These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
April 4, 1979
Robert Trusdale, district manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Parsons, tallied the highest number of votes to win a four-year term on the Parsons City Commission. His unofficial total was 1,810. He was followed by the incumbent, Robert Bartelli, who earned 1,515 votes. Bartelli was manager of the Parsonian Motor Inn and would serve his third term, which would be two years long. Larry Smith was a close third with 1,261 votes in his first bid for public office. Smith was a salesman for Abshier Real Estate Agency and Abshier Insurance Agency. Oliver Redmond took fourth place with 887 votes. The most active and vocal of the candidates, Redmond was a rail car and truck inspector at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and a retired patrolman for the Parsons Police Department.
Three incumbents were re-elected to second terms on the Parsons USD 503 board, and Robert Brandenburg was elected to a first term. Incumbents re-elected were Clarease Ireland, Larry Bailey and the Rev. Jack Smith. The fourth incumbent, Gwendolyn Sengpiehl, did not seek re-election.
April 4, 1989
Voters elected Yolanda Ward and Bill Wheat to fill the two available seats on the Parsons City Commission. Incumbent Timothy Ren and businessman Robert Bartelli were defeated in the general election. Ward, who received 1,484 votes or about 31 percent of the total, received the four-year term. Wheat, who had 1,250 votes or about 26 percent of the total, received the two-year term. Bartelli received 1,085 votes and Ren 991.
Incumbents Bill Wyckoff and Patricia Wogan, both of Altamont, were re-elected to the Labette Community College Board of Trustees. E.F. “Sonny” Zetmeir, board president, was defeated. Parsons businessman Mike Howerter gained the remaining spot on the board. Howerter, who made a name for himself in the previous few years as an outspoken opponent of tax increases at various public forums, finished second to Wyckoff. Howerter formed a coalition in mid-March with fellow challengers David Miller and Donald Smith.
April 4, 1999
Discussions on incentives for the expansion of a local industry and for the development of a new movie theater were on the agenda for the Parsons City Commission. Steve Ray, owner of Ray Products, planned to present an expansion plan for the business. Ray and the commission also would discuss industrial incentives and a property tax abatement. The commissioners also planned to meet with Pat Haley and Lee Salyers to discuss the possible incentives for the construction of a new cinema. Haley and Salyers were leasing the Parsons Cinema when it burned down earlier in the year.