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


Aug. 3-4, 1979

Neil Armstrong, who electrified a watching and anxiety-fraught world with a few words from the moon 10 years earlier, had nothing to say publicly when he visited Parsons for about two hours. His stop was totally incommunicado, particularly where reporters and photographers were concerned. In fact, the moon trailblazer was upset to the point of indignation because his trip had become known in advance to news representatives. His host while here was Donald Bolle, 3510 Gabriel, president of Adventure Line Manufacturing Inc., 3333 Main. Bolle said he would give no reason for the appearance of Armstrong and the three men in his party. The only glimpse news representatives had of Armstrong was when he, Bolle and others in the group emerged from the Adventure Line plant proper and immediately went into seclusion in an office.

Jon Trout was promoted to corporal at the Parsons Police Department. Stuart Prince was promoted to driver for the Parsons Fire Department. Trout had been a public safety officer for four years and Prince a firefighter for almost two years.


Aug. 3-4, 1989

Krista Billingsly, a 1989 graduate of Labette County High School, was on the 12-member South squad in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game. Players for the teams were selected by the KBCA. The games were to be played at Lee Arena on the campus of Washburn University.

A handmade treadmill ensured that Daren Slater’s market lambs were in grand champion condition for the previous two years. Slater’s crossbred market lamb earned the top award at the 4-H and FFA sheep show at the Labette County Fair. Slater also was named grand champion showman and another of his lambs was named champion Hampshire. Slater said a lot of work went into the win. For four weeks, his lambs had daily 30-minute workouts on the conveyor belt to build up the muscles in their hind quarters. Slater built the treadmill, which was located on his family’s rural Chetopa farm, in vocational-agriculture class.


Aug. 3-4, 1999

Hunters wanting to use city-owned property near Lake Parsons would have to get a permit from the city. The Parsons city commissioners passed an ordinance that updated one in place since the lake was built. Several hunters attended the meeting to argue against the new requirement. Lake hunting permits would be available at city offices and would cost $10 per year initially.  

Parsons city commissioners approved a 2020 budget with expenditures of up to $14,297,500. The budget provided for a 3% raise in employees’ wages, but Commissioner Bill Wheat said the raise was not automatic and cost-of-living raises could be smaller. The property tax levy would increase by about 0.75% to 42.511 mills. Assessed valuation was up in the city nearly $1.5 million to $39,074,136.

Workers for Olenik Inc., a contractor from Andover, Ohio, arrived to install the a new water slide at Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool. The $68,345 piece of equipment would be paid for by sales tax money from a 0.50% sales tax devoted to streets and park improvements. The blue slide was 16 feet tall and had a ride length of 134.83 feet featuring three loops.

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