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The official Medallion Hunt will begin July 1… Here’s button drawing information and the official rules

Sumner Newscow report — The 2024 Kansas Wheat Festival Medallion Hunt is just a little more than two weeks away. The first clue begins July 1, 2024.

Here are list of things to remember:

The buttons

Remember this important fact: If you find the Kansas Medallion your prize with a registered button is a cool $1,000 (Ka-ching). If you don’t have one, you are getting just $100 (cue the loser horn sequence from Price is Right).

Be sure to get your $5, 124th Kansas Wheat Festival button at the following locations:  Chamber office, Bank of CommerceImpact BankPanhandle Federal Credit UnionRCB Bank or Security State Bank.

Be sure to register your buttons by June 28 for the Medallion Hunt at Panhandle Federal Credit Union (Sponsored by Panhandle Federal Credit Union and Sumner Newscow.

Register your button Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of the Kansas Wheat Festival (July 10th-13th) for the nightly prize drawings. Must be present to win! There will be 20 drawings per night.

All tickets not drawn for prizes will be entered into a Grand Prize $500 Drawing on Monday, July 15th, Sponsored by Impact Bank.

The 2024 Official rules

Conway Springs Brayden Kunz wins Oklahoma State Rodeo Finals, set for national finals in July

Braydon Kunz after placing third in national finals in 2022.

Sumner Newscow report — Conway Springs graduate Brayden Kunz continues to excel in his “other” sport, rodeo.

Kunz recently won the high school tie-down competition, i.e. calf roping, at the Oklahoma High School State Rodeo Finals in Chickasha from May 28 to June 2.

He out-pointed 22 other ropers to secure the victory. Kunz had 44 points compared to 36.5 from second-place winner Bobby Vaughan.

Kunz has now qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. He will competing against the top tie-down ropers across the world. He has been to the national finals in 2022 and 2023. In 2022 he earned an 8.65 to finish third in the first round en route to finishing 17th overall and bringing home a scholarship, jackpot money and a belt buckle.

Kunz is going to play football this fall at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. and will major in Applied Health Science. He played linebacker/running back for Conway Springs, helping lead it to a state championship for 2023-24 in November.

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Revolution Fellowship is Wellington’s newest business

Sumner Newscow report — The Revolution Fellowship ribbon cutting was held at 326 W. Botkin last Friday.

Under the direction of Kent Olds, who serves as the pastor, Revolution Fellowship will be holding weekly services at 5 p.m. on Saturday evenings, with their coffee bar opening at 4 p.m. This marks the second Christian-based business for the organization. There is also one in Anthony.

Revolution Fellowship ribbon cutting on Friday.

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly Jail Bookings: June 3 – June 20, 2024

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings for June 3, 2024, through June 10, 2024, are as follows:

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2024

Wellington Police weekend report for Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9, 2024:

Friday, June 7, 2024

Sunday Blog: Our obsession of Caitlin Clark may cloud the fact she isn’t ready for the Olympics

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I have been trying to pinpoint what it is about Indiana Fever and former Iowa Hawkeye Caitlin Clark — the most famous women’s basketball player in the world — has so many people worked up about everything that happens to her. I came up with a great analogy.

Clark is the little girl basketball player, and her devoted fan base is overbearing sports parents.

I know a little about overbearing sports parents. They have been part of my life for more than 30 years. They are well-meaning people who only want the best for their children. But sometimes, that comes at a sacrifice to everyone else around them: the coaches, the refs, the other teammates, the sports reporter, the school, the dog, the cat, and those who innocently have to work with these parents who have absolutely nothing to do with the sport the darling is playing for.

There seems to be an ownership with her that I haven’t seen with any other athlete. Some feel:

With no money in the Land Bank coffers, City of Wellington is basically billing itself for weed notice mowing at Crestview Heights

Crestview Heights as it looks going into town.

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The City of Wellington has been handing out weed notices to property owners for years for not adequately mowing their lots/yards. But now the city has gotten into the unique situation of billing itself on a weed notice.

The 24 empty lots at Crestview Heights need to be mowed, but the City of Wellington Land Bank that owns those properties currently doesn’t have the funds to do so.

The City of Wellington Land Bank obtained ownership of the northwest subdivision properties on N. Ridge Road in July 2023 after State Rep. Bill Rhiley, who could not pay taxes on the lots (see story here), donated the land to them.

Fast-forward to this spring, and the grass is growing again. The trouble is that there aren’t enough funds in the Land Bank coffers to pay for a professional mowing crew, and city staff doesn’t have the manpower to mow those lots every two weeks.

Technically, the Wellington Land Bank is a separate entity from the City at large, even though its Board of Trustees is the Wellington City Council. On paper, it is supposed to operate much like the Library or the Wheat Capital Manor Boards. Yes, it is under the guise of the City of Wellington, but they are self-sustaining operations with their own budgets to adhere to.

Post your FREE Garage Sale ads for this weekend here

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— If you have a garage sale this next weekend, post it here free in the comment section below. If you are unable to do so, you can e-mail us at

Happy bargain hunting!

Wellington Regent this weekend: The Garfield Movie… The Fall Guy starts Monday

Sumner County Wheat Report ’24 – This could be a very good year

By James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — How good harvest ’24 will be won’t be determined until the wheat is in the bin. But from the look at things, this harvest has a lot of promise.

Dry weather is expected to continue in the next few days, just in time to get the wheat harvest rolling. Recent rains may have helped the wheat, but they have also made the fields too wet to do much. Some farmers are also worried that more rain could make things worse.

Kansas State extension agent Randy Hein in Wellington said some wheat was being harvested throughout the week, but he expects it to be going strong by Monday.

Statewide the wheat crop looks good, slightly better than last year and could be the best since 2021. Hein said the wheat in Sumner County looks better than it did a couple of months ago and local farmers just need the weather to cooperate.

Wellington Council approves engineering service of Water’s Edge to lead in pool repair project

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow— The Wellington City Council has approved Water’s Edge Aquatic Design in Wichita to start engineering services for the major repairs at the Aquatic Center at its Tuesday meeting.

The estimated project cost has yet to be determined, but Wellington Public Works Director Jeremy Jones said it could cost city taxpayers in excess of $1.2 million. At Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved the engineering contract with Water’s Edge at $57,500.

The process will be in four phases starting this month, including determining the project’s scope, finalizing the plans, helping with bidding, and administrating the construction process.

Construction is estimated to start in September and end in May 2o25.

Council member Rick Roitman asked how much the pool has been leaking these past few weeks. Jones said it is leaking, but not at the rate it was last season when they had to delay the pool’s opening.


In other council news:

WHS Scholarship signing roundup: Zeka, Kessler, Walker, Dry, Smith, Cornejo, Baker, Fairbanks, Bevan, Saunders, Worley, Hunt

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The official signings of athletes and fine arts students to college scholarships have been a ritual that has grown in popularity. Wellington had 12 of them over the past six months.

Crusader logo for article.This year, we decided to do something different, putting all the signings in one montage, much like we do academic scholarships. Those Wellington High School seniors who have signed on to either play a sport, cheerlead, or participate in choir and/or fine arts were: Whitney Zeka, Katelyn Kessler, Conner Walker, Maggie Dry, Olivia Smith, Kyra Cornejo, Madison Baker, Anika Fairbanks, Beegan Bevan, Savannah Saunders, Hunter Worley and Aubrey Hunt.

We have collected pictures of them performing and signing. Special thanks to Katie Ford and the Crusader Yearbook staff for the signing pictures and a few of the action pictures.


Whitney Zeka at the homecoming parade last fall.

Whitney Zeka, the daughter of Blaine and Mary Zeka, has signed a scholarship to cheerlead at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

Zeka will be majoring in business communications. Trinity Valley has won 13 national titles in cheerleading and a Netflix show called “Cheer.”

Bliss Baird, M.D., Wellington native, receives coveted Lawrence E. Lamb Prize

Bliss Baird, middle, is show with fellow student Sofia de la O Bahr, M.D., holding their Lawrence E. Lamb Prize plaques alongside Samuel Ofei-Dodoo, Ph.D., assistant dean for undergradute medical education; Laura Tatpati, M.D., associate dean for undergraduate medical education; and Garold Minns, M.D., dean of KU School of Medicine-Wichita. (Courtesy photo)

Bliss Baird

Sumner Newscow report — Two recent graduates of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita have earned the Lawrence E. Lamb Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes awarded by KU School of Medicine.

Bliss Baird, M.D., the daughter of Rob and Lisa Baird of Wellington, earned the Lawrence E. Lamb Prize for Medical Teaching, and Sofia de la O Bahr, M.D., earned the Lawrence E. Lamb Prize for Medical Practice. The annual recognition celebrates three top graduating medical students at KU and memorializes KU alumnus Larry Lamb, M.D.

Baird said she was honored to receive the prize from the institution that shaped her passion for medical education.

“I started KU School of Medicine with a mere inkling of interest in teaching, and the inspiring faculty and myriad of opportunities cultivated growth I could not have imagined four years ago,” she said. “I am beyond grateful for the innumerable ways KU has invested in my ability to serve others as a medical educator, and the Lamb Prize is such an incredible conclusion to my medical school journey.”

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Sumner County final 2024 primary election filings…

Sumner Newscow report: The 2024 filing deadline has expired for the August primary to be held on Friday, Aug. 6.

Here’s who is running:

U.S. Representative – District 4
Ron Estes – Republican
Esau Freeman – Democrat.

State Senator – 32nd District
Larry Alley – Republican.
Michael ‘Mike’ Soetaert – Democrat.

State Representative – 79th District
Webster Roth – Republican.
Siobhan McIntyre – Democrat.

State Representative – 80th District
Bill Rhiley – Republican.

State Representative – 82nd District
Leah Howell – Republican.

State Representative – 116th District
Kyle Hoffman – Republican.

County Commissioner – 2nd District:
Jim Newell – R, Wellington.
Connie Hart – D, Wellington.

County Attorney
Larry Marczynski- R, Oxford.

Register of Deeds
Jessica Anderson – R, Wellington.

County Clerk
Debbie Norris – R, Wellington.

Jason Boyd- R, South Haven
Darren Chambers – R, Peck.

Jennifer Helpingstine – R, Wellington.

Trustees and Precinct committee people:

Wellington Police Weekend Report: Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2024

Wellington Police weekend report: Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2024:

Friday, May 31, 2024

Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings: May 27 – June 3, 2024

Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff’s weekly jail bookings for May 27, 2024, through June 3, 2024, are as follows:

Wellington school board roundup: Middle school curriculum, Eisenhower Elementary pickup among several items discussed

Sumner Newscow report— The following are the Wellington school board minutes for May, as prepared by Russ Sturm, USD 353 Communication Specialist.

Discussion Items

Education Spotlight: Lincoln Elementary Award

State BOE member Jim McNiece recently presented the Challenge Award to Lincoln Elementary. Principal Hagans and a group of teachers and students were present to receive recognition from the BOE. The Challenge Award of Merit from the State Board of Education award is given to schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishment based on math and reading assessment results.

State Legislature House Bill 2600

Sunday Blog: My grandfather’s response to a racial slur shaped my world

Commentary by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — I was about 5, maybe 6. My mother and I were visiting my grandfather, which we did often. I don’t remember the context or why, but I once said the N-word in his presence. My grandfather was a mild-mannered and kind man. But at that moment, his face turned bright red and a look of anger engulfed him. I had never seen this face before.

James Jordan

He quickly grabbed my arm, squeezed it hard, and spanked me with his hand hard for what seemed like a long time.

He then grabbed me and pointed his finger in my face.

“Don’t you ever say that word again,” he said, his anger not yet receding.

He paced around the room momentarily and then told my mom to take me home. He kicked us out, though it was just for that day. He got over his anger at me and never mentioned it again. But I knew there was a hard boundary that I had better not cross.

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