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


Aug. 9, 1979

Dale Westervelt of Mound Valley, Labette County commissioner chairman, signed a contract with Peters, Williams & Kubota of Lawrence for design of a new Parsons district court facility. The contract called for a fee of 6.5% of construction costs, with any additional services to be paid on an hourly basis. Lester Arvin of Wichita, attorney for W.I. Fisher Co., said he was preparing papers to begin court action against the county because the Fisher firm wouldn’t be doing the work. The firm maintained that a 1976 agreement with the county placed it under contract for the project. The county maintained the agreement wasn’t valid.

W.W. Lancaster Jr., the former Chetopa police chief, filed suit against the Chetopa City Council for 1,026 hours in overtime pay. The suit was filed in the Labette County District Court by Richard Tucker, Parsons attorney. Lancaster contended that the city owed him $4,422.06 in overtime pay plus 1% of each day’s wages for damages. Lancaster resigned May 6 after he was demoted to acting police chief from police chief in April. 


Aug. 9, 1989

Parsons’ two insolvent savings and loans were taking a wait-and-see attitude toward a recent $159 billion S&L bailout plan passed by Congress. Leonard Hile, managing agent for Peoples Savings and Loan and Mid-America Federal Savings and Loan, said the ultimate disposition of the two thrifts was up to federal banking officials in Washington. Hile said the two Parsons thrifts were prime candidates for a commercial bank or a bank holding company to come in and set up a new institution or institutions.

An estimated $750,000 in construction could begin within the week on the north side of the Consumers Market building to make way for up to eight retail stores. Jim Cochran of Robson Properties said renovations to the building were expected to be complete by Nov. 1, allowing the businesses to open sometime between then and Jan. 1, 1990. Big Cheese Pizza had been named as a tenant of a 4,000-square-foot area on the northeast corner of the new shopping area. Beauty Biz, a regional beauty products supplier, would occupy 1,800 square feet on the northwest corner of the building.


Aug. 9, 1999

A group of Labette County residents left for an 860-mile trek to Sturgis Bike Week. Rodney Blackburn, Parsons, and a group of about 10 other friends and fellow Harley Davidson riders left for Sturgis, South Dakota, at 4 a.m. Aug. 7. The group planned to ride 590 miles on the first day to Mitchell, South Dakota, where they would spend the night in a hotel. The next day the group planned to ride the rest of the way to Sturgis.

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