Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2008 - a year of promise, possibilities

January 2, 2008

If the past is any predictor of the future, the Chieftain staff's choices for the top stories of 2007 give us some indication of what is most likely to occupy the community's attention in 2008.

The installation in December of a new police chief in Edwardsville and a former City Council member's decision to plead guilty to bribery charges and surrender his seat give that beleaguered city some hope of turning the page on a municipal corruption scandal that has gone on for two years now. The people of Edwardsville deserve a respite and a new beginning.

Edwardsville and Bonner Springs are awaiting the state's decision about a new casino for Wyandotte County. One of the three proposals submitted to the lottery board would feature a casino in Edwardsville and a posh hotel and golf course in Bonner Springs. The other two are near the Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Thankfully, because of an agreement reached earlier between the three governments, all three will share in the revenues.

Bonner Springs opened a new school in 2007. Delaware Ridge Elementary School will serve students in the northern parts of the district, where new home construction in adjacent Kansas City, Kan., continues to add students. The Expeditionary Learning curriculum model adopted this year with the help of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation also promises to enrich the experiences of students in the future.

The arrest in September of three suspects in the 2005 death of Robin Bell, manager of the north Bonner Springs Dollar General store, brings the promise of some closure for the family and friends of the victim.

One of the most hopeful stories of 2007 was the approval of the bond issue and finally the ground-breaking in December of Bonner Springs' new $3.5 million library, due to open late this year.

And so, once again, the past gives way to the future. The year 2007 has come and gone, ushering in a new year, 2008 - a year of endless promise and possibilities.


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