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


Jan. 15, 1981

Labette County commissioners approved a motion to place a question on the April 7 ballot to establish a one-cent county sales tax. Perl Bass of Parsons, chairman, said the revenue generated from the tax would be used for the general operation of the county. The ballot question would be about identical to one that appeared on the November ballot. That issue was defeated by a 5,401-3,361 vote.


Jan. 15, 1991

Burge Saddlery had to pay up, the Oswego City Council decided. The council authorized City Attorney Jerry Wilson to begin the process of calling in the city’s $30,000 loan to the firm, which was two months behind on payments and owned $29,930 in principle and interest. The saddle maker received the loan in August 1989, when the company located in Oswego. City officials weren’t sure if the company was still in operation.


Jan. 15, 2001

By the time the Parsons Viking girls wrapped up a victory over Pittsburg 53-37 in a non-league high school basketball game between Southeast Kansas League teams, Debbie Burris had a school-record 40 points. By hitting 16-of-27 shots, including 6-of-9 shots behind the arc, the freshman guard topped the former Viking girls’ record of 36 points set by Toni Gross in 1992. Burris’ six treys tied the team record set by Vonetta Gatewood in 1995. Burris also had six rebounds and seven steals. Senior guard Jennifer McDaniel was a strong complement to Burris, adding five first-half points, including a trey. She also had five assists and five steals.

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