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


Oct. 20, 1980

Juvenile court hearings and records in Labette County were opened to the public in action taken by Daniel Brewster, associate district judge. Brewster made known his decision in a letter to the Parsons Chamber of Commerce. Chamber directors asked the judge to open hearings and records on juvenile cases involving charges of burglary, theft and vandalism. The meeting was part of a chamber attempt to curb rising juvenile crime problems. 


Oct. 20, 1990

Thane Cozart, who in 1974 founded the regional agricultural newspaper Farm Talk and served as publisher until 1987, accepted a position in Ames, Iowa. Cozart said he would move into his new position as head of the communication department of the National Farmers Organization no later than Dec. 1. Cozart sold Farm Talk — with a circulation of around 10,000 in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas — in 1987 to FNCO Inc. Since that time he had served as a consulting editor and columnist for the paper.

More than 200 items would be up for bid during Labette Community College’s first Cardinal Auction at the Parsons VFW hall. Money raised would go toward a grant for the purchase of health science equipment to replace outdated equipment. Auction items included a singing telegram, Parsons parking meters, vacation packages, autographed baseballs by Kansas City Royals Bret Saberhagen and Kevin Seitzer, a 1979 Ford Mustang, 10 tons of river gravel, a fishing boat, golf clubs, legal services, dance lessons, a year’s worth of movie rentals and several others.


Oct. 20, 2000

For the first time at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, Special Olympics Kansas sponsored Challenge Days, an event for those with severe mental disabilities who would not normally participate in state events because of lack of ability to perform. Susan Krumm, Special Olympics Kansas assistant vice president of sports and competition, said it was a national program that Kansas had just started.

Doug Billingsly, an animal trainer from Mound Valley, showed his Bengal tiger, Alisha, to children at Lincoln Elementary School. The owner of Animal Entertainment Productions who operated the Lost Creek Animal Sanctuary Foundation with his family, Billingsly worked for 1 1/2 years in a magic show in Malaysia. From there he worked on a cruise ship out of Singapore, and he also worked in Thailand for some time. His resume included working with animals in Las Vegas magic shows and movies, television and print such as “Gladiator,” “Double Team,” “To Walk With Lions” and Janet Jackson’s video “Together Again.”

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