Sunday feature: Where are those #@$& officials?!

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We love to boo the officials. They wear those funny black and white shirts and they always make calls for the other team… so we think. More »

Rains: VNA has met all the requirements for accepting the planning/zoning request

by Cletas Rains, letter to the editor — I would like to respond to Mr. Hisken’s letter to the editor concerning the proposed Verbio North America plant.  First, I understand the concerns raised More »

Beehive Creative Toys and Quilt Shop holds ribbon cutting and grand opening this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  Rarely has there been a ribbon cutting in downtown Wellington that has had so much fanfare as of late. Beehive Quilt Shop and Bee Creative Toys More »

It’s Friday… What is the new CultureCow, Alex?

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Let’s start talking this weekend by talking about a fantastic development of joining two great American institutions: Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and traditional More »

Bohemian Rhapsody playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

Times: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Catch the CultureCow review here. (He thinks Queen is the best rock band ever). More »

Redesign curriculum is getting the support of the Wellington school board

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – Three Wellington parents came to the school board meeting to express their displeasure with the new Redesign curriculum using Summit software. But the majority of the More »

All Central Plains League post season football honor list released

Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs, which won the Central Plains League championship, had three players on the first team offense and four players on the first team defense of the All-CPL football list released this week.

Belle Plaine had no one on the first team, but two on the second team.

Daniel Becker – Conway Springs.

Daniel Becker was named the defense most valuable player. Jake Burke of Chaparral was the offensive athlete of the year.

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Sumner County election breakdown: Precincts voting habits change little from election to election

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County Clerk’s office released the official general election tallies for each precinct today. And when analyzing the data: little changed as far as how voters voted from 2018 to 2016 or 2014.

We have two versions on the precinct voting. Click here for the Excel version (must have Microsoft Word to view it)  11-6-2018 GENERAL Election Abstract Click here for a direct larger version of the tallies.

Sumner County voters are pretty consistent in their voting habits. The Republicans continue to hold a grip on the county, but the degree of its grip varies precinct to precinct. If you are a Democrat, Wellington seems to be your only salvation. And the county tends to vote more Republican the more rural you get. And if you are in Conway Springs, Democrats might just want to forget it. 

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The Gold Corner first ever Case Clearance sale on Saturday, Nov. 24

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WHS band instructor Ben Olson has been placed on leave

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington High School band instructor Ben Olson has been placed on leave, the USD 353 administrative office has confirmed.

Wellington Chief of Police Tracy Heath has confirmed that the WPD is currently investigating an incident involving Olson. No details concerning the nature of the incident was provided by either USD 353 or the WPD.

Former Wellington band instructor David Brody has been named as an interim band instructor at this time. Wellington Superintendent Mark Whitener would not confirm whether this is temporary or a more permanent status for Brody. 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, November 13, 2018:

Wellington Police asking for help with Friday night-Saturday morning mailbox vandals

Sumner Newscow report — Late Friday, November 9 and early Saturday, November 10, Wellington Police investigated 13 reports of mailboxes being vandalized around town.  Mailboxes were strung along West Harvey, North Olive and North Poplar. Those south of 16th received the heaviest damage.

The Wellington Police Department is asking for any information leading to the person or persons responsible for the damage.  If you have information, contact Wellington Police or Sumner County Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Conway Springs Daniel Becker and Zach Mercer named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Daniel Becker – Conway Springs.

Zach Mercer – Conway Springs.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Conway Springs seniors Daniel Becker, a 6-3, 250 pound, offensive/defensive lineman and Zach Mercer, a 5-10, 165 pound free safety and running back have been named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week. They helped the Cardinals to a 10-1 record, losing the final game in a heart breaking sectional playoff game, 25-24 to top ranked Phillipsburg.

Becker, who was also named the Central Plains League defensive Most Valuable Player, had a team high 17 tackles for losses, five sacks for 52 yards, and 90 tackles throughout the season.

“He is very athletic, while pulling and leading the way for the team that rushed for 3,705 yards and adding another 500 passing yards,” said Matt Biehler, Conway Springs head football coach. On Friday, Becker had 6.5 tackles against Phillipsburg.

Mercer, who was a first team all-CTL free safety and second team flex player, led the team in tackles with 102. He had 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also rushed for 662 yards and had eight touchdowns in 2018. On Friday, he had eight solo tackles and rushed for 153 yards on 21 attempts.

For their efforts, Becker and Mercer, are each recipients of a large delicious pizza at Big Cheese at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Look out it is the Christmas Decorating Contest…

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Wellington Rec to hold monthly meeting at WRC Conference Room

The Wellington Recreation Commission will be holding their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, November 27 at 7 a.m. The meeting will be located in the WRC Conference Room.

Wellington police weekend report: Friday, Nov. 9 – Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

Wellington Police notes for Veteran’s Day weekend are as follows:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Three Wellington girls softball players sign letters of intent to 3 colleges in mega-Monday ceremonial event

Brooke McCorkle signs with Mississippi Valley State. (Click photo for larger version).

Jacelyn Buck signs with Louisiana Monroe. (Click on photo for larger version).

Delaney Parkey signs with Bethel College. (Click on photo for larger version).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a party. Usually college athletic scholarship signings are a quaint affair that involves one athlete, the parents, a couple of friends and high school coaches.

On Monday, three Wellington High School girls softball teams simultaneously signed at the same time and it became a social event. There was cake, cookies, punch, family, extended family, lots of friends and the local media and VYPE Magazine.

Meanwhile, three girls are headed to their senior year for the Wellington Crusaders with scholarships in hand.

•Brooke McCorkle, the daughter of Mike and Amber McCorkle, signed with Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss.

•Jacelyn Buck, the daughter of T.D. and Sheila Buck, signed with softball power University of Louisiana-Monroe.

•Delaney Parkey, the daughter of Harold and Holly Parkey, signed with Bethel College in North Newton, Kans.

M. Pauline Pope, 83, Wellington: March 5, 1935 – Nov. 6, 2018.

M. Pauline Pope, 83, died on Nov. 6, 2018. She is the daughter of William C and Thelma C Linder, which precedes her in death.

Pauline was united in marriage to Raymond Pope on June 5, 1954 which he precedes her in death.

They had five children: R, Mark Pope, which also proceeds her in death; four daughters: Kammi (Larry) Eady, Wilma (Tom) Miller, Karla (Dean Kimper) Schwind, all of Wellington, and Teresa (Scott) Blake of Milan; one foster son: Mike (Dawana) Grow of Kechi; two sisters: Nadine Herschenhofer of Arizona and Macel Dickey of Oregon; two brothers, Marvin Linder of Nebraska; and Larrry Linder of Kansas; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

Family History Fair speaker encourages DNA testing for genealogical research

Michelle Enke was in Wellington speaking about DNA at the Sumner County Family History Fair.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Many companies now offer DNA testing at affordable rates, but not everyone knows how to decipher the results. Michelle Enke, manager of genealogy and special collections at Wichita Public Library, spoke on DNA and genealogy at the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society’s annual Family History Fair held at the Memorial Auditorium.

“DNA is another tool to use in researching genealogy,” Enke said. “People test for ethnicity, health reasons, and to trace their ancestors through their living cousins.”

In order for people to trace their ancestors, one must find living cousins who have had their DNA tested and put the results online for others to find.

“That’s what you’re looking for, and you hope that they have information that you’re looking for,” Enke said. “You hope they have letters, diaries, etc. to learn more about your family.”

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log: Nov. 5 – Nov. 11, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, 2018 is as follows: 

Crusaders of the Stage presents ‘Our Town’ over the weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Crusaders of the Stage presented “Our Town” this past weekend at the Wellington High School auditorium.

The three-act play written by American playwright Thornton Wilder and was the first high school production by Wellington directors Bob and Michelle Brown, who have been doing Wellington Community Theater productions for years. The cast included 26 high school members with Rachel Lee as the “stage manager” who narrates the play.

The two-hour play was performed on Thursday and two performances on Saturday. For all the pictures click here.

Wellington holds annual Veteran’s Day program

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington held its annual Veteran’s Day program at the high school auditorium. Wellington’s Vietnam War Veteran Jim Valentine made the presentation in front of a packed crowd at the WHS auditorium.

Jim Valentine was the featured speaker at today’s program.

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, 2018 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Clifford Kirk Williams, 66, Caldwell: Nov. 2, 1952 – Nov. 6, 2018

Clifford Kirk Willams

Clifford Kirk Williams died November 6, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.  He was admitted with an acute case of pneumonia.

Kirk was born in Caldwell, Kansas on November 2, 1952 to James (Jim) and Kathryn (Carter) Williams.  He was the second of five children born to this union.  He had a big brother Steve, younger sister Tonya, little brother Jimmy and really younger sister Lori.  He grew up on the family farm west of Caldwell and attended Bailey School during his childhood and went on to Caldwell to finish his education.  He was baptized in the Caldwell Presbyterian Church where he attended Sunday School during his youth.  He graduated from Caldwell High with the Class of 1970.

Believe it or not, the Christmas season is almost upon us

Sumner Newscow report — It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas and really it isn’t “too early” when you think about it.


Entry forms for the 2018 Christmas Decorating Contest for both business and residential are now available!  Come by the Chamber office or City Hall to pick them up.  They can also be found on the Chamber website and Facebook sites.  The theme is “Fairy Tale Christmas”.  All forms are due into the Chamber by Friday, November 30th and your decorations are due up the following day, on Saturday, December 1.


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