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


March 30-31, 1979

Groundbreaking services were planned for March 31 on the south lawn of First Baptist Church, Altamont. Upon that site would be built a new 4,400-square-foot building containing a sanctuary, multipurpose room and related facilities. The old church was scheduled to be razed.

McCune High School patrons were thwarted in an attempt to keep their school open. The two McCune members of Cherokee USD 247 were the only ones to show up at a special meeting called for discussion of releasing the old McCune rural district and allowing the patrons to join another school district. Board members Clint Earl McColm, board chairman Marvin Johnston and John Watson, district superintendent, waited with a few spectators for about 20 minutes before calling the meeting off. 


March 30-31, 1989

A proposal to allow the disposal of trash from the Joplin area in Labette County Landfill south of Parsons came under fire from the Parsons Chamber of Commerce. In a letter to the Joplin City Commission, chamber executive vice president Brenda Koehler wrote that the chamber was strongly opposed to anyone wishing to turn the county into a “dumping ground for outlying municipalities.” The letter said expansion of the landfill would pose serious environmental problems for those living in the surrounding area and those who relied on water sources sustained by the watershed. Wayne Moran Industrial Park was just north of the landfill. Industries were concerned about trash blowing from the landfill as well as possible devaluation of property.

Tower Bowl took the team crown with a handicap 3,046 in the 1989 Parsons women’s city bowling tournament. The team consisted of Fran Raschen, Pam Lockwood, Tonya Pizzo, Linda Schoenhofer and Susan Best. Rose Brungardt and Diane Johnson teamed for a winning 1,304. Brungardt also captured all-events with a 1,933. Karrie Lamb topped the field with a 687. Schoenhofer took the scratch all-events with a 1,734.

Steve Minor and Randy Hackleman added another chapter to the 1988-89 Parsons bowling explosion. In a Neosho Valley League session at Tower Bowl, Minor fired the 19th perfect game in Parsons history. Hackleman tossed the top sanctioned series, 772, in the lanes’ 29-year history. 


March 30-31, 1999

St. Patrick Catholic School planned to start all-day kindergarten for the 1999-2000 school year and other changes could be on the horizon as well. Harry Heppler, school principal, sent a request to the bishop of the Dioceses of Wichita to gain approval on returning a sixth-grade class to the school. St. Patrick offered preschool through fifth grade. If sixth grade was approved, St. Patrick could add seventh grade for 2000-01 and eighth grade for 2001-02. The three upper grades were dropped in the early 1990s because there wasn’t enough financial backing, but Heppler said he thought the school could afford to add them back one at a time.

The cheery, chattering purple martin returned to the Purple Martin Capital of Kansas for another period of nesting and raising its young. The first bird was spotted March 3 in the 2300 block of Washington at the home of Dale Redman, according to Bill Brewer, local purple martin project director. There were more than 250 purple martin houses up in the Parsons area, including 70 houses that Brewer maintained.

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