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


July 27-28, 1979

The Kansas Court of Appeals denied without comment a request by patrons of McCune High School for a temporary injunction keeping the school open until other court proceedings were completed. The court ruled that the patrons could continue their appeal of a Cherokee USD 247 school board decision to close the high school at the end of 1978-79 school year. The court said the group could still challenge the board’s decision as being arbitrary and capricious. Patrons feared that if the school closed in the fall, even though they won their appeal the school might never be reopened.

Dropping of the work “Junior” from all but legal documents concerning Labette Community Junior College was agreed to by trustees, reflecting a philosophy of the college advanced by Jerry Gallentine, its new president. The college stationary, brochures and pamphlets all would reflect the name Labette Community College, although the official name still had to be legally retained. 


July 27-28, 1989

Brad Woodworth of Parsons had been added to the East squad for the 16th annual Kansas Shrine East-West All-Star football game Aug. 5 in Wichita. Woodworth would join Tim Ward of St. Paul on the East squad that reported for practice in Emporia. Woodworth was the sixth Parsons player in eight years to play in the game. Others were John Lawrence, Greg Strathe, Tim Ridgeway, Russ Bowen and David Wheat.

Investigating the cause of an explosion at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant that killed two workers and injured at least four could take more than two weeks, an Army official said. During a 40-minute press conference, plant officials extended their condolences to the families of the first employees killed since the plant opened in the early 1940s. Officials didn’t speculate on the explosion’s cause, although they explained the production of the bomblet, or BLU-97/b, that blew up.


July 27-28, 1999

Parsons took on the forefront of the Jimmy Dean Country Showdown at Coffeyville over the weekend as three Parsons singers placed in the top 12. Steve Brooks, 31, the top finalist in the country singing competition, would compete at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson Sept. 19 with other finalists from Kansas and Missouri. Semifinalists were chosen to compete for area showdowns from demo tapes sent into a group of contest judges. The top 10 to 12 chosen then competed in the live performance. Tonya Beckman and Marty Caylor of Parsons and Amber Riley of Galesburg also were chosen to compete in the Coffeyville competition with other semifinalists, all from Oklahoma.

While former astronauts reflected on their first walk on the moon 30 years earlier, a new first in the history of space flight had an Erie High School student doing some reflecting of her own. When Eileen Collins’ name appeared in the news as the first woman to command a space shuttle, Megan Hizey knew she had heard the name before. She ran to her room and grabbed an envelope she had received from NASA in 1996. She slipped the personalized, autographed picture out carefully and found she was right. Hizey’s Girl Scout troop went to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to an airplane seminar about female pilots from the Air Force. They watched a video and there was a list of female astronauts with information about each one. Hizey was most interested in Collins, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She decided to write to her. A few weeks later she got a packet from NASA.

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