Singing That Sweet Music

Singing That Sweet Music

By Kathleen Swift Photos by Artistic Expressions Photography “We knew at a young age he was going to do something; we just didn’t know what it was going to be,” said Christina Leggett about her son, Dillon. Dillon Leggett is well-known in the area as a local musician....

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The Anchor at Shangri-La

The Anchor at Shangri-La

By Kathleen Swift Shangri-La Resort on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees is a premier golf resort known for its 27 holes of championship golf and luxury 119-room resort hotel. With the addition of The Anchor, an 11,000-square-foot indoor facility, Shangri-La is now a prime...

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Get to Know  Laura Wright  Children’s Author

Get to Know Laura Wright Children’s Author

By Kathleen Swift Writing and painting have become creative outlets for Laura Wright, a former US Marine. After being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome following two tours of duty in Iraq, Wright turned to art. Through the creative process, Wright created...

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!Editor’s Letter

 Family, Fireworks and Fun 


Independence Day is one of my most favorite holidays. Fourth of July celebrations are centered around family gatherings, camping trips, barbeques, children running with sparklers and amazing fireworks displays. It is a full day centered around appreciation, packed with entertainment and concludes with laughter well past night fall.

In our Calendar of Events section, we bring you all the need-to-know information to plan your perfect holiday celebration….and the whole month of July. Check out this month’s events! It is filled with parades, concerts, festivals and more. I am excited just looking at all the fun things to do and see in our region this month! Take pictures, make memories, live in the moment and do not forget to take us with you! We want to see and hear about the fun you are having this month.

July also marks one of my favorite features: Honoring Our Military. SMTO loves taking a moment every year to honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the military to give us the freedom we have today. It is because of those men and women we have the liberty to celebrate with our family, take trips, eat great food and see fireworks. On pages 70-85, you can get to know some of the great individuals from right here at home who have made our reality possible each day. We cannot thank the featured men and women, and all those we didn’t have the honor to highlight, enough for their sacrifice and dedication.

We also feature Southeast Kansas with the Faces of Southeast Kansas. Meet the men and women who are setting the community on fire with their expertise, products or service. We highlight the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, which is redefining performance. We focus on eight murals in Southeast Kansas. You can learn about their meaning and how they are touching lives. Southeast Kansas is rich in history, art and community. Flip through the pages and explore.

On page 48, you will meet Dillon Leggett, a well-known local musician. This young man started playing his way into the hearts of many at the age of 12. Our cover story shares his greatest influences, biggest inspirations and all you need to know to catch a show this summer. This article will turn you into a fan!

We hope you use our July edition as a source for information and a guide for entertainment all month long. We hope you take time to appreciate the meaning of Independence Day, you spend it doing something you love and you find someone to thank for giving us our freedom. We hope you eat local, shop local and enjoy the natural beauty of our region.

Happy Fourth of July! Be safe and have fun!



Lee Radcliff




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