816 North Opinion

A tip of the hat to our young volunteers

Across the Northland, you’ll find kids working to improve the world they’re going to inherit.

Many of us wouldn’t be surprised to find these teenagers engrossed in their own lives — studying, earning a little money and spending time with friends. But Lisa Wade McCormick tracked down several teens who are devoting part of their precious youth service for others. She found out how they make our community better and why they do it.

There’s a Smithville girl who has spent hundreds of hours helping the sick. A Liberty girl is collecting food for anonymous students at another high school. A 14-year-old boy delivers hot meals and companionship while he strengthens bonds with his grandpa. And there are more. Turn to this week’s cover story to know some of these wonderful kids.

Of course, adults keep working to shape our community, too. Two visions for Clay County government were on the Nov. 5 ballot, and the status quo won. Glenn Rice looks back on the campaign from both sides this week.

And there’s plenty more in 816 North — puzzles, columns, notes and a tempting recipe for a seasonal Cornish hen. Enjoy.