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

July 24, 1979

The Parsons Housing Authority selected Copeland Brothers Construction Inc. of Raytown, Missouri, to build a 30-unit federally subsidized family housing project on a 4.7-acre site east of 25th and south of Briggs. The choice was subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which denied a selection in May because the site proposed was in a flood plain. Copeland Brothers also was the firm that was chosen the first time proposals were submitted. The initial proposal by that firm was for 7.49 acres north of Southern and west of 32nd. Specifications called for 30 units, mostly three-bedroom, built as duplexes. 

July 24, 1989

After receiving a 957-signature petition opposing relocation of the Labette County landfill to a proposed site near Edna, county commissioners decided the new site would no longer be pursued until other options had been explored. The commission also planned to schedule a public meeting to discuss landfill issues with representatives of the cities in the county, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the owners and operator of the existing landfill south of Parsons.

In the wake of public criticism from a fellow commissioner, Labette County Commission Chairman Lonie Addis proposed a resolution that would impose stiff guidelines and stiffer penalties for any interaction of commissioners outside of established meetings. Commissioner Joe Renfro, Altamont, accused Addis of misleading other commissioners by making statements in public that directly contradicted what he had said when the media was not present. Renfro responded to Addis’ proposed resolution with skepticism and said he wanted County Counselor David Markham to review it before he would sign it. Addis said he proposed the resolution in an effort to further clarify and enhance the intent of the state Legislature when it passed the Kansas Open Meetings Act, which he called the “most misunderstood, most abused law in the state.”

A Big Cheese Pizza would open in Parsons in the future, occupying about 4,000 square feet near Consumer’s Market, 300 Main. Construction was set to begin in the vacant retail space on the north side of the building occupied by Consumer’s, said Jim Cochran of Robson Properties, the developer of the project. Bob Friend, owner of the Parsons Big Cheese franchise, said the restaurant could employ 40 to 50 people. 

July 24, 1999

Medicine-On-Time from Taylor Drug of Arkansas City was one of many products on display at an assistive technology fair in Forest Park with information and demonstrations on varied technology for people with disabilities. With Medicine-On-Time, pharmacies packaged medications in dosage bubbles that could hold up to six tablets or capsules. Each bubble was sealed and labeled with the person’s name, the contents and precisely when the medications were to be taken. From the big — houses, scooters, wheelchairs and specialized vans — to the small — gardening tools and dining utensils — information was available at the fair on products to make life easier.

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