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


Dec. 10, 1980

Stella Wells of Parsons said that seven families had been “adopted out” from the 149 applications she had on her Christmas list, and that she was confident that numerous other requests for adoption would be made. Parsons Elks Lodge No. 527 and Elk Ladies adopted five families on Wells’ list. She also said that four big boxes of canned goods were delivered by Don Cunningham, manager of the Parsons Theater, from three matinee showings of a children’s film. The management of the theater planned two more such matinees. Funds from volunteer sources had amounted to $300.50 so far, and Wells noted that wouldn’t go very far as it amounted to a few cents more than $2 for each of the basket applications.

The Parsons Viking girls beat Fort Scott 45-40 in a Southeast Kansas League high school basketball game at Parsons. It was the home team’s first victory of the season in three outings. Char Owens with 13 points led a Parsons attack that featured scoring from 10 players. Stacy Spellman finished with eight points and Allison Brown seven.


Dec. 10, 1990

A completed petition seeking the recall of 2nd District Labette County Commissioner Joe Renfro would be turned over to the county clerk the next day, organizers of the recall effort said. Leslie Carson, one of three 2nd District residents organizing the effort, said 1,170 signatures on the petition had been confirmed with a list of the district’s registered voters. The petitions had a total of 1,300 signatures. The petitioners were required to collect 1,081 signatures of registered voters, which would be 40% of the number of votes Renfro received when elected to office in 1988.

Sean Turner of Parsons reaped an all-state high school football honor. The 6-foot, 225-pound senior was a first-team pick on the defensive line of the Class 6-5A team announced by the Kansas City Star. Turner, a standout at end and linebacker who also saw action for a few plays at fullback, earlier was named to all-5A first team defensive units announced by the Wichita Eagle and the Topeka Capital-Journal. He helped lead the Vikings to a record of 7-2.


Dec. 10, 2000

The Erie boys and girls high school basketball teams chalked up big road wins at the expense of Cherryvale. The girls took a 56-22 decision followed by a 63-38 Red Devils’ victory. Dara Dillinger scored six of 11 free throws and collected a total of 22 points to pace the winners in the girls game. Phil Walters scored 21 points for the Erie boys.

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