These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
May 22, 1979
Parsons city commissioners learned of a reduction in opposition to annexation by Orchard Park residents and decided to give the residents another chance to become part of the city. A petition representing 33 addresses in the area north of the city was presented to the commission, asking for annexation so that sewer conditions in the area could be improved. The commission also approved ordinances for annexation of the Bartons and Stevens additions for the same sewer project, following a hearing at which little opposition was expressed. Ordinances to annex the Gillet and Maywood additions had been approved. Jerry Kinsch of 2810 Doss, who initiated the petition drive, said some residents of the 46 addresses on an earlier petition against annexation had changed their minds and signed the second one.
The last senior class at McCune High School graduated. There were 25 graduates. Mark Flood was the salutatorian, and Beth Jones was the valedictorian.
May 22, 1989
Labette County commissioners agreed to begin negotiations with two new ambulance service operators. They agreed to send written notification to Dave Nicoll, owner of Labette County Ambulance Service, of their intent to award the county ambulances and subsidy to the new contractors within 60 days. Mark Hazen and Denis Forbes met with commissioners to announce that Forbes would replace Weldon Howard in a partnership to establish a new countywide ambulance service.
Corey Dodd won the 100-meter dash at the Class 5A high school regional track and field meet in Altamont. Clocking 10.74 seconds, Dodd tied one of the two oldest Parsons Viking school records. Rounded off to 10.8 seconds, it matched the time posted by Bob Franklin in 1953.
May 22, 1999
The Parsons Vikings scored two runs with two outs in the seventh inning to tie the game and then scored three more runs in the eighth to defeat Girard and capture their ninth regional high school baseball crown and state tournament berth in 11 years. Left-hander Drew Simmons threw a one-hitter in the Class 4A semifinal romp, and center fielder Nathan Dalton singled and doubled and drove in five runs. Brandon Taylor and Luke Manners hit home runs in the opener as the Vikings beat Coffeyville for the fourth time in the season.