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


Dec. 31, 1980

Labette County commissioners approved the new Labette County Judicial Center in Parsons after inspecting the facility with a Lawrence architectural firm and officially took control of the new building at 4 p.m. Dec. 30. The judicial center was scheduled to open in January. Charles Gray, county attorney, was expected to move into the building sometime on Dec. 31 as the first occupant.

Consolidation of the Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads would cause a traffic loss to the Katy Railroad by their own admission that would amount to $14.3 million a year. The Katy made that statement in a docket filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission protesting the move involving two of the Katy’s largest competitors.


Dec. 31, 1990

Labette County commissioners eliminated the full-time county engineer position and made it part time. County Engineer Verlyn White said he may file a lawsuit in response to the action. Commission Chairman Joe Renfro made the motion to eliminate the full-time position. He and Commissioner Barney Pontious voted in favor of the motion, while Commissioner Lonie Addis voted against the move. Addis said the only reason the position was being eliminated was because White had disagreed with Renfro.

After four narrow misses the previous week, the Parsons area logged its first sub-zero reading of the season on Dec. 29. With sleet and freezing rain as a prelude, the mercury dipped to a low of -1 degree. It rose to a high of only 12 the next day before descending to 4 later that night. The sub-zero reading was the first in Parsons since a -15 on Dec. 23, 1989. That mark and the -17 on Dec. 22, 1989, were the third and fourth lowest on record. 


Dec. 31, 2000

The Parsons City Commission was set to finalize an agreement with CLASS Ltd. for the organization to take over the city’s public transportation system. Previously, only handicapped and elderly people had been able to use public transportation. The agreement would allow anyone to ride on the system and would expand the hours it was available.

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