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Exploring the past

May 10, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER

May 2002

The De Soto City Council gave Mayor Dave Anderson its blessing to pursue a congressional guarantee of the Sunflower water plant's transfer.

The council said it was time to look beyond the so-far fruitless negotiations with the U.S. General Services Administration. The GSA insisted the city would get title to the plant, but that wouldn't happen until lawsuits brought by Taxpayers Opposed to Oz Inc. were resolved.

  • The Johnson County Commission agreed to have county staff evaluate three competing tax increase packages designed to give the county more money for infrastructure improvements and pump cash to the county's six school districts.

The proposals would provide revenue for the purchase of parkland, additional money for streets, bridges and law enforcement facilities, and deliver between $45 million and $61 million to school districts.

  • The De Soto City Council agreed improvements needed to be made to the Miller Park swimming pool it hoped to replace.

The city was considering three options to replace the current pool: an indoor/outdoor complex at De Soto High School, an outdoor pool at Miller Park and an outdoor pool near the community center.

To make the upgrades more agreeable to a reluctant council, Anderson suggested the city consider improvements that could be moved to a new pool, such as umbrellas and wrought iron fencing. The mayor and the council agreed the deck of the pool should be enlarged to provide room for parents to sunbath.

The Kansas Preservation Alliance presented Darrel Zimmerman with one of five Awards for Excellence during the annual Kansas Historic Preservation Conference in Abilene. Zimmerman owns the White-Waitzmann Barn in De Soto that was being honored by the alliance.

27 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

May 1980

Tracy Holmes was valedictorian and Deann Grider was salutatorian of the 1980 class of De Soto Senior High School.

  • Shon Barenklau and Wes Griffith were selected as representatives from De Soto Senior High School to attend the 1980 American Legion Kansas Boys' State at Kansas University.
  • Girl Scout Troops 122 and 140 had a garage sale-bake sale to raise money for the De Soto Pool. The project raised $203.15.

Members of Troop 122 were Kristin Alley, Cindi Erhardt, Cindy Weller, Melissa Broers, Randy Shorten, Shannon Heinz and leaders Rhonda Shorten and Star Atwell.

Members of Troop 140 were Angela Cardiff, Lisa Cowan, Valerie Draper, Joyce Gregg, Stephanie Harris, Shelly Haywood, Roxanna Higgs, Carla Inloes, Christy Keegan, Kelley Kobler, Alicia Large, Lillian Lorenz, Joyce McGrew, Kris Plum, Kim Scott and leaders Shirley Scott and Lydia McGrew.

  • Members of the VFW and Auxiliary played Bingo with 18 residents at the rest home. They were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norris, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Grover, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Tankersley and Virgil Tripkos.
  • The Kaw Valley Sportsman Association had its annual fishing derby at Milford Lake. Sixteen members participated in the derby.

Elmer Jenks took first place in the artificial class and Andy Hoffman was second. Merritt Musick Jr. claimed first place in the open class and Ron McGoldrick was second.

  • De Soto Senior High School's track team competed in the Pioneer League track meet at Lansing. It was the first Wildcats meet run in meters instead of yards.

Sheri Hagman broke the school record in the long jump with a leap of 15 8-1/2 inches and tied the high jump record at 5 feet.

Rick Fisher took first in the 400 meter run with a time of 52.3 second and Scott Tate won the gold in the high jump, clearing 6-4.

  • Third- and fourth-grade students at Countryside Intermediate presented the musical "Peter Rabbit."

Robbin Draper directed the program.

  • Plans were under way for the high school's annual reunion.

Darrel Zimmerman was the president of the alumni association.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Otto Icenogle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Clearview City Clubhouse.
  • De Soto varsity tennis team took first place in the nine-team Paola Invitational. It was the third first-place finish for the Wildcats.

Players participating were Eric Braley, Todd Dinger, Alex Thompson, Brent Bedford and Marv Cowan.

  • Mother's Day guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Kurtz were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Whitehurst, Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Bush, Anita Bartholomew, Emmett Kurtz and Joe, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kurtz and family, of De Soto, and Debbie Bartholomew and Pat Anderson from Hutchinson.

The Bartholomews from Houston sent a conversation tape and also called for a short telephone visit.

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