From The Examiner during the week of Feb. 17-22, 1969:

• “‘LOOP’ TRAFFIC PROPOSAL FOR JACKSON SQUARE AIRED” – The proposed traffic circulation plan for the Jackson Square Urban Renewal project was given a good “going over” last night at the public hearing in the City Council Chamber. A capacity crowd, including city officials, concerned uptown business people, property owners, some skeptics, and interested citizens listened to an explanation of the importance of the “loop” in the revitalization of the central business district. And while there was no official conclusion, the only applause came when two bankers made statements, in effect, approving the plan. “The plan as outlined is highly beneficial,” said Lloyd Uptegrove, executive vice president of the First National Bank. “We are as low as we can get – there’s no place to go but up.”

• “‘LIVING AND USEFUL’ CENTER GOAL OF COURTHOUSE GROUP” – Preservation of the old Jackson County Courthouse on Jackson Square as a “living and useful” center for the people of the county was stated as a goal of an advisory commission at its first meeting yesterday afternoon. The commission has been charged with making recommendations for use and preservation of the Williamsburg colonial building after it has been vacated by county offices probably within two years from now. The county is planning erection of an addition to the newer Courts Annex building at Osage and Kansas with $2 million in bond money.

• “CITY’S POPULATION NOW FIGURED AT 116,759” – The estimated population of Independence as of Jan. 1 is fixed at 116,759. The figure was arrived at in a population estimated study prepared by the city planning commission and shows a net gain from Jan. 1, 1968, of 3,500. (The federal census the following year set the city’s population at 111,630.)

From The Independence Examiner during the week of Feb. 17-22, 1919:

• “HENS AT $1.70 EACH” – The value of good poultry on the farm was clearly demonstrated this week at N.N. Hodges sale near Oakland Church, east of Independence. Mr. Hodges sold about 400 fowls at a total of $669. His Leghorn hens brought in an average of $1.70 each. Two brood sows sold for $80 each.

• “CALL ON THE SCHOOLS” – The Modern Health Crusade, a national movement, has reached Independence. It is being introduced in the public schools and is proving quite popular. The crusade is being pushed by the National Tuberculosis Association, a branch of the work of the National Red Cross, which for several years has sold Red Cross stamps at Christmas time in the interest of the public health.

• “LEAGUE OF NATIONS” (an editorial) – Those senators and newspapers persisting in bitter and unfair attacks on President Wilson and the Constitution of the League of Nations are driving for humiliation. The people of the this country are against war and are in favor of a League of Nations and back President Wilson.