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


Dec. 9, 1980

The Parsons USD 503 board gave final approval to changes in elementary school grade cards that eliminated letter grades in favor of a more comprehensive check system. The board had given tentative approval to the changes at its meeting in November but postponed a final decision until estimates of the cost of the new cards could be prepared. 

Four Parsons-area players were honored on the all-state high school football team announced by The Wichita Eagle-Beacon. Todd Waggoner of Erie and Mike Rakestraw of Southeast were given honorable mention in Class 3A. Greg Wheeler, junior lineman from Thayer, was chosen among the best in 1A, and teammate Wade Holtzman, junior quarterback, drew honorable mention.


Dec. 9, 1990

For the families of those serving in Operation Desert Shield, Joe Renfro of Altamont and John Lane of Edna were forming an American Shield — an organization to raise money to help the families meet financial needs. Lane knew firsthand of the families’ financial struggles. The Edna businessman was the battalion retention noncommissioned officer attached to the U.S. Army Reserve’s 243rd Supply and Service Battalion. He said he watched Stephanie Smith, family support coordinator for the battalion and the Parsons headquarters, work through financial problems and “get frazzled.” The American Shield would be an organization that people would be able to join for $10 each. Members would receive a membership certificate and a newsletter explaining how the collected money was spent. The group’s net proceeds would be sent to family support groups beginning with the one in Parsons for them to distribute as needed.

St. Paul captured the crown in the fifth annual Oswego Round-Robin high school basketball tournament. St. Paul held off a late Oswego bid for a 59-53 triumph, its third of the tourney and fourth of the season. St. Paul’s points leader, as usual, was senior Kevin Doherty, with 20 points. Terry Wood scored 16 points for St. Paul.


Dec. 9, 2000

The Oswego High School boys stormed to their first victory of the young season in Galena behind the senior leadership of Gabe Fuller and Steve Minor. The Indians won 61-47. Fuller scored 15 points by halftime and ended the night with 20, including three treys. Minor’s 19 points came from eight field goals and three free throws. The Oswego girls also made short work of Galena, 57-20. Keesa Stammer and Jena Russell each scored 16 points for Oswego. 

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