Upcoming library programs aim to help job-seekers

A trio of upcoming Johnson County Library programs are geared to help job seekers. All take place at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. Registration is not required. For more information call (913) 826-4600 or go online to [jocolibrary.org/careers.][1] • “Careers with Diane Stafford” is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. For those wondering what’s hot, what’s not and how to improve career prospects, The Kansas City Star’s career columnist, Diane Stafford, will share insight about the job market, job hunting and workplace success. • A library “Career Tour” will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 19. ...

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5 Questions: E-book advice

The new Kindle Fire is among e-readers now on the market. As the popularity of e-readers and e-books increases, the Better Business Bureau warns, so grows the likelihood of associated scams. Below, the BBB offers its tips for avoiding e-book scams. E-readers sales were hot this holiday season: Apple reportedly has sold more than 28 million iPads since the device was first introduced in 2010; sales of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire reader are expected to approach nearly 5 million in the first two months on the market. But as the popularity of e-readers and e-books grows, so does the likelihood ...

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De Soto teen's face seen in national ad campaign

http://www.desotoexplorer.com/photos/... Olivia Cline and her family made several trips to KCK's Great Wolf Lodge over Christmas break but they weren't there for the water slide, they were there to see Olivia's first national ad campaign. "I was so surprised when I heard about it," said the 16 year-old De Soto High School junior. "My friend called and said my face was on this big ad in the lodge so we drove right over." Cline, who has been modeling for about three years, soon received more calls from friends and family spotting her face in the ads for colored hair extensions. ...

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Neighbors

Pastor Jan Justice of the De Soto Methodist church will be out all week attending classes. The office at the Methodist church will still be staffed though. The De Soto Baptist church will be having communion services next Sunday, Jan. 8, as well as collecting a special offering for the deacons' fund. Next Monday, Jan. 9, the ABW will have their monthly meeting. All women are invited to attend. On Saturday, Jan. 14, the men's group will have breakfast at JT's at 7:30 a.m. I had a nice visit and surprise from my old friend Sally Beck this week. She ...

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No frills resolutions: Improving the quality of your life in 2012

It’s easy to stare down a new year coming with designs on making everything different over the course of the next turn of 365 days. But actually doing it? That’s another matter entirely. If you told yourself things would be different on New Year’s Eve, how are you doing two days in? Are things going well/poor/middling? Are you winging it or do you have a plan? We talked with a local experts about a few common resolutions and how to actually achieve them. These aren’t grand resolutions we’re talking about here — Lose 200 pounds! Win an Oscar! Become a ...

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Dermatologist offers tips on how to prevent, treat dry skin

Along with winter comes dry, itchy skin that can crack and become painful. Dr. Lee Bittenbender, a dermatologist and owner of the Dermatology Center of Lawrence, said it’s a common problem and there are several factors that contribute to the dryness: cold weather and low humidity, overuse of soap, and genetics. “Some people tend to have a drier, more sensitive skin and that’s the way they are made. It’s partially genetics and we can’t change that,” he said. But there are many things we can do. Among Bittenbender’s suggestions: • Don’t take long, hot showers or baths. “The hotter the ...

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KU cancer center designation may happen in 2012

The year 2012 will be a pivotal one for the Kansas University Cancer Center. After a site visit from an NCI team in February, KU will await word on whether it has achieved its top research priority of attaining designation as a cancer center from the National Cancer Institute. The effort has been ongoing since 2005, but 2012 marks a turning point. After the site visit, the KU Cancer Center expects to hear back on whether it has received designation in the summer. Designation, of course, is no guarantee. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said she has to keep reminding herself ...

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Obituary: Lorene Hayden

Lorene Marie (Lynn) Hayden, 84, of De Soto, died Friday, Dec. 30, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Olathe. Graveside funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at the Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens Cemetery in Shawnee. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Olathe Hospice in care of the funeral home, Alden-Harrington Funeral Home of Bonner Springs. Mrs. Hayden was born on Nov. 3, 1927 in Washington County, Okla. and was a longtime De Soto resident. She loved raising her family and enjoyed her wonderful grandchildren. She drove a school bus for many years and ...

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Stories of the Year: from bicycles to breaking ground

It's that time of year again when The Explorer rounds up the top stories of the year as chosen by you, our readers. When sifting through the archives there were a lot of important stories to choose from: a ten-year-old city ordinance was repealed; a local woman was sentenced for abusing her own son; ground was broken on several major projects and that's just scratching the surface. While we picked the candidates we let you make the selection in [this week's poll][1] and here are the top five stories. De Soto City Council Repeals Bicycle Ban on 83rd Street After ...

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Brownback pushes agenda on taxes, schools, health care and state retirement for 2012

One year ago, when then-Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, was asked if he had apprehensions about turning over the office to Republican Sam Brownback, Parkinson said no. Despite having witnessed the election of the most conservative governor in modern Kansas history and a tidal wave of conservatives in the House, Parkinson said he thought the Kansas public would somehow moderate their government. “I think that in the area of social policy, the most prominent topic, of course, is abortion … in the area of social policy, I think it will be fairly easy for him (Brownback) to make changes and ...

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