These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
April 13-14, 1979
The “social hours” of the Labette County Cooperative service station in Dennis stretched past their usual time, and not because it was Good Friday. The station was sold out from under the co-op, which had leased the building for 14 years, and April 13 was the last day it would be open. The station offered free beer, cola, chewing tobacco, cheese, crackers and candy to all who entered. Bill Harrison of Mound Valley, who had been the station manager for seven or eight years, said the station had 200 regular patrons who came from Independence, Coffeyville, Parsons, Dennis and Mound Valley. Some were farmers and some factory workers. Larry Allen of Mound Valley, the co-op manager, said the association was given the option to buy the white building, but the station was sold to Jim Scott of Dennis and Joe Kephart of Thayer, both farmers, the day after the co-op was notified it was up for sale. The board didn’t have time to meet to discuss the purchase. Scott said the station probably would reopen by May 1 after remodeling.
Vince Schibi and Leland Crooks, Labette Community Junior College students, were elected as state officers for Circle K. Schibi was chosen as governor at a convention in Wichita, and Crooks was elected lieutenant governor.
April 13-14, 1989
With the Parsons High School prom a month away, many juniors and seniors were looking more toward the activities after the prom. The first Project Prom was scheduled for midnight May 13 at the Parsons Community Center. Activities planned included Jell-O wrestling, a dunk tank, a dance contest, a fortune teller, an ugly legs contest, a miniature golf course and a casino with blackjack and roulette tables.
Tropical Sno, on the southwest corner of 13th and Main, was opening for the season, serving more than 80 flavors of shaved ice, store owner Richard Goss said. The store also would sell popcorn and skateboards. Richard and Brenda Goss bought the business from Kent and Joy Davis.
The Labette Community College Board of Trustees voted to increase dorm rates. Fees for the Student Living Center were increased from $1,800 to $2,100 beginning with the fall semester.
April 13-14, 1999
An economic development co-director for the city of Parsons decided to resign. Roger Area, co-director, announced during the annual joint meeting of the Labette County Commission and the Labette County Economic Development Committee that Bob Rhodes had decided to resign. Rhodes, the former owner of Rhodes Printing, was hired in January to take on some of the responsibility of economic development because Area and co-director Chuck Brown planned to retire. The city hired Rhodes as a part-time employee and was looking for another part-time person. Area said the job was more than Rhodes anticipated. The city decided to look for a full-time director instead of two part-time co-directors.
Labette Community College raised tuition and fees by $2 per credit hour for the 1999-2000 fiscal year. LCC trustees voted unanimously to raise tuition by $1 and fees by $1 for in-state and out-of-state tuition. Before the raise, the college charged $41 per credit hour for in-state tuition and fees and $96 for out-of-state students.