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


June 12, 1979

The Altamont City Council accepted the resignation of Larry Hargis as police chief effective July 1. Hargis accepted a job in the Galena Police Department. Richard Wilson was appointed to handle Altamont police duties temporarily. Hugh Long, the councilman who was chairman for the police and fire departments, proposed a $35,000 police budget for the next year. The council accepted the proposal. 


June 12, 1989

Weather experts were blaming strong winds for the extensive damage caused to several Galesburg buildings during a storm on the morning of June 11, but residents believed a tornado was responsible. Following a steady rainfall during the night, several people reported hearing a sudden roaring sound at about 6:30 a.m. In a period of time estimated at only a minute or two, walls were blown out of buildings, roofs torn off, windows shattered and trees uprooted. Then, just as suddenly, the roaring sound subsided and the winds calmed down, leaving one building destroyed and at least two others damaged. After surveying the damage, Neosho County Sheriff Rod Nally said he didn’t think winds alone could be responsible for the destruction. The damage was heaviest at the former Bush Hog Manufacturing plant where equipment was still being stored in some plant buildings despite the business being closed since September 1986.

Lee Sailsbury of Parsons was the new owner of the Tastee Freez restaurant, 3210 Main. He took over the business June 1. Sailsbury bought the restaurant from Wanda and Chester Dowd, who operated it since 1971 after having moved to Parsons from Overland Park.


June 12, 1999

More recruiting efforts and different course offerings were apparently paying off for Labette Community College in enrollment numbers. According to Dean of Student Services Janet Eads, LCC experienced a dramatic enrollment increase throughout the 1998-99 school year. Enrollment peaked in the spring with a 9.05% increase over spring 1998. The college had an overall academic year increase of 5.78%. Over the previous two academic years, the college held recruitment drives at 24 high schools throughout Southeast Kansas and a number of meetings scheduled within communities to explain financial aid and scheduling for both the traditional and nontraditional student. Programs such as Jumpstart, designed to allow high school students to take a number of college general education classes while still in high school, had brought more traditional students to the college.

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