The WHS production of ‘Back to the 80s’ restarts for second week; performances will be Thursday, Saturday: 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — The second week of the hilarious musical “Back to the 80s” presented by the Crusaders of the Stage will be restarting again for a second week. The performances More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The World Series question

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Several Halloween events taking place this weekend

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With Halloween approaching on Monday, there are many local events taking place this week where children are sure to get more than enough candy. The fun starts More »

Big Cheese athlete of the week

Tayland French named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tayland French, a Wellington High School senior, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week. French helped the Wellington girls volleyball team pick up a More »


4-H Foundation and Council to host ‘Let’s Take a Chance’ on Nov. 5.

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — A game show, “Let’s Take A Chance,” will be hosted by the 4-H Foundation and Council as a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5. “It’s a game More »

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Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

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

The official unofficial Sumner Newscow Straw Poll vote








Who will you vote for as President of the United States?

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How will you vote on the Cowley County Campus proposal in Sumner County requiring a 1/2 cent sales tax for 10 years?

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Wellington volleyball team goes 1-1 in sub-state tournament; defeats Mulvane, loses to Rose Hill


Tayland French against Mulvane in sub-state at Rose Hill.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington volleyball season came to an end in Rose Hill as the host team would not be denied.

The No. 2 rated team in Class 4A Div. IV would beat Wellington 25-10, 25-9. The trouble is the Rockets, 34-6, aren’t particularly senior laden and they have perhaps the best volleyball player the Crusaders saw this year and probably in 2017 and 2018 as well.

Gracie Van Driel, a sophomore sensation, kept the Crusaders on their heals all afternoon in the championship match. She has already committed to KU.

As far as Wellington goes, the Crusaders wrapped up a rebuilding year in which they finished 9-24.

“We improved a lot this year,” said Hannah Shuck, Wellington head volleyball coach. “Our goal was to win the first round game and give Rose Hill a great game. For the most part we did that.”

Belle Plaine picks up second win of season with huge 60-12 win over Bluestem

Caleb Stover runs up the middle. Bo Gooch is in the top picture.

Caleb Stover runs up the middle. Bo Gooch is in the top picture.

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Belle Plaine played solid defense, and scored early and often, on its way to a 60-12 win over Leon-Bluestem in Belle Plaine Friday. The Dragons got their second win of the season and their first home win in four years.

Belle Plaine DragonBelle Plaine scored the first four times it had the ball, and on six of eight first half possessions. One of the drives ended when a run appeared headed for the end zone but was fumbled and Bluestem recovered.

Bluestem rarely got into Belle Plaine territory, and rarely mounted much of a drive as the Dragon defense swarmed and did not allow much running room. The Lions had 82 yards rushing, and 62 of that came on one play in the second half.

Belle Plaine was blasting big holes and getting good yardage often, rolling up 259 yards on 28 carries.  Quarterback Bo Gooch was also on target, completing eight of 13 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. On Belle Plaine’s first play from scrimmage he threw a 26 yard pass to Caleb Stover, which set up a three yard scoring run by Gage Shook.  Stover ran for two.

Conway Springs rolls to 34-12 victory over Cheney; in command of district

Conway Springs Cardinals

Conway Springs Cardinals

Sumner Newscow report — The Conway Springs Cardinals took a huge step toward a 10th consecutive playoff berth with a 34-12 victory over Cheney.

The Cardinals are 2-0 and will play at Chaparral Thursday for an opportunity to win a district championship. Chaparral lost to Garden Plain 22-14. On the other hand, the Cardinals haven’t wrapped up anything yet in this wild district.

Conway Springs opened with a 7-0 lead on a Gunnar Denney 5 yard touchdown. After Cheney responded with a touchdown and missed PAT to narrow the margin to one, the Cardinals scored on a Riley Akiu 1 yard touchdown run. Conway Springs led 13-6 at halftime.

Caldwell annihilates South Haven; faces possible playoff berth next

bluejaysSumner Newscow report — Caldwell completely demolished their neighbor to the east 76-6 in a game that ended mercifully at halftime.

Caldwell scored eight touchdowns in the first quarter alone and held a stunning 60-0 first quarter lead. Dakota Volavka scored touchdowns of 38, 15, 11, and 26. Colten Ward would add three more. A touchdown was scored almost every minute in the first quarter. 

Wellington loses to Mulvane 48-7 to fall to 0-8

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington fell to 0-8 after losing to Mulvane 48-7 Friday night.

The Crusaders have one last chance for victory when they travel to Ulysses next Friday night.

Wellington was without several starters including fullback Chris Kop and lineman Aaron Schoemann. The Crusaders had as many as five players out.

The game saw some offensive sparks, Wellington opened the game on an impressive drive only to be thwarted inside the 18 on 4th and inches. Two plays later, Jayden Price would rip off a 65-yard touchdown run slicing through the heart of the Crusader defense to put the Wildcats on the board. 

Haunted Trails by local scouts to continue Saturday night


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State Representative District #79 Candidates Forum – Ed Trimmer

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a candidates forum featuring Ed Trimmer, a Democrat who is running unopposed for State Representative of District #79 which encompasses the northeast portion of Sumner County. Wellington is not included in this district. The district is outlined in white in the graphics below.cow-county-state-representive-district-80-116th

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1.Briefly, tell us about yourself, your background, and how you became a candidate for the Kansas House/Senate in 2016? 

Trimmer — I have been in the Legislature for the past 11 years.  I was asked to take the place of Judy Showalter, who died of cancer, in 2006.  Before I became a legislator, I was an instructor at Winfield High School for 33 years.  I taught Speech, Student Congress Debate, English, Broadcast Journalism, Multimedia, A+ Certification, and a CISCO Network Academy.

I decided to run again for re-election in 2016 because I could sense things changing.  I believe there is an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to work together to fix much of the damage that has been done by Governor Brownback’s economic experiment.

2. Would you vote to repeal the Kansas income tax cuts of 2012? 

Railroad crossing closing for repairs in Harper begins Oct. 27

Road Work ahead try this again!!!!Sumner Newscow report — Starting on Thursday, October 27, the BNSF Railway Co will begin a permitted railroad crossing repair project between  K-14/W. 8th St. and K14/NE 100 Road on K-14 Highway, at the city limits of the City of Harper in Harper County.  The purpose of the railroad crossing repair project is to conduct routine maintenance and necessary upgrades. It is scheduled to be completed around October 28, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

Local traffic will need to use alternate routes. With both lanes being affected and closed by the project, through traffic will be detoured using state routes K-42, K-2 and US-160 with posted signage. Time delays of more than 30 minutes can be expected.

For more information about T-WORKS projects and funding visit the website,  Highway construction project locations and road condition information can be viewed at the website, or can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 511.

Garage Sales this weekend…

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of October 21-23, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington board looking to implement a One to One Computer Initiative for middle school

USD school board meeting reportby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board, upon the direction of Superintendent Mark Whitener, is looking into the possibility of implementing a One to One Initiative at the Wellington Middle School in the fall of 2017.

A One to One Initiative refers to one technology device — typically a laptop per student. Whitener said the intent is to prepare every student to be successful in the digital world.

The hope is to consider implement the Initiative at the middle school first and then the high school the following year.

The board is hoping to take action on the technology initiative at the next meeting on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.


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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children playing at Wellington Regent this weekend


This week at the Regent Theater: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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

Also: School’s Out Bargain Matinee: Casper.

Miss Peregrine’s feature film rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and peril).

Time: 2 hours 7 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.

Wellington eighth grade wins Pioneer League Volleyball championship; 7th graders place 2nd

Wellington Eighth Grade volleyball team becomes Pioneer League Champions.

Wellington eighth grade volleyball team becomes Pioneer League Champions.

Sumner Newscow report — For the second consecutive year, the Wellington eighth grade became Pioneer League Champions.

The Knights were victorious over Clearwater 25-26, 25-19 in the championship match in the six team tournament played in Ark City.

In other news, the seventh grade volleyball team finally lost a game this season. Unfortunately, it was in the Pioneer League Championship to Clearwater 25-21, 25-22.

As far as the eighth grade is concerned, Wellington would go undefeated with a 25-15, 25-9 victory over Mulvane to start a three-team pool play. Wellington then beat El Dorado 25-15, 25-15 to advance to the four-team finals.

Wellington would beat Ark City 25-11, 25-14, thus qualifying them for the tournament championship. The Knights would beat Clearwater 25-16, 25-19. The statistics for each match is as follows: 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

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Crusader preview: Mulvane heavily favored to win ninth straight over Wellington

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Anniversaries are usually fun to celebrate. But this one is something that Wellington would soon forget.

This is the 10th anniversary of Mulvane’s winning streak over Wellington in football, not including the loss of the casino.

Mulvane would beat Wellington 21-17 in 2006 and the Crusaders haven’t beaten the Cats since. There has been plenty of drama in those 10 years. The two teams did not meet one another in 2008 and 2009, but Mulvane is currently on an eight-game winning streak against the Crusaders.

There is little doubt that the streak will continue tomorrow night in Mulvane. The Wildcat program is hitting on all cylinders. Mulvane is 5-2, having lost to Andale in a 61-52 shootout, and a Maize South team by three points.

Last weekend, the Wildcats defeated Ulysses 28-14, taking a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter and outdistancing Ulysses 312-216 in total yards.

‘Back to the 80s’ to be performed by Crusaders of the Stage starting this weekend


Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Crusaders of the Stage will be putting on “Back to the 80s,” to be held this weekend on Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 at the High School Auditorium.

The production begins this Saturday at 7 p.m. A matinee will follow at 2:30 p.m. It will be held for a second week with performances on Oct. 27 and Oct. 29.

Tickets will be $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Students and seniors can get in for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. 

Rachel Overfelt – ‘A Call for Life’ fundraiser lunch is Sunday


State Representative District #116 Candidates Forum – Jolene Roitman and Kyle Hoffman



by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is a candidates forum featuring Jolene Roitman, a Democrat and Kyle Hoffman, an incumbent Republican who are running for State Representative of District #116 which encompasses the northwest portion of Sumner County and the west half of the city of Wellington. The district is outlined in green in the graphics below.

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 1. Briefly, tell us about yourself, your background, and how you became a candidate for the Kansas House/Senate in 2016? 

Roitman — I’m a native Kansan and grew up on a farm near Corbin with my seven brothers and sisters.  I appreciate the value of the family farm and small town living.  I’ve moved around the country as my husband was a career Navy officer.  I have worked for several non-profit educational organizations and worked in three different school districts. 

I’ve been interested in politics for quite some time.  Being dissatisfied with our current Representative and the direction of our state, I decided to run for office and see if I could make a difference.

Hoffman My wife, Kristi, and I, along with our two daughters, live south of Coldwater on the family farm I help manage with my dad.  I graduated from Coldwater High School in 1990, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Technology and Management from Kansas State University in 1994.  Over the years I’ve has been involved with Farm Bureau, Lion’s Club, Local & Area Conservation Districts, Chief Community Theater, and the Pratt Community College Foundation board.  Kristi and I were also Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsors in the Coldwater and later South Central Schools for over 10 years.  Through those years, I’ve also started and ran two businesses; Red Hills Internet and Central Fuel and Service, Inc.

In 2010, I was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives and I’ve served as the Majority Caucus Chairman, Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

2. Would you vote to repeal the Kansas income tax cuts of 2012? 

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