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


Dec. 3, 1979

The Interstate Commerce Commission decided to grant the Cotton Belt and Southern Pacific railroads authority to operate the Rock Island Railroad’s Tucumcari line for 180 days. The action was expected to touch off legal battles involving railroads that were opposing granting of permanent permission to the Cotton Belt and is parent, the Southern Pacific, to buy and operate the Tucumcari line between St. Louis and Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The Katy Railroad was one of the railroads opposing the move. Katy plans for track improvement would be set back if the impact of traffic losses to the Cotton Belt and Southern Pacific were as severe as expected. CEO R.N. Whitman repeated his charges that the Katy would experience a gross annual loss of $6.5 million.

The Southeast Kansas Fire Chiefs Association was born in an informal meeting at the Canterbury Inn at Parsons, Dean Sailsbury, Parsons fire chief, reported. The purpose of the organization was to solve problems and exchange ideas among the fire departments. Twenty-four people attended the organizational meeting. They represented Neodesha, Fredonia, Pittsburg, Fort Scott, Iola, Yates Center, Chanute, LaHarpe, Columbus, Oswego, Cherryvale and Parsons.


Dec. 3, 1989

Southeast Kansas wildlife officials were surprised to find an elk about 3 miles west of Erie. The animal had been illegally killed by a hunter. The bull elk was found by deer hunters on the Neosho River levee west of Erie. Jim Hollis, wildlife conservation officer, said he had received reports of elk sightings in or around Galesburg, Thayer and Girard. Each sighting may had been the same animal, he said. 


Dec. 3, 1999

The Labette County Medical Center board did not accept a proposed budget with net operating expenses $20,110 higher than net operating revenue. Trustees asked the administration to cut expenses. Trustee Vince Schibi said it was difficult for any hospital to come up with a viable budget because of the negative effect the Balanced Budget Act had on hospitals. Tom Macaronis, chief financial officer, said despite legislation to offer relief from the act, LCMC would continue to be hit by it. Much of the relief would not take place until 2001.

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