Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2001

de soto history/Exploring the past

October 4, 2001

16 years ago


September 1985

The Close Up Foundation, the nation's largest government studies program, invited De Soto High to participate in a week-long series of seminars in Washington D.C. De Soto students participated with several hundred students and teachers from the Kansas City area in January, 1986. This is the second year DHS participated in the event.

De Soto Wildcat harrier Mike Haynes won the individual title at the Leavenworth Invitational Cross Country Meet. The DHS junior completed the two-plus mile course in a time of 11:00 to outdistance his closest competitor, Casey Boatwright of Tonganoxie by 10 seconds.

24 years ago


September 1977

Sherry Foxx was crowned homecoming queen during halftime festivities at De Soto High's victorious game against Osawatomie. Foxx was crowned by Beverly Davis, homecoming queen at DHS in 1976. The Wildcats' victory raised their season record to three wins and no losses.

Several members of the Pioneer 4-H Club were represented at the Sunflower State Expo in Topeka.

Following flood disasters in the Kansas City area, Gardner and De Soto were among 18 Johnson County communities that became eligible for flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program.

25 years ago


September 1976

Construction began at Countryside Intermediate School (formerly Annex) and will begin at Woodsonia Elementary within the upcoming weeks. Some classes were over recommended size levels this year, a problem that was expected to be solved by the building additions.

U.S. Rep. Larry Winn, Jr. (R-Kan.) announced the city of De Soto was awarded a $420,000 grant for wastewater treatment works from the Environmental Protection Agency. The funds were to be used for construction of an oxidation ditch type treatment plant, lift station with force main and an interceptor from the lift station to the connection to an existing sewer.

Drug raids in Johnson and Wyandotte County resulted in the arrest of 15 people. Warrants included two in Lenexa, one each in De Soto, Shawnee and Kansas City, Kan. During the four-month investigation, which led to the arrests, some of the suspects were alleged to have traveled to San Diego and returned with heroin to sell here. Recovered from the raids was about one-fourth ounce of heroin with a street value of $1,500.

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