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


Jan. 21, 1981

Allison Brown, sophomore center from Parsons, was one of six players named to the all-tournament team in the Parsons Invitational girls high school basketball tournament. She scored 17 points in the tourney. 


Jan. 21, 1991

Marvin McKnight became the latest to file for election to the Parsons City Commission. McKnight, a Parsons native, was a veteran, a professional educator and served in management in the automobile industry in Denver for a number of years. Since his return to Parsons in 1987, he had served on the board of directors of the Community Concert Association and had served on the Municipal Auditorium advisory committee and the board of directors of the Youth Crisis Shelter.

Bob Bartelli picked up the Business Person of the Year award and Gene Ortner was inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame at the Parsons Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. Bartelli had been owner and manager of the Parsonian Motor Inn since 1965 and also had owned and operated the Magic Wand Car Wash since 1965. He was a city commissioner also. Ortner had been a sales representative with Parsons Motors since July 1983. He also served as president of the Parsons Lions Club, had been chairman of the Firecrackers for Parsons committee, was on the chamber board of directors and was on a number of chamber committees as well as the Parsons Planning Commission.

The Parsons High School debate squad won the school’s first state debate championship with a weekend victory at the University of Kansas. Parsons finished second in Class 5A the previous two years and won over the weekend during its first year in Class 4A. Concordia led for most of the tourney. Juniors Nikki Morrison and Michelle Tignor defeated the Concordia squad in all three matches in the next-to-last round, propelling the Vikings to the championship. Senior Kali Pegues and junior Jennifer Saunders were undefeated on the day with a 7-0 record. Other team members were Travis Wallace and Melanie Ramsey.


Jan. 21, 2001

The Labette County High School Grizzly boys basketball team beat the hosts 69-43 to advance to the Burlington Invitational championship round. Bryan Smith came off the bench to lead scoring for the Grizzlies with 12 points on nine free throws and a trey. Ryan Eisenbart scored 10 points.

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