Sumner County Fair celebrates ’90 years along the Chisholm Trail’ August 4-6

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Fair will be celebrating “90 years along the Chisholm Trail” August 4-6 in Caldwell. The following is the schedule for the week: Saturday More »

Missing person from BHU Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center had died

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath confirmed Friday that David Harrison, a 76-year-old man, who escaped from the Behavior Health Unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, was More »

U.S. 81 Construction project won’t be completed until October (maybe); here’s how to avoid a train

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – U.S. 81 is officially closed, as the Kansas Department of Transportation closed the road off for construction Thursday. The project, according to the KDOT press release, is More »

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of July 21-23, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use More »

17 candidates for school board, city council and Cowley trustee speak at political forum

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten of the 11 Wellington City Council candidates were on hand for a forum held at the Raymond Frye Complex Thursday evening. Two More »

Spider-Man playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend…

This week at the Regent Theater: “Spider-Man” Schedule: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Feature film rating: PG-13 (for violence and intense sequences of sci-fi More »

Update: Missing 76-year-old male has been located

Sumner Newscow report — The elderly man who escaped from the BHU unit at Sumner Regional Medical Center has been located at 2:42 p.m. today according to the Wellington Police Department. 

Calling all fairies, mermaids and unicorns!

Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio at 316 S. Washington is very excited to offer our a Fairies & Friends Magical Dance Camp – July 24, 25, and 26th!  If your little one loves fairies, mermaids, unicorns and other magical creatures- you will not want them to miss this fun three morning camp! Camp is daily 9:00-11:30 with noon pick up available at no additional charge!  Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio – 316 S. Washington Wellington KS

It’s geared towards dancers age 4-8. Children will get a great mix of singing, dancing, and fun and games! They will be making props to use for the LIVE PERFORMANCE at the end of the camp and will even leave with their very own fairy garden! 

July 24-26 9:00-11:30 Fee: $60 (Late pick up @ NOON Available for FREE!!)

Registration Deadline: Friday July 21 – is required to allow us to have plenty of materials for the children. (More specifics will be given to those that register.)

No Dance experience necessary!

Call Michelle or go online to register today! – 785-466-6338

Register here

New state law may not affect Wellington Aquatic Center slides

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several Kansas cities, including Winfield, have been closing water slides at pools and aquatic centers due to a new state law that includes heavy restrictions and permit requirements.

However, Wellington City Attorney Shawn DeJarnett said Wellington may be exempt from any potential closures.

Shawn DeJarnett

The new law went into effect July 1 after a state lawmaker’s son died last summer on the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. It imposes new inspection and permit requirements on amusement rides, which states:

A water slide is an amusement ride if it is ‘a slide that is at least 15 feet in height and that uses water to propel the patron through the ride.’”

DeJarnett said the “propel” portion of the law, probably will exempt Wellington from the same regulations placed on others.

“The ones at the Wellington pool do not do that, so they feel it does not apply to them,” DeJarnett said.

He said the discussion is continuing with city attorneys around the state and with the league of municipalities. For now the slides will remain open as usual, but he said the discussion is continuing.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 18,  2017

(Updated) July 18 Wellington City Council meeting video feed…

This is the newest version of Tuesday night’s video of the Wellington City Council meeting:

Special thanks to Robert Hamilton for producing these videos. 

Wellington City Council candidates forum to be held Thursday

Sumner Newscow report — A candidates forum for the Wellington City Council, the Sumner County representative for Cowley College, and the Wellington school board will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.

The forum is being sponsored by three organizations: Women for Kansas-Sumner County, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and Sumner County Economic Development.

Political ad: Vote for Tami Klinedinst for Wellington City Council

Tami Klinedinst

Wellington City Council Candidate, Tami Klinedinst, is an established Licensed Health Care Administrator and Executive Director with a positive demonstrated ability in business operations and business development.  Through this professional experience, Tami has very strong abilities and skills in budgets, staffing and total quality management of systems and processes. 

This has resulted in her exceptional improvements of the facilities she has led to achieve National Recognition in 2016 American Healthcare Association.  Tami is currently serving on the Wellington City Planning Commission since 2013 and is a Wellington Lions Club member.

 Tami graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  In 1981, she received her degree and license as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Colby Community College. 

Help wanted: CNA or Certified Medical Assistance at Sumner County Family Care Center

Help wanted: CNA or Certified Medical Assistance for Sumner County Family Care Center. Hours Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email resumes to [email protected]

Political ad: Kim Woodrow for Wellington City Council

Billy Jester, 82, Wellington: August 29, 1934 – July 15, 2017

Billy Jester

Billy D. Jester, of Wellington, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Via Christi – St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 82.

Billy was born the son of Thomas V. and Martha (Toland) Jester on Wednesday, August 29, 1934 in Anadarko, Oklahoma. On January 20, 1957, Billy and Sandra Jones were united in marriage in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Billy retired as a manager for Kansas Gas Services following a 30+ year career.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Jester of Wellington; son, Steve Jester of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Becky Jester of Wellington, grandchildren: Eric Jester, Chris Jester, Shayna Templeton and Emily Templeton along with two great-grandchildren, Patton and Roger Jester. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clyde and Lloyd Jester.

Wellington Heat advances to semifinals after Monday night win

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Heat defeated the Park City Rangers 17-7 Monday night in the first round of the NBC Midwest Regional Kansas Collegiate Tournament.

Wellington will battle the Valley Center Mud Daubers at 7 p.m. tonight.

Help wanted: Mechanic and inspector needed at Triumph Accessory Services

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: — Triumph Accessory Services in Wellington needs a mechanic and inspector

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 17, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 17, 2017:

Political ad: Vote for Kay Ryan – Cowley College Trustee

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Wellington Heat embark on post season by hosting Kansas Collegiate Tournament starting tonight

The Wellington pitching staff from left: Sean Cruz, Kyle Vail, Ryan Kakora, James McDonald, Jacob Hudson, Mitchell Langer, Brett Clark and Bobby Milacki. Kaden Twyman is pictured in front.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Heat has had an exceptional season in its first year of Kansas Collegiate Summer Baseball League. Now comes the season defining post season.

Tonight, the Wellington Heat will start their post season journey with the six team Kansas Collegiate League Tournament at Sellers Park. The Heat, which finished the season at 35-5 overall and 28-4 overall, is the top seed in the sanctioned NBC Regional, and is a heavy favorite to win it.

Heat will be battling the winners of the Clearwater Outlaws and the Park City Rangers in a double elimination tournament that will run three days and perhaps Thursday. Other teams in the tournament are: the Kansas Cannons, Valley Center Mud Daubers and the Wichita Marlins. The tournament started earlier today.

Wellington Heat jumped from the Jayhawk Baseball League into the Kansas Collegiate this summer. There were a myriad of reasons for the switch, but primarily it was due to the rising costs of travel. Instead of making huge expensive-laden trips to Hays and Liberal, the Heat have spent the summer playing teams that didn’t require a hotel room.

The Heat have dominated the league this season, and has done so with great pitching.

“The pitching staff has given up like 60-70 runs in the league,” said Rick Twyman, Wellington Heat owner and coach. “We have hit over 200.”

Wellington Police this weekend: Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wellington Police notes for this weekend: Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017:

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: July 10 to July 17, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 10 to July 17, 2017 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Shaping up to be the best Game of Thrones season yet; and the Wheat Festival is a cultural event

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow In case you’ve been asleep for the past week and haven’t heard, Game of Thrones season 7 premiered last night.  Game of Thrones is the most hyped show in recent years and it absolutely deserves it.  Every season is marked by spectacular battles and interesting characters, most of whom die, but only if the audience likes them.

This season looks to be the most exciting one yet, winter has finally come and the Daenarys is FINALLY in Westeros so the timelines Game of Thrones has kept apart for 6 seasons are going to clash.  I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t seen it yet, but in case you haven’t, quit holding out and get that HBO membership so you can enjoy the best TV show in the world currently.

Great news about that HBO membership: You can now watch HBO shows through Hulu, the lesser-tier streaming service that focuses on network television.  With the acquisition of HBO, Hulu has transformed into viable streaming service that offers a wide enough range in coverage to support getting rid of cable all together.

Unlike Netflix, Hulu has access to new network programing the day its released on TV and now full access to the HBO library home to gems like Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Veep, Ballers, True Detective, and many many more.  Hulu is also making moves in its original content by bringing books like 11/22/63 and the Handmaid’s Tale.  Hulu is on the come up.


In local culture news, it’s that magical time of the summer called the Kansas Wheat Festival. 

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