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


Dec. 29, 1980

Banks and savings and loan associations in Parsons planned to offer NOW checking accounts beginning with the new year. Unlike regular checking accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts would pay 5.25% interest to depositors. NOW accounts were made possible by the federal Financial Institutions Deregulation Act of 1980.

The Parsons post office could be forced to lock its doors at night to keep out vandals. Postmaster David Tippet said the lobby had been a regular target. The latest incident occurred early the previous day when someone set fire to a trash container and FBI wanted posters on a bulletin board. The lobby had been left open at night so people could get their mail.


Dec. 29, 1990

When Linda Latzer took a babysitting job to earn some pocket money while going to school at Washburn University in Topeka, she never dreamed it would take her to Washington, D.C. But when her boss, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Sam Brownback, accepted a job in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative through the White House fellowship program in August, he and his wife asked her if she would accompany them to Washington as a nanny for their three small children. The opportunity to live in the midst of the hubbub of the nation’s capital for a semester was too good to pass up, said Latzer, daughter of John and Bonnie Latzer of Parsons. Besides working 20 hours a week as a nanny, the 21-year-old senior took six hours of political science classes at George Washington University.


Dec. 29, 2000

Robert Caldwell was set to open The Courtyard, a take-out restaurant, on Dec. 30 at 501 S. 22nd. He planned to offer deep-fried fish with his own batter recipe, fried and smoked chicken and a variety of smoked meats, including ribs and sausage. Caldwell, who previously owned an auto detailing shop on Main, was working for the Breedlove car dealerships. He had spent about a year erecting a building and developing recipes. Caldwell planned to have outdoor seating at The Courtyard when the weather turned warmer.

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