From The Examiner the week of Jan. 13-18, 1969:

• “ANNEX PLANS HIT” – Over 500 persons who attended a meeting of the Rural Civic Association at Fort Osage High School last night heard Rep. Howard E. Hines denounce the city of Independence’s proposed annexation of that area as “a land-grabbing act” and urge all-out opposition. The association was founded by Hines in 1963 and is generally credited with bringing about the defeat of a 1964 annexation proposal by Independence that included the Courtney area.

• “HUNTERS BAG 275 RABBITS FOR CLUB FEED” – A total of 275 rabbits were bagged by 43 Sugar Creek hunters yesterday, in preparation for the Sugar Creek Democratic Club’s 26th annual rabbit dinner. They went as far as Cameron, Kearney, La Monte and Chilhowee. The traditional hunt, an all-day affair, ended about 6 p.m. at the Sugar Creek garage, where the rabbits were skinned and cleaned. The hunters, enjoying ham sandwiches and beer, sat around a warm fire and reminisced.

• “BUDGET INCLUDES FUND REQUEST FOR LITTLE BLUE” – First actual federal funds for the Little Blue River flood control program are included in President Johnson’s budget request for the 1960-70 fiscal year presented to Congress today. The development was hailed with enthusiasm by Jackson County civic, governmental and business leaders, who have worked hard over a period of years to secure a start on the vital flood control program.

From The Independence Examiner the week of Jan 13-18, 1919:

• “MISSOURI DON’T COUNT” – Missouri lost the opportunity to cast the deciding vote in ratifying the federal dry amendment to the United State Constitution. That proud honor was won by Nebraska which voted for ratification this morning, thus becoming the thirty-sixth state to do so and completing the number necessary to make the whole nation dry. As Missouri had waited so long to take her part in the column of dry states, many of the prohibitionists had hoped that she would at least get to cast the deciding vote. The Missouri senate voted for ratification this morning 22 to 10. (The House voted in favor that afternoon. The 18th Amendment was ratified Jan. 16, 1919 and later repealed effective Dec. 5, 1933.)

• “A SOLDIER MEMORIAL” – A memorial monument to the boys who fell in the war will greet their surviving comrades on their return from foreign service; that is, if the survivors do not come home within a year and provided the plans set on foot at last night’s meeting of the city council are executed promptly. The memorial monument is to stand in the new addition to Woodlawn Cemetery.