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Alliance for a Healthy Kansas will have Oct. 12 meeting in Wellignton on healthcare benefit expansion

Sumner Newscow news report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is touring the state spreading the message that Kancare needs to be expanded in the state. They want the state legislature to expand it, so Kansas can reap the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, which Kansas has been refusing since it was passed.

A meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Raymond Frye Complex, 314 N. Washington in Wellington.

Last week, the Alliance was in Arkansas City, and told people about the benefits to the program. They are asking people to get in touch with their legislators and encourage the Kansas Legislature to take up the matter at its next session that starts in January.

Don Shimkus

Don Shimkus

Gov. Sam Brownback and conservatives in Topeka have opposed the expansion of Kancare, but with moderates winning some primaries, there is hope the legislature will at least take it up.

There were some candidates for office at the forum in Arkansas City, and they all favor expansion. State Senate candidate Don Shimkus said “it is imperative” to get expansion passed in Kansas. He said the budget and education funding are his top two concerns, followed by expansion of Kancare.

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Argonia’s Seth Hemberger named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week
Seth Hemberger in a previous game with Caldwell.

Seth Hemberger in a previous game with Caldwell.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Seth Hemberger, an Argonia High School senior, has been chosen Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.


Seth Hemberger

Hemberger, who is a senior running back and linebacker for Argonia-Attica, helped the Titans to a huge 40-26 victory over South Barber.

He led A&A with 151 yards rushing on 29 carries for a 5.21 average, including four touchdowns. His longest carry was for 38 yards.

On defense, Hemberger accounted for nine tackles including five solo and four assists. He also had one punt return for 13 yards and a kickoff for 23 yards.

For Hemberger’s efforts he has won a free large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 304 N. Washington.

Wellington City Council discusses hiring a private sanitation service; Westborough Road improvements…

Wellington City Council meeting report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council heard about possibilities of privatizing trash collection at its work session Monday. They will not likely be privatizing it anytime soon or sell off their current sanitation system any time soon.

However, they might eventually expand it.

They also talked about paving roads in the Westborough subdivision and ideas from the Chamber of Commerce. (See video of full meeting here – click about 6:30 into the video for the start of the meeting).

As for trash collection, Wellington City Manager Shane Shields told the council he had received a proposal from a private company. They held a brief executive session to talk about dollar figures involved as that would have given an advantage other potential bidders over the company that gave them the information.

There were a lot of possibilities on how it would work, but the information was provided to see if the council even wanted to go down that road.  The waste collection department currently transfers around $70,000 into the general fund, and if trash collection were outsourced that would be gone. There would also likely be jobs eliminated, though those people could apply for jobs with a company that was hired to do the work.

Belle Plaine’s weekend shredding of Northeast Arma brings an end to unwanted 31 game losing streak


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For some football teams victory is an every week occurrence. For others it is a bit of a struggle.

For the Belle Plaine varsity football team it is four years in the making. Friday night, Belle Plaine would travel to Northeast Arma, a school about 20 miles north of Pittsburg, and beat the Vikings 48-0.

Belle Plaine DragonThis would be a big win for any team that was 0-3 going into the contest. But Belle Plaine hadn’t won a game since Oct. 19, 2012.

Think about that. The last time Belle Plaine won, President Obama was amidst a re-election campaign against challenger Mitt Romney, the Kansas City Royals were two years away from getting good, and these seniors were eighth graders.

“It was a huge relief,” said Jason Jinkins, Belle Plaine head football coach. “It was getting the monkey off of our backs for the coaching staff and for the seniors who hadn’t won a game yet.”

Belle Plaine now knows what victory smells like. 

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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.

Wellington enrollment is up; Sumner schools stay put in classifications

Classification released

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Despite the continuous comments on social media that people are moving away from Wellington in droves, the high school enrollment figures prove otherwise.

WHS reported 478 students – up from 469 in 2015-16. Subsequently, Wellington will remain in Class 4A, Div. I.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association released its 2016-17 classification list for all sports except football, Monday morning. Sumner County schools basically stayed put as did most of the schools surrounding them.

Conway Springs and Belle Plaine remain in Class 3A. Both schools have the same enrollment. Conway Springs has 188 while Belle Plaine has 180 students. Conway Springs dipped five students, while Belle Plaine increased three in 2015-16.

Sunday feature: Destination Colorado – Ivory, the white German Shepherd, finds a new home

Ivory, the white German Shepherd dog, with Humane Society member Kim Woodrow.
Ivory, the white German Shepherd dog, with Humane Society member Kim Woodrow.

Ivory, the white German Shepherd dog, with Humane Society member Kim Woodrow.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Ivory, a 2-year-old white German Shepherd, is likely going to spend the rest of her life a happy dog to a loving family on the Rocky Mountain front range.

That in itself is not big news, but for Ivory it took the time and resources of three dog rescue organization, and several hours of volunteer time to make it happen.

The Wellington Humane Society came in contact with Ivory several months ago. She was not a battered dog, but a lost one. Her master was just hospitalized and could no longer take care of her. His girl friend was also unable to help either. So like so many dogs and cats, Ivory was handed over to the Wellington Humane Society.

Ivory on her way to Boulder, Colo.

Ivory on her way to Boulder, Colo.

Ivory’s plight isn’t different than any other animal the local humane society has helped over the years. She just needed a new home. The problem is, shelter space is limited in Wellington as the local Humane Society continues its quest to build a new shelter.

“We had a few people say they would take her and then for one reason or the other it fell through,” said Phyllis Todd, owner of Pearly Gaits Ranch and member of the Wellington Humane Society.

South Haven can’t stop Akdins on homecoming night; Browning/Resendez crowned

South Haven crowned Lane Browning and Alaina Resendez at the Cardinal homecoming Friday.

Lane Browning and Alaina Resendez were crowned king and queen at the Cardinal homecoming Friday.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — South Haven never got much going, and had no answers for a speedy running back from Cedar Vale – Dexter Friday night at South Haven’s Homecoming game. South Haven ran one series in the third quarter, and a fumble recovered in the end zone ended the game at 64-14.

Demetrius Akdins ran for 189 yards and six touchdowns on 14 carries. At one stretch five of those scores came on five consecutive carries.

Cedar Vale – Dexter scored on seven of eight first half possessions. South Haven had eight possessions in the first half, but three resulted in turnovers, a5ate in the second quarter.  On a fourth and nine, Lane Browning passed 34 yards to Rustin Blaylock for a score, and the two also teamed up on the two point conversion, and that cut the deficit to 42-8. South Haven scored the next time it got the ball as well, when Browning got to the edge on a sweep, and went up the right sideline for 53 yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and at that point the score was 50-14.

Andale defeats Wellington 47-7



by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The final score was what people expected: Andale 47 Wellington 7.

But Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar pulled out a quote from K-State head coach Bill Snyder’s list of cliches: It is about getting better each and every day.

If and/or when Wellington starts its rise back into competitive traditional Crusader football, Andale should serve as a barometer. The Indians currently have the Crusaders number.

But when you looked at the way Wellington played this game, it most certainly showed that the Week #4 Crusaders are much better than the Week #1 Crusaders, who lost to Clearwater 41-14. An interesting note: Rose Hill beat Clearwater 16-14 tonight. 

Andale played its typical game of smash-mouth football – the same kind that has bloodied Wellington 11 of the past 12 times. In the end the Indians rushed for 316 yards and passed for 82 more for a 398 total. The Crusaders rushed for 82 and passed for 78 for a 160 total.

Garage Sales this weekend…

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Sept. 23-25, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington’s annual Homecoming and Fall Festival set for Oct. 6-8


by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow – With fall approaching quickly, it’s time to gear up for Wellington’s annual Homecoming and Fall Festival.

Events will begin Thursday, Oct. 6 with the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. downtown, and a pep rally immediately following. (See full schedule here).

Friday, Oct. 7 the Homecoming football game will take place in Crusader Field, and the team will play against the Scott City Beavers.

Enjoy the Chisholm Trail BBQ Cookoff on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 in Heritage Park. Judging begins at 3 p.m., with People’s Choice at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $50 with prizes for pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. Prizes in each category include: 1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50; 4th, ribbon; 5th, ribbon; Grand Champion, $250; Reserve Grand Champion, $150; and People’s Choice Award, $100.

Saturday, Oct. 8, the Fall Festival will be held downtown in Heritage Park, including cookoffs, crafts, kid’s games, and entertainment.

Start off the day with a run during the Wellington Fall Fest 5K/1 Mile Run. Registration for the seventh annual event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Alison Rusk State Farm Insurance. The 5K will begin at 8:30 am. and one mile run will start at 9:30 a.m. There is a $20 fee to enter the 5K and a $10 fee to enter the one mile. Deadline to enter this event is Sept. 26, and all proceeds will benefit muscular dystrophy. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome to enter.

Crusader preview: Looks to be a tough evening for Wellington

Crusader nights

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It could get ugly very quickly tomorrow if you wear Crusader red.

Since Wellington pulled off the season opening upset in 2011, Andale has outscored Wellington 234-51 in the four years since. Going into the Andale game from 2012-2015, Wellington was sporting records of 1-4, 4-1, 4-0, and 3-1. After the Andale game, the Wellington teams could muster just one win per season since.

Yes, the Indians have had a habit of ruining everything for our Crusaders.

This year Wellington is young and have had a tough three weeks including a heart-breaking loss to Rose Hill. The No. 2 ranked Andale team will not be any form of tonic for Wellington’s wounds.

Hard to pick your poison with the Indians. They simply take it to you – always have in the past 10 years.

Rachel Overfelt is in search of a new kidney – and a life that is as close to normal as she can get


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Rachel Overfelt was an active fun-loving 8 years old in Wellington. But somewhere between her games of soccer and softball, she started to feel unusually tired.

Her mother Debbie Overfelt started to get worried and for good reason. It was soon discovered that Rachel had what is known as a bilateral reflux disorder and it was destroying her kidneys.

Rachel Overfelt

Rachel Overfelt

Today, Rachel is 25. She has suffered a stroke and is now pretty much bed ridden. She lives with her grandparents in Tulsa, who are near a clinic. Her kidneys are shutting down. And she is need of a transplant.

Without a full functioning transplanted kidney, Rachel could either live a life of dialysis hooked to a machine, or to die.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Sumner County residents can help with Rachel’s medical expenses. Linda Metzen and Debbie Sisson are holding a Knights of Columbus fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a two taco, beans, rice and salsa dinner for $8. There will also be a silent and live auction and a bake sale. Currently, Metzen and Sisson need items for the fundraiser to auction. They also need baked items.  It could mean anything, such as providing services. The money raised will go toward medicine taken for Rachel’s post surgery treatment, provided she gets a kidney, and provided the surgery is a success.

Donation items can be dropped off at Theurer’s or for more information call Sisson at 620-440-1282 or Debbie Overfelt at 620-326-1803.

A medical fund has also been established at Panhandle Federal Bank to help with Rachel’s medical conditions.


The (un)luck of the draw

WHS Senior Lauryn Snipes verbally commits with Florida International



by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lauryn Snipes, a Wellington High School senior, has verbally committed to Florida International University in Miami, Fla.

She becomes the second Crusader basketball player to sign a DI scholarship in as many years. Grace Mitchell signed with the University of Nebraska in 2015.

Snipes, who said she was wavering between FIU and Rice, is expected to formally sign for the Golden Panthers on National Signing Day on Nov. 9, 2016.

“When they (FIU) started recruiting me, they were supportive in every way on and off the court and that was a major thing for me,” Snipes said. “When I went up there for my official visit, I enjoyed the girls and the campus. So that’s when I knew I’d be great at FIU.”

FIU is a member of Conference USA. In 2015-16, the women’s program went 2-14 and were 5-26 overall.

“I have a cousin who lives in Miami, and I didn’t know much about the school,” Snipes said. “When I learned more about the school and got to know the coaches a lot better, I was convinced. They have been great to me since April.”

Top 10 percent of Sumner County seniors honored at KU Honors Program

Sumner KU honors program

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Twenty-eight Sumner County students were honored at the annual KU Honors Program held at Wellington High School commons.

The annual banquet is held annually recognizing the top 10 percent seniors in the seven Sumner County schools. This year’s honor speaker was David Johnston.

The award recipients receive a dictionary for their accomplishments.

And this year’s h0norees:


(Front, L-R) — Ashley Ewing, Kelsey Haydon, Kayma Brand. (Back L-R) Madison Lewellen, Carson LeGrand, Brock Edwards, Peighton Westmoreland, Stephanie Bristow, Brecken Lawrence, Will Long. (Not picture: Laken Kimball.)


New KSHSAA classification proposal will change everything for Sumner County schools


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Sumner County athletic officials are currently sitting tight and studying a new classification proposal by the Kansas State High School Activities Association that will dramatically alter the sports landscape across the state.

Last week, a 14-person committee released a new proposal at the monthly KSHSAA meeting that would restructure the football classifications. It would divide the classification into 32 teams for 6A, 5A and 4A; 48 teams for 3A and 2A and the remaining schools into 1A 11-man schools. In Kansas, 11-man football in Class 1A hasn’t been played since 1984.

In the “all sports other than football” classification, teams would be divided into 36 teams for 6A, 5A and 4A; 64 schools will be in 3A and 2A, and 117 in Class 1A. The divisions of Class 4A and 1A would be eliminated.

The classifications would not go into effect until the 2018-19 school year. The new classification proposal won’t be voted on until April.

“For all the talk, it won’t affect us directly,” said Luke Smith, Wellington School Activities Director. “We are right in the middle of Class 4A Division 1 right now. So we would still be in Class 4A with the new proposals.”

While the football landscape will not change for Wellington since the state isn’t altering Class 6A to 4A, the new “all other sports” could dramatically affect who the Crusaders will play in the post season.

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Meeting goes without controversy; council takes no action on Lincoln Place building

Wellington City Council meeting report

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — In the first meeting since Wellington City Councilman Kip Etter’s return, the subject of his August departure was never broached and the proceedings went without a hitch Tuesday evening.

But the seating arrangement was changed. Etter, who had been sitting by Councilman Jim Valentine on the south side, was moved to the opposite north end. The sitting arrangement, according to sources, was prearranged allegedly by Mayor Shelley Hansel. She was absent from the meeting held Tuesday.

As for actual business is concerned, the Wellington City Council decided Tuesday to take no action regarding stabilizing the building at Lincoln and Washington

Street. The historic building has been closed for a couple of months and the city has put up barricades and blocked off the street. The fate of the building remains in limbo as the owners wait to hear from the insurance company.

The city has considered doing stabilization measures that could at least keep it from falling down, and there is some hope it can be saved.

Wellington’s De’Andre Washington is this week’s Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week
De'Andre Washington

De’Andre Washington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — De’Andre Washington, a 150-pound sophomore for the Wellington High School football team, has been named the “Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.”

Wellington lost to Rose Hill Friday evening 7-6. But it wasn’t because of Washington, who had an outstanding night on the gridiron.

This was De'Andre Washington during a catch against Clearwater a couple weeks ago.

This was De’Andre Washington during a catch against Clearwater a couple weeks ago.

He had a fumble recovery in the first half and then made a huge interception in the left corner of the end zone in the second quarter that thwarted a Rocket scoring drive that would have put them up by two touchdowns.

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