These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Nov. 18, 1980
The controversy over a housing project for low- to moderate-income residents apparently ended with the city commissioners’ vote to accept an out-of-court settlement. A group of 31 home and property owners had filed suit against the city over the project. The city offered to install additional fencing and landscaping to screen the housing project in hopes of reaching a compromise. The residents accepted the offer. The property owners’ attorney sent the city a court journal entry outlining the settlement, and Mayor Robert Bartelli was authorized to sign the agreement.
Parsons city commissioners approved an increase in the cost of rural fire contracts from $10 per year to $100. The change had been recommended by city staff to encourage the formation of rural fire departments and to more adequately compensate the city for the costs of answering alarms in rural areas. There were 181 homes and 22 businesses covered by rural contracts.
Nov. 18, 1990
Labette’s Lady Cardinals crashed the winners’ circle at Fort Scott. The team routed Kansas City, 71-49, in the opener of a four-team two-night community college basketball doubleheader. Freshman guard Cami McKee scored 14 points and led a Labette full-court press that thoroughly disrupted Kansas City’s attack. Sophomore center Krista Billingsly added 12 points, including four free throws. Rachel Trendel and Nikki Sipes each had eight points.
Nov. 18, 2000
Nov. 21 was set as the kick off for Mistletoe Marketplace on the Parsons Plaza. New lighted sculptures and signs had been added. The evening would begin with carriage rides at the Carnegie Arts Center and food booths set up throughout the plaza. Dick Ney and Elsie Mae Dennison would read “A Cup of Christmas Tea,” and apple juice tea would be served to those on hand. Children could take a ride on the Rea Train and parents could enjoy carolers on the plaza. The city lighting ceremony was set for 56:30 p.m. and then residents were invited to a free concert performance by Nancy Lanmon Cooke at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium.