Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

March 29, 2007

5 years ago


March 2002

Johnson County commissioners were divided over the merits of a proposal that would have the county dedicate part of its sales tax authority to help ease the financial crisis on its six school districts.

The Infrastructure Advisory committee was scheduled to wrap up nearly two years of work with a report to the commission.

Commissioner Annabeth Surbaugh said she anticipated the committee recommendations would include an alternative proposing the county designate some of its remaining ?-cent sales tax authority for the school district. Should the county commission approve the sales tax proposal, it would have to be approved by county voters.

  • De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson planned to serve on a committee charged with studying the feasibility and desirability of building a professional soccer stadium and youth training complex in Johnson County.

Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer, who served as chairman of the committee, named Anderson to the committee, which was formed at the request of the Johnson County Parks and Recreation Foundation.

  • Twice an Edwardsville man was tried for participating in a De Soto woman's killing, and twice a jury could not reach a unanimous decision.

Johnson County District Court Judge James Franklin Davis declared a mistrial after jurors told him they were split 8-4 and further deliberations would not help them decide the guilt or innocence of Jesse Guardado.

Guardado, 19, was charged in Johnson county District Court with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in the slaying of Melanie S. Oliver, 41.

27 years ago


March 1980

The Johnson County Commissioners authorized the purchase of sites for construction of two new libraries, one in De Soto and the other in Spring Hill.

The site purchases were part of a $4 million expansion project that would also bring new library facilities to Gardner and Blue Valley and an addition to the present Oak Park Library in Overland Park.

The new De Soto library would be constructed on the same Second Street site that was currently occupied by the county's present library. The site purchase also included some adjoining property.

  • The De Soto City Fire Department was called to Steve's Meat Market shortly after 10 p.m. March 29 when an overheated motor, which operated a meat curer filled the place with smoke and caused about $250 damage to meat that was being processed. The place was filled with smoke and caused some smoke damage.

Fifteen volunteer firemen answered the call and the rescue unit was on standby.

  • Thirteen members of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the state FBLA contest at Emporia March 27 and 28.

Anita Stanley placed first in personal finance and fourth in income tax.

David Riehle took third in personal finance. By placing first in a category, Stanley was eligible to attend the national FBLA contest in the summer.

Other De Soto students attending the contest were Brian Courtney, Joe Rogers, Shon Barenklau, Brent Bedford, Kim Bauer, Lisa Feil, Laura Murphy, Debbie Tiehen, Lorie Spangler, Patti Bartholomew and Carla Rogers.

The students were accompanied by faculty advisers and Carol Lyberger and Cynthia Sramek.

53 years ago


March 1954

The fire department was called to the property of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Warsop to extinguish a fire that started in a trailer behind their house. The gas stove exploded that Mr. Warsop was trying to light. The trailer was badly damage and Mrs. Warsop lost guns, tools and several articles that he kept in storage.

He received small burns on his hands.

  • Celery was two stalks for 25 cents at Falley's in Sunflower. Hunts pears were three cans for $1. Sunshine crackers were 23 cents for a one-pound box. Campbell's soup were 12 eight-ounce cans for $1.Butternut coffee was 89 cents a pound.

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