Kansas City Royals fan story

The Royals, the World Series, the Wellington fans, the memories…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tonight when the Kansas City Royals walk out onto the field to play their first World Series game of the 21st Century, it will signify a More »

Approaching the end of regular seaosn

Wellington volleyball travels to Buhler tonight; set for sub-state here Saturday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will complete its most successful regular season in its history when it travels to Buhler to play in a double dual More »

An eventful year Roy Eckert

A lot has happened with Roy Eckert, Wellington leading city manager candidate, in 2014

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Google the words “Roy Eckert” and you will find Wellington’s leading city manager candidate has had an eventful year. The Wellington City Council will vote Tuesday More »

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Post your FREE garage sale ads here

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” More »

Bittersweet ending state tournament

Wellington girls complete tennis season with 3 state medalists and 8th place team finish

By Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach — It was a bittersweet ending to the tennis season, We sent both of our varsity seniors out making the Class 4A State Tennis More »

The BoxTrolls will be coming to the Wellington Regent this weekend

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This week at the Regent Theater: “The BoxTrolls.” (Movie trailer is below).


When: Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.


Movie Synopsis:

Garage Sales for Oct. 17-19, 2014

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Oct. 17-19, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington seventh grade football team goes 7-0, takes Pioneer League crown

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Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington seventh grade football team won the Pioneer League Div. III championship. Wellington defeated Arkansas City 44-6 Thursday night to finish up 7-0 for the season. The team will be honored at halftime. We’ll have more details of the Knights’ championship season at a later time. 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, October 16, 2014:

Wellington girls tennis team starts its state tournament journey

2014 WHS Girls team accepting tournament runner-up trophy.

2014 WHS Girls team accepting tournament runner-up trophy.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — And they are off. The Wellington girls tennis team are currently playing in the Class 4A state tournament in Winfield today. The brackets were set this morning.

Peyton Adams is playing in singles. Madi Adams and Rylee Buck are playing in doubles as a team. Mekenna Adams and Maggie Fink are the other team.

We will update you as the tournament progresses.

(Updated with stats and Reichenberger injury) Crusader Preview: Now the games count for the Wellington football team

Wellington-Rose Hill preview

UPDATE – OCT. 16, 8:15 p.m. — Wellington Head Coach Tyler Ryan just informed us that Wellington receiver Colin Reichenberger may have fractured his finger in practice Wednesday and is listed as questionable tomorrow night against Rose Hill. “We will weigh our options,” he said. He didn’t rule out Reichenberger playing but he didn’t rule out that the receiver is out for the season either.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s time.

That 4-2 start is meaningful for the Wellington High School football team. But when it comes to post season glory, it means absolutely nothing.

Tomorrow night, at Seller Park, Wellington will by vying to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 when Rose Hill comes to town. It is senior night and the last home game of the season. (For comparable stats of the two teams collected by Garrett Wilson look at the statistical information below).

The opportunity presents itself nicely for the Dukes. Wellington has the ability to beat both Rose Hill and Mulvane in the next two weeks. If it does so, then Wellington is on its way to the playoffs. If it loses one of those two, then it needs lots of help, and be placed in a must win situation at Ulysses.

Updated: Ellen Love, Argonia, faces federal charges for making illegal payments to four Sumner County individuals

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UPDATED OCT. 16, 7 P.M. — By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow and Jim Cross, U.S. Attorney’s office – A former Farm Service Agency director in Sumner County was indicted Wednesday on a charge of making $306,000 in agriculture disaster payments to applicants who had been denied approval for the money, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ellen A. Love, 51, Argonia, was charged with one count of unlawfully conveying federal funds. The Federal Grand Jury indictment alleges the crime occurred while Love worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Executive Director of the Sumner County Farm Service Agency located in Wellington.  Sumner Newscow has obtained the indictment from the Federal Grand Jury.  It can be found here:  Love indictment

According to the indictment papers, in March and early April 2013 producers Timothy Isaacs, Tracy Robyn Isaacs, Michael Andra and Tina Andra applied for Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments – also known as SURE —  at the behest of Love.  The USDA provides assistance to farm producers who have suffered losses as a result of agricultural disasters. To be approved, applicants must have suffered significant crop losses in a disaster-designated county and they must have had crop insurance through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

Jill Lynn Davis, 56, of Wellington: June 4, 1958 – Oct. 3, 2014

Jill Lynn Davis

Jill Lynn Davis

Jill Lynn Davis, of Wellington, died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 56.

Jill was born the daughter of Mary Lee (Harvison) and Owen Pendarvis on Wednesday, June 04, 1958 in Wichita.

In 1985 Jill and Kenny Davis were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated nearly 30 years of marriage.

Kansas City Royals fans… the legitimate ones… we want to hear from you

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wow, the Kansas City Royals are in World Series. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

This hasn’t happened in 29 years, and it may not happen again for another 29. So let’s live the moment to the max.

Sumner Newscow wants to hear the story of being a true Kansas City Royal fan. We’d like to get your take on what it has been like to suffer for so long and then suddenly be jolted into this land of ecstasy. Send us a picture. Tell us about 1985. Tell us your story.

There are several ways of doing this. You can e-mail us at, or you can provide your story on the comment section below, or call me at 620-326-0717. This is your time. Live the moment and let us hear from you. 

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014:

•AVCTL Cross Country at Wellington High School, 4 p.m.
•C-team Volleyball at Wellington, 5 p.m.

•4A State Tennis at Winfield
•Football at WHS vs. Rose Hill 7 p.m. – Senior Night

• 4A State Tennis at Winfield
• Volleyball at Clearwater 9 a.m.

Wayne Harris, 86, retired farmer: Sept. 30, 1928 – Oct. 14, 2014

Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris

Wayne L. Harris, age 86, lifelong resident of Sumner County, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington.  He was a retired farmer.

Wayne L. Harris was born on September 30, 1928 in Arkansas City, to Arkle William Harris and Anna Belle (Overholt) Harris.  He was a graduate of Oxford High School.  He also attended Kansas State University and served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Wayne married Wanda Louise Bursack on August 30, 1952. 

Sumner County Court Docket: Oct. 15, 2014 report

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Sparse crowd attends SRMC Community sales tax initiative forum

Hospital political forumby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Seventeen people were in attendance for the Sumner Regional Medical Center Sales Tax Initiative forum held at the Raymond Frye Complex, Tuesday evening. If you missed this forum, a second one will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The city of Wellington is proposing a one percent sales tax dedicated to SRMC which would start April 1, 2015 and end in April 1, 2025. The existing one-half percent sales tax would be retired at the same time.

SRMC Executive Director Leonard Hernandez spoke for 35 minutes about the SRMC proposal and the sales tax initiative. Most of the information can be found in a SRMC interview with Hernandez featured in June here.

The sales tax rate if passed will be raised to 8.65 percent for the city of Wellington which where it was a year ago before one of the two half-cent sales tax were sunset in January 2014.  (see election details here).

Hernandez said the sales tax referendum would generate about $1.2 million a year for the hospital or an additional $600,000 that it is getting now.

During his speech, Hernandez outlined what led to the financial difficulties of the hospital which included:

Triumph Group provides major help to Chisholm Trail Museum this week

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Triumph, "WINGS over Wellington" group is making Chisholm Trail Museum a better place to visit.

Triumph, “WINGS over Wellington” group is making Chisholm Trail Museum a better place to visit.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Each year Triumph Group, known as the WINGS over Wellington group, has a community project. In 2014, the project is helping the Chisholm Trail Museum at 502 N. Washington.

Last year, Triumph refurbished the Rock Island ball field concession stand. In 2012, the group helped build the nature trail at the Wellington Lake.

“Boy, this is great,” said Louise Leslie, a Chisholm Trail Museum volunteer. “Not only are they donating supplies and their expertise, but they are donating their time. When you are volunteer group such as we are, time is so essential.”

The Chisholm Trail Museum, once the Hatcher Hospital, has been a tourist attraction in Wellington for several decades and has attracted a plethora of people throughout the United States.

2014 Kansas State General Election dates to remember…

Sumner County 2014 electionSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Here are dates to remember as far as the 2014 Kansas State General Election is concerned:

·Advance voting by mail begins Oct. 15, 2014.

·Advance voting in person begins Oct. 28, 2014.

·Last day to mail ballots Oct. 31, 2014.

·Advance in person ends at noon Nov. 3, 2014.

·Election Day, Nov. 4, 2014.

Wellington Middle School to host community book fair Oct. 21-27

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Students from Wellington Middle School will host a special Book Fair from Scholastic October 21-27, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help raise funds to purchase new books for the school library.  Fair attendees can also help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Teacher Wish List program.

The Book Fair will be open each day from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature a wide range of books for young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy series, sports guides, graphic novels, and the latest bestsellers from more than 100 publishers. Parents/guardians, children, teachers, and the community are invited to attend.

WMS Leadership students, dubbed “The Crew” will help run the book fair.  They will learn real-life skills like managing inventory and assisting shoppers with their selections while helping to make reading for pleasure a cool activity at their school. 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, October 14, 2014:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014:

•PSAT Test

•AVCTL Cross Country at Wellington High School, 4 p.m.
•C-team Volleyball at Wellington, 5 p.m.

•4A State Tennis at Winfield
•Football at WHS vs. Rose Hill 7 p.m. – Senior Night

• 4A State Tennis at Winfield
• Volleyball at Clearwater 9 a.m.

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