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Grizzles lend muscle to winning effort
July 29, 2004
Tonganoxie’s 14-under fast pitch softball team received some local help in winning the American Fastpitch Association ‘B’ Girls National Tournament at the Clinton Lake Softball Complex in Lawrence last weekend.
Netting young tennis stars
Prosser lends expertise to DHS players
July 29, 2004
Steve Prosser always knew he could play tennis. There was never any doubt about his ability to hit a tennis ball. What he didn’t know was that he had a gift to teach the game he has played all of his life. He discovered his hidden talent while instructing a foursome of De Soto High School tennis players.
Voting way to make government more responsive
July 29, 2004
Luke Adam Hoffman
July 29, 2004
Ernestine M. Tripkos
July 29, 2004
Randall Leon Shumaker
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Mahon completes new De Soto High School team
July 29, 2004
The new administrative team is in place at De Soto High School. Chuck Mahon will be the new assistant principal. Mahon, whose first day at the school was Monday, will join the school’s staff after spending two years as principal at Central Junior-Senior High School in Burden. Burden is located about 25 miles northeast of Winfield. The rural high school there enrolls students from grades seven-12 who come from four different towns, Mahon said. Before moving to Burden, Mahon was assistant principal, athletics director and head basketball coach for Phillipsburg High School, a 3A school about 60 miles north of Hays.
State Senate race highlights primary
Boyer challenges O’Connor in 9th District
July 29, 2004
Tuesday’s primary is deficient in hotly contested statewide contests, but the Republican 9th District Kansas Senate race fills the drama void nicely. Sen. Kay O’Connor is attempting to retain the seat she won four years ago when she gave up her safe Olathe House seat to oust incumbent Rich Becker in the GOP primary. Rob Boyer hopes to duplicate O’Connor’s feat of four years ago and exchange his 38th District House seat for one in the upper chambers.
November poll worker shortage feared
July 29, 2004
De Soto resident Mary Manly says working the polls takes an early bird with some stamina, but give her a puzzle book and she’s up for the job. Manly, 78, has been an election worker in Johnson County for more than a decade. Despite long hours and sometimes grumbling voters, she still really likes doing it. “It has to take an early person, because you’ve got to be there at 6 a.m., wide awake and ready to go,” she said. “It’s no big deal — it’s fun.” However, guessing many other citizens are turned off by long hours and the difficulty of missing a day of work, some area county election offices are coming up a bit short on poll workers this year. Although the shortage isn’t drastic, Johnson County says it could use a few more warm bodies to run the upcoming primary elections Tuesday. With the largest population in the area, Johnson County needs about 1,300 to 1,400 workers to fill spots at 415 precincts, said Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt.
Planning Commission approves VFW’s site plan
July 29, 2004
The De Soto Planning Commission approved a site plan Tuesday needed to get the De Soto Linden-Tripkos VFW Post No. 6654’s expansion restarted. The Planning Commission’s action was the latest chapter in a confusing situation that started when city building inspector Larry Baxter issued the VFW a building permit for its planned expansion. City Engineer Mike Brungardt and City Attorney Patrick Reavey later determined the size of the expansion and other elements of the proposed project should have required site plan approval. Fearful of the liability that could place on the city, the De Soto City Council reluctantly revoked the building permit earlier this month. “We relied on the original building permit to spend $115,000 on a building now lying on the ground,” VFW attorney Frank Taylor told planning commissioners Tuesday. Realizing the hardship the city’s mistake had placed on the post, the Council instructed city staff, the De Soto Site Plan Review Board and the Planning Commission to expedite the site plan approval process so that it could enter into a development agreement with the post and construction on the project could resume.
Couch Potato eases into Lexington Plaza
July 29, 2004
As they prepared Friday for the first weekend of their De Soto store, Craig Gerfen and Jeff Owens liked the forecast of the next day. A rainy day would bring more customers to their newly opened Couch Potato Video store at Lexington Plaza, one of two businesses that opened last week in the just-completed commercial development. “We’re ready,” Owens said. “Hopefully, with rain we’ll have heavy traffic. Winter weather’s when we do best.” It was in anticipation of a hotter opportunity that the two men closed their Lawrence store and moved its inventory to De Soto. They also own stores in Baldwin City and Tonganoxie.
Exploring the past
July 29, 2004