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


May 23, 1979

A Lawrence architectural firm was recommended to Labette County commissioners to design plans for new facilities for the Parsons division of district court. Frederick Schultz of R.2, Chetopa, chairman of a citizens advisory committee, said the committee had chosen the firm of Peters, Williams & Kubota of Lawrence. The firm had designed other related projects, such as the judicial and law enforcement center in Douglas County. It also designed the downtown Lawrence improvement project, the Lawrence public library and the federal office building and courthouse in Topeka.


May 23, 1989

The owners of Labette County Ambulance Service said that no matter what decisions were made about ambulance subsidies, they would attempt to keep their service operating. Dave and Joan Nicoll said that despite a county commission decision to negotiate a contract with two men proposing a new, competing ambulance service, they planned to continue operating from both the Parsons and Oswego bases. Mrs. Nicoll said the couple had invested their retirement in the Oswego building, so the only thing they could do was keep going. Mr. Nicoll characterized the commission decision to fund the service proposed by Mark Hazen and Denis Forbes as a “railroad job.”


May 23, 1999

Former Parsons City Commissioner Gene Chambers hadn’t given a thought to becoming Parsons’ next city engineer when he ran for re-election in the spring, but it was a job he was devoting much of his time to. Chambers had been working for a few weeks as the city engineer on a part-time, interim basis after Mike Baldwin resigned earlier in the month. Before retirement, Chambers worked in Wichita for many years in aerospace engineering before becoming a professor of mechanical engineering technology at Pittsburg State University.

The Parsons Vikings captured the championship of the two-day state tennis tournament at Hesston. The crown matched the title won by Norse girls in Topeka in October. The state championship was the 12th by a Vike team — all since 1970 — and the first in boys’ tennis. Parsons was third in 1998 and fourth in 1997. Freshman Chris Schultz led the way, posting a third-place finish in singles. Juniors Jason Seal and Tyler Little claimed sixth in doubles, and junior James Lawrence snared seventh in singles. 

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