Dr. Willis retires as a dentist after 38.5 years of serving the Wellington community

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – If you are one to have a big mouth in Wellington, chances are you might have seen Dr. Robert “Bob” Willis. Willis had been a Wellington dentist More »


K-49 will remain closed until May, KDOT officials say

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Department of Transportation has confirmed that the K-49 bridge replacement project, six miles north of Caldwell, is still on schedule to reopen in May More »

Wellington City Council meeting report

Council accepts resignation of Brown; votes to sell Settler’s Creek lots to Miller; heard update on Lincoln Place

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington City Council accepted the resignation of City Attorney Mike Brown at Tuesday’s meeting. Brown submitted his resignation letter to the City of Wellington on More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: the ‘what to do with current healthcare law’ question

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Wellington boys knock off Conway Springs in triple overtime in Roitman’s debut

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is hard to imagine a head coach having a more exciting debut. But Rick Roitman opened his head coaching career in Wellington with a 52-50 More »


Despite cold shooting, Wellington girls get 46-39 win over Conway Springs

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Putting things in perspective, the Wellington girls beat Kingman by five points in the season opener in 2015 and went on to finish third place in More »

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Monday, December 5, 2016:

Sports today: WMS basketball scores, WHS wresting, Belle Plaine basketball, sports schedules…

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Middle School basketball teams battle Winfield; Wellington varsity wrestlers open season in El Dorado; Belle Plaine boys victorious in Marion Tournament; and the Sumner County Sports schedule for this week is as follows:

Wellington Middle School basketball:

Eighth grade girls:

Wellington A 42 Winfield 13

“Defense stepped up on a cold-shooting night,” said Jeff Frazee, Wellington head girls basketball coach.

Scores and statistics:

Rolando Sauceda, 63, Wellington: Jan. 28, 1953 – Dec. 4, 2016

Rolando Sauceda

Rolando Sauceda

Rolando Sauceda, 63, of Wellington died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Via Christi St. Frances Hospital in Wichita.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 9, 2016 at Spiritual House of God in Riverdale, Kansas. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m.

Interment will be the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. A memorial fund has been established to help with funeral expenses. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit

Rolando Sauceda was born January 28, 1953, the son of Alfredo and Ofelia (Alverez) in Mercedes, TX. He graduated from Mercedes High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in Micro Biology from the University of Texas. Rolando was united in marriage to Anita Padilla on June 7, 1975.  Rolando was a chemist for the City of Dallas and microbiologist for St. Francis hospital in Wichita for many years. He owned and operated Morning Star Sprinkler Systems, doing residential and commercial irrigation since 1985.

E-Waste Collection Day set for Saturday, Dec. 10

logo-cityWellingtonE-Waste Collection Day at the City of Wellington Recycling Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Collecting unwanted, working and non-working electronic devices.

For more information about the operating hours, please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831.  For questions concerning specific items to be collected or data destruction, please contact Pete at 316-305-6896 (evenings) or Julian at 316-305-6895 (evenings).

Henry Ancell, 84, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 8, 1932 – Dec. 2, 2016

Henry Ancell

Henry Ancell

Henry Marvin Ancell, 84, died peacefully at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita on December 2, 2016. Henry was a lifelong farmer, and additionally had owned a tire store and machine shop in Wellington. Henry was born in Wellington on September 8, 1932 to George Carson Ancell and Rosa Jane (Love) Ancell. Henry grew up at Stoney Castle south of town and helped with daily chores on the farm. It was on this farm that he developed his love for nature and animals.

Henry graduated from Wellington High School in 1951. He was drafted in 1953. Later that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Wilson. After Army Basic Training, Henry was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and served as a Staff Sergeant. He taught infantrymen how to operate the teletype communications equipment used in combat. Henry was honorably discharged from the service in 1955, and returned to live in Wellington.

Henry was always a great provider to his family, and a doting father–even after long days of working at more than one job. In addition to wheat farming, he had worked over the years for the local International Harvester dealer, three machine shops, Montgomery Ward and Rusk Brothers. In 1963, he was picked to open a Firestone dealership– Henry’s Tire Service–which he owned for several years. In the 1980s, he operated his own machine shop.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, 2016

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, 2016 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

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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!

Barbara Jon’s is a Christmas must-stop


Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

WPD Wellington police notes logoWellington Police notes: Friday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Austin Harriger and Austin Fink finish 4th in Augusta Debate Tournament

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Dec. 5, 2016:


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m.


•No events.


•Wrestling vs. Pratt at Wellington High School, 5 p.m.


•Kingman basketball tournament, 3 p.m.


•Wrestling at Wellington High School, 9 a.m.

•ACT test.

•Kingman Basketball Tournament, TBD.

Tuesday’s lunch:

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly report: Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, 2016

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2016 is as follows:

Two-car four-person fatality on Saturday leaves Wellington in state of mourning



by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The community of Wellington mourns the death of four of its citizens after a two-car fatality that occurred Saturday evening around 6:45 p.m., nine miles north of Wellington on U.S. 81.

Carl “Ray” Waugh Jr., 77, of Wellington, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet 300 northbound on U.S. 81 with his wife Marcia Waugh, 77, of Wellington. According to the Sumner County Sheriff accident report, Waugh approached the 9-mile corner intersection and attempted to cross over onto West Road, a small paved off-road that connects to the north with 90th St., a paved road running west-east.

Timothy Baumgartner, 60, of Wellington was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze southbound with his wife Cheryl Baumgartner, 60, of Wellington at the same time.

The two vehicles collided almost in a head-on fashion in the southbound lanes of travel, the sheriff report said.

Upon arrival, Sumner Sheriff deputies found the victims deceased due to their injuries. There were no survivors.

Tim and Cheryl Baumgartner, 60, Wellington: 1956 – Dec. 3, 2016

Cheryl and Tim Baumgartner

Cheryl and Tim Baumgartner

Cheryl and Tim Baumgartner, of Wellington, died, Saturday, December 3, 2016. They were both 60 years old.

Timothy was born the son of Charles Alfred and Gladys Fern (Anthony) Baumgartner on Friday, May 18, 1956 in Wellington. Cheryl was born the daughter of Arthur and Marlene (Knox) Dunn on Tuesday, August 14, 1956 in Wellington. Cheryl and Tim met in middle school after the Riverdale School Tim attended closed.

It was love at first sight for Tim and Cheryl eventually agreed and the two became high school sweethearts. On February 9, 1974, Cheryl and Tim were united in marriage in Belle Plaine, and started their family soon after. Together they celebrated 42 years of marriage. 

Tim has been in the aircraft industry for many years and spent the last ten as a machinist for Spirit Aerosystems. Cheryl has been the store manager at Smokers Choice for many years. They were loving parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. They will be missed by many.

Ray & Marcia Waugh, both 77, of Wellington: 1939 – Dec. 3, 2016

Ray and Marcia Waugh

Ray and Marcia Waugh

Marcia and Ray Waugh, of Wellington, died on Saturday, December 3, 2016. They were each 77 years of age.

Marcia was born the daughter of Byrl and Mary (McLaughlin) Carter on Tuesday, March 7, 1939 in Wichita A few months later, Carl Raymond Waugh, Jr. was born to Carl, Sr. and Ruth (White) Waugh on June 26, 1939 in Ashland, Kansas. Clearwater is where Ray and Marcia met and became high school sweethearts. Following graduation, they briefly attended K-State University but decided to get married and start a family.

Ray and Marcia were united in marriage on August 16, 1959 in Clearwater. The couple recently celebrated 57 years of marriage. Ray went on to be a farmer and continued farming until his passing. Marcia went back to college when her children started school.

Wellington resident Joe Moralez has the perfect vehicle for you at Eddy’s Toyota


A busy Christmas weekend in pictures…

Sumner Newscow report
— Christmas is in the air in Wellington. This Friday and Saturday, the Wellington High School Choir and Drama Departments put on “The Christmas Carol.” On Saturday morning, the annual Christmas parade was held under clear skies.  Santa and Mrs. Claus, who look suspiciously like Dana Anderson and Lisa Vargas, were on hand to talk to the youngsters with Santa at Heritage Park.

For all the pictures of the three activities, click here. For a schedule of more Christmas activities, click here

Wanda Kimbel, 84, Wellington: July 7, 1932 – Nov. 30, 2016

Wanda Kimbel

Wanda Kimbel

Wanda Kimbel, 84, of Wellington died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at her home in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 10:00 A.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Interment will be at the Mound Ridge Cemetery in Moundridge. Visitation will be on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington.

A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home 704 N. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.  For further information please visit

Donna Renn, 92, Wellington: Jan. 6, 1924 – Dec. 2, 2016

Donna Renn

Donna Renn

Donna Miller Renn died on Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, at the age of 92.

Donna was born the daughter of Luther and Ethel Hoffman Miller on Sunday, January 6, 1924 in Blackwell, Oklahoma. She attended grade school in a one room schoolhouse in Hunnewell, and later graduated from Wichita East high School in 1942. Donna attended Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas and graduated in 1946 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She then worked for two years as a flight attendant for Braniff Airlines.

On June 30, 1948, Donna and Robert James Renn were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 39 years of marriage before his passing in 1988. At a young age Donna commenced a lifetime appreciation and enjoyment for sports as she watched numerous semi-pro baseball games in the late 1930s at Lawrence Stadium. She continued watching sports throughout her life and never missed any of the hundreds of baseball, football and basketball games of her family.

Two car accident at 9-mile corner leaves 4 people dead, sheriff office reports

Breaking News
An unidentified worker cleans up after two-car fatality accident Saturday evening.

An unidentified worker cleans up after two-car fatality accident Saturday evening.

(Updated 12 a.m., Sunday) Sumner Newscow report — A two-car head-on collision automobile accident has left four people dead at the 9-mile corner on U.S. 81, about 10 miles north of Wellington tonight, according to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff spokesperson Mike Westmoreland said a northbound car with two occupants hit a car going southbound who also had two occupants, just on the south-end curve of the intersection of U.S. 81 and 90th St., commonly known as 9-mile corner.

There were no survivors.

The Sumner County Sheriff Office is not releasing names at this time until family members are notified.

Westmoreland said the wreck occurred sometime between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. The sheriff office received the call at 6:45 p.m. At 10 p.m., one car had been removed while a red Chevrolet Cruze sporting a Sumner County license plate was just about to be towed.

Barbara Jons, a 1-stop Christmas shopping place, has big sale on cell phone accessories


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