Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

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Shawnee Mission school district offers no decision yet on sex-ed poster
February 25, 2014
Mark Ellis and a number of other concerned Shawnee Mission school district parents were at Monday night’s school board meeting looking for an answer. But there were none to be had just yet in regards to the comprehensive review being done of a sex-education poster at Hocker Grove Middle School that is at the heart of much local and statewide debate.
Shawnee Mission sex-ed poster incites battle in Topeka
10:29 p.m., February 17, 2014 Updated 09:34 a.m.
A parent complaint about a poster used as a visual aid in teaching students at Hocker Grove Middle School about human sexuality has made its way to the Statehouse.
KCKCC, Providence among those offering healthcare opportunities
February 27, 2013
Training and job opportunities in the healthcare field abound in and around Wyandotte County.
Business owners share how to take the plunge, stay afloat
Building new business can be challenging
July 25, 2012
With a dream, a rented building and only $2,000 in savings, Tamara Hudson turned in her two-weeks notice at her job as a manager for Victoria’s Secret.
Area districts react to lunch changes
03:58 p.m., June 5, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Area schools are gearing up for changes to the National School Lunch Program.
Cirque du Soleil brings Jackson’s story to KC stage
January 4, 2012
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, making a stop next month at the Sprint Center, is the culmination of a long-held dream and more than a year of hard work.
BSHS choir gets air time for holidays
December 21, 2011
For Bonner Springs High School junior Deidra Elijah, singing is both a passion and a commitment she says takes precedence over everyday activities — even sleep.
Michael Jackson tour to be ‘Thriller’ of a show
December 13, 2011
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, making a stop next year at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., is the culmination of a long-held dream and more than a year of hard work.
Ag Hall director: 2011 season ‘hard to top’
November 22, 2011
The 2011 season may have ended at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, but there won’t be any taking it easy for the center’s executive director and board of governors when it comes to fundraising efforts.
Improv Festival of Kansas to be this weekend
November 9, 2011
Rapping twins, the most awkward situation imaginable and discussions regarding the end of the world are just a few of the features to be found during this year’s annual improvisational comedy festival at the Roving Imp Theater & Coffee House.

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Recent photos

Kansas City Kansas Community College nursing instructor Teri Schwager, right, shows fourth-semester nursing students how to insert an IV in the nursing department's new simulation lab, built last semester. Students pictured from left to right are Erin Hysten of Kasnas City, Kan., Starla Union of Kansas City, Kan., Meskerem Ayele of Shawnee and Jessica Franz of Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers work the scene of a July 2011 fatality accident on U.S. Highway 24/40 in Leavenworth County.

Tamara Hudson opened Encore Unique Boutique in Shawnee in 2003. Area business owners weigh in on what it takes to open a business and keep it open.

Community members join hands while singing together "We Shall Overcome" during the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

U.S. military veterans, who were speakers at the Veterans’ Pen Celebration Saturday, Oct. 29, salute the American flag during the celebration. Pictured from left are Leah Ann Jones of Kansas City, Kan., David Harrington of Kansas City, Kan., and Allen Yoakum of Liberty, Mo.

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