Forty-three years ago this week the top news stories for the March 20, 1974, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A medium-security prison for youth offenders proposed to be constructed near Ellsworth and Elliot roads southeast of Apache Junction will likely be constructed elsewhere, an official said.
Did you know that the Apache Junction Independent is the local Chamber of Commerce’s oldest official member? The Independent, then the Apache Sentinel, published by James Brooks, was launched in 1959 and became a chamber member in 1960. Independent Newspapers purchased the Sentinel in 1971, and changed the newspaper’s name to the Independent in 1983.
Read more about Apache Junction’s history at http://apachejunctionindependent.com/section/history/