Neighborhood News/Dorothy Nalley
Leona Hoover's recent birthday party was a great success. There were 34 guests present, including her son and daughter-in-law, Bud and Helene Hoover and great-granddaughter, Victoria Piltzmaker from Houston, Texas; her grandson, Jimmy Etherton and wife, Emi, and great-granddaughter, Leilani from Honolulu, Hawaii; granddaughter Beth Ireland and her husband, Doug, and their children, Amanda and Scott, and many friends.
A public "Meet the Candidates" forum for those running for school board or city council will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25. A question and answer period will follow after each candidate states why they are running for office.
The Willow Springs Extension will host the forum at the former DeSoto Elementary School gym on Peoria Street.
Primary elections will be Tuesday, Feb. 27. Advance voting begins Feb. 7.
The general election is April 3. Advance voting begins March 14.
The deadline to register for the primaries is Monday, Feb. 12. The last date to register to vote for the general election is March 19.
Registration forms are available at the library, city hall, multi-service center and the Johnson County election office.
For more information on voting, call 782-3441, or Dorothy Nalley at 585-1326.
The Pleasant Hour Club met Jan. 18 at the DeSoto United Methodist Church with all its members present. Jean Maness was a guest. Elizabeth Simmons and Amy Fisher were hostesses. Delores Weller and Ruth Sullivan gave the program.
Officers for the next year are Marilyn Russell, president; and Sue Allen, secretary/treasurer. Judy Gribben took a year release because of health conditions.
The next meeting will be a salad luncheon on Feb. 15.
I spent eight days in the Olathe Medical Center recently with severe abdominal pain and a pulled muscle and ligament. I appreciate the prayers, visits, calls, cards, food and concern. And, the Manness's ran errands for me.
Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Gardner, Kansas City, Kan., visited her mother and sister, Ila and Ruth Motzkus on Saturday.
Several people in the Baptist and Methodist churches will be celebrating their anniversaries including Leon and Myrtle Coker, Lloyd and Maxine Coker, Scott and Ted Jones, Bill and Ginger DeHoff, Merle and Beth Couch, Randy and Shelly Canaan, and the Rev. Richard and Mary Etta Copeland.
Stephanie Rhodes surprised me Jan. 7 when she brought a beautiful decorated heart-shaped birthday cake and punch to my Sunday school class to celebrate my 85th birthday. It was appreciated and I thank her mother, Paula, too.
Former DeSoto resident Bill Russell, who now lives in Moore, Okla., recently underwent angioplasty and is home recovering.
Kyle Walker won the fourth-grade spelling bee at Starside Elementary recently.
Brad and Shelly Williams and their two children, all of Manhattan, were recent visitors of Jerry Nalley and myself.
The AB Girls are holding an open house candle party as a fund-raiser from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, in the fellowship hall. The community is invited.
DeSoto Baptist Church held a Super Bowl of Soup Jan. 28 following worship services. Youths from several Sunday school classes volunteered their time to help.
The Copelands held the annual adult choir party at their home last Sunday.
Darlene Hackworth was a patient at Overland Park Regional Hospital recently and received some blood. She is home recovering. Velma Henry suffered more strokes recently. She has been staying at the home of her daughter, Joyce Stewart, for the past several months. Hospice is helping care for her. Joe Woywod was undergoing tests at the Mayo Clinic.
Claude Price is home from Olathe Medical Center and continues dialysis three times a week. Delores Makepeace takes Claude Makepeace for his dialysis three times a week. Frank Rudd is undergoing chemotherapy. Willie Istas suffered a stroke recently. Eldon Brown has been undergoing surgery this week at Olathe Medical Center.
June Morris will be having surgery soon. Jeff Sipe has improved and is home.
Kenny Simmons, who has a heart aneurysm, is awaiting surgery. Marge Cates, formerly of DeSoto, now living in Las Vegas, has been very ill. It is reported she is very weak.
El Freeda Payton's sister, Frances, who had a leg amputated recently, is in Boone County Hospital. Collie and Snowdean Arnold and others in their family have been suffering from the flu. Lloyd Coker is in Gardner Rehab after a recent fall. Dorothy Ashley is still in the Good Samaritan Home, but Earl Ashley is home.
Frankie Aubert is home from the hospital after hip surgery and therapy following a car accident in December. The family was grateful for the Christmas ham, provided by Mayor Steve Prudden.