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


Aug. 8, 1979

Gary Northam would be recommended to Labette Community College trustees as the new community education director. Northam, 31, was coming to Parsons from Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was curriculum development specialist for four months for the adult education department at Southeast Community College.

Nine new teachers were hired by Parsons USD 503 for the 1979-80 school year. Classes were set to being on Aug. 27. The new teachers were Janet Mack, third grade at Washington Elementary School; Mary Meehan, first grade at Washington; Beth Eckert, first grade at Garfield Elementary School; Susan Pell, fifth and sixth grades at Garfield; Debra Eisenbise, fourth grade at Guthridge Elementary School; Marsha Kellogg, second grade at Washington; Kristen Webster, librarian at McKinley Elementary School; and Gwen Sengpiehl, English at the junior high school.


Aug. 8, 1989

About four months after being elected to the Parsons City Commission, Yolanda Ward resigned her post to accept a promotion and relocation offer from her employer. Ward would begin the following week as sales manager for Cablevision of Emporia. The announcement shocked Commissioner Bill Wheat and other city officials attending the meeting. Mayor Mary Kay Ramsey, City Clerk Mary Reed and City Manager Dick Combs were not at the meeting. Gene Chambers of Parsons, who attended the meeting, said Ward made a great deal of difference in the community before she was elected and much more since she was elected. His comments brought applause from the 17 other people attending the 6 p.m. meeting, the new starting time for the city board.


Aug. 8, 1999

In front of the Hollingsworth Log House, originally built in Oswego in 1869, an artist was carving the image of a pioneer woman from the trunk of a dead maple tree. After seeing the carved Labette Community College Cardinal in Parsons’ Forest Park, Oswego Historical Society members decided they wanted something similar done with the tree in front of the log cabin. The search for a carver took a couple of years. Finally they were approached by Georgia Manderscheid Denton, an Edna resident who had been carving for more than eight years. Denton planned to finish the carving and an accompanying carving of a child before fall.

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