From The Examiner Feb. 2-7, 1970:

• “BLUE SPRINGS EXPANDS SERVICES” – Located right in the eye of Eastern Jackson County’s current population explosion, the City of Blue Springs, by conservative estimates, is expected to have at least 25,000 residents by 1980 without much effort. In order to meet the challenges of the expected population increase and the coming commercial and industrial boom, the city is undertaking an expansion of its services, including a mammoth sewer program now under way. Estimates of current population run from 7,000 to 8,000, with no accurate figure forthcoming until the 1970 census is completed.

Note: The census put the city at 6,779 in 1970 and 25,936 in 1980.

• “$2 MILLION APPROPRIATION ASKED FOR LITTLE BLUE JOB” – Appropriation of $2.03 million for land acquisition for reservoirs for the Little Blue flood control project was included in President Nixon’s request to Congress today for public works money. That was included in the Corps of Engineers budget requests for Missouri, and would request a major federal commitment to the flood control program.

From The Independence Examiner Feb. 2-7, 1920:

• “SICKNESS WIDE-SPREAD” – According to the physicians, who are all going night and day, there are a greater number of sick people in Independence than there has been in twenty years. The physicians think that the flu is receding. They mean by that that not so many new cases are being found each day as for several weeks. They also say that the present epidemic is not as severe as it was last year, although a greater number are affected. The illness is hard to manage, and patients improve one day and are worse the next.

• CIGARETTES TO MINORS.” – The attention of the city council was called last night to the fact that so far it never has passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale of cigarettes to minors. N.A. Harris, chief of police, complained that in his opinion many cigarettes were being sold to young boys, but it was very difficult for him to handle such cases as he had no city ordinance to back him in the attempt to put a stop to the practice.

• “SAW HIS SHADOW. MR. GROUND HOG WILL MEDITATE ON HIS SINS SIX WEEKS LONGER. WEATHER STILL MODERATE.” – Mr. Connor’s voice sounded kinder sad over the telephone at 2 o’clock when we called him for the weather report. While the Colonel says “Pish” and again “Tush” whenever any weather superstitions are mentioned he can’t help but be sorry that the ground hog saw his shadow this morning for you will all remember that this is “Ground Hog Day.” Somebody had told the weather bureau that the groundhog came out about 9:40 this morning, looked over his left shoulder at the sun and then in a southwesterly direction and saw his shadow and scampered back. So Col. Connor was sad because so many people kept calling him up and were so foolish as to ask about the ground hog brand of weather. Mr. Connor says spring comes regularly in this section and that we are liable to have some cold weather and possibly some snow before the time comes to plant gardens.