Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

Recent stories

Shawnee family opens first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Kansas
February 7, 2016
It was on a Florida vacation two summers ago that the Andersen family of Shawnee got hooked on Tropical Smoothie Café.
Former Shawnee City Council member named 2015 Citizen of the Year
February 2, 2016
Neal Sawyer had no idea what was in store for him at Saturday’s Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
Longtime cook from Vietnam opens new downtown Shawnee bar, grill
Betty C’s a tribute to lost daughter
January 31, 2016
Phuong “Kim” Rieke has been making her own homemade Vietnamese-inspired egg rolls for about 40 years.
Shawnee Mission North grad Funky Mama still singing with feeling
January 26, 2016
If you have young children, are a regular attendee of youth-friendly events and locales, and live in the Kansas City area, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Funky Mama or seen her in action.
Wonderscope’s new executive director looking forward to museum’s future
January 26, 2016
Roxanne Hill has always been passionate about children. For the past seven years, she brought that passion to bear as vice president of development at The Children’s Place. The Kansas City, Mo.,-based nonprofit that offers support for youths who have suffered abuse and trauma will forever be near and dear to Hill’s heart, she says.
Shawnee church reaches out to community through free business classes
January 20, 2016
Now that it’s officially tax season, are you curious about any new tax laws and updates? Or has the idea of starting your own business always secretly been in the back of your mind?
Shawnee Mission North ‘life coach’ propels students to success
January 6, 2016
Whenever Shawnee Mission North junior Alissa Seckar is struggling with something, she knows there’s a place she can go to for guidance and support.
To lose weight the right way, throw out the word ‘diet’
January 6, 2016
A common New Year’s resolution is to start that diet plan and stay on it this time around. But if losing weight is one of your goals for 2016, the best thing to do is to forget about the word “diet” altogether, says Judy Wegman, a registered dietitian in Shawnee.
2015: Shawnee’s year in review
December 29, 2015
This past year saw many incredible firsts for the city of Shawnee. The city’s first female mayor was elected, the city received numerous new accolades and several exciting new businesses opened.
Mize toy drive to provide Christmas gifts for foster youths
December 22, 2015
A number of foster children will have some extra gifts to open this Christmas courtesy of students and families at Mize Elementary School.

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Recent photos

Missy Andersen, middle, is pictured with sons Austin Andersen, left, and Andrew Andersen, both of whom help their parents out at their new business, Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Missy is co-owner with her husband, Scott Andersen.

Phuong “Kim” Rieke works on her own recipe for crab Rangoon. The 70-year-old woman from Vietnam opened her first business, Betty C’s Bar & Grill, Monday with the help of her family.

Roxanne Hill, Wonderscope’s new executive director, sits in the museum’s Farm to Market exhibit, which is still a work in progress. Hill says she is looking forward to breathing some new life into the more than 20-year-old museum. Pictured behind her are Hadley Keeler, 5, and her brother, Hudson Keeler, 2.

Grace Christian Fellowship Church staff members stand in the room that will be dedicated to the church’s new Lunch & Learn program. Pictured from left are senior pastor Phil Ellsworth, adjunct pastor Lana Sutherland and associate pastor Tom Sutherland.

Student success liaison coach Andre Carnegie sits and chats with Shawnee Mission North senior Malik Watson. Carnegie's role as a mentor to students has been so successful that the district is looking to expand the pilot program to the other high schools.

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