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Exploring the past/De Soto history
February 14, 2008

5 years ago


February 2003

February 14, 2008
The De Soto United Methodist Church has returned to having the “Parents’ Night Out.” Several couples had asked for it to be held. The youth will do this service for the church on the fourth Friday of every month. They will start again from 6 to 10 p.m., Feb. 22 in Fellowship Hall. They ask you to tell friends, family and neighbors that this ministry has returned.
City offices closed
February 14, 2008
City of De Soto offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, for Presidents’ Day.
Course correction
Wildcat boys hope snapping three-game skid brings back best of times
12:00 a.m., February 14, 2008 Updated 03:27 p.m.

The tangible proof came Tuesday. De Soto beat Eudora for the second time this season, this time protecting its home floor, maintaining a buzzer-to-buzzer lead to hold off the Cardinals, 57-48.

Proposed prison could boost area economy
February 14, 2008

LEAVENWORTH - Anticipated construction of a new medium-security federal prison in Leavenworth would be welcome news for the area as the economy continues to slow.

Pianists to compete at state
12:00 a.m., February 14, 2008 Updated 03:29 p.m.

Two De Soto High School students will head to Wichita State University Saturday for the state piano competition.

Loss offers Cats few highlights
12:00 a.m., February 14, 2008 Updated 02:44 p.m.

It didn’t seem it could get much worse Tuesday for the De Soto girls basketball team. The Cats game against Kansas Highway 10 rival Eudora was long since over, though nearly three minutes remained in the eventual 50-17 loss, the team’s most listless performance in an already long and rough season.

Change orders said to be part of construction
February 14, 2008
De Soto USD 232’s newest schools, Horizon Elementary and Mill Creek Middle, cost more than originally planned, but a district official said not as much as it might appear.
De Soto bank changing ownership
February 14, 2008

The owners of Lawrence Bank are adding a branch in De Soto, and bringing a hometown graduate back to the community.

Athletic club ready to shape up De Soto
12:00 a.m., February 14, 2008 Updated 03:25 p.m.

As she considers the of starting another business, Andrea McCoy finds comfort in what the new venture will offer her.

Starside Elementary Principal Hill to retire
February 14, 2008

During her 32 years with De Soto USD 232, Starside Elementary School Principal Paula Hill has seen a lot of changes.

Missouri city hall slayings have some rethinking security
February 14, 2008
Remember and rethink. Area government leaders are expected to do a bit of both following an attack at a Missouri city hall on Thursday that left six people dead.
City council searching for name for new park
February 14, 2008

Like new parents, the De Soto City Council is looking for the perfect name.

Tough decisions aplenty when it comes to tuition
February 14, 2008

Twice a year, a $60 million deposit is made into Kansas University’s bank account.

Emissions inventory step to CO2 control
February 14, 2008

Kansas’ top environmental official told lawmakers Tuesday his agency is preparing an inventory of carbon dioxide emissions statewide with the goal of reducing pollution.

Open house Thursday
February 14, 2008

There will be an open house on the 95th Street land-use plan update from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at De Soto City Hall, 32905 W. 84th St. City staff will be on hand to answer questions about the update of land use maps along the corridor and numerous maps will be available for review.

Bingo night
February 14, 2008

The De Soto United Methodist Youth will be have a Bingo Night from 6 to 9 p.m. March 8 in the Fellowship Hall at the De Soto United Methodist Church.. Donations from

DHS grad among honor students
February 14, 2008

Kyle Groen was among the students at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Mich., on the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester. He is the son of Ron and Christine Groen of De Soto and a freshman majoring in chemistry.

VFW to have comedy, spaghetti night
February 14, 2008

De Soto V.F.W. Post 6654, 84th and Penner Avenue, will have a comedy night and all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the post.

Downtown overlay district public hearing Feb. 26
February 14, 2008
There will be a public hearing on the proposed downtown overlay district at the Feb. 26 De Soto Planning Commission meeting.
School cancellations
February 14, 2008
In the event school is canceled because of inclement weather conditions, the USD 232 De Soto School District will notify parents through its e-mail or text messaging system.
Magdaleno third
February 14, 2008

Maybe it was “Come Sail Away,” by Styx.

The fly route
February 14, 2008

There was a moment Saturday during the De Soto-hosted Frontier League wrestling tournament when it was again apparent that the Wildcats wrestling program could be in the midst of a major revival.

Panthers grab back-to-back wins
February 14, 2008

Both the Lexington Trails Middle School seventh grade teams won two big games.

Lynn introduces riverfront bill
February 14, 2008

TOPEKA - De Soto officials Tuesday urged lawmakers to approve creation of a riverfront authority to help spur development on the Kansas River.

Reprints available
February 14, 2008
The De Soto Explorer has prints of its photographs available for purchase. The cost for a five-by-seven photo is $8 plus tax, and eight-by-ten photos are $12 plus tax.
Meals on Wheals needs volunteers
February 14, 2008

Volunteers are needed throughout the county to deliver meals to homebound older adults in Johnson County, including De Soto’s Meals on Wheels program.

Photo galleries online
February 14, 2008

For Explorer readers who have access to the Internet, the De Soto Explorer has a way to bring more photos to its readers through an online photo gallery. The gallery can be accessed by visiting

Library news
February 14, 2008
Preschool storytime for youth ages 3 to 6 will take place at 10:30 a.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 18 and run through February at the De Soto Library, 33145 W. 83rd St.
Bilingual services
February 14, 2008

Faith Builders Church is now offering a bilingual church service at 9 a.m. Sundays at the church, 8390 Peoria St.

Public invited to trout stocking
February 14, 2008

The public is invited to come watch as rainbow trout are stocked in Shawnee Mission Park and Heritage Park Lakes in late February.

E-recycling options worth extra effort
February 14, 2008
A discarded computer monitor or television (it’s hard to identify in its current condition) can be seen in a ditch in De Soto’s West Bottoms. A used computer, once the pride of someone’s desk, rests on a creek bank north of Eudora near a Douglas County bridge.
Winter holiday would provide break
February 14, 2008

I had a conversation Monday with a normally happy-go-lucky guy. He woke up feeling down that day, he said, because of the continued dreary weather.