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The City Council last Thursday unanimously approved putting an amendment to the city charter on the ballot next spring allowing Sunday liquor sales.
November 24, 2004
The City Council last Thursday unanimously approved putting an amendment to the city charter on the ballot next spring allowing Sunday liquor sales. The Council agreed two weeks earlier to have City Attorney Patrick Reavey write the Charter Ordinance allowing the city to opt out of the state ban subject to the approval of voters. The measure will be on the April 5 city/school general election. That election would only be a step in the process, Reavey told the Council. Should the measure be approved, the Council would have to pass a subsequent ordinance allowing Sunday sales at liquor stores, Reavey said.
Faircloth hoping Wildcat career ends in limelight
November 24, 2004
As he enters the twilight of his high school wrestling career, Adam Faircloth knows where he wants to spend the final six minutes of each tournament he wrestles. He wants to be in the championship match — under the lights. “Everybody’s watching that one match,” the senior said. “All of the eyes are on you. People are talking about your match. That’s when you realize that all of the hard work you’ve put in has paid off.”
Harnessing the potential
Girls hope to best last season’s 19-3 record
November 24, 2004
When De Soto girls’ basketball coach Dwight Spencer looks at his roster nowadays he sees three returning starters and a list of potential. That potential could be the difference between the Wildcats being an average team and a team that pushes to better the 19-3 record De Soto posted a year ago. “We’ll just play as a team, work hard, and grow as individuals and as basketball players,” Spencer said. “The rest will take care of itself.”
Auto focus
Students tinker with truck to gain experience
November 24, 2004
They may not have a “before” photo of their latest project, but students in the Eudora Community Learning Center’s auto body repair program can paint a picture with words. “It was really bad,” said De Soto High School student Jesse Payne, one of the De Soto students taking classes at the center. “It looked like an old farm truck. It looked like it had been abused.” The mental picture the students create looks nothing like the shiny blue pick-up truck parked outside the center’s garage doors last week. Except for some wear-and-tear in the bed and the telltale vintage style, the 1984 Ford F-250 looks nearly as good as new.
Seers should sharpen focus on mundane
November 24, 2004
When I was a sixth-grader, I became a science fiction fan. Why not? It was the era of the space race, astronaut adoration, flying saucer hysteria, and cars with tail fins so large they appeared ready to pilot to Neptune. I was introduced to the genre through the books of the Winston Science Fiction Series that were buried like rubies among the room libraries in the elementary school I attended. I remember searching through library stacks looking for the Winston rocket ship brand on the spine.
Thanks giving should come easy to community
November 24, 2004
Carl W. Klamm
November 24, 2004
Sewer options limited to new plant
Projected fees eliminate option of connecting to Johnson County Wastewater
November 24, 2004
The De Soto City Council last Thursday further narrowed a list of sewer-capacity expansion options, all but ensuring the city will build a new sewer plant in the next two years. The Council was presented with draft copies of the sewer master plan it commissioned last spring. With that draft prepared by Shafer, Kline and Warren consultants Jay Norco and Steve Baker, the Council saw for the first time estimates of construction costs and operational and maintenance costs of the three options.
Feds indict former educator for child porn
November 24, 2004
A former De Soto USD 232 high school administrator was indicted last week on charges of possession of child pornography. The 34-year-old man, who lives in Olathe, was among 15 people indicted Nov. 17 in unrelated Kansas child pornography and sexual predator cases. U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren announced the indictments during a conference Thursday in Wichita to draw attention to the problem of child pornography.
De Soto teams up to feed hungry
November 24, 2004
Sorting a shipment of donations from Starside Elementary School kept Frances Lawhead and a handful of De Soto High School boys busy Friday afternoon at the De Soto Multi-Service Center food pantry. “We were out of dry beans — gosh I’m glad to see those,” Lawhead said, pulling an armload of bean-filled bags from one box and making a new spot for them on one of the pantry shelves.