From The Examiner in the week of May 4-9, 1970:


• ”230 PERSONS FINISH ‘WALK FOR MANKIND’” – About 230 persons completed Project Concern’s “Walk for Mankind” Saturday, one of which was Norman Sieburn, honorary walk chairman. The former major league baseball player, however, was not the first to finish the 23-mile walk. The winners were four members of the Truman High School track team. Bill Allinder, Don Herod, Duane Kimble and Brent Schondelmeyer walked from their school parking lot to Blue Springs and back in about four hours.


Sieburn, who had intended walking only a few miles, got caught up in the enthusiasm and went all the way. Dale Baumgardner, mayor of Blue Springs, and Howard Brown, police chief, met the walkers at the Blue Springs city limits and accompanied them through the city. The amount raised will not be known immediately.


• “VISITORS WISH TRUMAN HAPPY 86th BIRTHDAY” – There was a flurry of excitement around the Truman home as important visitors came and went to the Delaware Street home wishing the former President of the United States a “happy birthday.” Today is the 86th birthday of the 33rd president who has called Independence his hometown for more than 80 of those years.


The former president made one appearance when a group of students from Truman High School, named in his and Mrs. Truman’s honor, presented him with a card containing the signatures of 1,700 students from Truman.


From The Independence Examiner in the week of May 3-8, 1920:


• “IS YOUR STREET DARK?” – If the practice of shooting our street lights is not discontinued, the people in those parts of town where the practice prevails will probably have to do without street lights for an indefinite time. So Mayor William McCoy intimated pretty strongly this morning in discussing the nuisance.


Such a policy of dealing with the matter would put it up to the people of such neighborhoods to find out who is doing this lawless thing, bring the doers of it to justice, and put a stop to the practice. After an inspection of the south part of town Monday afternoon, Harry Bushart, chief lineman of the electric light department, reported that thirty-eight street lights had been destroyed in this manner.


Mr. Bushart told the city council last Tuesday night that street lamps were being destroyed by persons, supposed to be boys, shooting at them with bean shooters in order to test or increase their skill in shooting. Mr. Bushart told the council that every street light so destroyed costs the city $3.15 to replace, besides the time it takes doing so.


• “BITS OF GENERAL NEWS” – The official move of federal officials to forestall profiteering in sugar transactions in Kansas City was made Monday when several wholesale dealers were asked to appear at the office of Francis M. Wilson, district attorney, and explain the situation. Mr. Wilson sent letters to the sugar wholesalers inviting them to appear at his office immediately and explain, if they so decide, why he should not recommend to Attorney General Palmer that their licenses be revoked.


• “PROTECT REDDY FOX.” – Although the fox has not many friends among the farmers, the laws of the State of Missouri protect him, at certain times of the year, on account of him being a furbearer. And this is the reason why Lucius Butler, an elderly farmer, living near Lone Jack, was cited last Friday to appear in the court of Justice John Gibson, of that village, and face a prosecution by Charles T. Kemper, of Independence, deputy state game and fish warden.


The specific charge against Mr. Butler was that he killed a mother fox and four of her young, in the season when the law seeks to protect them. His reason for doing so was that they had been living off his chickens, at least he had cause to believe they were.


When the law was shown to him, however, he made no defense; and the justice placed a fine of $25 and costs against him. In view of the circumstances, Mr. Kemper thought the fine too high; and he asked the justice to lower it to $10 and costs, which Justice Gibson did, and the fine was paid.