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


Dec. 4, 1980

The former president of Labette Community College, James Altendorf, denied that he tried to pressure a former administrator at the college into having a sexual affair with him. Kathleen Rice filed a lawsuit against the college and the members of its board of trustees who voted not to renew her contract. Rice and Altendorf were asked by the trustees to resign in February 1979 because of “management strife.” Altendorf resigned and became an associate dean and art instructor at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. Rice was asking the court to order the college to reinstate her as vice president and dean of the college.

The list of application for Christmas baskets had grown to 65 families, Stella Wells, volunteer coordinator for the Parsons community project, reported. She also said canned food and other items were coming in a “pretty good pace,” and that $72 in cash donations had been received.


Dec. 4, 1990

State Rep. Bill Brady of Parsons planned to seek state Sen. Mike Johnson’s seat, while state Rep. Jack Lacey of Oswego would seek Brady’s seat, the two legislators announced. The announcements came one week after Johnston, a Parsons Democrat, accepted the secretary of the Department of Human Resources post in Gov.-elect Joan Finney’s administration. The 14-year senator, who was the Senate minority leader, had previously worked in the department before running for the Senate.


Dec. 4, 2000

The Labette County girls thumped Iola, 63-43, in their season-opening high school basketball game. Labette assistant coach Heather Wilson said intensity was the key to the game. Labette controlled the tempo the entire game, keeping things moving faster than Iola could react to. Labette managed to penetrate almost at will, with Kim Felts and Lindsey Carter doing most of the inside work. Felts had 17 points and Carter 15. Andrea Gossard helped from the perimeter, hitting one deuce and two treys for eight points.

Marty’s Automotive hadn’t even announced its opening but was so busy owner Marty Schmid had hired additional workers. Schmid opened his independent repair shop at 1831 Appleton after Parsons Motors went out of business following the destruction of its building in the April 19 tornado. Besides Schmid, who was the service manager for Parsons Motors, three other employees made the transition from the old shop to the new. He then had to hire three other workers.

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