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


Dec. 24, 1980

Bill Villigan, the Parsons police officer who was wounded by a shotgun blast the previous week, was released from the Labette County Medical Center. He said he was a little sore but felt much better because he was home. Dr. William Dillon said his patient was doing well but that his release was a bit premature. Dillon let him go home early because he wanted to be with his family for Christmas. Dillon said Villigan would continue to be treated as an outpatient and that a nerve damaged in the shooting was now showing some signs of improvement. Villigan thanked the people of Parsons, who sent cards and letters. People he didn’t even know wrote to him. Officers reported no new developments in the investigation into the incident in which Villigan was hit by a shotgun blast during a routine check of a car parked northwest of Parsons. Police were looking for a white male in his early 20s with shoulder-length light brown hair and for an early 1970s blue Chevrolet that they believe was involved in the shooting.


Dec. 24, 1990

Dr. James Welch, a pathologist, joined the staff of Labette County Medical Center. He would serve as full-time medical director of the clinical laboratory, according to Vincent Holle, LCMC administrator. Welch also would direct the transfusion services at LCMC. Welch was owner and director of Anatomical Pathology Services, 400 Katy. He was formerly associated with Upsher Laboratories Inc. of Joplin, which provided tissue diagnosis services to LCMC.


Dec. 24, 2000

Local merchants were expecting a big turnout for the final Christmas shopping weekend — due at least in part to the bad weather. Sears owner David Godsey said he expected the weekend to be “massive” because a lot of people were unable to get out earlier. It had been a good Christmas shopping season so far at Sears, 2604 Main. Janis Myers, owner of Scrapbook Corner inside the Mustard Seed on the Parsons Plaza, also reported a good season. Clark Brackney, Walmart manager, said so far nothing had popped out as a “must have” gift item. Steve George, owner of Country Corner Gifts inside George’s Shoe Box on the plaza, said he was having a good season also. His big seller had been snow baby collectible figurines.

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