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City Council right to insist overlay district remains consistent
June 3, 2004
It is disappointing Johnson County’s proposed conditional use permit for Hunt Midwest Mining Inc.’s Sunflower Quarry will be presented Tuesday to the Johnson County Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board with the city of De Soto and the county still in conflict about the process used to locate a new haul road should one be necessary. The majority of the De Soto City Council and Mayor Dave Anderson insist that decision should be made jointly by the City Council and the Johnson County Commission. Johnson County Chief Legal Counsel Don Jarrett maintains the final decision should be the County Commission’s with consultation with the city.
John L. Scott Sr.
1915-2004
June 3, 2004
Alfred Mathias
1914-2004
June 3, 2004
Richard S. Johnston
1962-2004
June 3, 2004
Everett H. Hoover
1929-2004
June 3, 2004
Revealing self-portrait earns De Soto art student place in Capitol show
June 3, 2004
When he titled a class project “Sexy Self Portrait,” Joey Grimm wasn’t counting on it winning a nationwide art competition. “At first, I did it as a joke because I didn’t think that it would win anything,” Grimm said. “But that wasn’t the outcome, so that’s how the title stayed.” Grimm, who just finished his sophomore year at De Soto High School, recently had his self-portrait selected as the winner of the Kansas Third District Congressional Arts Competition. The painting is already on its way to Washington, D.C., to be displayed in Cannon Tunnel, an underground pedestrian walkway leading to the U.S. Capitol. Grimm used a mirror and dramatic side lighting to create his realistic self-image. A warm, ruddy palette and slightly off-centered horizontal composition give the image a mysterious tone.
Fuel prices concen city, district
June 3, 2004
Just as families are adjusting household finances to account for higher prices at the gas pump, local governments are seeing how four months of higher fuel prices affected current budgets and their possible consequences in the future. For the city of De Soto, the budget appears fine, at least before the mid-May spike in fuel prices. When the city of De Soto’s 2004 budget was prepared last summer, gasoline prices were about $1.50 gallon. It was projected at that time, the city’s six departments would spend a total of $22,100 for fuel this year, City Administrator Greg Johnson said After paying the city’s outstanding vehicle fuel bill in early May, the city had spent $6,903 for fuel so far this year, Johnson said. That represented 31 percent of the fuel budget through the first third of the year, he said. “In terms of the total fuel budget, the city seems to be on track,” Johnson said. The city attempted to limit driving to that needed to deliver services, Johnson said. Should continued fuel-price increases outstrip budgeted amounts, the money would have to be moved from other budgeted line items, he said.
District, teachers begin negotiations with money tight
June 3, 2004
De Soto USD 232 and teachers are continuing negotiations regarding next year’s teacher salary contracts. Talks usually begin around February, but with this year’s legislative budget issues the process has been somewhat slower and more difficult than usual. Superintendent Sharon Zoellner said talks were proceeding well in spite of budget woes. Zoellner said she hoped to reach an agreement by the end of this month or the first of July.
Demand offers little relief from high gas prices
June 3, 2004
Jack Schmidt was preparing Monday for one of his frequent trips to the Flint Hills town of Alma by filling his pickup with gas at De Soto’s J-Mart. With the recent gasoline price increases, the round trip to tend the 1,000-acre spread now costs $50, Schmidt said. There was nothing he could do to cut the cost, he said, pointing to a chemical tank in the pickup’s bed that holds 650 pounds of herbicide needed to check the brush threatening his Flint Hills’ pastures. “I have to go there,” he said. “I have to do what needs to be done.” Filling her vehicle nearby, Lindie Willhite said gasoline prices of near $2 a gallon had changed the driving habits of her family. “My husband is taking his motorcycle to work because it gets better mileage,” she said. “We plan our outings so that we can get several things instead of just stopping at one place.”
Tennis season defined by a team that just wouldn’t quit
June 3, 2004
As the end of 2004 tennis season grew closer, De Soto tennis coach Doug Opdycke discovered a team characteristic valuable in all of sports. No, he may not have had the most talented or most experienced team. But he still knew something about his team that gave him comfort.
Somber moment
June 3, 2004
Bishop stood between Cats and state tourney berth
June 3, 2004
But a senior class that included three players who will continue their softball careers at the next level, wouldn’t allow a repeat of recent dismal seasons.
Johnson shines
De Soto brings back state hardware
June 3, 2004
The Wildcat distance runner’s hopes of a sweep in the 800 and 1,600 withered when he allowed a pack of runners to get too far out in front of him during the latter.