Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Business Deal Sparked After Golf Course Quip

Published in the 1/11/11 issue of the Suburban Journals

Business Deal Sparked After Golf Course Quip

What began as a quip on a golf course evolved into a business transaction for Jeff Herr and Mike Ogle.

One day on the links last year, Herr — owner of Cullop-Jennings Florist in Collinsville — jokingly suggested Ogle purchase his business.

Herr, who owned the shop for 18 years, was kidding at first, but the two got talking and realized they were on to something. Continue reading

January 11, 2011 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , | Leave a comment

A second-grader’s mission to warm Madison

Published in the 12/20/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

A second-grader’s mission to warm Madison
‘I kept seeing a lot of kids without coats,’ says girl

When Z’Sanique Sanders, 7, told her principal she had an idea to warm up her classmates this winter, she meant business.

The second-grader at Harris Accelerated Elementary School in Madison was serious about opening up her heart to the community, Principal Terrien Fennoy said.

“She came to me in September and said ‘I have an idea’ and then she kept stopping by my office each week to remind me. She was persistent and genuinely concerned as the weather got colder,” Fennoy said.

Sanders’ idea evolved from a wish to help her classmates into a community-wide winter coat drive called “From Our Hearts to Yours.” Continue reading

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Feature Stories, News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Works to Remember Fallen Edwardsville Soldiers

Published in the 11/8/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

Family Works to Remember Fallen Edwardsville Soldiers
Monument Planned at City Park

Doug and Jill Garbs remember their son as a “behind-the-scenes” type who aspired to serve his country as an army ranger. Spc. Ryan Garbs spent two years on secret operations as a U.S. Army Ranger before he was killed Feb. 18, 2007, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

Ryan Garbs’ story is similar to those of at least 74 other soldiers from the Edwardsville area. One fought in hand-to-hand combat during World War II, another was killed in a plane crash in North Carolina and two Hamel brothers were killed on the same day. Continue reading

November 9, 2010 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nonprofit Recognizes One of Its Own

Published in the 10/5/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

Nonprofit Recognizes One of its Own in Fairview Heights
Goodwill worker went from shopper to manager

Tenia Buchanan spent years shopping at Goodwill to provide necessities for her children. On a whim, she said, she applied for a job and 15 years later, as the store manager of the Fairview Heights store, she is now considered a local hero by the nonprofit.

“I was a welfare recipient, a low-income parent looking for a job. When I started here, I never thought I would find myself in this position 15 years later,” Buchanan said. “I’ve been very blessed with an opportunity of a lifetime.” Continue reading

October 8, 2010 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Collinsville educator gets another chance to conduct

Published in the 9/14/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

Collinsville educator gets another chance to conduct
Retired music teacher to lead band in November

Bruce Hawkins said he got the best going away present imaginable for a music teacher when he retired from Collinsville schools last year: A published piece of music dedicated to his years of service.

“It is one of the most thrilling, memorable things anyone has done for me, and I’ve had a lot of thrilling moments in my 35 years,” said Hawkins, who led the middle school band for two decades. Continue reading

September 21, 2010 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Donates in Memory of Life Cut Short

Published in the 7/9/10 issue of the Suburban Journals

Fairview Heights family donates in memory of life cut short
New playground equipment added to center

Family and friends say Lauren Glueck was a child at heart. Children flocked to her when she baby-sat and played on the playground at the Elks Lodge in Fairview Heights.

So after Glueck died suddenly from cardiac arrest in November 2008 at 23, it only seemed fitting that her loved ones would honor her memory by helping build a new playground. Continue reading

July 18, 2010 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Metro East Libraries Brace for Massive Cuts

Published in the 6/6/10 issue of the Suburban Journals/Collinsville Herald

Metro East Libraries Brace for Massive Cuts
Library System Lays off Staff, Slices Services

Evaporated state funding is claiming another victim: Libraries.

The Lewis and Clark Library System, which links nearly every library book in the Metro East, on July 1 will no longer offer nonessential services to members – meaning the continuing education, legal advice and advocacy provided since the 1960s will end. Six positions will also be chopped. Continue reading

June 23, 2010 Posted by | News Stories, Newspaper Writing, Sample Work | , , , , , | Leave a comment