These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
June 19, 1979
Roland Loveless of Parsons announced he was resigning as executive vice president of Mid-America Inc. to assume a position with the Kansas Department of Economic Development. Loveless, 51, had held the Mid-America job twice, the first time from 1973 to 1976. He was rehired in January 1979. Marvin Cinotto of Parsons, Mid-America president, said trustees hadn’t discussed the resignation and that he didn’t know how soon a replacement would be found.
Rick McKinzie and Donnie Vitt, both of rural Parsons, recorded the fastest team-roping time on June 17 in the Kansas High School Rodeo finals at Topeka. They got their calf roped in 8.2 seconds for the best time of the rodeo. Their average time, 21.4, gave them fourth place in the event.
June 19, 1989
Four forensics students from Parsons High School made an impressive showing at the National Forensics League National Debate, Congress and Speech Tournament at Golden, Colorado, their coach said. Mike Monninger placed fourth in the national congress in the house and received a 2 1/2-foot trophy. Monninger, Ajit Pai and Suchita Kishore, the three Parsons students who competed in the congress, were each elected as presiding officers. That was a national first, Mark Harris, PHS debate and forensics coach, said. Pai and Kishore were selected in the top 18 of the 130 national competitors. Genny Stein finished in the top 80 out of 186 students in original oration. She then went on to a supplemental event, informative speaking, where she placed in the top 18 out of 130 students.
Labette County Sheriff Tom Bringle reported preliminary information to county commissioners about the cost of establishing a countywide 911 emergency telephone number. Commissioners had expressed interest in a countywide system, and Bringle planned to continue to research the feasibility of the proposal. According to state law, the county could add a 2% surcharge to telephone bills to begin collecting funds before the system was installed.
June 19, 1999
The golden wheat fields of Labette and Neosho counties were an unwelcome sight to farmers whose fields remained untouched because of yet another dose of rain. Harvest usually began around June 10, but because of wet weather only 15 loads of wheat had arrived at the Bartlett Co-op in Chetopa as of June 18, according to Chetopa branch manager Darrel Bump. Some of it was “kind of shriveled,” he said, but it wasn’t too bad. The test weight started at 59 pounds per bushel and had dropped to 57. Bartlett Co-op operations manager Perry Sorrell said the Bartlett branch had about 100 loads go through.