Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More than two decades ago, Betty Kimberling saw a group of people who lacked hope. To help make a difference in their lives, she followed in the family footsteps of generations of teachers and earned a teaching certificate.

Monday, December 20, 2010

For 20 years, Dr. Jodi Branson has been involved with some sort of animal rescue, whether it be housing homeless animals until they’re adopted, creating an animal welfare organization during veterinarian school or even rescuing abandoned animals out of water-soaked homes in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina.

Rebecca Evans showed up at a Community Action Partnership program for a poverty demonstration. Weeks later, she was talking with then-CAP employee Rachel McCoy about the confusion of being a mother in St. Joseph.

Dave Gall sees a hint of irony in his selection to the St. Joseph News-Press 20 Who Count list. After all, the idea that earned his spot grew out of a Leadership St. Joseph meeting held in one of the newspaper's conference rooms.

For 46 years, Nina George has dedicated herself to the children of South Holt Elementary School in Oregon, Mo.

The word “retired” does not seem to fit Sally Hoehn. As a self-described “cradle Catholic,” Ms Hoehn has devoted her free time to service at St. Joseph Cathedral, where she coordinates weddings, among many other duties.

Bob Jones had to retire in 2004 but he really didn't want to stop working, so he looked around and found some jobs that would help people and give him a chance to get out of the house.

Readjusting to life outside of incarceration may be a daunting task for some. Seeing a familiar face, be it a human or canine, may certainly help ease the return.

Pony Express Museum volunteer and museum treasurer Carlene Makawski is recognized for more than 10 years of dedicated support to Pony Express Museum projects.

A mother of three who works with the Community Action Partnership of Greater St. Joseph and United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Missouri, Rachel McCoy saw the need to help parents out in the area.

Marcela Martinez McNett took it upon herself to enlighten one school of the joys of Latin culture.

Cheryl Meeks saw the need to help others through the ministry of managing a food pantry at Patee Park Baptist Church.

When Todd Meierhoffer moved to St. Joseph 11 years ago to work in his family's business, he immersed himself in the community.

Giving away a free vehicle to a safe teen driver makes loads of sense to Cecil Myers. The Mitsubishi dealership owner has been involved with “I’m a Safe Driver” since its inception in 2007.

Shaquille Nance knows what it's like to not have your own bedroom and much of anything to call your own.

Judy Flesher, director of the Open Door Food Kitchen, has a volunteer “go-getter of the world” who makes things happen. She’s got Mike Niewald.

Ten years ago, Dan Ramirez was diagnosed with cancer. Upon seeking treatment at Heartland Regional Medical Center's cancer center, Mr. Ramirez opted to give back to St. Joseph.

Bill Russell wanted to find a way to contribute to nursing students' educations, so 21 years ago he and his late wife, Mary, decided to sell used surgical towels.

Forrest Schubert will be the first to tell you: He loves motorcycles. The St. Joseph man rides for something more than freedom of the open road.

When the Kansas City Chiefs began working with Jackson County to get tax revenue for improvements to Arrowhead Stadium, the team started to look seriously at moving its training camp back to Missouri after 19 years in River Falls, Wis.