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


Jan. 22, 1981

Mary Kay Ramsey, a native Parsonian employed in the engineering department of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., announced she would seek election to the Parsons City Commission. Mildred Vance, city clerk, said that as far as she could remember, no woman had run for the city commission before. To date, two other residents had announced their candidacy. Mayor Robert Bartelli was seeking reelection, and Commissioner Andrew Plowman, who was appointed to the commission in May 1979, announced he would seek a full term.

The sale of two adjacent business buildings on the north side of the east block of Parsons Plaza were confirmed. American Legion Post No. 56 was the buyer of the building at 21 Parsons Plaza. Knights of Columbus Council No. 643 bought the structure at 23 Parsons Plaza. The 21 Parsons Plaza building was bought from J.J. Flynn Investment Co. It was the former Ed Williamson Stores site and later occupied by Southeast TV and Appliance. The Knights bought their building from Harry Strasburger of Coffeyville. It was part of the “Strasburger building: that also contained the J.C. Penney Co. store.


Jan. 22, 1991

The deadline for filing for area elections passed at noon, and several last-minute additions had been made to the candidate lists. Three more candidates filed for the Parsons City Commission election in April. Parsons Mayor Bill Wheat filed for reelection. Eugene Hamsher and Charles Merchant Jr. also filed on the last day. Others who filed earlier were Marvin McKnight, Gene Chambers, Thomas Maffei, Timothy Ren, Joe Roberts and Ruth Westervelt.


Jan. 22, 2001

The St. Paul boys, champions in 1999 at the Lancer Classic, made it two titles in three years, foiling host Southeast’s title bid, 71-61. The St. Paul girls blew away Prairie View, which beat St. Paul the previous two years, 73-43. The twin triumphs boosted both Tribe teams to 10-0. Jarvis Wintjen poured in 28 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and doled out three assists as the St. Paul boys, ranked No. 1 in Kansas in Class 2A, held off Southeast. Adam Burke added 14 points. Katie Westhoff scored 28 points. Abby Coomes added 19 and Jill Westhoff 12, leading the 10th-ranked St. Paul girls to their one-sided triumph.

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