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It was a rather quiet 4th of July for the Wellington Fire Department

Wellington clean up

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Talk about a tale of two years.

After a busy Fourth of July holiday in 2013, the 2014 holiday which extended into the weekend was a quiet one for the Wellington Fire Department.

Wellington Fire Chief Timothy Hay said there was only one call out in the county this weekend. It was a very small one, south of town by the Wellington dump.

Hay said there was not even a dumpster fire to attend to. 

The official 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival ‘so you now have no excuse that you didn’t know about something’ Schedule

2014 Kansas Wheat Festival full schedule

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is the official 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival schedule for this week. And because there is always the “I didn’t know this so-and-so was happening” people, we are putting the complete schedule on the home page. So you have no more excuses, unless you are not reading Sumner Newscow which is a crime in itself.

We will update you each day of the upcoming events with the schedule ahead. Also, keep informed with Wheat Festival results, more updates, and pictures galore.

Go out and have fun!

On-going exhibits and attractions:

-Ottaway Carnival-Runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Raymond Frye Complex parking lot, 320 North Jefferson, $23.00 wristband special every night. Carnival opens at 6:00p.m.

•Security State Bank Kansas Wheat (Festival) Penny Search– SSB will scatter pennies at various Wheat Festival locations. There will be several specially marked pennies that can be traded in for $50.

•Harvest Photo Display- Display at Barbara Jon’s, 104 N. Washington- Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.- 5:30p.m. (Sponsored by Barbara Jon’s Fine Gifts & Décor & Susan’s Portrait Designs).

•Downtown Art Exhibit- 107 West Lincoln (Lincoln Place), Open Thursday & Friday 5-7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. -7 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. (Sponsored by Future’s Unlimited).

•Kansas Wheat Festival Wheat Show- Display at Renn & Company, 209 South Washington (Sponsored by Renn & Company).

•Chisholm Trail Museum- 502 North Washington - Open 1-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. No Admission fee. Donations accepted.

-Panhandle Railroad Museum- 425 East Harvey, open 10 a.m-4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. No Admission fee. Donations accepted.

 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014-

8 a.m. — Kansas Wheat Festival Bread Basket Bake-Off- Pre-registration is required, entry forms available at the chamber (Sponsored by KanOkla, Rivercross Hospice, Golden Living Center, Hobbs Mechanical & The City of Wellington).

10:30 a.m. — Sumner County History Trivia Contest- Senior Center, FREE and open to the public. (Hosted by the Sumner Heritage Alliance).

11 a.m. — Entertainment and lunch at the Senior Center featuring Jim Bales and Skeet Sirmons – Lunch reservations required by calling (620) 326-3942 by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8th. Cost is $3.00 for ages 60+, under 60 is $4.75. (Sponsored by Gentiva Hospice)

Noon — Bread Basket Bake Off Bake Sale-Senior Center.

5 – 7 p.m. — Downtown Art Exhibit Open- 107 West Lincoln (Lincoln Place). (Sponsored by Futures Unlimited)

6 p.m. — D&L Train Rides- Sellers Park. (Sponsored by Moralez Family, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Colby Zeka Agency & Federal Tire Service, Inc.).

6 p.m. — Ottaway Carnival – $23 Wristband special from 6-10pm.

6 p.m. — Picnic in the Park- Sellers Park, (Sponsored by GKN)

6 p.m.— Wellington Noon Lion’s Club Feed- The nooners will be serving good eats, $$.

6 p.m. — Storm Safety House- Sellers Park, Come and visit with members of the Wellington Fire Department and learn storm safety tips, free and open to the public .

6 p.m. — Kansas Coin Dig- Sellers Park. (Sponsored by Bank of Commerce).

6 p.m. — Horseshoe Tournament- Sellers Park, Entry forms available at the Chamber or online at www.wellingtonks.org. (Sponsored by Kansas Star Casino)

6 p.m. — Kid’s Games and Cool Crafts-Sellers Park, Join the WRC for a Fun Fest and Spin Art during the Picnic in the Park. (Provided by the Wellington Recreation Commission) Free Snow Cones –Sellers Park. (Provided by Impact Bank)

6 p.m. — Aviator Church Entertainment for ALL ages- Mobile Game Den, Archery Tag, Dunk Tank & Inflatable Bounce House! Totally Free!! Fun for the whole family.

6 p.m. — Tribute to Travis Turner of KLEY-KWME.

6:30 p.m. — Harvest Prince & Princess Coronation- (Sponsored by Family Hair Parlor)

7 p.m. — Variety Show- Sellers Park, Pre-registration is required, entry forms available at the Chamber or online at www.wellingtonks.org (Sponsored by Sumner County CASA, 99.7 Lite FM & Cowley College).

8:05 p.m.—  Wellington Heat Baseball Game- Hibbs-Hooten Field, FREE tickets available prior to game time.

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

10 a.m. — Chamber Coffee-Daylight Donut Shop. (Sponsored by Bank of Commerce)

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. — NDGA Glass Museum Open House- 117 S. Washington.

11 a.m. — Future’s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited)

11 a.m. — 2 p.m. — Sumner Heritage Alliance Exhibition- Memorial Auditorium, FREE and Open to the Public-Come visit with the communities best kept secrets and most knowledgeable historians and learn more about the great history of Sumner County and those working to preserve it.

1 p.m. — Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League- Seller’s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.

4 p.m. — CornerBank Cornerstone Award- CornerBank, 119 South Washington, Come inside and cool off while CornerBank honors one of Wellington’s Best!

5 – 7 p.m. — Downtown Art Exhibit Open- 107 West Lincoln (Lincoln Place). (Sponsored by Futures Unlimited)

5:30 p.m. — National Depression Glass Assoc. Taco Supper- Knights of Columbus Building, $13 for all you can eat tacos and wild and crazy silent auction. (proceeds will go toward the National Glass Museum)

6 p.m.— Ottaway Carnival –$23 wristband special from 6-10 p.m.

6 p.m. — Funcycles- Downtown Wellington,$.

6 p.m. — D&L Train Rides- Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Moralez Family, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Colby Zeka Agency & Federal Tire Service, Inc)

6 p.m. — Cow Chip Throw- 100 Block of North Washington, Entry forms will be printed in the Wellington Daily News or available at the Chamber. (Presented by The Wellington Daily News)

6:30 p.m. — Candidate Forum and Ice Cream Social- Raymond Frye Complex, Come hear from national, state and local candidates before the November election. (Sponsored and presented by Sumner County Farm Bureau Association)

7 p.m. — Bed Races- Downtown Wellington-100 block of North Washington, Come cheer on your favorite team at this popular Wheat Festival competition as they compete for the coveted bed pan trophy! (Sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center)

7:30 p.m.— WF Beer Garden- Corner of 7th and Washington, ID
required for admittance, open until 11:30 p.m. (Gov’s Liquor Shoppe)

8 p.m. — Street Dance featuring Groove 42- Main Stage on 7th street and Washington. (Sponsored by Penny’s Diner/Oak Tree Inn)

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

9 a.m. – Sidewalk Chalking- This is one time you are encouraged to draw on the sidewalks! Pre- registration is required. Entry forms available at the Chamber. (Sponsored by First United Methodist Church)

9 a.m. — Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League-Seller’s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.

10 a.m. — Glass Making Seminar led by Angie Hilt- Wellington Public Library, Participants will be making rock candy during the seminar. (Sponsored by the National Depression Glass Association)

11 a.m. — Future’s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited)

Noon — Impact Bank Agriculture and Energy Lunch — Heritage Park. (Hosted by City Councilman Vince Wetta and sponsored by Impact Bank).

Noon — Larry Steckline Ag Day Expo and Home Show at the Kansas Wheat Festival- Memorial Auditorium/Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by KWLS Radio) Announcement of 2014 Wheat King- Heritage Park, (Sponsored by Renn & Co.)

12:30 p.m. — Announcement of 2014 Wheat King — Heritage Park, sponsored by Renn & Co.

1:30 p.m. — Perplexing Puzzle Contest- 500 North Plum, Pre-registration is required. (Limit of 10 teams), Entry forms available at the Chamber or online at www.wellingtonks.org. (Sponsored by Sterling House of Wellington)

2 p.m. — The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary-Wellington Regent- $8- Beat the Heat! Come inside to learn why we celebrate the Kansas Wheat Farmer.

2 – 4 p.m. — NDGA Meet and Greet with Myrna Garrison, Imperial Glass Author and Expert- National Glass Museum, 117 South Washington, free and open to the public.

5 p.m. — Catholic Youth Organization Enchilada Dinner- Knights of Columbus Building, 201 E. Harvey. Dine in or Carry-Out.

5 – 7 p.m. — Downtown Art Exhibit Open- 107 West Lincoln (Lincoln Place). (Sponsored by Futures Unlimited)

6 p.m. — Funcycles- Downtown Wellington.

6 p.m. — D&L Train Rides- Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Moralez Family, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Colby Zeka Agency & Federal Tire Service, Inc)

6 p.m. — Ottaway Carnival- $23.00 wristband special from 6-10 p.m.

6 p.m. — Second Annual Donut Eating Contest- 100 block of South Washington, for ages 6 & older. Entry forms available at the Chamber, Daylight Donut Shop or online at www.wellingtonks.org. (Sponsored by Daylight Donut Shop)

7 p.m. — Paper Airplane Contest- Memorial Auditorium, entry forms will be printed in the Notiflyer. (Sponsored by Kansas Gas Service, The Notiflyer and the Wellington Airport)

7 p.m. — CornerBank Ice Cream Social- Free, Corner Bank parking lot, 119 South Washington.

7:30 p.m. — Security State Bank Money Machine Grab-Intersection of Harvey and Washington- must pre-register WF button at the SSB Wal-Mart branch or the main bank at 101 N. Washington by 6 p.m., July 11th. Up to $1,000 cash up for grabs!!! (Sponsored by Security State Bank)

7:30 p.m. — WF Beer Garden- Corner of 7th and Washington, ID required for admittance, open until 11:30p.m. (Sponsored by Gov’s Liquor Shoppe)

8 p.m. — Wheat Festival Parade – Theme: Wellington Hometown Exceptional Amazing Traditions Downtown Wellington, Registration forms available at the Chamber or online at www.wellingtonks.org. (Sponsored by Countryside Motors)
**New route turning West at Harvey and Washington Street**

After parade — Cow Patty Bingo (Fund Raiser for WHS FFA)- Located at Impact Bank Parking Lot. Street Dance featuring Aaron Woods Band- Main Stage on east 7th street and Washington. (Sponsored by Hometown Sales ~ Lease)

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

7 a.m. — Chamber Ambassador Club Wheat Cake Breakfast- Heritage Park- $5.00 Adults, $2.50 Children under 12 years old. Advance Tickets $4.50 Adult, $2.25 for children.

7 a.m. — VFW Rise & Shine Breakfast- 424 E. Harvey- $6.00 Adults, $4.00 Children under 10 years old. All you can eat buffet.

7 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Larry Steckline Ag Day Expo and Home Show at the Kansas Wheat Festival- Memorial Auditorium/Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by KWLS Radio)

7:30 a.m. — Wheat Run- 6:30 a.m. Registration 5K race (starts at 7:30am) 1 mile (starts at 8:30am), Hargis Creek Watershed (1500 N. Keyes), registration forms at Anders Chiropractic, Kenneth L. Cooper, CPA office and the Chamber. (Presented by Anders Chiropractic, Lonnie Cooper, CPA, Stalcup Realtors)

8 a.m. — Future’s Unlimited Misting Station- Heritage Park. (Provided by Futures Unlimited)

8 a.m. – 3 p .m. — Arts & Crafts Show- Sellers Park.

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. — 31st Annual Wheat Festival Antique Rod & Classic Car Show- Sellers Park. (Presented by Koehn Motors and Wellington Auto & Machine)

9 a.m. — Antique Tractor and Stationary Engine Display- Sellers Park.

9 a.m .— Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League- Sellers Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.

9 a.m. — 37th Annual ASA Sanctioned Softball Tournament- Rock Island Fields, Pre- registration is required, Information and registration forms available at the Chamber.

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. NDGA 40th Annual Convention Glass Show & Sale- Wellington High School, Paint the Town Red!! $8 admission-good for all weekend, 12 and under free.

10 a.m.- 7 p.m. - Downtown Art Exhibit Open- 107 W. Lincoln (Lincoln Place). (Sponsored by Futures Unlimited)

10 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Family Fun Day- Sellers Park. (Sponsored by Rusty Eck Ford)

10:00 a.m. - Aviator Church Inflatables and Wellington’s Largest Slip and Slide for Kids-Sellers Park, Bring a swim suit or clothes that can get wet!! Free!!

11 a.m.- 2 p.m. - Texaco Country Showdown- The Largest Country Music Talent Search in America! Sellers Park. Contact Joel at joel@ksokradio.com or at 620-218-5213 to enter the showdown. (Presented by KSOK Radio)

10 a.m. – D&L Train Rides- Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Moralez Family, Sumner Communications, PFCU, Colby Zeka Agency & Federal Tire Service, Inc)

11 a.m. — Buffalo Burgers at the VFW- 424 E. Harvey, Come support this great Veteran organization by eating a healthy Buffalo Burger in air conditioned comfort!

Noon — Kid’s Pedal Power Tractor Pull- Sellers Park, Registration at 11am, Pull starts at Noon. (Sponsored by KLEY-KWME, Fritzler’s Body Shop, Sumner Co. Farm Bureau, United Country Theurer Auction Realty, LLC & Triumph Accessory Services).

2 p.m. — The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary-Wellington Regent- $8- Beat the Heat! Come inside to learn why we celebrate the Kansas Wheat Farmer

5 p.m. — Antique Tractor Association Tractor Pull- 300 Block of East 3rd.

6 p.m. — Ottaway Carnival- $23.00 wristband special from 6-10pm.

6 p.m. — Funcycles- Downtown Wellington, $.

6 p.m .— Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social- Heritage Park, A benefit for the Wellington Ministerial Alliance. (Presented by Ministerial Alliance)

6:30 p.m. — The Great Plains Jazz Orchestra Concert – Heritage Park, Downtown Wellington. (Sponsored by Grene Vision Group)

6:30 p.m. — NDGA Banquet and Live Auction- Knight of Columbus Hall,201 E. Harvey, open to the public, to make reservations, stop by the National Glass Museum, 117 South Washington or by going to their website www.ndga.net.

9 p.m. – Street Dance featuring Lucky People – Main Stage on east 7th street and Washington, Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy. (Sponsored by TECT)

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

7:30 a.m. — Knights of Columbus Breakfast- 201 East Harvey.

9 a.m. — Kansas Wheat Festival Baseball Tournament hosted by the Wellington Baseball League- Seller’s Park, 12 teams from all over Kansas competing in this 16-18 year old tournament.

9 a.m. — Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament- McKinley Park. (Sponsored by Sumner County Young Professionals)

10 a.m. — 37th Annual Softball Tournament- Rock Island fields.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. — NDGA 40th Annual Convention Glass Show and Sale.

1 p.m .- 4 p.m. — Downtown Art Exhibit Open- 107 West Lincoln (Lincoln Place). (Sponsored by Futures Unlimited)

2 p.m. — The Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary-Wellington Regent- $8- Beat the Heat! Come inside to learn why we celebrate the Kansas Wheat Farmer

2 p.m. – NDGA Children’s Seminar and Glass Auction- Wellington High School, Free with paid admission.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. — Kansas Wheat Festival Free Family Swim- Wellington Family Aquatic Center, 1101 W. Harvey.

7:05 p.m. — Wellington Heat Baseball Game- Hibbs-Hooten Field, Free Tickets available prior to game time.

This schedule is subject to change! 

2014 Medallion Hunt: Clue #6 — July 7, 2014

Medallion Clue #6, July 7

Clue #6 

There were two of me. Now there is none.

Clue #5

Don’t make the soup, just tell me what’s in it.

Clue #4

Once again, it’s time to pick a president.

Clue #3

They come. they go

Only to do it again next year

Sunday Feature: Freewill Baptist Church and Theurer’s Auction/Realty are on the move

Theurer Freewill feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A church and a real estate auction company are not normally linked so closely together. But in Wellington it marks the evolution of change.

Freewill Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Zane Brooks, is buying the Theurer Marketing Center building at 802 E. 16th Street in Wellington. In turn, United Country Theurer’s Auction/Realty is moving east to 1101 E. 16th  to the former Tan Express Building.

“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often,” said Larry Theurer, owner of Theurer Auction.

It’s an example of one business, and yes a church is a business, needing a bigger building and another needing a smaller building.

And whether it’s the work of the Lord or the realities of tomorrow, Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s will now forever be linked.

 

In the 1990s 

It was 1999 when Brooks — who grew up in McAlister, Okla. and was living in Wichita — received a phone call from a church, which was in desperate need of a pastor.

Desperate may be an understatement. Freewill at the time was the smallest church in Wellington. How small? Call it four members small.

Sumner County wins designation as a Rural Opportunity Zone which provides tax incentive opportunities

Sumner Newscow local news report

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Effective July 1, 2014 Sumner County will become a Rural Opportunity Zone.  The Sumner County Economic Development Commission worked this year with the Kansas State Legislature to gain approval to make Sumner County to a ROZ county.

What does this mean? Sumner County will be part of a program for which Gov. Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zone program in 2011 to help draw new residents and businesses to counties where populations had dropped in the previous decade.

People who move to Sumner County and meet the qualifications of the program will now be eligible for state income tax waivers for up to five years.

“It’s a recruiting tool that our industries can use to attract people from out of state into Kansas and a recruiting tool to use to attract new companies to Sumner County that want to bring some of their workforce with them,” stated Janis Hellard, Sumner County Economic Development Director.

To be eligible for Kansas income tax waivers, individuals must have:

UPDATED: Kansas City Kans. woman dies in turnpike accident; Wellington man involved

Fatality on Turnpike feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Urmila Sharma , a 25-year-old female, of Kansas City, Kansas was killed on the Kansas Turnpike earlier today, two miles north of the Wellington exit at the milepost marker 21.2.

The crash occurred shortly before noon.

According to the KTA accident report, the turnpike maintenance crew was painting the roadway for northbound traffic when Sharma’s 2011 Scion 5D struck the rear of a 2007 International 7400, driven by David Bowman of Wellington. The report said Bowman had possible injuries but did not specify what those were or his condition.

According to KAKE.com, Rachel Bell with the KTA said a six-vehicle paint striping crew was traveling north, just north of the Wellington interchange. The striping vehicle was in the passing lane, with five other vehicles behind to alert oncoming traffic. 

Marcus Peters shot at girl friend, brother in Oxford shooting incident complaint says

Marcus Peters charged

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer formally charged Marcus Peters, born in 1989, of Arkansas City with three felony counts and one misdemeanor stemming from the shooting which occurred at 221 E. Olive Road in Oxford Sunday evening.

Peters has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, a level 7 felony with presumed imprisonment; criminal threat, a level 9 felony; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor. He is to have an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Sumner County District Court in Wellington. His appearance bond is set at $50,000.

Peters is accused of firing a .22 semiautomatic pistol four to seven times during a family backyard barbecue at 8 p.m. on Sunday. According to the Sumner County District Court Complaint, an altercation occurred between Marcus Peters and his girlfriend Brittany Purkey and brother Joseph Peters. Nine people were said to be at the barbecue during the time of the shooting, according to Oxford Police Chief Kirk Ives.

No one was hurt during the shooting incident.

According to the complaint filed on July 1, Marcus is being charged for firing a handgun at the direction of Purkey and Joseph during an argument about whether M. Peters was too drunk to drive safely.

2015 Medallion Hunt : Clue #3 — July 2, 2014

Clue #3 2014

Clue #3

They come. they go

Only to do it again next year

Clue #2 

Ooops – is it a zoning error?

Clue #1 

Our 28th year

Hopefully someone finds it this year

We think we’ve hidden it well

Only time will tell.

Sumner Newscow poll: The patriotic song question

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2015 Medallion Hunt : Clue #2 — July 1, 2014

2014 Medallion Clue 2 - July 1

Clue #2 

Ooops – is it a zoning error?

Clue #1 

Our 28th year

Hopefully someone finds it this year

We think we’ve hidden it well

Only time will tell.

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Arkansas City man is being held for shooting incident in Oxford Sunday evening

Breaking News

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Marcus Peters, 25, of Arkansas City is currently being detained in Sumner County Jail for an alleged shooting incident that occurred Sunday evening in Oxford.

Oxford Police Chief Kirk Ives said Peters was booked for aggravated assault, criminal possession of firearms, criminal damage to property, criminal discharge of firearms and assault of a law enforcement officer. Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he expects to file charges by Tuesday at 5 p.m. in district court in Wellington.

Three Oxford police officers and three Sumner County Deputies were called out to a disturbance which occurred on 221 E. Olive Road in Oxford on 8 p.m. Sunday. 

City Fireworks Show to be held after Wellington Heat game July 4; fireworks can be shot off tomorrow

Fireworks 2014

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The city of Wellington annual firework show will be on July 4 after the Wellington Heat Baseball game.  The fireworks will be discharged from the 9th street baseball field and the show can be seen from either Sellers Park baseball stadium or the football stadium.  The football stadium gates will be open at 8:30 p.m.

Enter the football stadium from either the northwest or southwest gates.  Those viewing from the football field are to view from the stadium seats only no one is allowed on the football playing field.

Firework retail hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 1 through July 4.  Firework discharge date and times are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., July 1 through July 3, and 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4. 

2014 Medallion Hunt: Clue #1 – June 30, 2014

Clue #1 June 30 - MH 2014

Clue #1

Our 28th year

Hopefully someone finds it this year

We think we’ve hidden it well

Only time will tell.

Editor’s Note: We were a bit behind getting the first clue up on the site this morning. But plan on Early Bird clues to start on this site at 6:30 a.m. and being taken down at 7 a.m. from this point forward – unless we oversleep!

Guest Editorial: New law turning over 20 mills property tax revenue to state treasurer is disconcerting

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The following is an editorial written in the Clay Center Dispatch. Former State Representative Vince Wetta sent this to Sumner Newscow wishing for its publication: 

A new Kansas law requires county treasurers to turn over the 20 mills property tax revenue they collect for local schools to the Kansas treasurer for distribution.

Many legislators were not aware of the provision, buried in a bill dealing with mineral severance taxes and oil and gas depletion funds, until after it passed. Yet it represents a power grab by the state that should be of concern to their constituents.

Now for the first time, Clay County Treasurer Christine Swaim will send at least $1.3 million in property tax revenue to the state instead of directly to USD 379. The district also receives general state aid in addition to the property tax revenue.

Republican leaders, who hustled the provision through a conference committee without general debate, said the change is necessary to establish an audit trail they say is required by the recent Supreme Court order on school finance, an excuse attorney John Robb, who represents school districts in the state, termed as ridiculous.

Sunday Blog: The problems with Netflix Live Streaming

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The other day I discovered Netflix live streaming.

Some of you are smirking. Cueball just joined the 21st Century. But I also know a few of you are a bit befuddled wondering what the heck I’m talking about.

It’s not like I didn’t know about Netflix and all its wonderful soul-sucking traits. My kids have been live streaming for years. My only relationship to Netflix was paying the monthly fee for their entertainment. Which is fine. I’m an ATM machine for my teenage kids. I know my place.

My selfie...

My selfie…

Anyway, the other day, my daughter came up to me and said we needed Apple TV for the living room so we could live stream on the big TV. I resisted at first. I never understood the appeal of Netflix since I don’t like watching movies on my computer, because being on a computer is what I do for a living.

But, of course, I eventually relented. I am my teenagers’ slave… and ATM machine.  I ordered the box and to my surprise it came in a size of a wallet and even with my feeble technological knowledge I was about to connect the recommended wires.

Then something happened. I got hooked. 

Sumner County Court Docket: June 27, 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. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Fault in our Stars playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

The Fault in our stars

This week at the Regent Theater: “The fault in our stars” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG. Time: 2 hour 5 min.

Fault in our stars

Movie Synopsis: Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.(C) Fox

Countdown to the Kansas Wheat Festival Daily Bulletin: Thursday, June 26

2014 Wheat Festival Medallion daily bulletin template

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As part of a promotional campaign Sumner Newscow and the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce will be promoting a daily bulletin or (tidbit) everyday for the next week (excluding Sunday) before the start of the 2014 Kansas Wheat Festival running on July 9-13.  The daily bulletin will give information about upcoming events and deadlines people need to remember for a specific event.

 

2014 Wheat Festival Medallion daily bulletin template

2014 Sumner County wheat crop was less than half of 2013′s

2014 Sumner County wheat Cowell

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If former American Idol judge Simon Cowell would be asked to sum up the 2014 Sumner County wheat crop chances are he would say it was “hideous.”

The 2014 Wheat Harvest is pretty much in the books, except for the late stragglers. Wellington Farmers Coop Manager Curt Guinn estimates that 95 percent of the harvest was complete before the last couple of rains hit.

“I’m not sure it’s worth the effort to cut the stuff still out there,” Guinn said. “The weeds like cheat grass have pretty much taken over.”

So how was this year’s harvest?

Well, of course, not good courtesy to a lack of rain for the first six months of the year. But somewhere amongst that doom and gloom, there were some good harvest yields. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Iraq question

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