Sunday blog: Women are spaghetti, men are waffles

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — There have been a few books, often written in an amusing style, about the differences between men and women’s mode of thinking:  One of the More »

Argonia-Attica eke out close win against South Barber 34-30

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Argonia-Attica made plays when it had to have them, and found a way to win against South Barber Friday in a 34-30 win. The Titans scored More »

Wellington falls to Andale 38-0

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is always something about Andale that can thwart any kind of momentum a Wellington football team may have in a season. Yes, Wellington came into More »

Garage Sales for this weekend..

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Sept. 22-24, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use More »

When the Chisholm Trail went through Sumner County

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are a few notable differences between the Chisholm Trail 150 Cattle Drive of 2017 and the ones that started in 1867 and ran through the More »

‘All Saints’ playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “All Saints” Schedule: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 and 7 p.m. Monday at 7 p.m. Feature film rating: PG. Time: 1 More »

Travelin’ Smoke BBQ is Wellington’s newest food business

The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors recently welcomed Travelin’ Smoke BBQ to the community. (Click on photo for larger version).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — That sweet smoky aroma you are smelling as you are heading south on U.S. 160-81, north of the Wellington Viaduct, is coming from Travelin’ Smoke BBQ – Wellington’s newest food business.

Travelin’ Smoke BBQ, owned by Billy and Traci Soles, is a red food truck that is open Mondays and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The barbecue business offers a plethora of food items from melt off the bone slabs of ribs, to pulled pork, to brisket, to sides of coleslaw, potato salad, mac ’n cheese etc.

The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the Travelin’ Smoke BBQ’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

‘All Saints’ playing at the Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “All Saints”

Schedule: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 and 7 p.m. Monday at 7 p.m.

Feature film rating: PG.

Time: 1 hour 48 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, September 20, 2017:

Wellington Christian Academy spelling bee winners announced

Ava Hawks (left) and Sally Palmer.

Sumner Newscow report — On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Wellington Christian Academy held its annual spelling bee.  Ava Hawks and Sally Palmer will represent WCA at the Sumner County Spelling Bee, which will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at the Wellington Middle School at 9:30 a.m. at the auditorium. 

Wellington City Council puts finishing touches on developers agreement with Cowley College

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council put the finishing touches on the developers agreement that will make the Cowley College – Sumner Campus of Wellington a reality at its meeting Tuesday.  At a special meeting, two days after the regular session, the council approved the agreement, which defines who would pay for various infrastructure items related to the college.

The two measures on Tuesday that were passed made the water and sewer portions official. Both of them passed on a 5-1 vote with Jim Valentine voting no on both.

On the water expansion, Wellington will pay $75,000 of the $130,000 project that is to be financed by bond issues.

The sewer portion also includes lateral improvements and the city hopes other customers will be added as growth expands on the east side of town along with the college. The city will be spending about $200,000 on that part also financed by a bond issue.

Kendrick Lee Chapman, 79, Wellington: May 27, 1938 – Sept. 19, 2017

Kendrick Lee Chapman, age 79, a Wellington, KS resident since 1974, died Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at Wellington Health and Rehab.  He was a retired farmer.

Kendrick Lee Chapman was born on May 27, 1938 in Beattie, KS to Clarence Raymond Chapman and Esta May (Winney) Chapman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his brother, Dean Chapman of Humboldt, NE and two sisters, Karon Phillips of Roanoke, VA and Mary Saunders of Tigard, OR.

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Wellington Choirs wow the crowd


Sumner Newscow report — There has been a lot of good things going on at Wellington High School this fall: the football team, the student section, the tennis team, the volleyball team, the band. But one of the hottest programs going is the Wellington Choir. Two middle schools, the Crusader singers, and the high school choirs performed at the WHS auditorium yesterday evening for its fall concert. It brought the crowd to its feet with a standing ovation. For pictures of the big event click here.

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Wellington volleyball team sweeps competition; now above .500 for first time this season

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Let’s put this in perspective. Wellington started the season 1-4 in the Winfield preseason volleyball tournament.

Wellington defeated Circle 14-25, 26-24, 27-25 in the afternoon match. The Crusaders then defeated Clearwater 25-17, 25-16 in the nightcap.

The Crusaders are now 10-8 and dominated both Circle and Clearwater in a high-spirited night of volleyball in front of a solid crowd at Crusader gymnasium. OK, domination may be too strong of word for the match with Circle, because the Thunderbirds won the first set 25-14. But Wellington would comeback in set #2 and 3 with two point victories.

Circle won the other double dual 25-23, 25-13.

The Crusaders are now winners of 5 of the past 7 matches and 6 of 9 since last week’s split with Rose Hill and Collegiate.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, September 19, 2017:

Glen White, 82, Caldwell: July 17, 1935 – Sept. 18, 2017

Glen White

Glen Eugene White, age 82, of Caldwell, died on Sept 18, 2017.   Services will be held at the Ponderosa, one of Glen’s most cherished farms, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2017.  Following the service there will be a celebration, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at Sugar Sister’s located at 20 S. Main in Caldwell where family and friends will join to honor “The Glen White Life”…honoring Faith, Family and FUN.

Glen was born in Caldwell, Kansas on July 17, 1935, to John Alva and Jeanette Elizabeth (Nettie) Tibbits White. He was the youngest of five children born to this marriage and the first to be born in Caldwell Hospital, the others being born at home.  His siblings were Genevieve (White) Wooderson, Maxine (White) Stewart, Phyllis (White) Cadek, and Richard White.

Glen graduated from Caldwell High School in the Class of 1953 and went onto complete two years of college education, the first at Ark City Junior College (ACJC) and the following year at Kansas State University.  Glen began his education in a country school, where he would ride his horse to school and was taught by his sister Maxine (White) Stewart.

He served his country for two years, serving in the United State Army.  Upon leaving the service he returned to Caldwell where he farmed and ran cattle with his brother Richard… the ‘R&G White Brothers’, until his retirement in 1999. 

Kansas farmland values have dropped an average of 11 percent over past 2 years, K-State ag economist says

Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Kansas farmland values have dropped an average of 11 percent over the past two years, pulled down by lower grain and livestock prices and a dramatic drop in farm and ranch income. The downward trend is likely to continue through 2017, and the news likely won’t be much better next year, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

“We’ve seen incredible volatility in land values in the last six years,” said Mykel Taylor, associate professor and farm management specialist with K-State Research and Extension. During that time,historic high prices were recorded in 2014-2015 followed by sliding values in 2016 and so far this year.

Values for non-irrigated or dryland cropland in Kansas have fallen the most – 17 percent since 2015 – said Taylor, who gave a presentation on the topic at the recent K-State Risk and Profit Conference in Manhattan. Prices for irrigated cropland dropped 9 percent, and pasture land values fell 5 percent in that period.

Farmland values and rental rates are two of Taylor’s primary areas of research. She uses data from farmer surveys conducted by the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service and transaction data recorded in the Kansas Department of Revenue Property Valuation Division to study trends.

Cattle Drive of the Chisholm Trail to be in Mayfield this Wednesday

Sumner Newscow report — The cattle drive of the Chisholm Trail event that will be going into Mayfield this Wednesday, Sept. 20.

There will be about 100 cattle, 50 cowboys, chuck wagon, supply wagon passing through Mayfield between 1 – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20. And then they will top at a cow camp one half mile north of Hwy 160 and people will be able to go visit the cow camp between 3 – 6 p.m. to see what cowboy life was like. This is a 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail Celebration.

Sports updates: WHS volleyball, tennis, golf, sub-varsity football, WMS volleyball, WMS football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington school sports roundup for many of the sports events for the last week. Don’t forget, Wellington volleyball is hosting Circle and Clearwater tonight. The first match against Circle starts at 5 p.m. with Clearwater starting around 7 p.m.


High School volleyball

Three Sumner County volleyball teams participated in the Chaparral Invitational tournament on Saturday.

Conway Springs finished second, Belle Plaine placed third and Wellington ended up in fourth. Kingman, ranked in the top 10 in Class 4A Div. II, won the tourament.

For Wellington it was a see-saw day in the un-air conditioned gymnasium during a hot Saturday.

“I think fatigue just overwhelmed us in the end,” said Blake Brewster, Wellington head volleyball coach.

Milan Homecoming is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — Milan homecoming will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Milan Community Center. People can arrive at 11 a.m. and eat at 12 p.m. The meal will be catered by Hog Wild BBQ. The cost will be $13 per person. Please RSVP and send money no later than September 27.  You will receive your meal ticket when you arrive.

For more information call:  Melinda Nelson  316-409-7172, Roxann Davis  316-650-1068, Rosellen Luttrell 316-992-4936. Please return money to Roxann Davis at 2200 W. 26th N, Wichita, Ks. 67204

Wellington Council now contemplates: What to do with Lincoln Place?

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The fate of the Lincoln Place building is all but sealed. The city has approved a measure to tear it down now that the city has received an insurance settlement. Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said city staff has a verbal agreement in place with the company that will be hired to do the demolition. They are putting the finishing touches on getting ready and very soon a contract will be signed, he said.

The council approved the measure at the last meeting.

Kip Etter

For many months the general consensus of the city council has been to tear the building down. The price tag for demolition is $329,000, but refurbishing it would be much more than that, according to estimates.

Council member Kip Etter is one who wants to find out if there are some other options and if it can be salvaged. He wants to take a little more time to investigate.

The city is getting $285,900 in the insurance settlement, and getting that money has been a holdup in the process.

For months, the city of Wellington has waited to get an insurance settlement. Since July of 2016 the building and the street beside it have been closed.

Caldwell’s Corbin Rice is named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Corbin Rice

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Corbin Rice, a 6-0, 155 pound, junior for the Caldwell football team has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Rice threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns while going 5 of 13 passing in a 56-6 victory over Central-Burden this past weekend. He also was the team’s leading rusher going 77 yards on seven attempts accounting for four rushing touchdowns.

Rice also accounted for two interceptions on defense, leading Caldwell to a 3-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the latest Kansas Catch-It Kansas poll.

For his efforts, Rice receives a FREE delicious large Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington Ave. in Wellington. 

Sumner County commissioners clarify on how they derived with sales tax issue to pay for Cowley College-Sumner Campus

Editor’s note: The following is a clarification of selection of Sales Tax funding by the Sumner County Board of County Commission to accommodate construction of the Cowley College/Sumner County Campus. This was released by the Board of Commissioners through the county clerk’s week on Monday.

By the Sumner County Commissioners: When the Cowley College/Sumner County Campus project was in the concept/proposal stage, the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners was approached for partial funding assistance.

Various alternatives were available for consideration by the Sumner County Board of County Commissioners to help fund this project, including mill levy and sales tax.  The sales tax alternative however, was the only revenue alternative that allowed the citizens of Sumner County to address the issue and vote their approval of an additional tax.

The Sumner County Board of County Commissioners submitted the issue to voters on the November, 2016, ballot to assure greatest voter turnout, as well as consolidate all sales tax issues for voter consideration.

Wellington student section is ranked No. 5 in latest Varsity Kansas contest


The 2017 WHS Student Section. Click on image for larger version.

Sumner Newscow report — The still “nickname-less” student section for the Wellington Crusaders recently moved into the top five of the small school student section rankings being featured on the Varsity Kansas website announced today. This is what reporter Taylor Eldridge said of the Wellington student section:

5. Wellington

Wellington’s football team is 3-0 and the school spirit in Wellington is rising with every win. The Crusaders put together a really cool video for last Friday’s win, as their student section had a great showing with a neon night. Up next is Wellington’s biggest challenge yet: a road trip to undefeated Andale. A strong showing on the road could make Wellington a contender for the No. 1 spot next week.

You can see the full rankings and the video here.

Wellington still needs to name the student section. Let’s get that done! 

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