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


June 18, 1979

Parsons city commissioners approved an addition to the TG&Y store at 2020 Main and a metal storage building for another location in the Belmont Square Shopping Center. M.K. Gentry of Wichita, part owner and developer of the center, made both requests. The TG&Y expansion on the north end of the existing building would be used for “general merchandise expansion.” It would bring the total area of the store to 50,000 square feet. Opened in February 1976, the store employed 65 people, including full and part time. The expansion and the ministorage structure needed commission approval because the center was located on former urban renewal land.


June 18, 1989

Stabilizing the workforce at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant was a primary goal of area legislators, an aide to Sen. Bob Dole told local government and civic leaders. The remarks came during an address by Tom Carter, the featured speaker at KAAP contract operator Day and Zimmermann’s annual appreciation luncheon. Carter told the audience that U.S. legislators from Kansas, Sens. Dole and Nancy Kassebaum and Rep. Bob Whittaker, had been instrumental in generating support for programs that would benefit KAAP. He said the plant’s future looked brighter because of a commitment by the Army to guarantee the KAAP a portion of the load, assembly and pack work on the Army’s new 155mm artillery round — known as the M864 — in fiscal 1990.

Parsons’ ordinance banning the sale, use or possession of bottle rockets in the city would be enforced in spite of a Kansas attorney general’s opinion calling invalid city and county bans on sale or use of fireworks. Richard Dearth, city attorney, told city commissioners that while the opinion was informational, it wasn’t the law and didn’t have the force of a court opinion. Dean Sailsbury, fire chief, said he expected the 1990 Kansas Legislature to ban bottle rockets statewide.


June 18, 1999

Joe Heavrin of Parsons closed with a 74 to finish second in the Age 15 division and tie for 27th overall in the Kansas Junior Amateur golf tournament in Kansas City. Heavrin posted a 54-hole total of 235 strokes for the three-day event. Tyler Pawlus, also of Parsons, the first-day Age 15 leader after an opening 77, closed with an 84 for a 253, finishing 11th in his age bracket and tying for 59th overall.

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