Melissa Treolo Staff writer

Melissa Treolo is a reporter for the Chieftain, covering news and features in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

Recent stories

Shawnee Mission school board considering $223 million bond issue
September 29, 2014
Patrons of the Shawnee Mission school district may have another bond issue to vote on in the near future.
Shawnee Mission Education Foundation breakfast places emphasis on social media
September 26, 2014
Educators, community members, business leaders and elected officials, including Gov. Sam Brownback, gathered Thursday at the Overland Park Convention Center, all sharing a common purpose, as Linda Roser said: to celebrate and promote “excellence in Shawnee Mission.”
Shawnee arts, crafts fair attractions included yard decor, old fashioned ice cream
September 23, 2014
“Wonderful,” was how Lylah Linard of Butler, Mo., described the cup of combination chocolate and vanilla ice cream she enjoyed Saturday at the 39th annual Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival.
City confirms fire that engulfed $1.5 million home was result of arson
September 14, 2014
The fire that destroyed a Shawnee home valued at $1.5 million Wednesday was intentionally set, city officials have confirmed.
$1.5 million Shawnee home destroyed by fire
September 11, 2014
The cause of a fire that engulfed a home in Shawnee valued at more than $1 million Wednesday is still unknown, said Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox.
Despite residential opposition, council approves $7.9 million TIF agreement for Cobblestone Village
September 9, 2014
The Shawnee City Council has approved a $7.9 million tax increment financing, or TIF, agreement with Qrivit, LLC, a smartphone marketing company out of Omaha, Neb.
Former Liberty superintendent takes reins at Broken Arrow Elementary
September 5, 2014
Michael Brewer has held about every position there is in the educational field, from teacher to principal to superintendent, which was the last title of his 26 years in the Liberty, Mo., school district.
Shawnee Mission board approves net expenditures totaling more than $400 million
August 19, 2014
Shawnee Mission’s net expenditures this school year will total $406,523,137, after board members adopted the new budget Monday following a public hearing.
Shawnee Mission 1:1 technology initiative kicks off at SM Northwest
August 13, 2014
For many students, there’s a lot that’s new about the first day of school.
Shawnee teachers prepare for start of school
August 8, 2014
There’s still some time before the first day of school, but De Soto school district buildings are already abuzz with activity as teachers get their rooms ready for the start of student arrivals Aug. 18.

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Recent photos

Clear Creek Elementary fourth-grader Baylen Monson enjoys a funnel cake at the arts and crafts fair.

Kansas City, Mo.,-based ceramics artist Yvette Groover chats with fair attendees Tara LaGree of Shawnee and her granddaughter Grace Eastling Saturday at the arts and crafts fair. Groover, who owns PiCeramics with her boyfriend Jon Flann, was showing her work at the fair for the first time this year.

Melanie Wilson, left, and Annette Gordon, showed off their flower-shape creations and other yard decor made out of upcycled materials at the fair. Friends for years, the two run a side business called Flowers Along the Tracks, based in Paola.

Peggy and Steve Davidson are pictured with their ice cream churn crafted from a 1922 Stover “hit-and-miss” engine.

Shawnee Mission Northwest Associate Principal Eddie LyDay hands freshman Camille Haley her new MacBook Air laptop Tuesday on the first day of school. New laptops and iPad Air devices are being provided to students in the district courtesy of the new 1:1 technology initiative approved last school year.

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