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


Oct. 13, 1980

Earl Billingsley, president of Billingsley Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Datsun Inc., disclosed that he had sold his interest in the automotive dealership to Fred Malone of Edmond, Oklahoma. Grant Davis, owner of Davis-Moore Oldsmobile AMC in Wichita, continued as a partner and majority stockholder in the Parsons dealership. Billingsley moved to Parsons in May 1977 from Wichita when he opened the dealership under the same name at 310 S. 21st. The name would be changed to Malone Pontiac Buick Cadillac GMC Datsun Inc. six to eight weeks after GMC and Datsun officially approved the change.


Oct. 13, 1990

The Pittsburg Purple Dragons beat the Parsons Vikings 23-7 in a Class 5A-District 3 high school showdown between Southeast Kansas League rivals. Pittsburg upheld its No. 1 ranking with several assists from No. 2 Parsons, which turned the ball over three times. The Vikings, averaging 47 points and almost 420 yards of offense a game, had only 98 yards rushing on 31 carries and 89 yards in the air. Parsons’ only touchdown came on a 23-yard, third-quarter pass from quarterback Eemo Keal to split end Brian Baldwin. 


Oct. 13, 2000

In a statewide interactive video conference, 34 St. Paul High School government students joined students from Oakley, Sublette, Clearwater and Topeka in a live role playing of two U.S. Supreme Court cases. Students on site in Topeka were joined by three state appellate court judges. In a first for Kansas, the classes not only were connected but also their interactive conversation was relayed to the internet via video streaming technology. People as far away as California and New York logged on to follow the exercise. Before the conference, teachers were able to download information about the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bill of Rights and other information from the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center’s website.

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