Jan. 5 De Soto City Council Meeting

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Sheriff's department welcomes new deputies

http://www.desotoexplorer.com/photos/... After more than six months of training in the field and in the classroom, nine new deputies will officially be joining the Johnson County Sheriff's Department this afternoon. Sheriff Frank Denning will be welcoming Lauren Andreasen, Benjamin Giffen, Chad Jennings, Skyler Johnson, Adam Livengood, Tanner McGee, Clinton Peterson, Sabrina Sherman and Daniel Stach with a badge pinning ceremony this afternoon at the Johnson County Administration building in Olathe. Training to be a sheriff's deputy is broken down into four stages, according to department public information officer Master Deputy Tom Erickson. Once hired the new personnel spends three weeks in ...

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Council to consider new water and sewer rates, potential jobs incubator

De Soto residents could be facing a smaller increase in their water and sewer rates than previously planned after tonight's De Soto City Council meeting. A resolution reducing the 2012 rate increases for water and sewer from five and 6.2 percent to two and 4.8 percent respectively due to better than expected end-of-year cash balances is on the agenda for tonight's meeting. Also on the agenda is a request by De Soto businessman Jo Bisogno to create a jobs incubator for residents that would utilize space in City Hall. The full agenda and supporting documents may be downloaded from [the ...

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Absentee voting concerns raised under new law

An election law written by Secretary of State Kris Kobach that requires photo identification to vote and other restrictions is raising new concerns about absentee voting. Under the law, county election officials must decide whether the signature on a request for an advance ballot matches the person’s previous signature that could be on a voter registration form or another type of identification. If it doesn’t, the election official must make an effort to contact that person to give them another attempt at signing the application. But Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, said the law and its accompanying rules and regulations failed ...

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Hollywood Casino set to open Feb. 3

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway announced Monday that it would open to the public on Friday, Feb. 3, pending final regulatory approvals by the state of Kansas and the Kansas Lottery Commission. Grand opening festivities will begin about 11 a.m., the casino announced. Bob Sheldon, general manager for the casino, said the contractor, Turner Construction, has worked diligently to get the casino open as early as possible in February, and the weather the past year has cooperated with the construction. Construction will continue until the opening, however, as contractors complete the final touches. For example, he said, while one of ...

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Kansas officials outraged, saddened by announced Boeing departure

Kansas political leaders Wednesday expressed outrage and disappointment over Boeing Co.’s announcement that it was closing its Wichita defense plant, sending more than 2,160 jobs to three other states. “No one has worked harder for the success of Boeing than Team Kansas,” Gov. Sam Brownback said. Boeing plans to shut down the Wichita plant by the end of 2013 to cut costs. “In this time of defense budget reductions, as well as shifting customer priorities, Boeing has decided to close its operations in Wichita to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and drive competitiveness,” said Mark Bass, vice president and general manager ...

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Memorial Service: Devota Spurgeon

Memorial Services for Devota Maxine Mayse Spurgeon will be Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 12:30 p.m. at Newcomer's Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, Kan., with visitation at 11:30 a.m. prior to the gathering. Mrs. Spurgeon died Dec. 29th at her home in De Soto.

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Wildcat wrap-ups: Basketball standings

The De Soto High School varsity boys basketball team has a current record of 3-2 at the start of the season. The Wildcats started the season by placing second at the Hays Tournament with a 2-1 record. They defeated Thomas Moore Prep 67-34 and Great Bend 47-27 and lost to Kearney 73-61. De Soto followed the tournament with a loss to Ottawa 52-46 but rebounded last night with a 61-43 win over Paola. Their next game will be this Friday at Eudora. The DHS girls also went 2-1 at the Hays Tournament but placed fifth overall. They lost to Thomas ...

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Starside receives $50K state grant

Starside Elementary School's after-school environment group, Earthkeepers, will now have the opportunity to expand, thanks to a $50,000 grant the school recently received from the Kansas State Department of Education. In addition to expanding Earthkeepers, the school plans to use the money to the benefit of its Sparkle, enrichment and test prep programs, as wella s purchase iPads for student use, according to a press release sent out by the district. "This is an amazing opportunity for our students to experience innovative technology in an educational platform and further enrich the learning opportunities here at Starside," said Principal Jeff Green ...

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Breast cancer patient's dying wish to upgrade Lawrence oncology center coming true

Jamie Pursley’s wish is coming true. Three weeks before she died of breast cancer on March 29, the 35-year-old Lawrence resident looked her closest friends in the eyes and told them that she wanted to renovate the infusion rooms at Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center where she had spent countless hours receiving treatment. She wanted all 15 rooms to have a peaceful, spa-like feel with comfortable chairs and other amenities, especially for the guests. “She was just always thinking of other people and her big thing was to really get new guest side seats for the friends and family who ...

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