These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
April 3, 1979
Parsons city commissioners approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of $300,000 in industrial revenue bonds to aid in construction of a new livestock sale barn for the Parsons Livestock Auction. G.W. “Short” McAtee, president of the livestock auction, told commissioners the bonds would be used with his own money for a total project cost of nearly $700,000. The facility would be on the site of the former Jarboe-Lackey feed lot north of the city on U.S. 59 highway and would include outside pens and parking.
The Kansas Senate killed a bill that would have permitted the patrons of McCune High School to vote on whether the school would remain open. The vote was 20-19. It was the second time in the year the Senate had defeated a House-approved measure to allow the vote. State Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Parsons, said he was disappointed in the Senate’s action but that he knew it was going to be close.
April 3, 1989
As the board of equalization, Labette County commissioners would have the authority to lower appraised values that were too high, but they could also raise low values, the county appraiser said. Commissioners met with County Appraiser Don Harris in preparation for the beginning of board of equalization hearings. So far, four property owners had scheduled hearings with the board. Property owners had 18 days after the mailing date of the results of their informal hearing to schedule a formal hearing with the board. Commissioner Lonie Addis said some of the first people to go through the informal hearing process with Cole-Layer-Trumble had yet to receive their change of value notice. CLT was the firm contracted to conduct reappraisal in Labette and Neosho counties. Addis said the pace was “totally unacceptable.”
Labette County girls breezed to their second high school track and field victory of the season in two starts, capturing the Winfield Invitational. LC won three events and logged seven second-place finishes. LC senior Christie Allen captured the 3,200-meter run, and freshman Jennifer Treiber won the 1,600. That pair along with Shanna Cozart and Tina Allen captured the 3,200 relay. For the LC boys, Charles Fugate won the triple jump and the long jump.
April 3, 1999
Bryan Ellis, owner of Koala-T Kwik Print one-hour photo lab and Kelly Lynn Photography on the Plaza, bought the old H&R Block building located south of the Southeast Kansas Independent Living office on the Parsons Plaza. Ellis said part of the reason for his purchase was business equity but he also didn’t want to see plaza buildings deteriorate. The upstairs of the building suffered from rain damage and part of the lower portion from fire and water damage, but Ellis said most of it was cosmetic. The upstairs he planned to remodel over time as an apartment for himself. Later, he was considering dividing the space into two or three separate apartments to rent out. At street level, he already had the business spaces rented out except the corner unit, which he reserved for his business. He hoped to be moved into his new location by May 1.