State tournament preview: Oxford baseball team set to play Bluestem in huge first round tussle

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Oxford High School baseball team will be embarking on its second boys Class 2-1A State Tournament run in three years when it will travels to More »

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The time you get out of bed question

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Outgoing council members give advice on the joys of public service

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — As of Friday evening, only one candidate had signed up to run for the Wellington City Council. The deadline is June 1. Traditionally people do wait More »

Sumner County Court Docket: May 23, 2017

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 »

City/School candidates filings as of May 22; Election deadline is June 1

Sumner Newscow report — The list of election filings for city and school seats in Sumner as of May 22, 2017 can be found here. People have until Thursday, June 1 to More »

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21, 2017: More »

Wellington Police Weekend report: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 21, 2017:

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend 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 below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly run log: May 15- May 21, 2017

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for May 15 to May 21, 2017 is as follows:

Henry will be at Bank of Commerce May 22-26

Sumner Newscow report — Henry will be at Bank of Commerce beginning May 22 through May 26. Last year, Bank of Commerce was one of our top volume vendors, selling over 120 tickets, and Henry officials expect that they will easily surpass last years numbers.  Stop in and visit Henry, you’ll be happy to see him.

The Kansas Wheat Festival Raffle Rifle is raising funds for the Wellington Food Bank. 

Sunday blog: What does the future behold for our graduates? We don’t really know

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — I have had the privilege of being a math teacher at Wellington High School since 2011 and have taught students across the curriculum from Algebra 1 to Calculus.  Two years ago, I retired from the District and was accepted by Cowley College to teach College Algebra and College Statistics as an Adjunct Lecturer — based at Wellington High School.

Robert Escandon

This is a reduced workload since I teach only a few periods a day to (mostly) seniors.  So, at age 68, I am semiretired.  Having said that, I discovered there are now nearly 50 students already signed up for College Algebra (for the Fall semester) and around 44 signed up for College Statistics (for the Spring semester).  These are numbers we have not seen before —- so it looks like I will still be busy in my semi-retirement!

It seems like yesterday when I too was 18 and full of anticipation for my impending adult life.  Older men gave me their advice which, being young, I accepted selectively!  Now life has reversed and I am the “old-guy” looking at our young men and women about to embark on their own adventures in life.  Interestingly, I am now irresistibly drawn to providing advice, just like the “old-guys” of my youth were presumably drawn to sharing their life’s experiences with me!

I have been very lucky in my life to have experienced more than I could possibly have imagined when I was young.  Not all of those experiences were good and some were very bad, but they were, nonetheless, experiences to live through and to be modified by them.   Here’s my life, in bullet-points:

Mary ‘Louise’ Burkhart, 91, Wellington: January 16, 1926 – May 19, 2017

Mary “Louise” Burkhart

Mary “Louise” Burkhart, 91, loving mother and grandmother, died Thursday morning, May 19, 2017 at her farm home of over 68 years in rural South Haven.

Mary “Louise” (Thomas) Burkhart was born on January 16, 1926 in rural Wellington, KS at her Grandparents home to Cecil Eli Thomas and Anna Florence (Headly) Thomas.  She attended country school in Perth, KS and graduated with the Wellington High School Class of 1945.

Louise married Elvin “Elmer” Burkhart on May 15 1948 in Waterloo, IA. They celebrated 55 years of marriage before Elmer passed away in 2003.

Letter to the editor: Two visions for SRMC

Commentary by Larry Hooker, Wellington, Kansas — This an open letter to the leaders and the great citizens of Wellington and Sumner County:

My name is Larry Hooker.  I was the Controller at Sumner Regional Medical Center for the past 19 months. I want to share with each of you some of my thoughts, and feelings, about the opportunities that lie ahead for SRMC.

Basically there are two visions we, as a community, could have for SRMC.

First, there is the one that has been circulating as a rumor … “SRMC is going to close” and approximately 120 people would lose their livelihoods.

Second, there is the one that the City of Wellington HCA Board and the current Senior Leadership team and all the other great SRMC associates believe in, and that is, “our greatest days are ahead.”  But this great team needs your help, every one of you can help SRMC succeed and have its best days ever.  That is the purpose of my letter … I want to enlist your support for the second vision: A great future for SRMC.

112 new 2017 Wellington High School graduates become Crusader alumni

The annual capping of the graduation ceremony.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — On an unusual Saturday afternoon, Wellington High School held its graduation for 112 seniors.

With a plethora of decorated graduation caps (see a lot of them in our photo gallery here), the Class of 2017 became WHS alums. Want to feel old? Most of these graduates were born at the turn of the Century – the first class to never experience the 1900s in any capacity.

“When you leave here, keep in mind ‘once a Crusader always a Crusader,” said Wellington High School, Adam Hatfield at the end of the event.

Principal Adam Hatfield gives the WHS graduates some advice before sending them on their way.

It was standing room only – perhaps the largest yet at the Wellington High School gymnasium which was brought indoors after the Class of 2010 graduated.

Sumner Newscow Precipitation table: May 20, 2017

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Stephanie Bristow

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We have featured a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation which is today at 2 p.m.

Our sixth and final featured Valedictorian is Stephanie Bristow.

Parents/guardians: Amelia Bristow and Chris Bristow. 

List of high school accomplishments: Superintendent’s Honor Roll – four years; BPA national qualifier, recipient of the Lions Club Junior Award and Plaque winner; Kansas University Senior Scholar; Wichita State University Junior Scholar; Kansas State Scholar; 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): I plan to major in biology at Wichita State University, and then pursue a degree in marine biology. With that I would attain a career in field research of marine ecosystems. 

Favorite past time: Cooking. 

(updated with video) Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy was burglarized this morning

This hole was created by an intruder on the north end of the wall.[/caption]

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy at 505 East 16th Street was burglarized early this morning by what appears to be a single male intruder.

The Wellington Police are currently investigating an incident in which an unknown suspect unbolted the outer siding of the metal building on the north side of the business, tore through the drywall and created a hole big enough to slip through.

Once inside, the thief helped himself to an unspecified amount of prescription pills of various brands before exiting.

Pharmacy was broken in on the north side. It has since been patched.

Currently, there are no suspects, said Linn Shaffer, Wellington Health Mart owner. The robbery took place around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning according to the company’s surveillance video.

“The security system got beat,” Shaffer said. “He appeared to be someone who knew what he was doing.”

Oxford to play Bluestem as the third seed in Class 2-1A State Baseball Championship tournament

Sumner Newscow report — The Kansas State High School Activities Association released the Boys Class 2-1A State Baseball Championship bracket this afternoon.

Oxford (20-1) will be the No. 3 seed. It will play Bluestem (15-4), the sixth seed on Thursday, May 25, at 1:15 p.m. at the Great Bend Sports Complex.

The first round game is single elimination. If the Wildcats survive Thursday then they will play the winner of #2 Troy (17-0) and #7 Pittsburg Colgan (16-6) on Friday at 11 a.m.

The full bracket can be found here

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Kayma Brand

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our fifth featured Valedictorian is Kayma Brand.

Parents/guardians: John and Amy Brand. 

List of high school accomplishments: Held officer positions in SADD, National Honor Society and Class. I have also completed my associates in Psychology through Cowley County Community College. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Attending Kansas State University and majoring in Psychology. 

Favorite past time: I enjoyed being part of the WHS Lady Tennis team. Although I only played two years, I always felt like a Crusader on the team. 

Wellington High School Class Night awards flow like the rain outside

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2017 Wellington High School Class Night was held Thursday, amid stormy weather. The following were awards presented by the WHS administration. Sumner Newscow doesn’t have all the names of many non administrative scholarships presented. If you could give us the name of the scholarship awards below of people we don’t have through our email or in the comment section below, it would be greatly appreciated.

•Steve Sturgis, (pictured above) Webmaster for, presented 57 computers to graduating seniors as part of the John Sturgis Family Student Council Scholarship and computer give away. Those who donated can be found here

Help wanted: Immediate opening for mechanics/drivers at Strickland Road Service

Strickland Road Service, a leading provider of towing service and vehicle repair located in South Haven, KS, has the immediate openings for mechanics/drivers. CDL Drivers preferred.

Apply in person Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 

Strickland Road Service

886 E 160th St S

South Haven, KS 67140

Garage Sales for this weekend…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of May 19-21, 2017. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Wellington qualifies Meyer, Kop for Class 4A State Track meet

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington had a tough outing in the Class 4A Regional track meet at Winfield Thursday, qualifying just two athletes for the state meet at Cessna Stadium next week.

Wellington’s girls finished 11th out of 16 teams while the boys placed 13th out of 15. Full results of the AV-CTL DIV Winfield Regional can be found here. Top four finishers per event advance to state.

Taylor Meyer, a sophomore from Wellington, placed third in the javelin throw. Her 122-10 distance qualified her for the Class 4A state meet. She finished behind Andale’s Katy Commons, who threw 137-10 and Andale’s Julie Archer, who had a 131-05 throw.

Chris Kop, a WHS senior, qualified in the discus with a 161-8 throw, good enough for second place behind Matthew Everett of Winfield, who threw 163-09.

In other Crusader track news: 

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, May 18, 2017:

Mill Creek Lumber Garden Center Open House is Sunday, May 21, 12 – 4 p.m.

Wellington High School Featured Valedictorian: Will Long

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With Wellington High School graduation ceremony set for Saturday at 2 p.m., Sumner Newscow is featuring the six students who were named Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. We are featuring a senior every 12 hours leading up to graduation.

Our fourth featured Valedictorian is Will Long.

Parents/guardians: J.C. and Mary Long. 

List of high school accomplishments.  National Honor Society, Presidential Honor Roll, Governor’s Scholar, Rotary School, Junior Lions Club Award, KU’s Honor Society. 

Future aspirations (college, career plans): Go to Kansas University and study finance, maybe law school. 

Favorite past time: Watching basketball. 

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