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


Dec. 17, 1980

A total of $5,115,000 in single-family mortgage money was received in Parsons and was available for loans from the city’s two savings and loan associations. With the nation’s prime interest rate at a record 21%, the lending boost was due to be welcomed by prospective home owners and buyers alike as well as real estate and builder interests. Peoples Savings & Loan Association had about $2.8 million to loan and Mid-America Federal Savings & Loan Association received $2.3 million. The interest rate on the loans would be fixed at 11 3/4%.


Dec. 17, 1990

The Parsons Vikings gained their first high school dual wrestling victory of the season at Kansas City, defeating Sumner Academy, 41-27. They lost to Southeast Kansas League rival Ottawa. Four Vikings — Ryan Lett, John Nichols, Eemo Keal and Brad Carson — each won twice.

After a day of upsets that pleased Labette County coach Jesse Ybarra, the Grizzly wrestlers finished second to Osawatomie in the eight-team, high school LC Festival. Heavyweight Zack O’Brien was 2-0 for the day, bumping his season record to 5-2. Shawn Alloway at 135 pounds improved his record to 6-0 with three wins. Scott Sexton bettered his 5-2 record with three wins at 112, including beating one of the previous year’s state qualifiers. Robbie Johnson also was tough for the Grizzlies, Ybarra said.


Dec. 17, 2000

Snow removal was proceeding well in Parsons after the Dec. 13 heavy snowfall. City Clerk Mary Reed said crews had started working on side streets. Reed said hired contractors — Heck and Wicker and LaForge and Budd — had done much of the work on residential streets. She was unsure how much the city was paying the companies. City Manager Glen Welden negotiated the contracts, and he was out of town when Reed spoke about the cleanup. Reed said there had been a few complaints. Reed said there also were some unsung volunteers helping. People had called to say thanks for clearing their street, but the city staff realized neither the contractors nor city workers had reached the streets. With temperatures expected to be below freezing for much of the following week, whatever melting had occurred could refreeze, causing icy streets.

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