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


Sept. 11, 1979

Members of the Parsons USD 503 board began discussion to rank repairs and improvement projects in the district’s schools. How much money was available for the capital outlay projects wouldn’t be known until the district’s full-time equivalent enrollment was computed, S.J. Alioto, superintendent, said. Some of the proposed items were the replacement of curb and guttering on 18th Street by the Parsons Junior High School in preparation for the city to overlay the street, the installation of emergency lighting at Garfield, McKinley and Washington grade schools as the state fire marshal mandated the previous year and the replacement of the roof at Washington. An extensive project would be the razing of the stadium and band shell behind the junior high. The two structures, built in the 1930s, were badly deteriorated. In place of the stadium, the district would construct a smaller metal building to house showers and dressing rooms for football players who dressed in the old stadium’s facilities.

An auto and power mechanics instructor was hired by the Parsons USD 503 board. Robert Burzinski, a former district auto service manager and service instructor for the American Motors Co. of Michigan, was hired to teach auto mechanics.


Sept. 11, 1989

An old ambulance would come back into a new phase of emergency service when Labette County commissioners presented the vehicle to the city of Chetopa. Commissioners planned to hand over the keys and title to the 1983 Ford Wheelcoach to Chetopa Mayor Mark Bruce. The vehicle, which would be manned by volunteers or city employees, would likely bring the first emergency medical personnel and equipment to the scenes of future accidents in Chetopa. Commissioners decided to institute a program for donating old ambulances to smaller communities in an effort to enhance response time in emergency medical situations. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis estimated the worth of the vehicle and all of its equipment at about $12,000.


Sept. 11, 1999

Owners of a new movie theater being built near 18th and Crawford were confident it would open by mid-November. The construction crew had finished another job and started work on the theater again late the previous week, said Lee Salyers, co-owner of Acme Cinema. Salyers said he would not know for sure if the theater could make the Nov. 19 target date until at least the walls and roof of the building were in place. The site of the old Parsons Theater, which burned in November, was close to being cleaned up. Acme also owned that theater. Salyers said the contractor for that job was getting to the point of finishing the painting of an adjacent wall and filling in top soil on the ground where the theater stood on the Parsons Plaza.

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