These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
April 30, 1979
Patrons of McCune High School lost again in the Kansas Legislature in their struggle to keep the school open, but this time it was the House that voted down an amendment supported by the school’s proponents. A joint conference committee placed an amendment on another school bill to require the State Board of Education to allow the old rural McCune school district to withdraw from Cherokee USD 247, provided another school district would agree to accept the territory. The House failed to accept the conference committee report by two votes, State Rep. John Reimer, R-Parsons, said. He voted “present” on the report. Reimer said it was a good alternative, but the old McCune territory would have included a portion of Labette County. Had Erie or Girard taken it, there would be “a good chunk of valuation from Labette County” lost. The Senate previously had defeated a bill that would have allowed the McCune patrons to vote on whether their schools should be closed.
Parsons State Hospital and Training Center employees would receive salary increases of 5 1/2 to 8 percent as a result of a bill approved by the Kansas Legislature, Earl Vore, business manager, reported. The bill, which included all state employees, provided a 4 percent increase plus $25 a month. The increases would take effect July 1. Lower-paid employees would get a bigger percentage raise than the higher-paid, Vore said. Although the average at PSHTC would be 7 percent, generally the lower-paid would get 8 percent and the higher-paid 6 percent or less.
April 30, 1989
After reviewing all of the evidence, the project director for reappraisal in Labette and Neosho counties arrived at the same conclusion as many owners of commercial and industrial properties — the values were too high. As a result, change-of-value notices were mailed to all commercial property owners in both counties, with about 99 percent of them reflecting a decrease in property and land values, said Maurice “Mo” Gogarty of Cole-Layer-Trumble, the company conducting reappraisal in 30 Kansas counties.
April 30, 1999
Arleen McKinney, family and consumer sciences teacher at Labette County High School, was named Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award recognized outstanding educational programs, methods and activities integrated into the curriculum that gave visibility to family and consumer sciences education. McKinney had taught family and consumer sciences for 25 years.