107 Lincoln St. Building 8-26-16

Engineering report confirms in order to save 107 W. Lincoln building it would cost $529,000

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington’s consulting firm Professional Engineering Consultants of Wichita just issued a report that does not bode well for the survival of the building More »

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Wellington school board approves construction of new track which won’t be built until 2017

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At a special meeting held this week, the Wellington school board approved the construction of a new track. But the construction of the track at the More »

Suicide Squad at Regent

Regent Theater this week: Suicide Squad

This week at the Regent Theater: Suicide Squad (see trailer below). Schedule: Friday 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. This Friday’s feature film: PG-13 (for sequences of More »

Wellington City Council Roundup

Wellington Council Roundup: And, oh, yeah, the 2017 City Budget was approved

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — With all the controversy going on, last week’s Wellington City Council meetings was certainly one of the more memorable meetings in recent history. There were city More »

Up to $25,000 hammer

Pre-applications for eligibility for up to $25,000 in free home rehabilitation is due Friday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – People who live within the target area in the graphic above from A Street to G Street and from H Street to 15th Street, could be More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Mayor dismissal question

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Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

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August 27 is the date for the South Haven political forum

FFA ImageSumner Newscow report — A political forum involving area candidates for Kansas House and Senate seats will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the South Haven Friendship Meals building on Main Street.

Invited candidates include Anita Judd-Jenkins and Michelle Schiltz, who are vying for state representative for District 80 and Larry Alley and Don Shimkus, who are running for State Senate District 32 will be in attendance.

The event, sponsored by the South Haven FFA Alumni Association, is being held in conjunction with the South Haven Fair activities. The association was formed this year to support the local FFA chapter and has about 40 members.

Help wanted: Full time receptionist at Sumner Family Care Center

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Full Time Receptionist – Busy Medical office seeking full time receptionist, who must be able to work independently as well as a team, fast paced environment, must be able to multi-task.

To apply, send resume to: Sumner County Family Care Center, 507 E. 16th St., Suite 1, Wellington, Kans. 67152. One can e-mail at For more information call: 620-326-3301.

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Wellington Police Department to crackdown on drinking and driving through Labor Day


by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief — Be warned that during the period, August 18 through Labor Day, September 5, the Wellington Police Department will join almost 150 other local and state police agencies across the state in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from the roadways.  Known as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the enforcement is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Kansas averages four people injured every day, and one person killed every three days, in impairment-related crashes.  According to KDOT, if you are involved in such a crash – in any capacity – you are about two times more likely to be injured and nearly six times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than if you are involved in a crash in which alcohol or other drugs are not determined to be a factor.  The ratio of death to injury in impairment-related crashes is almost seven times higher than the death to injury ratio for non-impairment related crashes.

According to Chief Tracy Heath, I want the “You Drink. You Drive. You lose”, campaign to remind drivers of several things: 

South Haven American Indian Youth Leadership Council holds a Pow Wow

Pow Wow in South Haven premiere

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  In celebration of Native American heritage and culture, the South Haven American Indian Youth Leadership Council held a Pow Wow at South Haven High School on Saturday. Many Native American dancers from Haysville and Wichita joined them. Sandra Mendia of Wellington was the honored elder.

Susan Seal in red

Susan Seal

The purpose of the council is to enhance the culture, academics and successful leadership for future Native American leaders. The club’s membership is open to all high school students at South Haven who are in good standing. Twaila Wiley is the 6th-12th grade Science teacher and JETS sponsor as well. Susan Seal, formerly of South Haven, is the group’s Native American sponsor.

The group has done several things to bring cultural awareness to the school and community by hosting guest speakers, dancers, authentic tee pees, dancing for preschool students and talking to them on Thanksgiving.

Patty Jo (Keely) Hedden, 72, Udall: May 4, 1944 – August 22, 2016

Patty Hedden

Patty Hedden

Patty Jo (Keely) Hedden, 72, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at her home in Udall, KS surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2016 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Udall. Visitation will be held at the church Friday, prior to the service, from 9 to 10 a.m. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made out to “Patty J. Hedden” to help defray the funeral expenses and may be left in care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Condolences may be left online at

Patty Jo Hedden was born in Winfield, KS on May 4, 1944 the daughter of Ella H. and Marion Wayne Keely. She graduated from the Udall Rural High School in 1962 and enjoyed living in the Udall area for many years. Patty was a hard worker, she was a waitress at the Big Dog Diner in Rock, KS and the Bankroll Café in Udall, KS; she was also employed at Cessna Aircraft Co. in Wichita, KS.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, August 22, 2016

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Two Ponca City drivers win Figure 8, demolition derby race in Caldwell

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Travis Jordan of Ponca City was the winner of the Sumner County Fair Association’s annual post fair Figure 8 Race held August 19 at the race arena on the west edge of Caldwell. Another Ponca City resident, John Rajsl, was the winner of the Demolition Derby.

Jordan received $600 as the Figure 8 Champion while Rajsl won $1,000.

Money prizes were awarded to the top five finishers in both contests.

Kasey Biddle of Winfield was the second place finisher in the Figure 8 competition – earning $400. Third Dakota Russell of Winfield earned $400 by finishing third. Travis Topper of Winfield was the fourth place winner and took home $100. Scott York of Caldwell placed fifth and earned $50.

Twenty-two drivers entered the contest.

Humane Society, vets discuss future of animal control in Wellington

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The two local veterinarians in town met with members of the Wellington Humane Society Monday night at the Wellington City Council work session to discuss the future direction of the proposed clinic.

After a one hour discussion, it was apparent that of all the strife the Wellington City Council has had recently, the humane society may not be one of them.

The local humane society hopes to build a 8,000 square foot shelter facility in the Industrial Park that will cost about $1.5 million.  If you add up start up costs, including getting a facility director about $2 million is needed. Linda Stewart, a representative of the humane society, said they are about half way there with funding and are looking at various funding options including getting a grant writer.

The big concern from Wellington veterinarians Richard Heersche and Dan Hefley was that the Humane Society would hire an outside veterinarian for consulting work and certain medical procedures and cut into their business.

“I can tell you, there are two vets in Sumner County and that is enough,” Heersche said.

Etter apologizes to community; explains details of past month in letter to editor

Sumner Newscow letter to editor

To the editor:

I would like to start off by taking complete responsibility for my actions and admit that I could have handled myself in a more professional manner. I’m only human, I’m far from perfect and I have made many mistakes in my life (this being one). I am certain that I will make more mistakes, most likely on a daily basis.

Kip Etter 8-23-16

Kip Etter

However, with that same certainty I can assure you that I will make every effort possible to identify those mistakes, learn from them and better myself. To all of the citizens of Wellington, please accept my apology for my unprofessional behavior at the August 2 Wellington City Council Meeting. I know now that I could have handled myself differently. I will now take this opportunity to provide you with some insight as to what I was thinking; why I took the actions that I did, along with some questions that I now have. Please bear in mind while you read this, that based upon obvious reasons this is the only platform that I have for communication.

With regards to my comment: The audio clearly states that I said “I’m Resigning”. I never specified a date that said resignation was to begin, it was not directed to anyone in specific, and was said in haste under my breath and would not have been heard had it not been for the audio equipment. Given the fact that no specific date was given, it’s not a binding resignation. Furthermore, an elected official has the right to change his/her mind without Council (or The Mayor’s) approval. My comment was not followed up with anything in writing so it isn’t official, nor was it accepted and/or voted on by The Council so it is not a valid resignation.

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Wellington Fire/EMS assists in Mulvane flood Friday night

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — Wellington Fire and EMS assisted with water rescue in Mulvane on Friday evening after the community received around 5 inches of rain. Wellington Fire/EMS sent two personnel and a boat to assist individuals trapped in a house and a camper. With assistance from two different fire departments staff rescued nine people and one pet. Staff also assessed flood areas for other victims.

Two public meetings tonight in Wellington

logo-cityWellingtonSumner Newscow report — There are two public meetings tonight involving the Wellington school board and the Wellington City Council.

USD school board meeting reportThe Wellington school board will be meeting at 5 p.m. to discuss track replacement. The School Board will then take a tour at select buildings.

The Wellington City Council will be holding a work session on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the City Administration building, 317 S. Washington. The purpose of the work session is to discuss the Wellington Humane Society and various other city topics/issues.

School starts tomorrow, parents celebrate

Wellington school USD353 news

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Just a reminder: Wellington schools start tomorrow.

The first official day for the 2016-17 school year is Tuesday for all elementary, middle school and freshman students. New high school students must also attend.

Then on Wednesday, all sophomores, juniors and seniors at Wellington High School will start classes.

Other dates to remember:

Tonight – Wellington Middle School will be holding an open house on tonight for students and parents from 6 to 7 p.m.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here!

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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!

Meal choices to be offered to students this year

A new way to choose food

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With choices for breakfast and lunch, parents may not have to send as many sack lunches to school this year. OPAA Food Management has partnered with USD 353, and three meal choices will be available to students during both breakfast and lunch.

OPAA!“In my last district, hot lunch participation increased significantly as students saw the choices that were available,” Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener said.

This May, the district selected Opaa! as their new food service provider. Last winter, the district submitted a Request for Proposal, then the notice was published in a regional newspaper, and the bidding companies made a presentation to the district committee. The committee evaluated each proposal based on Nutritional and Wellness Department of Education (KSDE) guidelines. The proposal that won was required to adhere to all state and federal child nutrition guidelines.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department report: Aug. 15 – Aug. 21, 2016

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, 2016 is as follows:

The City of Wellington starts advertising for council vacancy this morning

Sumner Newscow news report

logo-cityWellingtonSumner Newscow report — The following was a press release issued by the City of Wellington this morning:

A vacancy exists in a Council Member position for the City of Wellington.

As per Resolution No. 5471, adopted November 1, 2011, establishing a procedure for filling a vacancy in a Council Member position, this is public notice of a fifteen (15) day application period for the position.  The governing body asks that anyone interested in serving in the position submit an application for consideration.  Applications will be accepted through the close of business on September 6, 2016.  To be eligible you must be a qualified elector of the City.  The council member position is At-Large.  The appointment to fill the vacancy will be for the remainder of the term.  The term expires January 13, 2020.

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Aug. 19 – Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

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Wellington Police notes: Friday, Aug. 19 – Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016:

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