Sunday, December 18, 2011

Janis and Rick Consolver wanted to make a difference following their son's death nine years ago.

Truman Middle School students in detention also suffer an unusual form of punishment — vice principal Zac Coughlin’s singing.

Jon Freeman found a way to occupy his weekends when he's off work: volunteering for the animal shelter in St. Joseph.

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph has a modern mission statement that hangs at the entrance of its offices.

When Kim Kempf picked up the News-Press classifieds 10 years ago, she never imagined it would change her career path.

Gail Kincaid credits faith as the reason why she's involved in numerous church and community ministries.

Adam Le, 13, awoke around midnight to find his mother, Thao Le, on the phone with a 911 operator and in labor.

Judith Matteson retired from teaching kindergarten and came back to her parents', the late Dr. Frank B. and Penny Matteson, home, where she grew up.

A 12-year-old St. Joseph girl was touched by the story of an elderly Joplin, Mo., woman who lost everything but her rocking chair in this spring's devastating tornado.

Flooding in Holt County gave many people a lot more duties than they had expected, with few having more responsibility than Diana Phillips, the clerk of Big Lake.

Tom Russell may not be a doctor, but he's on-call to help St. Joseph and Buchanan County residents obtain the health care they need.

Craig Sheppard, 56, was a citizen of Elwood, Kan. He gave back to that community by serving on the Elwood Gladden levee board and was president at the time of his death.

Liam Snook's fate was nearly sealed on one hot August day this year. The 17-month-old had been inadvertently locked in his grandmother’s car.

Jim and Mary Lou Snyder took their weekly country, bluegrass and gospel shindig out of their home and into a music hall nearly a quarter century ago.

If any one person could typify Lafayette High School spirit, it might be Chris “Bobcat” Vaughn.

Despite his 30 years in education, Stan Weston said he never understood then what he knows now.

It's tough to say there’s a person in Northwest Missouri with more of a giving heart than 82-year-old Bette Williams, of Holt County, though, as she would say, it’s not a competition.

While most families take inventory of their Christmas presents, John and Donna Wilson will celebrate the holiday in a different way.

When Dr. Sjoert Zuidhof makes a presentation to fellow Rotary Club members, he brings two simple props: a penny and a bottle of water.