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


Sept. 13, 1979

Work was scheduled to begin by Oct. 1 on a $400,000 freight track that would bypass the Katy Railroad’s switching yards in Parsons. Harold Gastler, Katy president and chief operating officer, said about 30 men would be employed in building the 2 1/2-mile track whose completion was planned by the first of the year. The new track was being built in anticipation of moving 200 solid coal trains a year from a Wyoming mine to a new electric power generating plant at Pryor, Oklahoma, through Parsons.


Sept. 13, 1989

Drug testing for student-athletes was among 11 possible goals for the school year discussed by the Parsons USD 503 Board of Education, but it didn’t top the list. The board met for a goal-setting session for 1989-90. Monitoring of the “effective schools” program and the special education integration program received the most board votes as a priority.

Two days after interviewing the final candidate for Labette Community College president, the LCC Board of Trustees was planning to decide the next step in the process. The two LCC deans — John Usera, dean of instructional services, and Jackie Vietti, dean of instruction — were interviewed. Two other candidates were interviewed in late August and early September. They were Jack Oharah, vice president for development and instructional services at Butler County Community College, El Dorado; and Joseph Roberts, vice president or instruction, Cochise College, Douglas, Arizona. Board chairman Randy Irwin said a tentative date of Oct. 1 had been set for the announcement of a new president.


Sept. 13, 1999

For the first time in the Sunbelt Special Rodeo, contestants in wheelchairs had the opportunity to participate in riding events. A lift and an adaptive saddle were constructed after wheelchair-bound contestants showed up at the rodeo the previous year to participate but couldn’t. The rodeo at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center was for the developmentally or physically disabled.

Piling up 528 yards of offense, unbeaten Chetopa (2-0) rolled past host Bluejacket, 44-20, in a non-league high school eight-man football game. Senior running back A.J. Mayfield had a spectacular night, carrying 15 times for 369 yards and five touchdowns. He started the scoring on a 75-yard run and concluded the point parade with an 84-yard dash. Quarterback David Nading ran for a touchdown.

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