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Sunday feature: State of Kansas will have surplus of funds, how do we use it?

by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The state is going to have a surplus of funds this year, and a lot of people have ideas about what should be done with the money.

State Rep. Kyle Hoffman (R-Clearwater) believes the money could be used to lower taxes, especially sales tax. The Governor has advocated eliminating sales tax on food. Hoffman said it is likely that it will be on several areas, not just food.

“There will be tax relief of some sort. There may be a sales tax cut on food, but more than that. It won’t go to zero, but I think it will be a healthy reduction,” he said.

Wellington girls get huge league win with overtime bruiser in Clearwater

It was a defensive tussle between Wellington and Clearwater Friday night.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —  The Wellington girls wrestling team is grappling at Wichita West today. The Crusader girls basketball team already had its wrestling match in Clearwater Friday. Wellington defeated Clearwater 50-46 in overtime and in doing so grabbed the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV lead.

Wellington is currently 4-0 in the AVCTL-DIV and now leads both Andale and Clearwater by a game in the league title chase (see standings below). This league race is far from over, but the Crusaders will go into the second half of the AV-CTL season with both Andale and Clearwater at home.

These two top 10 teams physically went after one another. After the game at least three Wellington girls were limping.

“These were two great teams in a great atmosphere — that is what you work for in June and July,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “The teams both had adversary throughout the game and handled it head-on.”

Wellington has had an outbreak of coyote sightings recently

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release issued by Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath:


“Over the past several weeks, Wellington Police has received several reports of coyote sightings in various residential neighborhoods around Wellington.  While WPD has no explanation for the increase in sightings, WPD offers the following advice:

  1. Never feed coyotes, feeding coyotes can create a safety concern for you and your neighbors.
  2. Keep a close eye on your pets (dogs/cats). Coyotes have been known to prey on domestic animals.
  3. Do not leave dog food/cat food outside unattended
  4. Keep your garbage in sealed containers.
  5. If you encounter a coyote on your property, maintain a safe distance and yell, clap your hands…to scare it away.

Help wanted: Children’s PRI Worker at Sumner Mental Health Center

Children’s PRI Worker:  Sumner Mental Health Center has an opening for an energetic, self-motivated full-time employee to provide psychosocial rehabilitation services (PRI Worker) to assist children or youth consumers on a one-on-one basis with interpersonal and daily living skills. Job requirements include at least a high school diploma or GED; good writing and communication skills; time-management skills, and passing a background check.  Kansas Driver’s License and motor vehicle insurance is required. Preference for previous social services and electronic medical record experience.

Applications are available at Sumner Mental Health Center 1601 W. 16th Street, Wellington, KS, or a resume may be emailed to Competitive wages, along with an excellent benefits package, including health/dental/vision/long term disability/life insurance, Paid Time Off, holiday pay, and a 403(b) Retirement Plan with annual 10% employer contribution. Open until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wellington Fire/EMS newsletter…

Sumner Newscow report — The following is the latest Wellington Fire/EMS Chief newsletter by Tim Hay which was released today: Newsletter Jan Feb 2022

CultureCow: Party culture: killing kids on Euphoria and Coachella

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. There aren’t many times America tunes in at the same time to watch TV anymore.

Everyone over the age of 50 will tell you about the time the whole country turned on the tube to see who shot JR on Dallas. Those born in the ’90s will talk the same way about the Sopranos finale. My generation had the final season of Breaking Bad and the failed promise of the last season of Game of Thrones.

But, with the advent of streaming, we all tend to watch shows at our own pace these days, for better or worse.

Sunday’s premiere of Euphoria season two hopes to reverse that trend. 2.4 million people tuned in last Sunday, marking the single-day streaming record for HBO Max and even more caught up in the days following.

Wellington teams go into Clearwater tonight with key games… especially for the girls

Airalyn Frame in an earlier game vs. Andale.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be returning to action tonight when they travel to Clearwater. These will be big Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV games. For the girls, this game could go a long way to determining who wins the league title.

First of all, ticket purchases in Clearwater are all digital. Digital tickets can be purchased here. Fans can also purchase tickets at the gate using a debit/credit card.  Varsity girls tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:30 p.m. The C boys and JV girls start at 4:15 p.m. with the JV boys at 5:45. There is no C girls game.

The Wellington vs. Clearwater girls game is must viewing. Wellington is ranked No. 3 while Clearwater is No. 6 in Class 4A in the latest KBCA poll (see here).

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Help wanted: Construction I-II-III Road and Bridge

Help wanted: Construction I-II-III – Road & Bridge

$10.12 – $24.32 per hour Non-exempt

High school diploma or GED equivalent.  Must obtain and maintain a valid class “A” Commercial Driver’s License within three (3) months of employment.  2-5 years of construction and /or road maintenance work experience required or a comparable combination of education and experience. Much of the work is done outdoors in adverse weather conditions.  Successful applicant will be drug tested.

Apply online at  Applications close 02/01/2022.  Job description available, contact Sumner County Clerk’s Office, ph 620 326 3395. EOE

Sing 2 playing this week at the Regent

Playing this week: Sing 2.

Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Are you on a diet?







It is January. So are you on a diet?

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Mark Shaver, Ph.D., CCC-A, William Newton Audiology addresses hearing loss in New Year

Mark Shaver, Ph. D

By Mark Shaver, Willam Newton Audiology — I know it’s hard to believe but we have just ended another year as we continue to wait for life to return to normal. New Year’s resolutions have been made and we all remain optimistic that we can meet those goals we set for ourselves. Whether these aspirations are to lose weight, be more physically active, or even hear better, being able to cross one-off that list early on will surely bring a sense of satisfaction. It’s that last goal – to hear better – that I want to talk about.

Around seven percent of American adults, or 14.6 million, live with disabling hearing loss. It has been linked with poorer quality of life and reduced mental/emotional well-being. For working-age adults, untreated hearing loss is linked to lower employment rates and compensation. For retirees, the concerning link is between hearing loss and increased risk of cognitive decline/dementia.

The Harts want to put in a retreat center; the city says you need sprinklers first

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A dispute over whether or not a Wellington business should be required to put in a sprinkler system for overnight guests was a fiery subject during a 90-minute city council work session Tuesday night. 

The issue at hand: Should the Hart family, who just bought the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home building on 704 N. Washington for its quilting business, be required to put in a sprinkler system to abide by the state fire marshall code? 

Or is this a case of government overreach by the Wellington City staff?

The conclusion Tuesday was there was no conclusion. 

The Harts hope to turn the building into a retreat center for its Beehive Quilt Shop business. They wish to use the facility to lodge overnight out-of-town guests participating in quilting classes that can last anywhere from two to six days.

Compost Site is now closed for winter season, reopens March 5

Sumner Newscow report — The Compost Site is now CLOSED for the Winter Season and will reopen on Saturday ~ March 5, 2022.

WACC is seeking nominations for Distinguish Service Award, Volunteer and Business of Year for annual celebration on Feb. 5

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual celebration for Saturday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. Information about tickets will be coming soon.

In the meantime, they are looking for nominations for Distinguished Service Award winner, Volunteer of the Year, and Business of the Year. The deadline to nominate VOY and BOY awards is Tuesday, Jan. 18. The DSA award nomination applications must be done by this Friday.

Tickets will be $25 each and include your catered meal, two drink tickets, networking, and socializing!

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Gold Level    $300   -will include 6 tickets.
Silver Level   $200  -will include 4 tickets.
Bronze Level  $100  -will include 2 tickets.
Sponsorship will place your logo in the programs that are given to every attendant.
The Deadline for sponsorships & ticket sales is 5 p.m. on January 24, 2022.

The nomination forms can be found here:

Cousin Hector’s food truck will be at Brownbox Bakery for Food Truck Thursday

Brownbox Bakery will be doing Food Truck Thursday with Cousin Hector’s Funky Monkey Munchies!

Come see us at 509 S Washington in Wellington from 5 to 7 p.m. and grab dinner! And then some sweet treats afterward.

Take home and call-in available for pick up, or Facebook message your pre-order here and time to Brown Box Bakery!

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Wellington girls remain at No. 3 in Class 4A in latest KBCA poll

Sumner Newscow report — The first Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll of 2022 came out and the Wellington girls are ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. The Crusader girls did not move up or down from the previous poll when it rose from No. 6 to No. 3 with its upset of Andale.

Wellington had a quiet week with a victory over Mulvane last Friday. Bishop Miege is No. 1 in Class 4A followed by Wamego at No. 2. Big game for Wellington on Friday when it travels to Clearwater. The Indians are No. 6. Andale is ranked No. 5.

Elsewhere there are no other ranked Sumner County teams. Of teams of interest, Andale boys broke into the top 10 in 4A at No. 8. Norwich and Attica boys are also ranked.


Conway Springs Izic Billups named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Izic Billups

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Izic Billups, a 6-2 senior for the Conway Springs basketball team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

The Conway Springs team is on a roll having won three straight games and is 6-3 for the season. Part of the reason is Billups, who has had a phenomenal week.

In a 45-41 victory over Chaparral a week ago Billups had 27 points going 8-of-13 from the field with seven (!) three-pointers. Then on Friday’s 44-36 victory over Medicine Lodge, Billups was a more quiet four points but accounted for six steals. On Tuesday, Billups scored 18 point as Conway Springs dominated Belle Plaine 65-29.

For his efforts, Billups is a recipient of a large delicious pizza at Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington.

Help wanted: Pharmacy Technician at Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy

Help wanted: Pharmacy Technician. 

Pharmacy technician opening at Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy. National certification required, 30 to 40 hours per week.
Bring in or email résumé to
Phone 620-326-7455. 505 E. 16th St., Suite 2, Wellington Kansas.

Sumner County COVID-19 update: Jan. 10, 2022

There were 230 new COVID cases over the past seven-day period in Sumner County for a 32.85 per day rate. Also, KDHE figures on vaccination rates changed basing rates on the number of residents who were double dosed with Moderna and Pfizer. Last week it was based on single doses. Thus Sumner County’s vaccination rate went down from 48 to 44 percent.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — As expected and feared by many health officials, the Christmas holiday combined with the new prolific Omicron variant caused COVID-19 numbers to spike significantly in Sumner County.  There were 230 new cases in the county, which appears to be a new record.

But if there is solace to this story, Sumner County is not alone. It was a record-breaking week across the state of Kansas.

Also, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has changed its vaccination rates based on whether people have gotten both doses of Moderna or Pfizer or the one dose of Johnson and Johnson. In 2021, the figures were based on one dose of Moderna or Pfizer. Now it is two. Thus the vaccination rates went down in Sumner County from 48 percent last week to 44 percent this week.

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