Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Edwardsville Woman Has Drive to Help Others

Published in the 1/7/11 issue of the Suburban Journals

Edwardsville Woman Has Drive to Help Others

Shawn McCue, of Edwardsville, is always on the move.

As a supported employment specialist for MERS/Goodwill, she’s in charge of finding jobs for people in need. That means McCue is on the road a lot — driving from employer to employer looking for job leads, taking clients to training or finding them business attire for interviews.

For all the hard work, McCue recently received the Local Hero Award, the nonprofit’s honor for employees who go beyond the norm. Continue reading


January 7, 2011 Posted by | 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