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


Aug. 22, 1979

The Early Learning Center in Parsons was beginning its sixth year of classes, but it was the first year the Kansas University Affiliated Facility and the Research Center at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center was participating. The center was privately owned for its first three years and had been operated by CLASS Ltd. of Columbus for three years. The center, at Faith United Methodist Church, 3025 Crawford, was for preschool children, including those with disabilities. Joseph Spradlin, director, said the UAF’s cooperation was part of its focus on community programs and its effort to provide more supportive services for agencies in Southeast Kansas.


Aug. 22, 1989

Mayor Mary Kay Ramsey asked Commissioner Bill Wheat to tender his resignation during the regular city commission meeting. Wheat obliged, and Ramsey, the sole member of the commission, accepted the resignation and then appointed Wheat to the unexpired, four-year term of Yolanda Ward, who resigned earlier in the month. The two commissioners then appointed Robert Bartelli to Wheat’s unexpired two-year term. Ramsey said the fairest method to fill the open commission seat was to go by a vote tally from the April election. Ward received the most votes followed by Wheat. Bartelli, who had previously served on the commission, took third.

The president of the Parsons Area Community Concert Association requested that the city demolish a former gasoline station at 16th and Main and make the lot a parking area for the Municipal Auditorium. Rita Spradlin told commissioners the group’s membership campaign sold enough tickets to fill much of the auditorium for three upcoming events. Parking could be at a premium near the building, she said. Mayor Mary Kay Ramsey said the city would look into the demolition, but one stumbling block would be a shortage of funds. The city was storing equipment such as mowers in the building.

An Oklahoma construction company was issued a building permit for refurbishing work at Homeland, 2110 Broadway, city building inspector John Hufferd said. The work carried a construction value of $240,000. In addition to a new entryway that should be more energy efficient, the store would add a bakery, a delicatessen and a fresh fish shop. The store also would offer fresh cut flowers and a salad bar, said Joan Hizey, assistant store manager. Changes would give the store a fresh look, she said, and allow the store to get away from the Safeway appearance.


Aug. 22, 1999

Hot and dry conditions caused Neosho County commissioners to issue a burning ban. Commissioners passed a resolution establishing the ban for seven days at the recommendation of Max Gough, emergency preparedness coordinator. Chanute Fire Chief Jerry Hallbauer said the grass was so dry it broke with the touch of a hand, indicating there was no moisture left at all.

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