Sales tax SRMC refendum

Wellington Council to send sales tax referendum to voters to help fund SRMC

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —A sales tax referendum to help Sumner Regional Medical Center will be placed on the ballot this November. By a 6-0 vote, the Wellington City Council approved More »

Crusaders around the world

2009 WHS Graduate Matt Stalcup hurls three-hit shutout for Beloit, Vermont

Editor’s Note: The following is an article written in by Matt Emery that was featured Aug. 20. It can also be found here. Stalcup is a 2009 Wellington High School graduate. More »

Fluoridation not on ballot

Deadlocked Wellington City Council fails to pass ordinance to put fluoridation issue on November ballot

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City voters will not be voting this November whether or not to continue the fluoridation of municipal water. The council did not have a majority More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The new KU football uniform question

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Ice bucket challenge sweeps Wellington

Ice Bucket mania inflicts Sumner County… don’t forget to donate to ALS

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you are on social media, you can’t help but see it. People are taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a quite simple game. You More »

Crusader football preview: 20 things you need to know about the 2014 Crusader football team….

20 things to know about Crusaders

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Sumner County sports season officially begins Monday and that includes the Wellington Crusader football team. Here are 20 things you need to know about the 2014 Crusaders…

1. It starts today… The Wellington Crusaders, who have spent the summer in camps and PSQs, will “officially” start their season Monday. WHS head football coach Tyler Ryan is embarking on his third year at the helm and expects to have about 70 boys out there for the first day.   100 degrees

2. What to expect when you are expecting to play football… Well, typically, it will be no different than any other football player who has strapped on a Crusader uniform. Practice is 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday for the first week leading to the first inner squad scrimmage on Saturday. The weather? Sumner County has had a pleasant cool summer, but today temperatures are expected to rise to triple digits and stay that way all week.

3. The best time to preview the team … Traditionally, there are two dates the public can get a quick preview – outside looking from the road from afar on any practice night. Some have found the Saturday morning inner-squad scrimmage from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the high school practice field facility to be a more telling sign of what the Crusaders might have in the season ahead even though they have had just two days of pads. Hamburger football scrimmage 2013

The Crusader hamburger scrimmage is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Sellers Park. But for pure football is concerned, it tends to be more of an exhibition. Coaches tend to hold things back in case some Augusta or Andale coach might be in the stands looking to pick up a few pointers. 

Sunday guest editorial: Wellington Police to crack down on drunk driving.

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Sumner Newscow note — The following is a guest editorial written by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. If you wish to submit a guest editorial or letter to the editor for Sunday, send it to

By Tracy Heath, WPD Chief — You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.

If you or someone you know occasionally drives after drinking alcohol be warned that during the period, August 15 through Labor Day, September 2, there will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunk driving and other traffic laws as Wellington Police Department participates in a crackdown with almost 150 other local police agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol to educate about impaired driving and remove impaired drivers from the roadways.  Known as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the crackdown is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

It is not uncommon in Kansas for 61 persons to be injured and 3 persons killed every day on Kansas roads in alcohol-related crashes.  According to KDOT, if you are involved in such a crash – in any capacity – you are 2 1/2 times more likely to be injured and 4 1/2 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than if you are involved in a crash in which alcohol is not determined to be a factor. The ratio of death to injury in alcohol-related crashes is almost four times higher than the death to injury ratio for non-alcohol related crashes.

I want this enforcement to remind drivers of several things:

Wellington Police to check for drunk drivers on August 22

Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Officers of the Wellington Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on August 22nd 2014 in the City of Wellington, according to Chief Tracy Heath.  The checkpoints may be setup at various locations through out the city.

These checkpoints are designed to identify intoxicated drivers.  Those motorist suspected of intoxication will be given on-site sobriety field test.

Efforts will be made mot to severely interrupt traffic flow, but many drivers will be stopped as part of this program.

Rodger Dwyer, 67, Wellington: Nov. 1, 1946 – Aug. 15, 2014

Rodger Dwyer

Rodger Dwyer

Rodger Frank Dwyer, age 67, lifelong Wellington resident, died early Friday morning, August 15, 2014 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, KS.  He was a retired Manufacturing Manager and had worked at GEC for 34 years.

Rodger was born on November 1, 1946 in Wellington, KS to Carl F. Dwyer and Betty J. (Washburn) Dwyer.  He attended school in Wellington and was a 1965 graduate of Wellington High School.  Rodger also received an Associate’ s Degree from Butler County Community College in Engineering.  He served in the United States Army with 101st Airborne Division from 1967 – 1970 and was a Viet Nam Veteran.

Rodger married Brenda M. Green on June 3, 1972 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, KS.

27th Annual All Wheels Super Saturday Car Show set for August 30 in Caldwell

Border Queen storyJoin the music, fun and the prizes Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Caldwell City Park.  Bring your cars, trucks, motorcycles, new, old or in between! Entry fee is only $15 the day of the show. Vehicle registration starts at 8 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.  There will be a $300 poker cruise at 1:30 p.m. with the top three hands paid, and a $500 grand prize given.  Other drawings will be held throughout the day.

The 27th Annual All Wheels Super Saturday is hosted by the Border Queen Cruiser’s Car Club of Caldwell at

USD 353 board knocks 11 mills off of next year’s budget; bond sale better than expected; more

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Thanks to a Kansas State Supreme Court ruling forcing the Kansas State Legislature to provide more school funding, the Wellington school board approved a budget that will decrease USD 353’s tax levy by 11 mills compared to the year before.

The board unanimously approve a budget that calls for 52.417 mills for the fiscal 2014-15 school year. In 2013-14 the board had to increase the mills by .9 to 63.37 mills.

The decrease was due by the court ruling in May forcing the legislature to fund the state’s school district’s supplemental and capital outlay budgets.

But Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss warned that this good news is temporary and this is likely to be the calm before the storm, as state revenue projections in the next couple years are expected to plummet statewide as the Brownback experiment comes to fruition. 

Doggie Dive to be held on Monday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Doggie DiveSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Humane Society will be hosting a Doggie Dive on Monday, August 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wellington Aquatic Center. Admission is $5 per dog at the gate. Please provide proof of vaccination. Also all dogs must be spayed and neutered. 

MeltPoint Environmental in Caldwell wins $50,000 in cash for ‘Launch a Business’ program

From left: Edgerley Family Dean of the College of Business Administration Ali Malekzadeh; co-owner of MeltPoint Environmental Brad Hall; founder of MeltPoint Environmental Chad May; and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz with the check Hall and May received for winning top prize in the university's Launch a Business program.

Edgerley Family Dean of the College of Business Administration Ali Malekzadeh; co-owner of MeltPoint Environmental Brad Hall; founder of MeltPoint Environmental Chad May; and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz with the check Hall and May received for winning top prize in the university’s Launch a Business program.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — MeltPoint Environmental, a start-up business from Caldwell, Tuesday won $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes in the final round of Kansas State University’s first Launch a Business program, according to an article in the Wichita Business Journal.

MeltPoint, a business of CMB Holdings LLC, was one of 10 businesses that received intensive, one-on-one mentorship through the College of Business Administration’s LAB program. The five-week program culminated Tuesday in a launch party at the KSU Alumni Association where each business owner set up a table to explain their startup or expansion plans to attendees.

Attendees then voted on their favorite business, and the top three vote-getters made a presentation to a board of judges, which selected the final winner. The top three were Meltpoint, NMotion UAS and Veriquik Consulting & Services.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, August 14, 2014:

Bart’s Oil Field Services has opening for water truck driver

Oilfield storyBart’s Oil Field Services, LLC has an immediate opening for a water truck driver needed.

Driver needed to operate a tank truck to haul loads of water and other oil/gas fluids and transfer them between various locations. Will also perform service jobs for local oil companies. Job work is short hauls around Sumner County.

This position is hourly with benefits, and will include overtime. Job reporting site is Wellington.

For more information on the position e-mail: Barts Oil Field Services, LLC operates under DOT safety regulations as a federal motor carrier. Applicants will be required to have a Kansas CDL License.

Hercules playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

Wellington Regent this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Hercules” (Movie trailer is below).

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

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 39 minutes

Movie Synopsis: Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wellington Police Notes for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Help wanted: Sumner Regional Medical Center looking for Environmental Service Assistant

Sumner Regional Medical Center has an opening for a full time Environmental Services Assistant.  This is an evening shift position, 40 hrs per week- variable days from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm; every other week-end from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm; and every other holiday.  Duties include general cleaning and trash removal in the basement and annex areas.  Must be able to read MSDSs and lift up to 50 lbs.  Interested individuals should complete an application on line at or in person at 1323 North A St, Wellington, KS  67152 or e-mail to SRMC is a Drug-free, Tobacco Free, Equal opportunity employer.

Sumner County Court Docket: Wednesday, Aug. 13 report

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Oxford to host Watermelon Run on Sept. 6 at 7:30 a.m.

Watermelon runSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Back by popular demand is the Watermelon Run which will take place Saturday, Sept 6 at 7:30 a.m. in Oxford.   Runners have the option of a 5K run or 2mile run/walk.  The race will start at Oxford baseball/softball fields.

Oxford Booster Club will be serving a breakfast starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 10am at the Oxford High School Commons for runners and spectators.  Race entry forms may be found at Oxford Corner Bank, Emerald Bank Oxford, Primarily Plants & Floral, Red Feather Boutique, and at the Oxford City Building.

For more information call Nick at 620-218-3339 or email or call Red Feather Boutique at 620-455-3814.  Proceeds for the run will be used for construction of the Champeny Sports Complex. 

Wellington Church of Christ to present free showing of God’s Not Dead

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ECCELL – Adult High School Diploma Completion Program wants you to enroll today.

ECCELL storyECCELL is an adult high school diploma completion pr0gram that will get you that degree you need.

Enroll now for online coursework, 24/7 access, flexible and self-paced scheduling, supportive staff, and best of all it is FREE!

If you are 18 years or old and your class has graduated, you can still get that diploma. For more information go to

Adult classes are being offered at the following locations: Burden, 408 Highway 160 – call 620-438-333 or Winfield, 113 W. 9th – 620-221-2266 or 888-296-5146.

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

Tyson Hodson, formerly of Wellington, is charged with 2 counts of arson

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyson Hodson, born in 1996, formerly of Wellington and now a resident of Atwood, Kans. has been charged with two counts of arson, level 7 non-person felonies in Sumner County District Court.

Tyson Hodson

Tyson Hodson

In a district court complaint filed by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, Hodson is accused on two separate occasions of setting approximately 56 large hay bales on fire about two miles southwest of the Wellington Municipal Airport in a field belonging to Sumner County farmers Martin Rusk and John Rogers without their consent in May.

Hodson, a 2014 Wellington High School graduate, was arrested on the above charges in Rawlins County located in northwestern Kansas on Aug. 6. He was then bonded on Aug. 7 on a $5,000 appearance bond. Hodson is to appear in court in Atwood on Aug. 28, at 9 a.m.

Hodson is accused of using a road flare and a signal flare to set several hay bales on fire on two separate occasions in a field at the intersection of 30th Avenue and Ridge Road.

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