From The Examiner May 18-23, 1970:

• “5TH VOTE CHARM FOR BOND, LEVY” – The Independence School District has finally succeeded in establishing an operating levy for the next biennium and approved a bond issue for needed construction. In a fifth special election Tuesday, voters gave substantial majorities to both issues. George Berkemeier, board president, said the vote “proves Independence people do, after all, have faith in our school district and do want quality education for their children.”

The new levy, increased by $.25 to $3.75, is 70 cents less than the 95 cent increase which the board said was needed to maintain the district’s educational program at the level it has reached. Dr. Guy Carter, superintendent, said as budget director for the school district, he pledges “to do my best to penalize as little as possible the education of young people in the district.”

• “PACT WITH STATE ON U.S. 24 JOB BEFORE COUNCIL” – An urban agreement with the State Highway Commission for the improvement of U.S. 24 from the U.S. 71 Bypass to the city limits comes up Monday night before the city council. The highway department proposes to build 1.9 miles of four lane pavement east from the junction of U.S. 71 Bypass.

From The Independence Examiner May 17-22, 1920:

• “TELL IT TO THE MAYOR.” -- A number of streets in Independence have been oiled each year and requests come in at every council meeting. The city spreads the oil and the property owners pay for the actual cost. Mayor McCoy said this morning that he would like for those who wanted oiled streets to file with him or the clerk their requests or guarantee of the money necessary to pay for the oil by June 1. His purpose is to buy a car load of oil at one time thus reducing the cost to the property owners.

The Mayor also suggests that one man on the street collect the necessary money, or stand responsible for it, so that the city will not have to collect a number of small amounts from different people on the same block.

• “COMMENCEMENT NIGHT” – The annual commencement exercises of the William Chrisman High School will be held tonight in the high school auditorium, beginning at 8 o’clock. The address to the sixty-five graduates will be made by the Hon. Henry M. Beardsley, formerly mayor of Kansas City. Preceding the address by Mr. Beardsley will be the usual musical and literary features. Tomorrow morning the teachers of the high school will go to the building to finish up the matter of grades. The pupils, however, are not expected to attend.

– Compiled by Jeff Fox