Hazardous storm chaser

Hundreds of storm chasers descended on Sumner County last week – and were no help

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Twenty years ago, Hollywood released “Twister” — a silly movie starring Holly Hunt glorifying tornados and storm chasing. A few years later, came the storm chasing More »

Wellington City Council Roundup

Council learns quickly: cleaning up the town may be easier said than done

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Using the advice of an outside consultant, the Wellington City Council is hoping to make the community a little bit cleaner. However, already there is a More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Trump nomination has been sown up question

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Graduation Cap and Diploma on White with Soft Shadow.

Sumner County graduations start as early as May 7 for Belle Plaine to as late as May 21 for Mulvane

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The big day is nearly here for hundreds of seniors in Sumner County, which is graduation day. Wellington’s graduation is set 2 p.m., May 15 at More »

Baseball at Sellers

Wellington teams finish off home regular season games; boys get swept, girls sweep

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A four-game winning streak came to an abrupt end for the Wellington baseball team as No. 6 ranked Buhler swept the Dukes 14-2 and 5-1 during More »

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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 »

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Wellington Police notes: Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 2016:

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads here

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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 below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

WHS graduate Brian Peck wins KCAC golf tournament as Moundbuilder

Crusaders around the world
Brian Peck swings the golf club at the KCAC Tournament in Garden City.

Brian Peck swings the golf club at the KCAC Tournament in Garden City. (Courtesy photo by Southwestern College)

Special to Sumner Newscow – The Southwestern College men’s golf team put a wrap on its 2015-16 campaign Tuesday afternoon. Junior Brian Peck, a 2013 Wellington High School graduate, claimed individual medalist honors, and the Moundbuilders finished second as a team at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship, which took place at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City.

Brian Peck

Brian Peck

After opening the tournament with rounds of 72 (E) and 74 (+2), Peck carded a two-under-par round of 70 in Tuesday’s final round to force a tie atop the leaderboard with Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Austen Fuller. The two then paired up in a play-off to determine the KCAC Individual Champion. Both players missed the mark on their playoff tee shot. Peck’s fell into the left rough, while Fuller found the tall native grass, but both players laid up in the fairway on their second shots.

Fuller faced a shot of approximately 180 yards from the middle of the fairway, while Peck lined up for his third shot from about 100 yards out. Fuller’s approach landed about 25 feet left of the pin for birdie, but Peck answered with an approach that stopped just over 25 feet from the pin. His birdie putt just missed, but Fuller’s did the same, leaving each player with a three-foot par putt. Fuller’s putt lipped out, and Peck’s putt dropped into the cup for the championship. Peck finished at 216 for the 54-hole tournament.

First Friday Artwalk – Nate Jones – America’s Front Porch Film Company

May first friday 2016

Wellington Street Department to begin burning Compost Site area today

logo-cityWellingtonSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Street Department will begin burning the Compost Site area today (May 2, 2016) and will continue burning throughout this week.

The Street Department will also begin burning three hedgerow piles this week located on East 20th Avenue North between Meridian Rd. & Boundary Rd.

WHS Daily Bulletin: April Students of the Month announced

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, May 2, 2016:


Tennis at McPherson.

JV Golf at WHS.

JV Track at Andale.

Buhler baseball at Wellington, 4 p.m.

Buhler Softball at WHS


Golf at Hesston

JV Golf at Clearwater

C-Team Baseball at WHS


Crusader Way- WSU Trip


Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log: April 25 – May 1, 2016

Wellington EMS Fire Ambulance log

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for April 25 – May 1, 2016 is as follows:

Big crowd attends No. 7 Coffee House 1st year anniversary celebration

Sumner Newscow report — No. 7 Coffee House has been in existence for a year and Saturday the community came together and celebrated at the historic Wellington Regent Theater.

The evening festivities included a concert by Christian contemporary artist Adam Cappa and showing the movie “God is Not Dead 2.” Here are three pictures from Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz:

A large crowd was on hand for the meal, movie and concert thereafter.

A large crowd was on hand for the meal, movie and concert thereafter.

Adam Cappa performed a concert for those in attendance.

Adam Cappa performed a concert for those in attendance.

Wellington High School announces top 10 and Valedictorians for 2016

Crusader head logoSpecial to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School administration is proud to announce the Valedictorians and top 10 percent of the 2015-2016 senior class. 

 “It is with my pleasure to name Madison Adams, Ryleigh Buck, Addyson DeJarnett, Baylee DeJarnett, Dylan Jones, Jaylynn Luna, Allison McCue, Shelby McNamara, McKenna Oathout, Connor Phelps, Dietra Sober, Skyler Struble, Peyton Witham and Noelle Wright as the Valedictorians and top ten percent,” said Adam Hatfield, principal of WHS.

“All of these students completed the requirements established by the USD 353 Board of Education for graduation and the Kansas Scholars Curriculum established by the Kansas Board of Regents,” Hatfield said.

Sunday editorial: It is time for a frank discussion on education

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Commentary by Steve Abrams, State District 32nd District — I was recently the target of an editorial by Kyle Green, an accusatory, ill-informed interpretation of the “facts.”  Mr. Green’s attack piece illustrates why the education debate has raged in Kansas since the 1970’s, under governors and legislative majorities of both parties, with still no finality in sight.  Offering ideas that challenge the status quo, for even a modicum of discussion, is met with derision – particularly if there is even a mere suggestion that schools might 1) run more efficiently; 2) focus resources more intently on student achievement; or 3) try new methods of operation or instruction to keep pace with the modern needs of students, employers and our communities.

Steve Abrams

Steve Abrams

At various points over the past many decades of wrangling over this issue, the legislature has asked the education industry to put forth a dollar figure and expected outcomes to be achieved. The response remains a moving target.  The legislature has on multiple occasions increased funding, only to later be met with more litigation, and demands for even more money.  So, to Mr. Green and his industry attorneys, we must ask for a definitive and final answer to the question “Kansas families have finite resources, how much more of their wages do you require?”

But, even more imperative, we must also ask Mr. Green, why it is that his industry believes tax dollars are the only measure of an education, rather than employing a measure of what is actually being learned and how well students are prepared to either enter the workforce or pursue higher education?

T.D. Barbecue will be selling ribs at the Beta Sigma Phi Pub Crawl Saturday

T.D. Barbecue


Also, there will be the regular menu items.
Just look for the Pink truck!

Wellington receives .8 inches Friday, 5.9 for month.

Newscow precipation reportSumner Newscow report — According to our latest rain gauge report, the last storm that blew through yesterday contained .8 inches of rain fall in Wellington. That goes with the 1.0 inches of rain on Tuesday. For the month of April, Wellington has received 5.9 inches of rain. In 2016 so far, Welington has received 9.6 inches of rain. 

2016 annual Chisholm Trail Festival to be held May 6-7 in Caldwell

Chisholm Trail Festival logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — YEE HAW!!  Ya’ll rustle up yur family and friends and head  on down to Caldwell May 6-7 for the 2016 Annual Chisholm Trail Festival.  It promises to be a boot-stompin’ good time!

The fun begins Friday evening May 6th with the “Saloon Shuffle Pub Crawl”.  Teams of 4 -6  will travel along a designated route of 4 establishments (Mag’s Redlight Bar & Grill, Sugar Sisters, Joe B’s Border Queen Saloon and Richards’ Last Chance Bar & Grill) partaking of each establishment’s fine “offerings” while  completing a series of feats and/or  challenges  before  moving on to the next  designated establishment.   Registration for the event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Mag’s (corner of Main and Central) with start time of 8:00 p.m.  (small entry fee to participate)  Participation points will be gathered along the way with prizes to be awarded at the final destination.

Circle the wagons back downtown Saturday morning, May 7th for a full day of exciting events from sun-up to sun-down.   Saturday’s schedule starts bright and early with a whole passel of events beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Kick off the day with a fresh, hot kolache at the Kolache Kitchen and browse through the wares at Nostalgia Nook located at 4 N Main.  Local merchants will be “takin’ it to the streets” as they  bring their sale items  outside for a sidewalk sale  while others will be offerin’  up plenty of  good  bargains inside as well.    The Chisholm Trail Festival  Arts & Craft Show will have a  wide range of  booths set up  in and around Heritage Park,  with over 35 vendors  on hand  offering  everything from pottery to jewelry to baked goods to hand-crafted items- just to name a few of the goodies you’ll find. 

Big Cheese taking applications for potential employees


Wellington Swim team parent’s meeting is Sunday

Ashtyn Sowersby in the butterfly.

Ashtyn Sowersby in the butterfly.

Sumner Newscow report — There will be a Wellington Swim Team parents meeting which will be Sunday, May 1, at  4 p.m. at the Rec Center.  This is a great way for parents to learn about swim team to see if this is something that their kids would enjoy.

Read one of Bliss Baird’s article from last year to see what swim team is all about. 

Wellington track meet has been cancelled

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington High School track meet for today has been cancelled. Sports schedule weather change rainout

Wellington baseball, softball teams travel to Winfield to get sweeps

Crusader head logo

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Make it a clean sweep for the Wellington baseball and softball teams in Winfield Thursday afternoon at the Broadway Sports Complex.

The Crusader baseball team would defeat the Vikings 5-2 in game one before destroying Winfield in game two 15-0.

The WHS girls softball team swept Winfield aside, 8-5 and 8-3.

In the boys game, after three scoreless innings, Wellington would score in the fourth and fifth inning. The Vikings scored their only two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 4-2. But in the final inning, Wellington would score one run to preserve the win.

Both teams had six hits and two errors. Connor Phelps went 2 of 4, singling in the fourth and doubling in the seventh. Cameron Bartelson had an RBI double and Chevy Nuss had an RBI single.

The Spring Smorgasbord in Mayfield this Saturday raises money for Church and missions

Mayfield SmorgasbordSpecial to Sumner Newscow — Since 1973, the Community of Mayfield has hosted two annual events that benefit the Mayfield Federated Church:  The Spring Smorgasbord and the Fall Lord’s Acre Dinner and Auction. 

The purpose of these programs is to raise money for the Church and missions, both local and global.  These types of celebrations were first introduced into Kansas in 1953 by S. Ben Finley, who at that time was pastor of the Tisdale Methodist Church of rural Winfield. Rev. Finley had no particular guidelines, but thought out the process, step by step.

When asked if this had any scriptural foundation, Rev. Finley turned to the Old Testament. References from Exodus and Leviticus gave the background for bringing the “first fruits” of harvest. It is a means of teaching stewardship whereby we share out time, our talents and our possessions with God.

Wellington Citywide Garage Sales for this weekend…

Citywide garage sale

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are the Citywide Garage Sales we have for this weekend. Garage Sales come rain or shine. Again, if you need to advertise your citywide garage sale, just post the information in the comment section below.

Happy bargain hunting!

Wellington Middle School to be dismissed at 1 p.m. on Friday

Wellington KnightsSumner Newscow reminderSumner Newscow report — Wellington Middle School will be dismissed at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29 due to fifth grade orientation. 

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