Wildcats defeat Cardinals on the road

Friday, Jan. 6, saw a match-up of two Frontier league teams battling to the finish when the De Soto boys basketball team travelled to Eudora for the featured game of the week on Lawrence's Channel 6. It was a nip and tuck game with ties at the half and at the end of the third quarter. Both teams were even on the boards and similar in shooting percentage, the difference came at the free-throw line where the Cardinals were two-for-eight and the Wildcats finished 11-for-17. With 35 seconds left in the game, the Wildcats had a five-point lead when the ...

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Board of Education to discuss capital outlay projects, potential swimming teams

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. tonight for their monthly meeting. The board is scheduled to discuss multiple potential capital outlay projects and possibly approve spending slightly more than $2 million on repairs in 2012. Some proposed improvements include roof and parking lot repairs at multiple district buildings. According to the meeting agenda, the board is also slated to further discuss the possibility of adding swimming teams at the high school level for the 2012-2013 academic year. The full agenda, with supporting documents, [may be downloaded from the district's website.][1] [1]: http://usd232.org/education/page/download.php?fileinfo=MjAxMl8wMV8wOV9BZ2VuZGFfX3N1cHBvcnRpbmdfZG9jdW1lbnRzLnBkZjo6Oi93d3c1L3NjaG9vbHMva3MvZGVzb3RvdXNkMjMyL2ltYWdlcy9kb2NtZ3IvODAwOGZpbGU2NzYwNy5wZGY=

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Update to labor laws could prevent youths from doing certain tasks

From driving tractors to vaccinating calves, farm families worry that changes to federal laws governing what work youths can get paid to do on the farm could change their way of life. Last fall, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed changes to the rules that prevent young workers from being paid to do certain tasks in the agriculture industry. Those laws, known as agricultural hazardous occupations orders, hadn’t been updated since 1970. The intent is to bridge the gap between rules for farms and the more stringent rules that youths not working in agricultural settings have to follow. “Children employed ...

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Sales tax paying off for education efforts in Johnson Co.

A new 75,000-square-foot complex on the Kansas University Edwards Campus and a new building that will house Phase I Clinical Trials for the KU Cancer Center are scheduled to open in the coming months. The funds for the construction are paid for using a one-eighth cent sales tax in Johnson County that is divided equally among the KU Edwards Campus, KU Medical Center and Kansas State University’s Olathe Innovation campus. The Business, Engineering, Science and Technology center on the KU Edwards Campus is scheduled to open March 2, said Bob Clark, vice chancellor of the Edwards Campus. Eventually, KU will ...

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Experts warn of carbon monoxide leaks

When Robert Coffman began checking homes for energy efficiency, he discovered some had far more to worry about than drafty windows. In the past few years, Coffman, owner of Airtight Energy Audits, has visited between 25 to 30 homes that have had high levels of carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas produced by incomplete burning of fuels. “I was completely caught off guard. I didn’t realize there would be that many people with numbers like 1,600 to 2,000 part millions, which can be deadly very quickly,” Coffman said. As the days turn colder and furnaces are turned up higher, ...

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Law enforcement calls: Dec. 30-Jan. 5

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the following calls in De Soto in the last week: - Friday, Dec. 30 at 7:52 p.m.: a report of an intoxicated driver in the 33500 block of Lexington Avenue. - Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2:53 a.m.: a request to check on a pedestrian in the 8500 block of Kill Creek Road. - Monday, Jan. 2 at 9:52 p.m.: a report of a domestic disturbance in the 8800 block of Thompson Drive. - Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9:47 a.m.: a report of a forgery/fraud in the 33100 block of W. 83rd Street. - Tuesday, ...

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Council approves 2012 water and sewer rates, gives go ahead for jobs incubator

Good news for De Soto water and sewer customers, while water and sewer rates for 2012 will be increasing, the increase is lower than predicted. De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle proposed a rate increase of one percent for water rates and 4.8 percent for sewer rates, lower than the previously predicted need of five percent and 6.2 percent respectively. "Both the water and sewer funds finally appear to be gaining traction so I'm comfortable our cash balances can handle the lower rate increases," he told the council. The new rates will go into effect with the February billing cycle. ...

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Officer who interrupted twins’ suicide attempt to receive lifesaving award

http://www.shawneedispatch.com/photos... The Sons of the American Revolution wants to honor a Shawnee police officer who interrupted twins attempting suicide on their birthday, the Shawnee Police Department announced. The organization plans to present Officer Nick Shurmantine with a lifesaving award during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Shawnee Police Department, 5850 Renner Road. Shurmantine, a three-year veteran of the police department, was nearing the end of his shift Dec. 13 when he decided to make one last pass through a neighborhood where copper thieves have been targeting partially constructed homes. About 9:15 p.m. he spotted a car, running, in ...

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Advocates urge slowdown on part of Brownback’s Medicaid overhaul

Health care advocates on Thursday criticized a plan by Gov. Sam Brownback to turn over management of services for those with disabilities to for-profit companies. "We really need to have this process slow down," said Sharon Spratt, chief executive officer of Cottonwood Inc. Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer are moving to overhaul Medicaid, which is the state and federally funded health program for those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income residents. Medicaid covers approximately 350,000 Kansans at a cost of nearly $2.8 billion. Brownback wants to contract with private managed care companies to handle the program, calling it KanCare. ...

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Cirque du Soleil brings Jackson’s story to KC stage

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil, making a stop next month at the Sprint Center, is the culmination of a long-held dream and more than a year of hard work. Work and planning behind the show got under way more than a year and a half ago in 2009, says Maxime Charbonneau, publicist for the production. The dream was one Jackson carried himself throughout his lifetime. “The first thing that’s important to mention is that Michael Jackson was a huge Cirque du Soleil fan,” Charbonneau said during a phone interview with The Chieftain, adding that Jackson ...

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