Celebrating the Athletes at Special Olympics Kansas

Celebrating the Athletes at Special Olympics Kansas

By Ann Leach The participating athletes are fresh off the track from the Kansas State Special Olympics Games and they are still celebrating. “The state competitions are a highlight for not only our athletes but also our volunteers,” Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS)...

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Fun and function come together at Sunny Daze Ceramics 

Fun and function come together at Sunny Daze Ceramics 

Featuring Southeast Kansas  By Ann Leach  As we embrace the final six months of 2024, where do you plan to be at year’s end?  Pittsburg, Kansas, Potter Sylvia Grotheer can tell you her plan: to not fail at running a new business, continue sharing her love for clay...

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Since 2001, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine has showcased what makes the four-states such a fantastic place to live, work, play and visit.

We continue to celebrate with you, our loyal readers and advertisers, all that makes our region exceptional. The sights and the sounds. The parks and the trails. The dining. The shopping. The sports and the theatre. The nightlife and the day trips. The rich heritage and the promising future.

Show Me The Ozarks Magazine promises to provide you with the highest possible level of quality, integrity and professionalism possible. If you have a story that you’d like to share with our readers, or if you have comments, questions or suggestions, we would like to hear from you!

Explore the Four States with us! 


This month, we’re featuring Southeast Kansas, we’re honoring our military and we’re celebrating all things summer. 

You might know Southeast Kansas as the home of Big Brutus, Pittsburg State University and Little Balkans Days, but it’s also home to thriving downtowns filled with unique businesses and great eating. 

In addition, this issue is filled with stories of Southeast Kansas attractions and inspiring articles about Special Olympics Kansas and Fostering Connections, a Southeast Kansas organization aiming to improve the experiences of foster families and children. 

With Independence Day around the corner, it’s the perfect time to honor our local servicemen and servicewomen. Read about Dustin Strong, a Pittsburg newspaper reporter who was a modern-day Marine and now lives the life of soldiers past during historical war reenactments. 

Several local heroes share stories about their time serving our country starting on page 47. Be sure to thank a soldier or veteran for his or her service! 

I’m so inspired by the small business owners who took the brave leap to invest in their communities and the courageous men and women willing to dedicate their lives to keeping freedom alive. 

As the new publisher/editor of Show Me The Ozarks Magazine, I’m excited to continue the legacy of sharing your stories that my predecessors, founder/publisher Lee Radcliff-Timmsen and publisher Chonda Ralston, successfully established these past 23 years. I’m honored to follow in these ladies’ footsteps. 

I grew up in Carthage, Missouri, graduated from the University of Arkansas and have lived in Joplin for 25 years. I was an associate editor for Show Me The Ozarks Magazine for 12 years, and this region and the magazine are part of my heart. My husband, Kevin, grew up in Southeast Kansas, so the Four-State Area is home to us. You are our neighbors that we can’t wait to get to know through your stories. 

Please have a safe, fun and Happy Independence Day! 


 Wendy Brunner, Publisher/Editor 

[email protected] 

P.O. Box 3325 • Joplin, MO 64803 

844.417.SMTO (7686) 



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