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Exploring the past/De Soto history

December 13, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 2002

The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education planned to give in-house candidates the first shot at the district's top job.

The Board also agreed to seek public comment on the qualities and qualifications it should look for in the person who succeeds Marilyn Layman, who announced the month before that she was retiring at the end of the school year after 13 years as superintendent.

The Board also agreed it was important to get public comment as it prepared a job description for the superintendent position.

Two possible internal candidates, Deputy Superintendent Sharon Zoellner and Assistant Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, said they were comfortable with the Board's decisions.

  • The latest round of state budget cuts would cost the city of De Soto $65,500.

City Administrator Greg Johnson told the city council the cuts would come from state revenue-sharing programs. The cuts were effective immediately but would be felt in the city's 2003 budget.

  • Ryan Cooley, De Soto, was among the Kansas State University Army ROTC cadets who competed in the U.S. Army Ranger Challenge.

The event is a military skills and leadership competition in Camp Dodge, Iowa.

The K-State participants were divided into two teams, with team A earning second place in the competition against 12 other teams from 11 universities.

25 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1982

Johnson County allocated $50,000 to help low-income residents meet high heating costs for the upcoming winter. The Board of County Commissioners designated the funds at its Nov. 29 meeting.

  • The Pioneer 4-H Club scheduled a bake sale next to AF Super Grocery Store.
  • Groups from the De Soto Senior High School music department planned to make special appearances for the holiday season in addition to its annual Christmas concert. Also, the madrigals and the brass choir were scheduled to perform at various places during the holiday season.

31 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1976

Tom Stutz, industrial specialist at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, said the contractor building the $92 million nitroguanidine production complex at the plant said the work was running ahead of schedule.

  • Suggested Christmas mailing deadlines for domestic parcels and letter mail were advanced because of an exceptionally high mail volume according to De Soto Postmaster Ernestine Tripkos.
  • The De Soto City Council discussed whether or not to discontinue refuse collection outside the city limits. The matter was tabled pending discussion with the city attorney.
  • Jake Schellack and his nephew enjoyed a tour through the Ozarks in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

36 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1971

The De Soto Fire Department was called to the home of Tom Kret after Mrs. Kret discovered smoke coming from the utility room in the house. The fire started from the furnace. The interior of the house suffered smoke damage, and the kitchen woodwork was seriously damaged, but no one was injured.

  • Recreational Council officers installed for 1972 were Emma Cobb, president; Virginia Osburn, first vice-president; Agnes Hoffman, second vice-president; and Nadine Blaylock, secretary and treasurer.
  • A car struck a utility pole at Second and Wyandotte streets. Approximately $250 in damage was done to the pole and the light, and $550 to the car. The driver of the car, Roy Coker, said he swerved to miss a dog and lost control of the car. Riders in the car were Robert Neeland and Kenny Wycoff.
  • There was a break-in at the city dog pound, and 12 dogs were released. The damage to the door was estimated at $135. There were two possible suspects.
  • There was a disturbance at Gladys Plummer's Pool Hall when a man making a telephone call was seized from behind and hit over the head by three men using pool cues. There was $95 in damage done to the cue sticks and a table that needed its felt replaced because of bloodstains.

59 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

December 1948

There was to be no Sunday milk delivery after the first of December until further notice.

  • Mary Herrick's speech and dramatics class prepared a special chapel program. The high school and grade school bodies participated in the program.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Whiting and their children, Independence, Mo., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mize.

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