From The Examiner March 9-14, 1970:

• “VANDALS DERAIL FREIGHT; DAMAGE SET AT $37,000” – About $37,000 damage was caused Sunday when vandals derailed a Rock Island Railroad freight train near Raytown and Leeds roads. Two engines and seven cars of the 82-car train left the tracks after the freight ran through a switch which had been thrown open by vandals. There were no injuries.

• “FEDERAL GRANT IS ASSURED ON NOLAND ROAD SEGMENT” – Jackson County has received definite assurance that it will receive a 50-50 matching federal grant to be applied on the improvement of Noland Road from I-70 to U.S. 40. Alex M. Petrovic, Eastern Judge of the Jackson County Court, said the grant would amount to approximately $200,000 and that the project could be under way within 60 to 90 days.

• “HOPEFULS DIFFER ON HOW TO MEET BIG CHALLENGE” – Blue Springs – The city’s two candidates for mayor seem to agree that rapid building expansion is the biggest challenge facing the city, but differ somewhat on how they should be met. Dale Baumgardner, a First Ward councilman, said he believed that improvement projects now under way in the city should be “kept moving.” Jimmie D. James, endorsed by the Blue Springs Taxpayers Association, said he would propose a three-point program to help take care of existing programs and move the city forward. The taxpayers association, which was formed two years ago to oppose airport bonds and was instrumental in their defeat, also was successful in getting two of its candidates elected to the city council in April 1969.

From The Examiner March 8-13, 1920:

• “WANTS GARDEN SPOTS.” – Mayor Ott and the city council have agreed to give the Community Welfare League the vacant spots of land controlled by the city for use for gardening purposes. The League is hoping to have this land planted in standard vegetables which can be used to fill their storeroom to meet next winter’s needs. Any parties in Independence having any vacant lands or knowing of anyone owning land, which would be available for Community gardening purposes will confer a great favor upon the league by notifying them of their location.

• “A PIVOTAL COUNTY.” (an editorial) – It is entirely possible that the vote in Jackson County next November might elect the next President of the United States. Four years ago the electoral vote from one State elected Mr. Wilson. President Wilson in 1916 had a majority of 23 electoral votes in the electoral college. Change Missouri’s 18 votes from the Democratic side to the Republican side and Hughes would have been elected with 13 votes to spare. The State of Missouri was carried that year for the Democratic ticket by the vote of Jackson County. In other words, the Goat faction in Jackson County is responsible for the election of President Wilson. A similar condition might arise at the coming election. It would seem therefore that the Democrats of Missouri might study seriously the situation. The nomination of a candidate for governor will have much to do with the result.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox