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


Aug. 27, 1979

James Dahmen of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, was selected as the new executive vice president of Mid-America Inc. Dahmen would assume his duties with the 10-county Southeast Kansas economic development organization on Oct. 1. He was filling the position vacated on June 30 by Roland Loveless.

The starkness of life in Vietnam was brought home to Louis Rapalino of Parsons, a U.S. Navy man serving on the guided missile cruiser Chicago. The ship participated in the rescue of five Vietnamese refugees at sea, about 150 miles from the Philippines in the South China Sea. Rapalino, a Navy signalman 3rd class, wrote his parents, Floyd and Mary Rapalino of Parsons, about the rescue.


Aug. 27, 1989

The United Transportation Union formally ratified an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad, removing a final roadblock that had prevented the U.P. from fully completing its merger with the Katy Railroad. The ratification began a 55-day countdown until the U.P. implemented terms of the agreement, which affected about 130 UTU members in Parsons. The members would be given 10 days in which to indicate whether they wanted to accept buyout offers or bid on jobs at home terminals other than Parsons.

A $60,000 loan to a Parsons screen-printing firm was unanimously approved by the Parsons City Commission. Jerry Carson, JOBS Inc. president, requested the loan for Screen Methods, 1907 Southern, for expansion of the company. Screen Method’s owners, Bob Ewing and Kent Wicker, asked to draw $25,000 out of the $60,000 loan within six weeks to buy new equipment for the company.  Carson said the company was moving another plant in with the Parsons facility, and at least 10 new jobs would be created beginning April 1.


Aug. 27, 1999

Labette and Cherokee County commissioners were in Topeka to confer with lawyers about a possible lawsuit against the Crawford County Commission and the state Juvenile Justice Authority. The commissioners weren’t satisfied with the way Crawford County was administering a planned three-county program covering the 11th Judicial District. They said the two counties had no authority and Crawford County was making all the decisions. Labette and Cherokee counties signed their own interlocal agreement to form their own juvenile correction program after Crawford County commissioners refused to sign a similar agreement between the three counties. It would have given final authority of the program to the board. The JJA declined a request from Labette and Cherokee County to fund a separate juvenile justice plan.

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