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Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a 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!

Car chase that started in Sumner County ends in fatality of Udall man

Breaking News

By Shane Farley, — One person was killed and three others were injured Saturday when a police pursuit – that began in Sumner County – ended with a car crash in Sedgwick County.

22-year-old Jason A. Minson, of Udall, was identified as the deceased. He was the driver of a 2002 Oldsmobile passenger car that struck a tree on College Ave. in Mulvane.

Minson was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempting to elude officers with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Dept. when the crash happened, just before 3 a.m., according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Five thoughts: Downtown restaurants, Veteran’s Memorial, Roundabout, cremation and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014…

1. Downtown restaurants… 

With opening on Monday, there will be eight restaurants in the area.

With opening on Monday, there will be nine restaurants in the area.

With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. Downtown Wellington will have eight restaurants in the vicinity. Since moving here in 1992, I can’t remember Wellington having that many.

There is Rocco’s serving Italian, El Chili Verde serving Mexican, Fabiola’s serving Mexican, Barefoot Jerry’s serving American dishes; The Dore serving American dishes; Wishing Well serving homestyle food; Best of the Orient, serving Chinese; The Donut Shop serving great donuts; and Big Cheese Pizza serving pizza.

That’s quite a selection – all businesses owned by local people. It’s as if we have our own food court.

Ultimately, the onus is on you the customers to keep these businesses thriving. Downtown Wellington can only survive if it provides something unique that you can’t find elsewhere in town. But it is a two-way street. You, the customers, have to support these unique businesses.

The downtown has always been the lifeblood of the community – and that hasn’t changed.

If you’re hungry go get something to eat downtown. And while you are there kill two birds with one stone and get a little of your Christmas shopping out of the way.

And if you aren’t downtown, Penny’s Diner, Andy’s Restaurant, The Great Wall, Pig Shack, Good Taste Chinese, Mi Casita and the various fast-food restaurants are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.


2. Veteran’s Memorial… 

Victory for Victoria – Argonia-Attica’s magical season ends with state championship game loss

Argonia-Attica feature state champ
Titans' season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.

Titans’ season ends at 12-1 after Victoria wins state championship.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  After spending the season overwhelming its opposition, Argonia-Attica was overwhelmed by Victoria 52-8 in the Class 1A Division II eight man state championship game in Newton Saturday.

Taking advantage of a blocked punt, three turnovers, and a potent offensive and defensive line, the Knights would take a 36-0 lead into half time en route to a 44-point victory. The Titans finish their Cinderella year at 12-1 during a season where they nearly broke the all-time state eight-man touchdown record while posting 50 points or more in all but two games.

But on a foggy Saturday morning, A&A’s spectacular offense was missing as Victoria’s heavily advertised defensive line put the clamps on the Titans for four quarters. Defensively, Argonia-Attica could not come up with the big stop. Victoria came up with five fourth down conversions in the first half to lead by five touchdowns at the half.

Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.

Argonia-Attica is the 2014 state runner-up champions for Class 1A 8-man Division II.

And on top of the Knights’ proficiencies, they had luck on their side.

One play in the first half epitomized the kind of day both teams were having. Victoria quarterback Brady Dinkel was in a 4th and 18 situation when he threw an ill-advised pass to receiver Taylor Corley deep in the end zone. There were three Titan defenders in the vicinity.

City Roundup: Cody Sims resigns; employees recognized; street repairs delayed, etc…

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of recent activities involving the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Park Board and the Wellington Recreation Commission:

Cody Sims resigns

Cody Sims

Cody Sims

Cody Sims, the Wellington Economic Development Director, has resigned. He submitted his resignation on Nov. 10 and has accepted a position as assistant city manager of Augusta. His last day with the city of Wellington will be Dec. 5.


Employees recognized

Seven Wellington City Employees were recognized for milestone years of service Tuesday at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting. Those recognized for 10, 15 and 25 years of service with the city are as follows: 

Wellington 7th Grade wins Pioneer League Scholars Bowl Championship

7th grade league champs feature
Wellington seventh grade wins Scholar's Bowl.

Wellington seventh grade wins Scholar’s Bowl.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Seventh Grade Wellington Scholars Bowl team won the Pioneer League Tournament held in Wellington Thursday evening! The team of eight individuals would rattle off six wins and one loss to capture the league championship!

The team, coached by Shanna Fairbanks and Danna Swingle, are from right to left:

How it all began: In an effort to save football, Argonia and Attica schools merge teams

A&A Titans new beginning feature

Editor’s note: The following story was written on Aug. 25, 2013. It was a grand experiment between Argonia and Attica. Would anyone have guessed that just 15 months later the Titans would be playing for a state championship?

August 25, 2013 — by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whether it’s the case of the inevitable declining of population in rural Kansas, or if is a lack of participation by a small pool of boys now attending the high school, Argonia has merged with Attica High School to form a new high school football team.

The A&A Titans will be making their debut on Sept. 6 against Udall in Argonia. The team will consist of six Argonia and 12 Attica players. The Titans will be dressed in red and black with a new uniform and logo.

Eight-man football in Kansas is in constant flux. As rural populations decline, as school funding shrinks, small Kansas schools grapple with shutting their doors. If they aren’t closing, their combining their sports teams. So is the case with the Argonia Red Raiders and Attica Bulldogs.  

Argonia-Attica to battle Victoria for all the Class 8-man Div. II marbles Saturday

State championship on the line A@A

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the Argonia-Attica football players have been nervous this week, they sure are not showing it, said Luke Greenwood, A&A co-head coach.

“They are extremely excited and focused,” Greenwood said. “We’ve had a great week of practice. I don’t think I would say nerves has been a factor.”

Come Saturday morning at 11 a.m. when the Titans walk onto the field that may be a different story. A&A will be trying to bring home a Class 1A Division II eight-man state championship in Newton at Fischer Field. If accomplished, the Titans will be the first Sumner-Harper County football team to win a state championship since Conway Springs did so in 2011.

The last time an eight-man team has won a state championship in the area? Attica did it in 1988 winning the 8-man Division II crown. None of the football players were alive then. 

Sumner County Court Docket: Nov. 20, 2014 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.


Earthquakes in Kansas: Should you purchase Earthquake Insurance?

Earthquake feature 11-19-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With the advent of significant earthquake activity in Kansas, people are asking whether they should obtain earthquake insurance. We spoke with Barbara Shaffer, an insurance agent for Insurance Services Inc. in Caldwell. Here is what she had to say:

Barbara Shaffer

Barbara Shaffer

1. First of all, name your insurance business and how long you have been an agent? I have worked with Insurance Services, Inc. in Caldwell.  I have been an agent for 35 years in this office.

2. Earthquakes in Kansas have been a recent phenomena. When did this become a real topic of conversation in the insurance business? A few years back an earthquake hit during an OSU football game in Stillwater, Okla.,  and the sportscasters very excitedly commented on it! It seems since then, they  have become more and more frequent.

3. Do you recommend earthquake insurance? 

Earthquakes in Kansas: What is the root to all this recent earth shaking?

Earthquake feature 11-19-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Last Wednesday, at about this time, Sumner County was the epicenter of a magnitude 4.8 earthquake. It was without a doubt the most significant one yet in the modern era. The epicenter was eight miles south of Conway Springs and a depth of 3.4 miles. It was felt for about 100 miles.

While it is not considered a major earthquake – like those in California – by any stretch of the imagination, it most certainly was large enough to knock off pictures and glass items off walls and open office desk drawers.

Kyle Hoffman

Kyle Hoffman

Some have reported that their homes have incurred structural damage.

The discerning part of the recent epidemic of earthquakes is they are becoming more severe and much more frequent. There have been 93 earthquakes in Kansas in 2014 ranging from 1.3 to 4.8 according to the Kansas Geological Survey. Nearly, all of those earthquakes have been in Sumner, Harper and Barber Counties.

Haysville, in Sedgwick County, had the most recent earthquake activity just 12 hours go – a puny 2.7 magnitude on Tuesday.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 to make movie premiere at Wellington Regent on Thursday

Mockingjay Part 1 feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – makes its debut in Wellington at 8 p.m. Thursday night. It will be a national premier opening. You can’t see it anywhere else in a theater, before that time.

“We have about 45 tickets left before it is a sell out,” said Jerry Fike, manager of the Wellington Regent this morning. “So you better act fast.”

This is the second such movie premiere for the Wellington Regent. Last year, the theater premiered “Catching Fire” which was sold out. That was a midnight showing. Fike said the studio this year moved the premiere up four hours earlier.

All seats for the screening is $8. You can pick up tickets at Barefoot Jerry’s in downtown Wellington. 

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Hoffman and Abrams say dire predictions of budgetary shortfalls may be greatly exaggerated

Legislative update 11-18-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — State Representative Kyle Hoffman and State Senator Steve Abrams both admitted that tax revenues are slower than what they previously thought it would be, but both are confident that the state of Kansas, especially education, will be just fine over the long haul.

Hoffman and Abrams met with a group of citizens at the Wellington Donut Shop Saturday morning for a legislative update to discuss various issues of the upcoming 2015 legislative session starting in January. State Representative Kasha Kelley was also scheduled to be in attendance but did not make the meeting.

The biggest issue on everyone’s mind is how the Kansas Legislature will handle a potential budget crisis for which revenue projections are currently estimated at $200 million short of current state spending expenditures.

The deficit could be getting worse in future years with Kansas potentially collecting $1 billion less in revenue in 2015 and 2016 than its projected expenses following massive income tax cuts signed into law by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

But Hoffman said he is not worried.

Sumner Newscow Community Calendar: Tuesday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Sumner Newscow Calendar

The following are community events for this week:

Tuesday, November 18

WMS Scholar’s Bowl 7/8 at Rose Hill MS-3:30 p.m.

Wellington City Council meeting — 7 p.m., Council Chambers.

Wellington School board meeting — 7 p.m., special meeting.

Wednesday, November 19

School board purchases earthquake insurance, implements WMS golf program, and others items

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board approved earthquake insurance, gave the go-ahead for a middle school golf program, and made plans to make the football stadium ADA accessible at Thursday’s meeting.

Earthquake insurance

The board unanimously approved Earthquake insurance that will cover all the school buildings except the vacant Wellington junior high building and outdoor facilities such as the concession stand.

Greg Renn & Co. said the insurance will cost the school district $5,534 a year which will be replacement costs for buildings and contents.

The insurance policy will be for $60 million with a 10 percent deductible. For example, if the school incurs $3 million worth of damage due to an earthquake, then it would pay $300,000 out-of-pocket expenses, before the insurance kicks in.


WMS golf team 

Sunday blog: Talking Brownback tax cuts; football debate policy; ‘Wellington Private’; Quinn and more!

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 16, 2014…


1. Long lost e-mail…

Brownback mugThis week when cleaning out e-mails for the first time in years, I stumbled across an e-mail written on January 25, 2013, by my CPA neighbor Lonnie Cooper. I ws hoping to do a story on the local reaction to the latest Sam Brownback tax cuts. The story, like many I plan, didn’t get written.

But reading this e-mail this week made me realize how valid the fears of two years ago has come to fruition.

I’ll share this January, 2013 e-mail now: 

A&A Titans go to state! To battle Victoria at 11 a.m. Saturday

A&A Titans to state


A&A's Garrett Wells returns a kickoff with Alec McDaniel looking to block.

A&A’s Garrett Wells returns a kickoff with Alec McDaniel looking to block.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Turnovers proved to be the difference Friday night and helped lift Argonia-Attica to its first state championship berth with a 70-44 victory over Axtell Friday night in the Class 1A eight-man state semifinal playoffs.

Axtell would turn the ball over four times, and mishandled a punt. And the Titan offense would make them pay every single time for those mistakes.

As a result, A&A is going to state in just its second year of existence and its first year of playoff eligibility.

The Titans will battle Victoria on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Newton-Fischer Field at 11 a.m. Victoria beat Sharon Springs 28-12 in the other semifinal game. 

Argonia-Attica set to battle similar Axtell team in state semifinals in Argonia

A&A Titans semifinal preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Argonia-Attica will be battling Axtell in the state semifinal playoffs Friday night at 6 p.m. in the biggest football game in Argonia in years. It will pit two teams that know absolutely nothing about the other.

Yet the two teams have a lot in common. They both have high-powered offenses led by a dominating quarterback. They have had their share of double-digit wins.

And most of all, they share the desire to play the next week in the Class 1A eight-man Div. II State Championship in Newton.

There really is no reason for the two teams to know one another. Axtell is east of Marysville, west of Sabetha, north of Manhattan and is close to the Nebraska State line. It is also very close to Baileyville,  a school that won the Class 1A-DII title in 2013, but won’t repeat this year because the school no longer exists.

This is relatively new territory for the Eagles. The last time the school has been this far in the playoffs was in 2008, when it lost in the semifinals to Hanover. It hasn’t been to the playoffs since — until this year. 

‘Gone Girl’ being played at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

Gone Girl

This week at the Regent Theater: “Gone Girl.” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 p.m.

Rated: R Time: 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing.

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