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District 3 race opens second front in fight for control of state board
November 2, 2006
Boys third-place finish nets team’s first state trophy
November 2, 2006
Opinions differed Saturday among the De Soto boys cross country runners following their performance at the state meet at the Wamego Country Club golf course. Some saw the day’s race as a disappointment. Others saw it as progress. They were all happy to at least be taking a trophy home, however. Despite coming up short on a bid for a state championship, the boys team finished third and captured its first-ever trophy.
Spring Hill runs over De Soto in season-ending loss
November 2, 2006
De Soto football coach Brad Scott said he knew what Spring Hill was going to try to do. He said his team knew, and Spring Hill obviously knew. “Heck, even every fan in the stands knew by the fourth quarter,” Scott said. Spring Hill was going to run super-athlete Dustin Smith until De Soto made them stop. De Soto didn’t make them stop.
Neighbors
November 2, 2006
The Pleasant Hour Club met Oct. 19 at the De Soto United Methodist Church with Mary Jo Plummer and Mary Ann Stewart as co-hostesses. The room was decorated with many pumpkins and a pumpkin dessert was served. Maye Gulley gave the program about the organic water garden she maintains. She invited the group to visit and see the water garden.
County chair rematch focuses on government efficiency
November 2, 2006
It’s a rematch, but neither of the candidates in the race for Johnson County Chair thinks the results of four years ago will be duplicated. In 2002, Charlotte O’Hara and Annabeth Surbaugh faced off in the general election campaign to become the first person to fill the newly created commission chair position. Surbaugh easily prevailed in the non-partisan race, winning with 60 percent of the 149,000 votes cast.
Exploring the Past/De Soto History
November 2, 2006
County appoints Sunflower board
November 2, 2006
The Johnson County Commission appointed a seven—member Sunflower Redevelopment Board last Thursday two-and-a-half years after the Kansas Legislature gave it the authority to name the body.
Mize HAWKS collect for orphans
November 2, 2006
Mize Elementary School students donated $388.46 last week to help raise funds for African AIDS orphans.
Extension classes offered
November 2, 2006
The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office offers a variety of classes for the general public.
Election reports available
November 2, 2006
Youth sponsorships available
November 2, 2006
The city of De Soto is starting a new sponsorship program to help the community’s youth get the same opportunity to participate in the city’s activities.
Commemorative throws available
November 2, 2006
Alma M. Lemmon
November 2, 2006
Charles A. Myers
November 2, 2006
Book sale
November 2, 2006
The Johnson County Library and Friends of the Johnson County Library will have a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Valley Library, 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park.
Fund-raiser planned
November 2, 2006
The Crossing Youth Center is now accepting donations for a Nov. 17 fund-raiser.
Bingo night
November 2, 2006
Blood drive set
November 2, 2006
Lexington Trails Middle School and PAWS are sponsoring a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the school auditorium, 8800 Penner Avenue, De Soto.
Musical tickets on sale
November 2, 2006
Tickets for De Soto High School’s “The Sound of Music, ” are on sale.
Parents’ night out
November 2, 2006
Robotics team second
November 2, 2006
The Johnson County Homeschool Robotics Team earned a second-place finish at the Kansas Boosting Engineering and Science competition.
Fabric artist to speak at Johnson County museum
November 2, 2006
The Johnson County Museum of History will have a “Fantastic Fabrics” presentation at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the museum, 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee.
Annual chamber election Nov. 9
November 2, 2006
Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers
November 2, 2006
Mail Call: Good schools an attraction
November 2, 2006
I have tried to write this letter several times without emotion, but I continue to find it very difficult. Why? To me it is personal. When I, or any dedicated citizen or parent work on a focus group for the schoolistrict, it takes time away from our families and that is personal. We take ourime over weeks and monthso look over gathered opinions of voters, facts, and projections to come up with a plan to submit to the board.
Mail Call: Justice should be blind
November 2, 2006
When you are running for office, a candidate’s agenda determines who they are and how they will vote on the issues. Writing laws to make Kansas citizens safe and free from crime is one job for the legislator.
Mail Call: Need help from Kansas
November 2, 2006
Our fourth-grade class is currently studying the regions of the United States. We are learning about each state and their environment, landforms and special places of interest.
Mail Call: Boundary changes better than crowded classrooms
November 2, 2006
The patrons of USD 232 are, unfortunately, confusing two issues. The growth in our district has forced us to face a bond issue, and more heart-wrenching, drawing new boundaries. Rumors are spreading like wildfire about where our children will be sent to school. I’m here to state a few observations:
Newly introduced sign penalty costs O’Hara nod in yard-art forecast
November 2, 2006
In recent years, I’ve received comment on the yard-art polls I write before elections. It’s always from politicians. I view their interest driven by the same instinct that had Roman generals looking at chicken entrails before battles and kept phony West Indies soothsayers on late-night TV — they want desperately to see how the campaign that so consumes them will end. Or maybe it’s just appreciation that someone is paying attention to all their time and effort.
Mail Call: Yes for our schools, children
November 2, 2006
On Nov. 7, voters will face many issues with valid arguments on each side. The De Soto school bond issue isn’t one of them. While opponents build a case based on opinion, USD 232 and its supporters stand on indisputable facts (see www.usd232.org/bond issue). USDA August 2006 statistics indicate the average cost to feed a U.S. school-aged child is between $4.43 and $7.98 per day. Isn’t it worth 18 cents a day (per $100,000 home value) to feed their minds for a lifetime?
Mail Call: The home field advantage
November 2, 2006
The voters of USD 232 are once again asked to vote yes Nov. 7 for a school bond. Why? Has the district simply been that wrongheaded in its strategy toward building the schools our children need? Isn’t there some other plan for more economically efficient schools? The answer to these questions is simply we need this bond to maintain our home field advantage.
Steady improvement earned state title for De Soto runners
November 2, 2006
This weekend the De Soto High School girls cross country team captured the state championship at the 4A meet in Wamego. The boys team finished third.
4-H club visits cider mill
November 2, 2006
Members of the Pioneer 4-H Club attended services Oct. 8 at De Soto United Methodist Church.
Late collapse bounces soccer
2-0 halftime lead slips away in frustrating loss to Basehor
November 2, 2006
Wildcats let a 2-0 halftime lead slip away and become a season-ending 4-2 loss to Basehor.
Board members explain bond issue stances
November 2, 2006
As election polarization reaches a fever pitch in De Soto, residents are lining up to support their opinion on the $105.7 million USD 232 bond issue.
Soccer crazy Johnson County to vote on soccer complex
November 2, 2006
It won’t be in De Soto, but Johnson County could still be home to a major league soccer team and youth soccer complex. The issue will be decided at the polls Tuesday when Johnson County voters choose whether or not to support a property-tax increase in order to fund a 24-field soccer park with a recreation center in southern Overland Park.
Pet Talk: Jumping to concussions and other pet emergencies
November 2, 2006
Thanks for the memories.” This phrase was the byline of the late Bob Hope as he nostalgically reminisced in song about this life in show business. I, too, sing this line, day in and day out. It seems the life of a veterinarian in Small Town, USA, has never a dull moment. The problem being, though, many normal routines seem to go by the wayside, even with the best-laid plans. Last Sunday night was no exception.