Sumner NewsCow News and Sports for Sumner County Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:13:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Adam Wayne Ricke, 34, Wellington: August 12, 1986 – Sept. 20, 2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:42:58 +0000

Adam Ricke

Adam Wayne Ricke died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Wellington at the age of 34.

He was born the son of Harry and Vickie (Bartlow) Ricke on August 12, 1986, in Wellington. Adam was the youngest of three children and the only boy. He graduated from Wellington High School in the Class of 2004, attended K-State and then went on to graduate from Wichita State University. Adam then worked as a credit analyst at Meritrust Credit Union in Wichita. On December 14, 2018, Adam and Jessica Yunker were united in marriage in Wellington, and on March 3, 2020, they welcomed their daughter, Claire Suzanne into the world.

As a young child, Adam was adored by his two older sisters Kelsi and Karissa.  They thought the world of their baby brother.  They carried him around and always played games with him. His favorite games were “sumo wrestler” and locking them in the house while holding them hostage inside with the garden hose.  His love for reading was developed at a very young age.  He would often spend Saturdays with his mom and sisters at the mall… reading a book outside the store. He gained two brothers when his sisters got married.  Greg was a role model and someone he looked up to and respected, and Gary was more than a brother, he was a best friend.  He will forever be Gary’s favorite golf partner.

The family of five took several trips to Dallas on holidays, all across the United States for Bartlow Family Reunions, and more recently to visit Grandma and Grandpa Bartlow in Colorado.  He shared lots of special memories with his Bartlow cousins including going on the field at the Dallas Cowboys football game during Keith Urban’s halftime -performance.

Adam was the self-proclaimed “Prince Ricke” being the firstborn son of the firstborn son.  His cousins and aunts and uncles held a special place in his heart.  He loved Christmas Eve with the Ricke’s at Grandma Clara’s and playing rounds of golf with all of his uncles.  He loved being a Ricke.

He was the ultimate uncle to his nieces and nephews.  He loved to take them to the movies and play games. Even though he was in college, he made sure to be at all of their births.  He teased them endlessly and they just adored him. His parents instilled wonderful family traditions and made so many memories.  His dad shared his love of golf with Adam and had him on the course before he was even 1-year-old.  They played in many tournaments together and Adam finally beat his all-time low score a few years ago.  He couldn’t wait to call and tell him as they often did after each golf round. Adam was also a Momma’s boy and their bond grew stronger these past few months with Claire. She would do anything and everything for her boy.

Adam had several hobbies, including reading, bowling, golf, cheering on the K-State Wildcats, and the Dallas Cowboys.  His passion for golf far exceeded just a hobby.  He looked forward to playing Tuesday night golf and Big Game on Saturdays and Sundays.  He was the first to call to join teams for tournaments.  He won the 2016 Catbackers Golf Tournament which sent him on an airplane for the first time to Pinehurst Golf Course in North Carolina.  He proudly showed off all of his “Pinehurst Swag” all over the house.  He also lived out a golf dream with brother in law Gary for his 40th birthday, playing at TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Fla. He was looking forward to taking Gary to Pebble Beach Golf Course on his 50th.  He took more pictures of golf courses on his phone than he did with his wife.

Even though he was only with Meritrust for three years, he thrived as a Senior Credit Analyst.  He was fortunate enough to take many business trips and to the Lending School in Madison, Wisc. for two years in a row.  He was so proud of himself for finishing the test first with a perfect score.  He was always competitive and loved winning, two traits he picked up from his Dad.  

Adam and Jessica were so excited to get married that they did it twice.  They had a private ceremony at the Courthouse and then had a wedding and reception a few months later.  Their friendship over the years grew into the best kind of love between two people.  They made the most out of their few short years together, taking trips and going to the movies.  He taught Jessica about all things Star Wars and Avengers, two things she never planned to learn.  He made her laugh more than anyone in the world.

As much as he loved golf, it merely became second fiddle when his daughter Claire Suzanne was born.  The day the gender was revealed, sitting at a stoplight in Wichita, he said “What do you think about the name Claire?”  It was the perfect name for their girl.  Her entrance into this world was not as expected, but their love and bond grew stronger than ever.  Jessica often joked about “Hospital Adam” and how much he did for her during this scary time of their life.  Claire would smile ear to ear every time her Daddy walked into the room.  Most times he didn’t even speak and she would just light up.  She was a Daddy’s girl from Day one and he will be in her heart forever.

Survivors include his wife, Jessica Yunker Ricke, and daughter, Claire Suzanne Ricke; parents, Harry and Vickie Ricke; sister, Kelsi Hinshaw and husband Greg; sister, Karissa Richmond and husband Gary all of Wellington; grandparents, Wayne and Marilyn Bartlow of Buena Vista, Colo., nieces and nephews: Banks Hinshaw, Addison Hinshaw, Kasiah Richmond, and Sawyer Richmond; dear friend and brother, Chris Murphy along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, SJ and Clara Ricke.

A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Please adhere to the current public gathering guidelines. Facemasks will be requested.

A memorial service for Adam will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2020, at the pavilion of the Wellington Golf Club, 1500 West Harvey, Wellington, KS.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for Adam and Jessica’s daughter. Please make contributions to the Ricke Memorial Fund, c/o Impact Bank, 206 East Harvey, Wellington, KS 67152. Contributions can be mailed, left at the funeral home, or made online at his tribute page on

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Arrangements by Cornejo Funeral Home and Crematory, Wellington.

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Crittenden, 85, Wellington: Nov. 22, 1934 – Sept. 22, 2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 21:55:37 +0000

Bernadine Crittenden

Bernadine “Bernie” Crittenden, age 85, died early Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020, at her home in Wellington.  Bernie was a long time Wellington resident and a retired United States Postal Service Clerk.

Bernie was born on November 22, 1934, in North Platte, Nebraska to Alex and Zoe McKiernan.

Bernadine McKiernan married Max Crittenden on July 22, 1955, at the First Baptist Church in Wellington, KS. They had celebrated 58 years of marriage before Max passed away in March of 2014.

She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed attending and supporting her children and grandchildren’s activities. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was the pianist for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Max Crittenden; son, Luke Crittenden; granddaughter, Alexis Crittenden; twin brother, Bernard and brothers, William and Larry McKiernan.

Survivors include children, Kurk Crittenden and his wife Diane of Wellington, Shawn Crittenden and Angela of Wellington, Carmen Hull, and Monty of Wichita, eight grandchildren, Danny, Libby, Kristin, Amber, Allyson, Ashley, Alex and Riley; 15 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.  Pastor Bob Nusser will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 1 to 7 p.m.  In honoring Bernie’s wishes the casket will remain closed.

A memorial has been established with the First Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.

Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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It has been a roller coaster year for the Wellington High School band Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:55:39 +0000

The Wellington High School band has suffered setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the good news is the new uniforms are coming (click to enlarge).

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everything and the Wellington High School band is most certainly not the exception.

The Big Red Marching Machine, aka Wellington Crusader band, saw its plans to attend the upcoming Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. canceled because of the pandemic. Also, this year, instead of marching across the football field for pregame and halftime performances to entertain the home fans, the WHS band has been relegated to the northern endzone because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Nevertheless, none of the band members’ enthusiasm has been dampened.

“We will find new opportunities for the Big Red Marching Machine to share our sound,” said second-year Wellington band instructor Allen Hisken.

And one can’t complain too much, with new uniforms coming in January. 

In March, the nation was hit with the pandemic and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the WHS band. It was currently fundraising for the D.C. trip when everything was canceled. Since they had limited opportunities to fundraise, the plan to go to Washington D.C. trip for January 2021 had to be canceled.

“We had started with plans to visit a music festival in the Washington, D.C. area the week of the upcoming inauguration,” Hisken said. “While there, we may have been selected to march in the celebratory parade.”

With COVID-19 Regulations, the band played the week one football game in the north end zone.

Currently, there are 84 students enrolled in the Crusader Band program, 45 in middle school and 39 in high school.

“We welcome any student who is interested in performing in the band,” Hisken said. “We just ask that they are ready to do a little bit of work and plan to have a whole lot of fun.”

The band is following the best social distancing practices shared by the KSHSAA. They have bell covers for instruments, as well as other personal protection equipment precautions.

COVID-19 has forced band students to cover the bells of their horns.

“Music is vital to so many,” Hisken said. “I tell the students, ‘So goes the band, so goes the school.’ We have to be strong and find a way forward. Challenges are not going to stop us. They might slow us down or add a few extra steps, but we’ll get there.”

The band is in the final stages of ordering new uniforms, which are expected to arrive in January or February. The uniforms will be paid for using the USD 353 Capital Improvement fund budgeted for uniform replacement.

“We are going to be getting our uniforms from Fruhuaf Uniforms, Inc. of Wichita,” Hisken said. “A big thank you to Superintendent Hatfield for making this purchase happen.”

Last September, Hisken sat down and worked with the company to design the new uniforms. After some input from district leadership and the USD 353 Board of Education, a final design was selected.

Social distancing is a normal way of life these days for the band. But the music is still good.

The band is planning a special Christmas jazz concert at the high school this year. Hisken also hopes that the middle school drumline can get started. A flag festival is being planned during basketball season to give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders an opportunity to learn color guard basics and have fun, featured performance. Most sanctioned events have been postponed until 2021.

“We will work hard to be ready for these events if something changes,” Hisken said.

This is Hisken’s second year teaching at USD 353, and his 16th year teaching music.

“I started in Wellington last summer and I knew it was going to be my home for a long time,” Hisken said. “I appreciate the pride the community has for school success. The students show this daily in their hard work and dedication. We have terrific potential to build back up a notable band program. I am grateful for all the supportive parents and adults that encourage me and the students to keep sharing our music.”

You can follow or like the band on Facebook or Instagram @wellington.crusadersound.

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Alice M. Wampler, 93, Mayfield: Sept. 3, 1927 – Sept. 20, 2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:33:24 +0000

Alice M. Wampler

Alice Murial Wampler, age 93, of Mayfield, died on September 20, 2020.  Alice was born on September 3, 1927, in Beaumont, Calif.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Neal; daughters, Vicky and Trudy; parents, Charles and Bertha Hemsley; brother, Charles Hemsley; and sister, Evelyn (Leo) Lindner.

She is survived by son, Alex (Desiree) Wampler, son, Curtis (Edie) Wampler, Son, Doug (Monique) Wampler; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and dozens of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Alice grew up in St. Helena, Calif. and served during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy where she met Neal and raised their children in Southern California.  She was active in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Lion’s Club, and Mayfield Federated Church.  She loved reading and traveling with Neal in their RV with family and friends.

Funeral Services celebrating her life will be at Mayfield Federated Church on Friday, September 25, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. with Military Graveside Services to follow at Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Memorials have been established with the Mayfield Federated Church and with Good Shepherd Hospice.  Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.

Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:13:33 +0000 Wellington Police notes: Monday, September 21, 2020

2:14 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 700 block W. 12th, Wellington.

•2:50 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy accident on private property in the 500 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Maria L. Ybarra, 31, Winfield, and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Elizabeth R. Justice, Wellington.

•2:46 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1000 block W. Shady Lane Court, Wellington.

•3:55 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 100 block W. Botkin, Wellington.

•8:11 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1600 block N. A, Wellington.

•11 p.m. Seth W. Helton, 28, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no valid drivers’ license, no proof of insurance and expired registration.

Caldwell to resume in-person classes Wednesday after positive COVID-19 test last week Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:00:53 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — The Caldwell school district received a positive test inside the school buildings last week. As a result, students are currently remote learning in order to work with the county health department to go through the contact tracing procedure.

USD 360 announced this morning it will resume classes Wednesday, Sept. 23 in person and back in the buildings.

In a letter issued to USD 360 Caldwell families and staff issued this morning it states:

“Students and staff who are quarantined will go through remote learning until their quarantine period ends, while the remainder of the students will be back in the buildings.”

The full letter can be read here.

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Fatality caused from structure fire in Wellington at 1:25 a.m. this morning Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:37:24 +0000

Location of fatality fire. (Click to enlarge)

Sumner Newscow report — There was a fatality from a structure fire this morning at 1:25 a.m. in Wellington.

According to a Wellington Fire Department press release, Bernadine Crittenden, who was living at 217 W. 17th St. in Wellington, was found deceased in the living room after firefighters were dispatched to the scene. It was reported from the onset that someone was possibly trapped inside.

When the fire crews entered the structure, they found that the fire had burned itself out after causing considerable fire damage to the living room.

Smoke and gasses were removed from the house using fire department ventilation fans. The cause of the fire according to the WFD, is smoking in the presence of medical oxygen. 

The estimated loss to the structure and contents was $50,000.

There were six personnel arriving at the scene including the fire chief’s truck, one engine, and one ladder. Others assisting with the fire include the Wellington Police, Kansas Gas, and Wellington Electric.

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USD 353 Superintendent Hatfield: Administration is expanding health decision-making process Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:14:47 +0000 Sumner Newscow report — The following is an update by Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield:


Dear USD 353 and Wellington Community,

Adam Hatfield

As many of you are aware, the Wellington Board of Education had a special meeting on Thursday, September 17 to discuss the USD 353 reopening plan. I want to take a minute to thank everyone for their input last week whether it was in person at the BOE meeting, via the survey or emailing me or the BOE. We appreciate everyone’s perspective and feedback.

We’ve taken much into consideration and we still feel very strongly that it is in the best interest of our students and community to use health care professionals to guide our decisions. However, we feel it’s important to expand our decision-making process to include more health care professionals. Currently, we are just using recommendations from the Sumner County Health Department. Our new panel will include Dr. Shana Jarmer, Dr. Lacie Gregory, Kelsey Curry-Swingle, APRN, Holly Parkey, RN, Lexie Klausmeyer, RN along with the Sumner County Health Department.

I will be talking with this committee on Mondays and, using data specific to COVID-19 numbers in Wellington, Sumner County, and our schools, we will make a decision as to what phase we will be operating in. As a reminder, the phases are red (remote), yellow (hybrid), and green (full in-person). We will issue a statement with our recommendation each Monday.

This committee was in discussions yesterday and has made the recommendation to stay in the yellow hybrid model for next week, September 28-Oct. 2nd. We will be following this recommendation next week.

Again, we appreciate your feedback, patience and support. It is our hope by working together we will be able to keep our schools open and our students, staff and community safe.

Adam Hatfield Superintendent, USD 353


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Sumner Newscow Calendar: Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:32:48 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — Sports calendars for Wellington High School, Wellington Middle School, and Sumner County football. Please note scheduling change: The Wellington varsity volleyball was scheduled to play at Winfield, but that match was canceled so the Crusaders will be hosting Collegiate for a single contest tonight at 6 p.m.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

1:00pm Golf: Girls Varsity Invitational

(Rescheduled from 09-10-20)

vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  Winfield Country Club Golf Course
1:00pm Golf: Girls JV Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  Hesston, KS Hesston Golf Course
3:00pm Tennis: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

5:00pm Volleyball: Varsity Triangular


vs. Multiple Schools..

5:00pm Volleyball: JV Triangular


vs. Multiple Schools..

5:00pm Volleyball: JV Dual vs. Wichita Collegiate

6:00pm Volleyball: Varsity Dual vs. Wichita Collegiate

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

No sports reported.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

3:00pm Golf: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  El Dorado Praire Trails Golf Course
3:00pm Tennis: Girls JV Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

4:30pm Cross Country: Varsity/JV Invitational vs. Oxford

 @  Winfield Veterans Home
5:00pm Volleyball: Freshman Triangular vs. Multiple Schools..

Friday, September 25, 2020

7:00pm Football: Varsity Game vs. Labette County

 @  Wellington Football Field

Saturday, September 26, 2020

8:00am Tennis: Girls Varsity TOC Collegiate vs. Maize
The Independent
Wichita Collegiate
Wichita-Bishop Carroll’>Multiple Schools..

8:00am Volleyball: Freshman Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

9:00am Volleyball: Varsity Tournament vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  Cheney High School

Monday, September 28, 2020

1:00pm Golf: Girls Varsity Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  Cherry Oaks, Cheney, KS
1:00pm Golf: Girls JV Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  Valley Center Golf Course
3:00pm Tennis: Girls JV Invitational vs. Multiple Schools..

  @  WHS Tennis Courts
Courts are located on 9th street, just West of football field
5:00pm Football: JV Game vs. Labette County

 @  Labette County



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

9:00am Tennis: Girls 7/8 Invitational


vs. Multiple Schools..

Thursday, September 24, 2020

4:00pm Football: 7A Game vs. Haysville West Middle School

 @  Haysville West
4:30pm Cross Country: 7/8 Invitational vs. Oxford

 @  Wnfield Veterans Home
5:00pm Volleyball: 7A Dual vs. Haysville West Middle

 @  Haysville West
5:00pm Volleyball: 8B Dual vs. Haysville West Middle

 @  Haysville West
5:30pm Football: 8A Game vs. Haysville West Middle School

 @  Haysville West
6:00pm Volleyball: 7B Dual vs. Haysville West Middle

 @  Haysville West
6:00pm Volleyball: 8A Dual vs. Haysville West Middle School  @  HWMS

Monday, September 28, 2020

5:00pm Volleyball: 7B Tri vs. Multiple Schools..

5:00pm Volleyball: 7A Tri vs. Multiple Schools..

5:00pm Volleyball: 8B Tri vs. Multiple Schools..

5:00pm Volleyball: 8A Tri vs. Multiple Schools..  @  Haysville Middle School



(All games Friday at 7 p.m.)

Belle Plaine at Kingman.

Ellinwood at Conway Springs.

Argonia-Attica at Goessel

Oxford at Flinthills

Hutchinson Central Christian at Caldwell

Norwich at South Haven.

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Important election dates in the future … Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:15:24 +0000 Below are important election information dates:

• October 13 — voter registration closes.

•October 14 — Advance by mail begins.

•October 14 — Advance in-person begins.

• October 24 — Last day to accept advance by mail applications.

•November 2 — Advcane in person ends at 12 p.m.

•November 3 — General election-polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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