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


May 18-19, 1979

The cast was chosen for “To Be,” the next production of the Parsons Children’s Theatre, to be presented Aug. 7-12 in the children’s theatre, 115 S. 17th. Cast in the role of Jason, the hero, was David Hibbs. His girlfriend, Marianne, would be portrayed by Diana Smart. The antagonist, Steve, would be played by Don Seward. Other members of the cast included Lori Coker, Mark Long, Melissa Richards, Peggy Smart, Renee Walker, Elliott Smith and Brent Walker. Edwin Hendershot was the director. Choreography would be by Sue Ann Keal. Ley Coe would play the accompaniment.

Area riders and ropers won honors at a “highly successful” rodeo held by the Altamont Saddle Club. Dean Fentress, chairman of the rodeo committee, said a “full house arena” was on hand for the Saturday night performance. Among the area winners or in the money were Mary Lou Samples of Erie, Donnie Kite of Parsons, Jim Vitt of Parsons and Laverene Townsend of Oswego.


May 18-19, 1989

Parsons Commercial Bank bought First National Bank of Oswego shortly after it was declared insolvent and closed by federal bank regulators because of bad loans and poor oversight by management. A depressed agricultural economy further exacerbated the bank’s problems, according to bank regulators. The Oswego bank, established in 1920, opened in the morning as the Commercial Bank of Oswego, a branch of Parsons Commercial Bank.

DeShawn Stewart, a senior at Parsons High School, received a $6,000 scholarship from Holy Cross of Notre Dame University. Stewart planned to attend Notre Dame in the fall to pursue a major in pre-med and a minor in business.

One of two men proposing a new ambulance service for Labette County accepted another job, but the remaining partner sill planned to purse a contract with the county. Weldon Howard, who had proposed establishing a new countywide service with Mark Hazen, notified county commissioners he accepted a position at the state hospital in Larned. Hazen said he would still seek the county ambulance subsidy, possibly working with a new partner.


May 18-19, 1999

An April decision to suspend Parsons Middle School staff for one day without pay was rescinded by the USD 503 Board of Education. Instead letters of reprimand would be sent to “all staff involved” with administering a 1997 Kansas Math Assessment test for student practice, which was identical to the 1999 Kansas Math Assessment test given to students in March. The board refused to release the names of staff involved because it was a personnel issue. Board president Sheila Simmons said the board believed a lack of communication between the district office, administrators and teachers was to blame for teachers not knowing the state had changed its mind on a decision to revise curriculum standards and assessment tests in 1999.

Parsons city commissioners decided to pull the purchase of a water slide for the Parsons Municipal Swimming Pool from the consent docket at a meeting to allow more time for study. The slide, which was to be bought for $68,345 from USA SLIDE, was 16 feet high and 111 feet long. It would have been delivered and installed by mid-July.

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