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. Forty-four years ago this week the top news stories for the May 18, 1972, Apache Sentinel, the precursor to the Apache Junction Independent newspaper, included: A 21-year-old Williams Air Force Base sergeant was found near First Water by Pinal County sheriff’s deputies after he had been missing overnight in the Superstition Mountains. Also, Apache Junction’s first literary publication, “Fudgey Wings and Other Things – an Adventure in Creative Writing” will be off the press and available for purchase at the high school.
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