Sentinel readers to decide top stories of 2010
As 2010 draws to a close, the Sentinel is taking a look back at the stories that defined the year in Basehor — with your help.
The Sentinel is asking its readers to select the top five stories of the year in Basehor. Readers can go to basehorinfo.com during the next two weeks to vote for their top five, choosing from the list of 10 nominees below, compiled by the Sentinel staff.
The results will be announced in the Sentinel’s Dec. 30 edition.
Here are readers’ choices for the biggest Basehor stories of 2010:
• Basehor-Linwood School District celebrates new buildings. Basehor Intermediate School opened in January, and the new Basehor-Linwood Middle School opened at the beginning of the school year in August. Both buildings resulted from a 2007 bond issue. Basehor-Linwood High School also opened its new Health and Wellness Center, funded partly by a FEMA grant.
• Basehor Chamber founder and president retires. Susan Guy, president and founder of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce, retired in January after 25 years of service to the organization. Aladdin Ashkar became the new president.
• City passes bow-hunting ordinance. The City Council voted in February to allow bow hunting of deer within the city limits, despite objections raised by several residents.
• Wolf Creek Marketplace closes. After just seven months in business, Basehor’s long-awaited grocery store shut its doors in February.
• Two former BLHS teachers involved in student sex case. Former BLHS teacher Scott Neil pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual relations and former teacher Kevin Vincent pleaded no contest to battery after a Basehor Police Department investigation of inappropriate sexual behavior with a student.
• Sewer District 3 controversy. Residents of Sewer District 3 south of Basehor bristled at the cost of connecting to the city’s sewer lines after the decommissioning of their lagoons.
• City Council tension over clerk position. After Mayor Terry Hill declined to reappoint longtime city clerk Mary Ann Mogle, the City Council voted not to appoint Hill’s preferred candidate for the job in April. The council eventually approved the hiring of new clerk Corey Swisher, who will take on the title of finance director next year.
• Kansas Sampler Festival comes to Leavenworth. About 8,500 people attended the first countywide festival sponsored by the cities of Leavenworth, Lansing, Basehor and Tonganoxie.
• School district battles budget shortfalls. After state education aid fell by more than $400 per pupil in 2009-10, the Basehor-Linwood district was forced to increase fees and cut services.
• Traffic signal coming to 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. The Kansas Department of Transportation announced plans to install a stoplight at the intersection of U.S. 24-40 and 158th Street on the edge of Basehor, which has been a frequent safety concern for the city and the school district.