These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
June 6, 1979
Amid questions in Washington about whether federal Urban Development Action Grants were being put to proper use or whether they were as effective as thought, Parsons’ plans for its UDAG money were unique among more than 350 cities that had been approved for the funds. Construction of 50 single-family homes and rehabilitation of another 10 existing homes were in the plans here. A story in the New York Times listed Parsons as one of the smaller cities that had been awarded funds. Some sources interpreted the mention of Parsons and other cities as examples cited by the Carter administration of programs that would be successful based on prior programs.
Electricity consumption was substantially lower in the Parsons area in May, and an ample supply for the summer was expected. B.W. Hood, Parsons division manager of Kansas Power & Light Co., said mild temperatures resulted in decreased use, although conservation efforts may have contributed to the decrease. Brown said there should be no problem with brownouts or blackouts. He said compliance with President Jimmy Carter’s request to keep thermostats in public buildings at 80 degrees could have a tempering effect but the usage decrease in the Parsons area probably wouldn’t be noticeable.
June 6, 1989
City commissioners agreed to exercise the city’s option to buy about 32 acres of land in six parcels formerly owned by the Katy Railroad. The acquisition would cost the city $1 following a 1987 agreement between the city and the Union Pacific Railroad. It would save the city rent on one of the tracts near the 2200 block of Felix. The city had been paying about $3,000 a year on the tract, which was home to the city’s water distribution shop.
Four Parsons Vikings were named to the all-Southeast Kansas League high school baseball team. Pitcher-infielders Steve Nichols and Dale Baldwin and shortstop Gerald Beardmore were unanimous choices. First baseman Mike McGuire missed being a unanimous selection by a vote. Labette County’s Mike Hayward also was named to the unit.
June 6, 1999
Kim Welden, Parsons Recreation Commission director, told city commissioners during a work session that a water slide would increase use of the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool, add staff positions for children in the community and increase concession stand sales by giving people an incentive to stay at the pool longer. The commissioners had tabled a decision on buying a slide for $68,345. Welden said when two small slides were at the pool, children were willing to pay an additional dollar to use them. The recreation commission decided not to charge extra for the new slide because sales tax revenue would pay for it.