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


Oct. 13, 1981

USD 503 approved the use of corporal punishment in the school district. However, the district decided not to use it as the first line of punishment. The 10-page packet said that corporal punishment should be used after other attempts were made to discipline students. The principal of each school had the final say of when corporal punishment should be used. Opposition to the policy came from the audience, not the school board.


Oct. 13, 1991

The 1992 Parsons United Way campaign drive had a goal of $93,000. This was $3,000 more than the previous year’s goal. Fifteen agencies received aid, which was two more than in 1991. Participating agencies included the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America, among others. The two new agencies served were Labette Center for Mental Health Services and Safehouse.  


Oct. 13, 2001

Hundreds of area residents visited downtown Parsons to see the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. They participated in a short parade around the plaza before departing. Children were allowed to pet Pete, one of the horses. Each of the horses weighed between 2,000 to 2,300 pounds. The horses were stationed in St. Louis. Each horse must be at least 4 years old, stand at least 6 feet tall and weigh between 1,800 to 2,300 pounds. They also had to have white stocking feet with a black mane. Each hitch traveled about 100,000 miles a year. Each horse consumed 25 pounds of oats, a bale of hay and 30 gallons of water per day. The Clydesdales started in 1933. 

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