From The Examiner during the week of Dec. 15-20, 1969:

• “JAYCEES BRING CHRISTMAS JOY TO NEEDY KIDS” – Shoppers who visited Jackson Square early Saturday morning brushed elbows in area stores with groups of young men wearing name tags who had in tow their wives but children not their own. These were the Independence Jaycees, taking part in the group’s 12th Annual Christmas Shopping Tour for needy boys and girls in the Independence area. This year there were 140 children.

• “STADIUM PROJECT PICKS UP SPEED” – Construction of the Jackson County sports complex is moving ahead of schedule, said G. Leslie DeLapp, a member and secretary of the sports authority. He predicted that when the first game is played in the football stadium in the fall of 1971 every one of the huge structure’s 75,000 seats will be filled. (Note: The Chiefs played their first game at Arrowhead in August 1972, and the Royals started playing at Royals Stadium the following spring.)

• “COUNTY CHAMBER TOLD OF DRUG USE PROBLEM” -- So far, there seems to be no satisfactory explanation for the widespread use of drugs among today’s youth, a special investigator for the Independence Police Department told the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Officer Richard Nesbitt, who addressed the group at Sweden House in Truman Corners Shopping Center in Grandview, spends much of his time as a policeman speaking on the subject of narcotics.

“Young people need to have someone open their eyes to the danger of narcotics and drugs,” Nesbitt said. “This can’t be done with nicey-nice films such as those usually shown. These kids have to be shown how it really is. If possible, ex-narcotics users should be obtained to speak to the young.”

From The Independence Examiner during the week of Dec. 15-20, 1919:

• “CITY OF ENGLEWOOD” – A few days ago attorneys Madison and Kinley filed with the county court at Kansas City at petition asking that the Englewood district be permitted to incorporate as a city of the fourth class. If the court permits the incorporation, the new City of Englewood will adjoin Independence on the east, extend west to the road known as Northern Boulevard and then on the north to Van Horn Boulevard and on the south to the Chicago and Alton tracks.

• “A COMMUNITY TREE” – At a meeting held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, in the rooms of the Community Welfare League, it was voted to hold a “Community Christmas Tree.” The plan is to have it on the court house lawn. The tree is to be decorated in Christmas colors, and is to be brilliantly lighted with electric bulbs. It is not proposed however to hang presents on the tree. Gifts for the poor of the community are to be taken to the office of the Community Welfare League and be distributed from that place.

• “TIGHT LID ON BOOZE” – That war time prohibition is entirely legal and shall remain in force was the substance of a highly important decision handed down in Washington today by the United States Supreme Court. The decision was a severe blow to the liquor interests. It is estimated that 60,000,000 gallons of booze still was on hand, and the owners were extremely anxious to dispose of it before constitutional prohibition goes into effect absolutely and unalterably in January.