The following items were taken from the Dec. 20 through 26, 1958, Examiner.

William B. Dickinson, formerly of Independence, was named managing editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin, effective immediately. Dickinson, who for many years was a staff correspondent for United Press in this country and abroad, succeeded Walter Lister, who became executive editor. Dickinson, reared in Independence, attended the University of Kansas and began his newspaper career at The Kansas City Star.

Mayor William H. Sermon will officiate at his first “Mayor’s Christmas Party” with kids from the Independence area at Memorial Hall. About 1000 children are expected to attend. The Rev. Donald McKay, president of the Ministerial Alliance, will give the invocation, and tell the story of the “Meaning of Christmas.” The arrangements were made by John Van Hook, City Recreation Department director.

Several hundred shivering, screaming and dancing children welcomed Santa Claus to the Fairmount area when he stepped from a helicopter on the Carlisle school grounds. The children were well behaved and stayed behind the ropes. Two of the youngsters in attendance were Kim Lewis, 3, and her brother, Dennis, 4.

Convicts at the state penitentiary in Jefferson City made it possible for 30 Independence youngsters to have an extremely merry Christmas. They were to receive gifts such as bicycles, wrist watches, phonograph record players and flash cameras. The inmates themselves contributed some $1,700 for the presents. Two of them, Kaiser Carson and Walter Steemburgen, were on hand, along with Warden E.V. Nash to give the youths their presents.

Cadet Lt. Col. Edward Lee has been selected as cadet of the week from the William Chrisman High School R.O.T.C. Lee is a battalion commander. Among the awards and medals he has won are: Theoretics, Academic Ribbon, Inspection Ribbon, McCormick Medal and Gold Achievement Wreath. He is competing for an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Lee is the son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Edward M. Lee.

Boy Scout Troop 201 recently held its court of honor at Maywood Baptist Church. George W. McComos, Jerry Doutt, Robert Sanders and James Sanders were received into the troop. John Foster and David Brown were made Second Class Scouts, and Bobby Shook, Bob Eslinger, Danny Zellar, Dennis Snelson and Charles Holt were made First Class Scouts. Life Scouts were David Carson, Victor Storie, Stanley Hattaway, Keith Kuder and John Wright. David Morales received a Gold Palm.

The Charles Spendals have won first place in the Independence Chamber of Commerce sponsored “Christmas Home Decoration and Lighting Contest” and received a $50 government bond. Other winners to receive a $25 bond are: First district, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ray, 1814 Drumm; Second district, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Warner, 2605 Westport Road; Third district, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Harves, 1539 Willow; and Fourth district, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bourne Sr., 1809 Ellisonway.