Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

Recent stories

Verruckt is ‘terrifying, but great,’ says KCK mayor
February 26, 2015
At 17 stories high, the tallest waterslide in the world has literally put Kansas City, Kan., on the map.
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.
Library offers local historical information in online ketes
January 18, 2012
Like most cities in northeast Kansas, the cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville were awash in “trouble and turmoil” in the spring of 1903 as residents battled a devastating flood of the Kansas and Missouri rivers that felled bridges, buildings and even a young Bonner Springs teenager, Jesse McAfee, who lost his footing and drowned in the rising waters.
New church awe-inspiring
January 11, 2012
The new Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Basehor, which is now open and nearly complete, is truly awe-inspiring, according to the many congregants who got a look at the church over the weekend.
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.
3rd runner up calls Miss Rodeo America pageant a ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’
December 28, 2011
The crown and title of Miss Rodeo America was the ultimate goal. But while Alyssa Morrison of Bonner Springs, who holds the title of Miss Rodeo Kansas 2011, only came close, she says she is far from disappointed.

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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.

About 400 people visited the new Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Basehor for weekend ceremonies that included Saturday’s dedication of the church, pictured, and the first Sunday worship service.

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