These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Oct. 24-25, 1980
The Labette County Medical Center had been breaking records in the number of patients and services for the year and September was no exception. A record 2,523 patient days were recorded at the hospital in September, the largest ever at the hospital. Robert Brandenburg, hospital controller, reported that the previous 11 months of September averaged only 1,848 patient days each of those months and that the record set in September was 37% higher than the average patient days recorded previously.
Becky Watson, Martha Feess and Sally Combs were crowned homecoming queens of Parsons High School. A homecoming dance was held after the football game.
Oct. 24-25, 1990
A layoff of 500 workers at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant announced the previous week would not occur and some workers who had been laid off would be recalled, plant officials said. Officials had said about 500 employees faced layoffs because of a problem with X-ray equipment on the plant’s 1100 line, where the combined-effects munition, or cluster bomb, was produced. During a test run, the X-ray equipment passed over an armed component that shouldn’t have passed machine inspection. Sudhir Chopra, vice president of Day & Zimmermann Inc.’s defense systems, said the problem was fixed.
Annie Elsen made a big impact in tumbling’s world age-group championships for juniors in Dillenberg, Germany. The Parsons High School sophomore finished fifth in a field of 31 in the age 15-17 division in power tumbling. Elsen was one of two Southeast Kansans among an 80-member U.S. American Trampoline and Tumbling Association squad. After sightseeing and watching other competitors, Elsen practiced three days before her competition was staged. A two-hour morning session narrowed the field to six finalists.
Oct. 24-25, 2000
Construction on the 11-mile U.S. 400 bypass around Parsons was expected to begin in the spring and be completed in the fall of 2002. The project, estimated to cost about $40 million, would be the first system enhancement program completed under the state’s 10-year comprehensive transportation program passed by the 1999 Kansas Legislature. Bid letting was set for Feb. 21.
The west wall of the former Mid-America Federal Savings and Loan building, located behind Commercial Bank, came tumbling down with a push from a track hoe. G&G Dozer handled the work on the cinder block and brick wall. Commercial Bank, which took over Mid-America in 1990 after the thrift failed, planned to add on to the west side of its building.