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Earthly delights
Couple welcome visitors to backyard oasis
June 2, 2005
Carol Wooten doesn’t have an official name for the idyllic, flora- and fauna-filled landscape behind her home, just a humble one.
Aiming for remembrance
June 2, 2005
Exploring the Past
De Soto History
June 2, 2005
From the Editor’s Desk
Scam probability needs to be explored
June 2, 2005
Editorial
All welcomed at De Soto’s Relay For Life
June 2, 2005
Couple to celebrate 50th
June 2, 2005
De Soto Datebook
Community calendar
June 2, 2005
Forrest R. Duffey
1940-2005
June 2, 2005
Lloyd H. Bleidissel
1914-2005
June 2, 2005
Opdycke gives up coaching racket
June 2, 2005
As his final gesture as the boys tennis coach at De Soto, Doug Opdycke bought his players dinner. Then he shocked them by announcing his retirement as their coach. “It was mostly silent,” De Soto sophomore doubles player Dan Hoschouer said of the atmosphere at a Lawrence restaurant following last month’s regional meet. “The seniors were pretty shocked. He had been the only coach they had known. It’s hard to believe. He’s always been my coach.”
Bonar says relationships motivated return to bench
De Soto High School teacher, former Bonner Springs coach named new Wildcat basketball top man
June 2, 2005
After wading through dozens of applications, De Soto athletic director Roy Hawley and Principal Dave Morford decided the best candidate to replace Jason Generally as De Soto’s boys basketball coach was right under their noses. De Soto High School teacher Jim Bonar, a former Bonner Springs boys basketball coach, is the Wildcats new boys basketball coach.
Johnson wins gold in 800, 1,600 meters
Goleman, Roberts grab state medals
June 2, 2005
After his first event at Friday and Saturday’s state track meet in Wichita, Casey Johnson knew his run at history was over. But the Wildcat senior didn’t allow disappointment to set in and ruin his final high school competition. Instead, he refocused and raked in as much gold as he could.
McPherson living example of early detection’s benefit
June 2, 2005
Lana McPherson has conflicted feelings about speaking Friday evening at the start of the De Soto Relay For Life. As De Soto city clerk, McPherson will talk about the city’s participation in the event during opening ceremonies, set to start at 7 p.m. Friday at the De Soto High School athletic stadium. She is also qualified to speak as a survivor, although she insisted she shouldn’t be considered with other cancer survivors in the community whose hard, life-threatening experiences will be honored with a survivors’ lap that will start 12 hours of marching around the track.
De Soto Relay For Life ready to circle the track for record year
Fun, reflection scheduled for annual cancer event
June 2, 2005
The annual De Soto Relay For Life will continue with an ambitious goal in its sixth year. “Our goal is to collect $36,000,” said De Soto relay chairwoman Rita Jones. If that goal is reached, it would be a $5,000 increase in what was collected last year in the American Cancer Society event. Money raised from the De Soto relay and others in other communities is used to pay for cancer research and for support services for those fighting the disease. The event will start at 7 p.m. Friday at De Soto High School football stadium and will conclude 12 hours later with closing statements. Those staying to the end will be provided a 6 a.m. breakfast from Wally’s Cafe.
Bryce Benjamin Ross
June 2, 2005
What break? Teachers plan busy summers
June 2, 2005
Bryan Brutto hears it every year: You’re a teacher? Three months off with nothing to do must be the life, huh? “I laugh when people think, ‘Oh, you get the whole summer off,’” said Brutto, who teaches sophomore English at De Soto High School. “I think, ‘Well, not really.’ It keeps going.” Summertime is open to interpretation for teachers, whose last day on contract for De Soto USD 232 was Friday. Some plan to spend their off-months traveling or relaxing, but others will use the break to make an extra buck by continuing teaching or working another job.
School finance limbo puts teacher talks on hold
June 2, 2005
Negotiations between teachers and De Soto USD 232 aren’t at an impasse, but they are at a standstill. Pinning down teacher salaries — and thus contracts — for the 2005-2006 school year hinges on what the Kansas Supreme Court decides to do about the school finance bill now before it. Until the Court OKs, rejects or modifies the bill, districts won’t be able to calculate their upcoming year’s budgets, teacher salaries included.