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

• “MAYOR URGES COMPROMISE ON U.S. 24” – JEFFERSON CITY – Independence Mayor Donald M. Slusher today urged the State Highway Commission to go ahead with plans to make U.S. 24 a four-lane divided highway, expressing the desire for some compromise to pacify area merchants. The highway commission had dropped plans to extend the four-lane portion of U.S. 24 between U.S. 71 Bypass and Salem Church after after merchants complained they would be damaged because motorists could not cross over to get to their stores.

• “LOOSE BARGES HALT TRAFFIC OVER BRIDGE” – Traffic along U.S. 71 Bypass at the Liberty Bend Bridge was halted for a brief period shortly before noon today while two of four runaway barges passed beneath the structure.

Missouri highway troopers reported the barges had to pass safely beneath the Union Pacific Railroad overpass at Sibley before they would be clear.

Two more barges were reportedly wedged on sand bars and attempts were being made to tie them up and keep them from continuing their runaway trip down the Missouri River. The four floating runaways were spotted about 10:30 a.m. by alert employees at the American Oil Refinery in Sugar Creek.

The two slow-moving, clumsy barges passed within inches of the two large supports which hold up the two-lane bridge and continued to float at a slow pace down the river toward Sibley.

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

• “ESTABLISH PUBLIC LIBRARY. BLUE SPRINGS CONVERTING RED CROSS ROOMS. CURIOS.” – The room formerly used for Red Cross work is being converted into a public library. Miss Nora Lewis who is backing the enterprise has collected a number of books from volunteer contributors. Several years ago a library was started in Blue Springs and was housed in the Methodist Church. It was quite a success for awhile. With a more central location it is thought that a larger number of people will be interested. Miss Lewis has an interesting collection of curios which she collected on a trip around the world, and it is planned to have them on exhibition in the library.

• “DEALERS HAVE NO COAL” – There is less than ten tons of coal in the hands of the Independence dealers, according to reports received at this office this morning. All the dealers have coal in transit. That means that it is being held by the railroads and will be confiscated for the railroad use if necessary. The Independence Light Plant has enough coal to operate for about two weeks and is ready to make a quick change from coal grates to oil burners. The Standard Oil has promised to see the city through in an emergency.

• ‘WANTED WOOD CUTTERS” – The fuel situation, and the prospect of many calls for help, were discussed at a meeting of the Community Welfare League Thursday afternoon, and a suggestion was made as to methods of providing fuel to be distributed to those in need of help. The suggestion was that in pastures or other woodland tracts in easy distance of town much wood perhaps is going to waste and doing no one any good. Indeed, the land might be better off if the fallen wood were cleared up. It is believed that the owners of such land, many of them at least, will cheerfully donate such wood to the use of the Welfare League.