By Kathleen Swift • Photo by Mandy Edmonson Nick Edwards recently returned to Joplin, his hometown, to take the position of Joplin city manager. An alum of both Missouri Southern State University and Missouri State University, Edwards has deep roots in...
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By Sarah Gooding • Photos by Mandy Edmonson Once Jodi Garner discovered a passion for running, she never looked back. “Running is true therapy for me,” she said. “The smell, the sounds, the sights and the places running can take you bring me joy. Running...
A Little Help from My Friends Jim Wysocki’s incredible support system includes Grand Prosthetics & Orthotics LightWeight Artificial Limbs & Braces.
By Savanah Mandeville • Photos by Tristan Robinett Nothing makes Jim Wysocki come alive more than sunshine and fresh air at MidAmerica Outdoors, an off-road park in Jay, Oklahoma. “MidAmerica is where all the people who own UTVs and ATVs go to ride around. It’s...
By Brad Morris, Brand Specialist In times like these, exercising and staying active are more important than ever. A lot of us are stuck at home, and staying active is one of the best tools we have to keep a good mood. Of course, these circumstances bring their own...
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The Home of the Brave
The year of 2020 has proven our need for bravery. It has been a year that has challenged us, stretched us and reminded us of what really matters. July marks the half-way point. Half the year is behind us and half of the year is ahead. We have 6 months, including this one, to make an impact. Approximately 180 days to show resiliency by facing our obstacles with compassion and strength. In this edition, we feature individuals who set the example of community, and we highlight communities that respect the strengths of individuals.
There is no better example of bravery than the men and women who joined our armed forces. The definition of bravery is the ability to act with courage when faced with adversity. In the “Honoring Our Military” section, we recognize men and women who are currently, or have in their life, stood tall for something bigger than themselves and exemplify the meaning of bravery. Their act of courage assured our well-being and safety. From the Air Force to National Guard, turn to page 56 and learn the names of the soldiers who impacted our lives, even though we have never met.
SMTO features Southeast Kansas. In the “Faces of Southeast Kansas” section, you will meet healthcare professionals who provide quality and compassionate care to patients. You will learn about community members who are organizing events we have grown to count on, small business owners who are committed to serving the community and community advocates who are doing their part to make SEK the best place to call home. Even through this challenging time, SEK is banding together to make this year the best year yet.
We feature local experts committed to making a positive impact. Holly Hukill’s feature answers the question we have all been asking: How do we make the best of this summer? Holly shares tips and activities to turn your backyard into a wonderland of fun for children, family gatherings and a summer get-to-together. She shares games and activities that are inexpensive and mobile. Turn to page 24 and start planning a fun day in the sun, without the inconvenience of packing the car to travel.
As always, I want to take the time to thank all the local businesses and advertisers that make this magazine a reality each month. We appreciate you! I also want to remind our readers the value of shopping local. Now is the time. By shopping local, we create jobs for our friends, family and neighbors. We contribute to improve infrastructure and invest in our community, both socially and economically. As I opened this letter, we have 6 months and approximately 180 days to make our impact on 2020. Let’s be brave and make a difference.
Happy 4th of July!