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De Soto teen lassoes spot on Kansas state high school rodeo team, will compete in barrel racing event at national finals rodeo next week
July 15, 2004
Maggie Jo Saylors was too young to remember when she started riding. But the De Soto High School senior-to-be knows she’s been competing in rodeo since she was about four. Next week will be the biggest one yet when Maggie Jo barrel races at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo. “That’s what we worked for all year long,” she said. “We finally got it.” And she admits to being really nervous — it’s huge. The rodeo, in fact, boasts of being the world’s largest. Featuring 15,000 contestants from 39 states, five Canadian Provinces and even Australia, it will last from July 19 to 25. Maggie Jo competes each fall and spring in Kansas High School Rodeo Association events all over the state. Four people in each event qualify to represent Kansas at the national finals each year. Results aren’t tallied from just one event but from a year-long point system, she said.
July 15, 2004
Lloyd M. Kraus
July 15, 2004
Bond no mystery to area running scene
July 15, 2004
William Bond isn’t sure why he enjoys running so much. For him it’s just one of those unexplainable passions people have. A mystery even to himself. “One guy likes to play golf,” Bond said in explanation of his passion. “While another likes to do something else.”
New minister hopes he’s found final home
July 15, 2004
Jerry Vaughn’s office still has some half-unpacked boxes and empty bookshelves, but it’s beginning to look a little more settled in. Vaughn, the new pastor at De Soto United Methodist Church, gave his first Sunday sermon on July 4. An ordained minister for 34 years, Vaughn said he’s looking forward to spending his last eight years in the profession — if not more — with the congregation in De Soto.
Wreck blessing for De Soto firefighter
July 15, 2004
Harley Mostaffa, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter with the De Soto Fire Department, had a little good luck and a little bad luck last month. A series of serendipitously-timed events, including major surgery, left him cancer-free but with one kidney and about $50,000 in the hole. A fund has been established in De Soto to help.
Gladys O. Mudd
July 15, 2004
New middle school cost brings sticker shock
USD 232’s planned central school’s initial estimates $6 million more than proposed in 2002 bond issue
July 15, 2004
A few wisecracks Tuesday about the need for defibrillators couldn’t detract the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education from the bad news that the district’s next bond project wasn’t good. The planned Mize Middle School is grossly over budget. After several months of comparing the initial budget to the school’s first construction estimates, staff reported to the Board that the project’s budget is still $6 million short of even pared-down estimates. The main culprits are site and building costs, as well as skyrocketing inflation.
Hot Hansen leads Wildcat turnaround
3 and 2 team rebounds from early season troubles
July 15, 2004
Aaron Hansen’s baseball swing early in the 3 and 2 Baseball season resembled that of the golfer who is more concerned with how far he can hit a tee shot than with keeping his eye on the ball. He went for the kill every time. Now that Hansen has settled into his swing, he has become an integral part of the Wildcat’s turn around over the past couple of weeks. “I used to swing for the fences,” Hansen said of his season-opening slump at the plate. “Now I’m swinging at the ball. I’m seeing the ball much better.”
Agreement needed step for water pant
July 15, 2004
De Soto city officials probably left the July 1 Johnson County Commission meeting encouraged and wary. Mayor Dave Anderson said he returned to De Soto with what he wanted, a written pledge that the county would end its objection to the Army transferring the water treatment facility on the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant separate from the rest of the closed plant’s transfer should no agreement be in place by March 1, 2005.
Maples to celebrate 40th
July 15, 2004