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


Dec. 22, 1980

A Parsons police officer, Bill Villigan, was reported in good condition following surgery to close a wound in his arm. He was expected to be home by Christmas. Dr. William Dillon performed the surgery at Labette County Medical Center and reported that his patient was “doing pretty well.” Dillon said a nerve in Villigan’s hand was damaged, and further surgery could be required if that injury didn’t heal properly. Villigan was hit in the right arm by one of three shotgun blasts that were fired at him during a routine check of a parked car northwest of Parsons. Alan Jones of Parsons, a special agent for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, said there were no new leads to report.

William Daley became vice president, general counsel and director of public relations for Individual Mausoleum Co. John Dick, president, and Chris Carson, vice president, said Daley would begin his duties on Jan. 1. Daley, a former Labette County attorney, had been assistant vice president for legal affairs of Peoples Savings & Loan Association of Parsons for a year.


Dec. 22, 1990

Some Christmas traditions observed in various local neighborhoods were continuing. Residents of Johnston Road, 30th Drive and 30th Place again planned to line their streets with luminarias at dusk Christmas Eve. It was a longtime tradition for the neighborhood. Residents of Custer Road and Quail Creek Road in the Prairie West area also planned to have luminarias lighted on Christmas Eve. And Santa Claus (Joe Duffy) would be waving to passersby from his rooftop at 1729 Chess Ave.


Dec. 22, 2000

Only a furious rally in the second half staved off a stunning girls high school basketball upset as visiting, third-ranked Labette County came from behind to defeat Parsons, 49-42. Trailing 21-15 at halftime, the LC comeback started just after Parsons got its biggest lead. Freshman Debbie Burris hit a 3-pointer, followed by two free throws by Jennifer McDaniel and a rebound basket by Hailey Bush, giving the home team a 28-15 advantage. LC then answered with 11 straight points, highlighted by six points by Lindsey Carter. Melissa Fink chipped in with a trey and a pair of free throws. Carter later tied the score at 32. Kim Felts then made the next five points, building the LC lead to five. From that point, LC outscored Parsons 12-10.

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