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


April 18, 1979

Katy Railroad spokesmen in Parsons said noise-control regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would have little or no effect on normal Katy operations in its North Yards. The new rule, scheduled to begin in 1982, would limit noise from rail yards to not more than 70 decibels as measured in developed areas near rail yards, averaged over 24 hours. In addition, during a single daytime hour, the noise level couldn’t measure more than 84 decibels and during night hours the average would be limited to 74 decibels. B.R. Musick, Katy division superintendent, was confident the Katy fell well within the limits.


April 18, 1989

After hearing a recommendation for reorganizing the Labette County Health Department, county commissioners decided to seek a new health department administrator. Commissioners would stress business management experience over medical expertise when advertising for the position to replace the most recent department supervisor, Jerri Hyatt. Commissioner Joe Renfro, Altamont, said he would like to see Hyatt retained as the supervisor of the Women, Infants and Children program, the department’s largest program. 

After decades of allowing students to smoke in or near Parsons High School, the USD 503 board voted to ban smoking and the possession of any tobacco products by students on school grounds. The change eliminated the policy of allowing students to smoke in a designated outside area before and after school, during lunch hour and during one break between classes. Principal George Tignor and Superintendent Willis Heck acknowledged that some students might continue to smoke but simply move onto the street or the parking lot. About 50 of the 550 students smoked in the designated area.

The operator of Labette County Ambulance Service said a proposal from two men interested in establishing a countywide ambulance service at about half the existing county subsidy was “totally impractical.” But Weldon Howard and Mark Hazen said after the first six months of operation, a $2,000 monthly county subsidy would be sufficient to operate the service. The new service also would require that the county provide all ambulances and vehicle insurance. Commissioners had postponed a decision on Dave and Joan Nicolls’ request to more than double their service’s $4,320 monthly subsidy, leaving the Nicolls to operate their service without a contract.


April 18, 1999

Vickie Malle, a staff counselor at the Labette Correctional Conservation Camp, Oswego, congratulated 17 inmates who completed the camp. It was the first time an entire class completed the course from beginning to end. The camp began taking inmates in March 1991.

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