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Law enforcement calls: Dec. 30-Jan. 5

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the following calls in De Soto in the last week:

  • Friday, Dec. 30 at 7:52 p.m.: a report of an intoxicated driver in the 33500 block of Lexington Avenue.
  • Sunday, Jan. 1 at 2:53 a.m.: a request to check on a pedestrian in the 8500 block of Kill Creek Road.
  • Monday, Jan. 2 at 9:52 p.m.: a report of a domestic disturbance in the 8800 block of Thompson Drive.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9:47 a.m.: a report of a forgery/fraud in the 33100 block of W. 83rd Street.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 3:56 p.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at the intersection of W. 83rd and Shawnee streets.
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De Soto teen's face seen in national ad campaign

Olivia Cline, 16, poses for a photo next to an advertisement she appears in at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan. Cline has been modeling for approximately three years and this is her biggest ad yet.

Olivia Cline, 16, poses for a photo next to an advertisement she appears in at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan. Cline has been modeling for approximately three years and this is her biggest ad yet.

Olivia Cline and her family made several trips to KCK's Great Wolf Lodge over Christmas break but they weren't there for the water slide, they were there to see Olivia's first national ad campaign.

"I was so surprised when I heard about it," said the 16 year-old De Soto High School junior. "My friend called and said my face was on this big ad in the lodge so we drove right over."

Cline, who has been modeling for about three years, soon received more calls from friends and family spotting her face in the ads for colored hair extensions.

"My nephew called us from Myrtle Beach, S.C. and said he saw the same ad in an amusement park there," said Cline's mother Mary Jo Cline. "It was just unreal."

Cline works with area photographer Jani Bryson, who then sells Olivia's shots to stock photo services. The hair extension ad is being used in every Great Wolf Lodge in the country, more than ten locations.

"It's kind of crazy to see my face on a poster but it's made me want to model even more," Cline said. "It's just been an unbelievable feeling."

In addition to photographic work, Cline has walked the catwalk in several fashion shows. Each spring she participates in an area prom fashion show to raise money for DHS and compete for a scholarship.

"There's nothing like being on the runway in a big ball gown," Cline said with a smile. "Your hair and makeup are all done up and the cameras just flash and flash. I just can't describe how incredible it makes you feel."

When she's not strutting the catwalk or working a photo shoot, Cline keeps busy with school work and other extracurriculars. She's on both the varsity and junior varsity tennis teams, participates in youth court, maintains a 3.9 grade point average while also taking vocational tech classes. Cline hopes to someday become a chef after college and more modeling.

"It can be really hectic and difficult to fit everything together, it's a major balancing act," Cline said. "I just try not to get frustrated and remember that it's all fun and I have to relax a little if I want to enjoy it all."

Helping Cline find the right balance are her parents, Mary Jo and Marty, and her older sister, Anna.

"We are so proud of how level-headed Liv is," Mary Jo said. "She could have easily developed a big head along the way but she hasn't. She likes clothes but she's thrifty, things really could have gone a different way for her if she were a different kid."

Cline's next show will be the annual prom fashion show through Olathe Northwest High School on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets for the show are $5 and a portion of the money raised by each student goes back to his/her school.

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Stories of the Year: from bicycles to breaking ground

It's that time of year again when The Explorer rounds up the top stories of the year as chosen by you, our readers.

When sifting through the archives there were a lot of important stories to choose from: a ten-year-old city ordinance was repealed; a local woman was sentenced for abusing her own son; ground was broken on several major projects and that's just scratching the surface.

While we picked the candidates we let you make the selection in this week's poll and here are the top five stories.

De Soto City Council Repeals Bicycle Ban on 83rd Street

After months of debate, two votes and more public input than for any other issue this year, the De Soto City Council lifted the bicycle ban on 83rd Street that had been in effect for a decade.

After lifting the ban in September, the city council received petitions with more than 300 signatures calling for the ban to be reenacted due to safety concerns. Former council members, school bus drivers and concerned parents spoke before the council asking them to reconsider their decision at meetings in October and November.

Council members Ron McDaniel and Randy Johnson supported the citizens of De Soto and voted to put the ban back in place while council members Lori Murdock and Rick Walker maintained that the ban imposed upon the rights of citizens and projected a bad image for the city of De Soto. Councilman John Krudwig agreed with Walker and Murdock. The ban remains lifted.

DHS Scholar's Bowl team wins state, sweeps trifecta of tournaments

2011 was an outstanding year for the De Soto High School Scholar's Bowl Team as they won every tournament they competed in.

The team, comprised of three seniors and three juniors, won the state, regional and district titles, as well as 10 regular-season tournaments. It was the team's best record in the history of the school.

Rachel Perez sentenced in child abuse case

The Johnson County District Court handed down the maximum sentence to De Soto citizen Rachel Perez after she pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated child endangerment in May of this year.

Perez pleaded guilty to the charges in March of 2011 after months of hearings regarding her treatment of her son, who was found severely malnourished and hidden in her attic in August of 2010.

Tennessee-based contracting company breaks ground for new Dollar General store

While the doors won't open to customers until spring of 2012, ground was broken for a new Dollar General store in De Soto at the very end of 2011, earning it a spot in our top stories.

The new store at Lexington and Penner Avenues will be larger than the current location in downtown De Soto and will carry more grocery items. Tennessee-based GBT Realty Corp. is building the new store, which will then be leased by Dollar General. The city sold the 1.4 acre plot of land to GBT for $140,000.

New frame goes up at Kill Creek Farm

Kill Creek Farm made it into the top stories of the year for the second year in a row in 2011. When the original barn on the property was destroyed in a storm in May of 2010, farm owner Darrel Zimmerman promised to replace the community landmark.

Zimmerman and the newly founded Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association took the first step to completing that promise earlier this month when a frame for a new barn on the property went up in one week.

Crews have been working over the past three weeks to put a roof on the structure, which will likely be the end of construction until the organization can raise the remaining $400,000 needed to complete the barn.

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Fire department calls: Dec. 16-22

The Northwest Consolidated Fire District responded to the following calls in De Soto in the last week:

  • Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8:35 a.m.: an EMS call in the 33600 block of W. 85th Street.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5:11 p.m.: an authorized controlled burn at W. 87th Street and Waverly Road.
  • Monday, Dec. 19 at 10:16 a.m.: an EMS call in the 8300 block of Osage Street.
  • Monday, Dec. 19 at 12:59 p.m.: an EMS call in the 33600 block of W. 85th Street.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 15:24 p.m.: a call to a smoke detector activation due to malfunction in the 8400 block of Kickapoo Street.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 2:34 p.m.: an EMS call in the 33300 W. 84th Street.
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 at 4:55 a.m.: an EMS call in the 8400 block of Kickapoo Street.
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6:56 p.m.: an EMS call in the 8500 block of Ottawa Street.
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Help us choose the top stories of 2011

It's a little hard to believe that 2011 is nearly over. In just over a week we'll ring in the new year and that means it's time for The Explorer's tradition of selecting the top stories of the year.

Each year we revisit the top five stories but before we make the selection we'd like to hear from you, the community. Which stories mattered most to you? How will you remember 2011 in De Soto?

Next week's poll will have a list of the front runners as we see them for you to vote. You can also leave us a comment on this post or on our Facebook page or, as always, send us an email at editor@desotoexplorer.com or give us a call at (913) 585-1616.

For now, here are a few of the headlines we're kicking around, in no particular order:

  • De Soto High School adds bowling to the high school sports lineup
  • Dollar General breaks ground on a new location
  • City lifts the bicycle ban from 83rd Street
  • Starside Elementary pilots summer food program for the De Soto school district
  • The Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association builds a new barn frame
  • Three new representatives elected to the De Soto City Council
  • USD 232 moves forward with Phase II of DHS construction
  • Rachel Perez is sentenced to eight years for locking her son in her attic
  • 2010 census indicates De Soto has grown 20 percent
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Law enforcement calls: Dec. 16-22

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies responded to the following calls in De Soto in the past week:

  • Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:19 p.m.: a report of a theft from an automobile in the 8500 block of Primrose Street.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 8:46 a.m.: a report of an animal pick-up in the 32200 block of W. 91st Street.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5:39 a.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Sunflower Road.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:41 a.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Sunflower Road.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:12 a.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Lexington Avenue.
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New restaurant to open New Year's Day

With the new year will come a new business in downtown De Soto: Wanda's Roadside Cafe and Stuff will be opening in the other half of the current Dollar General.

Come 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Jan. 1, the new restaurant will be open and serving "homemade, All-American, comfort food," according to owner/operator Wanda Riedhart.

"I just want this to be a place where people can come and feel at home and get good food and good service," Riedhart said.

In the beginning Riedhart just plans to serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

"We may see about adding dinner in the future but for now we just want to see how things start out," she said. "For now I'm not even hiring any staff, it'll just be me and my family getting things going."

Riedhart's daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, nephew and in-laws have all been pitching in over the past two months to help her get the building, which has been empty for nearly a year since Oalis' Mexican restaurant closed, ready for the opening.

"My family has been here every step of the way, there's no way this could be happening without them," Riedhart said. "From doing physical labor to providing moral support, they've done it all."

While the cafe will be the first restuarant Riedhart has owned and operated herself, she's always been in the restaurant business. As a child growing up in California her parents owned multiple restaurants and started Riedhart out young learning the business.

"My parents, especially my mom, taught me to work. She taught me how to wait tables and cook and treat customers and staff as people because they are people," Riedhart recalled.

It is this family atmosphere, the "mom and pop" mentality that Riedhart hopes her restaurant brings to De Soto.

"I feel like we're losing the personal touch in business and especially in restaurants," she said. "I want this to be a community gathering place with local art on the walls and a group of older guys getting together for coffee early every morning."

To go along with the community feeling she's hoping to build, Riedhart plans to support other local businesses and producers.

"I'll be getting all my meat from Steve's Meat Market and I'd love to find a local egg producer too," she said. "What I really can't wait for is the spring and summer and the chance to use local produce too."

There's still a lot to be done in the building before the opening in a week and a half, the grill isn't quite ready and the waitress station hasn't been finished, but Riedhart is confident it will all come together and her dream restaurant will open.

"It's a bit scary but in a good way," she said. "It's an excited scared and I can't wait for the first."

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Snow, slick conditions expected tonight and tomorrow

Winter weather is expected tonight as temperatures dip to the low 30s. The National Weather Service predicts today’s rain will turn to snow and sleet, and then freezing drizzle between midnight and 3 a.m.

Tomorrow is expected to bring more rain, snow and sleet, with the precipitation turning to snow by noon. The area could see a possible one to three inches of snow, with temperatures in the low- to mid-30s.

De Soto Streets Superintendent Ron Creason says the city's snow equipment is geared up and ready for any winter weather that comes.

"We're monitoring the reports but we're not too alarmed by anything right now," Creason said. "We did all our maintenance on our winter equipment in late fall and it's all ready to go."

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for western Kansas, from Hays down through Dodge City and west to the Colorado border. The warning begins this afternoon and runs through about noon tomorrow.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and state emergency management staffs were monitoring the storm and preparing to clear roads, as necessary. No shelters had been established as of this morning.

The weather service says the system is expected to move into Kansas today, with snow tapering off tomorrow afternoon.

Snowfall amounts are expected to range from about 10 to 12 inches in the Dodge City area to eight inches near Salina and three inches near Kansas City.

"We are preparing," said Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Swartz. "We've had a few storms in the northwest, but we are fully stocked with sand and salt in all our regions. We're in good shape."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fire department calls: Dec. 10-15

The Northwest Consolidated Fire District responded to the following calls in De Soto in the last week:

  • Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8:38 p.m.: an injury accident at Corliss Road and E. Kansas Highway 10.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:49 p.m.: an injury accident at W. 135th Street and Moonlight Road.
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:41 p.m.: an invalid assist in the 31600 block of W. 85th Street.
  • Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:08 p.m.: an EMS call in the 33600 block of W. 85th Street.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 5:09 a.m.: a report of smoke detector activation without fire in the 8400 block of Rik Mar Drive.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 4:13 p.m.: an invalid assist in the 8200 block of Corliss Road.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 1:03 a.m.: an EMS call in the 9800 block of Post Oak Drive.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10:12 a.m.: an EMS call in the 8900 block of Overhill Circle.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11:48 p.m.: an EMS call in the 31600 block of W. 83rd Street.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10:47 a.m.: a report of an alarm system activation but no evidence of fire in the 35000 block of W. 87th Street.
  • Sunday Dec. 11 at 8:47 p.m.: an EMS call in the 33600 block of W. 85th Street.
  • Monday, Dec. 12 at 1:25 p.m.: an EMS call in the 33300 block of W. 84th Street.
  • Monday, Dec. 12 at 10:18 p.m.: a response to a grass fire in the 35400 block of W. 79th Street.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12:26 a.m.: a call to assist an invalid in the 29100 block of W. 83rd Street.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:54 a.m.: an EMS call in the 13700 block of Gardner Road.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 4:40 p.m.: a response to a non-injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Cedar Creek Road.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6:56 p.m.: an EMS call in the 8900 block of Overhill Circle.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:29 p.m.: a response to a non0injury accident at Ottawa and W. 84th Streets.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:58 a.m.: an EMS call in the 9000 block of Overhill Circle.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 4:40 p.m.: an EMS call in the 8600 block of Timber Trails Drive.
  • Thursday, Dec. 15 at 12:02 p.m.: a report of a carbon monoxide detector activation without evidence of carbon monoxide in the 8100 block of Cedar Creek Road.
  • Thursday, Dec. 15 at 4:41 p.m.: a report of an alarm system malfunction in the 35500 block of W. 91st Street.
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Law enforcement calls: Dec. 9-15

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies responded to the following calls in De Soto in the past week:

  • Friday, Dec. 9 at 11:11 a.m.: a call to assist an outside agency in the 35400 block of W. 91st Street.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1:24 p.m.: a report of obscene/harassing phone calls in the 8400 block of Timber Trails Drive.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:22 p.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at Ottawa and 84th Streets.
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