These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Sept. 5, 1979
Bids for work on the old public library building at 115 S. 17th probably would be taken by the end of the year, Dennis Tinberg, city manager, said. Plans were received from Patty Berkebile Nelson Associates of Kansas City, which was selected by the city commission to draw plans for a conservation project at the old library. Tinberg said the plans had been submitted to the Kansas State Historical Society for its approval. The plans then had to be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior, which provided the state with funds. The city had received a $50,000 historical preservation grant from the state for the work. That money would be used with an equal amount of federal community development money.
A block mothers’ program for the McKinley Elementary School area in Parsons would be implemented for the third consecutive year, John Ewbank, principal, announced. The program, which was started by the McKinley Parent Teachers Organization in 1977, provided homes where a child in trouble could seek refuge and help. The symbol for the Helping Hands program was a sign with a red hand displayed in the windows of block mothers’ homes. Helping Hands was developed in cooperation with the Parsons Police Department. Other Parsons elementary schools adopted the program after it was started at McKinley.
Sept. 5, 1989
Commercial haulers — not farmers — were the target of a Labette County resolution limiting the weight of vehicles allowed to drive on county roads, commissioners told a group of rural residents. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, Oswego, asked County Counselor David Markham to draw up an addendum to the resolution to clarify the intent that agricultural vehicles not be subject to the fines imposed for overweight trucks, as long as they met the standards to drive on state highways. Nine people representing farming and commercial industry attended the meeting, some of them voicing concerns that the roads needed to meet the demands of the public.
John Daley won a duel of former state high school golf champions. In doing so, he claimed his first Parsons Country Club men’s club championship. Daley, state Class 3-2-1A medalist as a Parsons High School sophomore in 1971, bagged his latest title with a 1 up victory over Josh Pitts, state sand greens medalist as an Erie High School freshman in 1986.
Sept. 5, 1999
The St. Paul Indians shut out Colony-Crest after its lone first quarter touchdown in the season opener for both schools. St. Paul rolled to a 56-6 non-league victory. St. Paul was ranked No. 1 in Kansas in Eight-Man I and was the state runner-up the previous season.
In the first clash of the 1999 high school football season, Erie defeated Southeast, 35-14, in a CNC League matchup. Erie was state-ranked in Class 3A.