Riley Melton wins fourth place in floor exercise at the Regional Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. (JILL MELTON PHOTO)

Riley Melton’s floor exercise routine wins 4th at regional gymnastics

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Riley Melton competed in the Level 9 – Region IV gymnastics championships, where she finished in fourth place on the floor exercise. This year’s USA Gymnastics Region IV was held in Minneapolis, Minn. USA Gymnastics Region IV is made up of the top state qualifiers per age division in each of the four gymnastics events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam & floor exercise) from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

Riley qualified for regionals by finishing in third place on the floor exercise at the Missouri State Gymnastics championship, held March 26 at the LINC in Jefferson City. 

Riley finished first place on the floor exercise and second place on the balance beam at the Missouri Winter Games, held in March at Springfield, Missouri.

Riley finished fourth place on the floor exercise at the Kim Zmeskal’s Texas Prime gymnastics meet, held in January at Irving, Texas.

This is Riley’s 10th season as a competitive gymnast. She has qualified for regionals five times since reaching level 7 in 2016.

Riley trains with gymnastics coach Paul Comstedt at Helix Athletics in Joplin, where she is training to compete at level 10 (the top USAG s) next season. Riley will be a senior this fall at Webb City High School. She is the daughter of Jill and Don Melton.

Chloe Ingle named speech and debate academic all-American


Chloe Ingle, a senior member of the Webb City High School speech and debate team has been recognized as an NSDA Academic All-American.

Her coach, Tiffany Bolin, notes that fewer than 1% of students in the nation receive this recognition from the National Speech and Debate Association.

Chloe is making history as Webb City’s fourth Academic All-American this year and the 12th in Webb City’s 50+ year history.

“We are so proud of her!” says Bolin.

Chloe Ingle

Red Collar offers to pay a pet’s adoption fee for each employee hired

Local employer Red Collar Pet Foods has begun an innovative way to entice employees to fill their vacant positions.

For each new employee at Red Collar’s Joplin and Miami, Okla., plants, the company will pay the adoption fee for an pet at Joplin Humane Society waiting for a home. 

If the plan is completely successful, Red Collar will get 45 new employees and the cost to adopt 45 pets will be covered. For more information, visit the Red Collar Facebook page.