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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.

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

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.

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: 

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.

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… 

Regent this week: Emporer’s New Groove matinees, Harry Potter weekend feature!

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City of Wellington announces mosquito spraying schedule

Sumner Newscow report — The City of Wellington Street Department will begin the following Mosquito Spraying Schedule, weather permitting, next week:


MONDAY: A- West of Vandenburgh Ave.

WEDNESDAY: B – South of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Woodlawn.

FRIDAY: C- North of Harvey from Vandenburgh to Hargis Creek Watershed.

If rain or high winds occur during normal spraying hours (6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) that area will be done the next day (morning or evening), weather permitting, or the next week on the scheduled day.

Family Tree Resoure Center plans on Back-to-School supply drive, clothing store

Travis and Amanda Feiock and family.

by Amber Countryman, Sumner Newscow — Travis and Amanda Feiock believe that promoting life goes beyond assisting pregnant women.

“It means supporting healthy families and family development,” Feiock said.

Currently, Family Tree Resource Center, Inc. is based out of the Feiocks home, but they are hoping to have an office by the end of the year. As they are funded solely through donations, they are seeking sponsors.

“Like trees, families need nurturing to survive, the more they are cared for, the healthier they are,” Feiock said.

Sumner Newscow straw polls: Sheriff and District 2 Commissioners

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is our pre-election straw polls for local races. These polls are completely unscientific. We will be having two local elections this next Tuesday: The Sumner County Sheriff’s race and the County Commissioners District 2. If you do not reside in the county or in the case of the county commissioners District 2 race don’t reside in that particular district, please refrain from voting.



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Walter Taylor III is officially charged with second-degree murder, details of the crime released

Walter Edward Taylor

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Walter Taylor III, 21, of Wellington has officially been charged with murder in the second degree stemming from last week’s shooting in east Wellington.

Sumner County District Court released the court complaint today and Taylor faces three felony counts including:

•Murder in the second degree, with firearms involved — a level 1 felony;

•Criminal threat — a level 9 felony;

•Criminal discharge of a firearm into an occupied motor vehicle — a level 3 felony.

Taylor is currently in the Sumner County jail with a $1 million cash or professional surety bond. He is accused of shooting and killing 34-year-old Travis Schneider from Wellington. The shooting occurred July 22 at 1:30 p.m. just east of the Hargis Creek Bridge on U.S. 160 involving two vehicles, both containing a driver and a passenger.

The county attorney office filed the charges late Friday night, but the complaint was not available publicly through district court until today.

According to the complaint: 

Superintendent outlines school’s next step after board passes the delay start to Sept. 8

Sumner Newscow report — The following is a press release by Wellington Superintending Adam Hatfield after the school board voted at a special meeting Monday night 6-0 to start school on Sept. 8 after Labor Day weekend.


Adam Hatfield

“During the Monday, July 27 USD 353 BOE special meeting, members approved a delayed start to the 2020-21 school year. The first day of school will now be on Sept. 8. Guidance from our local health officials stated that the delayed start would allow enough time for some of the current local virus 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. We have been closely following recommendations and guidelines from the Sumner County Health Department and will continue to do so. We appreciate their guidance and professionalism.

Here are the next steps for USD 353:

Sumner County Court Docket: July 28, 2020 report

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.

These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Latest Sumner County COVID-19 count…

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


Sumner County has confirmed 92 positive cases as follows: 68 recovered, 2 death, 1 unconfirmed death, and 21 active.

The additional cases are under investigation.

Figures from Friday can be found here.

KDHE FIGURES (Monday, July 27: 88 in Sumner County. 

For more statistical information click here:

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: July 20 – July 27, 2020

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for July 20 through July 27, 2020 weekly jail bookings are as follows: 

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26, 2020

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26, 2020:

Friday, July 24, 2020

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