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


June 4, 1979

Despite the winter’s severe weather, Southeast Kansas farmers had insect problems. Agricultural observers couldn’t figure out why the frigid winter didn’t reduce the insect population. Whatever the reason, it was a “buggy” season. The leading pests in Labette County were armyworms, greenbugs and chinch bugs. Armyworms had infested fescue and wheat. Bill Jackson, Labette County agricultural agent, believed that as the wheat matured the armyworms would move out of it into more tender oats and milo. Greenbugs earlier infested milo so badly that many farmers had to replant, according to Woodrow Burnett, executive director of the Labette County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service at Altamont. 


June 4, 1989

One of two partners had withdrawn from Med Tech, the company selected by Labette County commissioners to provide ambulance service in the county beginning in July. Denis Forbes, who with Mark Hazen planned to form Med Tech, a new ambulance service, announced he was pulling out of the partnership. Forbes said he decided to quit because of the turmoil. County commissioners decided to negotiate a contract with Med Tech to replace Labette County Ambulance Service as recipient of a county subsidy and county-owned ambulances and equipment. 


June 4, 1999

Senior shortstop Brandon Taylor and junior pitcher Drew Simmons of Parsons were first team picks on the 1999 all-Southeast Kansas League high school baseball team. So was senior first baseman Luke Rhodes of Labette County. Senior outfielder-infielder Matt Bowin and junior outfielder-pitcher Luke Manners of Parsons drew honorable mention. Bowin earned the honor for the second year in a row. Taylor, an honorable mention selection in 1998 and a three-year Viking starter, batted about .450 the previous season and scored 29 runs, hit four home runs, drove in 21 runs and stole 13 bases besides shining in the field. Simmons, a left-hander, led the team in victories while posting a 5-3 record and threw a five-inning, one-hitter in an 11-1 victory over Coffeyville in a regional tournament semifinal game. Rhodes also drew honorable mention as a junior.

USD 503 would clear all of its schools of asbestos during a five-year plan, beginning with Parsons High School and Garfield Elementary School in the summer. The board of education voted to approve the plan and awarded the contract to the only bidder, MPM Contractors of Wichita. Assistant Superintendent Lewis Hevel said the asbestos that would be removed at the high school in the summer was in two classrooms and one office on the east side of the older part of the building. Water had leaked through the ceiling in the three rooms. A 1/8- to 1/4-inch layer of surface coat on ceiling tiles included asbestos.

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