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Important dates to remember about upcoming election, last day to register is Oct. 18

Sumner County Election

Sumner Newscow report — Here are important dates to remember for the election:

October 18: Last day to register to vote for the November 8 election. You must re-register if you have:

•Changed your name.

•Moved – even a move across the street could put you in a different representative district

October 19: Advance voting by mail begins. You must complete an application for Advance Voting Ballot. Once an application is received, voter registration is confirmed and a ballot is mailed to the voter.

Ballots must be returned to the County Election office by 7 p.m., November 8. Ballots can be returned by mail or in person.

November 2: Advance voting in person begins,

November 4: Last day to mail ballots.

November 7: Advance voting in person ends at noon.

November 8: ELECTION DAY. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Belle Plaine Middle Schooler Cheyenne Cooper wins countywide Spelling Bee

There were 34 spelling participants at the annual county spelling bee in Wellington.

There were 34 spelling participants at the annual Sumner County Spelling Bee in Wellington.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Cheyenne Cooper, a Belle Plaine Middle School student, was this year’s Sumner County Spelling Bee Champion held at the Wellington Middle School auditorium this morning.

Cooper spelled the word “Electrode” to win the competition over 33 other Sumner County spellers from 17 elementary and middle schools. By the way “electrode” is an electrical conductor used to make contact with a non-metallic part of a circuit… in case you were wondering.

The winning word lifted Cooper over Logan Pittman from South Haven Middle School.

Cooper will now advance to Hays to participate in the state spelling bee competition sometime this spring.

“No, I didn’t practice a bit,” laughed Cheyenne. “No strategy.”

Mary Meeker was the pronouncer with Carol Hadorn, Stephanie Frazier and Mark Farley as the judges.

The other participants include:

Newscow feature: The future of Conway Springs and the expansion of Dollar General

K-49 will be all that divides what will be two grocery stores in Conway Springs if Dollar General builds a store in desired location.
K-49 Highway will all that will divide two groceries stores if Dollar General builds store in desired location in Conway Springs.

K-49 Highway will all that divides the two groceries stores if Dollar General builds store in desired location in Conway Springs.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Dollar General, a corporation headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn., is not unfamiliar to Sumner County residents. For years, a Dollar General has been doing business in Wellington.

But it hasn’t been until the past 16 months that the company has made a dramatic imprint throughout the county. It started with a Dollar General Market built in Belle Plaine that opened during the summer of 2015. Then Saturday, Caldwell held its grand opening for its new Dollar General store at 538 N. Main St.

And now the corporation is eyeing Conway Springs, a community with a population of 1,272 people.

Unlike the other three Sumner County stores that are now doing commerce, there has been pushback in Conway Springs. And it has become a source of controversy amongst local citizens, a political pawn between factions of local government, and most of all a debate on what is best for future of Conway Springs.

It is ultimately a battle between the “mom and pops” vs. the corporate giant – a battle that has been waged throughout rural America for decades. Today, it is the major topic of conversation in Conway Springs.

The Clint and Jenny Osner family of Conway Springs.

The Clint and Jenny Osner family of Conway Springs.

In Conway Springs

There are several key components to making a rural town independently viable: great schools, a community newspaper, an active workforce. But few would argue having a grocery store is right there near or at the top of everyone’s wish list.

Grocery stores are not only the place to go to start your supper, but in many ways is a community social gathering. Get a loaf a bread, and find out what your neighbor is up to, can all go hand-in-hand.

Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes/Avery Rusk named Big Cheese Athlete(s) of the Week

Big Cheese athlete of the week


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the Wellington girls tennis team it was a big, big weekend with all six girls qualifying for the Class 4A State Girls Tennis Tournament in Winfield. For Lauren Snipes and Avery Rusk, it was an even bigger weekend.

Snipes/Rusk are named Big Cheese Athlete(s) of the Week for winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV tournament and qualifying for state at the regional in Pratt as doubles partners for the Lady Dukes tennis team.

On Oct. 3, Snipes/Rusk finished first in the AV-CTL tournament in Buhler by beating Myers/Bruce of McPherson 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the No. 2 doubles crown. The team became the first Wellington entree to win a league AV-CTL DIV tournament crown since 2009.

Dusti Irey of Wellington wins Walking Dead Season 7 premiere tickets because of her love letter to Daryl

Dusti Irey in her Walking Dead shrine.

Dusti Irey in her Walking Dead shrine.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Dusti Irey of Wellington has been a fan of The Walking Dead since the show’s inception seven years ago. When she heard of a radio contest on Kidd Kraddick In The Morning, 105.3, to win tickets to see Season 7 live, she entered.

“I had to write a love letter to my favorite Walking Dead character, who of course is Daryl, played by Norman Reedus,” Irey said.

Irey wrote a love letter to Daryl which caught the attention of the contest judges, who notified her two weeks later.

“I had to read the letter on air, and I was so nervous,” Irey said. “They said I was a finalist. I didn’t know I had won until I finished reading.”

Irey was working at Crusader Childcare when she received the call that she was one of three people in the entire nation to win tickets on the Kid Kraddick show.

“I never would have ever guessed I would have written something that would catch their attention,” Irey said. “I am so stoked, and a nervous wreck. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to to attend this.”

Irey decided to take her best friend, Sarah Brown, with her.

Wellington qualifies all six girls to state in Class 4A Regional; finishes 2nd in Pratt

Crusader sports news


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the first time since 2010, when Wellington won the Class 4A Girls Tennis State Championship, the Crusaders qualified all six participants Saturday afternoon in the Class 4A Regional in Pratt.

Wellington also became regional runner-up, only trailing Wichita Collegiate – which ran away with the tournament with 25 points. The Crusaders tied Maize South with 14 points but won the tie-breaker. Scott City and Larned had 2 and Hays had 1. Colby, Pratt, Ulysses, and Wichita Trinity failed to score.

“The girls came through at the right time this weekend and rallied around each other,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach.

Now Wellington travels to Winfield, for the Class 4A State tournament, Friday and Saturday. Play will begin around 11:30 a.m.

In front of the largest contingency of fans at the regional, Wellington lived up to it seeding— in fact, exactly up to its seeding. (see full bracket here).

The 2016 Wellington Fall Fest and Homecoming in pictures …


Sumner Newscow report — Wellington held its annual Fall Festival and Homecoming with a flurry of activities. It all started with the pep rally and substitute parade in the high school parking lot. Then came the game, the Duchess crowning, and dance thereafter.

Then Saturday, made way for the chili cookoff, barbecue cookoff, the Wellington Public Library launch, and class reunions. Lots of pictures galore. Click here for more pictures of Friday and Saturday’s events.


Escort Will Long brings in Kayma Brand in a shopping cart.


Duchess candidate Mallory Barker and her attendant Brock Edwards arrive at pep rally in style. 

Face painting was the rage at the Fall Festival.

Face painting was the rage at the Fall Festival.

(Updated Oct., 9) Jaycee Schettler crowned Duchess of Wellington…



Sumner Newscow report — Jaycee Schettler was crowned the 2016 Duchess of Wellington Friday night during the homecoming ceremony at halftime of the Wellington-Scott City game. Carson LeGrand was her escort.

She received the crown during the halftime ceremony. This year’s attendants included: Kayma Brand, Brecken Lawrence, Leanne Neal and Mallory Barker.

Schettler is the daughter of Sonja and Kevin Schettler. She is a member of the First Methodist Church and has been involved in NHS, Life of an Athlete, Track and field, cross country, and powerlifting. Outside of school Jaycee enjoys 4-H, Kansas Draft Horse and Mule Association Representative, Hayesville saddle club, American quarter horse association, and spending time with her boyfriend Jared Shieldsl.

Scott City rolls Wellington 41-0 on homecoming night

Chris Kop (25) on the carry vs. Scott City.

Chris Kop (25) on the carry vs. Scott City.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was a rough homecoming for the Wellington football team Friday as the Crusaders fell to the Scott City Beavers 41-0.

More often than not Scott City started on the Wellington side of the field and scoring on four of five first half possessions to take a 27-0 lead at intermission. Wellington only got past the 50 yard line once and that was late in the fourth quarter.

The Crusaders drove to the Scott City 24 on its last possession before a holding penalty and three incomplete passes ended the drive. It was the only time Wellington crossed midfield the entire game.

Wellington coach Zane Agular said his team “needs to do some soul searching,” after the game. Wellington has now been outscored in two ball games 93-0, and 140-7 in three games.

“We knew they would be tough and they lived up to that. Up front we just have to get better and be able to adjust. We have got to move the ball better,” he said.

There will be 2 local sales tax questions on Nov. 8 ballot – separate from the other

Sumner County Election

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — There are two local sales tax questions on the Nov. 8 ballot.  It is important for the voters to know that this is not a choice of one over the other.  Each question must be voted on.

The first question will be asking the voters to extend the current half-cent sales tax for a period of four years, beginning April 1, 2018.  This was originally approved by the voters on Nov 2, 2010.  The extension of the current half percent sales tax collected in Sumner County is for health care.  It is equivalent to 5.321 mills for the 2017 budget.  Revenues from the current sales tax collected are distributed to the Sumner County Health Department, Sumner Mental Health, Futures Unlimited and ambulance districts throughout the County.

During the summer of 2017, the Board of County Commissioners will be deep into preparing the 2018 County budget.  Information from this election will determine if the funds from sales tax will be used to fund the various departments, listed above or if a mill levy increase will be necessary.  Currently the 5.321 mills, saved in the 2017 budget, is equivalent to $61.19 on a home valued at $100,000.  To calculate a mill levy increase on your property, use the assessed valuation of your property multiply by .005321 (used for 2017 budget).  In the spring of each year, the County Appraiser sends an appraisal sheet for each parcel of land, to property owners, showing the assessed valuation of the property.

The two hospitals are NOT included as they currently have a revenue source of a local sales tax for Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington and a tax levied for Sumner Hospital District No. 1, located in Caldwell.

The second question, which would be a new half percent sales tax, proposes a Cowley College Campus in Sumner County.  This would be collected for a period of 10 years, beginning April 1, 2017. 

Garage Sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Oct. 7 to Oct. 9, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Storks playing at Wellington Regent Theatre this weekend


This week at the Regent Theater: Storks.

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

Also: Two classic movies for next week (see details below).

This Friday’s feature film rating: PG (for mild action and some thematic elements).

Time: 1 hour 27 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: In this animated children’s fantasy, two storks (voiced by Kelsey Grammer and Andy Samberg) reveal the truth about their job delivering babies to new parents.

Dueling cousins: For Conway Springs playing Mulvane it will be a family affair



Conway Springs players: Grant Mooningham, Andrew Friess and Aaron May.

Conway Springs players with Mulvane cousins: Grant Mooneyham, Andrew Friess and Aaron May.

The Blaine cousins: Chase and Dalton Blaine.

The Blaine cousins: Chase and Dalton Blaine.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — They say we are all related somehow if you just keep digging through history.

But come this Friday when Conway Springs plays at Mulvane this Friday for the first time in like forever, it may feel like an all-in-the-family affair.

Ok. It’s not like Conway Springs vs. Garden Plain where it is a civil war amongst family members on an annual basis. But there is a surprising amount of family linkage between those who play for Conway Springs and those who play for Mulvane.

There are four sets of cousins involving three families for Friday’s game:

Cousin Chase Blaine is playing his Mulvane cousin Dalton Blaine.

Cousins Grant Mooneyham and Aaron May are playing cousin Hank May.

Wellington to battle Scott City on homecoming weekend

Crusader nights

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Last year at the scheduling meeting, Wellington had an open date on week #5 and no opponent to play. Thus came the first ever regular season game against Scott City – which didn’t have a game either.

Now with Ulysses and Scott City, Wellington has guaranteed a trip out west every year. Luckily, Scott City comes here while Wellington travels west to Ulysses. In 2017, it will be the opposite.

The winless Crusaders are extreme underdogs going into the homecoming game. Scott City is listed in “others” in the latest in Class 4A Div. 2. It also just hammered Ulysses 53-7 last week.

Scott City has a new coach in Jim Turner, who took over long-time football coach Glenn O’Neal – who spent one year as a Wellington head basketball coach in the 1990s. O’Neal is at Topeka Seaman.

Wellington will be without starting quarterback Cade Phelps who is out with a concussion.

Wellington-Scott City game at a glance:

Triumph celebrates 100th shipment of the KC-10 Aerial refueling boom to the U.S. Air Force

Colonel Mark Mocio was in Wellington.

Colonel Mark Mocio was in Wellington.

Sumner Newscow report — It was a big day for Triumph Group, especially the Wellington plant. At Thursday morning ceremony at the Triumph Accessory Services at 411 North West Road in Wellington, officials marked the shipment of the 100th KC-10 Aerial Refueling Boom in support of the U.S. Air Force maintenance program.  Triumph Group’s Product Support business, based out of Wellington, has provided repair and overhaul service on the KC-10 boom since the program’s inception in 1999.

“We are proud of our long history serving the U.S. Air Force KC-10 aircraft program and extremely pleased to celebrate this milestone with one of our most valued patrons,” said Mike Abram, executive vice president of Triumph Product Support.  “We also look forward to partnering, in the not too distant future, with L3 Communications in support of the KC-10 CLS program.”

Triumph Group was recently identified as a key teammate by L3 when the company was selected to provide full contractor logistic support for the KC-10.  As a supporting partner, Triumph will continue to provide repair and overhaul services for the KC-10 boom and additional components, as awarded.

Chisholm Trail Museum to celebrate Hatcher Hospital Centennial


Dr. A.R. Hatcher is shown with his nurses in the day.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With the belief that hospitals should be downtown to better serve people, Dr. A.R. Hatcher built the Hatcher Hospital across from the Sumner County Courthouse in 1916. The building now serves as the Chisholm Trail Museum.

In celebration of the hospital’s centennial, the museum brought the surgery room back to its glory and will have guided tours available to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. There will be a guided tours from 2-4 p.m., refreshments, and drinks. People can visit any part of the museum, but the guided tours will cover the lobby, doctor’s office, nursery, and surgery room. The surgery room has been remodeled, and includes an exact replica of a surgery table that Dr. Hatcher used in 1919, among several surgical tools that were left when the hospital closed. The surgery room had pretty high standards for 1919.

The museum is open to the public with donations accepted.

The Hatcher Hospital would eventually become the Chisholm Trail Museum of today.

The Hatcher Hospital would eventually become the Chisholm Trail Museum of today.

When Dr. Hatcher first moved to Wellington in 1910, he practiced at St. Luke’s Hospital, now Sumner Regional Medical Center, which was outside the city limits at the time. He began practicing medicine in Allen, Kans. in 1908.

Dr. Hatcher also believed that all medical services available should be provided to the public. The two story building consisted of three clinics, children’s clinic, a dentist, optometrist, bone specialist, even having one from Austria at one time, and the Meninger Clinic also provided mental health services there. He wanted a more excellent hospital and more advanced medical care available, so he and the Hatcher Hospital Association opened the Hatcher Hospital, and any doctor could practice there.

The modern, fireproof building was state of the art for that time and made for the safety of the patients. The building was constructed by J.H. Mitchell and Son and was the first of this type in Wellington. When constructed started in 1916, the hospital area was in the back, and the front was he and his family’s private living quarters. The hospital had two Wellington firsts, the first self operated elevator installed in the city, and the first electric dumbwaiter, in which prepared foods were able to be carried piping hot from the kitchen to the second floor. The facility also contained the most modern in sterilization with facilities for steam, water and dry sterilization.

Rail grain terminal near Milan holds ‘pouring of the cement’ tour

MKC terminal construction near Milan is progressing.

MKC terminal construction near Milan is progressing.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The first cement pouring of the new rail grain terminal near Milan was held Monday. And to celebrate, guided tours were held for the legion of inquiring visitors viewing the facility for the first time.

The terminal, once completed, will offer nearly 7 million bushels of grain storage capability. The current estimated construction completion date is June 1, 2017 — ready for next summer’s wheat harvest.

The facility is designed so that elevator operators can receive 100,000 bushels of grain per hour during harvest and load up to 80,000 bushels per hour onto the rail using a high-speed shuttle loader with access to the BNSF train line.

The terminal has been the brain child of owner Producer Ag LLC, and it is a 50/50 joint venture between CHS – an energy, grains and food company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and MKC – a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs and services throughout Kansas. MKC has two other facilities in McPherson and Canton, Kansas.

Officials tout that when scouting for a terminal location, Sumner County stood out as an excellent area, considering the number of acres in production, type of acres planted, grains produced, end users for bushels produced, and future production. Multiple studies were conducted by MKC and CHS looking at grain producing areas in the state of Kansas, and identified areas which were underserved by cooperative grain terminals. Thus, the Milan site was made. 

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Wellington Airport expansion project is on the go again

Wellington City Council meeting report

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Airport expansion project may be on the go again. At the regular city meeting Tuesday, City Manager Shane Shields told the council the FAA had notified the city the project will be funded in 2017. This project started a few years ago with the FAA paying for most of it, but had put it off for a couple of years and was likely to still be a few years away.

The FAA now says it has funding for 2017, but the city will have to say “yes” very soon to get the money. If the city were to turn down the grant it would go to another community and the expansion would be put off a very long time. It would also mean the city would have to do another environmental study, which it received a grant for last time.

The project’s total cost is $2.8 million, and the city’s share would be $220,000. Shields also said he was told by KDOT the state may chip in some money so the cost to the city could be less.

Snipes/Rusk win AV-CTL league girls tennis championship; team places 4th

Crusader sports news


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lauryn Snipes and Avery Rusk were Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. III and IV Girls Tennis Champions in a tournament held in Buhler in the No. 2 doubles division Monday afternoon.

Snipes/Rusk overpowered seven other opponents to become tournament champions. They beat the tournament’s top seed Myers/Bruce of McPherson 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the crown.

Wellington finished fourth as a team with 46 points, one point shy of third place. Buhler had 45. Wichita Collegiate won the event with 63 points, followed by McPherson with 55. Winfield had 33, Circle 21, El Dorado 12, and Augusta 3.

“You won’t see a more competitive league tournament for schools our size in the state,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “We finished sixth in this same tournament last season.”

In other Wellington results:

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