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Winter returns
January 31, 2008
A brief January warming trend ended Tuesday with snow and stiff north wind that created white-out conditions. More bad weather is predicted for Thursday.
The fly route
January 31, 2008

Maybe I’m looking a little too deep, but this De Soto wrestling squad seems significantly better off that last year’s team did.

School calendar
January 31, 2008
Thursday/January 31 ¢ Mize first grade open house, 6:30 p.m. ¢ Mize first grade music program, 7 p.m. ¢ De Soto Idol, a talent show for DHS and LTMS students, 7 p.m
De Soto datebook
January 31, 2008
Thursday/January 31 ¢ Men’s Bible study, The Crossing, 33180 W. 83rd St., 6:30 a.m. ¢ Massage therapist, De Soto Senior Center, 9 a.m. to noon. ¢ Moms in Touch International prayer group, The Crossing, 11 a.m. ¢ Girl Scout meeting, De Soto United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 6 to 9 p.m. ¢ Discussion group with the Rev. Jeff Miller, Hillside Village of De Soto, 7 p.m.
Prescription drug abuse growing concern at schools
January 31, 2008
A fellow student asked Courtney Griffin if she would sell her pills that treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. “No thanks. I don’t sell drugs,” the Lawrence High School junior said she responded. Her parents give her the medication at home and don’t allow her to bring the pills to school.
Board OKs bond refinancing
January 31, 2008
On Jan. 23, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education approved 5-2 refunding $21 million in bond debt to take advantage of better rates and save the taxpayers about $700,000 to $735,000 in interest.
Groups emptied war chests in bond fight
January 31, 2008
Committee spending reports for the September 2007 bond referendum have been reported to the Johnson County Election Office and show that personal funds and balances from a previous campaign funded the efforts against and in support of the De Soto School District’s $70.5 million bond referendum that voters rejected.
Southern fringe land-use update to begin
12:00 a.m., January 31, 2008 Updated 04:28 p.m.
In the 16 years Janna and Phil Holden have lived on 95th Street east of Lexington Avenue, they have seen two new homes built in their immediate neighborhood and one disappear.
Johnson County Museum
January 31, 2008

The Johnson County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday and major holidays.

AA meetings set
January 31, 2008

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Boy Scout house behind the Dollar General store in downtown De Soto.

Democrat caucus
January 31, 2008

The Johnson County Democratic Presidential caucus will be Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Olathe, 200 E. Loula St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and be locked for further participation at 7 p..m. Those in need of transportation to the event should call Harry Mullins at (913) 764-5410 or (913) 530-4653.

School cancellations
January 31, 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.
Newspaper rates increasing
January 31, 2008

The De Soto Explorer increased its subscription rates effective Jan. 10, Christopher J. Bell, the newspaper’s circulation manager said.

Historical items sought
January 31, 2008

The De Soto High School History Department is seeking historical items to use for hands-on learning in classrooms.

Casino night
January 31, 2008

The De Soto Relay For Life committee will have a “Fabulous Fifties Vegas Style” casino night from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the De Soto VFW, 33725 W. 84th St.

Recycling best option
January 31, 2008
Trash! No one likes to think about where it goes. We drag it to the curb in the morning and when we get home, it is gone. Yet it has to go somewhere.
Diverse housing protects against housing slumps
January 31, 2008
De Soto, like many cities, had a bad year for home starts in 2007. Only 12 new home permits were pulled last year in De Soto, down from 33 in 2006, which was itself a drop off from several years of nearly 45 new home starts.
Casino night
January 31, 2008
The De Soto Relay For Life committee will have a “Fabulous Fifties Vegas Style” casino night from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 at the De Soto VFW, 33725 W. 84th St.
Neighbors
January 31, 2008
The De Soto United Methodist Church’s youth is asking the community to help them on their mission trip that’s planned for this summer. They are asking everyone to save their Sonic receipts when you eat at the De Soto Sonic on each Sunday in February. They asked to drop them in their container in the Narthex at the church or give them to youth members or youth group leaders. I’d be glad to collect them for their mission if you’d like to give them to me, too.
A ‘big’ deal
Gender isn’t the issue for De Soto’s only female wrestler
12:00 a.m., January 31, 2008 Updated 04:35 p.m.

There’s one fact that makes wrestling a struggle for Kristy Self and it has nothing to do with a pronoun.

Progress slow, consistent for Cat wrestlers
January 31, 2008

His matches long over and De Soto’s day done, freshman Demetrius Hall sat with his team Saturday watching the final rounds of a wrestling tournament in Atchison.

Cat boys finally let one slip away
12:00 a.m., January 31, 2008 Updated 04:31 p.m.

It was all there for De Soto near the end of the Tuesday’s game at Louisburg.

Louisburg survives De Soto’s upset bid
January 31, 2008

The De Soto girls basketball team was boiling over with confidence Tuesday, a fact illustrated by no one better than sophomore forward Katie Williams.

Cherished pet remembered, mourned
January 31, 2008
It started like any other day at the office, although we had brought our own patient in, Jessie our old Sheltie dog. We have talked about her in the past. Jessie has congestive heart failure.
Exploring the past
January 31, 2008
5 years ago FROM THE DE SOTO NEWS January 2003 The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education was nearing a decision in its search of a successor to retiring Superintendent Marilyn Layman. The Board agreed to first look to replace Layman with current district administrators and also had a number of special meetings in January devoted to interviewing applicants and discussing the superintendent opening.
Instructor warns Jazzercise often becomes can’t miss addition
12:00 a.m., January 31, 2008 Updated 04:26 p.m.
Terry Edmondson is one of a contingent of Starside Elementary School teachers who has found a new afterschool activity.