Crossing Hargis Creek

Wellington Cross Country meet brings in 525 runners; 17 Crusaders medal

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Cross Country Team hosted one of the premiere cross country meets in the state of Kansas Saturday on a nice chilly day at Hargis More »

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Post your FREE garage sales here

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” More »

Sumner Newscow local news report

Alleged assault/robbery of 26-year-old Wellington man appears to be random, WPD Chief says

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Police Department are currently waiting for video from a Wichita bank that may give authorities a chance to identify possible suspects in the alleged More »

Five Cueball thoughts

Sunday’s blog: I’m turning 50 and I haven’t died in a grisly accident

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m turning 50 on Wednesday. I’m not much for birthdays, anniversaries, or reunions. It’s a cliche but “your life passing you by,” is a rather appropriate More »

Crusader feature score

Wellington dominates Goddard Eisenhower 34-0 in a game of much adventure

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps, Wellington can just switch all its home games to Goddard Stadium. The Crusaders seem to play their best football there. Wellington buried the Goddard Eisenhower Tigers More »

Conway Springs rolls Medicine Lodge 48-6

Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 at the half en route to an easy 48-6 win against Medicine Lodge.

Five different Conway Springs back scored Friday night on the road. The Cardinals racked up 486 yards to Medicine Lodge’s 99.

Travis Wood had two touchdowns and 159 yards. Luke Fisher had 120 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Winter had 47 yards and one touchdown. Ben Pauly had 44 yards and one touchdown. Luke Ebenkamp had 43 yards and one touchdown. The full stats for the game can be found here: Conway Springs – Box Score Report – 9_13_2014

Wellington-Goddard Eisenhower live tweet; week 3 football scores

USD 353 board approves teachers contract; bonfire approved; Air Expo coming soon…

School board meeting roundup

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It may have been a new record. The Wellington school board and Wellington NEA signed a new negotiated teachers agreement contract for the 2014-14 calendar year. After a 10-minute executive session, the board unanimously approved the new contract at Thursday’s meeting. The W-NEA membership had already voted in the plan.

It usually does not come this easy. Sometimes talks are stalled for several months, even bringing in a third-party negotiation source to hammer out an agreement.

Jerri Ann Fike, representative of the W-NEA, said the new money coming from the Kansas Supreme Court lawsuit helped matters with this year’s negotiations at USD 353.

USD 353 has adopted a new payment schedule for supplemental contracts – which are mostly for athletic/academic coaches, which will set up a salary schedule much like those made for teachers’ salary schedule. The Augusta school district has a similar program.

“Hopefully, that will help us maintain more of our coaches,” Fike said.

In other board news: 

J.P. Weigand to have open house on Sunday

J.P. Weigand open house

The Giver coming to Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

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This week at the Regent Theater: “The Giver.” (Movie trailer is below).

When: Friday 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Movie Synopsis: The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past.

Garage Sales in Wellington: Sept. 12-14, 2014

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for Sept. 12-14, 2014. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! 

Sports Today: Wellington Middle School teams sweep Clearwater; WHS tennis in Circle…

sports today fallby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Middle School teams were in full force this past weekend, Wellington varsity girls tennis was at Circle, plus more…


WMS football 

The Wellington Middle School football teams are now a combined 3-1 after sweeping Clearwater Thursday evening at Sellers Park.

The seventh grade was dominating with a 44-6 victory on a cool Thursday evening. This group is now 2-0.

The eighth grade would follow with another convincing victory. The Knights won 48-20 to improve to 1-1. 

Final phase of construction begins at Countryside Motors this week

As you’ve driven down 160 for the past few months you may have noticed the white overlay on the front of Countryside Motors.  It’s been hard not to notice since it’s been that way for a few months.

That all changes this week.  You will see dramatic changes on the front and sides of the building as the final phase of construction begins.  An all new ACM Panel System will be installed, creating a clean, new look for Countryside Motors that meets General Motor’s specifications for their dealership network.

For those of you that visit the service and parts departments this week you will also see construction in progress.  In just a few days you will have an all new service and parts department to serve you better.

To celebrate the final phase we have reduced prices on all Chevrolets, Buicks, Polaris and Hustler Mowers.   Stop in and take a look at the all new Countryside Motors.Countryside Chevy Special 9-12-14

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Wellington Police notes for Thursday, September 11, 2014:

WHS Daily Bulletin: Friday

WHS Daily bulletinSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014:

This week’s schedule: 

• Football at Goddard Eisenhower

• C-Team VB at Chaparral 9 p.m.
• Varsity Tennis at Pratt 9 p.m.
• Cross Country at WHS 9:30
• ACT Test

Friday’s lunch: Sloppy Joe/bun, tortilla chips, sweet potato wedges, baked beans, mixed fruit.

10 things to know about Sumner County football going into week #2…

10 things to know about Sumner football

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 10 things you need to know about Sumner County football games this week:


1. So what is the schedule for week #2?

Week #2
Conway Springs at Medicine Lodge
Belle Plaine at Garden Plain
Caldwell at Udall
CV-Dexter at Argonia-Attica
South Barber at Oxford
Sedan at South Haven


2. Anything unusual from week #1? 

Daeyln Haskins

Daeyln Haskins

How about this stat: Oxford’s Daelyn Haskins had seven touchdowns including two of those on kickoff/punt returns in the Wildcats 78-42 win over South Haven in the season opener.

Haskins may have broken a school record with his seven touchdowns in one game, Oxford head coach Shawn Burkes said.

His kickoff return for a touchdown tied the state record in eight-man football. He has eight of them over his career.

Eleanor Davidson, formerly of Wellington, died Wednesday

Eleanor Davidson, wife of Jerry Davidson of Lumberton, Texas died Wednesday after a long fight with cancer.

Her services will be on Sunday, Sept. 14,2014 at the Baptist Church in Waynoka, Okla. at 2 p.m.


Crusader preview: Wellington to battle Goddard Eisenhower; Andrew Pelkey out for the season

Wellington- Goddard Eisenhower preview

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It has been awhile since Wellington has received really bad news on the medical front. But it got some this Wednesday.

Wellington’s strong side linebacker and all-state wrestler Andrew Pelkey is out with an ACL tear. He is most certainly out for the season in football and his senior season of wrestling is in jeopardy.

“This definitely hurts us,” said Tyler Ryan, Wellington head football coach. “He was a leader on defense. Just a hard nosed kid, who we could count on week in and week out.”

Andrew Pelkey

Andrew Pelkey

It was not the kind of news Wellington wanted to hear going into Friday’s contest against the fast athletic Goddard Eisenhower Tigers.

To make up for the loss, Ryan is bringing in Zach Bodkins to fill the position and moving Connor Phelps to the outside.

Goddard Eisenhower is the newest school in the Wichita area – which was born just three years ago. It is a Class 5A school and plays in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. II. 

Sumner District Court Docket: Sept. 11, 2014 report

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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.


Helen Maxine Stewart, 90, Caldwell: March 18, 1924 – Sept. 9, 2014

Maxine Stewart

Maxine Stewart

Helen Maxine Stewart was born March 18, 1924 in Caldwell to John Alva and Nettie White. She  died on Sept. 9 at the Golden Living Center in Wellington.

Stewart attended country schools and graduated from Deer Creek High School, Deer Creek, Okla. She attended college in Alva, Okla. and became an emergency war time country school teacher.

On Dec. 24, 1944, she was united in marriage with Carl Stewart in Caldwell. To this union two daughters were born, Nancy Lea and Joyce Ann.

Saturday’s Oxford Citywide Garage Sale participants are listed here:

Oxford garage sale story

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the list of Oxford citywide garage sale for this Saturday, Sept. 13.

The citywide garage sale starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until you are done selling and/or buying. Those having garage sales are as follows:

Oxford Chamberof Commerce Citywide Garage Sale
Address  Person/business holding sale
112 E. Main Retail Shop
120 North Colorado The Business
410 North Illinois Carter
514 North Illinois Osborn
314 North Kansas Shepherd
519 North Kansas Ferguson
519 North Kansas Sindelar
314 North Ohio Potucek/Surpless
310 North Osage Jones
410 North Water Oliver
311 South Iowa Robinson
202 South Kansas Eflin
217 West Maple Thompson

If you still need your garage sale advertised in Oxford put your ad in the comment section below or e-mail Kim Silhan at You can also contact Betty at the Oxford City Administration building at 620-455-2223.

(Updated with stats) Wellington girls volleyball splits in McPherson: loses to host but beats Mulvane

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls volleyball team splits a double dual at McPherson Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders lost to N0. 7 ranked McPherson, 25-10 25-12. They then would beat Mulvane 25-13, 25-19. The varsity is now 6-4 for the season.

Wellington Volleyball Head Coach Alison Widen thoughts on the duals :

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WHS Daily Bulletin: Thursday

Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014:

This week’s schedule: 

• Varsity Tennis at Circle 3 p.m.
• C-team Volleyball at McPherson 5 p.m.
• JV Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.


• Football at Goddard Eisenhower

• C-Team VB at Chaparral 9 p.m.
• Varsity Tennis at Pratt 9 p.m.
• Cross Country at WHS 9:30
• ACT Test

Thursday’s lunch: Stromboli, green spinach salad, baby carrots, pineapple chunks.

Friday’s lunch: Sloppy Joe/bun, tortilla chips, sweet potato wedges, baked beans, mixed fruit.

Schedule of Wellington Invitational Cross Country Meet this Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Invitational Cross Country Meet will be held this Saturday, Sept. 13 at Hargis Creek.

The time schedule is as follows:

8 a.m. – Sixth grade race girls.

8:05 a.m. – Sixth grade race boys.

8:20 a.m. – Starting time for first race of middle school races: 

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