From The Examiner during the week of Dec. 8-13, 1969:

• “SYCAMORE HILLS CHOSEN FOR NEW SCHOOL’S NAME” – Sycamore HIlls will be the name of the new elementary school to be located on a 10-acre site at 15208-15308 E. 39th St. Sycamore Hills is the name of one of the city’s subdivision developments of more recent years. “Since the school itself us to be new concept in school design – stressing open, highly flexible planned areas – the committee thought the name quite appropriate,” said Independence School Board Member Elvin K. Luff.

• ”BLUE SUMMIT INCORPORATION DRIVE BLOCKED” – Opponents of the proposed re-incorporation of the city of Blue Summit have circulated petitions calling for the withdrawal of an earlier petition favoring incorporation. William L. Turner, who is the attorney representing more than 100 persons who oppose the incorporation, mostly business interests, said his group had already filed 38 withdrawals with the county clerk’s office, 10 more than needed to defeat the first petition.

• “POLICE ‘ADOPT’ COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTMAS” – During the Thanksgiving season, Independence policemen decided to “adopt” a needy family in the community. For the Christmas season, the policemen have adopted the entire community. Each Independence policeman, from patrolman on the beat to the chief of police, will give eight hours of his time during the two weeks before Christmas free to the community. “This is our Christmas present to the community,” Chief George D. Owen said today. “It wasn’t the decision of one man, but of the entire force.”

From The Independence Examiner during the week of Dec. 8-13, 1919:

A nationwide coal strike was settled 100 years ago this week, but it took some time for things to return to normal.

• “BUSY IN STORES.” – The short hours are making the stores of Independence very busy places during the Christmas shopping period. The merchants bought large stocks of Christmas goods this year. They are prepared to supply any want in the Christmas line. “It is a very hard matter for us to close our doors at 5 o’clock,” the proprietor of one store said this morning. “Our place is usually full of shoppers up to that time, but we gladly comply with the mayor’s request to help conserve fuel. We have been very gratified to notice that despite the early closing hour, our business this December thus far has exceeded that of last December.”

• “NO COAL IN TOWN.” – There is no coal in town in the hands of the dealers. None was released this morning by the railroads. Two cars of semi-anthracite slack were received by the city for the use of the electric light plant and more is expected. If the regional directors release the coal which has been consigned to Independence dealers and held by the railroads there will soon be a supply on hand and the dealers who have been out of coal can again resume business.

• “THAT OILY WATER.” – There being a prevalent opinion that the oily taste and smell in the city water of Independence may be caused by the emptying of waste from the Standard Oil Refinery at Sugar Creek into the Missouri River just above the intake of the Independence Water Company, the Standard is taking steps to remove that cause, if it is a cause, of the badness of the water.