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Core Wildcat runners return to course for fall season
August 26, 2004
Two years ago, the De Soto girls cross country team qualified for the Kansas 4A state championship meet as a team. Last fall, the boys team earned the trip. The question now remains, can they both do it in the same season? The answer is a resounding yes. Both squads return the nucleus of runners who found themselves at the state meet. And both are ready to reach that level again. “We have strong teams coming back,” Wildcat coach Chris McAfee said. “They’ve been through it all before. They’ve been in the tough meets.”
Citizen soldiers should be remembered
August 26, 2004
Khloe Olivia Kowalik
August 26, 2004
Council to limit Waverly Road improvements
August 26, 2004
The residents of Waverly Road and the De Soto City Council came to agreement last Thursday that there will be no $1 million improvement project to the east De Soto road. The consensus came at an informational meeting on possible improvements to the road between 83rd and 91st Streets. The meeting produced recriminations and complaints of past city improvement projects by residents who said they were threatened by the Council’s prior discussion of possible improvements and recent efforts to identify underground utilities.
Informal talks lead to Arbor Ridge compromise
August 26, 2004
The adversaries in an eastside development dispute have reached a compromise that may allow a proposed subdivision to move forward. Toni Caldwell said Tuesday that she and developer Jim Lambie found a mutually acceptable plan for the 90 acres the developer owns southeast of the 83rd Street/Kill Creek Road intersection. Caldwell led the eastside neighborhood effort that helped defeat two previous rezoning attempts for Lambie-Geer L.L.C.’s proposed Arbor Ridge subdivision. The two started meeting after a Johnson County judge issued a June 3 stay in the developer’s appeal of the De Soto City Council’s denial of its latest rezoning requests.
Drama class
Emotions mixed as parents say goodbye to De Soto USD 232’s newest students
August 26, 2004
Dean Koelzer knows the first day of kindergarten is harder for some than for others. While his second child, Tyler, smiled and colored at his desk without a backward glance, his wife, Denise, was trying to slip out the door before her new kindergartner saw her break down. “I’m fine,” she said, crying and laughing at the same time. “I just don’t want him to see me.” Older students went back to school last week, but Monday was the first day of kindergarten for De Soto USD 232. Across the district, the Koelzers and other parents sent their children to school with hugs, kisses, backpacks, school supplies and reminders to be good and have fun.
Mill levies headed down, property taxes maybe not
August 26, 2004
Nearly every taxing jurisdiction that receives support from De Soto property owners decreased its mill levy this year, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to a tax decrease in a city where single-family homes increased in appraised value by an average of 8.7 percent. The city, Johnson County, De Soto USD 232, the De Soto Cemetery District and Johnson County Community College all project 2005 mill levies to be less than those of 2004. The state of Kansas has a levy of 1 mill that has stayed steady for years.
Inaugural halls
Skits, games and friendly advice ease freshmen’s transition to high school
August 26, 2004
In lieu of a regular first day of school, the class of 2009 had the building to itself to learn the ropes and meet a few teachers before upperclassmen showed up Friday.
Ready to kick it
Players have championship on their minds
August 26, 2004
Last season, Mike Murphy made almost all of the right moves in guiding De Soto to the Kansas 4A State High School soccer championship game. And Murphy, who every year plays a game of chess as he shuffles players around, appears to have that same kind of talent in 2004. “It was just a fun ride,” the coach said of his team’s near-miss season, which ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to Andover in the championship. “Looking back, everybody was pretty proud of what we accomplished. But some of the kids still feel as if we have some business that we didn’t quite finish.”