Monthly Archives: April 2020

Kansas Governor Kelly announces re-opening plan in 4 phases

Sumner Newscow report — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly held a television address Thursday night and outlined her reopening plan that starts Monday. The state’s existing stay-at-home order expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. She will be reopening the economy in four states.

Here are the outline of the four phases. Click on each graphic to enlarge.

The Wellington boys tennis team had everybody back for what looked like to be a very good season

In 2019, Wellington won the regional tournament as was looking forward to good things in 2020.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys tennis team were regional champions in 2019. And everybody was returning. Suffice it to say, Wellington had high hopes for 2020.

“It would have been an exciting season,” said Chad Whaley, Wellington boys tennis coach and new father of a baby boy this week. “We would have had everybody back. I really thought we could have had all six players (two doubles and two singles) in the state tournament.”

It isn’t a reach to say this. Wellington had two singles players and a doubles team reach the state tournament in 2019. A Class 4A Regional usually has six teams with six singles and six doubles teams qualifying for state.

Wellington would win the regional in Winfield by one point in 2019. Hunter Bryant and Tyler Brown both qualified in singles and John Long and Kade Adams were doubles state qualifiers.

Help wanted: Lincoln Elementary Custodian

Help wanted: Custodian Lincoln Elementary.
Wellington Public Schools USD 353 is accepting applications for the following position:
  •  Custodian, Lincoln Elementary

Interested parties should complete the online Classified application found on our website,, under Job Opportunities. For questions, please contact Kris Hagans, Principal, at

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

State Rep. Hoffman is eager to get the economy back open

by James Jordan, Sumner Newcow — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is expected to lift some restrictions due to the Coronavirus during a televised speech set for 6:30 p.m. tonight. The speech should be available on local stations, and on the Governor’s Facebook page, which you can access here. The Governor also announced this week a new website with official Kansas information.

Kyle Hoffman

State Representative Kyle Hoffman (R-Coldwater) agrees some limitations should be lifted, but he thinks the Governor could have communicated more with members of the Statehouse. He said there have been one-way conference calls, but no opportunity for questions or interaction.

“It is a bit frustrating,” he said. The state legislature is not currently in session.

Tim Nance, 67, Wellington: Dec. 13, 1952 – April 27, 2020

Tim Nance

Timothy Lee Nance, 67, General Manager of Wellington Steakhouse until it closed 2010, died Monday, April 27.  He was born December 13, 1952, in Sabetha to Robert and Irene (Leonard) Nance.  Many years of his childhood were spent in Panama where his parents were missionaries.

His children and grandchildren loved hearing stories of his years in Central America.  He returned to the U. S. as a freshman to attend high school and graduated from North Central H. S. in Morrowville, KS.  He attended Emporia State University where he met and married Susan Adkins in 1973.

Sumner County Wheat Plot Tours are canceled due to the COVID-19 restrictions

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Wheat Plot Tours for 2020 have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Feel free to stop by and take a self-tour. Signs are posted. Those plots include:

•Caldwell Plots, from Caldwell, west on Bluff City Road, ¼ mile north of town, east side of the road, south of the cemetery.

•Belle Plaine Plots, abandoned.

•Conway Springs Plots, from Conway Springs, go north to 140 Ave N, east 7/8 mile.  Plots are on the south side of the road.

Sumner County Commissioner minutes: April 20 and April 21, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following are the Sumner County Commissioner meeting minutes for April 20 and April 21:

April 20, 2020  9 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session in the Commission Room of the Sumner County Courthouse.  Those present were Chairman John Cooney, Commissioner Steve Warner, and Commissioner Jim Newell.  Also present were County Clerk Debra A. Norris and 80th District House Representative Bill Rhiley and Road and Bridge Director Melvin Matlock.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of April 13 and 14.

Wellington seniors need to pick up senior caps and gowns next Wednesday

Sumner Newscow report — The Josten’s jewelry representative will be in Wellington on Wednesday, May 6 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. to hand out senior caps and gowns.

The representative will have a drive-thru delivery station set up on the sidewalk at the front entrance of the high school.

Seniors are to line up in their cars and he will ask their name and hand their order to them through their car window. All students and family are to remain in their cars and go through the line as directed. If your student has a remaining balance due, they need to take care of this before the delivery event. The Jostens representative cannot take payment in the parking lot. Please call or text Jostens with any questions. 620-232-7464. 

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Follow label directions closely when disinfecting surfaces, expert cautions

Sumner Newscow report – The leader of a Kansas State University program that helps to promote food and consumer safety at home is waving a caution flag regarding the proper ways to disinfect kitchen and other household surfaces.

Karen Blakeslee, coordinator of the K-State Rapid Response Center, said her concern stems from an April 24 article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that the number of incidents received by the nation’s poison control centers between January and March 2020, climbed a whopping 20.9% over the same period one year ago.

The CDC data indicate there were 45,550 exposure calls received during the first three months of this year, compared to 28,158 in 2019, and 17,392 in 2018. In the article, the CDC cites two examples in which exposure to poisonous chemicals resulted from homeowners taking extra steps to protect food or surfaces from potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.

In one case, a woman filled a sink with a mixture of 10% bleach solution, vinegar, and hot water and soaked produce that she had purchased at the grocery store. She was transferred to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties caused by the chemical mixture.

Monte Eugene Stucky, 69, South Haven: Nov. 21, 1950 – April 26, 2020

Monte Stucky

On April 26, 2020, heaven gained another great cowboy. Monte Eugene Stucky, 69, died at his home in South Haven, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born the son of Harry Stucky and LaRue Cornelison on November 21, 1950, in Kingman.

Monte lived in Pretty Prairie, Kans, before moving to Blackwell, Okla., and graduating from Blackwell High School. He worked alongside his father running the Blackwell Livestock Auction during his teenage and young adult years. He served in the Army National Guard out of Blackwell and was married to Donna Jean Shoffner of Braman, Okla. on February 7, 1970.

Altalie Fay Houch, 92, Oxford: Dec. 23, 1927 – April 25, 2020

Altalie Fay Hoch, age 92, of Oxford, formerly of Wellington, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died Saturday evening, April 25, 2020, at Joy Home in Oxford.

Altalie Fay (Cunningham) Hoch was born on December 23, 1927, in Hartford, KS to Harry Chester Cunningham and Iva Oleva (Coburn) Cunningham.

Fay was a homemaker and also worked as a cook in the school cafeteria for the Alta Vista, Kans. school system for many years.

Fay married Warren Leroy Hoch on October 19, 1946, in Hartford.  He preceded her in death in October of 2009.

Rettig, Fair expect Governor to ease stay-at-home regulations give more control to counties

Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig and Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair speak to commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Emergency Management Director James Fair and Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig both expect to see Gov. Laura Kelly ease regulations and not extend the stay-at-home order by the end of this week.

The state stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 4. Fair and Rettig both expect Kelly to start phasing in fewer restrictions incrementally in two-week stages.

Both county officials met with the county commissioners for its biweekly coronavirus meeting Tuesday morning at the courthouse. Rettig said there are still three confirmed coronavirus cases in Sumner County and that number hasn’t risen in the past 10 days.

Fair said he believes there is political pressure on the governor’s office to open up the economy and give the counties more local control.

“Not every county is the same in Kansas,” Fair said. “What might work best in Sedgwick County may not work best in a small western Kansas county. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all economy. So giving counties control I think is a good idea.”

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The privacy issue as it relates to the pandemic quesion

Sumner Newscow report — We are going to ask a double question this week involving personal privacy and the ability to use surveillance equipment to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.




Would you be willing to give up some personal privacy to help authorities fight the coronavirus?

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Would you grant permission to a phone app to track your location and lower your insurance premiums as long as you are obeying the government lockdown?

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In 2020, Wellington had the pitching, hitting, depth and experience; the only thing it didn’t have is the season

Cade Fairbanks was expected to return as the starting first baseman.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — When asked what the Wellington High School baseball team would have been like in 2020, head coach Jeff Frazee made a bold statement.

“We would have won the state championship. In fact (activities director) Luke Smith has ordered a banner for the gymnasium wall.”

Then he laughed. He was joking.

While predicting Wellington to win a Class 4A state championship in baseball may have been a stretch, there was most certainly a lot of optimism that this program could have been pretty darn good.

It had the pitching. It had the hitting, and it had the experience. It lost some key starters from 2019, but the nucleus was most certainly there to make a run for a state tournament berth.

The last time we checked in on the Crusaders, they were battling another Crusader team from Buhler for the regional championship. Wellington would lose that one 10-4. Buhler, at 21-4, would go onto the 4A state championship game where it would lose to Nickerson 8-7.

Help wanted: Mill Creek is hiring for a full-time non-CDL driver/yard help

Wellington school officials slate high school graduation — tentatively, of course — for Sunday, July 12

Hopefully, this will be the scene of a Wellington High School Graduation

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington USD 353 school administration has announced it has chosen a date to celebrate the Senior class of 2020 and honor their achievements.

If health guidelines allow, the school district will be having a traditional graduation ceremony on Sunday, July 12 at 2 p.m. If guidelines do not allow it, we will still be honoring our seniors on this date with an alternative plan. We will release further details soon. However, if you have questions please email John Buckendorff at or Stephanie Smith at 

Wellington Police Notes: April 27, 2020

Wellington Police notes: April 27, 2020:

Wellington police weekend report: Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 2020

Wellington Police report for this weekend: Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26, 2020:

Friday, April 24, 2020

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