These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
May 24, 1979
About $130,000 could be available for replacement and repair of Labette County bridges in 1980 because of a special bridge levy planned by county commissioners. Commissioner Perl Bass of Parsons reported the new bridge levy would allow commissioners to assess up to two mills each year to upgrade the county’s bridges. Bass noted that there was a good chance federal money wouldn’t be available for some bridges, and if the county could have local money to match, it could continue to replace old, obsolete and unsafe bridges.
After three seasons of coaching freshmen and high school junior varsity cagers, Parsons product Clint Witty was stepping into the head basketball coaching spot at Labette County High School. Witty was named to succeed Dave Falconer, another Parsons native. Falconer coached the Grizzlies for seven seasons, guiding them to a Southeast Kansas League championship in 1973-74. Falconer planned to stay at LC as a teacher and golf coach.
The 20th anniversary celebration of the Altamont Swing ’N’ Twirl Square Dance Club drew a large attendance. Kenneth and Leona Mae Cary of Edna were honored. He had been the club’s caller since its beginning. Other charter members present were Roy and Lorraine Burnham and Doris Blevins. Ken Cary and Virgil Scott were callers for the evening.
May 24, 1989
Under a plan that received support from Labette County commissioners, county landfill operations would be relocated from their site just south of Parsons to a location near Edna. Commissioners Joe Renfro, Altamont, and Barney Pontious, Parsons, signed a letter of intent to pursue the new site. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, Oswego, declined to sign the letter. Jim, Jerry and Corky Beachner, who had a contract to operate the county landfill, requested commission endorsement for the plan. The letter was mailed to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Addis objected because he said Parsons officials should have been consulted and whether the new site would be used to dispose of waste from the Joplin area remained unresolved.
May 24, 1999
Since seventh grade, Charlene Lava had carried a double academic load, attending her regular school classes and college courses. After picking up an associate’s degree in math and chemistry with magna cum laude honors from Labette Community College May 14, the 16-year-old was co-valedictorian of the Parsons High School Class of 1999 on May 18.