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


Dec. 30, 1980

Two area restaurants, formerly owned by Lewis Shurtz, had new owners. The restaurant at Townsman Motel on U.S. 59 south of Parsons was sold to Kent Dooley of Sedalia, Missouri. Shurtz also sold a restaurant on Main Street in Altamont to Peggy Gatton of Altamont. The name of the restaurant was changed from Shurtz’s Eatery to the Altamont Eatery.

Spokesmen for Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, reported that tickets to the post’s New Year’s dance had been counterfeited and warned that bogus tickets would not be honored. William Owens, post quartermaster, said the post learned about it by telephone calls from people wanting to know what the difference was between the gold-colored tickets and the green tickets.


Dec. 30, 1990

A new city health department was in the works, but it would have no health functions, no budget and only one unpaid staff member — probably an air conditioning and heating system installer. The health department was being created only so the city could comply with state statutes that said one member of a city’s plumbing and mechanical examiners board must be from a city’s health department. Commissioners agreed that a new member of the local board should be a mechanical worker because the other members were plumbers. 


Dec. 30, 2000

Over the previous two weeks of icy, snow-packed roads, Labette County Medical Center’s emergency medical services had made more than 100 runs. Twenty-six were made on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That was a little busier than usual for the end of December, EMS manager Dave Nicoll said. There had been a few vehicle accidents and a few falls but not as many as anticipated.

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