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New on the Market! Home at 601 Circle Drive in Wellington

JP Weigand sale pending 6-23-15

NEW ON THE MARKET!  Welcome home!  601 Circle Drive in Wellington, Kansas is that  “perfect”  home you have been waiting for.  Brick-front ranch on corner lot, with a 12 x 24 wood deck, a 10 x 12 garden shed and a new (in 2013) HOT TUB!

The driveway was also replaced in 2013.   Inside you will find a  FULL, FINISHED basement. 

The gas fireplace has a new mantel and tile surround.  Beautiful granite kitchen counter tops, under-counter lighting and reverse osmosis water purifier recently added to complete the kitchen upgrade.  

Outside you will find fresh, exterior paint and updated landscaping with new lighting installed on the deck.  

All the above and so much more to love in this home.  This Westridge ranch is move-in ready!  

Don’t miss out – see it today.  $169,900

Call Cathy Sheets , J. P. Weigand, (316)215-1359  (cell phone) or 800-377-2785 (office)

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Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has made its move to Memorial Auditorium

Annarose White in chamber office

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce is officially in its new home at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium at 208 North Washington.

The Chamber made its move early last week. The decision was made in January to move from its old location at 207 S. Washington to replace the Wellington Recreation Commission Fitness Center that was moving south to the newly remodeled WRC Center. 

Wellington Memorial Auditorium

“The Chamber knew that the Recreation Center was going to move out, as they were expanding and relocating, and the city wanted to make sure there was still a presence in the auditorium,” said Annarose White, Wellington Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

The Chamber is working with the Recreation Center, as they have turned responsibilities of scheduling open hours to the Chamber. Those wishing to walk in the gym will still be allowed to sign in through the Chamber office during normal business hours.

Sumner Newscow brings 3 new people on board as website continues to grow

Note from the publisher

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In an age where newspapers are shrinking and folding, Sumner Newscow continues to expand and flourish.

This month, Sumner Newscow is bringing on two more writing correspondents and an advertising representative to the staff. Our goal is to bring you the reader more local news while helping Sumner County businesses market its products to consumers in the digital age.

We are also looking forward to implementing new programs and options in the future as the site continues to grow.

Pam Strader

Pam Strader

Pam Strader of Wellington has joined Bobby Wilson as part of the Sumner Newscow advertising sales team.

Strader is recently retired after over 34 years of employment with The Boeing Company in Wichita; Everett, Wash.; Renton, Wash.; and Houston, Texas. She completed her Boeing career on the Joint Boeing NASA International Space Station Program. While employed at Boeing, she worked in the Engineering Department performing tasks such as transfer documents development, Engineering Data Work Statements, Drawing Quality Assurance, Organization Audit Team and Engineering Release.

Bobby Wilson

Bobby Wilson

She will join Bobby Wilson, who has been an advertising representative for Sumner Newscow since its inception in 2011. Wilson currently is a full-time detective on the Wellington Police force. He has been an instrumental civic leader, most recently serving as officer of the Wellington and Sumner County DARE Program, including eight memorable DARE graduations at the Wellington High School.

James Jordan

James Jordan

On the news side, James Jordan has left the Wellington Daily News to become a correspondent for Sumner Newscow. He is a native of east Tennessee, and has worked in Arkansas as a sports writer before moving to South Carolina in 1989 where he worked on Hilton Head Island as a sports editor, and then Columbia as a news editor. He moved to Kansas in 2002, where he was a news editor at the Ark City Traveler. The past four years he has worked for Gatehouse Publishing in Newton; Ardmore, Okla.;  and the past two years at the Wellington Daily News.

He received a Masters Degree in Christian Education in 1995.Jordan will be writing Wellington City Council stories and working with news features.

Amber Countryman

Amber (Countryman) Schmitz

Amber (Countryman) Schmitz will be our second correspondent and will be writing feature and covering community events for Sumner Newscow.

Schmitz graduated from Caldwell High School in 1996. She earned her Associate of Arts degree in journalism from Cowley County Community College in 1998. In the past, she worked as a news reporter and ad designer for the Anthony Republican, and also was lifestyles editor, office assistant and a stringer for the Wellington Daily News.

She also works as a server at Rocco’s Little Italy. 


In the coming months, Sumner Newscow will be introducing a restaurant guide on Tuesday mornings.

The 2015 Kansas Golf Association Junior Amateur… who really won?

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Commentary by Bobby Wilson, Sumner Newscow — The KGA Junior Amateur, Who really won.

This past week the Wellington Golf Club hosted the Kansas Golf Association Boys Junior Amateur.  What a week it was. Wellington Golf Club looked like a high priced car all dolled up and ready to be driven to the ball.

The fairways were cut, the rough stood tall and the greens shined with anticipation of what could be. The Wellington Golf Club Staff ran by Golf Director Derek Harrison made this tournament all it could be. The entire staff spent hours preparing for the largest golf tournament to hit Wellington in years. They did not disappoint.  

Bobby Wilson

Bobby Wilson

New water coolers were donated and put up across the course. The newly donated range markers were also on display. The course was a beauty.

Opening day came and Steve Gill was on the first tee. He won this tournament 45 years ago. There he was greeting the players and calling out their names and where they were from on the first tee.  It reminded me of 35 years ago playing in this same tournament.

Wheat Harvest is kicking off in Sumner County with dismal reviews

2014 Sumner County wheat Cowell

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow correspondent — The wheat harvest is kicking in this weekend with many farmers in Sumner County cutting their crops.

Yields are low as are test weights, and that was expected with all the adversity the crop faced this year. Even so, they are glad to be getting a harvest.

Bob White

Bob White

“I’ve never seen a year before where the crop was damaged by drought and flooding in the same year,” said farmer and crop insurance agent Bob White.

Sumner County Extension Agent Randy Hein said it has been a very up and down year. In the fall it looked good, then went downhill. It got better in the early spring, but the very recent rains made it go backwards as far as developing.

McCalla of Topeka wins 2015 Kansas Junior Amateur Championship in Wellington

Lukas McCalla wins
Austin Goodrum out of the bunker on hole #18

Austin Goodrum out of the bunker on hole #18

Sumner Newscow report — Topeka native Lukas McCalla took home the 56th Junior Amateur Championship in style.

McCalla shot a three under 67, which was the lowest 18-hole score of the week, to best round one co-leader Cole Dillon of Manhattan by one stroke.

Both McCalla and Dillon also took home top honors in the 18 year old division with Kale Reynolds rounding out the top three. Other age division winners include: Blake Allen, Lenexa, Wells Padgett, Wichita, Grant Herrenbruck, Salina and Caleb Kimmel of Olathe. See full leaderboard here.

“A big shout out to the staff at Wellington Golf Club working hard all week long and making us feel welcome!,” were the words trumpeted on the Kansas Golf Association website.

The tournament was a huge success including seven young golfers from Wellington. See photo gallery here.

Security State Bank will take over Wheat Festival Wheat Run, race back downtown

Kansas Wheat Festival news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Wheat Festival Wheat Run has been a Saturday morning tradition for Wellington’s premiere week-long event. It originally started as a downtown race, but moved to Hargis Creek as a cross country race.

This year the one mile and 5K race (3.1 miles) is returning to its roots and will once again be a downtown event.SSB logo basic

Security State Bank of Wellington is now the primary sponsor. The race will be held on Saturday, July 11. The 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the mile race follows at 8:30 a.m. Both races will be ran in Wellington starting at C and Harvey, behind the Security State Bank.

SSB will have pre-registration of $20 for one race and $25 if registering for both races. Race day registration will be an extra $5. T-shirts will be guaranteed to those who preregistered by June 30, 2015. So early registration is a must to ensure your size is available. A registration form can be found here:Kansas Wheat Run brochure 6-19-15

There will be 18 male and female age divisions for both the one mile and 5K:

San Andreas playing at Wellington Regent

San Andreas at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: San Andreas.

Schedule: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour 54 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’s Brad Peyton steps into disaster movie territory with this 3D film surrounding an earthquake that hits the West Coast. Carlton Cuse provides the script. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Local foodie Mike Castaneda will be in Wellington to demonstrate his skills twice

Mike Castaneda feature comes to Wellignton

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow correspondent —  If you’ve never had a chance to see local foodie Mike Castaneda in action, you will have a chance to twice this week!

As part of the Wellington Public Library’s summer reading program “Every Hero Has a Story,” Castaneda will demonstrate Molecular Gastromony, which changes the appearance of food, like using honey to make it look like caviar, and turning Nutella into powder. Bring your family to the library at 10 a.m. Thursday to see a neat demonstration!

Castaneda will be set up in the library at 5 p.m. on Friday, where he will demonstrate sousvide style cooking and show some fancy plating techniques. This will be free to the public and is sponsored by The Dore.

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Wellington city council continues crackdown of houses at Tuesday’s meeting

Wellington City Council Roundup

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow correspondent —  The City of Wellington continued its crackdown on houses it deems unsafe at its meeting Tuesday night.

Wellington City Code enforcement officer Aaron Norton has been bringing one or two cases to recent city council meetings. He said he plans to keep doing that as long as there is money in the budget to do so.

Norton also told the council Frank Johnson, owner of Chisholm Trail Motel, had dropped off required engineering plans and has been told he may proceed with repairs. The city had threatened to shut the hotel down over structural concerns, but recently gave him more time.

Case against Reedy and Provencio continued to July 9, Provencio out on cash bond

Provencio and Reedy feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Both Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 21, of Caldwell — who are facing felony charges stemming from an alleged assault last April in rural Sumner County — have had their court cases continued until July 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Although both men are accused of felony aggravated battery, burglary of a vehicle, and aggravated robbery; both are spending their summer in different locations.

Nick Reedy

Nick Reedy

Reedy remains at Sumner County jail since the alleged assault on two 50-plus year old men from Caldwell. However, Provencio is now out on bond and is living in the Caldwell area since May 22.

Sylvester Provencio

Sylvester Provencio

According to Sumner County Court Documents, Edward Baker of 324 West First in Caldwell, who is listed as having the same address as Provencio, provided the lump sum of Provencio’s $100,000 cash bond levied by District Judge Scott McQuin.

Baker’s $100,000 deposit allowed the release of Provencio, provided he appears for all court dates, and has no contact with Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell who are the alleged victims in the case. 

WPD needs your help with solving several theft crimes in southwest Wellington

Police Report

Map of theft 6-15-15(Update: Tuesday at 11 a.m.) — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the person of interest has been identified. Now the subject is at large.

Heath said the WPD is hoping to find the individual in order to question him.

“Thanks to all the “tips” received from citizens, the male subject from yesterday’s press release has been identified,” Heath said. “Additionally, the vehicle stolen over the weekend has been recovered.”


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Over the past several weeks, Wellington police have been busy investigating a rash of thefts in the southwest part of Wellington – from south of U.S. 160 and 8th Street  and west of U.S. 81 and G Street. The police are asking for your help (see photos below).

Last week, WPD officers investigated the theft of a Ford Ranger pickup stolen from the 1100 block West Harvey, late to be found parked and abandoned in a local business parking lot.

This past Sunday morning, Wellington Police investigated several thefts from unlocked motor vehicles after residents living in the 800-900 block of West Lincoln contacted police. Items ranged from cash to personal credit cards. Later on, officers were called back to this area to investigate where alleged thieves had broken into the Rock Island Concession Stand and golf course maintenance building stealing soft drinks, candy and an assortment of keys.

City of Wellington needs to review its at large appointment policy

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Guest editorial by J.P. Buellesfeld — On April 6,1999, Jim Chisham was elected to a two-year term as Mayor of City of Wellington.Mr. Chisham then immediately resigned from his current position as a City Council Third Ward representative and the two year term that ended on April 18, 2000.

J.P. Buellesfeld

J.P. Buellesfeld

Also on April 6, 1999, Larry Shimer defeated Mitchell McComb by only 2 votes for a Third Ward Position on the City Council. Mr. McComb requested that he be appointed to the City Council to serve out the last year of the term that was open due to Mayor Chisham’s resignation. Mr. McComb felt that since many citizens of Third Ward had voted for him only days before he was the best choice.

On April 20, 1999, the City Council appointed Nel Holmes to the open City Council position. Nel Holmes had never ran for an elected office in her lifetime.

Sunday blog: Talking legislature, school board legacy, and more…

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for June 14, 2015…

1. Minority rules…

Alfred E. Brownback

Alfred E. Brownback

Thursday was quite a night. The Kansas State Legislature took the bait of Kansas Blackmailing Governor Alfred E. Brownback and passed the largest tax package in history. The House, which included the blessing of Sumner County representatives Kasha Kelley and Kyle Hoffman,  passed the tax plan at 4 a.m. Friday. The Senate, with the blessing of Sumner County Senator Steve Abrams, passed the bill 12 hours later.

The bill now sits on Brownback’s desk for signature. He had threatened if the legislature didn’t get something passed by Monday, he was going to make a 6.2 percent across-the-board tax cut. Through it all, Brownback said taking out the 2012 net income tax exemption which got the State of Kansas in the current mess, was off the table.

Before the tax plan was passed, Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss speculated Thursday that USD 353 could be making $700,000 in cuts in its block grant for 2015-16 if Brownback’s threat materialized. Where does the school district trim the fat?

Wellington School Board sells junior high building for $11,100

Wellington junior high building sold

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington School Board passed a motion that it has been wanting to make for the last decade. 

“I move that we sell the Wellington Junior High Building,” said Angie Ratcliff, Wellington school board member. It unanimously passed at Thursday’s meeting, 6-0 with David Peck not in attendance.

The building that once housed the Wellington Senior High until 1962 and Wellington Junior High until 2003 will sell for $11,100. The building was sold to George Duncan of Gold Nugget Properties in Meadville, Mo.

The $11,100 price is a significant reduction than what has previously been offered for the building. Garrison Properties of Prarie Village, Kansas had twice offered to buy the property for $150,000 in 2013 and 2014 wanting to develop the properties into a 42-unit apartment complex, but could not get federal housing credits and decided not to continue with the project.

It was apparently clear, the board was just wanting to get rid of it. In the past three years, the building has cost the district $132,000 in utilities and maintenance, not to mention liability insurance.

What Duncan decides to do with the building is not apparently clear.

KSU AD Currie replaces no-show Weber at annual Sumner County Catbacker event

K-State's John Currie comes to town

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas State Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Weber was a no-show at the Sumner County Catbackers Banquet Thursday evening, but KSU Athletic Director John Currie spoke to the local chapter at the annual golf tournament/dinner auction held in Wellington. K-State logoK-State assistant Chester Frazier, an assistant coach, spoke in place of Weber.

Sooner loving Brady Walker will join Chaney Stallbaumer, Bill Butts and Adam Ricke in the 2015 Acura College Alumni Tournament at Pinehurst, North Carolina on Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. The foursome qualified after finishing first place, first flight of the tournament. This marked the first time the golf tournament became a Pinehurst qualifier.

Sumner County K-Staters gather at Knights of Columbus Thursday.

Sumner County K-Staters gather at Knights of Columbus Thursday.

Tomorrowland featured at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

Tomorrowland at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Tomorrowland (Trailer below)

Schedule: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 47 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: From Disney comes two-time Oscar (R) winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award (R) winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.(C) Walt Disney

Wellington to be host of 56th Kansas Golf Association Boys Amateur Championship next week

KGA junior amateur golf 6-11-15

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Golf Club will be the host of the 56th Kansas Golf Association Boys Amateur Championship, June 15-18.

The junior amateur championship is considered the state’s most prestigious KGA tournament for male junior amateurs 18 years or younger.

Wellington last hosted the junior amateur championship in 1970. It also hosted it in 1964. Wellington has had two previous KGA Junior Amateur champions: Steve Gill in 1970 on his own course, and Myles Miller, who won it on the Emporia Municipal Golf Course in 2004. Both will be honorary starters on Tuesday to kickoff the three-day 54-hole tournament.

The tournament will technically start Monday with a practice round. Then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be the first, second and third round 18-hole tournaments.

The City of Wellington announced that for the duration of the tournament the west entrance to Woods Park will be closed off.

2015 Sumner County Wheat Harvest is about to start… and the prognosis is iffy

Wheat harvest coming soon
Zeka Farms Inc. get stated with the 2015 Wheat Harvest.

Zeka Farms Inc. get stated with the 2015 Wheat Harvest.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Looking as mediocre as a bad football team, the 2015 Wheat Harvest is about to begin in Sumner County.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Wellington Co-op has taken in a few truckloads and the test weight for wheat is ranging from 52 to 54 pounds a bushel. Normal test weight is 60 pounds per bushel.

In Caldwell, the Co-op elevator has taken in one truckload yesterday and four truckloads from a farmer east of Caldwell, and the test weight is a little better, coming in at 58.

Harvest could start in earnest on Friday depending, of course, on the weather. The Weather Channel is projecting a 90 percent chance of precipitation on Friday with 50 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday. 

Zeka Farms, Inc. is one of the few farming operations, who have pulled out a combine and has test cut today. The Zeka knocked out a wheat parcel on 50th St. just east of U.S. 81 north of the Wellington Industrial Park.

The outcome?

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