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


Aug. 6, 1979

The grand champion market steer at the Labette County Fair brought $1,021.40 at the livestock sale to its owner, Lynette Landrith. Chetopa State Bank provided a $350 premium, and a Coffeyville packing plant paid a base price of 60 cents a pound or $671.40 for the beef. The grand champion hog owned by Willard Ross earned a $240 premium, and the hog brought an additional base price of $87.10. The grand champion market sheep, owned by Charlie Apperson, brought a $250 premium, and the packing plant paid $53 for the lamb.

The attorney for Cherokee USD 247 said he planned to ask the Kansas Supreme Court to review a State Court of Appeals ruling on the closing of McCune High School. Fred Rausch Jr. of Topeka said he probably would file the application for review later in the week.

What he called the most advanced telephone switching equipment in the world would begin handling calls for Parsons telephone customers on Aug. 18, Southwestern Bell manager John Schmitz said. A new $6 million electronic switching system would offer the fastest, most reliable service ever to customers whose numbers began with 421 and 423, replacing part of the electromechanical switching equipment in the company’s office at 1631 Washington.


Aug. 6, 1989

Business was looking up for Sunny Corp., a plastics manufacturer located in Labette Community College’s Business and Industrial Center. Dana Hayden, Sunny’s marketing manager, said once the company’s new bracelet machine came on line — probably by Sept. 1 — the business would begin to roll. Sunny officials had been perfecting the machine for months in Olathe and at one point thought it would be operable by June.

Parsons State Hospital and Training Center officials were pleased with the results of a Kansas Department of Health and Environment inspection of the facility. A follow-up inspection came after 36 violations were recorded during an initial inspection in December 1988. Jerry Rea, PSHTC program director, said the hospital had corrected 26 violations, and the remaining deficiencies were in the dating of paperwork.


Aug. 6, 1999

Makenna Langford and Leah Pound, both of Parsons, played for a Pittsburg softball team that took second out of 37 teams at the Kansas 14-and-under C Class state tournament in Salina. As the starting pitcher, Langford won four out of five games. Pound had at least two key hits that helped win games in Salina. The team also took first place in the Missouri State Tournament. Langford won the tournament title with an 8-0 six-inning shutout.

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