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Students throw a party for seniors
March 2, 2000
No one can accuse Emily Abels and Denise Robertson of not taking their homework seriously. When their social studies teacher asked them to write a report identifying a social need in DeSoto, the two Lexington Trails eighth-graders did him one better. They threw a party.
A scholar athlete who makes hometown proud
March 2, 2000
Senior Josh Goodin being naming to the GKCFCA Scholar Athlete team is a feather in the cap to all of DeSoto.
New Super 8 motel almost ready for business
March 2, 2000
DeSoto’s first national chain motel will open its doors early this month. The Super 8 motel, located at 34085 Commerce Drive, will have 43 rooms, ranging in price from about $50 to $79 per night. Its sign will be visible from the highway and, motel manager Terry Cunning, believes it will bring business travelers to town.
Woodsonia praised in accreditation review
March 2, 2000
Does Oz give DeSoto new educational opportunities
March 2, 2000
The question of what affect the Wonderful World of Oz Theme Park and Resort would have on the city of DeSoto is one that has been debated on many fronts. What it would mean to the city and what it would mean for the school district are all things that DeSoto residents will be faced with for months and even years to come.
DeSoto is perfect for Sealright headquarters
March 2, 2000
When it comes to attracting big business, DeSoto has a lot going for it. The ideal location, a relatively untapped labor pool and room for expansion was more than enough reason for one international company to make DeSoto its North American headquarters.
New pay-to-ride busing plan doesn’t sit well with some parents
March 2, 2000
Some DeSoto students are learning early that there are no free rides in life. DeSoto school board members voted last month to begin charging bus fare for students who live in close proximity to their schools.
DeSoto Explorer moving into a new era of publishing
March 2, 2000
The purchase by the World Company of the weekly publication takes The Explorer to a high-tech, four-color level. However, the journalistic groundwork put in place by the Hulls will not be forgotten. In fact, those same practices will be followed daily by an expanded staff, which will allow for more comprehensive coverage of the community.
Council ponders appeal to assist in center’s revival
Bond proposal getting careful study
March 2, 2000
In a special meeting last week, council members were asked by representatives of Responsive Healthcare to accept their application requesting that the city form a partnership of sorts with the company. The application would include a request by the company for the city to issue about $4 million in revenue bonds for the project. The application also would include a request for a letter of intent from the city to move forward with the project. Council members voted 4-1 to accept the application.
Growing DeSoto district works to keep teaching jobs filled
March 2, 2000
The addition of a new elementary and a new high school in the DeSoto district will create 20 to 30 new teaching positions, Bill Gilhaus said. When you add that to the number of retirements and transfers in the district, Gilhaus said district officials will need to hire about 50 new teachers next year. He doesn’t expect that to be a problem.
Haub comes up short at state meet
March 2, 2000
DeSoto’s Josh Haub finished sixth at the Kansas Class 5A wrestling meet last weekend in Wichita.
Girls draw Bonner Springs in opener
March 2, 2000
The new season begins Friday for DeSoto’s girls basketball team.
Senior learns lessons through adversity
March 2, 2000
For senior basketball player Aaron Ray, that tattoo on his shoulder serves as a motto. It is a summary of his life to date, from his troubled early teen years to getting back on track with the help of basketball.
Wildcats open sub-state play in Topeka
March 2, 2000
The Wildcats begin Kansas Class 5A sub-state regional play by traveling to Topeka-Highland Park to square off with Topeka-Seaman in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal contest.
Couple marks 50th anniversary
March 2, 2000
Leland and Beverly Jones celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 3.
Committed to community
March 2, 2000
New publisher Dan Simon welcomes reader to The DeSoto Explorer.
Partners, not twins
DeSoto restarauteurs think success is a matter of having fun
March 2, 2000
Twin brothers, different mothers. That’s the only way Denny Hougham and George Mills can explain their striking resemblance, their enduring friendship and their mutual love of good music and good food.
DeSoto’s Goodin does it all
March 2, 2000
Josh Goodin was recognized at an awards dinner at North Kansas City’s Park Place Hotel last Sunday night for being named to the 1999 Greater Kansas City Coaches Association’s Scholar-Athlete Football Team.