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


Aug. 29, 1979

After 26 years of selling food at 1000 Main, Don Divine was selling his restaurant. Beginning with a 10-foot by 10-foot “root beer and sandwich stand” at the site, Divine entered the restaurant business when he was 16. He planned to retire from the trade to market his “sophisticated crispy chicken coating mix,” he said. Divco Inc. was formed in the fall to begin selling the mix commercially. New owners and operators of the restaurant would be Mark and Linda Davis of Great Bend. The restaurant at first would keep the name Don Divine’s, but they eventually planned to change it.

Between $15 million and $20 million in tax-free housing bonds would be available in Labette County by Nov. 15 to provide low-interest mortgage loans. The funds would be available to qualified families with incomes of $30,000 or less. The money, available at 8.5% interest on 30-year loans, would be available for purchase of new or existing homes with a cost of up to $60,000.

The Peter Pan Ice Cream store in Parsons was quitting business as part of a phasing out of retail sales in the state by Steffen Dairy Foods Co. of Wichita, Priscilla Kite, store manager, said. The Parsons store had been in rented space at 2501 Main since 1963.


Aug. 29, 1989

Labette County Engineer Verlyn White could be deputized by Sheriff Tom Bringle to issue citations for overweight vehicles traveling illegally on county roads. County commissioners received an opinion from County Counselor David Markham saying that state law would allow White to be deputized for that limited purpose. White would be required to receive the necessary training on issuing citations and the appropriate conduct for a deputy. White said during his daily travels on county roads he saw many overweight vehicles traveling county roads. Trucks were tearing up some county roads, and he wanted the authority to help stop the problem.


Aug. 29, 1999

The start of the 1999-2000 school year brought the first year of interscholastic volleyball at Parsons Middle School since 1983. Interscholastic volleyball had drawn the same number of girls that intramurals usually drew each year, but head volleyball coach Sherry Dunlay said there seemed to be more excitement. Dana Yanez was the assistant coach. Dunlay said she attended Parsons Middle School during the years of only intramural sports, which she said seemed to had declined through the years. The first game was scheduled for Sept. 9 at home against Royster Junior High School of Chanute.

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