Crusader girls sweep Andale

Wellington girls softball team sweep Andale/Garden Plain; boys not as fortunate

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team got its first double-header win of the season and it came at the end of the hands of Andale/Garden Plain. The More »

Sumner drug arrests

Wellington/Sumner County Drug Task Force arrests five

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington/Sumner County Drug Task Force consisting of officers from the Wellington Police Department and Sumner County Sheriff’s Office have completed a series of narcotic investigations. These More »

Collin Raye coming to Wellington

Country music star Collin Raye to perform at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium May 17

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Collin Raye, a country music singer who had a string of chart-topping hits between 1991 through 2007, will be performing at Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: What should be the next city street project?

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Wellington valedictorians, top 10 announced

Gracie Defore, Ben DeJarnett, Holly Wright named Valedictorians at WHS

    Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School administration is proud to announce the Valedictorians and top 10 percent of the 2013-14 senior class. “It is my pleasure to More »

Colin Reichenberger breaks 300-meter hurdles school record at K.T. Woodman

Colin Reichenberger

Colin Reichenberger

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Colin Reichenberger, a junior, broke the Wellington High School 300-meter hurdles at the K.T. Woodman at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium Friday.

Reichenberger ran the 300 with a 40.49 time. The previous record was set by Jim Wetta, who ran it in 40.5 in 1984. What was unique about this record is Reichenberger had not run this race before this year.

The K.T. Woodman is a Shocker Pre-State Challenge, and it is used by many participants to get a feel of the state track meet ahead in late May. Class 1 to 3A track athletes are grouped together and Class 4 to 6A are grouped together. The track meet is also unique because in certain events the top eight participates compete in the “ELITE” while others compete in the open.

Wellington Police notes: Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13, 2014:

Sumner County sports postponements/cancellations

Sumner Newscow report — Due to cold weather, the following sporting events have been postponed:

•Varsity golf tournament at Terradyne Golf Course has been postponed.

•Varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball games have been postponed. The games will be rescheduled at a later time.

•The junior varsity golf tournament at Sierra Hills has been postponed.

•The junior varsity track meet at Valley Center has been cancelled. 

Anna Marie Slack, 81, Wellington: July 13, 1932 – April 12, 2014

Anna Marie Slack

Anna Marie Slack

Anna Marie Slack, of Wellington, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the William Newton Hospital in Winfield at the age of 81.

Anna Marie was born the daughter of Clifford and Ruby (Woods) Metz on Wednesday, July 13, 1932 in Wellington.

On October 14, 1951, Anna Marie and Harold L. Slack were united in marriage at the Oxford Baptist Church in Oxford. Together they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his death in March of 2009. To this union were born two children: Cynthia and Doyle.  

Sunday Feature: “Wichita – The Movie” makes premiere in Wellington on Wednesday

Wichita The Movie feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For one night only, Wellington’s Regent Theater will premiere “Wichita — The Movie,” — that proves big time studio productions does not necessarily have to be made in Hollywood.

The Wellington Regent Theater is part of a 30-city, six-state tour for the film. The movie will be shown this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wellington residents may recognize the butcher in the film: Gregor Hunt, who graduated from Wellington High School in 1983.

Carter Green, owner of GreenJeans Studios in Wellington, did the title track for the movie.

“Wichita — The Movie” is a feature length western, written and produced in Wichita. All of the sets and props were produced here. All but two of the actors in the movie live or have lived in the south-central Kansas region.

Gregor Hunt

Gregor Hunt

The adult-themed film is a cat-and-mouse mystery set in Wichita in 1882 about a mysterious fugitive who is seeking out his revenge on the person who landed him in prison. His tracking skills lead him to the quiet, peaceful town of Wichita, during a time when the town was ascending from a small farm village to a cross-cultural industrial metropolitan (see more details of the movie: .

Garage Sales for this weekend!

Garage sale templete use this one

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for April 12-14, 2014. If you still need garage sales just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting! 

Busy Thursday for Wellington baseball, softball, and tennis teams; and it continues Monday

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington varsity baseball teams split and the Wellington girls softball team swept at Augusta… Wellington boys tennis team played in Augusta… Schedule for the rest of weekend and Monday…


Wellington boys play exciting games

The Crusader baseball team split with Augusta in two exciting ballgames. Augusta won the first game while Wellington took the second in double-header action. The Crusaders are 6-2 for the year.

In game one, Wellington won 2-1 which was also the hitting stats in this defensive thriller.

Trevor Nance threw all seven inning for the Dukes allowing just one hit and four walks. He struck out 10 Oriole batters holding the team to a 1.00 ERA. 

Wellington City Council to hold work session Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council will be holding a work session on Monday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Administration building on 317 S. Washington in Wellington. The purpose of the council work session is to discuss various city projects/issues.

Board accepts Jerry Hodson’s resignation as administrator of the USD 353 school district

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board has accepted the resignation of Jerry Hodson, who has served in several capacities at the USD 353 Central office over the past two years at its Thursday regularly scheduled meeting.

Hodson has accepted the school superintendent’s job in Atwood – located 30 miles north of Colby in northwest Kansas.

Hodson has been the curriculum director since 2012 at USD 353 when he replaced Jackie Glasgow, who resigned to become a full assistant professorship at Southwestern College. His USD 353 job has evolved since that point where he has served as Curriculum Director, technology administrator, and maintenance director during the 2013-14 academic year.

Previously, he served as Wellington Middle School Principal.

Other resignations included:

Wellington golf team finishes 5th; Graysen DeJarnett places 4th at home invite

WHS golf tournament feature

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Varsity  Golf team hosted the annual invitational held at the Wellington Golf Club.

WHS sophomore Graysen DeJarnett scored a 79 and finished fourth individually. He opened the golf day with a bang getting a birdie – on a windy day. Chance Russell shot an 88 as Wellington’s second best golfer. Joseph Friesen placed third with a 94. Aareon Mason rounded out the top four with a 105.

Wellington’s team total, which is a cumulative score of a school’s top four golfers, was 366 placing the Crusaders fifth. Rose Hill ran away with the tournament with a 311 score. Hesston had a 334. Augusta had a 338 and Goddard Eisenhower 343.

Graysen DeJarnett was Wellington's top golfer on Thursday.

Graysen DeJarnett was Wellington’s top golfer on Thursday.

“Muppets Most Wanted” to be shown at Wellington Regent Theater

This week at the Regent

Muppet MovieThis week at the Regent Theater: “Muppets Most Wanted” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.(c) Disney

“Ready, Set, Bloom!” – It is Tulip Time in Belle Plaine

TulipSumner Newscow report — “Ready, Set, Bloom!” is the theme for the annual Tulip Time Festival celebration held at Belle Plain this weekend starting Thursday night with opening of the carnival and ended Sunday afternoon.

The annual Tulip Time Festival has been held each Spring since 1986.  Each year Belle Plaine welcomes thousands of visitors to this two day event.  With a multitude of activities for every age including arboretum tours, athletic competitions, a parade, arts and crafts, fun food, and a variety of on-stage entertainment, it’s no wonder this event attracts visitors from a wide area of the central United States.

The schedule for this year’s events are as follows: 

Oxford boys baseball team splits with Central – improves to 3-3 for the season

Sumner Newscow report — The Oxford boys baseball team is now off to 3-3 after splitting with Central/Burden earlier this week.

After a somewhat cold day in Kansas for spring baseball, Oxford head boys baseball coach Kyle Green’s troops cam away with a split with the Raiders.

“Right now we are 3-3 overall, and 3-1 in the league,” Green said. “Oggie Shimkus is really pounding the ball right now. He’s hitting .733for the year and doing a great job behind the plate when he’s not on the mound.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, April 9, 2014:

Wellington graduate E.K. Franks has been named Arkansas Director of Recruiting

E.K. Franks is now a Razorback

Sumner Newscow report — E.K. Franks, a 1989 Wellington High School graduate, has been named Arkansas’ Director of Recruiting, head coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday.

Franks comes to the Razorbacks from Southeastern Louisiana, but previously worked with Bielema at both Wisconsin and Kansas State. The Arkansas press release notes he has worked with “multiple professional athletes, including Wes Welker, Terence Newman and Darren Sproles.” He also reportedly has “extensive recruiting ties to Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Mississippi.”

Franks – best known as “Killer” was a record setting running back in football for the Crusaders and a three-time high school wrestling state champion from 138 to 152.

“I have known E.K. Franks for more than a decade and can’t wait to see the positive effect he will bring to our Razorback family,” Coach Bielema said. “He will lead our recruiting department on a variety of different levels to help bring Arkansas football to the highest level of success.”

Wellington tennis team wins Chaparral tourney, JV baseball team goes 3-1, busy sports schedule upcoming

Sports todayby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington varsity tennis team came home victorious from the Chaparral Tournament, the junior varsity baseball team is 5-1, and there’s a busy sports schedule the rest of the week…


Wellington boys win tennis tourney

Wellington Varsity Boys Tennis Team won the Chaparral Invitational in Anthony on Tuesday. At No. 1 Singles, Tyler Pettegrew took second place beating Voeller of Fairfield 8-0 and Segwig of Douglas 8-1 before losing to Nulik of Chaparral 8-4 in the Championship.

At No. 2 Singles, Brock Edwards took first place beating Shoenecker of Fairfield 8-2, Weese of Douglas 8-4 and Friesen of Meade 8-5 in the Championship.

Steve Rowan, 54, Wellington: Dec. 17, 1959 – April 8, 2014

Steve Rowan

Steve Rowan

Steve Rowan, 54, of Wellington, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Wellington.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 11, 2014 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 9 a.m., until 8 p.m. Burial will be at the Sumner Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and may be left with the Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit

Steve was born December 17, 1959 the son of Eugene and Dorothy (Bunch) Rowan in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1977 and was a Wichita State University Graduate. Steve was a pharmaceutical sales rep working for GlaxcoSmithKline, he enjoyed his work. Steve’s hobbies included, golfing and Wichita State Sports. Steve also enjoyed watching both of his children’s sporting activities.

Help wanted: Gusher Energy Services, Inc. seeking full time worker.

Local oilfield service company seeking an individual to fill a full time position.  Duties include pumping, roustabout, and related work.  All work done locally.  Prefer an applicant with prior oilfield experience, but willing to train the right individual.  Must have a valid driver’s license (CDL preferred) and willing to work weekends.  Employees of Gusher Energy Services, Inc. are subject to D.O.T. safety qualifications.

  • Competitive Salary (D.O.Q.)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Health/Dental Insurance
  • Employer Matched IRA
  • Company Pickup and Tools

Woodlawn Ave. is open north to south; Lincoln Street Project should be finished by May

New Lincoln sign

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Travelers in east Wellington have noticed this week that Woodlawn Ave. going north to south is now open as road construction workers move closer to the completion of the Lincoln Street Reconstruction project.

Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said the project which encompasses Lincoln Avenue from Woodlawn to the Wellington Compost Site is expected to be completed by the end of May.

The detour signs have been moved one block east. Road construction started in mid-November. People were detoured down Fair, west of Woodlawn, to 4th Avenue and then east. See map here:

Wellington’s Garrett Wilson wins two prestigious journalism awards at OSU

Garrett Wilson

Garrett Wilson

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Garrett Wilson, a junior at Oklahoma State University and contributor to the Sumner Newscow website, recently won two prestigious awards from the Oklahoma State School of Media and Strategic Communications.

Wilson, the son of Bobby and Ginger Wilson of Wellington, was the winner of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Education Association award. He also received OSU’s Sam Love Memorial Award for top sports media student given to an incoming senior for the 2014-15 school year.

Wilson, a 2011 Wellington High School graduate,  was selected as one of three students to win the prestigious OBEA award from any university in Oklahoma. He voiced a 10-minute long radio show where he gathered stories and pieced them together. 

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