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


July 26, 1979

A tentative date for opening of South 26th Street had been set for Aug. 6, Paul Freeberg, city engineer, said. Freeberg said all asphalt work had been completed on the $1.1 million improvement project, with some sidewalk work and seeding still to be done. The entire project ran from South 25th and Southern northwest to South 26th and Briggs and north to Main and South 26th. The project included 9 inches of asphalt in four lanes, plus sidewalks curb and gutter and drainage structures. Asphalt work for about 300 feet on Main also was done. The city commission had wanted for some years to provide another north-south arterial street and decided to do so when federal funds became available.

Great Plains Beverage Inc. of Parsons withdrew its membership in the Parsons Chamber of Commerce but left the possibility that it might rejoin later, Carleton Johnson, president, said. Johnson said the company withdrew in protest of the involvement of the chamber and its manager in a request to the city by Individual Mausoleum Inc. for an accessory use permitting a retail ready-mix concrete operation at the plant.


July 26, 1989

Calling it unconstitutional and an insult to their integrity, two Labette County commissioners said they would not abide by a resolution proposed by their chairman to restrict interaction of commissioners outside of open meetings. Commissioners Barney Pontious, Parsons, and Joe Renfro, Altamont, said they would not pass the resolution, which Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, Oswego, said was designed to further clarify and enhance the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Pontious said his attorney said portions of the resolution were unconstitutional.


July 26, 1999

Erie’s Travis Hurst almost captured the biggest prize in Kansas amateur golf. But Sean Thayer, 31, of Garden City rolled in a 3-foot par putt on the 36th hole of the Kansas Amateur championship match at the Milburn Golf and Country Club, Overland Park, escaping with a 1-up victory. All week, Thayer said he called on his experience as a minitour professional to handle everything his opponents and the golf course could throw at him. But nothing he encountered as a pro could prepare him for the 36-hole, 100-degree endurance test in the finals of the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship. Thayer shared a tension-filled, back-and-forth day with Hurst in a match that saw each player battle from behind before Thayer pulled it out at the end. Hurst, who learned the game on Erie’s nine-hole Country Meadows course, which had switched from sand to grass greens only four years earlier, shot 3-under 69 in the morning and 4-over 76 in the afternoon for a 145 total.

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