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Sumner County basketball preview: South Haven, Argonia girls; Oxford boys will be tough

10 things to know about Sumner County basketball season

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the upcoming Sumner County basketball season…

1. It all starts tonight

Everyone but Wellington is embarking on the 2014-15 basketball campaign tonight. One interesting game in particular is Argonia at Attica. That is almost like an intra-squad scrimmage since both schools shared the same football team that just finished playing in a state championship game.

The full slate for tonight is:

SUMNER SPORTS TEAM Fri. Dec. 5
Belle Plaine Bluetem, home
Conway Springs Chaparral, away
Argonia Attica, away
Caldwell South Barber, away
Oxford Fairfield, away
South Haven Udall, home

2. So mark your calendar for Feb. 10… 

Why? Argonia girls are traveling to South Haven. That could decide this year’s South-Central Border League championship. Oh, those two teams might meet before in the SCBL Tournament in January, but the February contest is likely to determine the regular season championship which a lot of SCBL basketball coaches will secretly admit is the bigger accomplishment.

 

3. Reigning SCBL champions are picked to do it again…

Former Wellington football coach Linn Hibbs resigns at Shawnee Mission Northwest

Hibbs, Linn resigns at SM NW

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Linn Hibbs, a former head football coach at Wellington High School, has resigned after three seasons at Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Shawnee Mission Northwest Athletic Director Angelo Giacalone confirmed that Hibbs had submitted his resignation Thursday morning to the school’s athletic office. His resignation is pending board approval.

Giacalone said Hibb’s resignation is only for football and he will remain a high school physical education instructor.

Giacalone would not elaborate any further citing personnel confidentiality.

Hibbs, who was the head coach for Wellington High School from 1996-2010, had taken the head coaching job at Shawnee Northwest in the Kansas City area in 2012. In his three seasons he accumulated a 7-21 record at the Class 6A school. He was 2-7 in 2012, 3-7 in 2013 and 2-7 in 2014. 

Crusader preview: After great year, 2014-15 WHS wrestlers return with plenty of questions

10 things to know Wellington wrestling

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things you need to know about the upcoming 2014-15 Wellington High School wrestling season…

1. Where we left off… 

The WHS wrestling program had its biggest year since the Russ Decker era in post season competition in February with five Crusader grapplers making it to the Class 4A State Tournament in Salina. Two of those wrestlers: Andrew Pelkey at 145 and Taylan Lamkin at 195 became state placers.

And what happened between then and now?

2014-15 Wellington High School wrestling squad.

2014-15 Wellington High School wrestling squad.

Well, four graduated (the outrage) and the fifth tore his ACL in his knee during the football season (more on that later). So this season Wellington has no returning state qualifiers as of this weekend when they travel to El Dorado for an eight-team dual.

 

2. So what does this mean?… 

Sumner Court Docket: Dec. 3, 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.

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Council Roundup: Full-sized pickup is purchased, but council worries about it being the best use of funds

Wellington City Council Roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As far as business goes, the Wellington City Council had a rather mild meeting Tuesday. But there was considerable debate about how city money is being spent.

The biggest debate revolved around the purchase of a 2015 full size extended cab pickup truck for the utility billing department. Later, the council discussed the Quiet Zones and how the proposed costs of that project is spiraling out of control.

The council was rather small Tuesday night with members John Brand and B.J. Tracy not in attendance. Since September, Brand has been absent for 50 percent of the regularly scheduled meetings. He was not in attendance on Sept. 16, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.

By a 3-2 vote with Mayor Roger Stallbaumer casting the tie-breaking vote, the council voted to purchase a 4×4 Full extended Ford F-150 pickup for $25,588 from Koehn Motors. Council members Kelly Green and Jan Korte cast the negative votes while Jim Valentine and Vince Wetta approved the motion. At issue was whether or not the utility department needed a full size 4-wheel drive extended pickup when a compact one would do.  

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The what should we do with Obamacare now question

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Over 200 trees from the state of Michigan now in stock at Wellington’s Mill Creek Lumber

Mill Creek Lumber feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A shipment of over 200 live Christmas trees have been delivered from the state of Michigan to Mill Creek Lumber at 623 E. 16th Street in Wellington… and these are beauties.

Shipped with some northern Michigan snow, a large selection of Frasier Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Concolor (White) Fir and Scotch Pines arrived on the doorstep at the Wellington’s Mill Creek Sunday evening and are now ready for sale.

The trees range from five to 10 feet.

Mill Creek General Manager Brandon Earl shows off a "kissing" ball as part of the many Christmas decorative items on sale at the Wellington store.

Mill Creek General Manager Brandon Earl shows off a “kissing” ball as part of the many Christmas decorative items on sale at the Wellington store.

Mill Street will give you the ultimate full service treatment. Not only will they give the tree a fresh cut, but they will bale it and load it on your truck ready for you to take home.

This is part of the many Christmas items, Mill Creek Lumber is selling.

Four WHS players selected to first team All Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV

Crusader All League selections

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2014 Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division IV football list was released Sunday. Although the picks were announced at the year-end Wellington High School football banquet, the full AV-CTL CIV list could not be released by the media until the last league football team had played. Andale did that Saturday by winning the Class 4A Div. II state championship over Columbus 49-6.

Wellington High School had three players on the first team offense and one player on the first team defense.

Those named to the first team include:

Trevor Nance

Trevor Nance

Colin Reichenberger

Colin Reichenberger

Jason Norris

Jason Norris

Adam Condit

Adam Condit

•Trevor Nance as quarterback and punter;

•Colin Reichenberger as wide receiver;

•Jason Norris as offensive lineman.

•Adam Condit as defensive end.

Other Wellington players on the all-league team include:

Second annual Ugly Sweater 5K Run to be held Saturday at 10 a.m.

Put on that ugly sweater

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mikala Bradbury, a Wellington High School senior, will be hosting the second annual Ugly Sweater 5K Run. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. starting at the First United Methodist Church of Wellington.

The funds raised will benefit Summer Meals on Wheels for Kids and the Wellington FFA Chapter.

Awards will be given for: 

Sunday Blog: 5 lists of 5 thankful thanks on Thanksgiving

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five lists of five thankful thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday season…

 

1. Five of the most important things for which I’m thankful … 

1. My God — who without him/her nothing is possible.

2. My wife — who I can’t even begin to describe what she means to me and has done for my life.

This picture taken of the family dog Harley (no longer with us) and Devin, my oldest was taken in April, 2005.

This picture taken of the family dog Harley (no longer with us) and Devin, my oldest in April, 2005.

3. My kids — all three unique individuals, who are outstanding people in their own right.

4. My friends – who keep me honest and laughing.

5. My dogs, every single canine I ever have had — because I love dogs.

 

2. Five Sumner Newscow things I’m thankful for …

6. My advertisers and readers – who keeps this website rolling.

7.  Spellcheck on this computer – for obvious reasons. 

Editorial: Shifting local elections to November is a poor way to address low voter turnout

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Editor’s note: This editorial was written by the Lawrence Journal-World staff on Nov. 29. We are reprinting it because of its relevance here.

Kansas legislators once again are studying different options for moving local city and school board elections.

Their stated goal is to increase voter turnout for those elections. Turnout for local elections admittedly is deplorably low, but all of the proposals currently being considered would create more problems than they would solve.

City and school board elections currently are held in the spring. Primaries, if necessary, are held in March, and the general election in April. All of the proposals being considered would move those elections to November either in even-numbered years, when they would be combined with partisan state and national elections, or in odd-numbered years, when they would be held on their own.

Sumner Newscow Christmas Holiday Calendar – updated Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Sumner Newscow Calendar

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner Newscow Christmas Holiday calendar. If you have an event you wish to include on the calendar, e-mail us at sumnernewscow@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Oxford’s Christmas in the Country (click here for more information).

Wellington Regent Theater — Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 1 – 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 

Small Business Saturday (click here for more information).

Holiday Craft Fair at South Haven Community building - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (click here for more information).

Oxford’s Christmas in the Country. 

2014 Trail Stomp – 5k – 9 a.m., 1 mile – 10 a.m.,  2 mile Xtreme – 10:30 a.m.

Wellington Regent Theater — Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 1 – 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Attend the church of your choice.

Wellington Regent Theater — Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 1 – 7 p.m.

Future December event:

Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to patronize local retail stores in Wellington and Sumner County

Small Business Saturday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Saturday is Small Business Saturday,  a holiday that carries extra meaning to the retailers of Wellington and Sumner County.

“This is a chance to help the mom and pop business, and encourage people to shop small,” said Shelley Hansel, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Director in an interview held in 2013. “The whole holiday is a way to offset the shopping on Black Friday with the big box corporations.”

The holiday is a national holiday that started on Nov. 27, 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday and encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar business that are small and local. It is trademarked with the American Express Corporation.

“These are the businesses that are at the backbone of our community,” Hansel-Williams said. “The local book store, the local jewelry store, the local clothing store.” 

“Late night with the Cats” has been a tradition for 9 years at Oxford High School

Oxford Midnight Madness

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — High school basketball and wrestling season is upon us. For the past couple of weeks the practices have been intense as area coaches determine who is going to start, who isn’t and who will be basketball’s next rising start. At Oxford High School the Wildcats have a unique tradition to Sumner County… “Late Night with the Cats.”

Last Saturday, the Wildcat boys and girls basketball teams hosted their Ninth Annual Late Night with the Cats to kick off basketball season. It is in the tradition of the college basketball Midnight Madness events hosted by teams like KU, K-State and Wichita State. At OHS, the high school version of the tradition was started by Coach Kyle Green in 2005.

OHS senior boys performing their Senior dance with the OHS cheerleaders.

OHS senior boys performing their Senior dance with the OHS cheerleaders.

“I was an assistant at Council Grove High School, where the Braves performed Late Show in the Grove each year,” Green said. “I give Council Grove Head Boys coach Bruce Hula a ton of credit. He started Late Show up there and when I came here I brought it with me and tagged it Late Night with the Cats.”

Safe Homes, CountryMart and Sumner, Cowley Farm Bureaus give away 30 Thanksgiving meals

Safehomes holidays 2014 feature
From Left:  Safe Homes employees Merry Crain, Lindsay Wilson, Cami Austin, Jennifer Irwin and Donnie Grose; SH Board Member Kay Bradberry; Denise Middleton with Cowley County Farm Bureau; Patty Clark with Country Mart; Justina Metz with Sumner County Farm Bureau; SH advocate Lisa Pike; Brad Bryant with Cowley County Farm Bureau and SH Board Member Clayton Crawford.

From Left: Safe Homes employees Merry Crain, Lindsay Wilson, Cami Austin, Jennifer Irwin and Donnie Grose; SH Board Member Kay Bradberry; Denise Middleton with Cowley County Farm Bureau; Patty Clark with Country Mart; Justina Metz with Sumner County Farm Bureau; SH advocate Lisa Pike; Brad Bryant with Cowley County Farm Bureau and SH Board Member Clayton Crawford.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — This year, Safe Homes, CountryMart and the Sumner and Cowley County Farm Bureaus are thankful for the opportunity to give 30 families a proper Thanksgiving meal for the holiday.

This year, 30 Turkeys and grocery items for the full traditional Thanksgiving dinner were donated to Safe Homes clients in several communities across Sumner and Cowley Counties.  This was made possible by the Cowley County Farm Bureau and Sumner County Farm Bureau, who worked in partnership with Country Mart and Safe Homes to ensure these 30 families had the necessary groceries to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to their families.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Ferguson Question

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Post your FREE Garage Sale 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!

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

Breaking News

By Shane Farley, Newscow.net — 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.

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