From The Independence Examiner Jan. 5-10, 1920:

• “GIVE WORKERS CHANCE.” – In accordance with a new law, the board of education is maintaining a “half-time school” for those pupils between the ages of fourteen and sixteen who are compelled to work and to whom certificates of employment have been issued. The school meets at the Junior High School building from 3:30 to 5:30 o’clock on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“We aim to teach the pupils business arithmetic, sufficient English to enable them to write an intelligent business letter, enough of civics to give insight into the duties of citizenship, and such simple rules of hygiene as are necessary to the preservation of health,” said Superintendent W.L.C. Palmer.

Thirty-four pupils are enrolled. The largest number are employed at the Independence foundry, some in the merchants’ delivery of this city, and others in the department stores of Kansas City.

• “ASK FOR 32 CENTS.” – In an amended petition which reached City Counselor John F. Thice this morning, which has been filed with the Public Service Commission, the Kansas City Railways Company asks for a 32 cent round trip fare or a 30 cent round trip fare if tickets are used. The petition wants car riders in Independence to pay a single eight cent fare for a ride anywhere in the city limits with a transfer and then a second eight cent fare on the way to Kansas City and the same on the return trip. The city will fight the proposition as hard as it knows how. Mr. Thrice is asking that the commission fix a one-fare ruling for Independence. This is asked because Independence is the only line which has to pay double fare.

• “REVIVAL OF TRAPPING.” – The enormously high price of furs of all kinds has caused much attention to be paid to the old-fashioned occupation of trapping all over the country and right here in Jackson County, which is not remarkably populous in fur bearers. Some men follow trapping as a sideline to their regular work such as farming and stock-raising, and many boys have taken it up as a profitable source of income. The magazines published for boys these days are filled with advertisements for fur buyers who call attention of boys eloquently to the chance of making money in this way.

From The Examiner Jan. 5-10, 1970:

• ”IMPROVEMENT PLAN OKAYED” – A 10-year capital improvement program of $15.9 million for the three-county Mid-Continent Public Library Service was given unanimous approval at a special meeting of the library board here Tuesday night. The construction project of 25 branch libraries in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties would be financed by voter adoption of a special 10-year levy of 20 cents on the $100 assessed valuation.

• “GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROMOTION TO BEGIN” – More than 10,000 Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts in the Mid-Continent Council will begin their annual cookie sale Jan. 16. The sale will have a new look this year with the introduction of gaily colored packages. Each of the the five flavor packages depicts Girl Scouts enjoying one of the many activities offered in the program. Cookie flavors are Fudge Cremes, Sandwich Cremes, Scot-Teas, Chocolate Mints, and Savannahs. Cookies are sold for 60 cents a box.