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


Oct. 14, 1980

The Parsons USD 503 board approved a sexual awareness class for ninth grade girls at Parsons Junior High School. Tom Bishard, principal, said the class had been deemed necessary because 1977-78 statistics showed that Labette County had a greater number of teenage pregnancies than the state average. Topics covered by the new class already had been covered, but usually in elective classes taught by men. The new class would be taught by Judy Foster, a physical education teacher, during the three weeks usually reserved for basketball instruction.

The Altamont City Council approved a dancing permit for Carl Johnson, owner and operator of Pappy’s beer tavern in downtown Altamont. The permit would cover a building next door to the tavern. Johnson bought the building to convert into a hall. Residents protested when he asked for a cereal malt beverage license earlier in the year, but no delegation appeared at the meeting in connection with the dancing permit.


Oct. 14, 1990

A petition had been filed that, if successful, would remove Labette County Commission Chairman Joe Renfro from office. Parsons store owner Mike Howerter, Oswego electrician Ralph Trollope and retired Dennis farmer Leslie Carson alleged that Renfro had shown incompetence, misconduct in office and dereliction of duties. Howerter said Renfro’s public quotes about refusing services to the 1st District if Lonie Addis was reelected was his reason for starting the petition drive.


Oct. 14, 2000

A New Jersey company received more than $1 million in low-income housing tax credits to build a 24-unit apartment complex in Parsons. Riedel First Securities planned to sell the credits to fund the development of 6 acres of wooded area east of Woodridge Estates, Guy Blankenship, vice president, said. He hoped construction would start in the spring, with the apartments completed in late summer or early fall.

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