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City Council revokes VFW building permit
July 22, 2004
As expected, the De Soto City Council revoked a building permit last Thursday previously issued to De Soto’s VFW post. The Council suspended the permit two weeks earlier, acknowledging it was probably a step toward revoking the permit. At that time, Mayor Dave Anderson cited city staff reviews that said a building permit shouldn’t have been issued without a site plan. The size of the post’s expansion, an added access lane to Penner Avenue and expanded gravel parking lot all required approval by the De Soto Site Plan Review Board and Planning Commission, city staff wrote.
Double-digit growth continues to challenge district’s planner
July 22, 2004
For De Soto USD 232, fitting kids into schools can be like putting together an ever-changing puzzle. The rapidly growing district includes students from five different cities. Although the budget is falling short on some of the bond projects, De Soto says it’s still on target with projections and plans for accommodations as current schools approach their maximum capacity.
SFAAP legislation working way through Congress
Moore, governor not notified of measure
July 22, 2004
Federal legislation that could alter the way the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant is transferred to the Kansas City, Mo., real estate company, Kessinger/Hunter and Co. has made its way through the U.S. Senate and House. The legislation would allow the Army to convey the plant directly to “an entity selected” by the Johnson County Commission. That would be a departure from the arrangement the county has been attempting to put together for the last year. Since June 2003, the county has been negotiating the purchase of Sunflower with the hope of immediately reselling the property to a developer.
Momentum shift swings Wildcats past North’s Eagles
July 22, 2004
Just as quickly as they turned around the baseball season, the De Soto Wildcat 3 and 2 baseball team started to go back the other way in a pair of doubleheaders last week.
Cralling at a hundred mph
Crall prowls local sprint car circuit with eye toward future Indy 500 berth
July 22, 2004
To Crall, there is more to racing than just those risks. He also loves the competition.
Zoning Board denies quarry permit
County Commission to make Aug. 26 decision on Hunt Midwest quarry’s fate
July 22, 2004
The Consolidated North-west Johnson County Zoning Board voted Monday to recommend denial of Hunt Midwest Mining Inc.’s request for a conditional use permit for the Sunflower Quarry it operates south of De Soto. Zoning Board member Jennie Crowder spoke of the quarry’s incompatibility with neighboring land uses and other aspects of Golden criteria that Kansas courts use when reviewing appeals of zoning decisions. But it was clear the Zoning Board member’s dissatisfaction with what they viewed as Hunt Midwest’s poor record of compliance with past regulations was key to the decision. “Past performance is the best predictor of the future,” Crowder said before a crowd that filled the 150-person capacity of the Johnson County Commission’s meeting room in Olathe.
Mudcats successful against best
July 22, 2004
Many of those players are now preparing to enter their first year of high school baseball at De Soto, Mill Valley and Shawnee Mission Northwest high schools.
Offering a heaping helping
Local gardeners serve up surplus crops to food pantry
July 22, 2004
Thanks to a program started by recent De Soto High School graduate Allyssa King, the Multi Service Center food pantry offers fresh produce during the summer.
USD 232 Board needs to re-establish credibility after bad two months
July 22, 2004
Eva J. Gordon
July 22, 2004
school calendar
July 22, 2004
Expected baby gives solace to firefighter’s family
July 22, 2004
Things weren’t supposed to end up like this. Instead of getting married and living happily ever after with her fiance and their yet-unborn daughter, Melissa Schurman went to her future husband’s funeral Sunday. Nathan Honaker, a seemingly healthy 22-year-old volunteer firefighter for the De Soto Fire Department, died last month when his heart stopped beating for apparently no reason. Schurman and other family members are trying to cope with the surprise of his death and anxiously waiting for answers about what might have caused it. In the meantime, Schurman said she was struggling with grief about losing Honaker, happiness about having their baby, and questions about what she’ll do now.
Exploring the Past
De Soto history
July 22, 2004
From the Editor’s Desk
Primaries are won in the ditches
July 22, 2004