Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

The Emerald Ash Borer is now confirmed at Shawnee Mission Park.
The Emerald Ash Borer is now confirmed at Shawnee Mission Park.

Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Shawnee Mission Park. K-State Horticulture agent Dennis Patton said yesterday that he’d discovered the telltale s-shaped boring marks and larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer in a tree he was monitoring in Shawnee Mission Park. It’s the first time the dangerous insect has been identified in that part of Johnson County. Earlier this summer, the insect was confirmed in northeast Johnson County the first time at a trap in Roeland Park. [Emerald Ash Borer found in Shawnee Mission Park — Kansas City Star]


SM East stays atop tennis poll, Kansas City Christian makes top five rankings. After a week of girls high school tennis play, defending champions SM East stayed atop the 6A rankings. SM West is the only other school to make the list, coming in at number five. In the 3-2-1A rankings, Kansas City Christian entered the poll for the first time, coming in at number four. [Blue Valley, Kansas City Christian jump into Kansas Tennis Coaches Association rankings — Kansas City Star]

Fairway selling pool furniture. Need to grab some slightly used furniture for your pool or deck? Need to accommodate a large crowd? Fairway has the solution for you. As part of its pool remodeling, Fairway will be replacing its existing pool furniture. That means selling approximately 100 loungers, 55 chairs, 14 tables and 10 trash cans and several umbrellas. Each item is $10. Everything is sold cash only on a first come basis. Contact the park and recreation department to purchase.

Local TV covers story of Tim Grimes. KSHB on Tuesday ran a profile on SM East graduate Tim Grimes, who discovered last month that he had stage four cancer. Grimes’ friends have organized a social media campaign under the hashtag #RoyalsWinforTim to help him raise money for treatments and surgery to fight the disease. [Friends use social media to help friend & Royals fan diagnosed with cancer — KSHB]