These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Oct. 29, 1980
Parsons city commissioners unanimously approved a proposed budget for a three-year $2 million request for 1981 federal Community Development Block Grant funds. The proposal allowed $250,000 for the construction of a community center but omitted funding for a youth crisis center. Marcia Benedict, Labette County court services officer who was trying to establish a crisis center for Labette and Cherokee county youths, had requested about $70,000 to supplement funding that already had been granted for the establishment of the center.
Oct. 29, 1990
Not even a spill could keep Jennifer Treiber and the Labette County Grizzly girls from their third straight state runner-up finish at Manhattan. Treiber, a junior, recovered from a fall — the race was started over as a result of the mishap — and finished fourth in the state Class 5A cross country race in Warner Park. Teammate Tonya Seyfert took sixth. Treiber covered the distance of about 2 miles in 12 minutes, 12 seconds. Seyfert was timed in 12:20. LC’s Geri Gordon was 16th in 12:51, Tara Henry 25th in 13:13, Tina Allen 26th in 13:13, Robyn Kress 51st in 13:51 and Amy Alloway 79th in 14:42.
Citing health reasons, the interim superintendent of Chetopa USD 505 resigned, Chetopa High School Principal John Presnall said. W.E. McCoy — a retired veteran educator who had served at Chetopa, Cherryvale, Moline and Galena schools — was hired in July as an interim replacement for Doug Dean, who resigned in May to pursue other interests.
Oct. 29, 2000
Bob Forer had misgivings about running for the Kansas Senate. The Democrat from Parsons didn’t like raising money and thought political advertising was too shallow. His opponent, Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, said Forer “fell off the screen” for a while during campaign season, so much so that Umbarger wasn’t sure he still had a race. Umbarger was seeking his second four-year term in the 14th District of Southeast Kansas. Voter registration numbers and history had made Democrats optimistic about their chances for unseating the GOP senator. But Forer’s doubts about politics had created questions for Democratic Party leaders. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said Forer had gotten a late start. The race was an important one for Democrats, who were looking to pick up seats in the Senate and increase their influence on policy. Republicans held 27 Senate seats while Democrats had 13.