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


April 24, 1979

Little opposition was expressed at a public hearing on the proposed annexation of the Gillet and Maywood additions in Parsons. About 40 to 45 residents of the 159 in the area attended the hearing, which was held by city commissioners. Commissioners reviewed plans for the annexation, which would make it possible for sewer and water lines to be installed. Federal Environmental Protection Agency funds were available for 75 percent of the installation cost, with the rest to be paid from special assessments on the residents over a 10-year period. The area ran from 22nd to Alice and from Gabriel to North Boulevard and was about 82 acres.

The $1 million-plus 26th Street improvement project was “progressing very well,” Paul Freeberg, city engineer, reported. Freeberg said more than half of the curb and guttering was completed and that workers had begun pouring driveways on the south end of the project. Crews had been at work for about a month after halting the project for the winter.


April 24, 1989

Sen. Mike Johnston and Rep. Bill Brady, both Parsons Democrats, were shocked and dismayed over Gov. Mike Hayden’s veto of $1.2 million for two community correctional conservation camps, one in Labette County. Hayden vetoed the bill, citing the possibility of setting a dangerous precedent. He said it would have obligated the state to a multi-year payment for the buildings and equipment. The state would buy them but not own them. Under the plan, the camps would have been contracted out to private operators.

Labette County commissioners denied a request that would have allowed the county landfill to double in size. They voted to uphold a recommendation by the county’s planning and zoning board to deny landfill operator Jim Beachner’s request to permit 40 additional acres for landfill use. Bill Brewer, county zoning administrator, submitted a petition signed by about 300 area residents opposing expansion of the landfill located on U.S. 59 a mile south of Parsons.


April 24, 1999

Two grandsons of famous silent film star ZaSu Pitts showed that comedy ran in the family as they hammed it up at a ceremony honoring their grandmother. Ralf and John Reynolds unveiled a granite marker at Labette Community College. On the marker, a star and “Actress ZaSu Pitts, born Jan. 3, 1894” were engraved. The marker, presented by ZaSu Pitts Festival Committee members and sponsors, was to be placed in the sidewalk in front of the new movie theater to be built on Block 17, roughly in the area where Pitts was born.

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