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


Nov. 14-15, 1980

Bishop Ben Oliphint would be the main speaker at a service celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mound Valley United Methodist Church. The first congregation met in a granary in the early 1870s and later met in schoolhouses and the Hopewell Community Church. In 1880, the Rev. E.A. Graham and 10 charter members formally organized the church. The church and parsonage were constructed in 1885. A new building was dedicated on Nov. 28, 1959.

Elmo’s, a new family-style, sit-down restaurant in Parsons was expected to open within five months. Groundbreaking at the site of the construction, 3301 Main St., just west of Roosters’ Thriftway, occurred the previous week. The owner, Elmer Anderson of Miami, Oklahoma, planned to do his own construction of the restaurant. 


Nov. 14-15, 1990

Labette County Commission Chairman Joe Renfro was challenging a petition seeking his ouster from the 2nd District seat because of alleged glitches in the petition and other problems in the recall process. Renfro and Daniel Creitz, an Erie attorney, filed a petition in Labette County District Court requesting a judge to rule the recall petition invalid and to stop its circulation. Mike Howerter, a Parsons businessman and one of three 2nd District residents organizing the recall effort, said the recall committee would hire an attorney.

Labette Community College, Parsons High School, Labette County High School and the Parsons Municipal Auditorium were all hosting theatrical productions in a four-day span. LCC was presenting “The Sting” with a cast of 39 actors directed by Kenton Kersting. PHS was set to present “Cinderella” directed by Paula Phillips, with 22 cast members, along with two Shetland ponies and a carriage. The Wichita Children’s Theater was bringing its production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” to the Municipal Auditorium. Tim Canady was directing “The Sound of Music” at LCHS.


Nov. 14-15, 2000

Hand recounts in Neosho and Allen counties of the general election results in the 8th District Kansas House race gave the victory back to Jerry Williams over Bob Ames — by three votes. Williams appeared to have narrowly defeated Ames when ballots were counted on election night, but after county commissioners in the two counties canvassed election results, they gave Ames a two-vote lead. Commissioners then ordered a hand recount, which resulted in the Williams win.

Renovations to Labette Community College’s Thiebaud Theater, funded by a donation from the LCC Foundation, were approved by trustees. The board accepted a donation of $243,500 for the college to complete the first part of the theater renovation.

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