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Monthly Archives: October 2021

Sumner Newscow Political Forum: Wellington School District 3

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the third of three Wellington School Board forums Sumner Newscow will be featuring for Tuesday’s election. Advanced voting in person at the Sumner County courthouse will go through Monday at noon. Polls open at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.

This year’s District 3 contest is a battle between Jason Newberry and write-in candidate Brad Ledbetter. Letbetter has elected not to participate in the Sumner Newscow questionnaire stating he wants to focus his campaign on social media.

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1- Sumner Newscow: Please provide a background of yourself, where you grew up, where you went to school, when you went to college, what is your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for elected office.

Newberry: I was born and raised in Wellington, graduated from WHS, and then attended Cowley County Community College for my Associates Degree. I have worked for the City of Wellington in various capacities for nearly 25 years. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Administration, and in the Summer of 2016 I finished up my Masters in Public Administration from Wichita State University. Currently, I am serving as the Assistant City Manager for Utilities and Information Technology. I have also had the pleasure of serving on the 353 School Board for the last eight years.

Sumner Newscow Political Forum: Wellington School District 2

Brandon Earl

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the second of three Wellington School Board forums Sumner Newscow will be featuring for Tuesday’s election. Advanced voting in person at the Sumner County courthouse will go through Monday at noon. Polls open at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.

This year’s District 2 contest will feature Brandon Earl unopposed.

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1- Sumner Newscow: Please provide a background of yourself, where you grew up, where you went to school, when you went to college, what is your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for elected office.

Earl: I am from Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University to study business finance. I have been in a management position of a business since I was 18 years old. I have lived in Michigan, Oklahoma, and now Kansas and have seen different economic diversity throughout my life and career. I have three children currently in the school system.

Paid advertisement: Brad Ledbetter for School Board

John Roger Wedman, 90, Danville: Dec. 31, 1930 – Oct. 28, 2021

Roger Wedman

John Roger Wedman, son of Joe and Dorothy (Clements) Wedman was born on December 31, 1930 and was raised on the family farm west of Danville, Kansas.

On August 29, 1951, Roger was united in marriage to Deloris Hess in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anthony, Kansas.  About 6 weeks later, on October 9th, Roger was called upon to serve his country in the United States Army and was sent to serve in the Korean War.  He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.  Roger received his Honorable Discharge on September 30, 1953 with the rank of Private First Class.

Sumner Newscow Political Forum: Wellington School Board District 1

Andrea Kreifels

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the first of three Wellington School Board forums Sumner Newscow will be featuring for Tuesday’s election. Advanced voting in person at the Sumner County courthouse will go through Monday at noon. Polls open at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex.

This year’s District 1 contest is a battle between Andrea Kreifels and Kent Douglas. Douglas has elected not to participate in the Sumner Newscow questionnaire stating he wants to focus his campaign on social media.

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1- Sumner Newscow: Please provide a background of yourself, where you grew up, where you went to school, when you went to college, what is your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for elected office. 

Kreifels: I was born and raised in Wichita until my family moved to Wellington during my sophomore year of high school. I graduated from Wellington with the Class of 2001.  I went to Baker University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership. I worked as a program manager in a manufacturing facility for 10 years.  

Andover Central ends Wellington season with second-half scoring splurge

Dusty Bannister started at quarterback (12) for Wellington for the first time Friday evening. Malachi Rogers was moved to receiver and running back. (Photo by Eric Rinehart).

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The 2021 Wellington High School football season pretty much ended in the third quarter when Andover Central turned a 14-0 lead into a 48-0 rout. Wellington’s season ends at 2-6 with many questions going into the off-season.

With 8:18 to play in the third quarter, Jaguar back Jackson Rees ran in from the 3 to give Andover Central a 21-0 lead. From that point forward, it was a demolition.

Andover Central would score four touchdowns in a matter of 10 minutes concluding with a 57-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Andover Central will go on to play Towanda Circle. The Crusaders now set their sights on basketball season.

Oh, those fumbles. Wellington turned the ball over four times and that didn’t include the three fumbles they recovered.

Friday night football scoreboard

Andover Central 48 Wellington 0
Conway Springs 68 Sacred Heart 0
Plainville forfeit over Sublette.
Circle 28 Rose Hill 14
Augusta 33 El Dorado 25
Wamego 42 Great Bend 21
Winfield 21 Independence 7
Andale 53 Hugoton 2
Cheney 48 Clearwater 14
Collegiate 23 Pratt 8
Bishop Carroll 31 Hutchinson 28 (OT)

Twitter feed: Wellington vs. Andover Central… Week #9 scores


Wellington school board candidates forums will be featured over weekend

Sumner Newscow report — Sumner Newscow will be running the candidates’ forum for the Wellington school board over the weekend in three separate posts.

People can still vote by advanced in-person ballot at the courthouse until Monday at noon. Polls for the general election involving school boards, city/town councils, and ballot questions open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow will have the results of the election on Tuesday night.

Wiemers: ‘He was our Captain America,’ says playoff forfeit was a team decision

Rhett Lathers, No. 42, leads the Bulldogs on the field against Andover Central in Ark City’s Bulldog Stadium last season. (Photos courtesy Larry Schwartz)

by Brady Bauman, Newscow.net — The Ark City High School football team will not play McPherson Friday night in the opening round of playoffs across the state.

Tuesday night, Bulldogs senior linebacker and tailback Rhett Lathers was killed in a rollover accident in rural Kay County that critically injured another Ark City teen, who remains in intensive care at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Another passenger, a female ACHS senior, was also injured in the crash.

The driver, Walker Moulton, a teammate of Lathers and 2021 ACHS grad, was not injured and is facing charges of DUI and first-degree manslaughter.

Bulldogs head coach Jon Wiemers said Thursday night the decision to forfeit Friday night’s playoff game at McPherson — thus ending the season — was made after discussions with the team’s seniors, assistant coaches and Lathers’ parents.

Caldwell and A&A advance in playoffs; South Haven and Oxford finish season with wins

Thursday night football scores:

Playoff games:

Argonia-Attica 46 Kinsley 0

Caldwell 57 Central Plains 8

Non-playoff games: 

Lyons 30 Belle Plaine 26

Oxford 44 Oswego 21

South Haven 79 Chase 34

Games tonight

Wellington at Andover Central

Sacred Heart at Conway Springs.

Playoff roundup: 

CultureCow: Dune is a good movie, but an even better sign of what’s to come in Hollywood

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow – Happy Friday. 2020’s lockdown created a lot of new conventions in the film: Zoom interviews made connecting with filmmakers more accessible. Festivals started offering online participation. And studios created simultaneous theatre and on-demand premieres.

The last of which has led to some serious issues. Theatres are seeing significant losses from people opting to watch at home and Scarlet Johansson even sued Disney over undercutting Black Widow’s premiere with an on-demand option.

Before we go any further: please go support movie theatres. They were beaten down by the pandemic and really need our help.

With all that said, at-home releases have their benefits. They ensure that more people are going to see a movie that might not have been as popular. Even if it’s a blockbuster with a star-studded cast, based on one of the most popular books of all time.

Dale Alan Reinecker, 77, Bedford, Texas: Oct. 7, 1944 – Oct. 19, 2021

Dale Alan Reinecker

Dale Alan Reinecker, 77, of Bedford, Texas died into the next life the morning of October 19, 2021, at his home in Bedford.

Dale was the firstborn in a family of he and two sisters to Harold and Virginia Reinecker in Wellington, on October 7, 1944.  He attended grade school through high school in Wellington.  He was an excellent athlete participating in football, basketball, and baseball throughout those years.

Paid political ad: Brad Ledbetter for Wellington School Board

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Wellington Police notes: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Crusader preview: Wellington travels to Andover Central for first round play-in game

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington football team has its work cut out for it when it travels to Andover Central for the first round play-in game of the Class 4A playoffs, but that happens when you are a No. 14 seed.

Wellington, at 2-5, will be playing Andover Central for the first time since 2009. Andover Central is traditionally a school that borders on the Class 5A-4A classification line and plays in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. II. Unless it is something like this, the two teams rarely meet in anything.

When Wellington was leading Mulvane 20-7 midway through the second quarter last Friday, there was a possibility that the Crusaders could rise as high as No. 9 in the 16-team Class 4A-West tournament bracket. But as Mulvane came back to win, Wellington’s fortunes sunk. At the end of the evening, the Crusaders saw Winfield and Rose Hill leapfrog them in the standings, resulting in a pairing with Andover Central – the team most likely to challenge Buhler in the Class 4A-West sub-state finals.

 Andover Central is 7-1 and won the AV-CTL DII championship by beating cross-town rival Andover 27-20.

Wellington’s Trick or Treat Down the Street brought out the scary characters

Sumner Newscow report — Despite the wind howling and the blood-curdling screams of “more candy!” it was a spooky good time at the annual Trick or Treat Down the Street in downtown Wellington. Click here for more pictures.

James Bond – No Time to Die playing at the Wellington Regent

Playing at the Wellington Regent: James Bond 007 – No Time to Die. 

Thursday-Friday, October 28- 29 at 7 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, October 30-31, 2 and 7 p.m.
Adults $8. Child/Senior $6.
2 p.m. – Matinee $6.00 all seats.

2021 Sumner Newscow Wellington City Council Political Forum…

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is our bi-annual Wellington City Council forum for the upcoming municipal and school elections. This year there are three candidates up for three at-large positions. Unless someone mounts a write-in campaign before Tuesday, these three are elected to a four-year term. Josh Carnaggio will appear on the ballot but he has dropped out of the race (see story here).

Advanced voting in person will go through Monday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. Only voters within the Wellington City Limits can vote for the council candidates.

This year’s candidates are Kevin Dodds, Rick Roitman and Joe Soria:

Kevin Dodds

Rick Roitman

Joe Soria

1- Sumner Newscow: Please provide a background of yourself, where you grew up, where you went to school.. what is your career, and any biographical information you find pertinent to why you are running for elected office. 

Dodds — I have lived in Wellington for most of my life. I am an electrical engineer currently working for NIAR in Wichita.

Roitman — I was born and lived through high school and college in the Kansas City area. I have a degree in math from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO and an MBA from George Washington University in Washington D.C. But, I actually grew up in the Navy where I served for 27 years. After retirement from the Navy, I went back to Kansas City to help my brother care for our elderly parents.  After 10 years in KC working for a large financial services company, I moved to this area. I taught math for seven years at Cowley College and coached boys basketball for 12 years at Wellington High School.

Soria — My family has raised three generations of Sorias in Wellington. We all still living in Wellington.  I graduated from Wellington High School in 1969.  All of our children went to Wellington Schools and have graduated from here as well. Our grandchildren have all attended Wellington Schools and are beginning to graduate.  I have been married to my wife, Lynda, for 26 years.  My working career was at Pepsi Bottling Group in Wichita, and I worked there for 42 years before retiring in Wellington.  Pepsi is a Fortune 500 company and I gained experience in people management, Financial budgets, managing staff were both part of my day-to-day operations.

 

2- SN: What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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