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COVID-19 update (Oct. 19): Latest Sumner County case count

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





Sumner County has confirmed 255 positive cases: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, and 30 active and 1 outbreak in Wellington. 

“Outbreak is classified as 5 or more confirmed cases in the following types: college/university, corrections, daycare, gatherings, group living, healthcare, long-term care facility, schools, sport practices/games.”

Two weeks ago: 211 positive cases: 189 recovered, 3 deaths, and 19 active.

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KDHE FIGURES (Monday): 255 in Sumner County.

Three days ago: 242 on Oct. 15. 

Click here for full KDHE COVID statistics.

Sumner County Sheriff Office weekly jail bookings: Oct. 12 – Oct. 19, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Oct. 12 – Oct. 19, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society to host Zoom presentation on federal census

Sumner Newscow report – Because of the COVID-19 virus, the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society will be hosting their October program online with Zoom. Thomas MacEntee, internationally known speaker and genealogy professional will host the Zoom presentation “Secrets of the U. S. Federal Census – How Did Enumeration Really Work?” on Monday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m., Central Daylight time.

Please register in advance for this meeting here:

Thomas MacEntee, a “tech guy” with a love of history and genealogy, was laid off during the 2008 recession after a 25-year career in the information technology field. So, Thomas used his information technology experience to become an internationally known tech-savvy genealogy professional blogger, educator, and author.

Rusk/Hatfield place sixth in Class 4A state tennis tournament in Topeka

Calli Hatfield and Rylee Rusk finish sixth at Class 4A state tournament. (Photo by Carmen Hatfield)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s Rylee Rusk and Calli Hatfield completed their high school tennis career with a sixth-place finish in doubles competition at the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Topeka Saturday afternoon.

Rusk/Hatfield finished the two-day event going 4-2 and giving Wellington four team points. Wichita Collegiate won the team state championship.

“These two girls will be missed from our program and put their names with some of the top players in Wellington’s history,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach. “For Rusk, it has been quite a career. She was a four-time state qualifier and placed every year.”

Rusk also set the all-time win mark in WHS history with 118 wins beating Kylie Aufdengarten, who had 117. Rusk had paired with Aufdengarten in her junior year to win the doubles state championship.

Sumner County Health Department releases eye-opening statement this morning on Facebook…

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a Facebook entry released by the Sumner County Health Department this morning…

Clark’s Construction offers affordable construction services

by Pam Strader, Sumner NewsCow — Clark’s Construction, owned by Kelly Clark Jr,  proudly serves southeast Kansas.  A bonded and insured company, estimates are free and there is never a trip charge. 

Specializing in flooring and exterior and interior painting, Clark’s Construction is committed to providing you with quality services on time and within your budget.  In addition to flooring and painting, we perform bathroom remodels, tile, concrete work, siding installation/replacement, and privacy fencing.  No job is too small.  

Call Kelly at 620-441-7197 today to discuss your project thoroughly so that the project is done according to your plans.  

Clark’s Construction is committed to quality work; we proudly get the job done right the first time and on schedule. Click here for more details. 

Wellington police weekend report: Friday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Political ad: Kyle Hoffman’s message to the people…

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Weekly update (Oct. 16): Latest Sumner County COVID-19 case count

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





Sumner County has confirmed 242 positive cases: 221 recovered, 4 deaths, and 17 active.

Two weeks ago: 211 positive cases: 189 recovered, 3 deaths, and 19 active.

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KDHE FIGURES (Friday, Oct. 16): 242 in Sumner County.

Two weeks ago: 213 on Oct. 2. 

Click here for full KDHE COVID statistics.

Theurer Auction/Realty has some online auctions for you….

Sumner Roundup: Caldwell gets back on track… Conway Springs keeps rolling… A&A finally sees its foe…


by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The following is a roundup of Sumner County games…


Caldwell 42 South Barber 14

The Caldwell Bluejays got back on track and kept their playoff hopes alive with a convincing 42-14 win over South Barber on Friday. At 4-1 only Norwich has a better record in the district, with Caldwell and two other teams with two losses each.

Caldwell got two touchdowns early and never looked back. The Bluejays led 28-0 by halftime.

Dawson Bristor completed four of nine passes for 77 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bristor also ran for 80 yards and had one touchdown on the ground.

Wellington explodes in 4th quarter, takes down Buhler 28-13

Trey Greenlee with the tackle. Photos by Eric Rinehart. 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you were a betting kind of person, going into the fourth quarter you probably wouldn’t have taken the odds that Wellington’s football team would end the game in victory formation.

But that is what happened as the southern Crusaders erased a 13-7 deficit to go on to defeat Buhler 28-13 and secure its second win of the season.

It was almost breathtaking how everything came together for the Dukes in the fourth quarter. After two frustrating losses and three tough quarters, Wellington would score three touchdowns – all in the final eight minutes.

“We were making the kind of plays tonight that we haven’t been making the past two weeks,” said Zane Aguilar, Wellington head football coach. “That was a good win for our program. And hats off to the defense.”

Wellington-Buhler live twitter feed, week #7 updates

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Sumner Preview: District playoffs on the line for several local teams

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is crunch time in high school football. Conway Springs is in good shape, as is Argonia-Attica. Belle Plaine and Oxford are currently in the playoffs but have some work to do. Caldwell is most certainly in the mix but after two losses need to right the ship. South Haven is in trouble.

The following are the district standings and preview and playoff analysis of the games ahead:

Class 2A District 6
District Overall Points
Garden Plain 3-0 5-1 15
Kingman 2-1 4-2 12
Belle Plaine 2-1 3-3 7
Chaparral 1-2 2-4 -7
Douglass 0-2 3-2 -21
Bluestem 0-2 0-5 -21

Belle Plaine at Garden Plain — Let’s not sugarcoat this game. Yes, Belle Plaine has outscored its last two opponents 108-0. But this is Garden Plain that defeated the Dragons 56-0 in the playoffs last season.

A lot can play out here for Belle Plaine. Assuming the Dragons lose to the Owls tonight (and we are not saying this is going to happen) that would drop Belle Plaine 2-2 in the district with a date with Douglass next week. Douglass and Chaparral’s game for tonight has been canceled due to the virus. That sets up all kinds of possibilities for the three teams Belle Plaine, Chaparral and Douglass vying for two playoff spots. That doesn’t take into account that the Belle Plaine-Douglass game might be canceled as well. 

Wellington school board October meeting report…

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a synopsis of the Monday night Wellington school board meeting written by USD 353 Communication Director Shelby Metcalf…


Discussion Items:

USD 353 Financial Audit — Harold Mayes, an auditor with Agler & Gaedder, was present to discuss the USD 353 financial audit. Mr. Mayes presented a brief summary of the audit findings and reported there were no issues with the USD 353 audit.

Facilities Plan — Kelly Adams discussed the potential opportunity to put together a long term facilities plan for the district. Adams submitted a proposal from DCS, a facilities operations services company, to assess all USD 353 facilities. They would provide a detailed report on the state of USD 353 facilities so that the district is able to form a committee and make a prioritized list of projects. The BOE agreed to have a representative from DCS come and present information on their services at the Nov. BOE meeting.

2020-21 Enrollment — Mr. Hatfield discussed the current enrollment numbers​ after the September 20th count date. Total enrollment for the 20-21 school year was reported at 1430 students.

New exterior ballot box is located on southeast corner of Sumner County Courthouse

Ballot Box on the southeast corner of the courthouse. 

Sumner Newscow report — Members of the Sumner County Clerk and Elections Office are excited to announce that they now have in place the opportunity for a voter to return their mail ballot directly to the Courthouse by means of an exterior ballot box.  The box, accessed by the entering the east drive, is located close to the courthouse, directly southeast of the building.

A second box is located just inside the sliding glass doors on the south side of the Courthouse building.  This will allow a voter to return their ballot inside the building without needing to be screened for building access.

Advance voting by mail has been an option for voters for years now.  We are seeing an influx of requests due to the COVID.  Advance by mail ballots may also be returned via the postal service, directly returned to the election office, or given to a poll worker at the polls on election day.

Crusader preview: Wellington travels to Buhler desperately in search of a win (updated with district standings)

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington has two things going for it when it travels to Buhler Friday afternoon. 1) It has played Buhler as well as any team in the past two years. 2) It could not possibly play as badly as it did last weekend.

Wellington will be traveling to Buhler in a game a week ago was rumored to be a no-fan event. Those restrictions have been lifted a little bit. There is a slew of COVID restrictions listed below. But the game will go on as scheduled unless something unforeseen will occur in the next 18 hours.

Known as the Battle of the Crusaders, Wellington and Buhler saw each other in playoff competition over the past two years. Wellington defeated Buhler 14-7 in the Sweet 16 of 2018. Last year, a low-seeded Wellington team nearly toppled Buhler at its place in the bracket game 19-7. The difference in that game was a fumble inside the Buhler 10 that led to a touchdown early in the contest. 

H&R Block is accepting applications for workers

Help wanted: Mechanic – Sumner County Road and Bridge

Help wanted: Mechanic I II II-Road and Bridge

$9.01 – $21.65 per hr Non-exempt

High school diploma or equivalent.  Minimum two years or an acceptable combination of education and experience.  A valid class A CDL must be obtained within 3 months of employment.  The position involves varied labor-intensive and operating duties.  Performs maintenance on vehicles and a variety of equipment.  Knowledge of mechanical tools and equipment.  Much work is done outdoors in adverse weather conditions. Successful applicants will be drug tested.

Apply online at  Applications close 11/08/2020. Complete job description available, contact the Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, ph 620-326-3395  EOE

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