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Sumner County teams are sprinkled throughout latest football, tennis and volleyball polls.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The newest polls are out for high school football, girls tennis and volleyball, and several Sumner County teams are getting recognized by statewide observers.

In football, there are at least four statewide high school polls, which begs us to ask: Where’s your poll?

The Wellington football team is getting a little love for the first time in years after going 3-0. Wellington is currently ranked in “others” in the latest Topeka Capital Journal, the high school website and the Wichita Eagle poll.

However, the Crusaders have yet to crack into the top 10 CatchitKansas poll (that’s intolerable).

Wellington opened up with three consecutive wins over Clearwater, El Dorado and Rose Hill and that has captured some statewide attention. Rest assured, if Wellington upsets Andale this Friday on its home field the Crusaders probably will be ranked in all four polls and maybe crack into in the top five.


Things on the Culture Cow plate: Lil Dickey, documentaries, mockumentary, Emmys…

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow – Happy Monday. If you listened to Lil Dickeys debut album, Professional Rapper then you remember an excellent song called Pillow Talking feat. Brain.  Well, Brain is back with his very own EP called I’m Brain with heavy features from Lil D.  The EP follows Lil Dickey’s thought process as he’s ironically making an album, making the entire thing Meta as any Deadpool comic.  With Lil D’s (aka the independent variable/aka homicide/aka the time traveler’s wife/aka rap game Walter White) wit and trademark bars, The Brain is a must-listen this week.  Luckily for all of us, Dickey negotiates with Brain and gets the last song titled How Can U Sleep all to himself with a monstrous feature from The Game.


Remember that war in the 70s the U.S. didn’t win?  Well Hollywood sure remembers and came out with two films this week analyzing it.  The first, Vietnam War: a Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, premiered on PBS last night as the first installment in a series extending through Thursday, every night at 7 p.m.

I haven’t personally seen it, but the Cow himself says it’s definitely worth checking out.  The second film came from Netflix named First They Killed My Father.  It’s Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut and it is HEAVY. 

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!

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report for Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Sunday Blog II: Civility usually works better… Is soccer a good fit for Wellington?…

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes I just get in a mood to rant.


The past Cowley College debate

I am not about to dig up the overwrought, overindulged, overrated, overanalyzed, over-the-top arguments about the developer’s agreement with the city of Wellington and Cowley College and I’m allowing no comments on the subject below. The subject matter is dead at least on this site.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

The only reason I’m bringing it up isn’t because of the issue itself, but the dynamics surrounding the issue. If you remember more than a week ago, it took the Wellington City Council two meetings – one on Tuesday and the other on Thursday — to discuss the same issue. I was stricken by how incredibly different the two meetings were.

On Tuesday, it was a raucous WWE atmosphere where I have expected chairs getting thrown at any second. Council members were fighting with one another, council members were fighting with the crowd, the crowd was yelling back, and there were insults and barbs all over the place. Facebook for the next two day was in a frenzy.

Sunday blog: When marketing goes really wrong

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow – When you next make a mistake, it may be useful to recall that large organizations are just as capable of making mistakes, big mistakes too! HUGE!

Robert Escandon

One of the all-time classics concerned the Hoover Company, makers of vacuum cleaners and other household machinery.  Such was their domination of the British market that the company name was even synonymous with the activity.  Even now, people will say “I’ll just ‘Hoover’ this rug.”  When foreign competition came knocking, Hoover found itself with warehouses full of their outdated vacuum cleaners that weren’t selling, so, they resorted to the traditional marketing ploy of offering benefits associated with the purchase of a vacuum cleaner.

Now, it was well known that the public take-up of promotional offers was very limited,  (often less than 1 or 2%) hence companies could afford to offer decent incentives knowing that few people would actually take up those incentives.  However, the general marketing opinion was that incentives would garner interest at the retail level effectively boosting advertising.

That was the wisdom of the day. The Board of Directors for Hoover U.K. were getting desperate to rid themselves of their growing vacuum cleaner inventory and Hoover U.S.A. were putting big pressure on them to regain market share.  The U.K. Board decided to offer a special inducement to customers and mounted a big advertising campaign, which was “Buy any Hoover vacuum cleaner and get a return flight to New York.”

Crusaders roll to 27-13 victory over Rose Hill; improve to 3-0

Joe Ybarra rumbles for 119 yards, 107 of them in the second half.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is an interesting stat in Wellington 27-13 victory over Rose Hill. In the first half Wellington had 43 yards rushing and two passes for 21 yards including an interception. By the end of the ball game, the Crusaders had 252 yards in total offense more than quadrupling its first half output.

And it ended the game in the victory formation. It was most certainly a tale of two halves.

The turning point in this game came with 10 seconds to play in the first half. Wellington, who had generated just two first downs and had punted five times, had just fumbled the ball on a punt reception, giving Rose Hill a chance to build on its 6-0 lead.

Then it happened. Rose Hill quarterback Nolan Ast rolled to his left and was looking downfield. He threw to the flat and defender Michael Ledbetter, who seemed to have come out of nowhere, grabbed it and took off 60 yards in the other direction for a touchdown.

Soccer introduction into Wellington High School has been getting lukewarm reception

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A proposal to introduce soccer into the Wellington school system, has been getting some leg work by a few local fans of the sport. But it is still a tough sell, the Wellington school board learned Monday night at its regular meeting.

Last month, board member Jason Newberry and citizen Mike Hollman introduced a proposal to start either a Wellington High School or Wellington Middle School soccer program.

The board thought it was an idea worth pursuing and asked administrators to gauge the interest by handing out surveys and hold a meeting at the high school.

After handing out a survey and holding both a boys and girls meeting, the interest appears to be lukewarm at best.

Ten high school boys attended the meeting with one 9th grader, five 10th graders, four 11th graders and no 12th graders. Out of the 10 boys, nine took the time to fill out the survey. All of them would say they would like to play soccer next year in the fall. Three said they would play soccer over cross country. Soccer is played in the fall for boys.

Week #3 is not the most intriguing for Sumner County teams

Week #3

Conway Springs at Douglass

Belle Plaine at Chaparral

A&A at Flinthills

Caldwell at Central Burden

Sedan at Oxford

South Haven at Udall

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Week #3 offers a smorgasbord of games for football fans across Sumner County. But let’s say it’s a rather bland smorgasbord – like nothing but cold cuts.

The most interesting contest may be Sedan at Oxford. Sedan is 2-0 having defeated Cedar Vale-Dexter 44-0, and Central Burden 34-22. Oxford is reeling from a 56-6 loss to West Elk but is still considered one of the top SCBL teams.

The Wildcats are playing at home for the first time this season.

Caldwell at Central-Burden offers some intrigued. Like Oxford, the Raiders are having their home opener. Central has showed some promise early having given A&A a good game 38-20 and playing Sedan close. Caldwell is still favored to win this one having beaten this team 54-6 in 2016.

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Sept. 15-17, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Annabelle playing at The Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Annabelle”

Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 p.m.  Also shown: Leap – Saturday at 2 p.m. Nut Job 2 – Sunday at 2 p.m.

Feature film rating: R.

Time: 1 hour 29 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: A couple still grieving the death of their daughter take in children from a local orphanage, but the family are soon terrorized by a demented doll known as Annabelle. Anthony LaPaglia, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, and Lulu Wilson star in this horror sequel from director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out).

Caldwell had an incredibly wild and crazy early days of existence

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — On its first day of existence in 1871, Caldwell became a town of violence and murder on the Chisholm Trail, as settlers were raided by Indians on Bluff Creek.

Karen Sturm speaking at Sumner County Genealogical meeting last week.

Karen Sturm of Caldwell spoke on the history of Caldwell and the Chisholm Trail at Monday night’s Sumner County Historical Society meeting held in the Wellington Public Library meeting room. Sturm wears lots of hats to promote Caldwell’s history, and is assisting in getting the Chisholm Trail designated as a National Parks trail. For 22 years, she has portrayed Fanny Flatt, wife of George Flatt, in Caldwell’s Talking Tombstones.

Within a year’s time, Caldwell had four murders, two lynchings, and the first classic gun fight where two cowboys shot it out. Caldwell was a child of the Chisholm Trail, fostered exclusively by and for the trail. According to an 1883 atlas, Caldwell was located on the Chisholm Trail, and it stated that people caused scenes of disorder and blood shed, and that it was a favorite place for cowboys.

The first business that existed in Caldwell was called the First Chance Last Chance Saloon, owned by Curly Marshall, and located on the north bank of Bluff Creek where it intersects the Chisholm Trail. He built a double log house and sold liquor, feed and provisions to cowboys who emerged from weeks of traveling in the Indian Territory. Consequently, from Indian Territory in Oklahoma to Kansas, no towns existed. This was quite a long trek for cowboys with no women, no liquor, and no way to have fun.

Wellington volleyball team splits in 2017 home debut

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls volleyball came home for the first time this season and earned a hard-earned split vs. Wichita Collegiate and Rose Hill.

The Crusaders would sweep Wichita Collegiate 25-23, 25-20. Wellington lost the nightcap to the top ranked Rockets 25-19, 25-14.

The Crusaders are now 5-6 for the season.

Playing in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV for the first time this season, Wellington kept the Spartans on their heels. It built a 4-2 lead over the private school, and was down 10-9 before ripping off six consecutive points to take a 15-10 lead.

The Crusaders were up 20-12, when Collegiate started chipping away with five consecutive points. But eventually Wellington held tough and pulled off the two-point win.

In the second set, Wellington opened with a 4-0 lead and never looked back ending the game and the match with three consecutive Keelie Cunningham serves for victory.

Sumner Court Docket: Sept 13, 2017 report

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.


Meal train, donations, set up for Karen Imsdahl and family

Karen Imsdahl and her husband Bill.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Karen Imsdahl of Wellington was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 small cell cancer in the liver, lung and glands. For the past seven years, she has served as the custodian at the Wellington Public Library, but recently had to resign due to health reasons.

At the present time, her husband, Bill, is not working, as he is taking care of her. This past weekend, a fungal infection was found in her lungs, and she is currently a patient at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to offset any expenses that arise, including living expenses, as neither of them can currently work. Donations may be made by visiting

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Annarose White tenders resignation as Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director this morning

Annarose White

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Annarose White, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, has resigned her position to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

White, who submitted her resignation this morning, will remain as executive director until November 15, after the Wellington Fall Festival and Halloween parade. The WACC board is already advertising for her replacement and will be featured on Sumner Newscow soon.

White said she will become the owner/manager of the new business Creative Toys and Beehive Quit Shop which plans to open in the late fall – in the building that was once known as the J.C. Penney building and recently was the former Turning Pointe Dance Studio.

White joined the Chamber in March 2015, replacing Shelley Hansel, who resigned after announcing she was running for mayor and pursuing other economic opportunities.

WHS girls golf team are showing great promise in inaugural season

Payton Ginter lines up for a putt at the Wellington Invitational Monday (photo by Steve Sturgis).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Quick. When was the last time a high school sport program was introduced in Wellington before this year’s girls golf team?

Try 1994. That was the year when the WHS girls softball program started in existence.

For years, there has been several girls who have participated in the boys program in the spring, but there wasn’t enough to start the program in earnest. That changed last fall when the school board approved the start of the high school girls golf program.

Wellington has five girls going out, four freshman and one sophomore. And on Monday, they hosted their first home meet. The Lady Dukes finished with a 261. Winfield won the tournament with a 196.

Payton Ginter, a freshman and daughter of one of the coaches James Ginter, finished with a 54 which was good enough for seventh place individually.

Other Wellington girls golfer scores were: Lauren Bales 69, Alisa Walters 66, and Taylor Heasty 72.

Joe Ybarra named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Joe Ybarra 2017

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Joe Ybarra, a Wellington High School junior, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Despite suffering a groin injury, Ybarra rushed for 152 yards on 18 carries in Wellington’s big 21-0 victory over El Dorado Friday night.

He then accounted for all three touchdowns. His first one was huge on a 1-yard plunge to close out the first half giving the Crusaders a 7-0 lead. Then in the third quarter he would lunge 1-yard (see picture right) for Wellington’s second score. His final touchdown of the night was a big one as he raced 66 yards on a touchdown sweep.

For his performance, Ybarra receives a delicious FREE large pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington. 

Culture Cow: ‘IT’ is scary good, unlike Zayn’s new music video

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Stephen King’s scariest novel IT the big screen for the second time this week and broke the mold of how filmmakers should approach books.  The problem with the last IT movie was that it made no attempt to change anything from the book to make it movie friendly.

Instead the filmmakers tried to stuff as much content from the book as possible into two VHS tapes (those were things we watched movies on at one point).  The new film takes a different approach instead of cramming content into a 2-hour window, they take the complexities and nuances that make the book so enthralling and portrays them in subtle gestures and facial expressions.

For example instead of laboring on about the love triangle between three main characters, which is a driving force in the book, they portray it subtly from the view of each character at a time.  Audience members who read the book will appreciate the subtleties while those who haven’t can easily follow along without the movie ever explicitly mention it.

The camera-work is another strong point of the film.  The movie follows a group of kids so the director made the wise choice to shoot from a kid’s perspective.  Shots like the lake scene that hover just above the water’s surface make the viewer feel like one of the “losers” (their group’s name).  IT is a movie clearly meant to appease those who read the book and does an excellent job doing so by throwing in subtleties like Richie’s potty mouth, the name of Bill’s bike, and the font of the credits even being the same font as the original book.  Scary good.

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