Wimbleton by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

Wimbledon, the most impressive of all tennis tournaments, is over, and I am sad. For two weeks, Dave and I record the matches so we can watch them together when he gets home from work. Seeing English nobility in the “Royal Box” is thrilling, and everywhere the camera pans, there is no shortage of excellence, including the ball-boys and ball-girls. These are no ordinary ball retrievers.

Over 700 teens apply, and after a written test, 250 are selected and train for five months to perfect their skills of tossing, catching, and rolling the tennis balls as well as learn how to “present” the towel to the sweaty athlete. They scurry like jackrabbits to nab errant balls and return to their assigned position where they stand like robots. Perfection is expected.

The code of professionalism extends to everyone. This year, Serena Williams (the best female tennis player ever!) was fined $10,000 for damaging the grass practice court when she frustratedly threw her racquet to the ground. Three players were fined when the umpire found their coaches giving advice during the match. Bernard Tomic was fined his entire $56,000 prize money when the umpire determined he had not “tried hard enough.” (If fans are going to pay big bucks to watch this level of tennis, they deserve to get their money’s worth.)

This year, Dave and I were especially excited when Saturday’s women’s final round involved Serena Williams (U.S.A.) and Simona Halep (Romania), two of my favorites. I watched the match live that morning but recorded it for Dave who would pick up Chinese food on the way home from the ballpark and we would view it together. (I would need to gag myself not to disclose who won.) It didn’t matter. As Dave left the locker room, one of the other coaches shared the news: “Hey, Roachie, could you believe Serena got crushed?”

So much for our Wimbledon picnic. Dave opted not to watch the game.

Sunday would make up for it. Roger Federer would take on Novak Djokovic (whom I rooted against because he rudely rolled his eyes at one of the ball handlers). Once again, I DVR’d the event, joining the almost-ten million fans who watched on their televisions. Following church, Dave and I would hold our Wimbledon picnic and watch Roger win. I was on the edge of my chair the entire time. Four hours into it, they were tied when Dave’s phone buzzed and he blurted out, “This can’t be right. This lists the years Djokovic has won Wimbledon, and 2019 is listed. How would they know?” I stared at him. In shock. “Because England is five hours ahead of us. That’s why we record it,” I reminded him.

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Dave just did to me what the other coach had done to him. My day was ruined. The suspense was gone. I now knew the ending. Dave immediately moved to the kitchen so I could sulk alone…which I did well, thank you very much. But then something changed. I found myself relaxing. The “highs” of Federer’s aces and “lows” of his errors were gone because I knew the results.

For most things, life doesn’t work like that…which probably is a good thing. None of us know how our day/week/month/life will turn out. All we have is this moment…except, that is, where the Bible is concerned. From the beginning to the end, we are given the full picture of how life plays out. God created. Satan interfered. Jesus saved and will return again to open Heaven’s doors for all who make him Lord.

Granted, there are earthly, daily, unpredictable issues for all of us (like people who disclose tennis results prematurely), but we can relax and not get too concerned about our “highs” and “lows” when we know the outcome of what really matters. Jesus wins. Satan loses. And we all know that in eternity’s case, the stakes are much higher than those of a tennis tournament.

KDOT: Survey work could delay traffic in Bourbon County



The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will be conducting pavement surveys along several highways in Bourbon County from Monday through Thursday, July 22-25, weather permitting:

  • K-3, from the Linn-Bourbon county line south to the Bourbon-Crawford county line;
  • K-65, entire route;
  • K-31, from the Linn-Bourbon county line to the U.S. 69 junction;
  • K-7, from the east K-31 junction to the U.S. 54 junction.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a pilot car through the survey area. Motorists should expect delays of up to 10-15 minutes. KDOT encourages motorists to allow extra time in their travel schedule or use an alternate route.

They survey work is necessary to determine the strength of the pavement and roadbed.  While the surface conditions can be measured and visualized, it is necessary to also determine if the pavement is strong and sound underneath the surface. Surveys are being conducted throughout the state on numerous highways from June to November.

Age 16-45? Join YPL

Join the Young Professionals League of Bourbon County!
Serve * Lead * Connect
Open to employees, entrepreneurs, business owners, and really everyone else between the ages of 16-45, who want to develop leadership skills, build social and business networks, and give back to the community
The mission of the Young Professionals League is to be a community resource to attract and retain young talent in Fort Scott, and also to help establish Fort Scott’s next generation of business and
community leaders.
Our goal is to connect young professionals with opportunities for growth and leadership within the community
Our vision is to be adaptive advocates for a better community through progressive partnerships and networking
Membership in YPL of BB County is $40.
FREE Associate Membership for Bourbon County high school & college students!
Volunteer opportunities
Networking with local young professionals
YPL Scholarship Program
The group meets on the first Friday of every month at noon for networking over lunch at Papa Don’s Pizza.
For more info, contact
Allyson Turvey at
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To download a copy of YPL’s brochure, click HERE

Obituary of Robert Swank


Robert L. (Bob) Swank, age 71, resident of Arma, KS, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Arma Health and Rehab in Arma.

He was born November 25, 1947, in Ft. Scott, KS, the son of Robert C. and Lucille M. Ward Swank.

He married Patty Hubbard on February 26th, 1973, in Miami, OK.

Bob worked for Cessna Aircraft, Beachner Construction, Cobalt Boats, and the Iola and Yates Center nursing homes prior to his disability. He liked playing bingo, singing at the Rehab Center, and visiting the casinos. He loved playing Santa Claus for children and nursing home residents. Bob was baptized in the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Patty, Pueblo, CO; a daughter, Bobbie House, Cherryvale, KS; a stepson, Charles George, Burlington, KS; a sister, Hazel Brown and husband Ron, Ft. Scott; a sister-in-law, Cassie Swank, Ft. Scott; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Lee Swank; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 22nd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the West Liberty Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Monday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Arma Health and Rehab and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.


Beatrice C. Palet, 73, of Fort Scott, passed away early Tuesday morning at the Medicalodge of Fort Scott. She was born December 25, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of William V. and Laura Amanda Beatrice (Rountree) Dunnam.

She married Larry E. Palet and he survives of the home.

Beatrice grew up in the Sugar Creek, Missouri area before eventually moving to Bronson, Kansas, and then to Fort Scott. She worked for Peerless Products for four years, and for the Marmaton Valley Nursing Home as a CNA and CMA for ten years.

In addition to her husband Larry, Beatrice is also survived by her children; Lorrie Cameron and husband Shawn, Albert Tanner and wife Marita, Flo Tanner, and Archie Alexander, all of Fort Scott; five brothers, Earl Dunham, Russell Dunnam, Wesley Dunnam, Billy Dunnam, and Bobby Dunnam; three sisters, Betty Warren, Margaret Williams, and Norma Wood; nine grandchildren,, eleven great-grandchildren, and a huge family with lots of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Nina Allen, a brother, Thomas Dunnam, and great granddaughter Emma Miles.

Trevor Jacobs will conduct funeral services at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Oak Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.

Free Fans Available For Elderly and Disabled


Annual Donation Helps Those In Need


Elderly and disabled people without access to air conditioning or other means of staying cool during hot and humid weather can receive fans by appointment beginning Monday, June 29th at the local Salvation Army Extension Unit at Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries Center/Bourbon County Senior Center, 26 N Main.

The fans are intended for elderly, disabled, and those who do not have a fan or air conditioning in their home and cannot afford to purchase one. To help the most people, each household is eligible for one fan. Applicants will need to provide ID and proof of address. Applications will be accepted until all fans are distributed.

Westar’s local gift of fans is part of a large contribution distributed throughout the communities it serves.

For further information, contact Allen Schellack at Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries, 620-223-2212.

Allen Schellack
Allen Schellack is the Compassionate Care Pastor for Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.
He is also Director of Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries Outreach Center,
 The Bourbon County Coordinator for CarePortal and Treasurer, Fort Scott Ministerial Alliance.
He can be reached at PO Box 774 or 26 N. Main,Fort Scott, KS  66701.
Office:  620-223-2212

Bourbon County Fair: Rewards for Projects

The 2019 Bourbon County Fair is in full swing this week, highlighting the work of 4-Hers and others in many different categories of projects.


Open Class Superintendents Jackie Warren and Terri Williams input prize money awards into a computer Wednesday in the Myers Building on the Bourbon County Fairgrounds on South Horton Street.

Over 1,000 special awards are given by merchants and individuals for all open class prizes, Open Class Superintendent Jackie Warren, said.  “Not counting the livestock,” Superintendent Terri Williams said.

Highlighted in photos are the top ranking winners in each category.

Congratulations to all who did their best and earned top places.


4-Her’s serve a meal to a customer at the Chuck Wagon Cafe, which is run by 4-H Club members.
A customer gives her order to Chuck Wagon volunteers Wednesday at noon.



Barnstormers 4-H Club won the booth grand prize.






Chamber of Commerce Networking Night Aug. 22 in K.C.

Sporting KC, the Midwest’s premier MLS Soccer team is hosting it’s
3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Networking Night!
Thursday, August 22nd at Children’s Mercy Park
Sporting KC is hosting it’s
3rd Annual Chamber of Commerce Networking Night
on Thursday, August 22nd!
Included in the Chamber Night Package:
  • Discounted Ticket for Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United in Reserved Seating
  • Exclusive access to Chamber Night Networking Event from 5:30-7PM in our Premium Tower
  • Two Complimentary beverages & light hors d’oeuvres will be provided
Free parking at Hollywood Casino – shuttle to and from Children’s Mercy Mark!
(Must be 21)
Event Timeline:
  • Check-in: 5-5:30PM
  • Networking Event: 5:30-7PM
  • Kickoff: 8:30PM
Tickets can be accessed by
clicking HERE.
Companies that purchase 10+ ticketsthrough the SKC Front Office (913.951.3557) will have the opportunity to sign up for a
1-minute company introduction to
Chamber Night Attendees about their company, what they do and their impact on the community. We have 8 spots available.
Companies that purchase 15+ tickets through the Front Office can sign up for the company introduction and will receive a video board recognition for their company during the match.
 Links for the tickets will shut down August 8th, so please purchase tickets before then!
Sporting KC is the Premier
MLS Soccer team in the Midwest and one of the best teams in the Country. The team plays 17 home matches per season at Children’s Mercy Park with a capacity of 19,000 fans. We tend to sell out most matches.
A lot of our fans did not know much about soccer when we launched, but over the past
2 decades we have grown to have an amazing following. The atmosphere is always electric while maintaining a positive
family-friendly environment.
Feel free to check out https://www.sportingkc.com/ for more information, highlights and Club history.
Check out the highlights for our Conference Semi-Final Match last season by clicking
HERE see what a Sporting match is like!

Tiffany Anderson Appointed to Postsecondary Technical Education Authority

Governor appoints member to Postsecondary Technical Education Authority


Governor Laura Kelly appointed Dr. Tiffany Anderson to the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority.


“Dr. Anderson is the right choice for this important assignment,” Kelly said. “She’s highly qualified, driven, and knows education at every level, to include higher education.”


Currently, Anderson serves as superintendent for the Topeka public schools district, USD 501. She also served as a school superintendent in Missouri and Virginia. Since 2003, she’s been an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership for Kansas State University. Anderson received her doctorate and master’s degree in education leadership and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Saint Louis University, Mo.


Dr. Anderson currently resides in Overland Park. She succeeds Sabrina Korentager.


The authority is composed of 12 members. Four members are appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents. Three members are be appointed by the governor. One member is appointed by the president of the Senate, and one member is appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives.


Regarding the governor’s appointments, one represents Kansas business and industry, and two represent the general public.


AD: Darlene’s Collectibles Online-Only Closeout Auction

Darlene’s Antiques and Collectables, 16 Scott Avenue is liquidating all the contents of the store.

A long-time Fort Scott business is liquidating its assets.

Darlene’s antiques and Collectibles is having the third round of an online-only auction.
If one is looking for furniture and other items to fill a home, vacation home or rental property with some quality items, take time to look at all that is offered and make an online bid.
Online Bidding ends Sunday, July 21, 7:00 PM.
Visit www.crawfordauctionservice.com click on Ozarkbid Online Auctions, scroll to Darlene’s Antique and Collectibles 3 to view and register to bid. The store was owned by Darlene and Jim Shoemaker.
“We welcome you to the third round of Darlene’s Antiques and Collectibles,” Jim Shoemaker said. ” We hope that you’ll browse our catalog and see the very nice 383 lot line up of some of the most beautiful and well-cared for antique pieces including glassware, furniture, primitives, advertising pieces, and much, much more!”
In the listing this round are:
Vintage tobacco tins; Windsor Cutlery Co. Knife w/hoof handle; vint. military knife; Vint. Maytag oil cans; wood Coke, Pepsi & fruit crates; framed art & decor; framed Remington & Western Winchester ads; Table linens; oil lamps; lanterns; die-cast toys; stoneware jugs; old radios; Cram can; 100s of radio/ audio tubes; tables & chairs; enamel top table; hutches & cabinets; baking & kitchen cabinets/cupboards; corner cabinets; ant. dresser & wardrobe; nesting boxes; records, 33 & 78s; W.L. Davey hand pump; Ant. Rainbo Bread screen door, 32”x96”; Windsor organ; ant. wood doors; iron bell; Dazey churn; crosscut saws; washtubs; cradle; and much more.
Watch for more upcoming auctions.
Item pick up is in Fort Scott, Kansas on Monday, July 22, from 9 am to 6 pm. Item pick up in Hermitage, MO WareHouse Monday, July 29 from 9 am to 6 pm.
The following photos are of some of the items.
To see the whole lot, visit www.crawfordauctionservice.com click on Ozarkbid Online Auctions, scroll to Darlene’s Antique and Collectibles 3 to view and register to bid.


State Vaccine Changes Start August 2

Hep A and Meningococcal Vaccines to be required for 2019-20 School Year

Vaccine changes effective August 2


Two new vaccines will be required for school-age children for the 2019-20 School Year: Meningococcal and Hepatitis A. KDHE proposed changes to the vaccine requirement regulations earlier this year and held a public hearing concluding a 60-day public comment period in June. The regulations were approved by KDHE and will go into effect on August 2.

“We received many comments and input from all viewpoints,” KDHE Secretary Lee Norman said. “We listened and read all of the input and concerns submitted to us. We looked at the evidence. Both Meningitis and Hepatitis A illnesses are severe and preventable, and the safety profile of the vaccines is well-recognized. As an agency charged to establish policies that protect and improve the lives of Kansans, we felt the addition of the two vaccines was essential for the health and safety of our state.”

Changes for 2019-20 School Year

  • Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2019 -2020 school year now need two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine.
  • Students entering Grade 7 for the 2019-2020 school year need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
  • Students entering Grade 11 need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine if not vaccinated prior to their 16th birthday. They will need two doses if their first dose was before their 16th birthday.


Vaccine requirements for schools can be found online at: http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm.


About the Vaccines

Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease has two common outcomes: meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infections. The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease spread through the exchange of nose and throat droplets, such as when coughing, sneezing, or kissing. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. With bloodstream infection, symptoms also include a dark purple rash. About one of every 10 people who gets the disease dies from it. Survivors of meningococcal disease may lose their arms or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous systems, become developmentally disabled, or suffer seizures or strokes.


Hepatitis A Vaccine

The hepatitis A vaccine protects against the hepatitis A virus. The virus is spread primarily person to person through the fecal-oral route. In other words, the virus is taken in by mouth from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces (stool) of an infected person. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, poor appetite, vomiting, stomach pain and sometimes jaundice (when skin and eyes turn yellow). An infected person may have no symptoms, may have mild illness for a week or two, may have severe illness for several months, or may rarely develop liver failure and die from the infection. In the U.S., about 100 people a year die from hepatitis A.


Exemptions from Vaccines

There are exemptions to vaccines. In accordance with KSA 72-6262, legal alternatives to vaccination requirements include medical contraindications and religious beliefs. The medical exemptions signed by a medical clinician must be submitted on an annual basis by the family/guardian of the student.  There could also be instances in which a person has a religious belief that prevents them from receiving a particular vaccination.  The parent/guardian of the student must submit a written statement indicating they are adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such vaccination. The school board or governing body for nonpublic schools are responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations and statutes.