The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

By Kathleen Swift Photos by Artistic Expressions Photography Peaceful. Welcoming. Home. That is what we all need at times of extreme stress. But when a child is seriously ill in the hospital, being at home is often not an option. That is where the Ronald McDonald...

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Hero Flights

Hero Flights

TAMKO Marks 10 Years in Veterans Airlift Command Program Article and photos by Savanah Mandeville The motto of the Veterans Airlift Command “Hero Flights” Program is: “They’ve got heart, they need wings.” TAMKO Building Products Inc., a Joplin-based manufacturer, has...

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Mike Carpino: Community Leader

Mike Carpino: Community Leader

By Kathleen Swift Photos by Savanah Mandeville “You would be hard pressed to find anyone as active and engaged in Cherokee County growth and business expansion,” said Janet Miller, Cherokee County, Kansas, economic development director speaking of Mike Carpino....

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Thin Red Line K9

Thin Red Line K9

Joplin Program Connects Service Dogs with Veterans Article and photos by Savanah Mandeville Amy Donaldson has been through a lot. When an injury abruptly ended her career in the Air Force, she didn’t know where to turn. As luck would have it, she met a veteran with a...

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Editor’s Letter

The Love and Devotion to Our Community

Patriotism is the love and devotion to our homeland and a sense of alliance with our community. Patriotism is coming together and celebrating all the reasons our county, our states, our cities and our communities are great places to live and raise families. Patriotism is unity and remembering what is important: shared hearts and vision for the future. On page 15, you can find Independence Day celebrations across our region. Everything from large firework displays, concerts and more to celebrate the 4th of July.

Patriotism is appreciating the men and women who have and are serving in our military. In 2014, Dixie Asbell had the idea to add a parade to the Carl Junction 4th of July celebrations, and she did!  Veterans, their families and spectators from all over the area come to watch the parade and honor our military, and the men and women who are dedicated to keeping us safe and making our country the best place to live. Check out Carl Junction’s 4th of July parade on Main Street July 4. 

In our Honoring Our Military feature, SMTO is celebrating freedom and independence by highlighting veterans and military personnel from right here at home. These men and women are local but have made global impacts on our lives and the lives of others. Turn to page 71 and read about these local heroes. 

Patriotism is volunteerism. Our July cover story is Ronald McDonald House of the Four States. Celebrating 20 years of service, Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for the families of seriously ill children ages newborn to 21, and ill, expectant mothers being treated at Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital. On pages 98-101, you can learn how this would not be possible without the help and support of the volunteers of our community. Patriotism is the alliance of a community, and we are so very thankful for all the work Ronald McDonald House of the Four States has done for our families. Congratulations on celebrating your 20th year, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Patriotism is service. The 7th Annual Pink Ribbon Gala is Friday, July 20, benefitting Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. BCFO offers an array of resources and treatments for those being treated for breast cancer. See page 7 for more information.

Patriotism is taking pride in the community you call home. This month, we featured Southeast Kansas. There is no place like Kansas, the people, the history, the shopping and all the appeal. From pages 48 to 70, we highlight a local muralist making downtown Pittsburg even more colorful, we look back on 150 years of Columbus, we recognize six young professionals making a big impact on their communities and more things Kansas. Flip through the pages and appreciate this great corner of our region. 

Patriotism is building industry by supporting locally owned businesses. By shopping local, you are supporting our communities. Within the pages of each one of our issues, you will find local business owners who are committed to bringing their customers the best services and products available. Whether eating at a locally owned restaurant, buying from a farmers market, shopping from a small boutique or obtaining a service by a local business owner, these actions bring more resources back to our community and build a better tomorrow. Shop local!

Happy Independence Day!

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