These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
July 1, 1980
The Trangs, the Vietnamese refugee family that came to Parsons in January, were leaving town. Tranh ThoaiHong, his wife, Huynh LeeChau, and his mother, Trang Lai, planned to board a bus bound for San Jose, California, sometime after July 15. Hong said he was sorry to leave because people in Parsons had been good to him, but his mother was lonely and would be happier if she were in California near relatives. Hong, as the eldest son, respected the Chinese tradition that bound him to care for his elders. His mother was born in China but fled to Saigon to escape the Communist takeover of her country.
Six absentee voters and the Labette County election officer testified before the state rested its case against Oliver Redmond of Parsons. Redmond, who was charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of aiding and abetting the unlawful use of absentee ballots, was to take the stand as the sole witness for his defense.
July 1, 1990
Wendy Alloway and Bobby Nichols led a parade of Parsons champions in the youth division of the fourth annual LCMC Fun & Fitness tennis tournament. Both claimed a singles crown and shared a doubles title as the two-day junior division blazed to the finish line. Alloway defeated a Parsons High School teammate, Jatena Rike, for the Girls (grades) 9-12 Singles title, then teamed with Rike to win doubles over two more prep teammates, Jill and Bridget Brandenburg. Nichols captured the Boys 6-8 Singles crown by defeating Deva Chandra of Carthage, Missouri. He then teamed with Aaron Habiger for the doubles title over Jeff Pegues and Matt Maloney. Other Parsons champs were Tim Buller, Nikki Cramer, Jason Robbins and Eddie Hammer.
July 1, 2000
Lee Salyers and Pat Haley, owners of Parsons Theatre, announced they would rebuild the movie theater that was severely damaged by the April 19 tornado. Salyers said the Parsons City Commission, ACME Cinema and the Small Business Administration had made it possible to finance the project. ACME and the city were discussing restructuring a contract that included a $200,000 loan for the original theater. The city’s original financial package totaled $488,0000, including the $200,000 loan, the $150,000 parking lot and a 95% tax abatement, City Manager Glen Welden said. Welden said the city had reworked the loan agreement and delayed payments on the loan for five years to help the theater get back on track. The new theater was built at a cost of $1.2 million four weeks before the tornado struck.