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


Sept. 10, 1979

It probably would be three or four more weeks before charges, if any, were filed in connection with the inquisition held in Labette County District Court in Parsons, a state attorney general’s spokesman reported at Topeka. The inquisition was called Aug. 29-30 to investigate allegations that absentee ballots had been misused in Parsons city primary and general elections in the spring. James Flory, assistant attorney general who conducted the inquisition, said he expected a transcript of testimony to be completed in the following week or two. He then would spend about two weeks reviewing the evidence to decide whether any prosecution was warranted. Thirty-three witnesses testified in the two-day closed court proceeding, many of them elderly.


Sept. 10, 1989

Students at Guthridge Elementary School learned that their predecessors three decades earlier had fun without Nintendos, VCRs, stereos, dragging Main — or drugs. Guthridge faculty — who had various amounts of memory of the 1950s — showed their students some of that fun during an assembly that kicked off a drug awareness program. It was a day teachers got to act silly, said teacher Tony Munoz, who was decked out in greased hair, a leather jacket and black boots. The assembly opened with Principal John Ewbank and a half-dozen teachers skating around the multipurpose room. Bubble gum blowing and Hula-Hoop contests followed. Teachers Munoz and Debbie Hanigan took center stage during a jitterbug demonstration. The assembly was the introduction of the “Nifty Fifties” days at Guthridge.

The new Parsons senior citizens center, 1720 Parsons Plaza, would open its doors on Sept. 11. The center would be open weekdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Volunteers from the Senior Citizens Organization of Parsons would staff the center. Eventually, the congregate meals program would be moved to the center.


Sept. 10, 1999

Joe Renfro, 22, a fifth-year senior at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, was appointed assistant wrestling coach. Renfro, from Altamont, won a Class 4A state championship at 142 pounds as a senior at Labette County High School. He then became a two-time All-American at Labette Community College and later was an All-American for Nebraska-Kearney. An injury prevented him from becoming a two-time All-American at Nebraska-Kearney.

Parsons sophomore Jamie Lyle took third — her best finish ever — in the Coffeyville Invitational high school cross country race. Paced by Mindy Fisk, who ran fourth, Labette County girls captured the team title, edging Erie by one point 69-70. The runner-up finish by Erie, whose Lisa Wright ran seventh, was the best ever by the Red Devil girls. Parsons junior Eli Fabrycky logged a personal best eighth-place finish for his second top 10 of the season in two outings. LC boys got a third-place finish from John McAllister on the way to a third-place team finish.

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