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Sumner County football preview: Conway Springs to battle Wichita Trinity for all the league marbles

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you should know about Sumner County football for week #6…


1. What’s on tap in Sumner County? 

W. Trinity at Conway Sprgs
W. Independent at Belle Plaine
Caldwell at Pretty Prairie
South Haven at Argonia-Attica
Central-Burden at Oxford


Conway Springs Cardinals

Conway Springs Cardinals

2. Conway Springs hosting Trinity…

Without a doubt the big game in Sumner County this weekend is Conway Springs hosting Wichita Trinity.

Trinity is 5-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class 4A. Conway Springs is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. This game will decide the winner of the Central Plains League. 

Crusader preview: Wellington travels to Wichita Collegiate in final non-district contest

Wellington-Wichita Collegiate

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It goes without saying, since Wichita Collegiate was dumped on the laps of the other Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV schools, the Spartans have dominated Wellington.

In the four previous years, Wellington has been outscored by Collegiate cumulative 179-66. Wellington has never been three touchdowns from Collegiate when the final horn sounded.

But thinking back, Wellington hasn’t been totally dominated by the Spartans either, not like Andale. Rewind back to 2013. Wellington was actually leading in the third quarter and had the ball before the world collapsed and Wichita Collegiate went on a fourth-quarter rampage. The final 49-21 score was a bit misleading.

Two years ago when Wellington battled Collegiate in week #4 it was the first time that team showed some spark and was playing even ball at the half. 

Oxford to hold political forum for candidates of 79th District Ed Trimmer and Larry Alley

Sumner County 2014 election

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford High School government classes and the Oxford Lions Club will be holding a political forum for the Kansas State Representative 79th District between Republican candidate Larry Alley and incumbent Ed Trimmer.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Lions Club, on 116 N. Sumner. The moderator will be Pastor Danny Guinn of the Oxford Christian Church.

The candidates will make opening remarks. Constituents will be able to fill out notecards questions they have for the candidates which will be asked by the moderator. The candidates will have three minutes for a response to each question, and a candidate will be allowed a one minute rebuttal.

Council roundup: Quiet zones at railroad crossings will be much, much more expensive to construct

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If the city of Wellington wishes to go through with the construction of quiet zones at railroad crossings on the five intersections on the south side of town, it appears the costs will be significantly higher than what was previously thought.

Interim City Manager Shane Shields informed the council at Tuesday night’s meeting he and two other city employees met with the design plan engineer for the proposed quiet zones from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad office to G Street and it would cost $223,637 instead of the $100,000 or less that was previously estimated.

Shields cautioned the design plans are not completed so the figures are not set in stone.

This summer, a group of homeowners, living in the area near the railroad, asked the council to make the intersections into quiet zones so BNSF would not have to blow their horns when a train approaches Wellington. 

Mayor: Wellington Council could name city manager in 2 weeks… maybe

Sumner Newscow local news report

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said the city council is getting “close” and could name a candidate in two weeks… maybe.

Roger Stallbaumer

Roger Stallbaumer

“I know people are getting tired of not knowing who the next city manager is,” Stallbaumer said after Tuesday’s city council meeting. “I know I am. But we’ve been putting in some long hours and want the best person for the job.”

The council search to replace Wellington City Manager Gus Collins, who resigned in April and left at the start of June, has been whittled from 53 applicants to just two. One candidate, who is from Kansas, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Stallbaumer said two candidates are still in the running: one from Texas and the other from Colorado.

The Wellington City Council met in executive session for 60 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel which included interim city manager Shane Shields Tuesday evening after a rather short public session.

Jael Catlett of Eisenhower Elementary wins Sumner County Spelling Bee

2014 Spelling Bee winner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Eisenhower Elementary student Jael Catlett won the 2014 Sumner County Spelling Bee Championship held at the Wellington Middle School auditorium today.

Catlett spelled the word “rosin” to lift herself to victory. By the way, rosin is: “the solid amber residue obtained after the distillation of crude turpentine stumps and is used in adhesives, varnishes and inks for treating the bows of stringed instruments.”

Shelby Brunhoeber

Shelby Brunhoeber

Brett Wychoff

Brett Wyckoff


There were 32 Sumner County spellers at the bee held this morning – two representing each elementary and middle school in the county. The students ranged from fifth to eighth grade.

Two boys finished tied for second. Shelby Brunhoeber of Caldwell Elementary and Brett Wyckoff, of Eisenhower Elementary tied after missing a word in the round for which Catlett spelled rosin correctly. 

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Wellington girls finish fourth in AV-CTL Div. III-IV tournament at Riverside Monday

Wellington tennis league results 10-7-14

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls tennis team placed fourth in a monstrously tough Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. III and IV tournament held at Wichita’s Riverside Tennis Courts, Monday afternoon.

Wichita Collegiate, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A won the tournament with 65 points. McPherson, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, finished with 63.

Winfield placed third with 43 points and Wellington finished with 41.

El Dorado had 27, Buhler 23, Circle 13 and Augusta 2.

The Crusaders will travel to the Regionals in Pratt Friday and Saturday. Winfield, Wellington, Circle and Augusta will be there along with Colby, Larned, Pratt, Wichita Trinity and Ulysses. 

Wellington Police have arrested 2 juveniles for recent rash of business burglaries

Burglaries in Wellington

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department has made arrests regarding a rash of business burglaries occurring in and around Wellington within the last several weeks.

Two 17-year-old males — one from Wellington and one from Milan — are currently in custody with what police are considering responsible for the two Wellington Golf Course burglaries, the Advance America Cash Advance business burglary and the attempted burglary to the Daylight Donut Shop.

Additionally, police believe these two males are also responsible for a recent burglary in the Oxford area.

Two blocks of U.S. 81 closed after truck snags utility line and snaps pole

Sumner Newscow news report
Utility pole is snapped after wire gets entangled with truck.

Utility pole is snapped after wire gets entangled with truck.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A low-lying electrical wire getting snagged by the top end of a Federal Express truck trailer is being blamed for an accident which closed A Street — i.e. U.S. 81 — for about two hours from north of the roundabout to 18th Street.

City of Wellington utility workers were busy restoring power and replacing a utility pole late Monday afternoon. Drivers were detoured to B Street as two blocks were closed down for a couple of hours . 

2014 Wellington Fall Fest winners announced after spirited week

Wellington results are in Fall Fest 1-6

Chili cookoffSumner Newscow report — The following is the Wellington Fall Fest winners for 2014:

Fall Fest Winners

25th Annual Chili Cook Off

First place chili- Road Kill Cooks
Second place chili- Sterling House of Wellington
Spirit Award- Road Kill Cooks
People’s Choice- Wellington Fire Department

Chamber Salsa Challenge

Post your FREE Garage Sales ads here

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!

Sunday blog: Talking homecoming, common courtesy, Stephen King, and one great tweet…

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Oct. 5, 2014…

1. Homecoming tweaks

Andale doesn't need to be involved in our homecoming.

Andale doesn’t need to be involved in our homecoming.

The Wellington High School Homecoming and Fall Festival was a good one this year. But like always when you have a community event such as this, there are a few tweaks I would make for 2015. Here are five things I would change for next year:

1) I would not schedule Andale during homecoming. There are reasons why some football teams are “homecoming opponents” and others are not. It’s always a lot more fun to showcase your football team to alumni by beating up on an inferior opponent.

2) The bonfire after the parade was a great idea, but not the way it was presented.

Amy Diver was crowned Duchess of Wellington at halftime

Diver is Duchess feature
Amy Diver is crowned by WHS football player Lane Beard and escort Woody Horn (photo by Eric Rinehart).

Amy Diver is crowned by WHS football player Lane Beard and escort Woody Horn (photo by Eric Rinehart).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Amy Diver was crowned the Duchess of Wellington for 2014 during the halftime of the homecoming game.

Diver was selected with Peyton Adams, Bailey Altdendorf, Taylor Altendorf, Jessica Reyes as the other Duchess candidates. Unlike last year when there was a downpour during homecoming, this year’s show went without a hitch.

Diver is the daughter of Tracy and Paula Diver. She is a member of the St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church. 

Andale knocks Wellington 63-21 in homecoming clash

Andale conquer's feature Wellington
Lane Beard gets a dose of Andale defenders in one of his early runs. (Photo by Eric Rinehart).

Lane Beard gets a dose of Andale defenders in one of his early runs. (Photo by Eric Rinehart).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The pecking order has been established in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV and Andale is still sitting at the top.

Wellington was on the other end of a tail spanking Friday night losing 63-21. The Crusaders are 4-1. But the great news is this loss had no playoff implications. There’s still plenty of football to play.

Andale accumulated 434 yards on the ground and added 70 passing for a 504 yards in offense. The Crusaders defense so dominating the first four weeks, had no answers for the Indian offense.

Pearson charged with 2 felonies of burglary of elderly man; Callaway at large

Sumner Newscow local news report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two people are facing charges for a burglary of a Wellington residence after an elder man fell ill and was rushed to Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer has charged Ashley Pearson, born in 1989, of Wellington for burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; and theft, a level 9 felony. She is currently in Sumner County jail.

Curtis Callaway

Curtis Callaway

Ashley Pearson

Ashley Pearson

Spencer said Curtis Callaway, born in 1984, of Wellington, is currently at large and will be issued an arrest warrant once found. He is asking the public for any information leading to Callaway’s arrest.

Pearson and Callaway are being accused of entering the residence at 306 W. 12th Street on July 25 and stealing several items including: a leather wallet with $140 in cash, a driver’s license, a social security cash; Remington .22 pump hexagon barrel rifle; Marlin 30/30 lever action rifle; Remington 12 gauge pump shotgun; Winchester 12 gauge pump shotgun, Remington .22 bolt action rifle; 12 gauge single shot gun; ammunition; two rifle scores; Security State checkbook; Impact Bank checkbook; sheets and bed spread; Trac phones and Boeing pins. The value of the listed property is less than $1,000 but more than $25,000.

Week #5 preview — Things are looking up for the Argonia-Attica Titans in their second year of existence

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about Sumner County football for week #5…


1. On slate this week

Week #5
Conway Springs at Independent
Belle Plaine at Douglass
Argonia-Attica at Caldwell
Cedar Vale-Dexter at Oxford
South Haven at South Barber


2. 90 points? Are we talking 90 points?

A&A TitansThis was the score posted by Argonia-Attica last week when it beat Pratt-Skyline 90-52. Even in eight-man football where arena football games in comparison are low-scoring affairs, that is a lot. Which begs us to wonder. If a football team scores over 100 points does the scoreboard have a third digit?


3. So how did it happen? 

Garage Sales for Oct. 3-5, 2014

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Oct. 3-5, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting!



WHS homecoming parade starts soon. Fall Festival activities begin Friday

Chamber Fall Festival feature 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Wellington Fall Festival will be held Oct. 3-4 in conjunction with the High School Spirit Week and WHS homecoming which is September 29-Oct. 4. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the parade downtown. The pep rally and bonfire will follow at the Wellington High School.

The students have been holding their Spirit Week activities throughout the week and businesses have decorated their store fronts and windows to show their Crusader Spirit as well. There is a prize of $50 in Wellington Bucks to the best decorated business. Chamber Fall Festiveal Button sale

The WHS Homecoming game will be held on Friday against Andale.  Prior to the game, the Chamber will host a tailgate party right outside the stadium entrance which will include the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Teams will pre-make their chili and then bring them down to Sellers Park on Friday to be judged and sampled.

Tasting kits for the chili will be sold for $2 with a bottle of water costing $1 extra. Folks are encouraged to come down and hang out before the game, taste the various chili and then cheer on the Crusaders to beat the Andale Indians.


Crusader preview week #5 – Wellington to be put to the test… Andale is coming

Wellington-Andale preview picture

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It goes without saying Friday is a big game. Andale comes into the game 4-0. Wellington is 4-0. The Ark Valley – Chisholm Trail League Div. IV Championship is on the line.

“I honestly can’t wait to see how our team stacks up against a team like Andale,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head coach. “Quite frankly, the past two years we’ve been embarrassed. I think we have a lot to prove Friday night.”

With Andale, it’s always a shaky proposition. Even during the latter part of the Linn Hibbs era, the Indians didn’t exactly bring good tidings to the games. Remember 2006? That was the year Andale beat Wellington 48-0. It was the first of many to come. Andale has won eight of the last nine games. Most of them have been miserable routs.

In 2013, it might have been the worst of all. Wellington was 4-1 and looking good going in — only to see Andale win 65-0. The Crusaders never really caught their wind for the rest of the season. 

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