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


Oct. 11, 1979

Home mortgages at Parsons’ two savings and loan associations still were available, even in light of nationwide financial developments, but they could be a little harder to get. Marvin Cinotto, president of Mid-America Federal Savings & Loan Association, said the institution still was taking housing loan applications, but steps had been taken to slow the demand. Mid-America was looking at each loan and examining credit a little closer. Mid-America’s mortgage interest rate was 10.875%, just below the 11% statewide ceiling. He said it would be hard to say how much longer the institution could afford to keep it at that level.


Oct. 11, 1989

The Labette County economic development committee approved a $30,000 loan for Chimes Inc., Oswego, following the lead of the Oswego City Council. The city and county loans were contingent on the success of an application for a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant. The company’s expansion was projected to cost $600,000. Included was acquisition of an additional building and creation of 20 jobs. Chimes, which had been in business for about eight years, made giftware and decorative accessories.

Eighteen people — including Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Parsons, and Rep. Richard Reinhardt, D-Erie — piled into an Erie-St. Paul CUSD 101 bus for a look at K-57 from the Crawford County line to the U.S. 59 intersection. Paul Bingle, CUSD 101 superintendent, had a great concern about safety on the road because the district had about 600 students a day traveling that portion of the highway. In the 9-mile stretch, a list of fatalities over the previous 15 years was read, with at least one fatal accident pointed out each quarter of a mile from St. Paul to the Crawford County line.


Oct. 11, 1999

Free heart screenings at a health fair at Labette County Medical Center sent a couple of people into the hospital for immediate care. Barbara Clark, LCMC community relations director, said about 500 people registered for the health screening that included electrocardiogram testing, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, vision tests, body fat measurement and pulmonary tests. Dr. Demo Klonis admitted two people as a result of their EKG tests.

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