These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Oct. 10-11, 1980
Parsons USD 503 was awarded $58,137 in federal grants for energy conservation modifications, which included adding solar panels to heat water at the junior and senior high schools. The grants were to pay half of the cost of the proposed alterations.
The Parsons branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints planned to hold its Sunday service for the first time in its new church, the former Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Home at 111 N. 26th. Dr. Warren Swartz, branch president, said Mormon officials from Salt Lake City approved the purchase of the former funeral home. The Parsons branch formed in 1979 and had 85 members. Services had been held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 16th and Clark. Burris-Carson-Wall vacated the building when its new funeral home was opened at 112 N. 26th.
Oct. 10-11, 1990
Parsons sports legend Dale Hall was featured in one of a series of paintings by Oswego sports artist Ted Watts depicting “100 Years of Army Football.” The academy commissioned Watts in March to produce seven paintings tracing the Cadets’ gridiron tradition. Hall, after starring at Parsons High School from 1938 through 1942, was a standout blocking back for the great Army football teams during World War II. He was a starter on the 1944 team that was ranked as one of the greatest in college football history. Hall also was a basketball All-American at Army and became head football coach.
Parsons Viking freshman Carleigh Nutt captured the singles crown and juniors Wendy Alloway and Jatena Rike took the title in doubles. Those two triumphs led Parsons to its first girls’ regional team title.
Oct. 10-11, 2000
The Labette County Commission decided to shut down the county’s home health care agency. A similar agency operated by the Labette County Medical Center would accept any of the troubled agency’s 35 patients who qualified. The home health care service was disbanded in the wake of financial losses that had drained a $60,996 cushion at the start of the year to a $16,253 deficit at the end of September.
The Parsons Viking girls captured their third straight Class 4A regional high school tennis title at Baldwin City and their ninth in 11 years. A 1-2 finish in doubles by the duos of Brandi Shultz-Halee Phillips and Leah Spare-Alicia Ryan led the way to a 16-point haul. Ashton Lawrence and Jennifer Mosier finished 2-3 in singles. Labette County senior Lacey McMunn captured her first regional title, rallying to trim Lawrence, a freshman, in the title match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.