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


Jan. 14, 1981

Construction of a five-story high-rise for elderly and handicapped Parsons residents was set to begin May 1, Harry Coker, president of the Southeast Kansas Housing Development Co. of Parsons, announced. The 46-unit building, which would cost an estimated $1,467,853, would be located on a 556,000-square-foot tract on Katy Drive just west of Mid-America Federal Savings and Loan Association at 1909 Main in the central business district. 


Jan. 14, 1991

Members of the Pleas Chapel Choir were on their way to Topeka. The choir was scheduled to sing during festivities around the gubernatorial inauguration for Joan Finney.

Jody Thompson, Labette Community College coach, was elected to the National Junior College Athletic Association wrestling Hall of Fame. Tom Hilton, LCC athletic director, said the honor was well deserved. Hilton said Thompson was a fine coach and person and as hard-working of a coach as there was. Thompson, the only head coach in the 16-year history of the program at the college, had coached at the national and international levels. He guided Labette to national mat prominence and produced outstanding team and individual records, both on the mat and in the classroom.


Jan. 14, 2001

Flint Allen, Kyle Johnston, Stephen Hambleton and Rob O’Banion captured titles to lead Labette County to the team crown in the Pittsburg Invitational dual high school wrestling tournament. The Grizzlies swept all five of their duals, beating runner-up Monett, Missouri, and third place Parsons as well as Pittsburg, Gardner-Edgerton and Topeka Hayden.

The third-ranked Labette County Grizzly girls basketball team put an 18-point hurt on Wichita South for a 71-53 win to go to 8-0. Amber Sprague led the way with 18 points. Lacey McMunn added 12 points, Andrea Gossard had 11 and Kim Feltz netted 10.

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