Monthly Archives: July 2020

Friday night Sumner County COVID-19 case count, July 31…

Sumner Newscow report — Latest Sumner County COVID-19 Case count:


Sumner County has confirmed 94 positive cases: 72 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, and 19 active.

KDHE FIGURES (Friday, July 31): 97 in Sumner County.

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Floyd Edward Mowbray, 78, South Haven: Oct. 23, 1941 – July 30, 2020

Floyd Mowbray

Floyd Edward Mowbray, 78, of South Haven, died peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at his home.   

Graveside Military Funeral Services will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven, KS at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.  A visitation and viewing service will be held on Sunday, August 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Shelley Family Funeral Home in Arkansas City.  

A memorial has been established in Floyd’s name with the VFW Post 1254 of Arkansas City and the Music Department, South Haven USD 509.  Contributions can be made through Shelley Family Funeral Home. Online Condolences at   

Robert ‘Bob’ Eugene Dickson, 92, Wellington: Dec. 27, 1927 – July 29, 2020

Robert Dickson

Robert “Bob” Eugene Dickson, age 92, died Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at his home in Wellington, KS.  Bob worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years and also as Chief Engineer for St. Lukes Hospital for 25 years.

Bob was born on December 27, 1927, in rural Anson, KS to Jess Albert Dickson and Edna Lucile (Fado) Dickson.  He served in the United States Navy from April of 1946 to January of 1948.

Bob married Wanda G. Kimple on March 17, 1950, at the Methodist Church Parsonage in Wellington.  She preceded him in death in August of 2006.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and woodworking.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Wellington American Legion Post #90, Wellington V.F.W. Post #881 and the Wellington Masonic Lodge #150 A.F.&A.M.

Wellington Family Aquatic Center to stay open through Aug. 9, then starts weekends

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Family Aquatic Center will continue to be open every day from 1 to 7 p.m. through August 9.

WFC will be closed Mondays through Thursdays starting August 10 and will reopen Fridays through Sundays from 1 until 5 p.m. starting August 14 and going through September 6.

The annual Doggie Dive to benefit the Wellington Humane Society will be held on Tuesday, September 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

CultureCow: Folklore is beautiful, but nobody tell Joe Alwyn

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. Taylor Swift emerged from her lavishly decorated cave last week to drop a surprise album Folklore on us without provocation and we were not ready.  Unlike previous iterations of Swift album releases, there was no lead single dropped months in advance that we all had to tolerate until the album came out.

There was no secret code hidden in an elaborate web of Instagram posts.  Instead, she just decided to come out of the blue and bestow us with one of the best works of her career (top three easily).  Folklore is the type of album I was expecting in 2017 when I wrote my review of Reputation (Swift’s best album) and listened to the final track New Year’s Day

Wellington school board prepares for the weirdest school year ever

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board met Monday for a social distancing special meeting preparing for what will probably be the most strange school year ever.

As mentioned before, the board voted 6-0 to implement a reopening plan. But the group will hold a work session on August 10 to fine-tune the plan that provides in-person and 100 percent virtual options. See the summary of the plan here.

Also, the board approved moving the start date of school to Sept. 8 taking the recommendation of the local health officials. Wellington Superintendent Adam Hatfield said health officials advised him that the delayed start would allow enough time for some of the current local incubation periods to pass.

“This means that starting after Labor Day provides less of a chance that the start of school would be directly connected to a trend upwards in Wellington cases,” Hatfield said.

In other school board news… 

Sumner Mental Health Center continues to provide services

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Sumner Newscow report – The following is a press release from the Sumner Mental Health Center…


“We understand that this is a time of anxiety and uncertainty, and we are here for the residents of Sumner County.  Sumner Mental Health Center has been and continues to be open for all services with safety and screening precautions in place to protect our consumers.

As of this date, any person who calls to schedule an intake appointment will be offered the option of either a tele-health or an in-person appointment.  If you want to schedule an intake to begin services as a new consumer please call 620-326-7448, Ext 251 for information. 

Keep learning at Cowley College this fall

Door Rescue 911 – Never a trip charge for service in Sumner County

Regent this week: Emporer’s New Groove matinees, Harry Potter weekend feature!

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Second water leak has been located in Wellington

Sumner Newscow report — A second water leak has been located and involved a main valve. It primarily affected customers on the east side of the city. The valve issue has been resolved for the time being and water volume should be returning to normal, although it may take several hours to do so. The main water line break, which has been isolated, will be repaired as soon as conditions allow. The City of Wellington regrets any inconvenience and appreciates everyone’s patience.

Paid advertisement: Darren Chambers for Sheriff

Darren Chambers

Political ad:

Area and Community Leaders Endorse Sheriff Darren Chambers for Re-Election. 

  • Kelly Herzet, Butler County Sheriff
  • Bob White, Sumner County Farmer
  • David Falletti, Cowley County Sheriff
  • Sumner County Sheriff Employees
  • Bill Berry, Belle Plaine Chief of Police
  • Mike Yoder, Trigger Guard Owner, Ret. Sumner Co. Sheriff’s Captain
  • Steve Durst, Retired Sumner Co. Deputy Sheriff

Read their letters of support here:

On August 4, Vote for “Honesty, Experience & Integrity.” Vote for the only candidate who has the training and experience to keep Sumner County Safe. Vote to Re-Elect Darren Chambers for Sumner County Sheriff.



Paid for by Darren Chambers for Sumner County Sheriff, Mike Brandon Treasurer

Sumner County precipitation reports, around 2.07 inches of rain has fallen in past 4 days

Sumner County report — Lately we have been getting rain, making for an unusual wet July.

Here are precipitation figures from three stations from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network from rain gauges 4.3 miles west/southwest of Mulvane, 8.4 miles north of Caldwell and 1.3 miles west of Wellington.

The rain totals from the Wellington rain gauge shows that we have had 2.07 inches in the past four days…

City of Wellington experiences a break in one of two main supply line

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington has experienced a break in one of the two main supply lines of water to the city. The break occurred late yesterday and crews have worked to isolate the break. Water is being supplied to the city from the second mainline. Some areas of the city may be experiencing diminished volumes of water due to the rerouting of the primary supply. The City appreciates the public’s patience as crews work to further investigate and resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Paid advertisement: Jason Boyd for Sheriff

Jason Boyd

Political ad:

A Letter From The Wife:

As this election season comes to an end, I would like to give you a glimpse into the Boyd For Sheriff campaign. 

This has been a unique campaign, to say the least. No fairs, festivals, parades, events, or debates due to Covid-19, but that has not stopped Jason from getting to the people. Jason has continued to share his passion with the citizens of Sumner County, all while respecting Covid-19 restrictions. I have seen this firsthand as I have watched Jason spend several hundred hours answering questions and visiting those he will serve either through the separation of a screen door, standing six feet apart, wearing masks or by phone.

I know this same behavior of commitment will pour over into the Sheriff’s Office.  Jason will be available, accountable, and at your service, Sumner County. You will KNOW your Sheriff. He will be your leader, your neighbor, your confidant, and he will be a Sheriff you can be proud of. Jason’s heart matches his passion and that’s a big deal!   You can see the plans Jason has for our community on the website:

I appreciate all the support we have received from our community and look forward to the opportunity to represent the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. Faith over fear. 


Kori Boyd 

(Paid for Boyd for Sheriff, Kori Boyd)

City of Wellington announces mosquito spraying schedule

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Street Department will begin the following Mosquito Spraying Schedule, weather permitting, next week:


MONDAY: A- West of Vandenburgh Ave.

WEDNESDAY: B – South of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Woodlawn.

FRIDAY: C- North of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Hargis Creek Watershed.

If rain or high winds occur during normal spraying hours (6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) that area will be done the next day (morning or evening), weather permitting, or the next week on the scheduled day.

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

South Haven Fair Association cancels South Haven Fair for 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The following is from Kalli Nicholson, President of the South Haven Fair Association.


“It is with deep regret the South Haven Fair Association unanimously voted to CANCEL the 2020 South Haven Fair. This decision was not lightly made and we are devastated that our community will not get to enjoy the fair. Thank you for all the support over the years we will be back next year in full force!”

Paid advertisement: Jason Boyd for Sheriff


1) How has the Sheriffs Department budget gone from 1.3 million to 4.1 million in 8 years when the population has only gone down?

2) Why does the Undersheriff live in Andover, Ks? And why is He, along with six other ranked positions with ‘unmarked’ county vehicles being allowed to commute in those vehicles out of their jurisdiction daily?

3) How has the Sheriff’s Dept. went from 24 total vehicles to 55+ in 8 years?

4) Why does nearly half of our patrol force not live in Sumner county?  Since the beginning of time in Sumner County, it has been required to live here to work here. Why has this loss of local jobs not been discussed?

This is real. This is happening in OUR Sheriffs department. 

While I have many reasons for running, these concerns top the list.

Thank you,

Jason Boyd

Paid for by “Boyd for Sheriff” committee.

“Putting public service back together”


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