From The Examiner during the week of July 7-12, 1969:
• “YOUTHS PETITION FOR PUBLIC POOL” – Some 50 Independence youths demanding “Water Power” and carrying signs reading “We Can’t Go Swimming in Promises” presented a petition to the area 7 Human Resources Corporation Board last night urging the construction of a public swimming pool. The group marched to the Zuan Street Center, where the board was meeting. A total of 168 persons signed the petition yesterday in the four hours it circulated through the Hocker Heights and Westwood Hills areas.
• “TOURISTS LIKE CITY – NOT ITS STREETS” – Most tourists visiting Independence generally like the town, its people, and its tourist attractions, but they are decidedly unenthusiastic about the condition of the city’s streets, judging from the results of a survey taken yesterday. This reporter interviewed approximately two dozen tourists in the parking lot of the Truman Library, and while the sampling may not have been strictly scientific, the results were none the less interesting. Everett Campion, St. Louis, said “These streets are the worst I’ve seen in Missouri.” George Newman, Toledo, Ohio, was also vocal in his criticism. “The streets have holes in them and they aren’t well marked,” he said, complaining of getting lost on the way to the library. “The only good thing I can say about this town is that gas is cheap.”
• “BILL HIKING CIGARETTE TAX MAY BE DECIDED IN COURT” – Jefferson City, Mo. – UPI – The five-cent cigarette tax increase – from four cents to nine cents per package – was expected to go into effect the 15th of this month. But if warnings of the measure’s opponents are correct, the courts may have to decide the bill’s fate. The increase was designed to finance the bulk of the state’s larger share of aid to schools. Opponents object to the combining of separate bills in the Legislature, say more money will go to wealthier school districts and say the higher tax will mean bootlegging.
From The Independence Examiner during the week of July 7-12, 1919:
• “MR. WINNER TO SPEAK” – W.E. Winner, the well known electric railway promoter who is now pushing the construction of an electric line through Lee’s Summit and Lone Jack from Kansas City will be the principal speaker at the regular meeting of the Cosmopolitan next Tuesday night. The dinner will be served at the Christian Church by the ladies of that church.
• “TO PAVE LEXINGTON” – Preliminary steps looking to the paving of West Lexington Street were taken by the city council Tuesday night. A week or two ago the councilmen informally decided that they would like to see the street from Liberty Street at the southwest corner of the public square to the north end of the bridge over the Missouri Pacific tracks resurfaced with asphaltic concrete, laid on the present brick pavement.
• “CORN IS KING” – Corn is King in Jackson County. Along all the roads are corn fields, and the blades are long and black while the stalk has the size to give production to the ear. The crop will not be as large in bushels as ordinarily because the acreage is smaller. Almost every farmer took a whirl at wheat this year and many wheat fields appeared where corn only had been grown before.
– Compiled by Jeff Fox