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Recreation vision gains momentum with recent West Bottom purchase
Editorial
March 4, 2004
Heinen too much for Bobcats
March 4, 2004
The warrior in Allie Heinen came out Monday during De Soto’s 55-41 first round sub-state win over Basehor-Linwood. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Heinen — who has been known to batter and bruise an opposing team — did it again and spoiled the Bobcat’s upset bid in the process, ending their season. The senior scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the second half as the Wildcats rallied for the 14-point win. Heinen finished the game with game highs of 23 points and 20 rebounds.
Boys pull upset, advance
March 4, 2004
On the inside, Graham Power was a bundle of nerves when he was called on to shoot a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in De Soto’s first-round 66-64 sub-state win over Lansing. But on the outside, it was Power’s ability to calm himself and concentrate as he connected on the game-winning charity tosses. “I just said to myself, ‘Graham, try not to screw up too bad,” Power said. “I told Danny (Brown) before I took the shots that it was like being in the bottom of the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and the score tied. I knew I had to hit those free throws.”
Overtime loss again ends Erisman’s state quest
March 4, 2004
For the second year in a row, Neil Erisman’s quest for a state championship came up short of its mark. The sophomore grappling phenom, who won a national tournament last summer and has been successful in worldwide wrestling tournaments, fell to a familiar foe in the 4A 152-pound semifinals. He settled for a third-place finish at last weekend’s state wrestling meet in Wichita.
String theory
March 4, 2004
De Soto valuation increases moderate in 2004
March 4, 2004
The value of the average home in De Soto increased by 6.9 percent in 2003, according to a report released last week by Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome. The increase was greater than the county average of 5.3 percent and was exceeded by only four other county cities in a year that saw more moderate valuation increases than those witnessed in recent years, Welcome said.
Supporters sing praises of fifth-grade band
USD 232 Board of Education majority remain concerned about loss of instructional class time
March 4, 2004
Two weeks ago, members of the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education said they wanted to hear from district parents, staff and students about the possible elimination of fifth-grade band. They weren’t disappointed. At the start of Monday’s De Soto USD 232 Board of Education meeting, board members reported they received numerous e-mails and letters in support of keeping the program. They heard more Monday, as 10 of the 40 supporters attending the meeting urged them to keep, if not expand, the elementary school band program.
Treading water
Survey of Kansas towns shows annual subsidy of $20,000 to $50,000 needed to operate pool
March 4, 2004
De Soto City Administrator Greg Johnson researched the question to give the Council and city residents some idea of how much mill levy support a new pool would require. Johnson didn’t provide a single number but a range. He predicted a new pool’s operating and maintenance costs would outpace its revenue from $7,000 to $62,000 annually. The aging Miller Park pool required a $14,000 subsidy to break even last year. A survey of Kansas cities that have built new pools in recent years suggests Johnson’s range is a good gauge, given the unknown variable of attendance. All three cities, Winfield, Wellington and Hiawatha, had pools that operated with a deficit within Johnson’s estimate.