Author: Jim Potts

An Illustrated Guide to De Soto, Missouri Businesses and Organizations

Athlete with DeSoto roots heads for the Olympics

DeSoto native, Brittany Borman, qualifies for the Summer Olympics in a dramatic finish. On her final chance, she achieved her personal best javelin throw of 201′ 9″ to move into first place. Congrats Brittany! Our hopes and prayers will be for her Olympic success. More info and photos at StlToday

Spross Park Waterfall

Have you stopped by to see the new waterfall in the recently upgraded Spross Park? This is the new “in” spot for weddings in DeSoto. Also a great place to relax, walk the trail, picnic in the shelter pavilion and watch the kids play on the playgrounds or basketball court. Amvets Dr. & Concord St.

Steady Steam of Autoflex Rail Cars

In this clunky economy, it is reassuring to see all the new Autoflex railroad cars being made here in DeSoto at the Union Pacific DeSoto Car Shops. Every time we’re on Main Street, we see the partly completed and finished yellow and silver rail cars in various places around the rail yard. Politicians talk about…
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Fallen Local Soldier’s Dog Comes Home

Last August, a soldier from DeSoto, James Ide IV, was killed during an attack in Afghanistan. He was a bomb-sniffing dog handler. His dog made it through the attack, but was traumatized. The Army retrained the dog for civilian life, and this week retired her and sent her home to the soldier’s window and two…
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Making the most of unique town character

What makes DeSoto different from other communities? As stores and architectural design become more uniform across the nation, the individuality disappears. Encouraging what makes DeSoto, Mo. unique helps to make it a destination for nearby and out of the area folks. Edward T. McMahon writes in “The Place Making Dividend” on Planetizen: “The more a…
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De Soto Food Pantry Benefit Concert

Maureen and I had an enjoyable experience at the DeSoto Food Pantry Benefit Concert at the First Baptist Church of Luckey on Saturday night. Music was provided by Carol Sanguinette-How with her 7 piece band of guitars, banjo, tambourine and bass and two quartets Jericho and the Barn Again Gang. Gospel music filled the new…
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DeSoto Talent Show & Fall Festival

We had a great time Saturday at the DeSoto Fall Festival in Walther Park on a beautiful day. There was a nice turnout with lots of vendors, kids activities and a classic car show. That evening, the first ever Get Healthy DeSoto Talent Show was a blast. Wish I had a printed program to tell…
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Getting close

I’m about a week away from retirement at my day job. That means I’ll soon have the time to get going on the technical side of building the Shop DeSoto MO Directory. Taking pictures, gathering the info and putting it all together. It will take a while, but I’ll post a link to a peek…
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