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

March 15, 1979

More than 300 people appeared in Topeka to tell a Kansas Senate committee why the Legislature should or shouldn’t change a law so that school patrons could vote on the closing of McCune High School. Most were patrons of Cherokee USD 247, whose board voted in May to close the facility at the end of the school year. Six McCune patrons testified in support of a proposed bill that would remove a 19665 amendment to the law that required three-fourths of the taxable tangible valuation of the old school district to be transferred to the new unified district before an election would be mandated.

March 15, 1989

Labette and Neosho County property owners planning to schedule informal hearings to appeal their new property values would have an additional week to set up hearing times. According to the state schedule for the reappraisal hearing process, property owners had 18 days from the time the notices were mailed to set up an informal hearing — a mandatory step in the appeals process. Maurice “Mo” Gogarty, project director for Cole-Layer-Trumble, which was conducting reappraisal in both counties, said he had decided to extend the deadline to March 24. Property owners attempting to contact the office to schedule an appointment by telephone continued to be frustrated by busy signals or no one answering.

Parsons High School senior James Ney, son of Dick and Carolyn Ney, faced a decision of three military academies — the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Naval Academy. It was a triple play his father said was an extreme rarity. After much debate, Ney finally chose to attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was set to report in June for five weeks of cadet training. He made the decision on March 12, and on March 14 he formally signed with the Air Force. Ney’s nomination for the U.S. Military Academy was the only vice-presidential nomination made in the year. Vice President George Bush nominated him in December.

March 15, 1999

The Labette County Judicial Center in Parsons would not get a full-time security officer, the Labette County Commission decided. Only Commissioner Dale McBride favored making a part-time security officer a full-time position at the request of Sheriff William Blundell. The part-time officer was on duty primarily on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Blundell said because the center was often a hostile environment, a security officer was needed during all hours of operation. Commissioners Cecil Fish and Lonie Addis agreed there could be a need for a full-time security officer, but they didn’t want to create an additional full-time job for the county.

Minneapolis High School Principal Scott Carter was hired by the USD 503 Board of Education as the new principal for Parsons High School. Carter would replace retiring Principal Larry Weiderstein for the 1999-2000 school year. Weiderstein and his wife, Washington Elementary School teacher Roxie Wiederstein, both planned to retire at the end of the school year.

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