was stopped way short of the goal line.

Dinkel ran for 175 yards, but two of his plays will be remembered as the two that shaped the game, and the state championship for Victoria.

A huge crowd of Argonia-Attica were on hand.

A huge crowd of Argonia-Attica was on hand.

With the score tied at 28 and time running out, both teams seemed ready to go into overtime, though at that point A&A had a lot of momentum on its side. With a fourth and inches, Victoria went for it, and Dinkel rushed up the middle, bounced to the outside and found no one between him and the endzone. He had shown throughout the game he was very fast, and he outran everyone to the end zone for the score.

Three public Thanksgiving feasts featured in Wellington community

Thanksgiving feast around Wellington

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  With the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, oftentimes there are less fortunate families or individuals who may not have a place to go for dinner and fellowship. There are many community gatherings that are free and open to the public in Wellington. Even if you do have a place to go on Thanksgiving, you are still welcome to attend any or all of the dinners.

The Sumner County Moms are hosting a Thanksgiving potluck dinner this Saturday, Nov. 21 at Memorial Auditorium at 6 p.m. The group’s administration team is providing the staples for the meal, and Hillside Baptist Church donated two turkeys to the event. They ask that you please RSVP and bring a side dish or dessert.

They will also be putting together a thankful tree with everyone in attendance adding to it. There will also be an opportunity to get family pictures taken by Autumn Lynn Photography. Price for family pictures will be $10 with a food bank donation, or $15 without a donation. This event is free and open to the public.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 continues throughout the week

Continuing Mockingjay 2 at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 2. (see trailer below)

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13 Time: 2 hour 16 minutes.

Argonia-Attica and Victoria are battling for all the marbles again in a state final rematch

State title rematch
A&A sets its sights again on state title. But Victoria is standing in the way.

A&A sets its sights again on state title. But Victoria is standing in the way.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It turned ugly early in 2014 on a foggy November afternoon in Newton. Argonia-Attica, who was as undefeated as it is this year, was beaten handily against Victoria, 52-8. Before the half it was 36-0.

“But we laid an egg,” said Lance Vandeveer, co-head A&A head coach. “We had a blocked punt, we had two guys run into one another on fourth and 18. I didn’t think we gave our best effort.”

Now 12 months later, A&A will get its chance again for redemption. The same two teams are back vying for a Class 1A eight-man Division II state title at Fischer Field in Newton this Saturday at 3 p.m.

Hard to believe, A&A which just destroyed Axtell 52-0, has cumulative outscored its opponent 714-74 this season and has never played a full game because of the eight-man mercy rule this season, would be considered an underdog. But that is the case. The Titans are playing a team that has ripped off 23 straight wins and has a state championship trophy to show for it.

Sumner County Court Docket: Nov. 19, 2015 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Sumner County residents like rest of world feels 4.7 magnitude earthquake early this morning

Earthquake update

Sumner Newscow report — Sumner County was part of a 4.7 magnitude earthquake which was centered near Cherokee, Oklahoma that shook most of the state of Kansas according to the U.S Geological Survey.

It was reported around 1:42 a.m. Thursday, November 19th. A more exact epicenter is 13 km SW of Cherokee, Oklahoma. This was comparable to the 4.8 magnitude felt on Nov. 12, 2014.

The furthest away that someone reported feeling the earthquake was in Tucson, Arizona which is 1,231 miles from the epicenter. The closest reported to USGS was in Carmen, Oklahoma, only 9 miles away. 
Earthquake Nov. 19, 2015

The earthquake shook in 9 states including Kansas, Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois.

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Wellington City Council votes 3-1 to purchase bulldozer

Wellington City Council Roundup

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council made the purchase of a new bulldozer for the landfill official Tuesday night, voting 3-1 to buy a new Caterpillar bulldozer from a dealer in Wichita for $374,500. The city will pay $150,000 down and finance the rest.

Voting in favor of the purchase of a new bulldozer was: Vince Wetta, Kip Etter, and Bill Butts. Jim Valentine voted against it. Jan Korte abstained. Kelly Green was absent while attending a state water conference.

The dozer has been a topic of discussion for a few meetings, and others considered included a new John Deere that would have cost $50,000 less. But city officials felt they would have to spend more on the Deere which would have negated the savings.

Public Works director Jeremy Jones said their current piece of equipment is a Kamtasu that has 6,100 hours on it, and it was not designed for landfill type work. They had spent well over $100,000 on repairs over the last year and a half, and Jones said companies he talked to recommended not continuing repairs. They would have to spend $74,000 to replace the motor and it would still need more work. He said even salvage operations did not want the machine for scrap metal.

Don Shimkus, Oxford, announces he is running against Senator Steve Abrams

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Sumner Newscow report — Don Shimkus, of Oxford, announced today that he is running as a Democrat against Senator Steve Abrams for the 32nd Senate District seat.

Don Shimkus

Don Shimkus

 “I am genuinely concerned about the inequality of our current tax structure, the future of rural medical care, and the inadequate funding of public education,” said Shimkus. “I fear that, in all aspects, our rural population – which makes up a significant part of our state – is being forgotten in Topeka. Our district needs an advocate who understands how this population greatly contributes to the livelihood and well-being of our great state.”

 Shimkus serves on the Oxford School Board, a position he was elected to in 2005. He is currently the president of the board, and has been since 2009. He is also currently serving as the president of the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The refugee question








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The 2015 WHS volleyball season was one for the record books… literally

Record WHS feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been almost three weeks since the Wellington girls volleyball team participated in its first state tournament in school history but the awards and recognition keep coming. And perhaps this year’s group’s most significant contribution of all, is the rewriting the records book.

It is hard to fathom a more dominating year in a single sport when it comes to breaking records in the WHS history book. But the 2015 WHS volleyball team has broken records in six of the seven categories this year and is in the top three 11 different times. Individually, including records not listed on the WHS record board, five girls: McKenna Oathout, Abby Goodrum, Siarah Walker, Erin Goodrum, and Tayland French; have broken records in 2015.


The 2015 Wellington High School Volleyball team reached the Class 4A Div. 1 state volleyball tournament in Salina, after winning the sub-state in Winfield the week before.

In the process, the current records broken were: 

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