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


Sept. 16, 1980

Parsons city commissioners voted to adopt a resolution asking Labette County commissioners to place on the November ballot a proposal for a one-cent countywide sales tax. Parsons joined Oswego in supporting the proposal, and county commissioners were expected to set in motion the paperwork needed to put the issue on the general election ballot in November. Talk about a sales tax had been ongoing for several months as area communities decided they needed the revenue to balance their budgets.


Sept. 16, 1990

The president of the National Organization for Women, Molly Yard, would be the featured speaker during the Kansas NOW annual state conference in Parsons. The conference would be held Sept. 21-23 at the Parsonian Motor Inn, hosted by the Southeast Kansas NOW. Yard was an internationally recognized women’s rights activist.

The Labette County Grizzlies beat Iola 48-0 in high school football action. Darren Wegner scored on a 5-yard run in the opening period. Grant Bailey ran for a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter before Doug Jefferson rushed 62 yards and 36 yards for two more TDs. The Grizzlies’ Brian Reedy then intercepted a pass and took it 30 yards to the end zone. LC put another 15 on the scoreboard in the third period, first with a 62-yard interception return by Shelby Phillips. The final touchdown was Jefferson on a 5-yard run. 


Sept. 16, 2000

The Parsons USD 503 Board of Education and Parsons Chamber of Commerce were hosting an open house, dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Parsons High School vocational-technical building. The building was not only a great contribution to USD 503 students but also to the community, said PHS welding and automotive teacher Jerry Henry. Students enrolled in several courses taught through Labette Community College would have use of the building most nights during the week. Where PHS’ welding and Viking Industries formerly were cramped into one small room at Parsons Middle School, the new vo-tech building provided spacious individual rooms. Henry said the electricity and ventilation at the middle school shop were inadequate. The new facility offered more welding tables and better ventilation.

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