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


June 8-9, 1979

Slaybaugh’s Drug Co., 49 Parsons Plaza, was hit by burglary again on June 7, the second time within a month. Donald Morris, Parsons police detective, said an 18-year-old and a 25-year-old were arrested shortly after two people witnessed the break-in and notified police. Officers noted a pickup pulling away from the area and followed it to 15th and Broadway, where the two were arrested around 11:30 p.m. The two suspects broke the same window that was broken in a May 17 burglary and made off with a small safe that contained Schedule II drugs including cocaine.

Selection of Jerry Gallentine, vice president and dean of instruction at Barton County Community College, Great Bend, to the presidency at Labette Community Junior College. Gallentine, 38, was chosen to succeed James Altendorf, who resigned effective June 30. Gallentine’s salary was set at $29,500.

Trustees of Labette Community Junior College took another step toward the construction of proposed dormitories, approving a resolution to authorize revenue bonds for the project. Charles Hight, architect, said the design of the three-unit, 48-student facility had an estimated cost of $350,000, but the trustees amended the bond resolution to allow for the issuance of $450,000 in bonds if necessary.


June 8-9, 1989

Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store, 500 Main, was set to open on June 13. To begin, the store would employ 20. Vivian Holsinger was the store manager, and Arla Tanner was the assistant manager. Candy Stuke was shift manager, and Vonda Irwin and Robert Fuentez were shift assistants.

The owner of two Southeast Kansas grocery stores filed May 31 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wichita to sell off his assets to pay his debts. Edward Durham of Neodesha listed some inventory in his two grocery stores — Erie Market and Neodesha IGA — among his assets.


June 8-9, 1999

The Parsons City Commission voted 4-1 to buy a $68,345 water slide. The new slide for the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool was expected to be delivered by mid-July. Commissioner Tommey McLarty said the slide would last for at least 15 years and the annual cost over that time length didn’t amount to much. In voting against the slide, Commissioner Marvin McKnight said he was concerned over whether the slide was worth the cost. It would benefit only a segment of the city’s population and only during a limited amount of time, he said.

The city planned to look into liability and enforcement issues of reopening an all-terrain vehicle trail at Lake Parsons that was closed at the end of 1997. Ben Linkous, Parsons, met with commissioners to request that the trail be reopened. He presented a petition with 523 names. Mayor Bob Bartelli said the city’s main concerns with the trail were the liability to the city and enforcement of rules. Many ATV riders were driving off the trails and out into the surrounding roads without caution, he said.

At Montreal, Dan Smith, who lived in Parsons several years and later pitched for Girard High School, retired 20 straight batters at one point in his major league debut as the Expos handed Boston its fourth straight loss. Smith allowed three hits to the first four batters he faced, including an RBI single to Nomar Garciapara. He didn’t allow another baserunner before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Smith, called up for Triple-A Ottawa on June 7, struck out nine.

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