Marilee Kendall is Derby through and through. The native resident started attending kindergarten at Derby Elementary School (the building that now houses the Derby Historical Museum), graduated from Derby High and spent all 36 years of her teaching career in USD 260.

Detective Keith Lunkenheimer of the Derby Police Department was recognized with the Officer of the Year award at the annual Police Banquet on May 16. Lunkenheimer (left) is shown being presented with the award by Police Chief Robert Lee.


In every sense, Swaney Elementary has been home for Derby’s Pam Fielden for most of her life. Fielden attended the elementary school growing up – as did her two sons – and has worked in the building as office clerk since 1995, nearly 30 years. Not to mention she lives less than half a mile f…


As part of its efforts to improve the K-15 corridor, the Derby City Council took action to keep those plans moving forward, authorizing a real estate transfer agreement with the Old Ranch Addition Homeowners Association at its May 10 meeting.

Maegan Fossi (middle) was recently presented with this year’s Special Education Paraprofessional Pathway Scholarship – valued at $2,500 – by Derby Public Schools. Fossi has been a para at Tanglewood Elementary since October 2020.  She is currently enrolled in the Teacher Apprentice Program t…

Members of the Derby High School National Art Honor Society recently helped create a mural at the north entrance of the Derby Marketplace Dillons showing support for the school. Plans are to further enhance the mural with the Panther mascot in the fall. Pictured are members of the NAHS group…

The Derby citywide garage sales were bustling once again May 12-14, with over 100 sales for shoppers to visit this year. In total, the sales event organized by the Derby Rotary Club helped bring in $1,200 for the USD 260 Feed a Hungry Child program.

Wineteer Elementary students (shown) helped raise nearly $400 for Andover tornado support efforts through a recent hat day, part of continuing efforts of USD 260 to support its neighboring district. Other efforts to help have included a lollipop sale by Derby Middle School, snack/drink drive…

At the May 9 Board of Education meeting, Martha Lawson, Food Services Supervisor for the Derby School district, made the recommendation to raise student and adult meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year.

Pastor Chad Pickering found that his recent trip to help Ukrainian refugees wasn’t just about providing needed supplies, it also was about providing another essential human requirement: a caring heart.

It’s official. Beach season will be coming to Derby, as the City Council voted unanimously (8-0) to approve the proposed final phase of the STAR bond project – including a man-made, public access lagoon – at its May 10 meeting.

After not having the Derby Historical Society’s fundraiser event the last two years because of COVID, the 2022 version came off with flying colors on May 7 at the Hubbard Arts Center. Horses, Hats & Roses, themed to tie into the annual Kentucky Derby race, offered opportunities for parti…

Former Derby resident and Derby High School graduate Brett Jones is now an award-winning filmmaker, with his latest documentary – “Something to Fear,” a feature on fellow DHS alum Kennedy Brown – earning accolades at Mulvane’s Doc Sunback Film Festival earlier this month.

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