The city OT pay structure

$200,000 in Wellington Fire Department overtime has Eckert concerned

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington city officials continue to struggle to get the budget to where it needs to be. One of the last sticking points is overtime for the More »

Garage sale templete use this one

Garage sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for July 31 to Aug. 2, 2015. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use More »

2014 Sumner County wheat Cowell

With the 2015 wheat harvest in the books, things were as bleak as expected

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — This year’s wheat harvest was expected to be rather poor, and for the most part, what was expected was what happened. The wheat harvest has been More »

Sumner County Fair 2015

88th Sumner County Fair Scheduled release for Aug. 14-16

88th Sumner County Fair Schedule: “Blue Jeans & Country Things” August 14-16, 2015 WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. – Fair Set Up THURSDAY 6 – 8 p.m. —   Open class exhibits may be More »

Florida, here we come Wellington 16u Babe Ruth

It’s been quite the summer for the World Series bound Wellington 16-under softball team

by James Jordan and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 16-under Babe Ruth Girls Softball team is just a week away from the biggest tournament of these young ladies lives so More »

Minions at REgent

Held over for second straight week: Minions at Wellington Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Minions Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 31 minutes. Movie Synopsis: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination More »

Third annual Dore Fast-Pitch Softball tournament starts tonight in Mayfield

Sumner Newscow report — The third annual Dore Fast-Pitch Softball Benefit Tournament started tonight at Gene Metzen Memorial Park in Mayfield. The benefit tournament also includes a home run derby and raffle. There will be two games nightly starting at 6:30 and 8 p.m. The charity has yet to be determined.
Dore third annual bracket

Street seal work to be done in Wellington on Thursday; Turn off sprinkler systems if you live on affected streets

logo-cityWellingtonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington will be doing street seals on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The sprinkler systems of residents living on the following roads must be turned off. Those streets getting seal work are:

•8th – “F” to “C”

•Fair St. – Lincoln to New Hot mix

•4th St. – Fair to Woodlawn

•4th St. – Keys to Day

•Drexel – Lincoln to 4th

•Bright – Lincoln to 4th.

No parking will be allowed on these streets while it is sealed. If weather is not cooperative, then the work will be held on Friday.

Liquid asphalt rejuvenator will be applied to the streets.  Rain and excessive wind may postpone sealing!

Sumner County Resource Day for Sumner County Moms group is Aug. 4

Sumner Newscow report — The second annual Sumner County Resource Day, hosted by the Sumner County Moms group, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Wellington Public Library meeting room. Organizations scheduled to be in attendance handing out information include Birthline, Bright Beginnings Preschool, Friends of the Library, Futures Unlimited, Wee Too Preschool, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, Wellington Services (Catholic Charities), WorkForce, St. Francis and Sumner County Moms.

The event is free to the public, and gives people an opportunity to learn about resources available in our community. 

Help wanted: Cleary Building Corp. Construction Sales

Help Wanted adHelp wanted: Cleary Building Corp. is looking to hire someone in Construction Sales.

“Join our sales team at our Wellington Kansas Branch Office! Compensation package includes: Base salary, incentive pay, benefits, paid vacation and holidays, 401K play, and a company vehicle. Construction and sales experience required. Cleary help wanted for copy




A gold medal for Ryleigh Buck and U.S. Women’s Baseball team

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Ryleigh Buck

Ryleigh Buck – Wellington, Kansas.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There’s no rest for the weary. For Ryleigh Buck, 17-years-young, her schedule looks like one occupied by a corporate executive.

Buck is putting away the baseball pants and the cap, picking up her glove and finding a yellow ball before heading to California to play girls softball for a national traveling team in California. She won’t be returning to Wellington until August 10 where she will embark on her senior year at WHS.

Buck, as most of you know was a member of the U.S. Women’s Baseball team which returned from Toronto, Canada, as gold medalists. The U.S. team made history becoming the first women’s baseball squad to win a gold medal in the Pan Am games.

Women’s Baseball is still an anomaly. After we first reported that Buck was trying out for the U.S. team, one of the first comments after the story was “don’t you mean softball?” Baseball has traditionally been reserved for the boys. The baselines are 90 feet compared to 60 feet for softball. The pitching mound is 60 feet to the softball circle’s 45 feet. The center field wall is usually 400 feet while in softball its 200.

In the Pan-Am games, just one woman hit a home run in baseball.

Some may question whether baseball will ever become a major sport in the women’s athletic world where softball has become the summer pastime.

“Oh, I like softball,” Buck said about her preference. “But I have to admit this is a lot of fun as well.”

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 27, 2015

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Wellington man gets more than 8 years on child porn charges

Sumner Newscow local news report

By Shane Farley, —  A Wellington man was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in federal prison for distributing child pornography. He will also be required to serve 10 years of supervised release when his sentence is completed.

Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel

48-year-old Steven J. Meisel was convicted by a jury this spring on one count each of distributing child pornography and possession of it.

Sumner County Sheriff jail bookings: July 20 – July 26, 2015

Sheriff deputy badgeSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 20 to July 26, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Hazel Schmitt, 84, Winfield: Jan. 4, 1931 – July 25, 2015

Hazel Schmitt

Hazel Schmitt

Hazel J. Schmitt, of Winfield, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 at her home in Winfield, Kansas at the age of 84.

Hazel was born the daughter of C.D. and Lara (Grifith) McCormick on Sunday, January 4, 1931 in Nash, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of 13 children born in the family. Hazel graduated from Holly High School in Oklahoma. She was a retired solder technician for NCR. 

Survivors include her daughters: Melisa Carmicheal and her husband Robert of South Haven, Kansas and Dana Keithley of Winfield, grandchildren: Michelle Decaire, Mandy Curry, Michael Trammel, great-grandsons: Crew DeVine, Kalon DeVine, Cooper Curry and her niece, Nora Jean Magness of Wichita

Boy found of presumed drowning at Drury Dam near South Haven

Breaking News

July 26, 2015 Update: KSN-TV is reporting that the search for a missing boy in the Chikaskia River is over. Deputy Fred Corley confirms a passerby spotted the body at 1:45 Sunday afternoon, according to


July 24, 2015 – by Shane Farley, — Search crews are continuing to look for a 16-year-old boy who is missing, and presumed drowned at Drury Dam near South Haven.

A Sumner County Sheriff’s deputy confirmed a search was ongoing and that the boy had gone into the water late Friday afternoon.

KAKE News reports that the missing teen and another boy were crossing the dam and then jumped from it.

The second boy was found downstream and not breathing.

That child, KAKE said, was revived by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital for further treatment.

U.S. Women’s Baseball team wins gold medal at Pan Am games today

Rylee Buck USA baseball team playerSumner Newscow report — Ryleigh Buck, a Wellington High School senior, and the U.S. Women’s baseball team clinched gold in the Pan Am games in Ajax, Ont. today with an 11-3 victory over Canada Sunday.

Anna Kimbrell hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to open up a close game off with two outs in the frame and restored a five-run lead for the U.S., one inning after Canada had clawed back to score three.

American starting pitcher Sarah Hudek, who hit in the clean-up spot, also drove in three. Michelle Snyder had two runs batted in and Samantha Cobb and Jenna Marston added an RBI apiece.

Anders Spinalators are the 25th Great Race Champions

Spinalating victory

Boatingby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Anders Spinalators started out strong, took the lead after the third event and never looked back on its way to winning the 25th Great Race in Wellington Saturday. Temperatures were well into the 90s and it was smooth sailing for Anders and the crew. (see Great Race photo gallery here). 

Usually some adversity strikes and impacts the outcome of the race, and it struck the defending Great Race Champions Dore Enchies this year.

The Enchies jumped out to a quick lead and led the first two events, and they were in second after the cross country portion, and that is when disaster struck. In the motorcycle portion of the race, a mechanical failure caused the Dore’s bike to stop running and the rider had to push the bike to the transition line. That put the Enchies in ninth place. They did manage to get back into third before the race ended.

Ryleigh Buck and Team USA in Pan Am Gold Medal game Sunday

Rylee Buck USA baseball team player

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School senior Ryleigh Buck may be the first WHS student to ever say she is going to be participating in a gold medal game for an International event.

Buck and the U.S.A. Women’s Baseball team just reached the Gold Medal game at the Pan Am Games on Friday evening at the Ajax Sports Complex, east of Toronto with a 3-1 victory over the host Canada national team. U.S. will play the winner of Canada vs. Venezuela, which is playing a semifinal or play-in game today.

Buck did not play in the game Friday, a heart in throat kind of contest, but she did have prime seats in the dugout. So far she has been in the game one time at the Pan Am games. She was a pinch runner in the 9-0 victory against Puerto Rico Thursday night.

The American baseball team appears too tough to touch. The U.S. took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning and would go to stave off a rally in the seventh. Twice, Canada had runners on third with no outs, but could only get one run in due to the outstanding U.S. defense and pitching.

Brad Morris joins USD 353 administration as new assistant suprintendent

Sumner Newscow news report

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Brad Morris of Kiowa is joining the administration of United School District #353 as the new assistant superintendent this coming school year.

He brings 31 years of experience in education to Wellington, which has included being a boys basketball coach, science and physical education teacher, assistant principal and superintendent.

Last year, the district had two assistant superintendents, but combined the position into one this year.

“I will be involved with all facets of the school district,” Morris said. “Like financial, human resources, buildings and grounds, all dealings of the school system.”

Wheat Festival post-game analysis…

Kansas Wheat Festival news

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Organizers of the Kansas Wheat Festival were pleased with this year’s event, held in early July in Wellington, and they are already making plans for next year.

Chamber of Commerce Director Annarose White said the festival buttons sold out on Friday and they were using wristbands after that. They had ordered 3,000, which was more than previous years, and still sold out.

The buttons give admission to most of the festival. The price was a dollar higher this year, $3 in June, and $5 starting the first of July.

White gave a debriefing to festival committee members at the Chamber office Thursday.

She suggested they work out a theme for next year, and perhaps even have themes set for a few years in advance. With the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the theme will likely be close to that, she said.

Workers are being sought for wind-energy project near Geuda Springs

Help Wanted adWorkers are being sought to help with construction on a wind-energy project near Geuda Springs. Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction will host a job fair Friday, Aug. 7 at the Raymond Fry Complex, 320 N. Jefferson, in Wellington. The job fair is from 8 to 10 a.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and again at 6 to 8 p.m.

Those looking for work are asked to apply in person that day.

Project managers said they are looking for millwrights, iron workers – structural, riggers, laborers, rough terrain forklift operators, NCCCO Certified rough terrain hydraulic crane operators and experienced extendable boom forklift operators.

Located near Geuda Springs the Slate Creek Wind Project will consist of 75 wind turbines. The project marks the 26th wind project Mortenson will construct for California-based, EDF Renewable Energy and the fifth project to be built in Kansas.

Rita Kathleen “Kathy” Knapp, 66, Oxford: April 20, 1949 – July 21, 2015

Rita Knapp

Rita Knapp

Rita Kathleen “Kathy” Knapp, 66, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 and now resides with her savior Jesus Christ and the who have gone before her in heaven.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday July 28 at the Brookhaven Baptist Church in Andover. Burial will be in the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 27 with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. also at the Brookhaven Baptist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Kansas Humane Society or the Brookhaven Baptist Church.

Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit

Rita Kathleen was born on April 20, 1949 the daughter of William Clarence and Eva Irene (Everman) Bryant in Wichita, Kansas. Kathy was a 1967 graduate of the Derby High School. She was united in marriage with Don Eugene Blair and to this union one daughter; Martha Lynn (Blair) Snyder was born.

Francis “Frank” Weber, 81, Garnett: Feb. 18, 1934 – July 18, 2015

Frank Weber

Frank Weber

Francis “Frank” Weber, age 81, of Garnett, Kansas, died on July 18, 2015, at Golden Heights, Garnett, Kansas. He was born February 18, 1934, in rural Wichita, Kansas, the son of Anthony and Anna (Rohling) Weber.

He graduated from Wellington High School, Wellington, Kansas. Francis entered the United States Army in 1954, serving the Occupation Forces in Germany and was discharged in 1956. Francis married Margaret Weigand on April 4, 1959 in Homewood, Kansas. This union was blessed with two children, Richard and Julia.

He began farming in Blue Mound, Kansas in 1963, maintaining the farm until his passing. Francis was a member of the Garnett V.F.W. Post 6397, serving as Post Commander; Knights of Columbus Council 1368; served on the Linn County Conservation District Board of Directors, Linn County Farmers Cooperative Directors, and the Farmers Home Administration District Board of Directors.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 24, 2015

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