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Kansas Wheat Festival Day #2 in pictures…

Click above for more pictures at yesterday’s Wheat Festival.

Sumner Newscow report  — This Thursday was Day #2 of the Kansas Wheat Festival in Wellington. The evening saw the Security State Bank Big Bucks team end the three year reign of the Team Hot Sauce from SRMC in the downtown bed races. The Big Bucks won the championship in the las second and receive the toilet seat crown.

At Sellers Park, the State Babe Ruth Tournament started out with a bang, but not for the two Wellington teams. Junction City would beat Walnut Ark Valley 8-2. In the nightcap, Abilene destroyed host Wellington 19-1.

Meanwhile back downtown, after a brief rainstorm traveled through cooling off Festival goers, the country bands Marc Baker Show and the Aaron Woods Band were on hand to get people moving and grooving.

Kansas Wheat Festival pictures of Picnic in the Park

For all the pictures of this year’s Wheat Festival Picnic in the Park by Sumner Newscow Correspondent James Jordan, Click here.

Here are a few things ‘to do’ for this Wheat Festival

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Wondering what’s on the “must do” list for Wheat Fest? Follow the guidelines below, or create your own, with a mission to have fun! This isn’t a mandatory list of the most important things to do at the Wheat Festival, just a few things to check out and do if it isn’t already on your check list.

First of all, check out National Glass Museum National Convention and Glass Sale – Saturday and Sunday! You won’t find a bigger show in the United States featuring depression-area glass. Here are the details:

Next take a ride on Funcycles – located in the 100 block of N. Washington. It isn’t just for kids, but those of us with a lot of kid inside us.

Buy an official colorful Kansas Wheat Festival t-shirt! Not to brag, but these are pretty comfortable.

Try out the new food vendors. For the first time ever, there are no duplicate vendors. That means there’s a vender with a different food variety. Funnel cakes anyone? As always the food court is on Seventh Street, by the street dance.

Speaking of funnel cakes, on my personal item bucket list is the savory funnel cake from the Ottaway carnival in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. I heard it has all kinds of different items like bacon or something like that. Yum.

As always, make sure to attend the Kansas Wheat Festival parade. 

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Superintendent Mark Whitener receives 2-year extension; Hatfield said there will be no mill levy increase

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mark Whitener, who became the new Wellington Superintendent a year go, was granted a two-year extension last night at the July Wellington School Board member — the first official meeting of the academic school year.

Mark Whitener

The board gave Whitener the extension after a 10-minute executive session during a rather short meeting Monday evening.

Former Wellington High School Principal Adam Hatfield also started his new role as the assistant superintendent.

In his first announcement, Hatfield said Wellington taxpayers, at least when it comes to USD 353, will not see a mill levy increase.

In other school board business:

•Whitener announced that all educational positions have  been filled after hiring a fifth grade Lincoln Elementary teacher. “That’s good news, considering a lot of the smaller districts in Sumner County still have five to eight teaching positions, mostly at the elementary level that needs to be filled,” he said.

Wellington to host Senior Babe Ruth tournament starting Thursday; 9, 10 and 15 year olds go elsewhere

Walnut Ark Valley League Senior Babe Ruth team. (Photo IDs below).

Wellington Senior Babe Ruth team.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 16-18 year-old Senior State Babe Ruth Tournament will be held at Sellers Park. The event begins on Thursday and will run through Sunday with bracket play.

Two Wellington based teams will be in the tournament. There is the Walnut Ark Valley and the Wellington Senior Babe Ruth teams. Six other teams in the tournament includes: Parsons, Liberal, Independence, Cottonwood Valley, Junction City and Abilene. The tournament will consist of a round-robin format that guarantees three games. The bracket championship is on Sunday. Brackets of this tournament can be found here. The two Wellington team schedule is below.

Elsewhere, there are currently a Wellington 9-year-old team; a 10-year-old team; and a 13-15 year old team playing in various state tournaments.

The update of district games, and the state schedule for each team are as follows:

Cal Ripken baseball


Kerri Hunter finds 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For Kerri Hunter, it has been a lifelong search looking for the Wheat Festival Medallion. Ever since she was a little girl, she has been searching. This Saturday, it all paid off. Hunter found the 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion at the third and Ash location in Wellington on Saturday afternoon.

The full list of clues and the answers are below.

“I knew it was in that location when the “No Man’s Land” clue came out and was released,” Hunter told Wellington Executive Director Annarose White when she collected her prize Monday morning at the Chamber office at Memorial Auditorium.

Same day she and Carrie Lough figured out the Red Hot Chile Peppers Clue and the “not under the bridge”.

Several years ago in a different Medallion hunt, Hunter thought it was at the 3rd and Ash location, but it wasn’t.

“I thought it would be an excellent spot for a future Medallion spot,” she said.

Full Kansas Wheat Festival Schedule of Events

On-going Exhibits and Attractions

Ottaway Carnival – Wednesday through Saturday at the Raymond Frye Complex Parking Lot, 320 North Jefferson, $25 wristband special every night.  Carnival opens each evening at 6 p.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 at SSB for $50.00!

Harvest Photo Display- Sumner County Economic Development, 314 N. Washington–9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, July 10th thru Friday, July 14th. (Sponsored by Kansas Wheat, Susan’s Portrait Designs & MKC)

Downtown Art Exhibit–104 N Washington Ave. Open Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Sponsored by Wellington Community Arts Network and Strategic Financial Concepts)

Kansas Wheat Festival – “Wheat Show” — Display at Renn & Company, 209 S. Washington Ave. Winners announced Wednesday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m. during Picnic in the Park (Sponsored by Renn & Company)

Chisholm Trail Museum- 502 North Washington – Open 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Free Admission. Donations accepted.

Panhandle Railroad Museum–425 East Harvey

Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m..Tuesday to Saturday.  Free Admission. Donations accepted.

Food Vendors – 7th street East and West of Washington each day.

1992 Wellington High School graduate Chad Fuller suffers broken neck after slide accident

Chad Fuller

Sumner Newscow report — Chad Fuller, a 1992 Wellington High School graduate, was seriously injured Saturday in an accident at a lake near St. Paul, Neb. Fuller is the son of Bob Fuller, who was the WHS football coach in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Fuller, who is an assistant principal at David City, Neb, was with family at his brother’s home on Lake of the Woods, Rusty Fuller said on social media. He was injured sliding head-first into the water and was taken to CHI St. Francis in Grand Island, where he underwent several hours of surgery after suffering a broken neck.

On Sunday afternoon, Superintendent Chad Denker said David City school administrators had notified staff about the incident and would delay a broader announcement out of respect for the Fuller family, according to an article in the Lincoln Journal Star.

Denker confirmed reports that Fuller suffered a broken neck.

“Unfortunately, he is currently paralyzed from the neck down as a result,” Denker said in the note to staff. “The doctors do not know the long-term prognosis at this time, but know it will be a long recovery.”

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

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 Notes: Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9, 2017:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Culture Cow: Podcasts are not just for your hipster friends anymore; Spider-Man finally done right

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — We all already know that major corporations and the union of witches got together and designed children’s entertainment to annoy parents and turn kids into lizard people, so its nice to find out that there is something better.  NPR has a podcast called Wow in the World that will entertain, and educate, kids without making their parents roll down the windows to escape the noise.  

If unfamiliar with what podcasts are, they’re in that purple app that everyone moves into the “extras” folder on their home-screen the first day they open their phone.  They release new episodes every couple of days and its absolutely free.  If you have no kids, but still hate the radio, NPR has several informative and entertaining podcasts for the inquisitive type.


21 Savage finally dropped his second album and it probably took him so long because of the sheer length of the thing: 14 songs, culminating in a 7-minute freestyle, aptly titled 7 Min Freestyle, Issa shows off 21’s rising stock as an Atlanta artist even when he’s not collaborating with his favorite producer Metro Booming.

A true street rapper, 21 takes shots at imitators and also throws in a few love songs in an attempt to make people forget his last album had a stabbing knife on the cover.  Issa has a number of great songs that match up Savage’s clever, but brutal, rhyming style with thundering beats perfectly emulating the Atlanta style; early favorites include Bank Account and Thug Life.

New events headline 117th Annual Kansas Wheat Festival

Helicopter rides will be one of the new features at the Kansas Wheat Festival.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — There are many new activities planned for this year’s 117th annual Kansas Wheat Festival in Wellington, including a spectacular Sunday Grand Finale.

With the theme being the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail, there will be an emphasis of the wild west days. Events will begin Wednesday, July 12, and end Sunday, July 16.

For the first time ever, a coloring contest will be held at the Wellington Senior Center for the first time this season, for ages 3-8. Coloring pages may be picked up at the Senior Center or Chamber of Commerce office, and must be turned into the center by July 11 at noon.

A special brew Kansas Wheat Festival beer will be served at Barefoot Jerry’s during festivities.

The Ottaway Carnival will serve a savory funnel cake in celebration of the Chisholm Trail anniversary.

Seven bands headline the 2017 Kansas Wheat Festival

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — When you think about the Kansas Wheat Festival, you can’t help but think about the music.

And after the past couple of years of featuring premiere acts such as Logan Mize and Little Texas, the 2017 Festival officials have decided to take a new route, by giving music fans more.

This year, seven musical acts will be on downtown Washington Street stage to entertain the masses. And what a stunning array of music to placate the fans: whether it is honky tonk country, to powerhouse 80s, to acoustic folk, to grassroots Janis Joplin rock, before finishing Saturday day night with top-of-the-line 70s sound.

“I would venture to say we have never had this amount of music ever at one individual Wheat Festival,” said Mark Green, who assembled these bands and will be the Festival’s sound guy. “You are talking about over 10 hours of music.”

Thursday, Wheat Festival fans can see The Marc Baker Show and the Aaron Woods Band.

Friday, after the parade, will include the power 80s sound of Paramount.

On Saturday, the music begins at 6 p.m. and won’t end until nearly midnight with Kitty Hawk Krash, Jenny Wood and The Watchers, Piper Leigh and the Smoking Section, and Image Union.

The following is a short biography of each of the bands you will see this next week in downtown Wellington:

Marc Baker and Untamed Country

Singer-songwriter Marc Baker has a sound that can be compared to artist such as Joe Diffie, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, and other “Honky-Tonk” artist.

Wellington Regent this weekend: Transformers – The Last Knight

This week at the Regent Theater: “Transformers – The Last Knight.”

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

Feature film rating: PG-13 (for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo).

Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The Transformers leap into action once more in this sequel from Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay.

2017 Medallion Hunt: Clue #5 – Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7:

Clue #5: No man’s land…

July 6:

Clue #4:  NOT RHCP – 92.

July 5:

Clue #3: Doesn’t smoke.

July 4: 

(Updated 11:40 p.m. Thursday) Drunk driving accident results in death of woman with Wellington ties and 2 children

Sumner Newscow report — A former Wellington resident died on the Fourth of July with two of her children when a car hit them while they were stopped on the side of a Dunklin County road in southeast Missouri.

At 9:50 p.m., Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the crash located on Route MM, two miles south of the Stoddard County line – which is in the panhandle of southeast Missouri near the Arkansas state line.

Tiffani D. (Callaway) Santana, 32; Jackson Venneman, 2; and Phoenix Santana, 10, all of Butler, Mo., died when a 2010 GMC Sierra struck them and their 2015 Chevy Cruze parked on the shoulder of the road. Santana was the daughter of Scott and Teresa Callaway, who live south of Kansas City, and were former Wellington residents.

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New information kiosk downtown built by WHS wood shop class

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow – Visitors and residents can now find information on local organizations in a new kiosk downtown, built by the Wellington High School wood shop class.

“I thought of asking the Wellington High School wood shop class to build it because of their Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, and that it would be a useful project for them to participate in,” said Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Annarose White. “They have a class every semester that works on a special project.”

All materials to build the kiosk were purchased locally, minus the brochure holders themselves, which were mounted by True Value/Mill Creek Lumber. The project was paid for by the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB.

Wellington High School Industrial Arts instructor Ryan Elders stated:

“There was never a hesitation about whether or not to help the city out. It’s an opportunity for our students to build something they could comeback years from now and see. The students really enjoyed designing the kiosk and building it.  Any chance we have in the future of building a project for the city we will try and work in to our schedule.  We still have a tiny house/storage shed for sale we would love to sell this summer as well, for anyone interested.”

Other than a destroyed stop sign, the 4th of July holiday was rather trouble free

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Fourth of July holiday is officially over, and at least in Wellington it was relatively trouble free.

There was one exception. Skyler Crittenden, 18, of Wellington is facing charges of arson, a non-person felony, for allegedly blowing up a stop sign at 15th and Jefferson.

According to Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said sometime in the late Saturday evening to early Sunday morning timeframe, a sparkler type bomb was used to severely damage the stop sign on the north corner of the intersection on U.S. 160, causing about $200 damage.

According to the Wellington Police report, Crittenden was arrested at 3 p.m. Sunday and confined for arson charges. He was released after posting bond.

As far as the overall holiday is concern, neither the police or fire department reported anything out of the ordinary.

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