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Big Cheese athlete of the week

Argonia’s Seth Hemberger named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Seth Hemberger, an Argonia High School senior, has been chosen Big Cheese Athlete of the Week. Hemberger, who is a senior running back and linebacker for More »

Wellington City Council meeting report

Wellington City Council discusses hiring a private sanitation service; Westborough Road improvements…

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council heard about possibilities of privatizing trash collection at its work session Monday. They will not likely be privatizing it anytime soon or sell off their More »


Belle Plaine’s weekend shredding of Northeast Arma brings an end to unwanted 31 game losing streak

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For some football teams victory is an every week occurrence. For others it is a bit of a struggle. For the Belle Plaine varsity football team it More »

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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 More »

Classification released

Wellington enrollment is up; Sumner schools stay put in classifications

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Despite the continuous comments on social media that people are moving away from Wellington in droves, the high school enrollment figures prove otherwise. WHS reported 478 More »

Belle Plaine wins, breaks 31-game losing streak… Argonia-Attica gets huge victory over South Barber…

Sumner Newscow scoreboard roundupSumner Newscow report — The streak is over! Belle Plaine, which had a 31-game losing streak going into tonight, finally secured a victory against Northeast Arma.

Belle Plaine would do it in a big way by outscoring NE Arma 48-0.

There is no details we could find of Belle Plaine’s big win, but the Dragons hadn’t won since beating Douglass 19-14 on Oct. 19, 2012.

In other scores:

Argonia-Attica 40 South Barber 26. The Titans took a big lead thanks to a Seth Hamburger touchdown 32-14 but had trouble finishing off the Chieftains who narrowed the margin to 32-26. A&A is now 3-1.

Conway Springs 54 Medicine Lodge 19. Cardinals advanced to 4-0 with an easy win on the road. The full statistics are here: conway-springs-box-score-report-9_24_2016.

Caldwell 54 Flinthills 0. The Bluejays had this game wrapped up at halftime.

Oxford 60 Stafford 26. The Wildcats are back at .500 with this big win.

Rose Hill 16 Clearwater 14. After eking a win over Wellington last week, Rockets hits 22-yard field goal in the final minute against Clearwater.

El Dorado 62 K.C. Harmon 6. The Wildcats, another Wellington opponent, annihilated this Kansas City school.

Mulvane 35 Collegiate 7. Jayden Price rushed for 144 yards as Wildcats opened a 20-0 first half lead. Collegiate hosts Wellington next week.

South Haven can’t stop Akdins on homecoming night; Browning/Resendez crowned

South Haven crowned Lane Browning and Alaina Resendez at the Cardinal homecoming Friday.

Lane Browning and Alaina Resendez were crowned king and queen at the Cardinal homecoming Friday.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — South Haven never got much going, and had no answers for a speedy running back from Cedar Vale – Dexter Friday night at South Haven’s Homecoming game. South Haven ran one series in the third quarter, and a fumble recovered in the end zone ended the game at 64-14.

Demetrius Akdins ran for 189 yards and six touchdowns on 14 carries. At one stretch five of those scores came on five consecutive carries.

Cedar Vale – Dexter scored on seven of eight first half possessions. South Haven had eight possessions in the first half, but three resulted in turnovers, a5ate in the second quarter.  On a fourth and nine, Lane Browning passed 34 yards to Rustin Blaylock for a score, and the two also teamed up on the two point conversion, and that cut the deficit to 42-8. South Haven scored the next time it got the ball as well, when Browning got to the edge on a sweep, and went up the right sideline for 53 yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and at that point the score was 50-14.

Andale defeats Wellington 47-7



by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The final score was what people expected: Andale 47 Wellington 7.

But Wellington head coach Zane Aguilar pulled out a quote from K-State head coach Bill Snyder’s list of cliches: It is about getting better each and every day.

If and/or when Wellington starts its rise back into competitive traditional Crusader football, Andale should serve as a barometer. The Indians currently have the Crusaders number.

But when you looked at the way Wellington played this game, it most certainly showed that the Week #4 Crusaders are much better than the Week #1 Crusaders, who lost to Clearwater 41-14. An interesting note: Rose Hill beat Clearwater 16-14 tonight. 

Andale played its typical game of smash-mouth football – the same kind that has bloodied Wellington 11 of the past 12 times. In the end the Indians rushed for 316 yards and passed for 82 more for a 398 total. The Crusaders rushed for 82 and passed for 78 for a 160 total.

Wellington-Andale live tweets

Dianne Church, 70, Sumner County resident: June 16, 1946 – Sept. 22, 2016

Dianne Church

Dianne Church

Dianne Church, age 70, resident of Sumner County since 1972, died September 22, 2016 at her home.  Dianne worked as a USDA/Farm Loan Program Technician from October 4, 1987 to December 31, 2008.

Dianne (Fuller) Church was born on June 16, 1946 in Fulton, KY to William Douglas Fuller and Mabel E. (Snyder) Fuller.

She married Larry Joe Church on August 20, 1977 in Wellington.

She enjoyed being a farm wife; spoiling her grandchildren; cooking for her family for holidays and harvest meals, and cooking for many, many dinners at the Church of Christ; and KU basketball.  Dianne was known for remembering dates and attention to detail.

Sumner County teams go on the road; big games for Belle Plaine and A&A

Sumner County football preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Week #4 features a road well traveled for Sumner County teams. Only South Haven is at home this week.

Cedar Vale/Dexter (1-2) at South Haven (1-2). Both teams looking to get back to .500. The Spartans lost to West Elk 54-8 last week. South Haven is still smarting from the lost to Udall 66-18. Sumner Newscow will be at the scene to cover this game.

Argonia-Attica (2-1) at South Barber (3-0). This one will be a good one. South Barber has dismantled its first three opponents by more than 45 points. Argonia-Attica, which got back on track last week against Flinthills, hopes to stop the Chieftains, who outscored Burrton 60-0 last weekend.

Flinthills (0-3) at Caldwell (3-0). Not sure if this game will make it to half time.

Sully playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend


This week at the Regent Theater: Sully.

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

Also: Willy Wonka on Saturday at 2 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Wellington Humane Society.

This Friday’s feature film rating: PG-13 (for some peril and brief strong language).

Time: 1 hour 36 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 full of passengers on the Hudson River.

Garage Sales this weekend…

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Sept. 23-25, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Help wanted: Part Time assistant account manager at CASS Information Systems

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Part Time Assistant Account Manager at Cass Information Systems

The Part Time Assistant Account Manager will be responsible for the general processing of carrier claims on behalf of our customers as assigned.  This includes both filing claims and performing the transaction in the system, as well as any research necessary to file such claims.  This position regularly assists the Account Managers and Assistant Account Mangers with weekly assigned tasks as well as special requests for overall account maintenance.  

Click here to apply online and more information about the position.

Wellington’s annual Homecoming and Fall Festival set for Oct. 6-8


by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow – With fall approaching quickly, it’s time to gear up for Wellington’s annual Homecoming and Fall Festival.

Events will begin Thursday, Oct. 6 with the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. downtown, and a pep rally immediately following. (See full schedule here).

Friday, Oct. 7 the Homecoming football game will take place in Crusader Field, and the team will play against the Scott City Beavers.

Enjoy the Chisholm Trail BBQ Cookoff on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 in Heritage Park. Judging begins at 3 p.m., with People’s Choice at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $50 with prizes for pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. Prizes in each category include: 1st, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50; 4th, ribbon; 5th, ribbon; Grand Champion, $250; Reserve Grand Champion, $150; and People’s Choice Award, $100.

Saturday, Oct. 8, the Fall Festival will be held downtown in Heritage Park, including cookoffs, crafts, kid’s games, and entertainment.

Start off the day with a run during the Wellington Fall Fest 5K/1 Mile Run. Registration for the seventh annual event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Alison Rusk State Farm Insurance. The 5K will begin at 8:30 am. and one mile run will start at 9:30 a.m. There is a $20 fee to enter the 5K and a $10 fee to enter the one mile. Deadline to enter this event is Sept. 26, and all proceeds will benefit muscular dystrophy. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome to enter.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

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Help wanted: Appraiser Clerk I

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Appraisal Clerk I – Appraiser’s Office

Pay range: $7.96 – $13.06/hr

HS diploma or GED.  Position performs a variety of limited complex clerical tasks.  The position is responsible for clerical support tasks and assists other department personnel and the public in obtaining accurate data about personal and real property.  Responsible for providing property values and related information to the public.

Apply on line  Application closing date:  09/30/2016.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Wellington, KS  67152.  Phone 620 326 3395.  EOE

Accident on U.S. 160 this morning


Sumner Newscow report – Anyone driving through Wellington this morning realized about everyone was on the highway between 7 and 8 a.m.

An accident occurred on U.S. 160 between Penny’s Diner and the Oak Tree Inn just east of the Woodlawn intersection. Please use caution as police work the accident this morning. 

Crusader preview: Looks to be a tough evening for Wellington

Crusader nights

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It could get ugly very quickly tomorrow if you wear Crusader red.

Since Wellington pulled off the season opening upset in 2011, Andale has outscored Wellington 234-51 in the four years since. Going into the Andale game from 2012-2015, Wellington was sporting records of 1-4, 4-1, 4-0, and 3-1. After the Andale game, the Wellington teams could muster just one win per season since.

Yes, the Indians have had a habit of ruining everything for our Crusaders.

This year Wellington is young and have had a tough three weeks including a heart-breaking loss to Rose Hill. The No. 2 ranked Andale team will not be any form of tonic for Wellington’s wounds.

Hard to pick your poison with the Indians. They simply take it to you – always have in the past 10 years.

Rachel Overfelt is in search of a new kidney – and a life that is as close to normal as she can get


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Rachel Overfelt was an active fun-loving 8 years old in Wellington. But somewhere between her games of soccer and softball, she started to feel unusually tired.

Her mother Debbie Overfelt started to get worried and for good reason. It was soon discovered that Rachel had what is known as a bilateral reflux disorder and it was destroying her kidneys.

Rachel Overfelt

Rachel Overfelt

Today, Rachel is 25. She has suffered a stroke and is now pretty much bed ridden. She lives with her grandparents in Tulsa, who are near a clinic. Her kidneys are shutting down. And she is need of a transplant.

Without a full functioning transplanted kidney, Rachel could either live a life of dialysis hooked to a machine, or to die.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Sumner County residents can help with Rachel’s medical expenses. Linda Metzen and Debbie Sisson are holding a Knights of Columbus fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a two taco, beans, rice and salsa dinner for $8. There will also be a silent and live auction and a bake sale. Currently, Metzen and Sisson need items for the fundraiser to auction. They also need baked items.  It could mean anything, such as providing services. The money raised will go toward medicine taken for Rachel’s post surgery treatment, provided she gets a kidney, and provided the surgery is a success.

Donation items can be dropped off at Theurer’s or for more information call Sisson at 620-440-1282 or Debbie Overfelt at 620-326-1803.

A medical fund has also been established at Panhandle Federal Bank to help with Rachel’s medical conditions.


The (un)luck of the draw

WHS Senior Lauryn Snipes verbally commits with Florida International



by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lauryn Snipes, a Wellington High School senior, has verbally committed to Florida International University in Miami, Fla.

She becomes the second Crusader basketball player to sign a DI scholarship in as many years. Grace Mitchell signed with the University of Nebraska in 2015.

Snipes, who said she was wavering between FIU and Rice, is expected to formally sign for the Golden Panthers on National Signing Day on Nov. 9, 2016.

“When they (FIU) started recruiting me, they were supportive in every way on and off the court and that was a major thing for me,” Snipes said. “When I went up there for my official visit, I enjoyed the girls and the campus. So that’s when I knew I’d be great at FIU.”

FIU is a member of Conference USA. In 2015-16, the women’s program went 2-14 and were 5-26 overall.

“I have a cousin who lives in Miami, and I didn’t know much about the school,” Snipes said. “When I learned more about the school and got to know the coaches a lot better, I was convinced. They have been great to me since April.”

WHS Daily Bulletin: Family Day will be Sept. 26 – and a family dinner will be served

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016:


Varsity JV tennis at Goddard, 3 p.m.

Cross Country at Winfield Veterans Home, 4:30 p.m.

Freshman volleyball at Circle, 5 p.m.


Football at Wellington vs. Andale, 7 p.m.


9th volleyball at Clearwater, 8 a.m.

Tennis at Wichita Collegiate, 9 a.m.

Volleyball at Cheney, 9 a.m.

Today’s lunch Chicken Patty- Spicy Chicken Patty, meatloaf, salad.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

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Top 10 percent of Sumner County seniors honored at KU Honors Program

Sumner KU honors program

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Twenty-eight Sumner County students were honored at the annual KU Honors Program held at Wellington High School commons.

The annual banquet is held annually recognizing the top 10 percent seniors in the seven Sumner County schools. This year’s honor speaker was David Johnston.

The award recipients receive a dictionary for their accomplishments.

And this year’s h0norees:


(Front, L-R) — Ashley Ewing, Kelsey Haydon, Kayma Brand. (Back L-R) Madison Lewellen, Carson LeGrand, Brock Edwards, Peighton Westmoreland, Stephanie Bristow, Brecken Lawrence, Will Long. (Not picture: Laken Kimball.)


Video of Tuesday night’s Wellington City Council meeting:

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a video produced by Robert Hamilton of Tuesday night’s Wellington City Council meeting:

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