From The Examiner during the week of March 3-8, 1969:

• “OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY AT BLUE RIDGE TOWER” – Blue Ridge Tower, the first high-rise office building in Eastern Jackson County, will hold an Open House Sunday. The Tower, which was completed in late 1968, is now about 30 per cent occupied, with leasing operations still in progress. The Tower is situated on the highest point in Jackson County, and the tenth floor also offers a view of the cities of Independence and Raytown plus areas to the east. Surrounding the new building is a spacious parking lot which adjoins the thousands of spaces provided by the Blue Ridge Mall.

• “HOME, LAWN, SPORTS SHOW OPENS THURSDAY” – A bigger than ever Independence Home, Lawn and Sport Show, sponsored by the Independence Jaycees, is slated to get under way Thursday at the National Guard Armory, 23rd and Crysler. Twenty thousand free tickets to the four day event have been given to participating merchants. A door charge of 75 cents will be made without a ticket. Special features of the show will include appearances by Whizzo the clown and Jack Tobin, the let’s get growing man of radio fame.

• ”ASTRONAUTS RE-LINK IN PERILOUS TEST” – Space Center, Houston (UPI) – Two astronauts gunned their lunar landing craft 113 miles away from the Apollo 9 command ship today and then raced back to a flawless orbital rendezvous in a major step toward a U.S. moon landing this summer. The astronauts began their all-important adventure by unhooking from the command ship at 6:30 a.m. (Independence time). That was the start of a risky series of operations future astronauts must perform to land on and return from the moon.

From The Independence Examiner during the week of March 3-8, 1919:

• ”COST FEEDING PRISONERS” – The county court today fixed 30 cents as the maximum amount that may be expended per day for the keeping of a county prisoner, that is, for his meals. A deputy county marshal said the cost has been averaging about 29 cents per day. The prisoners in the county jail in Kansas City, who are not working, are given two meals per day, and three meals per day are given to those in the county jail in this city, who work outside on the chain gang.

• “TO CLOSE DRAFT OFFICE” – In a few days the office of the local draft board will be permanently closed. Records and paper are now being packed for shipment to Washington. The board has had a busy time since soon after war was declared by the United States. The three men on the board have worked night and day, examined and classified thousands of men of draft age and carried out other tasks. The Board has done all this work with little paid help and no salaries themselves. A large amount of assistance was rendered the board during the rush by several women who are school teachers. These came to the board offices on afternoons and on Saturdays and worked hard.

• “THEY ALL GUESSED” – On its opening day the Citizens Security Bank at Englewood placed a jar full of money in its front window and announced prizes to be given the three persons who guessed the nearest the amount of money in the jar. More than two hundred guesses were registered. A.F. Gordon won the first prize of $5 with a guess of $47.87. The jar contained $47.75. The guesses ranged in various amounts from $6 to $1,000.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox