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


May 10, 1979

Larry Kennett, owner of New Dimensions Real Estate, 2522 Main, announced plans to construct an office building in the 2400 block of Main. The new building would house the New Dimensions firm and three to four other businesses, including the construction company of Rick Hizey of Parsons. Hizey, sales associate with New Dimensions, also would be the general contractor. Kennett and his wife, Kathy, opened New Dimensions in Parsons in August 1978. Kennett came to Parsons in February 1975 as executive director of the Parsons Chamber of Commerce, serving in that capacity for 18 months.

A new administrator of the Oswego Hospital, who also would serve as administrator when the new hospital was completed, would start work on June 1. Ann-Marie Porter had been clinical director of nursing at the Davis P. Wohl Memorial Mental Health Institute, a division of St. Louis University Hospital, since October 1978. The announcement was made by the Institute of Health Management of St. Louis, who would take over management and administration of the hospital on June 1. The institute was contracted by the city to run the new hospital.


May 10, 1989

Head librarian Jane Mast announced her intention to retire at the end of the year during the regular board meeting at the Parsons Public Library. Mast would mark 30 years with the library in September. She said she had worked one summer in the children’s library and later returned, assuming the position of head librarian. Her time with the library included a move from the Carnegie Library building at 17th and Broadway to the facility at 311 S. 17th in 1977. In earlier years, Mast acted on stage in the East and traveling summers with various theater groups in Texas, Missouri and Kansas.


May 10, 1999

The newest deputy at the Labette County Sheriff’s Department started work the previous week with his partner, Deputy Scott Higgins. Officer Brodi had come from Czechoslovakia and specialized in drug searches, tracking, building searches and officer protection. Brodi replaced Jerry, a dog that had been retired for about a month. Money to buy the long-haired German shepherd, $7,600, came from a special county drug and alcohol fund.

A new business specializing in unusual plants for ponds and gardens opened at 1237 2300 Road. Honey Bea Gardens, owned by Bea Rizza, also offered consultation for proper care of plants and gardens.

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