These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
April 23, 1979
Right-hander Daven Gore pitched a no-hit, no-run game to hand the Labette Cardinals a split in a junior college baseball doubleheader at Winfield. Labette erupted for seven runs in the first inning and defeated St. John’s 10-0. The Cardinals bowed in their opener to York, Nebraska, 9-1. Gore, a freshman, struck out four batters, throwing all fastballs except one curve, Dale Naden, Labette coach, said. Jerry Freeman had a double and single and Harold Langley a triple. Freeman singled to drive in one run in the seven-run burst. Lyle Anderson singled home two more runs and Gore doubled in another. Jesse Ybarra had the other safety.
After six years of business, Coast To Coast Hardware, 1 Parsons Plaza, was closing its doors. The business had been located in Parsons Plaza since October 1973. Leon Gimler had been manager of the store since its opening. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Gimler moved to Parsons in 1973 to manage the business. His wife helped in operating the store.
About 200 walkers traversed a 17-mile course that began and ended at the Parsons Plaza for the March of Dimes Superwalk. Connie Perkins, chapter chairwoman of the Southeast Kansas March of Dimes, said the venture was expected to raise about $4,000. The youngest walker was Tracie Rose, 7. Thomas Mineah, 70, was the oldest participant. He had taken part in the walk for several years.
April 23, 1989
Jennifer Page of Erie defeated Kevin Doherty of St. Paul on the first playoff hole at Moran to claim overall medalist honors in a Quad-County League high school junior varsity golf meet. Harold Dunning, Erie coach, said it was the first time it happened, noting that girls had played in the JV meets since their inception in 1979. Page led Erie to victory in four-man play with a 176, three shots in front of St. Paul. Page captured medalist honors among girls by 10 shots.
April 23, 1999
The owners of a proposed new theater came one step closer to construction when the Parsons Planning Commission recommended rezoning the north half of Block 17 to allow the theater to be built there. The recommendation that the north part of the block be changed from multifamily residential to commercial would go to the Parsons City Commission, which was expected to accept the recommendation. Block 17 was bordered by Crawford and Washington on the north and south and 17th and 18th on the east and west. The city owned the north half of the block but planned to give much of the land to Acme Cinema for construction of the new theater. City Manager Glen Welden said Mayor Bob Bartelli, who had served many years on the city commission, said Block 17 was always intended for commercial use despite its residential designation.