These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
May 1, 1979
A Katy Railroad project with a price tag of $7.35 million swung into action at Moran early in the day. It was the rebuilding of the Katy’s main line between Parsons and Paola. The project was being financed from the line’s own resources. That signaled that the Katy was working its way toward financial well-being after a long history of tribulations. About 90 people, mostly men but with a sprinkling of women, had been hired for the work, generally from the local area.
A new home option would open to Parsons residents who didn’t want the hassles of caring for their own but also didn’t enjoy rising rentals. Larry Hughes of Topeka, new owner of the Prairie West Apartments, announced that the 81 units of the complex would soon be up for sale as condominiums. Hughes said the concept of a condominium was 40 to 50 years old, but the degree of interest in condominiums had come about in the previous four or five years.
May 1, 1989
Parsons High School athletes would be tested for drugs under a proposal that would be presented to the Parsons USD 503 Board of Education. The program would be the first of its kind in the state. Superintendent Willis Heck, Assistant Superintendent Lewis Hevel, PHS Athletic Director Charlie Nally and Assistant Principal Larry Wiederstein said the policy was proposed to eliminate the use of drugs and alcohol in the school system. The estimated 250 athletes at the school, including cheerleaders and the Dustkickers drill team, would be tested by urinalysis during a required annual physical examination and by random selection later. Those who would be tested would comprise about half of the students at the high school.
Kenny Gavin of Oswego broke a 40-year-old school record and placed in three events in the 10th annual Girard Optimist Invitational high school track and field meet. Gavin finished in the 100-meter high hurdles in 14.9 seconds, breaking the Oswego mark of 15.1 set by Bobby Bower in 1949. Gavin also finished second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.6 seconds and ran fourth in the 200 in 23.4.
May 1, 1999
Friends, family, students and faculty packed the Guthridge Elementary School multipurpose room to honor two “hometown heroes.” Bill Guthridge and his sister, Joanne Rodkey, son and daughter of former USD 503 Superintendent of Schools Wallace Guthridge, were honored by Guthridge faculty and students. Bill Guthridge, head basketball coach at North Carolina, said when he had the opportunity to coach Michael Jordan in college, the things he admired most were that Jordan was a good listener and that he had great work habits.