Jack Bache, Pittsburg Family YMCA executive director, believes that Nikki Patrick, Morning Sun features editor, is special, even among those who have been inducted into the Pittsburg YMCA's Hall of Fame.

"This is the first person we've inducted who was not one of our past board members," Bache said. "But I can't tell you how much Nikki Patrick has meant to our YMCA. I have asked her to cover so many events over the last 30 years, and she has never, ever said, 'I just don't have time for that.' And I hear that from other people when I ask them things, but I have never heard that from Nikki."

Patrick was inducted Wednesday night into the YMCA's Hall of Fame Wednesday alongside Mark Werner.

Patrick will also be inducted into the Regional Media Hall of Fame tonight at Missouri Southern State University after working for 47 years at the Morning Sun. For more on that award, see Friday's Morning Sun. Last year, the green room at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium was dedicated in her name.

But on Wednesday, it was her work in covering events at the YMCA that drew recognition.

"She is such an inspiration and has helped us so much over the years," Bache said.

The YMCA Hall of Fame was started two years ago as part of the YMCA's 125th anniversary celebration. In the Hall's first year, nine were inducted: Peggy Bennett, Art Robb (deceased), Ed McNally (deceased), Dick Coleman, Bob Dittman, Roberta McNay (deceased), Gene Bicknell, George Piter, and Bob Tracy (deceased). Joe Hart and Judy Westhoff were inducted into the Hall last year.