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


Nov. 17, 1980

The first Parsons Energy Fair drew large crowds to the Four-State Exhibition Center, 5015 Main St., during its two-day run. Estimates by exhibitors who had taken part in similar shows elsewhere ran from 4,500 to 6,000. Forty-two displays emphasized means of conserving energy in homes, businesses and vehicles.

The proposed merger of the Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific railroads would be a serious blow to the Katy Railroad, its president and CEO said. “Traumatic” is the way H.R. Gastler explained it, saying the Katy could suffer a loss of as much as 10% in its freight traffic if the merger was approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission.


Nov. 17, 1990

Parsons High School debaters won the sweepstakes award for the highest combined finish at Valley Center and Wichita Heights high schools. Parsons coach Mark Harris said varsity teams competed at Valley Center, and novice teams debated at Wichita Heights. The combined scores determined the winner. At Valley Center, the team of Kali Pegues and Jennifer Saunders placed first in the championship division. Nikki Morrison and Michelle Tignor were fourth in the division. In the open division at Valley Center teams of Brad LaForge and Lyndsay Newton and Melanie Ramsey and Travis Wallace placed fourth. At the novice contest, Ryan Long and David Rouhani placed third with a 4-1 record. Three teams — Aaron Habiger and Kirk Seward, April Trimble and Dusty Wallace and Pan Hompluem and Josh Leet — had 3-2 records.


Nov. 17, 2000

Five area teachers were named finalists for the honor of 2000 Educator of the Year at the Parsons Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual educators’ reception in the Parsonian Ballroom. Finalists were Peggy Brecheisen, Floretta Haggard, Cynthia Kiser, Chris Laney and Robie Martin.

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