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


Oct. 17-18, 1980

Betty Wood, co-owner of Wood Realtors of Pittsburg and Erie, was named Kansas Realtor Woman of the Year. She had been a real estate broker since 1967 and graduated from the Realtors Institute in 1972. She was chairwoman of the Kansas Real Estate Commission.

The Ag-Ro club at Labette Community College had purchased a mechanical bull. Mike Eastwood, club sponsor, said the 10 people traveling on the rodeo team tried to practice on it once a week. The club also had been setting up the bull in area establishments for public use to raise funds.


Oct. 17-18, 1990

The Parsons Planning Commission recommended changing the zoning designation for 85 acres included in the proposed site of a poultry operation. The land was just south of Flynn Industrial Park. Chuck Brown, president of JOBS Inc., said an integrated chicken processor planned to use the 85 acres and all 135 acres of Flynn Industrial Park.

Jerry Beachner, president of Labette County Landfill Inc., and a five-member negotiating team appointed by the county commission developed an agreement in a nearly 3 1/2-hour meeting. The agreement included the phase-out of taking out-of-county trash and a corresponding fee raise.


Oct. 17-18, 2000

The Parsons City Commission denied a request to rezone property at 401 N. Central from single-family residential to service commercial district. A real estate deal was pending between Rebecca Marks and John Carnahan, who wanted to put a used car lot on the property, which was once a gas station. Jim Lane of the planning commission told city commissioners that eight neighbors of the property signed a letter asking that planners reject the request. The planners voted 7-1 against it because it would be spot zoning.

The Labette County Commission was surprised to learn it had agreed to the removal of K-134 from the state highway system as part of the city of Parsons’ inducement to have the bypass included in the 1999 comprehensive transportation program. The stretch of state blacktop measuring 0.231 of a mile connected Bartlett to U.S. 166 south of town. Commissioners said they didn’t recall that in November 1999 they had agreed to take over maintenance of the road if the bypass project was included under the system enhancement program of the state road project. They planned to meet with Parsons City Manager Glen Welden to finalize the agreement. The county also would assume maintenance of about 4/10 of a mile of K-222 south of Dennis.

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