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Saturday filled with community activities

This coming Saturday, Dec. 3, is packed with community activities. Here's a rundown of what's going on around town:

  • The Barn at Kill Creek Farm Association open house from 10 a.m.-noon at Kill Creek Farm. The group invites the public to the farm to see the frame for the new barn and to learn more about the group's future goals for the barn as a community asset. Doughnuts and hot beverages will be provided.
  • The De Soto Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Bazaar and Mayor's Tree Lighting at the De Soto Community Center from 2-7 p.m. More than 20 vendors will have booths at the event, selling everything from hair bows to kitchen goods. Kids will have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus from 6-7 p.m. and the mayor's tree will be light around 5:30 p.m.
  • Hispanic Thanksgiving meal and celebration at 5 p.m. at the De Soto Methodist Church. A potluck meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a Spanish service with members and pastors of HIspanic congregations in the area.
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Man who was in coma following K-10 accident has died

A 45-year-old Missouri man died Monday after he was injured in January in a crash on Kansas Highway 10 near De Soto, according to a Kansas City, Kan., funeral home.

Barry L. Clemons, of Raytown, was injured the afternoon of Jan. 6 when his westbound pickup truck was struck by a trailer that had come loose from an eastbound vehicle near Lexington Avenue. The Kansas Highway Patrol the day after the accident warned drivers to make sure trailers were secured to their vehicles, and troopers had said they expected to ticket the driver of the eastbound pickup truck, Jerold D. Evans, of Lawrence, for failing to secure a load.

Family members in the past said Clemons had been in a coma since the accident. He died Monday, according to Highland Park Funeral Home and Crematory. Services are scheduled for noon Thursday at Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. According to news reports, Clemons was a longtime minister who conducted weddings in the Kansas City area.

A Kansas University student Briana Arensberg in October 2010 suffered an arm injury on K-10 near Eudora when another trailer broke loose from an eastbound pickup truck and struck her westbound car. Kansas Department of Transportation leaders earlier this month approved a plan for next summer to place cable median barriers along two 2-mile stretches of K-10 near Eudora and the junction with Kansas Highway 7 in Johnson County.

The project came after a public outcry for more safety measures from cross-median crashes on K-10, including an April double fatality crash near Eudora that killed 5-year-old Cainan Shutt.

By George Diepenbrock

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Law enforcement calls: Nov. 21-27

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

  • Friday, Nov. 25 at 4:11 p.m.: an auto-theft report in the 32500 block of Lexington Avenue.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3:05 p.m.: a report of previous theft in the 30300 block of W. 82nd Street.
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Gun safety, wildlife conservation the main focus of hunter education course

Floyd Pearson, hunter safety instructor, guides some students through a practice walk out during a safety course on Saturday, Nov. 19. The goal of the walk out is to practice safe gun handling and safe spotting in the field.

Floyd Pearson, hunter safety instructor, guides some students through a practice walk out during a safety course on Saturday, Nov. 19. The goal of the walk out is to practice safe gun handling and safe spotting in the field. by Laura Herring

How to safely handle a gun. How to responsibly maintain a wildlife population. How to safely handle crossbow.

Students in a hunter education course taught in De Soto over the weekend learned all of these lessons from instructors certified by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

More than 50 students filled the De Soto VFW on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, to take the 10-hour course and accompanying exam, a requirement for anyone over the age of 16 to receive a hunting license in the state of Kansas. Kids as young as 11 are eligible to take the exam though several adults were enrolled in the course as well.

"I like the outdoors and I wanted to get my full hunting license, that's why I'm here," said 50 year-old Teresa Brummett of Olathe. "For me the class was more of a formality but I think it's an important thing for hunters to do, especially the kids."

While most enrolled in the course were from De Soto, people from all around Johnson County came to the class, a testament to how difficult the course can be to find.

"There aren't many of these classes offered anywhere around us and those that are fill up very fast," said course organizer Paul Stonestreet. "I wanted to find a class for my son for a while now and when I couldn't I just thought I'd try to get one here."

Stonestreet said he was surprised by the response to the class in De Soto.

"I wasn't even sure the class would fill up but I had 25 students in about 24 hours," he said. "From there I went up to 55 and that's where the state capped me, we had a waiting list and managed to squeeze a few more in. We have 58 students total today."

Each one of the 58 students passed the final exam, a 50-question multiple choice test on which students had to get 80 percent of the questions correct.

"I've learned a lot in the class," said 11 year-old De Soto resident Robbie Stallbaumer. "I'm glad that I'll be able to hunt with my dad and brothers now."

"The goal of these courses is to make sure these kids, and all hunters really, stay safe," said head instructor Floyd Pearson. "In my experience students are always eager to learn and really get into it."

For some in the course, learning about gun and hunting safety was more the goal than the hunting license.

"My husband and my son both hunt so I'm here today more just to learn about their hobby and know more about it," said Carrie Carr of Shawnee. "The safety lessons are very important to me because now I feel like I'll be able to reinforce that more with my son."

The De Soto course took things to the next level by allowing students the opportunity to handle loaded guns and practice safe practices on a real shooting range, an added bonus to the requirements of the course.

"It's not required that we actually take students into the field and have the walk through safety steps or how to take a safe shot but we like to do that whenever possible," said Pearson. "It's just another step we can take to make sure the safe practices are really grasped."

More information on hunter education can be found on the KDWPT website.

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Council grants rifle club special use permit, city reports 'hiccup' in Dollar General plan

The De Soto City Council agreed with the city Planning Commission's recommendation to grant a special use permit to the Mill Creek Rifle Club to expand their range by 100 yards, making it a 600-yard range, at their meeting Thursday night.

The permit is contingent upon the club completing several additional steps before the expansion, including obtaining a floodplain development permit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and reaching a legal agreement with the Zimmerman Trust, which currently owns the property the club hopes to expand upon.

The permit will have no expiration date and will allow the club to operate seven days a week from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. as requested.

City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle informed the council during the meeting that the proposed development of the new Dollar General at the intersection of Penner and Lexington Avenues has hit a "hiccup" due to budget overruns by the development company.

An outside development company, Tennessee-based GBT Realty Corporation, purchased the 1.3 acre lot from the city for $140,000 with plans to build a new store that would then be leased by Dollar General for a new store. Guilfoyle informed the city that the sale of the land officially closed this week and that building permits were ready to be issued since the council had approved the final plat of the land. The sale was conditional upon GBT building the Dollar General store on the land within a year of closing.

According to Guilfoyle, GBT contacted him earlier in the week and stated that due to city requirements, such as landscaping, road improvements and building fees, their project is now approximately $77,000 over budget. Guilfoyle then said that GBT warned they may "pull up stakes and leave" if the city could not "help reduce" the overage. Guilfoyle also pointed out that through a policy error on the city's part that GBT has yet to pay the excise tax, approximately $12,000, on the property, which would bring their total overage to $89,000.

"There are several options if, and that's a big 'if,' the city believes there is a threat of Dollar General relocating," Guilfoyle told the council. "Staff has looked at the overages as GBT has presented them and we've outlined ways the city could cut that overage while avoiding a cash payout."

The options presented by the staff ranged from reducing the landscaping requirements, an overage of more than $20,000 in GBT's budget, to refunding a portion of the land's sale price as the city got more out of GBT than the appraised value of $100,000 for the acreage.

"I feel we need to work with these people, we can refund some of that sale price because I'm still shocked we got that kind of money in the first place," said Councilman Ron McDaniel. "We want this store and we need this store for this town to grow."

His fellow council members and Mayor Dave Anderson agreed with McDaniel to a point.

"I'm not incredibly worried that [GBT] will pull up stakes and leave," said Councilman Randy Johnson. "I think they're grasping at straws but I think we can probably knock some off of the landscaping requirements and be done with it."

After further discussion, Councilman Rick Walker moved that city staff draft an agreement to cut approximately $40,000 from the list of overages to be presented to GBT on the condition that the company pay the $12,000 excise tax on the property without objection or appeal. The motion passed unanimously. If GBT accepts the city's proposal, construction will move forward, if not, Guilfoyle will return to the council for further action.

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Law enforcement calls: Nov. 11-16

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

  • Friday, Nov. 11 at 11:42 a.m.: an auto-theft report in the 8800 block of Golden Lane.
  • Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:03 p.m.: a report of an injury accident in the 33200 block of Lexington Avenue.
  • Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6:19 p.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Kill Creek Road.
  • Monday, Nov. 14 at 6:35 p.m.: a report of a non-injury accident in the 200 block of E. Kansas Highway 10.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 9:54 a.m.: a report of an attempted theft in the 8200 block of Ottawa Street.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:15 p.m.: a theft report in the 8300 block of Kickapoo Street.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:05 p.m.: a report of a non-injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Kill Creek Road.
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Law enforcement calls: Nov. 4-10

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12:22 a.m.: a non life-threatening medical call in the 33600 block of W. 88th Court.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 11:02 a.m.: a report of a theft from an automobile in the 100 block of Lane O.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 11:52 a.m.: a complaint of drug activity in the 100 block of Lane O.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 12:35 p.m.: a report of an automobile theft in the 8300 block of Center Drive.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4:54 p.m.: a theft report in the 32700 block of W. 83rd Street.
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Law enforcement calls: Oct. 21-27

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

  • Friday, Oct. 21 at 9:50 a.m.: a warrant service at Golden Lane and W. 88th Terrace.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 at 12:13 a.m.: a noise complaint in the 8100 block of Delaware Terrace.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6:45 p.m.: a non-injury accident in the 9600 block of Lexington Avenue.
  • Sunday, Oct. 23 at 11:16 a.m.: a hit-and-run accident in the 30400 block of W. 87th Street.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 at 2:07 p.m.: a theft report in the 33600 block of W. 85th Street.
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Law enforcement calls: Oct. 14-20

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

  • Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9:59 a.m.: a theft report in the 32400 block of W. 83rd Street.
  • Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3:48 p.m.: a report of a missing person/runaway in the 34100 block of W. 90th Circle.
  • Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8:48 a.m.: a report of an animal pickup in the 200 block of Lane R.
  • Monday, Oct. 17 at 7:57 a.m.: a report of a missing person/runaway in the 34100 block of W. 90th Circle.
  • Monday, Oct. 17 at 12:32 p.m.: a non-injury accident in the 200 block of E. Kansas Highway 10.-
  • Tuesday, Oct.18 at 10:06 a.m.: an ia theft report in the 35000 block of W. 91st Street.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:57 p.m.: a report of a verbal disturbance in the 8800 block of Thompson Drive.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:22 a.m.: a report of non-payment in the 33600 block of W. 82nd Street.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8:25 a.m.: an assist outside agency request in the 35000 block of W. 91st Street.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 11:21 p.m.: a report of suspicious activity in the 32300 block of W. 91st Street.
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Law enforcement calls: Oct. 7-13

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

  • Friday, Oct. 7 at 11:27 a.m.: a theft report in the 32400 block of W. 83rd Street.
  • Friday, Oct. 7 at 11:42 p.m.: a report of an intoxicated driver at W. 83rd Street and Corliss Road.
  • Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9:13 p.m.: a report of a dog bite in the 33100 block of W. 83rd Street.
  • Monday, Oct.10 at 3:53a.m.: an injury accident at Kansas Highway 10 and Kill Creek Road.
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