Ellen Wickham, Library Media Specialist at Raytown South High Schools has been appointed to the Young Adult Library Services Association committee to select the Best Fiction Books for Young Adults list. The list is published annually and is used by librarians who serve young adult patrons to assist in selecting books for purchase. Wickham’s tenure begins on February 1, 2015.
Wickham has served locally and at the state level in many capacities, including serving six years on the Missouri Gateway Readers Award Committee, in various positions on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of School Librarians, and as president of the same group for the last four years.
I was looking for ways to serve at the national level, so being a part of BFYA is really a dream come true,” Wickham said. Further information about the committee can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson County from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm today, Dec. 18th. Snow and freezing drizzle possible.
Dr. Janie Pyle, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, was recently featured in the Journal of Staff Development, published by the Learning Forward Organization.
The article details Pyle’s passion for curriculum and her responsibility to be well-read, well-researched, and well-trained in all parts of curriculum and instruction in order to share with staff. One of her goals is to be very visible to staff.
“When you make this decision to be visible in schools, modeling your expectations and giving effective feedback, change eventually begins to happen,” Pyle said.
Pyle also cites the development of over 100 teacher leaders to model curriculum and teaching for their peers as helping increase accountability for district standards.
“Their classrooms are open models for mentoring new skills and sharing the knowledge of instructional planning and delivery for all our teachers,” Pyle said.
Pyle joined the district in 2010.
From a Raytown Police Dept. Press Release
On December 16th, members of the Raytown Police Department gathered for our annual Awards Ceremony. This event is held to honor and recognize employee accomplishments and service to the City of Raytown. This year’s award winners:
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Det. Jimmy Wolsey
Detective Wolsey was nominated and selected for Officer of the Year for many reasons, including his attitude, work ethic, and contribution to the mission of the Raytown Police Department.
Detective Wolsey does not hesitate to work through long, complex investigations and has spent many hours to further a cold homicide case as well as several other recent homicides and high priority cases this year. He truly enjoys his work, and it shows in his positive attitude that he brings to work every day.
Detective Wolsey has also taken on a substantial amount of duties and responsibilities outside out of his primary assignment, including Crisis Negotiations and Public Information Officer. Detective Wolsey is quick to help other detectives with their cases and shares his experience and knowledge with new detectives, both during their training periods and after. Detective Wolsey is a part of a great unit of detectives that work well together and is an asset to the Unit and the department as a whole.
It is with our gratitude that we recognize Detective Jimmy Wolsey as our Officer of the Year.
RESERVE OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Officer Jeff Keith
Officer Keith started his career with the Raytown Police Department on September 10th, 1979 and retired on February 11th, 2012 and remained on as a reserve officer for the department. Since retiring, Officer Keith has assisted in the Records Unit whenever they needed shift coverage.
In addition to his work in the Records Unit, Officer Keith has always assisted in the Detention Unit and Property & Evidence Room. In May 2014, Officer Keith helped the Detention Unit demolish and remove old cabinets and furniture and install the new counters and storage. He also began training in the Property & Evidence Room so he could fill in for the Evidence Technician while she is on maternity leave.
Officer Keith is always willing to serve at a moment’s notice and assist in various units throughout the department. It is commitment, dedication, and enthusiasm that make him a valuable asset to our Department and it is with our gratitude that we recognize Officer Keith as our Reserve Officer of the Year.
CIVILIAN OF THE YEAR
Kyle started his career with the Raytown Police Department as the crime analyst in 2010. He has proved to be a major asset to the Investigations Unit and invaluable to the success of the Department. He always makes himself available and places everything to the side to help with a current situation that needs to be addressed. He played a key role in helping to solve all three homicides in 2014 by gathering intelligence on dozens of suspects, witnesses, and victims. Kyle has created flow charts, timelines and has assisted outside agencies with their work regarding a group of over 30 subjects who have been involved in multiple homicides and shootings throughout the Kansas City metro area, including at least three shootings in Raytown. In addition to his regular duties, Kyle is also a valuable member of the Crisis Negotiation Team. He is the current President of the Mid-America Regional Crime Analysis Network (MARCAN) and the Training Director for the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and has been a key in the development of the new Raytown Police Department Website. It is with our gratitude that we recognize Kyle as our Civilian of the Year.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
After attending the first New Citizen’s Academy in 2012, Todd stepped up to volunteer for future Citizen’s Academies, National Night Out events, and helped with any project that was presented to him. Late in 2013 he applied for and was accepted into the “Volunteers in Police Service” Program. Todd has worked on a variety of projects for the department while simultaneously working a full time job and handling family obligations. For example, he has worked with Property & Evidence Technician Beth Bennett to help with entering property information. Todd has volunteered for over 70 hours this year, saving the department valuable time and resources. It is with our gratitude that we recognize Todd as our Volunteer of the Year.
Officer Frank McDevitt
(The Lifesaving Award is granted to any member of the Department for a successful effort in saving a human life, which involved exceptional courage or performance.)
On Halloween night of this year, officers were told via police radio about a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on Raytown Rd and they began to search the area. As they searched in area of Raytown Rd and Gregory Blvd, they saw a car driving south that was on fire. The car came to a stop in the middle of the intersection where it continued to burn.
Officer McDevitt was one of the first officers on the scene. With complete disregard for his own safety, he took decisive action immediately and ran up to the driver’s side door. The driver was still inside the car and not reacting to the fire, even though the passenger side was completely engulfed in flames. Officer McDevitt had only moments to open the door, unbuckle the seat belt, and physically pull the driver out of the car to safety, before the driver’s compartment was fully engulfed in flames.
It was found that the driver of the car was highly intoxicated and without the response and actions of Officer McDevitt, he would have certainly been severely burned or even killed by the fire. It is with his selfless actions in mind that we are proud to present Officer Frank McDevitt the Life Saving Award.
A bonus song by the Raytown High Chorus
Crafts for Kids
At the end of the hay ride
A couple of suspicious characters at the wrap up party
Some of the volunteers making short work of pizza donated by Fun House
Larry Edwards emailed in a picture of an accident that occurred Sunday Night at about 8:00 pm.
The Raytown Community Band Flutes were performing at UMB Bank. There were also cookies and Santa for all.
Below are just a few of the children that visited with Santa this year. We start off with a rare shot of Santa’s Elves, and finish with a shot of a young lady with her special Santa, Grandpa Steve .
A Chorus from Raytown High School starts this years coverage. These young people are probably the sweetest sounding Blue Jays I have ever heard.
After the excellent vocals, Santa Arrived aboard a Raytown Firetruck.
There are always photos of people sitting down to a great Thanksgiving meal this time of year, but without the cooks, there would be no meal.
Chef Delich emailed me these photos of the Herndon Center Culinary students that prepared the feast at Raytown Central Middle School.
It’s time to kick off the holiday season at the annual Raytown Tree Lighting, Friday, Dec. 5 at the Pocket Park, 63rd and Raytown Road. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is highlighted by the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:15 p.m.
The Raytown Chamber Choir will perform at the lighting..
As part of the festivities, Santa will make a visit at the UMB Bank along with the Raytown Community Band Flutes.Hay rides will be available around the city. Enjoy cookies and hot cider at the FOP at 63rd and Blue Ridge. The first 120 children will also be able to complete a craft (parents are required to accompany)
Donations of canned, dry and boxed foods will be accepted for REAP (Raytown Emergency Assistance Program).
from the Raytown Police Dept.
Traffic Re-Routed For Annual Lighting Ceremony
On Friday, 12/05/14 from 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM vehicle traffic will be routed around the downtown Raytown area for the annual Lighting Ceremony.
The downtown area along 63rd street will be shut down from Raytown Trafficway to Blue Ridge Blvd. at Cedar Ave. and Raytown Rd. will be shut down from 6200 block to 63rd Terr. Traffic will be routed around the area via Raytown Trafficway and Blue Ridge Blvd. at Cedar Ave. for North and South traffic. East and West traffic is encouraged to use 59th street and 67th street to get around the area during this time.
A Letter From Mayor David Bower
I find myself during this holiday season feeling blessed. I have a wonderful family, a good job and an amazing opportunity to be Mayor of the city I love, where I’ve lived for most of my life. After much reflection on all of this I have decided I will not run for Mayor in the upcoming election.
This has been a difficult decision for me because I highly value the opportunity to work on behalf of Raytown and its residents and businesses. Working alongside citizens for the betterment of Raytown and the region has truly been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I believe we have accomplished what you asked us to do almost eight (8) years ago and the community is on solid footing and ready for the future. What we have been able to accomplish in terms of progress has been notable. We have responded effectively and efficiently to the needs and priorities of our city.
The Board of Aldermen and I have worked hard in conjunction with city staff to re-build and keep our city in financial order while moving us forward through some perilous times – new legislation, declining revenues and recession. We are proud that we’ve been able to achieve an A+ S&P Bond Rating. In area after area, our collective impact has made a difference:
- Received $8 million dollars in grants which has given us new sidewalks, streetlights, and a housing rehabilitation program.
- Successfully transformed a financially imperiled Police Pension Plan that threatened the city’s financial stability to a solvent plan, benefiting the current Officers and providing a tool to attract new Officers.
- Economic Development achievements including Google Fiber, Heartland Manufacturing, Sutherland’s, IHOP, Aldi’s/Gregory Square Development, Extreme Karting and 80 other new businesses that have chosen to do business in Raytown. This includes an Economic Development Incentive Policy to help retain and attract businesses to our city.
- Cooperation across the region working on regional transportation, regional cooperation in building business, communities for all ages initiative, and more recently the new KC Rising.
- Transparency and openness across the city’s communication platforms. We’ve established a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as Engage Raytown, our newest communication tool allowing you to chat with city staff and officials. A newsletter with current information as well as contact information delivered directly to your mailbox. And, a new website coming in January that will offer our residents even more accessibility 24/7.
- The recent overwhelming approval of our Transportation and Capital Improvement Sales Tax renewal demonstrates the confidence and trust for the work, progress and accomplishments made during this decade: new ambulances, police cars, and improved snow removal.
Serving as your Mayor has afforded me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I have found tremendous satisfaction in representing Raytown at the local and regional level, including serving in leadership roles on the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council, Kansas City Metro Mayors Caucus, Mid-America Regional Council, Missouri Municipal League, and others. Our city’s involvement in these collaborative partnerships, and the relationships that have been built with other local and regional leaders, has benefitted our city and our region, and me personally. Your confidence in me to serve as your Mayor has provided me with these opportunities and I remain committed to regional planning and projects that will positively impact our community.
We have a great deal to be proud of, and I am deeply grateful for the honor and privilege of serving as Mayor of Raytown. In the coming months I look forward to thanking you personally for the support you have given me.
This was an interesting meeting from start to finish. The Charter Commission has hired a lawyer (Allen Garner) and a major part of the meeting involved advise from Mr. Garner and his response to questions from the Commission.
Members present: Janet Emerson, Lisa Emerson, Steve Guenther, Sandra Hartwell, Charlotte Melson, Mark Moore, Ted Bowman and Greg Walters.
Members absent: Jim Aziere, , Susan Dolan, Jason Greene, Michael McDonough, and Mary Jane Van Buskirk.
Recording the meeting was more than the usual challenge. The meeting was held in the small adjoining room to the main chamber, due to remodeling. It was not possible to get the entire commission in the frame from one camera. There was not a break where batteries could be changed on the cameras, so the final few minutes were recorded with a phone camera.
The speaker after Alderman Ertz, was Michael Downing, editor/owner of RaytownOnline.com.
CABIN ON THE TRAILS TOUR
ADDRESS: 8801 E. 66TH ST. , RAYTOWN
DATES: DECEMBER 6/7 13/14 20)21
COST: $ 5.00 PER PERSON
TIME: 1-5 EACH DAY
GROUPS: FOR INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS
CALL 356-2338. GROUP RATE: $4.00 PER PERSON
Tour the Rice-Tremonti Home and Cabin built in 1844 on the Santa Fe Trail. Enjoy refreshments~ shop the Christmas Store & Bake Shop. Step back in time to an era before TV and the Internet! Stand in a house that has been through the Civil War and 167 years of history right here in Raytown~ Missouri. Put this special treat on your calendar. Groups Welcome.
Raytown Central Middle PTSA is hosted their 1st Annual Thanksgiving Feast for their students/staff and their families. Here are some of the people responsible, and what it looked like before the feast. The next article on this feast will focus on the young cooks from the awards winning Culinary Arts program at the Herndon Career Center that prepared this feast.
Lisa Smallwood – President
Kenya Pieters – 1st Vice President
Traci Holman – 2nd Vice President
Dr. Jaime Sadich – Principal
Kathy McKarnin – Hospitality Chair
Chef Instructor Theresa Delich with Cassandra Fox from Raytown High and granddaughter Abby delivering the food to service area.
Feast table center piece
Chef Delich, Chris Dickerson from Raytown South, Caroline from Raytown High, and Cassandra Fox from Raytown High getting ready to serve at the Community Holiday Dinner.
So many pies ready to be consumed and looking very good.
Just before the start of the feast.
Malcolm D. Johnson, 25 from Kansas City, has been charged with the Oct. 24th murder of Monteario Hogan. Mr. Hogan was found lying on the pavement behind the Family Dollar Store at 5242 Blue Ridge Blvd at about 10:00 PM. Witnesses stated that the victim had earlier lifted his shirt to display a gun during an argument in the nearby McDonald’s and that Johnson arrived later in response to a phone call from a party to the disagreement.
From the Raytown Police Dept. Nov. 25th press release.
A 25-year-old Kansas City man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Monteario Hogan in Raytown on Oct. 24, 2014, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Malcolm D. Johnson, dob: 8/14/1989, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action.*
According to court records, Hogan was found lying outside a Family Dollar Store in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Blvd in Raytown. Witnesses told Raytown Police that they observed Johnson shooting at the victim and get into a vehicle and leave at a high rate of speed.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $250,000.
The charges against Johnson were filed earlier this month but not released until today. He was recently taken into custody.
During National Young Readers Week, Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Danielle Miles accepted the “BOOK IT” reading challenge, taking to the roof of the school to read “Apples to Oregon” by Deborah Hopkinson. Principal Miles accepted the challenge as a way to encourage students to become readers, and according to BOOK IT, “Research shows that the single factor in raising a reader is reading aloud.” Principal Miles later came inside the building dressed as TV’s famous mystery solving dog, Scooby Doo, and continued to read to students.
On October 17 and 18, first year students were at Winnetonka. Top finishers were: Jessica Madrid, Semifinals of Dramatic Interpretation, and Blythany Locascio, 8th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Varsity debaters were at Park Hill, and top finishers were: Katelyn McAlister, in Super Session of Student Congress, and Romeo Bagunu, 5th in Student Congress.
On October 31 and November 1, first year debaters competed at Grandview. Top finishers there were: Madie Hill,15th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Allyson Behymer, 14th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Forensic students competed at Truman High School. Top finishers there were: Jessica Madrid, Semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation; Anisah Marshall, Semifinals in Dramatic Interpretation; Larissa Wilson, 4th in Storytelling; Isabella James, 3rd in Storytelling; and Anisah Marshall, 2nd in Storytelling.
On November 7 and 8, the Talking Blue Jays competed at the Lee’s Summit West and Lee’s Summit North Invitational Tournament. First year top finishers were: Isabella James and Larissa Wilson, Semifinals of Storytelling and James, Semifinals of Humorous Interpretation; Madie Hill, Semifinals of Original Oration and 2nd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Varsity top finishers were: Doyne Dodd, Semifinals of Humorous Interpretation; Israel Hanke, Supersession of Student Congress, and Hanke with Tamela Hill, 1st in Public Forum Debate.
On November 14 and 15, the squads competed at the Raymore-Peculiar Invitational.Top finishers were: Yermeya Bagunu and Isabella James, Semifinals in Storytelling; Israel Hanke, Supersession of Student Congress; Blythany Locascio, 10th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Josh Beary, 9th in Lincoln- Douglas Debate; and Katelyn McAlister, 6th in Student Congress. The Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be
Covering the GOP’s attitude about women’s rights
We will also be voting on RDA Board members for 2015
Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue
President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
Next meeting is January 15th