These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Jan. 2-3, 1981
Fire early on Jan. 2 destroyed three businesses in downtown Thayer. Although no damage estimates were available, Larry Myers, Thayer fire chief, said the buildings that housed First State Bank of Thayer, the Thayer Insurance Agency and Ramco Energy were total losses. An adjoining business, Ginger’s Cafe, suffered smoke damage. Witnesses said the fire started in the Ramco Energy building about 7 a.m. After an explosion in that building 30 minutes later, the fire quickly spread to the adjoining insurance and bank buildings.
All of the Thayer businesses destroyed by fire were expected to be back in operation the following week. First State Bank of Thayer planned to bring in a mobile home to serve as temporary headquarters. Thayer Insurance Agency planned to set up shop across the street from the burned-out buildings in a cable television building and Ramco Energy Inc. would be back in business as soon as a new location could be found.
Jan. 2-3, 1991
After the county’s solid waste advisory committee reviewed the proposed landfill contract, Labette County Commission Chairman Joe Renfro announced he would resign from the county’s negotiating team. Citing the need to ensure that Commissioner Lonie Addis’ concerns about the contract were addressed, Renfro said he would appoint Addis to take his place.
Ruth Westervelt was the latest to file for the April 2 Parsons City Commission election. Three others had filed: Gene Chambers, Thomas Maffei and Joe Roberts.
Jan. 2-3, 2001
Tying a school record for 3-pointers, the Parsons Viking girls romped to a 56-53 non-league high school basketball victory over Coffeyville. Aricka Mack, a senior guard who scored 11 points, showed poise against Coffeyville pressure. Debbie Burris turned in an outstanding performance, leading all scorers with 20 points. Her four 3-pointers were two short of the team’s individual record, but the team total of seven tied the school record set in 1994 and matched in 1995.
The First State Bank of Edna branch at 1600 Clark in Parsons became a branch of Community National Bank. The branch, which operated out of a temporary building, planned to erect a permanent facility on property occupied by Frame Office Equipment and a house before they were destroyed in the April 2000 tornado.
A fire on Dec. 30 destroyed The Furniture Doctor, 1811 Parsons Plaza. James Shoes next door sustained some fire damage and heavy smoke and water damage. Charles Davis had operated his upholstery repair business for about 30 years on the plaza.
It was the start of a happy new year for Wendy and Robert Ponce after their son was born as the area’s first baby of 2001 at Labette County Medical Center. Jaden Ponce was born at 7:46 a.m. Jan. 2 and weighed 9 pounds, 1 once.