These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.
Oct. 16-17, 1981
Labette Community College trustees approved a lease agreement between the college and the LCC Endowment Association in order to purchase the former Jarboe-Lackey feedlot northeast of Parsons. The feedlot was slated to be used for the college’s agriculture, rodeo, livestock and livestock judging programs. Under the lease agreement, the endowment association would buy the property for $68,000 and lease it to the college for three years. At the end of that period, the college had the opportunity to buy the property for $10. The land was appraised at $88,000. The lot included a barn, house, animal pens, corrals and farm equipment.
Oct. 16-17, 1991
Following a 14-8 loss to Chanute, the Parsons High School football team fell out of the week’s Associated Press high school football rankings. Undefeated St. Paul remained in fourth place in the eight-man division II. Pittsburg held onto a portion of the No. 1 spot in Class 5A despite losing. Pittsburg’s loss against Webb City, Missouri, marked the first time the team lost in 17 games. Similar to Parsons, the Fort Scott High School football team also fell out of the rankings after a loss.
Oct. 16-17, 2001
Inspectors ordered James Shoes, 1809 Main, to close down after it was deemed unsafe for occupancy. James Shoes had been in the temporary location at 1814 Main since a fire next door to 1809 Main damaged the building. Owner James Whitt said he wasn’t sure if he had to go back to the temporary location or if he could stay. Inspectors said the facade of the building was bowing out. City building inspector Rick Hizey placed signs warning people about the unsafe conditions and to not come into the building. A structural engineer was slated to assess the building.