From The Examiner Feb. 16-21, 1970:


• “CITY RESIDENTS PUT AT 118,423” – The estimated population for the city of Independence at the beginning of 1970 is projected at 118,423. The projection figure was arrived at by the city planning department. The 1970 figure is an increase of 1,664 over the projection estimated Jan. 1, 1969. Last year’s gain was estimated at 3,500 over the 1968 figure. (Note: The 1970 federal census later that year put the city’s population at 111,630.)


• “SAFEWAY OPENS FIFTH STORE HERE” – A new Safeway Store, the fifth in the Independence area, opened Wednesday morning at 17306 E. U.S. 24, adjacent to the Farview Shopping Center, now under development. The new store, located at the northeast corner of U.S. 24 and Atherton Road, faces south and covers 22,000 square feet with a mansard type roof of shake shingles and a store front of brick construction. The store’s ultra-modern interior features warm pastel colors throughout the merchandising section, with emphasis given to frozen food and prepared food sections. Also included is a delicatessen and seven checkstands for quick service.


• “TRIBE ROPES TITLE” – Remember Feb. 20, 1970. It was on this night that Fort Osage captured its first undisputed Suburban Seven title in any sport. The Indians Friday night came up with a balanced effort to nudge Belton, 50-46, and lock up the league’s basketball crown. The Tribe is now 22-1 including 10-0 in the loop.


From The Independence Examiner, Feb. 16-21, 1920:


• “A SIX-DAY WEEK.” – The Standard Oil Company at a meeting held yesterday in Chicago announced a wage increase and other changes that will be of great benefit to many hundreds of men employed at the Sugar Creek oil refinery, as well as at the other refineries of that company. The new schedule gives daily wage increases of 11.11 per cent to all shift men. At the same time they are granted a six-day week instead of the seven-day week they have at present. The change came about largely through the wishes of the employees themselves, operating through the Industrial Relations Committee.


• “BOYS GET RESULTS.” – The Anti-Cigarette League stormed the city council chamber in force last night. It asked that an ordinance be passed to protect the boys from cigarettes and to punish any dealer who might sell or give cigarettes to them. And the League went away happy in the consciousness of having accomplished the purpose for which it went.


While the council was occupied with routine business about 9 o’clock, indications of something unusual brewing began to appear. … Before long the lobbies were crowded with boys from 13 to 15 years old. Then the doors of the council chamber were opened and the young army marched in and took seats, completely filling the room. A.C. Morris, leader of the expedition, and principal of the Junior High School, explained that one hundred and fifty of the boys were his own pupils. “The boys,” he said, “would like to have a hearing.”


After discussion, the new ordinance – with a fine of a maximum of $500 and 90 days to a year in jail if the fine is not paid – was passed and then approved by Mayor Ott, going into effect immediately.