Tyler Brown wins men’s 5K run at Kansas Wheat Festival

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Tyler Brown, who is approaching his junior year at Wellington High School, was winner of the men’s 5K run at Saturday’s 2018 Security State Bank Wheat More »

Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom playing at Regent Theater this weekend

This week at the Regent Theater: “Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom” Schedule: Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 and 7 p.m. Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of science-fiction violence More »

(Updated Thursday) Accused robber at Jump Start Convenience Store has been identified

Update: Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said a suspect has been identified in Monday’s Jump Start convenience store robbery at 1106 North A Street.  He said the case has now been sent More »

Eight teams competing in the 2018 running of The Great Race

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Eight teams will be competing in the 2018 running of The Great Race. The big event occurs at 5 p.m. Saturday at Woods Park, south of More »

Catch the Fair Bug – the Sumner County Fair is August 2-5

Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Catch the Fair Bug and come join the fun and help celebrate 91 Years of the annual Sumner County Fair to be held August 2-5, 2018, in More »

City Council approves the hiring of Ben Heasty to replace Derek Harrison as head golf pro; 4.48 acres of land annexed

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was announced Wellington Golf Course Director Derek Harrison, who has managed the Wellington golf course for over five years, has tendered his resignation, and Ben More »

City Council approves the hiring of Ben Heasty to replace Derek Harrison as head golf pro; 4.48 acres of land annexed

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — It was announced Wellington Golf Course Director Derek Harrison, who has managed the Wellington golf course for over five years, has tendered his resignation, and Ben Heasty will take over on an interim basis. Harrison will continue running the pro shop. The announcement was made during an otherwise uneventful Wellington City Council meeting. 

In other business:

• The Council approved the annexation of 4.48 acres of land in the Coyote Ridge Addition. The Laci L. Gregory Revocable Trust has purchased the two lots involved and has requested the annexation. The city already services the area with utilities, and the staff recommended passage. The council voted for annexation unanimously.

•Jason Symons was named to the Board of Zoning Appeals. He was the only applicant.

Thomas ‘Tom’ Lieurance, 68, Anthony: January 14, 1950 – July 17, 2018

Thomas Lieurance

Thomas R. “Tom” Lieurance, of Anthony, died on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Anthony Hospital District #6 in Anthony at the age of 68 following a nine month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was unwavering, brave, quiet and lived with dignity. 

Tom was a good man whose warmth, wisdom, and humor have earned him the respect of his friends and family. He made this world a better place in which to live. Tom was the kind of man who made a positive difference with his family and all who knew him. 
Tom was born the son of Dale C. and Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Brattin) Lieurance on Saturday, January 14, 1950 in Hardtner. Growing up, he worked on the family farm with his Dad. Tom graduated from Kiowa High School in 1968 where he excelled in sports and joined the glee club and band.

He attended Fort Hays State University for two years and graduated from Southwestern State College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Following graduation, Tom moved to Virginia but eventually returned to Kansas to be closer to family. He worked at a pharmacy in Wichita and later operated his own Pharmacy in Harper.

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 17, 2018:

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Beverle Knoeppel, 94, Wellington: Oct. 22, 1923 – July 15, 2018

Beverle Knoeppel

Beverle Mary (Jordan) Knoeppel died on July 15, 2018. Beverle was born October 22, 1923 at the “old” St Luke’s Hospital in Wellington, Kansas to Neal Dow and Mildred Marion (Naylor) Jordan. In the early years of her life the family moved to the Jordan farm near Freeport, Kansas where she attended a two-room school with talented and encouraging teachers. Perhaps the seeds of her future profession were planted in this environment as she recalled her love of school.

After graduating from Harper (KS) High School she attended Kansas State Teachers College majoring in Education and Psychology with Elementary Education as her career path. In 1945 she met Paul Edward Knoeppel, and in June 1946 they were married at the Freeport Presbyterian Church. After a short time in Emporia, they moved to Wichita where Beverle began teaching at Plainview Elementary. The family relocated to Belle Plaine in 1954, and then to El Paso,Texas in 1959.  Beverle returned to the classroom teaching 1st, 7th and 8th grades at Dolphin Terrace Elementary School. In 1967 she and Paul returned to Kansas both taking teaching positions in Wellington. Beverle taught at Madison and Kennedy Elementary schools.

Beverle was active as a member and/or officer in multiple community and educational organizations including, Sweet Adelines Inc, Wellington Teachers Association, Kappa Kappa Iota, PEO, Order of the Eastern Star, Grandmothers Club Xclusive (Freeport), Wellington Senior Center, National Education Association, Wellington and Kansas Education Associations.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 16, 2018

Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 16, 2018:

WPD investigating possible armed robbery in Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — People have been inquiring about a possible armed robbery in the 700 block of West 7th Street area in Wellington yesterday afternoon. Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the WPD is still investigating, but is not issuing a press release at this time.

“However, we are confident that this was not a random act,” Heath said.

Tammy Herrington, 49, Wellington: Oct. 29, 1968 – July 16, 2018

Tammy Herrington

Tammy R. Herrington, age 49, of Wellington, died early Monday morning, July 16, 2018 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital – Harry Hynes Hospice Unit.  She worked as a mortgage loan assistant for Verus Bank in Derby.

Tammy R. (Wilkerson) Herrington was born on October 29, 1968 in Sterling, KS to Allen R. Wilkerson and Vickie L. (Neal) Wilkerson.  She graduated from Valley Center High School with the Class of 1987.

She married Michael Herrington on June 18, 2003 in Wellington.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, running, and exercise.

Help wanted: Clerk/Typist 1 at County Clerk’s Office

Clerk/Typist I II-County Clerk’s Office

$7.30 to $14.54 per non-exempt

HS diploma or GED.  1 to 3 yrs accounting/clerical experience.  Position involves the performance of varied clerical and limited accounting duties in the County Clerk’s Office.

Apply online at  Applications close 07/24/2018. If any questions, contact the Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, ph 620-326-3395 Job description available. EOE

Bob Willis is the $500 winner of the Helicopter ball drop

Bob Willis with WYP representative Dustin Craig.

Sumner Newscow report — It was a big weekend for Bob Willis. Not only was he the state commissioner of the 11 and 12-year-old Cal Ripken State Baseball Tournament at Worden Park, but he was the $500 winner of the Wellington Youth Professional Golf Ball Drop on Sunday – which was on the other side of the park.

Dustin Craig, representing the WYP presented him with the money shortly after his golf ball dropped from the helicopter and landed closes to the flag below Sunday afternoon.

A special shout out to Erickson & Gill Dentistry for donating the prize money and to DWTA Helicopters for doing the drop! This was the second year for the Kansas Wheat Festival event!

Karin Clark of Wellington wins Kansas Wheat Festival Grand Prize

Karin Clark is the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce winner.

Sumner Newscow report — Karin Clark of Wellington was the winning ticket for the Kansas Wheat Festival Grand Prize Monday morning at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. She received $500.

“What a great way to end a great week,” said Kelly Ford, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Director. “Thank you everyone for playing.” 

PSA: Wellington Public Library is seeking donations for a digital microfilm scanner

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — For more than 100 years, the Wellington Public Library has provided residents of Wellington and Sumner County with books, magazines, newspapers, and services that entertain, educate, and provide resources for study and research.

To keep their technology current and provide area library patrons with the equipment and resources they need, the library has added additional computers, Chromebooks, tablets, a flatbed scanner, an overhead scanner, and purchased a 3-D printer.

But now – we need your help…

Currently, the Wellington Public Library has the ONLY microfilm reader/printer in Sumner County, and it’s time to update the antiquated and outdated analog microfilm reader to modern digital equipment to help assure that library patrons have access to current data as well as historic newspapers and documents.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend

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!

Wheat Festival in pictures: A final look back with 240 pictures …

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s a wrap! The 2018 Kansas Wheat Festival is in the books.

And we are featuring 240 pictures from six days of Kansas Wheat Festival events. Just click here for all the pictures from Sunday’s Worden Park festivities including the helicopter ball drop… to Saturday’s beer/wine tasting, the Wheat Run, the pancake feed at the VFW, the car show and more. Then we have left over pictures from Friday’s pancake eating contest and the lawn mower races. And, of course, we have the pictures from the previous three days as well.

Photos were taken by Amber Countryman, James Jordan, Dustin Craig and Tracy McCue.

It was quite a week in Wellington. Continue with Sumner Newscow throughout the week as we publish results. 

Rainfall this morning in Wellington: .6 inches

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wellington Police report for the weekend of Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15, 2018:

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sumner County Sheriff office weekly jail report: July 9- July 16, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 9 through July 16, 2018 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run log: July 9-15, 2018

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 9 to July 15, 2018 is as follows: 

Letter to the editor: The public needs to re-elect Anita Judd-Jenkins

To the editor:

We elected Anita Judd-Jenkins in 2016, and are pleased with her efforts in support of those issues important to Kansas moderates of both parties.  Kansas again needs our votes for Rep Judd-Jenkins in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Rep Judd-Jenkins works to cut intrusive regulations that stifle small business, supports family value issues,  Fights to end corporate tax loopholes, is pro life, defends our second amendment rights, and promotes tax breaks for Kansas families.

In the Republican primary, Rep Judd Jenkins will face an opponent schooled and supported by remnants of the Historic Brownback “Experiment”. A tragic experiment which preferentially reduced taxes for certain groups to the point that our State government had to raid turnpike revenues and underfund KPERS to supplement the State general budget.   This “theft” did not escape review  and resulted in both Moody’s Financial and Standard and  Poor downgrading our Kansas Securities, not just once, but twice.

Sunday news: Today is the Grand Finale at Worden Park

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas Wheat Festival continues. 

The schedule for today is as follows. And the Wheat Festival is then over…

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Noon – 3 p.m. — 118th Kansas Wheat Festival Grand Finale – Worden Park – Food truck rally, tie dye event for kids, kite flying, Wellington Young Professionals Golf Ball Drop, helicopter rides and more!  Located at Worden Park 800 W. Hillside, (Sponsored by KanOkla Networks)

12 p.m. — Food Truck Rally – Worden Park Come out and enjoy lunch. Many different choices.

12 p.m. — DWTA Helicopter Rides – $ (Sponsored by Wellington Young Professionals)

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