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


Aug. 7, 1979

Parsons city commissioners ended a four-month controversy and gave Individual Mausoleum Co. permission to begin retail sale of ready-mix concrete from its plant at 1915 Grand. They voted 2-1 to amend the city’s model zoning ordinance to include retail ready-mix as an accessory use, overruling the Parsons Planning Commission’s recommendation against the change.

Seventy-one homes in the Orchard Park and Floral Park additions north of Parsons were annexed into the city, making the area eligible for a federal sewer project. About 50 residents of the area attended the commission meeting and were divided in their feelings on annexation. Some felt the costs were too high, but others saw the sewer project as necessary and desirable.

A $1 million industrial revenue bond issue was approved by Parsons city commissioners to help finance purchase of Power Flame Division Inc. by a corporation formed by William Wiener, the firm’s president. The company would be known as Power Flame Inc. The firm’s parent company, Combustion Equipment Associates of New York City, had offered the management the opportunity to buy the company.


Aug. 7, 1989

Parsons businessman Mike Howerter filed a petition with the Labette County clerk’s office protesting an additional 1% increase in budget authority requested by Parsons USD 503. The petition carried 317 signatures. Five percent of the registered voters in the district — or 265 people — needed to sign the petition for it to be valid. If the petition was valid, the district could withdraw its request for the additional 1% budget authority or put the request up for a vote.


Aug. 7, 1999

Amber Sprague of Labette County High School and Matt Shipps of Parsons High School took top honors at a strength and conditioning camp sponsored by Labette County Medical Center. Sprague scored 29 points to lead all girls in contests testing speed, speed endurance, flexibility, lower body power, upper body power, foot speed, agility and endurance. Shipps led the boys with 38 points. Doug Schibi, St. Paul, scored 21 points for second place among boys. Derek Sears, Erie, took third with 18 points, and Ryan Muller, LCHS, got fourth with 14 points. Jamie VanLeeuwen, St. Paul finished just one point out of first in the girls competition with 28 points. Erin Sandusky, St. Paul, took third with 15 points, and Jill Westhoff, St. Paul, finished in fourth with 13 points.

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