These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Oct. 16, 1980
Completion of the installation of Cable TV of Oswego Inc. and the start of service were planned around Nov. 1. Parent firm Jerico Cable TV Inc. had been based in LaHarpe but was moving to Oswego. A building formerly housing the Don Free fireworks business had been purchased and remodeled into offices. Oswego Cable TV would offer 10 channels in its basic service for $8 per month.
Oct. 16, 1990
Parsons city commissioners voted to increase sanitation rates for Parsons residents from $4.75 per month to $6.50. City Manager Dick Combs had proposed cutting the number of pickups each week from two to one. He also had proposed raising rates and starting a recycling program. Commissioner Bob Bartelli instead proposed raising the rates, working toward recycling and cutting the number of pickups at another time.
Parsons juniors Wendy Alloway and Jatena Rike took second place in doubles in the Class 4A high school state tennis tournament. The second place finish matched the best in school history. Charlette Steinmitz took second in 3-2-1A singles in 1972. Alloway and Rike, who finished 24-3 and won three tournaments, never yielded more than four games a set in winning three matches to reach the finale. Freshman Carleigh Nutt finished in 11th in singles.
Oct. 16, 2000
Parsons Viking girls came up one place short of a third straight state Class 4A high school tennis championship. Labette County senior Lacey McMunn captured her first state title. McMunn, the runner-up in 1999 and a four-time state placer, capped a 34-0 season. Parsons, gunning for its fifth state crown in seven years, wound up second to Marysville, 40-26. Viking placers were Ashton Lawrence, fifth; Alicia Ryan-Leah Spare, sixth; Hailee Phillips-Brandi Shultz, seventh; and Jennifer Mosier, eighth.
Parsons junior Jamie Lyle burst to a big early lead at Fort Scott and maintained it all the way, becoming the first Viking girl to capture a Southeast Kansas League high school cross country title. In scoring the fist victory of her career, she covered the 2 miles in 12 minutes, 38 seconds.