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While few Parsonians were out early New Year’s Day, the Pumpin’ Pete’s convenience store at 32nd and Main was very busy as customers visited the new store that opened Friday, just north of its former location.
Parsons firefighters were called Tuesday afternoon to a fire on North Central on the west side of the apartment at 318 N. Central, which is north of Youth Crisis Shelter. The two-story brick apartment building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and began attacking the fire from the north side and tried to keep the fire from spreading to the apartment east of the brick building. Parsons police officers responded to the fire and helped residents from the east apartment building evacuate, including several infants. The residents and the infants took shelter at the police department.
Charlotte Brown (right) gets a dinner roll from 9-year-old Ava Alloway’s basket. Ava’s mom, Ashlea (to Ava’s left) serves brown gravy for dinner attendees Tuesday at the community Christmas dinner at First Christian Church, 1500 S. 29th.