These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
June 30, 1980
Parsons residents had been using about 2.5 million gallons of water a day on average in the summer. Despite the unseasonably hot weather, that amount wasn’t a record-breaker, John Cramer, city director of utilities, reported. Cramer said the city was in “fine shape” and didn’t have any water problems. During the summer of 1935, he said, residents were using just over 4.5 million gallons of water a day on average. That was during the hot and dry Dust Bowl years. In the previous few years, water usage had shot over the 3 million gallons a day mark, and Cramer said he expected there would be a few days like that in the summer if temperatures continued to exceed the century mark.
Mark Johnson of R. 2, Parsons, was elected national vice president of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America during the organization’s United States Skill Olympics and Leadership competition in Atlanta. Johnson, who would be a sophomore in the fall at Labette Community College, was one of 28 students representing Kansas at the national convention.
June 30, 1990
The Parsons USD 503 board was losing one of its members. The Rev. Wayne Yost was scheduled to submit his resignation in the first meeting of the new fiscal year. Yost, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, was moving to Kittanning, Pennsylvania, where he would be the executive presbyter, an administrative position with the church. His last Sunday in Parsons would be July 15. Yost had served the Parsons church for 6 1/2 years and was elected to the USD 503 board in April 1989. He also had been an associate director of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Parsons Ministerial Alliance.
June 30, 2000
Kansas coach Roy Williams, a former North Carolina assistant under Dean Smith, was succeeding Bill Guthridge as coach of the Tar Heels. Guthridge, who grew up in Parsons, was set to resign after spending three years as coach following the retirement of Smith, the winningest coach in college basketball history. Guthridge led the Tar Heels to two Final Four appearances in three seasons. Guthridge was Smith’s assistant for 31 seasons before taking over in 1997 after Smith racked up 879 career wins. Guthridge set NCAA records for most wins by a first-year head coach with 34 and for wins in his first two years with 58.