These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
May 21, 1979
Parsons High School was set to graduate 154 students during a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at the Marvel Park stadium. The 1979 valedictorian, Deborah Crooks, and the salutatorian, Cynthia Seifert, would be the speakers. The senior class president, Brian Taylor, was scheduled to give the welcoming speech and vice president Leigh Ann Davis the invocation.
Parsons High School senior Karl Shultz claimed third place in singles in the state Class 5A high school tournament. Viking coach Dan Stonecipher’s six-man team entered the tournament with an unblemished record of four tournament crowns and a dual record of 7-0.
Brad Burkes of Parsons finished in third at the Class 5A state championship 1,600-meter run at Wichita with a time of 9 minutes, 37.64 seconds. It was the best finish by a Parsons-area athlete in the state meet at Cessna Stadium.
May 21, 1989
Gov. Mike Hayden signed an omnibus appropriations bill that included $1.2 million for initial costs of constructing the camps for first- and second-time low-risk felons in Labette and Meade counties. The bill also provided for a total of $1.9 million for the community corrections conservation camps’ fiscal 1990 operating budgets. Hayden had previously vetoed funding for the camps because the plan called for the state to pay for construction of buildings the counties would own.
The Parsons Vikings claimed the Class 5A regional high school baseball crown and a berth in the state tournament at El Dorado. Steve Nichols, a senior left-hander, hurled the victory, his sixth of the season against one loss. He clung to a 2-0 lead handed him in the first two innings and limited the foe to a run or less for the sixth time.
May 21, 1999
The Parsons Community Foundation announced $121,000 in grants. The city of Parsons was the biggest recipient. A $30,000 grant to the city was earmarked to the acquisition and installation of a very large playground complex at Forest Park, City Manager Glen Weldon said. The city planned to match the grant.