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


Nov. 5, 1980

With opposition general throughout Labette County, 5,401 citizens voted against a proposed one-cent sales tax and 3,361 for it. The county commissioners and the Parsons City Commission had joined forces to bring about a vote on the tax relief for property tax, which was universally unpopular. Labette County Sheriff Tom Bringle won an overwhelming victory over his opponent, W.C. Morrow. The final tally showed that Bringle had 6,772 votes to Morrow’s 3,148. In a race that ran neck and neck for most of the night, Democratic challenger Bill Brady of Parsons defeated incumbent John Reimer of Parsons, who represented the 6th District in the Kansas House. State Sen. Michael Johnston, D-Parsons, survived a strong Republican tide and a spirited campaign by his opponent, Edward Dosh, to hold his seat in the Kansas Senate. Larry Myers won the seat of Labette County commissioner for the 2nd District, winning 1,830 votes against his opponent, Kelley Johnson of rural Altamont, who had 1,500.  


Nov. 5, 1990

Senior split end Nate Clevenger of Erie was one of nine unanimous choices on the 1990 all-CNC League high school football team. The 6-foot-4, 165-pound Red Devil standout was also a second-team selection at defensive end. Teammate Billy Vining was a second-team pick on the defensive line. Senior split end Kelly Kusel and defensive end Noah Clevenger received honorable mention. 


Nov. 5, 2000

After a year in service, Labette County YouthFriends expanded to include the YouthFriends Corps, which was made up of second-semester high school juniors and seniors who wanted to be a mentor to an elementary school student. YouthFriends coordinator Peggy Gentry said the group wanted students to be good role models. YouthFriends considered students’ grade-point averages, attendance records and a recommendation from someone at the school and the community when selecting mentors for the corps. High school mentors volunteered one hour a week for a full semester. They could eat breakfast or lunch with younger students or tutor them.

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