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Posted March 05, 2014 in Community Featured, Johnston
Danielle Waggoner, center, moved back to her hometown of Johnston with son Kole and daughter Kennedy.

Danielle Waggoner, center, moved back to her hometown of Johnston with son Kole and daughter Kennedy.

Say hello to the Waggoners. Danielle, receptionist at the Waukee/Clive Veterinary Clinic, is certainly no stranger to Johnston. She lived here during her childhood and recently moved back to town with her two children — daughter Kennedy, 14 and son Kole, 11.

Both of the Waggoner children attend school in the district. Kennedy also participates in dance classes here in town, and Kole plays football and basketball for the middle school. In fact, the quality of education and the reputation of the Johnston school district was one of the deciding factors for Waggoner when choosing to move back to the town she loved while growing up.

“The Johnston school system is working out well for us,” Waggoner says. “It’s a really safe environment and neighborhood for the kids, and they are close enough to walk to and from school when the weather permits.”

Although Waggoner spent a number of her childhood years growing up in Johnston, she admits that not much looks the same.

“It’s unreal how much has changed in the last 30 years,” she says. “A few old local businesses still remain, but I just can’t believe the number of new businesses and restaurants now available in the area.”

Waggoner_HomeAccording to Kennedy and Kole, one of their favorite places is the local Dairy Queen on Merle Hay Road. The best part for them is that it is well within walking distance. And the fact that it is just around the corner has the whole family looking forward to warm weather. Who can blame them after all the snow we have had this winter? They can’t wait for the opportunity for ice cream.

Waggoner is looking forward to the warm weather for a number of reasons as well — and not just for the ice cream. This spring she plans to spend time gardening and planting flowers in the yard of the four-bedroom ranch the family calls home. Waggoner is also excited to visit the Johnston farmers market and spend time with her children on the many walking trails and parks that Johnston has to offer. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope that spring decides to come soon.

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