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Ruby May Taylor
1917-2004
September 23, 2004
Joseph Tubbs Sr.
1928-2004
September 23, 2004
Johnson-Hudson
September 23, 2004
Teachers’ success underscores district’s best asset
September 23, 2004
De Soto residents know the community’s children are treated to facilities that would be the envy of most school districts in the state. No student in the district goes to a school built more than a decade ago, except those at the nearly reconstructed Lexington Trails Middle School, which is the district’s most modern in appearance and technology. But residents of the district, particularly those living on the west side were reminded last week that glass facades are not the district’s chief asset. Two teachers, Tim Mispagel and Sara Dilday, are the latest district faculty members to earn recognition in the Kansas Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year Award.
Sub Beck delivers in Baldwin
September 23, 2004
Katie Beck took advantage of an opportunity to play with the varsity last Thursday by helping lead De Soto to its best finish ever in the Baldwin Invitational tennis tournament. The Wildcats finished within two points of the championship but were squeezed out 24-22 by 2003 Kansas 4A state runner-up Parsons. Topeka Hayden was third at 18. Beck was given a chance to play when a rain delayed the event from the previous day. De Soto’s No. 2 singles player Alex Prosser was forced to fill in the void of No. 1 doubles player Bianca Gonzalez, who had prior commitments. Prosser teamed with Stacy Davis to make up the top doubles team for the Wildcats.
Hevel providing punch
Senior’s scoring leads De Soto to 2-1 week
September 23, 2004
De Soto soccer coach Mike Murphy wouldn’t say Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Kansas City Turner was his team’s best performance of the 2004 season. But he was close. Murphy was pleased with his team’s play but said early-season wins over Basehor-Linwood and Perry-Lecompton ranked right up there with the shutout win. “We moved the ball better than we have and marked much better,” Murphy said. “We took steps toward being where we want to be, but we still have steps that need to be taken.”
Rushing game, defense grounds Vikings
Wildcats’ adjustments stymie Central Heights
September 23, 2004
Central Heights may have drawn first blood in De Soto’s 27-3 homecoming win, but the visitors were forced to display their entire game plan in the process. As a result, Central Heights had no aces up its sleeve, and the Wildcat defense called the bluff on any hopes of a Viking upset.
Clowning achievement
September 23, 2004
Getting in step with character
September 23, 2004
Devon Freeman learned well the lesson of the day about how to treat others. “We respect them the way we want them to respect us, and stuff like that,” he said. Devon, a second-grader at Starside Elementary School, was one of more than 150 students who turned out for the school’s annual Respect Walk on Tuesday. Promoting respect for one’s body, the after-school walk kicked off Starside’s character education program and several other fitness programs. Throughout the year, students study what they call the six character pillars: respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring, trustworthiness and fairness. Actions in line with those qualities are encouraged with activities and rewards.
Delayed projects could play role in building halt decision
September 23, 2004
The De Soto City Council will have a work session in the coming weeks to determine just how much new housing, if any, it can allow until a new sewer plant or other form of added waste water capacity is available. The Council first discussed the possibility of a building permit moratorium in April, just as a sewer master study got underway. The report will make recommendations about how the city can best address its future waste water needs.
Huhtamaki expanding in De Soto
Company to add 13 to 15 jobs
September 23, 2004
Huhtamaki Americas announced Wednesday the expansion of a new service line that will bring 13 to 15 new jobs to its De Soto plant. Arron Smith, Huhtamaki’s De Soto plant manager, said the new product would serve a “major quick service restaurant” customer. It will join the other ice cream packaging items produced in De Soto.
Developer’s top lawyer says key Sunflower agreements near
September 23, 2004
His presence Wednesday in De Soto was an indication that progress was being made in Kessinger/Hunter and Co.’s attempt to negotiate the transfer of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, John Petersen told those attending the quarterly meeting of the De Soto Economic Development Council. Petersen, an attorney representing Kessinger/Hunter in negotiations with various federal, state and county jurisdictions, said he anticipated agreements with the Army, U.S. General Services Administration, EPA and Kansas Department of Health and Environment to be completed in the next two months. An agreement with the Army and GSA would establish the business details of the transfer of the 9,065-acre plant to the Kansas City real estate company, and the agreement with the EPA and KDHE would establish the environmental framework.
Johnson, girls solid at Rim Rock
September 23, 2004
Even when Casey Johnson’s not on his best game, he’s still better than most runners, as Saturday’s Rimrock Classic cross-country meet proved. Johnson won the annual event north of Lawrence despite adding nearly a minute to his latest run in Wamego. Still, the senior beat out 136 other runners for top honors in the meet’s blue division, which includes runners from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Part of the problem for Johnson’s slower than normal time was the condition of the trail following Saturday mornings rain, which delayed the meet by about 90 minutes.