These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.


Oct. 15, 1980

Official preliminary enrollment figures from the Legislative Research Department showed that Labette Community College experienced the highest increase in enrollment — both in head count and full-time equivalent — during the previous year of any college or university in the state, Jerry Gallentine, college president, jubilantly reported. The report also showed that LCC had the most students of the six Southeast Kansas community colleges. LCC’s headcount was 1,554, a 53% increase over the 1979 count of 1,012. The FTE was 784, a 37.8% increase over LCC’s FTE in 1979 of 569 students.


Oct. 15, 1990

Labette County commissioners agreed to pay half of the local cost of disposing household hazardous waste in the county if the city of Parsons would foot the rest. Household hazardous waste — including kitchen and bathroom cleaners, latex and oil-based paint — should be disposed in one collection day at a site south of Parsons, commissioners agreed. If left in the environment, the chemicals could pollute groundwater, rivers and streams, County Health Administrator Don Gambrel and Parsons Community Development Director Larry Eller told commissioners. Gambrel said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment would pay half the cost for the pilot program, which had already been successful in larger metropolitan counties such as Sedgwick, Johnson and Wyandotte. 


Oct. 15, 2000

Parsons USD 503 acquired the former Army Reserve Center at 29th and Morton, which was temporarily housing the Parsons Police Department. The building had been considered surplus by the federal government for years, and Superintendent John Benson had been working for some time through agencies to find the appropriate way to acquire it. The building would be given to the district at no cost, but the district couldn’t take possession until the police department moved out, likely between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The police had used it since the April 19 tornado heavily damaged the police station. 

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