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Babe Ruth All Star tournament roundup

Wellington Babe Ruth Baseball is in the books as both local all-star teams season end

Sumner Newscow report — Baseball is officially over for Babe Ruth teams in Wellington. The final two local teams still playing in tournaments this past weekend, have been eliminated.  The 13-15 year More »

Sumner Newscow All things school Calendar

Enrollment for 2016-17 school year begins Aug. 9

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Believe it or not, it is getting close to school reopening. Schools across Sumner County including Wellington USD 353 will be holding enrollment for the 2016-2017 school More »

Police on edge

Sunday feature: From Ferguson to Wellington, police worry about their safety

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Mass shootings across the nation, and accusations of police shooting innocent people, makes police officers nervous even in Wellington. There are advantages to small town living, More »


Enroll at Dynamic Learning Center in Belle Plaine or ECCELL in Winfield

Achieve Your Goal of a High School Diploma at either of these two convenient locations!  Enroll now, it is free! Do you need to realize your dream of gaining your high school More »

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Sunday guest editorial: The trouble with ‘lesser of 2 evils” is one is still evil

by Jason Janoski, Sumner County Republican Party Chairman — On Thursday, Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America.  I reflect now on the future More »

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Sunday guest editorial: The trouble with ‘lesser of 2 evils” is one is still evil

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Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Fort Worth

by Jason Janoski, Sumner County Republican Party Chairman — On Thursday, Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America.  I reflect now on the future of the Republican Party and the future of our Republic.

Our party has been a noble one.  The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by an anti-slavery Whigs.  Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president.  Republicans led the charge to end slavery.  We resisted, though unsuccessfully, Franklin Roosevelt’s determination to quash individual and state rights and instead magnify the role of the federal government.  Republicans led the civil rights reforms of the 1950s and 1960s, enacting civil rights laws over Democrat objections. 

Jason Janoski

Jason Janoski

Republicans honor the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  We believe what the Declaration of Independence says – that God (not government) gives people inalienable natural rights and it is the purpose of government to preserve those rights.  By providence, our founding fathers wrote and ratified a Constitution which preserves those rights. 

We believe that the federal government may only exercise powers listed in the Constitution.  All other authority is reserved to the states and to the people.   

Because federal authority is enumerated, Republicans believe that the Constitution cannot prohibit states from protecting the lives of unborn babies.  We believe the Constitution cannot prohibit states from deciding that certain conduct or relationships are sexually immoral.  We believe that states are independent laboratories of justice and liberty, free to experiment according to the will of their people.

Kenneth Rothrock, 76, WHS graduate: Aug. 24, 1939 – July 17, 2016

Kenneth Rothrock

Kenneth Rothrock

Kenneth Martin Rothrock, 76, died peacefully early Sunday July 17, 2016 at The Wood County Hospital after a battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer. His wife, son, and step son were at his bedside.

He was born in Caldwell, August 24, 1939 to Kenneth Marvin Rothrock and Burchie (Hodges) Rothrock. He grew up in Wellington, attended Wellington High School where he excelled academically and served as the student body president.

Kenneth went on to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Education and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kansas. He was a member of ATO Fraternity and enjoyed their reunions over the years.

After earning his PhD he taught Sociology at Bowling Green State University for 28 years, including time as the assistant dean of Arts and Sciences.

In retirement, he and his wife Joan operated the Silver Spoon Antiques business. He also supported and volunteered for the Toledo Metro Parks and the Toledo Botanical Gardens.

It is time to pamper yourself with moisturizing body soaps, lotions, and even a moisturizing foot kit

Kelly General Store at 314 E. Harvey.

Kelly General Store at 314 E. Harvey.

Kelly General Store, Inc.

Where: 314 E. Harvey, Wellington, Kans.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call: 620-326-2020. Visit us on Facebook:

While everyone knows that Kelly General Store, Inc. at 314 E. Harvey has a wide variety of items ranging from home decor to fresh flowers, it is also a great place to pick up items that will allow you to indulge yourself!

Kelly Moisturizing soap

“Simply Be Well” moisturizing body soaps are simply amazing. The Kelly General Store offers those plant based soaps in three scents including Crushed Blueberry, Almond Milk and Lemon Poppy. They smell wonderful!

But that’s not all. Kelly General now carries lotions and body mist from the San Francisco Soap Company. We have lavender, kiwi melon and cherry blossom as well as lotus blossom and jasmine in stock.

Kelly San Francisco mist

Do your feet hurt after a long day at work? Our “pamper your tootsies” moisturizing foot kit is now available. Pamper yourself today.

Kelly Pamper your Tootsies

Don’t forget! To call Kelly General Store for any of your floral needs, including sympathy and arrangements. We also have green and blooming plants in stock as well as a wide variety of decorative signs for your home.

Danville Cooperative Association and Farmers Coop Grain Association consider merger

news releaseSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Danville Cooperative Association and the Farmers Coop Grain Association, both full service farm supply cooperatives located in South Central Kansas, have entered in to a discussion regarding a possible merger of their two companies.

According to David Wedman, Board President of the Danville Cooperative Association, “There are several factors that make our Cooperatives suitable partners.  We are both strong Cooperatives who share similar business values and goals. In addition, our trade territories are contiguous, and for this reason we share many of the same members/patrons.  Based on our initial assessment, our combined membership will benefit from the efficiencies gained from eliminating duplicate processes and also from achieving economies of scale due to our combined size.”

“In addition, we also share common challenges that have already led us to our current working partnerships through Comark Grain, safety and compliance services, and human resources.  We also want to emphasize that at this time the only decision made is to explore in greater depth, what the two Coops would look like together.  The results of this study will be shared with both company’s members/patrons during meetings scheduled at a later date,” said Derek Totten, Chairman of the Farmers Coop Grain Association.

About Danville Cooperative Association

SRMC is looking for full-time RN/LPN’s with new wage scale

Help Wanted ad*Attention All Nurses: RN’s/LPN’s*

 Announcing NEW WAGE SCALE!!

Sumner Regional Medical Center currently has full-time opportunities available on both first and second shifts. Competitive benefits with higher starting wages based on experience.  LETS TALK! Whether experienced or a new grad, if you are interested in joining our team of professionals please apply in person or send cover letter & resume to:

Sumner Regional Medical Center

1323 North A Street

Wellington, KS.  67152

 For more information, E-mail Allen Keller at


Sumner County District Court Docket: July 22, 2016 report

Sumner County Court docket use this one

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 unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Garage Sales for this weekend…

Garage sale templete use this one

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of July 22-24, 2016. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Second annual Herding Heroes will be part of the Sumner County Fair August 5

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Contestants participating during the Sumner County Fair.

Contestants participating during the Sumner County Fair.

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The second annual “Herding Heroes” Show will be held Friday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Sumner County Fair in Caldwell. The goal of Herding Heroes is to allow contestants the chance to do something most are never given the opportunity to do.

Herding Heroes is a program that is held at various fairs across Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. The Sumner County Fair board wants to involve more youth other than 4-H and FFA students and their families. Unless you grow up on a farm or have a family member that has one, chances are you will never show livestock for competition. You may be engaged in sports, but this is another avenue to be involved and experience the benefits of showing animals.

Medals awarded to Herding Heroes participants in 2015.

Medals awarded to Herding Heroes participants in 2015.

Herding Heroes are looking for students with disabilities who would enjoy learning about pigs, and wish to compete with them.

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, July 21, 2016WPD Wellington police notes logo

Wellington youth and middle school football camps to be held next week (with correct middle school form)

Crusader head logoSumner Newscow report — There will be two football camps for prospective youth and middle school players starting next week in Wellington led by Crusader head coach Zane Aguilar.

“These camps are sponsored by the high school football staff,” Aguilar said. “They are designed to improve knowledge of the game through drills and different scenarios.”

The Crusader Development Camp 2016 will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26 (see flyer here) for all youth football players, male or female, from first grade to sixth grade.

The Crusader Middle School Football Camp 2016 will be held Wednesday and Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. (see flyer here) for seventh and eighth graders.

Nick Reedy to serve full 32-month sentence for April, 2015 assault

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Nick Reedy confers with his lawyer Sal Ignaanita during sentencing hearing.

Nick Reedy confers with his lawyer Sal Intagliata during sentencing hearing.


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, of Caldwell, one of two accomplices in the April 22, 2015 assault in south rural Sumner County has been sentenced to 32 months in state prison without probation.

Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin handed down the sentence this afternoon with a blistering reprimand of Reedy’s behavior that night. The sentence came during a 90 minute sentencing hearing at the Sumner County District Court in Wellington.

Reedy, dressed today in a black suit coat, black tie and black striped shirt, is expected to start serving his 32-month sentence in state prison immediately. He can be released 4.8 months early – or 15 percent of the sentence – for good behavior. Reedy has also been ordered to pay back $8,127 in restitution for medical expenses, not including dental expenses which were not available for the hearing.

Reedy and his counterpart, Sylvester Provencio, 22, of Caldwell have been found guilty in court for the assault of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel 55, of Caldwell during what started as a good Samaritan act that turned into a melee and severely injury Schneider.

“The only reason you and Provencio stopped kicking (Schneider) is because Nispel tried to stop you by attempting to run you over with a truck,” McQuin said. “Had he not actively done so, this would have been a homicide instead of an aggravated battery offense.”

Beware of phone scan in the area regarding unpaid debts

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Submitted to Sumner Newscow, by the Bank of Commerce — Recently the Bank of Commerce & Trust Co. has been hearing several complaints about phone calls purporting to be regarding unpaid debts.  These scam phone calls alert local residents that they have not completely paid payday or cash advance type loans, some from years before.  At times the caller has claimed to be from a collection agency on behalf of the loan company.

The customers we have heard from did not believe they owed these debts.  They had not received anything in writing from either a collection agency or payday/cash advance company about the particular debt.  That gave these customers enough warning to alert Bank of Commerce before the scammers could access their accounts.

In one instance the caller said they could not give an exact amount that was supposedly owed, could not give an exact date of when the loan was past due and would not or could not send information in writing.  These are red flags!

If you receive a call claiming you owe for past debt you were not aware of, please be careful.  Scammers who get your bank account information or debit card or credit card information may steal from your account before you realize the debt was not real.  If you give personal information, such as your Social Security Number, you may become a victim of identity theft.

Bank of Commerce would like to remind you of some tips:

Wellington Sears to offer merchandise lower than any Sears store in south-central Kansas

Wellington 3-day flash exclusive store

Wellington Sears at 214 S. Washington is having a Premier Store event. 

“This is a special savings event that not very many stores get to have because they aren’t Premier stores,” said Jay Huston, Wellington Sears manager.  “Due to us meeting or exceeding goals in areas of sale, Wellington store has qualified for this event and will get to offer an extra 10 percent off almost everything store wide.

During this event, items will be 10 percent lower in our store than they will be in other south-central hometown stores, he said. It’s a great time to save.

3-day Sears off 7-20-16

Wellington Hometown Rental – up to $100 in savings or 10% off purchase sale!

Hometown news roll June 29

Tarzan playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

Tarzan at Regent

This week at the Regent Theater: Tarzan (see trailer below).

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

This Friday’s feature film: PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue). Time: 1 hour 49 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, July 20, 2016:WPD Wellington police notes logo

Red Line Splash Bash held this Sunday at Wellington Aquatics Center

Splash Bash July

All roads lead to the ‘Fiesta at the Fair’ – the 89th annual Sumner County Fair!

Fiesta at the Sumner County Fair 2016 feature

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — On August 4-7, 2016, all roads in Sumner County will be leading to the 89th Annual Sumner County Fair to be held in Caldwell.  FIESTA AT THE FAIR is the theme this year, and lots of new activities have been planned for the three day event.  Everyone is encouraged to mark their calendars and come to the fair!

Be sure to show your fair pride by purchasing and wearing a fair button.  There will be button drawings at the stage shows.  The annual Medallion Hunt will start on Thursday evening this year.  The grand prize drawing will be held on Saturday with five – $100 prizes being given away.

Several changes have been made in the schedule of events this year and several new events have been added.  One of the major changes is the time and venue for the Sumner County Fair Horse Show.  The horse show will be held on Saturday, July 30 at the rodeo arena just south of Argonia.  Brian Watts is the chairman for the event which has registration at 5:30 and the show at 6 p.m.  This is an open show so come join the fun.

2016 Sumner County ‘Fiesta at the Fair’ Schedule…

Fiesta at the Fair logoSumner Newscow report — The 2016 Sumner County “Fiesta at the Fair” Schedule is as follow: 

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