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


March 16-17, 1979

In the final minutes of an unscheduled meeting, the Senate Education Committee passed a House bill designed to allow McCune patrons to vote on whether their schools should be closed. The legislation was put on the calendar for consideration by the full Senate, where it should be decided in the following two weeks.

A search and selection committee appointed by Labette Community Junior College trustees met to begin selection of a new president for the college. The committee, consisting of six trustees, two faculty members, two administrators and two citizens, met with Paul Parker, professor of education at Pittsburg State University who also served as a consultant to colleges seeking new administrators. Frederick Schultz, trustee chairman, was elected committee chairman. Marge Gilpin, trustee, was elected vice chairman, and Millie Samuels, secretary to the president, was chosen recording secretary.

Erie Christian Church was planning a dedication for a new $216,000 sanctuary building on a 3-acre tract of land at U.S. 59 and State Street. It was built with gifts, memorials and a loan from the Christian Church Board of Church Extension after the congregation voted to build it in February 1975.


March 16-17, 1989

The Oswego High School music and drama departments were presenting “Bye Bye Birdie.” Cast members were Misha Shetley, Stephen Muhr, India Chapman, Thom Watts, Kathy Locke, Shane Shetley, Mary Sherwood, Robin Rogers, Chris Bernal, Chip Beck, Joyce Gange, Amber Brannin, Marshall Chapman, Rhonda Gideon, Angie Stice, Michelle Giger, Cindy Allen, Diana Irwin, Heather Stice, Amy Martin, J.W. Bowman, Ronda Walker, Laura Strickland and Dawn Wittner. Directors were Patty Hodgson and Kristin Redburn.

With a men’s team for Labette Community College back on the basketball court for the first time in 15 years, sharpshooter Mark Stauffer from McPherson piled up the fifth highest single-season point total in Cardinal history. He amassed 629 points, just 27 points shy of Leonard Kelley’s all-time mark of 656 set in 1959-60 — the school’s national championship season. Stauffer also was 15th on the career chart, just ahead of Fred Strathe, who scored 624 in 1955-56 and 1959-60. Immediately ahead of Stauffer were Richard Swink (1969-71) with 640 points and Bill Mawhinney (1947-49) with 661. Bill Johnson, another star for the national champions, owned the career mark of 1,285 points, barely ahead of Kelley’s 1,246.


March 16-17, 1999

A shortage of water hampered firefighters on the night of March 16 when fire heavily damaged a Cherryvale fiberglass and plastics manufacturer. Charloma Inc. had two plants in the Cherryvale Industrial Park north of town. The fire destroyed a large part of the manufacturing area of the main plant on the wast side but was contained before it could reach the main offices or damage some of the tooling areas of the building.

Three Parsons city commissioners discussed the possible expansion of Benecor. Mayor Marvin McKnight and Commissioners Bill Wheat and Gene Chambers went with City Manager Glen Welden and Roger Area, co-director for economic development, to Benecor to discuss the issue. Jeff Johnson, owner of Benecor, a company that primarily made titanium honeycomb cores for the airplane industry, said the firm needed more room than it had at 5320 Main. Johnson said Benecor was about to take on a few new projects that would require more equipment, so he had been working with the city’s economic development department for help expanding to a new building.

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