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


Aug. 2, 1979

The Rev. T. Edward Lindemann announced he was resigning as rental agent of the low-cost Westgate Homes in Parsons effective Aug. 31. Lindemann had been rental agent since the 100-unit rent supplement project was opened in September 1969. He said the project needed “some young, more aggressive people out there.” Lindemann cited some financial problems, with rising utility costs and insurance rates that doubled in 1978.

Proposed Labette County expenditures for 1980 would be $492,109 higher than those budgeted for 1979 under terms of a projected budget. Expenditures would be $3,266,585. Federal revenue-sharing expenditures, which weren’t included in the total, would be $387,296. The county levy would go up 2.33 mills under the proposed budget, from 27.87 mills to 30.20 mills.


Aug. 2, 1989

Ignoring the hard rain that ended about 40 minutes earlier, about 1,000 people came out to watch the participants on the first night of the rodeo during the Labette County Fair. For the cowboys and cowgirls, the rodeo had its share of ups and downs, including a Mr. Rodeo contestant, 7-year-old Nathan Blackledge, Chetopa, who slipped off his horse during the entrance. The crowd applauded loudly as Blackledge mounted his steed and got in line with other royalty candidates. Earning a royal ovation were the 4-H queens who were crowned about an hour before the rodeo. Sarah Cotten and Angie Best tied for queen. Their king was Travis Eck. Brett Peine was crowned prince, and Becky Rexwinkle was crowned princess.


Aug. 2, 1999

Discussion was at a standstill between Parsons USD 503 and the Parsons Recreation Commission regarding the district’s possible use of the Westside Community Center. The district was considering using the center for sixth-grade students during the 2000-01 school year while Parsons Middle School was renovated. Seventh- and eighth-grade students would go to the former Washington Elementary School during that time. School officials were awaiting a list of building problems and other concerns the recreation commission had that the district would have to address, Superintendent John Benson said.

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