10 things to know about election

One thing is guaranteed, this election will be interesting

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The race is on. A slew of local residents have filed for various city (town) councils and school boards across Sumner County. And it appears to More »


Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The city campaign question

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Sumner County Clerk’s 2015 election deadline filing list

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the Sumner County list released after the filing deadline today. The school board races are officially set. However, the municipalities may not be More »

Sumner County Court docket use this one

Sumner County Court Docket: Jan. 27, 2015 report

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 More »

School bond election 2015

Final City of Wellington filings for council and mayor

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The final filings for Wellington City Council members and Mayor are as follows. We have not yet received the Sumner County Clerk’s list and will incorporate More »

WHS Daily Bulletin: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015:



• JV Wrestling at Chaparral, 6 p.m.



• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament, 3 p.m.


• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament


• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament.

• C-Team Basketball at Rose Hill.

• Wrestling at Andover, 9 a.m.

Monday lunch: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle cookie.

Tuesday lunch: Crispito/red sauce, lettuce and tomato corn, chilled peaches, cheesy bread stick.

Today’s News

Five earthquakes occur in Caldwell area over weekend; strongest was 3.7

Earthquake logoSumner Newscow report — According to media reports, four earthquakes hit northern Oklahoma, and one northwest of Caldwell, late Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The quake that occurred five miles south of Caldwell experienced the strongest earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7. 

Sunday Blog: State of the Union, Mr. Barack Brownback, Deflate gate (poll), interviews and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball and Quinn thoughts for January 25, 2015…

1. State of the Union

I’m like 40 percent of the Sumner Newscow readers out there. I’d rather swim in a tub of heated cow manure than watch a State of the Union speech (see poll here). Yeah, I know it’s my civic duty to watch such speeches. But I get enough political posturing with the various meetings and political rallies I cover. I’ll read about it the next day or listen to the cable TV blabbermouths.

"Help me up, I think I can step on him."

“Help me up, I think I can step on him.”

Here’s my issue with State of the Union speeches. For some reason the Vice President and Speaker of the House look about twice the size of the President. Why is that? Then there’s the applause that interrupts the speech. Stop it. It’s annoying.

Then there’s the excruciating length of the speech —something like one hour and 30 minutes. That’s why I’m a Lutheran. We have church once a week and our sermons are done in 20 minutes or less. And if the Hawks or the Cats or the Shockers are playing a little roundball on the other channel, then there is no political speeches for me. 

Bobby Lee Purdy, 76, Hunnewell: August 14, 1938 – Jan. 22, 2015

Bobby Lee Purdy

Bobby Lee Purdy

Bobby Lee Purdy, 76, long time South Haven and Hunnewell resident, died January 22, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.  Bobby retired from Cessna Aircraft after 34 years working as a Welder, Inspector, and Crew Chief.

Bobby was born on August 14, 1938 in Blackwell, OK to Reuben Edward Purdy and Cora C. (Kuehn) Purdy.   He was raised in Blackwell and served as an electrician in the U. S. Navy from 1955-1959.

He married Agnes L. Korbel on January 15, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blackwell, OK.

LIVE TWEET: Wellington vs. Clearwater – Roadrunner Tournament Championship game

South Haven girls to play for SCBL Tournament Championship

Sumner Newscow report — South Haven and Sedan will be battling for the girls South-Central Border League Tournament Championship tonight. The Championship game will be at 6 p.m. at Cowley County Community College.

The scores for Friday night were:

Consolation round:

Caldwell 51 Argonia 28

Central 31 Oxford 22

Championship round:

South Haven 56 Cedar Vale-Dexter 28

Sedan 55 Flinthills 21

Box scores are as follows:

Election news update: Wellington City filings as of late Friday

School bond election 2015

Sumner Newscow report — The following filings were made at the Wellington City office after the list was sent to the Sumner County Clerk’s office. The two new filings include Stanton Palmer and John Alan Saunders. 

Wellington advances to Chaparral Championship with Kingman win

Kings of Kingman

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second consecutive year, the Wellington boys are in the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Championship. The Crusaders advanced with an impressive 66-54 semifinal win over Kingman Friday night.

Wellington would pull itself out of a 17-4 first-quarter quagmire to tie the game at the end of the second quarter. Then an energized third quarter in which the Crusaders would outscore the Eagles 21-12 would lead to a double-digit win.

“Kingman came out and punched us in the mouth,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But the boys responded in the second and third quarter and took back the game. I really thought Colin (Reichenberger) gave us a spark tonight with his unselfish play.” 

Kelly Green, Jazzy Pettegrew file to run for Wellington mayor; no one files for school board this week; deadline is Tuesday

School bond election 2015

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is the final Friday update for filings for Wellington school board, city council and all other local county races. The filing deadline is Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Kelly Green

Kelly Green

There were no Wellington school board races this week. Two candidates filed for mayor: Kelly Green and Jazzy Pettegrew. Green, an incumbent, also is running as a city council person.

Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said it is legal to run for both positions. If Green is elected as a mayor and a council person then she can decide which position she wishes to take. If Green should be elected to both, the office she chooses not to accept would be considered vacant. It would then be filled according to state statute. Statute provides that the governing body appoints someone to fill the vacancy.

Second Class City and Third Class City Candidates may file with their city clerk. For those candidates, their fillings may not be listed here until the filing deadline and they are forwarded to the clerk’s office by the city clerk. Caldwell and Wellington are second class, all others are third class.

The county filings as of today at the Sumner County Clerk’s office are as follows: 

Wellington Middle School, WHS wrestling scores

Basketball today's newsby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School wrestling team split its double dual Thursday. Also, Wellington Middle School basketball scores…

WHS Wrestling: Wellington 48 Andale 27, Clearwater 48 Wellington 28.

WMS Basketball:

8A Girls: Circle 44 Wellington 18
Taryn Stoddard 7, Taylor Meyer 3, Jacelyn Buck 2, Adrienne Norris 2, Brooke McCorkle 2, Delaney Parkey 2.

Wright becomes an automatic qualifier in indoor track for Hutchinson Community College

Holly Wright

Holly Wright

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Holly Wright, a 2014 Wellington High School graduate, was one of three Hutchison Community College track athletes, who reached automatic qualifying standards for indoor national Friday at the season-opening Cavalier Invitational at Johnson County Community College’s Fieldhouse.

Wright, a freshman for the Blue Dragons, won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 5 foot 1.25 inches.

Wright is the daughter of Brian and Glenda Wright. She was a Class 4A state qualifier in the high jump. 

Chaparral Roadrunner Tournament Classic update: Conway Springs, Belle Plaine lose; Wellington plays at 6:30

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two Sumner County teams fell to defeat Thursday evening. Chaparral defeated Belle Plaine 71-43 in the first round.  Clearwater beat Conway Springs 56-48. See update bracket here.

Wellington boys will play Kingman tonight at 6:30 p.m. Belle Plaine and Conway Springs battle at 4:30 p.m. Chaparral and Clearwater battle at 8 p.m.

Orscheln’s Farm & Home having Bucket Sale Saturday and Sunday

Orscheln Farm ad 1-23-15

2015 Wellington Duke Candidates announced

2015 Wellington Duke Candidates.

2015 Wellington Duke Candidates.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2015 Wellington Duke Candidates were announced Friday at the Wellington High School this morning. The winter homecoming ceremony will take place after the Wellington-Augusta game. Those named were: 

Check out the latest Theurer Auction/Realty, United Country Real Estate listings…

Theurer-new-ad-1-23-15Theurer Auction/Realty, United Country Real Estate has a new ad. Check out the company’s website for the latest listings:

Udall, West Elk boys advance to South Central Border League tournament championship

SCBL Logo use this oneby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Udall and West Elk boys are playing for the South-Central Border League Tournament Championship on Saturday.

Udall beat Oxford 47-34 in the championship semifinal game Thursday evening at Cowley County Community College. West Elk beat Caldwell 41-38. Caldwell and Oxford will play for third place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Updated boys bracket can be found here.

The tournament scores for Thursday are as follows: 

Wanda “Merlene” Basinger: Feb. 25, 1926 – Jan. 14, 2015

Wanda Marlene Basinger

Wanda Marlene Basinger

Wanda “Merlene” Basinger died on January 14, 2015 at Redlands, Calif. at the age of 88.  Merlene was born on Feb 25, 1926 at Wellington, Kansas.  She was the daughter of John H. Walker and Edna Hurt Walker.  She was married to Lewis Tobe Basinger on April 20, 1947 at the First Baptist Church.

Merlene was employed by the First National Bank for 6 years as Bookkeeper and Asst. Teller.  She was also employed by International Harvester as a Bookkeeper for 7 years and as Secretary at the Junior High School for 3 years and a bookkeeper for USD 353 at the Central Office for 20 years before retiring on July 1, 1988.

Merlene was a member of the First Baptist Church since December 1935.  She started playing the organ when a Freshman in High School.  She directed the Senior Choir for a few years; then became church organist for some 50 years; was also Sunday School Secretary; served as church clerk two different times, then served as church clerk and treasurer for 10 years.  The serenity Prayer was her favorite one.

WHS celebrating winter homecoming next week

Crusader head logoSubmitted to Sumner Newscow —  The week of February 2 – 6 will be winter homecoming for Wellington High School.  This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past.”  The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday:  50s – Grease!

Tuesday:  Sitcoms of the 60s

Wednesday: Disco Fever

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, January 22, 2015

WHS Bulletin: Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Jan. 23, 2015:


• Boys Chaparral Tournament, 6:30 p.m.



• Boys Chaparral Tournament TBD
• JV Wrestling at Stafford 9 a.m.

Friday lunch: Chicken Pattie, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, pineapple chunks, hot roll/jelly.

Monday lunch: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle cookie.

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