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Kansas State Primary coverage to be held here and our twitter feed

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The voting by mail question






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Sumner County Commissioner Meeting Minutes: July 13-14, July 20-21 and July 28-29

Sumner Newscow report — The approved Sumner County Commissioners meeting minutes for July 13-14, July 20-21, and July 28-29 are as follows:

July 13, 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 House Representative Bill Rhiley.

The Commission reviewed and unanimously approved the minutes of July 6 and 7.

At 9:05 a.m., upon unanimous vote, the Commission entered into executive session for 15 minutes with County Treasurer Dannetta Cook to discuss non-elected personnel.  County Counselor Jack Potucek was also present.  At 9:20 a.m., the executive session was extended for an additional 10 minutes with the same parties present.  At 9:30 a.m., the Commission reconvened in open session.  Chairman Cooney advised no binding action was taken as a result of the executive session.

USD 353 work session is slated for Thursday

Sumner Newscow report —The USD 353 will be having a work session on Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m. in the Wellington High School Commons. 

Wellington USD 353 enrollment and visa card pickup will be held tomorrow from 12 to 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow report — USD 353 enrollment and visa card pickup will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12 to 7 p.m. This will be the only day to pick up Visa cards at your school(s) school. Call the Central Office if you cannot make this date and schedule a pickup time.

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines and avoid large crowds, enrollment and Visa card pick up will be at the individual schools. People will need to go to each of your students’ schools to pick up cards.


Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, August 2, 2020

Wellington Police report this weekend: Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2, 2020:

Friday, July 31, 2020

City of Wellington repairs 24-inch supply line, dirty water and low pressure likely

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Water Distribution crews made repairs to the 24″ supply line this morning (8/3/20).  The line is currently being charged which will result in instances of dirty water and low water pressure. 

City of Wellington is having computer E-Waste Collection Day Saturday

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington is having a Computer E-Waste Collection Day to be held on August 8 at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Wellington Recycling Center/

The city is now collecting ONLY unwanted, working and non-working electronic devices.  Computers, laptops, networking, LED monitors, servers, cables and plugs.

Workers will not be accepting CRT monitors, TV’s, microwaves or printers

For more information about the operating hours, please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831. 

Tomorrow is the Kansas Primary, here are the precinct locations

Sumner County report — The following are the precints for the precinct voting locations for tomorrow’s Kansas State Primary.     

Polls in Sumner County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We have color coordinated precinct locations using the school’s colors (Conway Springs is in silver because we already have too many red). They are: Argonia, Belle Plaine, Conway Springs, Oxford, South Haven and Wellington. All rural precincts are in black.

Avon Township, Wellington Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 E. Harvey, Wellington.

Political advertisement: Jason Boyd for Sheriff

Political Ad – Boyd for Sheriff

This country was founded on Christian principles, I think it’s time we address this in our local leaders. Furthermore, Citizens deserve a Leader that is available to the people. I ask for your Vote in tomorrow’s election Aug. 4th.

Paid for “Jason Boyd for Sheriff.”

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: July 27 – Aug. 3, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 27 to Aug. 3, 2020, weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Fire/EMS Department weekly log: July 27 to Aug. 1, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The weekly log report for the Wellington Fire/EMS Department for July 27 to August 1, 2020 is as follows: 

Post your FREE garage sale ads for this weekend

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the comment section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.

Happy bargain hunting!

Sunday feature: 25 years ago, Wellington joyfully held itself a Midwest Babe Ruth Regional tournament

The 1995 Wellington 13-15 year old Babe Ruth team. Click to enlarge.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Not to sound old or anything, but 25 years ago to this day, I was having a lot more fun.

And so was Wellington.

There were no cell phones, no pandemics, no mask mandates, no race riots, no mean-spirited social media posts, and politics were things to think about in November.

In August 1995, my two biggest concerns were a 9 1/2 month pregnant wife and a Wellington Babe Ruth baseball tournament.

Wellington hosted a 13-15 Year Old Midwest Plains Babe Ruth Regional Baseball Tournament that year. Wellington, perhaps the ultimate Babe Ruth town in Kansas history, had hosted many district and state tournaments and even hosted a World Series in 1971.

But this was bigger.

For me, looking back now, it is without a doubt the happiest memory I have as a Wellington Daily News reporter.

SCCDAT: Kids don’t need extra baggage when they leave home

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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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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… 

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