Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

Exploring the past/De Soto history

May 24, 2007

5 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO EXPLORER

May 2002

De Soto USD 232 voters rejected the school district's $91.2 million school bond issue in a mail-in ballot conducted during the past three weeks.

Results released by the Johnson County Election Office indicated the bond issue failed by 125 votes, with 3,084 of the mail-in ballots marked yes and 3,209 no.

Of the 12,926 ballots mailed last month, 6,296 or 48.79 percent were returned.

  • Eighty students graduated from De Soto High School during commencement.

Senior Erika Kuster, who graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, was selected by her classmates to give the keynote address. She thanked her teachers, fellow students and the community for its support she received the past nine months she successfully battled lymph-gland cancer during her senior year.

  • The De Soto City Council wrapped up a six-month effort with the approval of the city's first-ever capital improvement plan.

After the 10-year plan was approved, City Attorney Patrick Reavey said he would present an ordinance to the council that would authorize it to issue $2.54 million in bonds.

The capital improvement plan provided a blueprint for how the city would spend bond revenue. Although the city would issue general obligation bonds, revenue from the quarter-cent sales tax approved in October would be used to retire the debt.

  • Marine Corps Pvt. Adam Karashin completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruits Dept in San Diego.

Karashin graduated from De Soto High School in 2001.

  • De Soto qualified for state in nine events at the Kansas 4A regional track meet in Tonganoxie.

Julie Beck was the only double winner for De Soto. She won the long jump and triple jump. Pete Crall earned a trip to Wichita as a double silver winner in both hurdle events. Lisa Lambert was the only other top three finisher when she took third in the javelin. Ryan Frame finished second in the discus and the boys and girls 3,200-meter relay teams each finished fourth.

  • The De Soto High school baseball team's Cinderella season ended with a 10-1 regional semifinal loss to Bishop Ward at Eisenhower Field in Kansas City, Kan.

Sophomore outfielder Jesse Smith and senior Willie Meier, a pitcher and infielder, were named second team all-Kaw Valley League.

  • The De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6654 scholarship recipients from De Soto were Tia Bernard, Carmen Garcia, Kelcie Longaker, Jacob Miller, Julie Mills, S. Nicole Richardson, Cheri Travis, Kristin Vest and Amy Williams.

27 years ago

FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS

May 1980

Veterans of Foreign Wars members Don Allen, Archie Bedford, Carol Couch, John Conrad, Morris DeBoever, Warren Grover, Ray Gilstrap, Robert Holsinger, Charles Neeland, Virgil Tripkos, Robert Taylor, Roger Sellers, Harvey Schultz and John Zimmerli played flags at veteran's graves in De Soto Cemetery. Two hundred graves were decorated with flags.

  • De Soto High School tennis players Todd Dinger and Alex Thompson won the 1980 4A regional high school doubles tennis competition. The doubles team of Brent Bedford and Marv Cowan took fourth. In singles action, Eric Braley took fourth. All five qualified for state competition in Hutchinson.
  • Maureen Flinn and Eric Braley, both in their third year of choral activities at De Soto High School, were announced as the outstanding senior choral students at the final concert of the 1980 school year. They were presented with the National School Choral Award.
  • Emily Ferguson and Chuck Wilcox were named Best Female and Male Thespian at De Soto High School. Other awards went to Shawn Cannon, best all around high pointer this year; Tracy Holmes, best all around high pointer all years; Richelle Copeland, Jane Crownover and Carol McMillian, best actresses in leading roles; Darrell Everson, Bill Thomas and Chuck Wilcox, best actors in leading rolls; Pat Myers, best supporting actor; Barbara Bowlin, best supporting actress; and Deann Grider and Tom Kuhn, best acting of a character role.
  • Winners in the annual youth fishing derby sponsored by the Kaw Valley Sportsmen Club at Kenney Lake in the ages 1 to 9 division were Jerry Hickey, first; Omyie Hickey, second; and Angela Browning, third.

In the 10-12 age group, Timmy Cronin was first, Mark Ginger was second and Tracy Hess was third.

In the 13 to 15-year-olds, Robert Musick took first, Christian Gumm was second and Gregory Smith was third.

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