Sumner NewsCow News and Sports for Sumner County Sat, 16 Feb 2019 05:29:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 June Lucille Hearlson, 88, Wellington: Sept. 9, 1930 – Feb. 15, 2019 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 05:29:46 +0000

June Hearlson

June Lucille Hearlson, of Wellington, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Botkin Care and Rehab in Wellington at the age of 88.

June was born the daughter of Leo and Bessie (Iller) Ingels on Tuesday, September 9, 1930 in Atchison.

On June 4, 1953, June and Everett Hearlson were united in marriage in Winchester. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2006.

Survivors include her sons: Steven Ingels of Wellington, Alan Hearlson and his wife Kim of Wellington and Alvin Hearlson and his wife Junell of Haysville, daughters: Evelyn Hearlson of Wellington and Beverly Garcia and her husband John of California, step-daughters: Barbara Smith of Cedar Vale and Mary Elaine Talkington and her husband Ken of Emporia along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sons: Gilbert, E.T. Irvin and Wayne Hearlson, grandchildren: Brian Hearlson, Loren Hearlson and Athena Lea and her four siblings: Bessie, Mary, Theora and Fred.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Graveside services for June will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington.

A memorial fund has been established in her loving memory to the Wellington Humane Society. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.

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Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.

And the Wellington choir is in New York… Carnegie Hall performance is Sunday Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:02:24 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School choir is now in New York! And they have been singing a lot. They were at singing at Wichita Eisenhower Airport before getting on the plane Thursday morning at 6 a.m.

They have been singing on the streets of New York while sight seeing.

The Crusader Choir, along with singers from Tabor College and Elbing, are traveling to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall at 2 p.m, Sunday.

The group of singers will present “Sunrise Mass” — a work by Ola Gjeilo.

There are 30 students from Wellington will be performing. 

“We have 30 students representing Wellington at this concert,” said Jessica Coldwell, Wellington Choir instructor told the Tabor News website. “We are so grateful for our community’s support, and I am also truly grateful for the parents, students and community for believing in the choir. Thank you, Wellington.”

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Caldwell, Oxford games are postponed or canceled; Wellington game is on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:26:48 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — The Central at Caldwell and the Oxford at Cedar Vale basketball games have been postponed. No makeup date has been determined at this time.

The Clearwater at Wellington, Belle Plaine at Cheney, Medicine Lodge at Cheney games are on. 

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Glass playing at Wellington Regent this weekend Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:47:04 +0000

Playing at Wellington Regent this weekend: Glass.

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

Rated: PG-13.

Also playing:

A DOG’S WAY HOME: Friday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m.

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Middle School Patriot League Tournament bracket has been released Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:31:30 +0000 Click on brackets for larger viewing. 


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Wellington Cemetery to conduct clean-up on Feb. 25 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:16:20 +0000

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Cemetery staff will be conducting a clean-up of Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, February 25, 2019, weather permitting, in preparation of the mowing season.  Winter decorations as well as items that are in violation of Cemetery Code will be removed and disposed of.

Please plan to remove decorations by February 24th if you would like to keep them.

If you have any questions, please contact the Cemetery Sexton at 620-326-7937.


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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:57:03 +0000 Wellington Police notes: Thursday, February 14, 2019

7:50 a.m. Molly A. MacKinnon, 24, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for littering.

•10:21 a.m. Zane J. Deffenbaugh, 24, Wellington was arrested on a Sumner County bench warrant for theft.

•3:23 p.m. Clara J. Osborne, 61, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large and no dog immunization.

•4 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1500 block N. C, Wellington.

•5:44 p.m. Thaddeus J. Myers, 45, Wellington was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with law enforcement officer.

•9:48 p.m. Officers took a harassment report in the 200 block W. Peach Tree Lane, Wellington. 

For 50 years, Cottrell was a teacher/coach at Douglass, Conway Springs; Tuesday he was honored Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:55:15 +0000

Fred Cottrell was honored at the Conway Springs- Douglass game Tuesday.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Fred Cottrell has been teaching for 50 years, and much of that teaching happened on the sidelines at various sporting events in Sumner County. Cottrell was inducted into the KSSHA hall of fame Tuesday night in Conway Springs.

Cottrell coached at Douglass before coming to Conway Springs where he spent most of his career. He coached 25 years at Douglass and the last 20 at Conway Springs. It was fitting that his induction happened at a game where Douglass was playing Conway Springs.

The high school association lets inductees choose where their ceremony will be, and Cottrell chose this game because he had coached at both schools.

He saw himself as a teacher first, and he taught government in the classroom. Outside the classroom he was still a teacher.

Current Conway Springs football coach and Athletic Director Matt Biehler said Cottrell always told him the best coaches are teachers first.

“He taught me a lot,” Biehler said of Cottrell. “Sometimes he would let you mess up to teach you something. Sometimes you didn’t realize that at the time.”

Cottrell has been part of 12 state championships, and has been part of one in each of the last six decades.  His teams have finished as state runner-ups five times.

Cottrell coach football for 48 years, track and field for 43, basketball for 29, baseball for six and cross country for two years. He was once named girls Class 2A coach of the year for his track team. He has been a head coach a couple of times, but always preferred the role of assistant coach.

As an assistant he felt he was always learning, always working on strategy and not having to do administrative type things.

At one point in his career he was head track coach and Clay Murphy was his assistant. He knew Murphy wanted to be a head football coach. He and Murphy switched roles as track teams, and Cottrell said that was the last time he was a head coach.

“I never felt any different toward the head coach in a game or at practice,” Cottrell said.

Biehler said the same thing. Biehler was an assistant coach at Conway Springs in his first job out of college and Cottrell was the defensive coordinator. Later Cottrell would be an assistant for Biehler.

Biehler said Cottrell was the same regardless of who had the title. He said Cottrell taught him a lot when he was starting out as a coach.

Cottrell said the main thing is working with kids and helping them learn to be successful.

Especially in football, that success has been on the field, but the measure of success is not always what happens on the field.

Cottrell said he “is the luckiest guy in the world” because he has had the opportunity to coach in many different situation with different results.

He has been part of 0-9 football teams, as well as teams that were 14-0 and state champions. He has been part of eight football state titles. He said he has had a football team with every record possible except for a 1-8 team.

He said he had a baseball team that went 3-33, and had a track team that could barely put shoes on.

Cottrell said when he speaks to coaches he tells them it is about the kids, and it is the kids that makes a team good.

Cottrell said the kids have not fundamentally changed in the 50 years he has been coaching.

“They still have the same wants and same hurts they have always had,” he said. Society has changed though. We are a lot more impatient as a society now,” he said.

He has also coached some athletes and then coached their children.

Cottrell said he appreciated people for coming out for his induction, and how the event was handled by Conway Springs.

Several students were wearing T-shirts with “I survived CCCC on them.”  This was a reference to the training program, which stands for Coach Cottrell’s Conditioning Camp.

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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:03:20 +0000 Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

6:22 a.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.

•8:05 a.m. Injury accident involving vehicles driven by Erick M. Cross, 43, Greenville, Miss. and Katelin K. Sisson,29, Wellington.

•8:20 a.m. Erick M. Cross, 43, Greenville, Miss. was issued a notice to appear for following too closely.

•9:15 a.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.

•12:55 p.m. Officers investigated burglary in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.

•12:55 p.m. Officers investigated Theft in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.

•4:28 p.m. Officers took a harassment report in the 1700 block E. 16th, Wellington.

•5:07 p.m. Officers took a harassment report in the 400 block N. Olive, Wellington.

•7:42 p.m. Officers responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block W. Apple Blossom Ln, Wellington.

•7:44 p.m. Officers took a found bicycle report in the 1400 block N. B, Wellington.

•8:40 p.m. Officers responded to a mental subject in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.

School board contemplates hiring new SRO with Interlocal 619 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:01:50 +0000 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington USD 353 Student Resource Officer Jim Yunker is requesting another SRO which will be shared with Interlocal 619 if approved by the Wellington school board.

Yunker addressed the board Monday asking that a full-time SRO be hired that will be shared between USD 353 and the educational service that provides special education needs for five school districts in the county.

Wellington SRO officer Jim Yunker.

The board is expected to vote on the matter at its next regular meeting in March.

The full time officers will be funded 50 percent from 619, 25 percent with the school district, and 25 percent with the city of Wellington.

Yunker said having just one SRO will help alleviate the burden that is placed upon him. He estimates he gets calls from 619 at least three times a day. A new SRO will be housed at the middle school and be used by the school district twice a week, at 619 twice a week, and rotate every other Friday.

“A lot of people think an SRO deals strictly with school crime,” Yunker said. ‘Believe me that is only a very small part of the job I do.”

Yunker, who is paid through the Wellington Police Department, said he spends more time counseling students one on one than anything else. He said since the beginning of the year he has 24 Child In Need of Care cases which will take up a whole day.

On top of that he teaches DARE classes and works with SADD students.

“I’ll get a letter from an elementary principal saying they have an out-of-control Kindergartener,” Yunker said. “It is important to them, but it might not be high on my priority list for that day. Sometimes it takes me two days to respond to such a request.”

Yunker said a new SRO would help address some of these issues.


In other business:

•The board changed the date of next month’s board meeting to March 4 since March 11 falls on Spring Break. The board will meet at 6 p.m. for a superintendent hiring search.

•The consent agenda was approved. The following hirings and resignations were accepted:

New personnel

•Nick Wellington: WMS assistant track coach;

•Catherine Cranmer: WMS assistant track;

•J’Lynn Ledesma: HS assistant track;

•Keith Bristor: Buildings and Grounds;

•Nicole Blake: WMS Secretary.


•Deb Runyan: WHS math

•Sonia Schmidt: para-educator, Washington.


The board went into two executive sessions 15 minutes for personnel and 10 minutes for a student matter.Follow us on Facebook.

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