Monthly Archives: June 2020

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: the wearing-masks-in-public order question







Is the governor doing the right thing by ordering us to wear masks in public?

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James A ‘Jim’ Woods, 71, Wellington: April 24, 1949 – June 28, 2020

Jim Woods

James A. “Jim” Woods died on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Wellington at the age of 71. He was born the son of Lloyd and Jeanne (Swanholt) Woods on Sunday, April 24, 1949 in Winfield.

On December 12, 1970, he and Darlene McMillin were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated 49 years of marriage. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was discharged in 1971.

Sumner Commissioners are taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to the new Governor executive order coming out on Thursday

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There is an old saying “don’t put the cart before the horse.”

That was the theme of the bi-weekly Sumner County Commissioner meeting with Sumner Health Officer Laura Rettig and Emergency Management Director James Fair.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly released a statement Monday that she will be issuing a statewide executive order mandating that people must wear masks mandatory on Thursday (see story here). But the details on the executive order are unknown to both the commissioners and the local health officials.

“We learned the same time everyone else did,” Rettig said of the governor’s press release on Monday. “I’m making no recommendations until we see what those guidelines are.”

Jeff Lange auction: 90 acres of quality farmland NE edge of Belle Plaine

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Oxford Masonic Lodge is hosting FREE fireworks demo on July 1

The Oxford Masonic Lodge is hosting their FREE fireworks demo on July 1st, starting at 7:30 pm. Oxford Masons will be demonstrating the newest fireworks for the year along with all your favorites. See the demo and decide what you will take home for your celebration. The demo is located at 204 N Sumner, Oxford.

 A 20% DISCOUNT is being offered on July 1st only, starting at 7:30 pm!   The air-conditioned fireworks stand is located 204 N Sumner will be open July 1-July 4th.  Hours are 8 am – 10 pm.  They offer some of the best selection and prices offered in Sumner County, prices marked include sales tax. 


Come early to enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and drink for only $5.00 starting at 6:00 pm for as long as it lasts.

Don’t miss out on a fun night of fireworks. Bring the kids and a lawn chair.  Hope to see you all there. 

The City of Oxford annual fireworks display, supported by the Oxford Masonic Lodge will be held on July 4th at dusk at the ball fields in Oxford.

Visit the Oxford Masonic Lodge Facebook page for additional info and details here.  

Medallion Clue: Tuesday, June 30

Today’s clue:

2. If you are near me, you might hear children laugh.

Yesterday’s clue: 

1. North south east or west, choose wisely and you’ll pass the test; for the prize lies at the end of your quest.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, June 29, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Monday, June 29, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to issue executive order mandating the use of masks in public

Sumner Newscow report – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she will issue an executive order mandating the use of masks in public starting Friday to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to an Association Press report.

“The evidence could not be clearer — wearing a mask is not only safe, but it is necessary to avoid another shutdown,” the Democratic governor told reporters Monday.

Kelly’s executive order would require every Kansan to wear a mask if they are around other people. She said her administration will issue specific guidance later this week and will work with the attorney general’s office to implement the policy.

Local officials would enforce the policy.

Donna Asmann, 67, Mulvane: January 29, 1953 – June 27, 2020

Donna Asmann

Donna R. Brinkmeyer-Asmann, age 67, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Mulvane.  Donna was the retired President of Clark Manufacturing.

Donna R. Wise was born on January 29, 1953 in Wellington, KS to Willard Robert Wise, Sr. and Dedy Doris (Harris) Wise.  She was a 1971 graduate of Wellington High School.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willard Wise, Sr. and her brother, Willard (Buddy) Wise, Jr.

Bruce Schwyhart joins Theurer’s as field representative/business consultant

Bruce Schwyhart

Larry Theurer, president of Theurer Auction/Realty, is pleased to announce Bruce Schwyhart has joined the firm as a field representative and business consultant. Schwyhart, a retired community banker and financial planner, has more than 40 years of experience working with customers in the development and valuation of business and agricultural enterprises.

In his position at Theurer Auction/Realty, Schwyhart will work with businesses and individuals to liquidate real estate, inventory, equipment, and other assets within 30 to 60 days. Theurer Auction/Realty uses online auctions, live auctions and traditional listings to sell items to buyers across the country. For more information about these services, contact Bruce Schwyhart at or 620-326-7315.

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28, 2020

Wellington Police weekend report for Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, 2020:

Friday, June 26, 2020

Two months later, Wellington High School has its Project Prom

Sumner Newscow report — The 2020 Wellington High School prom has been filed in our memories, as in our memories in an alternative universe. With the COVID-19 pandemic so ended the reality of the prom and all other spring events.

But the Project Prom, the traditional party after the big party, became a reality Sunday night – two months later than expected.

Wellington High School seniors and junior came together to celebrate at the Wellington Aquatic Center that had games and prizes – only in the water of the Wellington Aquatic Center.

Pictures by Katie Ford and Tracy McCue. For full version of the pictures, click here

Early morning fire at Theurer Storage and Rental on N. H is contained to 1 unit

A Theurer storage unit was on fire this morning. (Click to enlarge).

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Fire/EMS responded to a fire call at 1925 North H St. this morning at 6:23 a.m. to a storage unit owned by Larry Theurer.

According to a WFD press release, fire personnel arrived to find a building housing several storage units with smoke coming from one of those storage units.

Staff began to immediately apply water to the storage unit on fire. Overhead doors on the remaining units were opened to release smoke. The fire was contained to the fire unit, but there was smoke damage to the other units.

Monday, June 29 Medallion Clue:

Clue today:

1. North south east or west, choose wisely and you’ll pass the test; for the prize lies at the end of your quest.

Wellington Fire/EMS Department report: June 22 to June 28, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for June 22 to June 28, 2020 is as follows: 

Gertrude ‘Gertie’ Weber, 97, Wellington: June 25, 1923 – June 27, 2020

Gertrude Weber

Gertrude “Gertie” Weber, 97, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Wellington Health and Rehab.

Due to Covid 19, the family will hold a private Rosary and Mass at St. Anthony St. Rose Catholic Church in Wellington, burial will follow at a later date at Sumner Memorial Gardens in Wellington. Visitation will be held at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington from 12 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 with family available to receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions in Gertie’s name may be made to the Mission Thrift shop or the St. Anthony St. Rose Bells Restoration Fund and may be left in the care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home.

Gertrude Susan Weber was born on June 25, 1923, in Garden Plain, to loving parents Michael and Minnie (Landwehr) Stuhlsatz. On July 18, 1945 she was united in marriage to Robert Weber at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wichita. Gertie was a farm wife and loved raising her family, she enjoyed childcare for many years and then worked at the Mission Thrift Shop in Wellington.

J.P. Weigand & Sons Inc. Open House, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Letter: Sumner County Sheriff employees endorse Darren Chambers

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a letter to the editor from employees of the Sumner County Sheriff’s office:


As employees of the Sumner County Sheriffs Office, we feel strongly about having an opportunity to give residents of Sumner County some insight. In fact, we feel that it is our duty to let you know how we feel and what we have experienced since Darren Chambers took office in 2011. He has made significant improvements over time; pay increases, adequate staffing, budget improvements, increased training, and restored security within the Detention Facility.

In addition to these improvements, Darren is attentive to all aspects that make the office run smoothly. He has an exemplary relationship with multi jurisdictions, including all municipal police departments within the County, as well as each Sheriff within the state of Kansas. By building strong relationships, there is an ease and willingness to help each other with additional resources. In the last nine years, there has been a respectful mutual aid between multiple outside agencies. The rebirth of these solid relationships has been fundamental in benefiting the best interest of Sumner County.

Sumner County Health Officer has identified alarming trends, especially within 67013 zip code (Belle Plaine)

(UPDATED: Friday, 9:30 p.m.)  The following is an addition to the advisory below from Sumner County Health Officer Rettig:

The Sumner Health Department experienced a much higher than usual call volume from residents in the 67013-zip code area (Belle Plaine) who were requesting testing and reporting symptoms in the last two days.

Along with that is the fact of the lab results from any testing done on those residents in the last two days, whether from our testing or any other provider’s testing, probably will not be received for another 24-48 hours. Without lab confirmations, we cannot make announcements of new cases of COVID-19 because it may not be that.

The Health Department encourages all to be vigilant in following the recommended guidelines noted in the advisory.

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the original advisory posting from earlier today Rettig:

Terry Ivan Deakins, 75, Terre Haute, Ind.: Dec. 7, 1954 – June 24, 2020

Terry Ivan Deakins was born in Terre Haute, Ind. on December 7, 1954, to Doris (Ringer) and Charley Deakins.  He died peacefully in his home, June 24, 2020.

He grew up around the Andover and Wichita area with his mother and siblings.  Terry later became a plumber, pipe fitter and long-haul truck driver.  He had a love for traveling, movies, coffee shops and going out to eat.  He loved his family and friends and would do anything for them.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents Doris Jean (Ringer) and Charley Bill Deakins, son Patrick Ivan Deakins.  He is survived by his children Nathan Deakins and wife Meredith, Travis Deakins, Verna and husband Whitney Rohrbaugh, Tracy Deakins and Erica Coulter; grandchildren, Kayla, Trenton James, Kaydence, TJ, Emma and Cody, Ivan Patrick; siblings, Gary Ringer, James Ringer, Patrisha Evan, Cherie Glidden and others.

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