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


April 19, 1979

Labette Community Junior College had received about 30 applicants for the position of president of the college, Trustee Hugh Charles of Parsons reported. Charles was spokesman for a search and selection committee seeking a replacement for James Altendorf, who resigned effective June 30. The committee appointed a screening committee of education professionals to help narrow the field of applicants to three. The screening committee would consist of Paul Parker, professor of education at Pittsburg State University, Walter Hunter of the University of Missouri and Dell Reed of Crowder College. 


April 19, 1989

Eight people would be employed by a company that agreed to locate in Mound Valley’s industrial building upon completion. City Councilman Keith Billingsly said Fitzgerald Industries match-plate division agreed to locate in the building, and a contract was being drawn. The Mound Valley industrial building was expected to be erected within 30 days. The company would relocate from Caney and would be in production within 90 days. Fitzgerald would make match plates, or plaster molds to duplicate mechanical parts and cast them in aluminum. In other words, Billingsly said, the company would make the prototype to allow a part to be reproduced in assembly-line production.

Gov. Mike Hayden, state legislators and city and county government officials from four counties were among the guests invited to participate in the May 6 inaugural run of the Southeast Kansas Tourism Railroad. Heart of the Heartlands, an area nonprofit organization formed to help establish the passenger train service, sent formal invitations to more than 30 potential passengers. The run would be launched in Chetopa and arrive at Big Brutus in time for lunch. After a stop in Pittsburg for a dinner and entertainment, the train was scheduled to arrive back in Chetopa by 7:30 p.m. Dick Webb, president of SEK Railroad, said throughout the year, the railroad would attend festivals and events along the route that requested short train rides. Proceeds would go to Heart of the Heartlands to fund the establishment of a regular passenger service along the route.


April 19, 1999

Eight past and present Kansas City Chiefs took on Labette County High School alumni in a basketball game to benefit Connie Bebb, owner of Connie B’s Cafe in Altamont, who was battling cancer. The LCHS Booster Club recruited some of the most accomplished athletes for the alumni team: Justin Bebb, Michael Brader, Amy Gossard, Lori Green, Shane Holtzman, Andy O’Brien, John Purcell, Ali Sprague, Mike Raschen, Chad Penner and Bob Burnett. Playing for the Chiefs were wide receiver Danan Hughes, linebacker Jerry Blanton, defensive back Trent Bryant, fullback Tony Richardson, tackle Marcus Spears, running back Bam Morris, cornerback Robert Williams and fullback Ernest Blackwell. The Chiefs won 82-70.

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