Monthly Archives: September 2021

Crusader preview: Wellington set to battle Rose Hill in what could be a barnburner

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  — Little separates these two programs that make red their primary color. And Friday night is shaping up to be a barnburner.

Rose Hill is 1-3 but two of those losses came against Andale 57-6 and Wichita Collegiate 35-7. Those are eerily similar scores that Wellington had against the gruesome twosome.

The other games included a 47-7 victory against Clearwater and a 27-20 loss to Augusta.

In that game last week against Augusta, the Orioles had a 20-7 half-time lead only to see Rose Hill score two touchdowns on a 57-yard throw from Lane Garner to Luke McLaughlin and a 3-yard run by Keegan Beavers to tie the game at 20. Augusta broke the tie late on a 3-yard touchdown run.

Rose Hill was able to mix it up getting 217 yards rushing and 101 yards passing.

Fidencio Mendoza, 71, Haysville: 1949 – Sept. 29, 2021

Fidencio Mendoza

Fidencio M. Mendozaage 71, master control operator for KSNW and KPTS, died Wednesday, September 29, 2021. 

Rosary is Monday, October 4, 7 p.m., and Funeral Mass, Tuesday, October 5, 10 a.m., both at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Haysville.

He is preceded by parents, Rodrigo and Marie Mendoza; his brother, Robert Mendoza. He is urvived by wife, Mary; children, Evelyn Stupasky of Derby, Manuel (Kaitlyn Flax) Mendoza of Wichita; grandchildren, Olivia Velasquez and Tyson Dipman; sisters, Linda (Gordon) Guild of Fort Meyers, FL, Christina (James) Rhoades of Justin, TX; sister-in-law, Carol Mendoza of Bel Aire; many nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorial: St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1830 W. Grand Ave, Haysville KS 67060 or American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Shinkle Mortuary, Haysville in charge of arrangements.

Help wanted: Street Laborer for the City of Wellington

The City of Wellington is currently taking applications for the position of Street Laborer.  Under supervision, this position is responsible for performing routine semi-skilled work in the construction and maintenance of the City street system and other work activities leading to the acquisition of equipment operator skills.   Diploma or GED required, with experience and knowledge of equipment operation preferred, valid drivers license, and ability to obtain a CDL.   The salary range is $10.63 to $15.41  DOQ, with excellent benefits, EOE, Drug-free workplace.  Apply at or at City Hall, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS by 5 p.m. on October 13, 2021.

City of Wellington accepting glass products for recycling

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Recycling Center is happy to announce they are working with Sunset Glass Recycling for the collection and recycling of glass products.  Collection of glass will begin Saturday, October 2 during normal business hours at the Recycling Center, 9 a.m. to noon.

Sunset Glass Recycling is a local startup business that grinds the glass for use as sand, art projects, and other reuse options.  Please rinse/wash all glass containers before recycling and bring in the caps, corks, and lids from those containers as they recycle those also.

Sunset Glass Recycling can be reached by phone at 620-440-8438, on Instagram: @sunsetglassrecycling, or on Facebook: Sunset Glass Recycling.

Fall on one knee at The Gold Corner

Wellington police notes: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Sumner County Commissioner meeting notes: Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, 2021

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Commissioner minutes for Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, 2021.

September 20, 2021 – 9 a.m.

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

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved minutes of August 30 and 31.

E911 Director BJ Tracy and Deputy Director Marcie Bristor discussed the radio support system requiring updates with the Commission.  Some equipment is more than 20 years old.  Funding is available through the equipment reserve.  After discussion, the Commission authorized Director Tracy to move forward.

Masks are ‘recommended’ except at Wellington Middle School with new safety plan

Sumner Newscow report — At Monday’s special meeting, the Wellington school board voted to revise the district’s Safety and Operation Plan.  A summary of the revisions are as follows:

The revisions excluded the community gating criteria and are now just based on the percentage of positive cases in each school. Those numbers are:

Positive New Cases Per Week:

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

Wellington Police notes: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Wellington volleyball team gets swept on Senior Night by Andale, Rose Hill

Nikki Peninger works the net during the second game with Rose Hill.

Sumner Newscow report — In front of a large spirited crowd in Wellington, the Crusaders had little luck against the tradition-rich Andale and Rose Hill teams Tuesday night.

Wellington’s varsity would lose to Andale 25-13, 25-20. Rose Hill finished off Wellington 25-15, 25-16. In the other varsity match, Andale beat Rose Hill 25-16, 25-11. Andale is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

Wellington is 2-11 for the season. Andale is 22-1. Rose Hill is 11-6.

The junior varsity had little success against either team. Wellington lost to Andale 25-19, 25-8. Rose Hill won 29-27, 25-19.

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Wellington Fire/EMS weekly log: Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, 2021

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, 2021, is as follows:  

WHS Junior Jack Wright named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Jack Wright

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Jack Wright, a Wellington High School junior, is the Big Cheese Athlete of the Week as the kicker for the Crusaders.

Wright kicked seven extra points in the game and was 7-of-7 during Wellington’s big 49-12 victory over Labette County. Wright came one kick from tying the Wellington school record set by Colt Cody, who kicked eight in 2000. Here are the top five PAT point-getters in a game in WHS history.

1. Colt Cody, 8, 2000. 

2. Jack Wright, 7, 2021 (vs. Labette). 

2. Claude Whitfield, 7, 1925. 

2. Bill Nofsinger, 7, 1950. 

2. Mike Collins, 7, 2009. 

For his efforts, Wright receives a large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington.

Monday scoreboard: JV football wins, WHS volleyball gets 2 victories, WHS tennis in huge tournament, more…

What’s up tonight:

WHS Volleyball triangular: Senior night at Wellington
5 p.m. – Wellington vs. Andale.
6 p.m. – Andale vs. Rose Hill.
7 p.m. Wellington vs. Rose Hill.

WHS tennis: Wellington varsity at Kingman, 3 p.m.

WMS cross country: at Hargis Creek.

Rescheduling note: WHS volleyball team will be hosting a triangular on Oct. 14 with Chaparral and Mulvane starting at 5 p.m.


JV football: Wellington 65 Labette County 6.

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, September 27, 2021

Sumner County COVID-19 update – Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Total new coronavirus cases over the past seven days were 70 for a 10-per-day average. 


by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow  — New cases are trending down for the second consecutive week. Still, Sumner County is approaching another depressing milestone of 3,000 cases which could be next week.

Sumner County had one more COVID-related death and now has 59 cases. The weekly new case rate per 100,000 declined to 267.1.

Sumner County is also the 71st ranked (No. 1 being best) COVID-risk county according to the KDHE statistical data. This is down from 65 a week ago.

For more statistical KDHE stats on COVID-19, click here

Ella Louise Jacobs, 89, Harper: Aug. 6, 1932 – Sept. 24, 2021

On August 6, 1932, Roy Everett Banks and Nancy Marie Morris Banks were blessed with an angel from heaven. The name they gave her was Ella Louise.

Ella Louise was born in Wellington.  She grew up with her two brothers northwest of town until she was about the age of 7.  From there they moved into the town of Wellington and lived on the southeast side.  At around the age of 14, her family moved to Harper.  There she met Eugene W. Jacobs, and at a very young age, they married on March 21, 1947.  At the end of that same year in December, their first child was born, who they named Nancy.  Over the course of the next 17 years, Gene and Ella Louise were blessed with nine more children.

Dary Wynn (Wooderson) Boone, 57, Caldwell: April 13, 1964 – Sept. 22, 2021

Dary Boone

Dary Wynn (Wooderson) Boone was born to Carole Jean (Fisk) and Mike Wooderson on April 13, 1964, in Caldwell Hospital.  He died at 9:58 pm Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, KS due to the Covid virus.

He is survived by his son Brody Boone, father David Boone, aunt Sharon Reed, several cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Howard and Gertrude Fisk, mother Carole Jean Boone-Clark, and brother Chad Boone.

Chad was born to Carole and David Boone on March 5, 1968 at St. Lukes Hospital in Wellington, KS.   He died of cancer on Aug. 8, 2019 in Missouri.

Fern ‘Earleen’ Brown, 85, Wellington: Dec. 19, 1935 – Sept. 26, 2021

Earleen Brown

Fern “Earleen” Brown, age 85, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, died Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, at her home in Wellington. She worked for many years as a clerk for Glasco Drug and in the bakery at IGA.

Fern “Earleen” (McMillin) Brown was born on December 19, 1935, in Wellington to Ernest E. McMillin and Thelma M. (Moyer) Brown.

Earleen married Earl Brown on April 4, 1954, in Wellington. They celebrated 66 years of marriage before he died on December 5, 2020. They made their home in Wellington and after Earl’s retirement, he served as Pastor for Joy Fellowship. He and Earleen tirelessly served their congregation and this community.

She loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed animals, especially cats and dogs.

Sumner County Sports Calendar: Monday, Sept. 27 – Sat., Oct. 2

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