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


Nov. 25, 1980

Day & Zimmermann, contractor-operator of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant, announced aerospace contracts totaling $5.7 million for work to be done at East Camden, Arkansas, with the contracts to be administered by the Kansas division of D&Z. The work here would be handled by the KAAP engineering department. It involved no additional personnel. The contracts were with Vought Corp., an aerospace subsidiary of LTV Corp. They were in support of the start of production for a multiple-launch rocket system.


Nov. 25, 1990

Scott Titsworth, an Emporia State University junior from Parsons, was a member of the ESU debate team that ended its season ranked second in the nation. The squad finished its season with a fifth-place finish at Wichita State University’s tournament. In the Nov. 6 rankings by the Cross Examination Debate Association, ESU was second out of 250 colleges and universities in the nation. It was the highest ranking in ESU history. Titsworth tied for fifth place in the one-person Lincoln-Douglass debate competition.

Mary Joe Ramirez, daughter of Mary Frances Ramirez and the late Joe “Tebo” Ramirez, planned to celebrate her 16th birthday with a Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, followed by a dance at the Parsons VFW. The formal “coming out” party followed Mexican traditions. It was the first one here in more than 50 years.


Nov. 25, 2000

Parsons shoppers greeted the day after Thanksgiving early, showing up in front of some local stores before 6 a.m. on the unofficial first day of the Christmas shopping season. The line at the Parsons Walmart, 301 Main, stretched across the parking lot with as many as 500 people waiting for the doors to open. It was the most employee Pam Dhooghe had seen in 21 years with the store.

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