Dec. 12-13, 1980

Panic selling swept through the commodity futures market. Junior Braman, owner and manager of Pioneer Commodities Inc., said he was recommending no positions in the market. He would recommend no trading until an upward trend began. Braman blamed the heavy selling and lower prices on the increase in prime interest rate, which had reached 20%.

George Higgins of Oswego was picked to replace resigning Labette County Undersheriff Mick Tucker. Tucker had replaced Higgins as undersheriff in May when Higgins resigned to work for the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. Sheriff Tom Bringle asked Higgins to return. Tucker resigned to take a job as director of manufacturing for the new Blackjack Pumps Inc. in Altamont.


Dec. 12-13, 1990

A petition seeking the recall of Labette County Commissioner Joe Renfro was filed with County Clerk Linda Schreppel in the morning. Schreppel said she had 30 days to check the petition to see if each person who signed it lived in the 2nd District and if each was a registered voter. The completed petition was turned in less than two hours before a pretrial hearing was scheduled in Labette County District Court concerning Renfro’s challenge to the effort. 

The Labette County economic development committee decided it was time for Sunny Corp. to pay up. Entangled in legal battles, Sunny continued production at its site in the Labette Community College Business Industrial Center. However, it had never made any payments on the $30,000 loan it received from the county in 1986. Committee member E.F. “Sonny” Zetmeir of Parsons suggested a demand letter asking for full payment. Committee member Fred Johnson of Oswego, also the county counselor, agreed, saying the company didn’t respond to an informal letter mailed earlier in the year.


Dec. 12-13, 2000

Natural gas bills were as much as 300% higher than the previous month. Joe Sinnett, community relations manager for Kansas Gas Service, said there was a sharp rise in the cost of natural gas nationwide. KGS was limited by Kansas law to making a profit of $1.42 per unit of gas sold. That amount stayed constant regardless of the price of gas.

Eight inches of snow overnight closed schools across Southeast Kansas. As it continued in the morning, the snowfall approached record depths. According to records at the Parsons Sun, 14 inches of snow fell on Feb. 7-8, 1980, but 24 inches were measured then at Tri-City Airport.

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