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


Dec. 8, 1980

The final count of applications for her community Christmas baskets stood at 146 families when the registration closed, Stella Wells of Parsons reported. That fell short of the 159 applications in 1978 but topped the 118 in 1979, when the Parsons Ministerial Association filled in for Wells because of her health. Still, the number of people represented was nearly the same, 477. That included 122 children. Wells’ monetary gifts so far had amounted to $257.50.

About 250 members of Wesley United Methodist Church participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site selected for the new church east of Parsons and north of the Maplecrest addition. An estimated 350 members of the congregation attended service at the church at 1801 Belmont, and then Parsons police escorted 50 to 60 cars to the new church site.


Dec. 8, 1990

Thelma Clemens opened a new local business, Clemens Floral and Bridal Shop, 2 miles north, 3 miles west and half of a mile north of 32nd and Main. Clemens, who had a flower shop in Parsons in 1979, said the new shop contained a variety of fresh flowers, green plants, blooming plants and silk arrangements. The store also had wedding invitations, napkins and other wedding items, including cakes.

Labette County High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams each swept past Iola for first place in the Iola Lions Club Invitational Tournament. The boys won 80-50 and the girls 30-25. LC’s Grant Bailey was named Most Valuable Player of the tourney. Mike Griffin with the Grizzlies was given all-tournament honors. Teresa Cerne was named all-tournament for LC girls.


Dec. 8, 2000

People who began lining the streets early to view the annual Parsons Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade saw the largest one yet. The parade boasted 108 entries, ranging from floats and vehicles to walkers and marching bands. The Labette County Medical Center, Commercial Bank and TeamBank won first, second and third place respectively in the professionally made category. Parsons Precision Products, Trotnic Recycling, Rea/Willis Family Train, Knights of Columbus and Woodworth Enterprises took the top five places of the homemade entries. Trotnic Recycling also received an award for best use of lighting.

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