From The Examiner during the week of April 21-27, 1969:

• “REQUEST FOR MULTI-MILLION SHOPPING COMPLEX DENIED” – A full-scale regional shopping center comparable in size to the Blue Ridge Mall or the Country Club Plaza was revealed to the Planning Commission last night by developer Adam Fischer on behalf of Summit Homes. The center would occupy nearly 90 acres adjoining Glendale Gardens, a subdivision east of Lee’s Summit Road between 30th and 35th streets, and reach as far east as the U.S. 71 Bypass (today’s Missouri 291). The commissioners voted to recommend denial of the request on the basis of lack of preliminary information prior to the meeting. The request will now go directly before the City Council.

• “CITIZENS’ AID SOUGHT IN BURNING” – Lyle W. Alberg, Independence city manager, said the city will attempt to “discourage” backyard burning and would ask for citizen cooperation toward this end. Alberg’s statement came today after an announcement yesterday that May 1 was the “effectual date of the no burning section of the air pollution ordinance.” Alberg said the city would attempt to use utility bill mailings as a method of urging citizens to cease burning trash and contract with a private hauler for its removal.

• “FILM STAR TO ORGANIZE A COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE” – Plans to form a community theatre playhouse group in Independence were announced yesterday by a veteran movie actor who is soon to make his home here. Leslie More, who recently completed the filming of a supporting role in the soon-to-be-released movie version of the musical “Paint Your Wagon,” said the group will make its first presentation within three months. More expressed surprise that a city the size of Independence did not have a community playhouse. “Right now,” he said, “I’m looking into the possibility of being able to use the Granada Theatre as our headquarters until it is torn down for the Urban Renewal Project.”

From The Independence Examiner during the week of April 21-27, 1919:

• “NO SUNDAY MOVIES” – An effort to open the moving picture shows on Sunday in Independence was defeated last night when the City Council by a vote of 6 to 2 refused to adopt an ordinance changing the existing ordinance preventing the shows operating on Sunday. This action was taken following an earnest and interesting debate participated in by representatives of the picture show business and a large number of church and civic organizations. The Rev. S.E. Ryan representing the Ministerial Alliance, entered a strong protest against the Sunday show. “We are not here to attack the moving picture as an institution.” he said, “but to protect the Sabbath day and reputation of our city as a place of wholesome environment and Sabbath observance.”

• “FOR THE LOAN $81,000” – Blue Township had subscribed $81,000 to the Victory Loan by 6 o’clock last night. The most of the subscriptions already made are from persons of small means, ranging in size from $50 to $200. Solicitors report that they have found many persons who haven’t finished paying on the Fourth Liberty Loan and anxious to subscribe to this one.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox