From The Examiner during the week of March 10-16, 1969:

• “‘BOOM’ OR ‘DOOM’ FOR CENTRAL AREA?” – Will the proposed Jackson Square traffic circulation plan spell “boom” or “doom” for the central business district? This question is frequently asked these days as Independence eyes the urban renewal project designed to revitalize the central core area. During the past week, dissention developed among property owners, businessmen and city officials over the merits of certain portions of the proposed traffic plan. Merchants have a petition against it and generally registered a three-fold objection: Closing the square to vehicular traffic, removing parking from the square area, and the closing of Truman Road on the east and west sides of the proposed loop.

• “SCENIC RIVERS BILL HEARING DRAWS CROWD” – Jefferson City (UPI) – A house committee today considered a scenic rivers bill which caused the chamber to be jammed to overflowing Monday night. The bill, which brought out more than 900 persons to fight on both sides of the question, would set aside portions of 20 rivers in southern Missouri. The measure, drafted by the Missouri Conservation Federation, provides that entire rivers, or segments of them, be preserved intact and unspoiled. One legislator said it was an attempt to keep control at the state level rather than turning it over to the federal government.

• “ROYALS TO BE YOUTHFUL, INTERESTING CLUB” – Ask manager Joe Gordon about the 1969 prospects of his new Kansas City Royals of the American League and he keeps using two words over and over again – “youth” and “interesting.” That the Royals, returning big league baseball to the city deserted by the A’s two years ago, will be young there is no doubt. Thirty of the 40 spring training roster players are 26 years of age or less.

From The Independence Examiner during the week of March 10-16, 1919:

• ‘EIGHT MONTHS IN FRANCE” – Lieutenant Robert L. Phelps got home this morning. He has been in the United States flying service and spent eight months in France, most of the time as an instructor with a few over the top flights. He helped organize Battery E and was elected lieutenant. He is now ready for civilian clothing and civilian work again.

• “FOR ARMENIAN RELIEF” – A campaign to raise $6,000 in Eastern Jackson County for Armenian and Syrian relief will be launched soon. Many of the counties of the state have already made their contributions to this fund, but the campaign in this county has been delayed on account of the influenza epidemic. The plan is to complete the organization next week and begin a house-to-house canvass.

• “PIE SOLD FOR $2.75” – The pie supper at Eureka School Friday night took in $40.09. There were thirty pies sold. The highest priced pie was made by Miss Mary Hampton. Clay Webb of Buckner bought it for $2.75. The teacher of the school, Miss Anna Ford, was voted the prettiest and most popular young lady present. The money made at the supper will be used in adding to the school library.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox