From The Examiner Jan 2-3. 1970:

• “COLLECTOR DENIES PETROVIC CHARGE” – A charge by Eastern Judge Alex M. Petrovic that there has been a “general breakdown” in the tax collection system of Jackson County was labeled as a “gross untruth” today by George W. Lehr, county collector.

Petrovic said Wednesday that many county bills had gone out late, with erroneous information. He said he had obtained this information from interviews with taxpayers standing in line at the Independence Courthouse, and from a large number of phone calls he had received. Petrovic said he had found errors that couldn’t be attributed to normal mistakes, and that he believed something is seriously wrong with the automated tax collection system.

• “NEW HOSPITAL PREPARING TO OPEN FOR ITS FIRST PATIENT NEXT WEEK” – The new Medical Center of Independence should be open for patient admissions Monday – or at least the first part of next week. The staff has been working extra-long hours all week, moving new equipment in, installing it, and rehearsing hospital procedures.

From The Independence Examiner Jan. 2-6, 1920:

• “KILLED THREE WOLVES.” – Three full-grown wolves were killed on the Hess Farm south of Independence. This makes five killed in the same neighborhood since October. The wolves evidently have a den in the thick brush and timber land on the Hess Farm. Mr. Harris says there are still more of them to be caught.

• “TIE UP YOUR DOG” – If you see a man or some cases a woman carrying a sort of portfolio come up on your front porch and ring your door bell, do not conclude that it is a book agent and neglect to go to the door.

On the contrary, the chances are it will be a census taker; for they look very much like book agents. But there is this important difference. The census taker is not only backed by the power of the federal government and can if necessary require you to give him audience and information, but he carries credentials which show you beyond doubt that he is what he represents himself to be.

• In this era, short items of national and international news on page 1 often went under the headline, “BITS OF GENERAL NEWS.” This one describes the second wave of what came to be called the Palmer Raids, named for Attorney General Mitchell Palmer, in which the federal government arrested and deported those it considered to be political radicals.

“Launching a concerted and carefully prepared movement against Communists and Communist labor groups of radicals, agents of the department of justice last night conducted raids in forty cities from coast to coast. The general charge of attempting to overthrow the government by force and violence was placed against the persons arrested. Forty-five radical agitators were arrested in Kansas City, Kas., Friday night and early Saturday morning following the firing of the opening guns of the government’s nation-wide housecleaning campaign against the reds.”