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Monday 60%
High 59° / Low 44°
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Cloudy. Periods of light rain this morning. High 59F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
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Tuesday 10%
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A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 62F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.
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Wednesday 90%
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Periods of rain. Thunder possible. High 62F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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Rain showers early with overcast skies later in the day. Thunder possible. High 53F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
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Overcast. High 59F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
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Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 58F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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Raytown South boys beat Center and advance in the playoffs

The Cardinals won their third post-season game against Center by a score of 64 to 56 this Tuesday. The game took place at Blue Springs South and advances South in the Missouri Class 4 boys sectionals.  Next up for the Cardinals is Kearney on Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.

Leading scorer for the Cardinals was Senior Alex Herndon with 20 points.

Truly South has turned into a Cinderella team in the post season after a less than exciting regular season.

Tornado watch until 10 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Jackson County until 10 pm. This means that conditions are such that a tornado may form. It does not mean a tornado has been spotted.

Jeremi Barnes goes to Indoor National Championship in the Triple Jump

Raytown’s Jeremi Barnes is competing in the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Johnson City, Tenn today. His event is scheduled for 1:30 pm.  Jeremi has the 8th longest Triple Jump distance in the nation. Jeremi is a Freshman at Avila University and is the son of Donna and Jerome Barnes of Raytown.

For more on this click below

http://www.avilaathletics.com/article/1557.php

Raytown beats Rockhurst at the buzzer

Devin Drew’s layup at the buzzer gives Raytown a 39-37 win over Rockhurst in the Missouri Class 5 semifinals at Park Hill.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/high-school/article136137298.html#storylink=cpy

Chipotle to donate 50% sales to KC Pet Project

March 8, half of all fundraiser sales from Kansas City Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will benefit the KC Pet Project, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Kansas City, caring for almost 10,000 pets a year.

Between 10:45 a.m. and 10 p.m., 30 restaurants across Kansas City will donate 50% of all participant proceeds to the KC Pet Project. There are three ways to make sure half of your readers’ lunch/dinner benefits KCPP:

• Bring in the flyer
• Show the social media posts
• Mention the fundraiser at checkout

Bluegrass First Friday at Blue Ridge Church tonight

It’s the first Friday of the month. C’mon down to Blue Ridge Methodist Church tonight for great music and fellowship with the Kansas City Area Bluegrass Music Club. We’re located at 51st St. and Blue Ridge Boulevard; parking and entrance behind the building. The program starts at 7, with featured bands on stage, and there are multiple jam sessions going at the same time for pickers and singers. The UMW provides yummy food at a very reasonable price, and families are welcome. No admission charge for the entertainment, although the traditional hat will be passed to support the club. This clip features the Hootin’ Annies singing “Just a Little Walk with Jesus” at the meeting last March.

 

Registration Opens for free pre-k seats

Registration opened on Friday for 170,  new,  free pre-k seats for the 2017-2018 period. To register, visit

http://earlychildhood.raytownschools.org/pk_expansion

(This information was received in a tweet from the School District this Friday at 3:40 pm.)

 

Help Raytown Police catch Dominique Byers killer

Help us solve the murder of Dominique Byers on January 28 ,2017, in Raytown, MO. Please take a look at the photos below and pay attention to the marking on the back of his hand and let us know if you recognize either man in the picture.
Call: 816 474 TIPS (8477)

Man Killed in Parking Lot Shooting Identified

A man killed in a shooting at a Raytown parking lot has been identified. Dominique D. Byers, a 23 year old Kansas City man has died as a result of the shooting Saturday night, 01-28-17, which occurred in the 6600 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Police were called at about 11:20 p.m. Saturday night regarding the sound of shots fired and a report that a man had been shot. Officers arrived and an adult man (Byers) that had been shot, in the parking lot. Byers was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made in connection to the incident. The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call TIPS Hotline, at 816-474-8477 (TIPS.)

Deceased Man Found Shot in Parking Lot

Raytown Police were called to a parking lot in the 6600 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard on Saturday night, 01-28-17, at about 11:20 p.m. The call was regarding the sound of shots fired and that someone had been shot. Officers arrived and found an adult man that had been shot, in the parking lot. He was deceased.

Detectives are questioning any witnesses and processing the scene. No arrests have been made in connection to the incident.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call TIPS Hotline, at 816-474-8477 (TIPS.)

Raytown School District to offer no cost pre-K day school to 4 year olds

Part of a five-year plan to offer no cost, half-day pre-kindergarten (pre-k) services to all four-year-olds in Raytown, the Raytown C-2 School District is ex­panding its early childhood offerings beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.During the 2017-2018 school year, the District will offer 170 new pre-k seats in addition to the 68 Head Start and 17 fee-based seats currently offered at Herndon Preschool.  The District will also continue to offer preschool Title 1 and Special Education services at New Trails Early Learning Center.

“The data shows that the longer our students stay with us, the better they perform both behaviorally and academically,” Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley said. “We now have the opportunity to start building a strong foundation at an earlier age. I am thankful for the community’s support, which gave us the courage to move forward with our plan.”

Pre-registration is open from February 3 through February 17. Children must be four years old on or before July 31, 2017 to be eligible for one of the 170 pre-k seats.

“By the start of the next school year, our early childhood program will offer over 500 preschool seats. Though some of our programs cater to students age 3-5, next year’s expansion will cover a significant part of our goal to offer pre-kindergarten services to every four-year-old in our attendance area, which we estimate to be around 630 prospective students in a given year,” Dr. Markley said.

In addition to the new seats, the District will also provide transportation for all of its early childhood programs.

Families with students who are currently enrolled in Herndon Preschool or New Trails Early Learning Center, who will be returning for the 2017-2018 school year, do not need to pre-register for placement. Current early childhood families will receive information regarding enrollment from their school’s principal.

For more information about the Pre-K Expansion Program, please call 816.268.7430, email tonya.sons@raytownschools.org, or visit http://earlychildhood.raytownschools.org/pk_expansion.

For a  comprehensive overview of the Raytown Schools Early Childhood Program, requirements, and guidelines, please visit http://earlychildhood.raytownschools.org/.

Standoff Ends Peacefully, Man Found Shot

Raytown Police were called to a residence in the 10400 block of E. 78 Terrace on Saturday morning, 01-28-17, at about 4:10 am. regarding a disturbance. Officers arrived and contacted an adult female who said that a man had assaulted her then she shot at him with a gun and ran to a neighbor’s residence for help. She told police that she thought that the man had a gun also. The female was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Police attempted to contact the man at the residence, but no one would answer. Officers saw indications of movement from within the residence, but the man would not answer the door.

The Raytown SWAT and Crisis Negotiations Teams were called in to attempt to resolve the situation peacefully.

At about 9:25 am, SWAT officers made contact with the man inside the residence, without incident, but found that he had been shot. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Detectives continue to investigate and question those involved, so charges have not been filed yet.

Ice storm warning

Ice storm warning until 12AM on Monday.

Fire Destroys Trailer Home

On January 6th a fire destroyed a trailer home on Eastwood Trafficway, just East of Blue Parkway. RaytownOnline reporter Larry Edwards was on the scene to take photos and interview the victim who identified himself as Noah. Noah referred to propane as the cause of the fire.

 

Sutherlands Fresh Fruit Friday

Sutherlands has a huge sale on fruit every year right before Christmas. Apples, pears, and oranges are $0.69 a pound and bananas are $0.39 a pound. The also have low prices on nuts.  This is always a great deal

Periodic lane closure on Raytown Road for water main replacement

A water main replacement project will reduce Raytown Road to one lane of traffic in various locations between 87th Street and Bannister Road during construction working hours from now through August 2017. Expect traffic delays and plan accordingly.

This project is being done by Kansas City, not either one of the water companies that service Raytown.

Click HERE for more details on this project.

Candidates file for Raytown April Elections on opening day

Tuesday December 13th was the  first day for filing for city office. Candidates that file on the first day have their place on the ballot determined by a lottery. Candidates filing after the first day are placed on the ballot in the order they file.  So far there has not been a filing for the two year remaining term of Steve Mock in Ward 5.

Here are the first day candidates.

FILING FOR OFFICE April 4, 2017 General Municipal Election

Alderman Ward I – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Frank Hunt

Alderman Ward II – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Jason Greene
Loretha V. Hayden

Alderman Ward III – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Janet Emerson
Ryan Myers

Alderman Ward IV – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Bill Van Buskirk

Alderman Ward V – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Melissa Beall
Phylis Goforth
Bonnaye Mims

City Marshal – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Jim Lynch

Municipal Judge – 4 year term expiring April 2021
Traci Fann

Tree Lighting Ceremony 2016

The tree lighting event started off with a short speech From our Mayor.


Followed by Christmas songs performed by Raytown Students

Santa arrived to help get the lights going, choosing a nice red Raytown Firetruck instead of a sleigh. Santa then proceeded down the street to listen to a huge line of children wanting to make a few requests. Along the way he passed the tractor pulling the hayride. After the children have a talk with Santa, Frosty was waiting with a basket of candy.

The Raytown Community Band Flutes entertained the crowd gathered to talk to Santa.

Fire at Clark’s Appliances

Clark’s Appliances caught fire Thursday night at around 10 PM. Damages were significant and will result in the business being closed for at least a couple days. There were no injuries.

For more on this click HERE to see the KSHB 41 story on the fire.

 

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight

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Rice-Tremonti open for holiday tours and parties

Rice Tremonti

The Rice-Tremonti Home in Raytown is decked out for the holidays and ready for visitors. The historic house will be open for the Christmas season three weekends before Christmas, Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults.  The house will be available for private rentals and for group tours at any other times.

Planning a Christmas party? Need a great location for it? Why not have your party at the historic Rice-Tremonti Home?

This Christmas season the Rice-Tremonti Home is available for your families’ or office holiday party. The dining room is spacious and the downstairs parlors will be festively decorated for the season. Kitchen facilities are available. Call 816-333-3586 for details.

“The Rice-Tremonti Home is a great community asset and is available for the community to utilize for small social occasions,” says Leigh Elmore, president of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home. “We’re offering discounted user fees to not-for-profit organizations as well.”

During public hours the Rice-Tremonti Christmas Country Store will be a must-stop for those shopping for unique gift items and Christmas delicacies. Homemade candies and baked goods will be available on the public open dates. “If you haven’t tried our members’ chocolate covered coconut candies, peanut brittle or banana bread, well then, you just haven’t lived large enough yet,” Elmore said.

The house is decked out for the season with old-fashioned Christmas trees and garlands. The aroma of cinnamon infused cider will fill the air. Drop by and soak in the atmosphere, it will set the mood for your holiday.

The Rice-Tremonti Home is located at 8801 E. 66th St. in Raytown. The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home, an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, use all funds collected for upkeep and preservation of the home.

Raytown Police seeking help locating a missing elderly female

mrsdaleOn 11/24/16 at 1048 P.M., Raytown Police was alerted by the family of Cenola Dale that she was missing. The family reported Ms. Dale had been missing since Thanksgiving evening when she walked away from the home, located in the area of 10400 block of East 69th Street in Raytown. Ms. Dale is a black female, 83 years of age approximately 5’0” and 160 lbs. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, a skirt and a plaid scarf. Ms. Dale does not have a vehicle and uses public transportation to travel. Prior to Ms. Dale’s disappearance she had made statements of traveling to the area of Oklahoma City to see family. Ms. Dale has been without her required medication.

A Silver Alert was issued for Ms. Dale regarding her disappearance. If anyone knows her whereabouts or has any information please call the Tips hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).

Resignation of Raytown Finance Director / Interim City Administrator

On Friday afternoon November 18, 2016, Mark Loughry – Interim City Administrator and City Finance Director, submitted his resignation effective December 22, 2016.

Mr. Loughry has accepted a position as a County Administrator in the State of Kansas. The City of Raytown appreciates his service to our community and wishes him well in his new role.

Mr. Loughry’s resignation letter is below.


RaytownOnline note, the letter below was converted to text from an image by our OCR software and it may have introduced typos that were not in the original. Some were corrected, but some may have been missed.


Mayor and Board of Aldermen

First and foremost I want to take this opportunity to say what a blessing the City of Raytown has been to me and my family. The past five years have not always been easy but they have been fulfilling. I have had opportunities here to establish friendships that I know will follow me for a long time. I also know my career here has given me the chance to improve myself in a way that would not have happened anywhere else.

Second I want to thank all of the staff that have been supportive and willing to work towards a common goal of making this a great place to work and Raytown a great place to live. Over the past five years and more specifically the last few months I have really started to see a change in attitude of some of the staff. I know I have been excited to come to work and I have seen that in others as well. Just this week I had an employee tell me they were excited to see the progress we have made this past year.

We are putting into place changes today that will continue to impact this community, for the better, for years to come. Changes to our Codes that will make it easier to clean up problem areas in the community. Changes to auxiliary services that will improve our ability to maintain core services without new fees or taxes. Changes to employee benefits that keep the City competitive with surrounding communities and immediately impact our employees for the better. All of these coupled together will result in the most important change, the ability for our citizens to see an improved quality of life.

Lastly I want to acknowledge how the current Board of Aldermen have worked with me over the past few months during what could have been a very challenging transition. The City lost several key staff members that had been with the City for a long time. The challenges created by that could have been nearly insurmountable, instead through cooperation with the Board and staff it has been a relatively smooth process to this point. Even with some of the outside detractors it is clear to me that the Board, without exception, truly has a common goal of doing what is best for Raytown.

All of these things make my decision to resign one of the most difficult things I have had to do. Over the past few days the Leavenworth County Commission has been in contact with me about an opening they have for what is their equivalent of a County Administrator. While it was an extremely difficult decision for me it is one that I feel is best for me and my family. I will be closer to home, will no longer have night meetings and have the unanimous support of the Commission as their preferred candidate. This is not a position I sought out but it is one that feels like a good fit for me. With that I thank all of you and plan on December 22′” being my last day with the City.

Sincerely,
Mark Loughry, CPM
Interim City Administrator

Man Killed in Gas Station Shooting Identified

A man killed in a shooting at a Raytown gas station has been identified. Marlin D. Williams, a 24 year old Kansas City man has died as a result of the shooting Saturday night, 11-19-16, which occurred in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff.

Raytown South performed “Once Upon a Mattress”

 

once_upon_a_mattress1024Raytown South High School’s Departments of Theatre and Music recently presented Once Upon a Mattress, the classic musical spin off of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.

Student performances included: Gabrielle McDuffy as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone, Kaitlyn Barkley as Queen Aggravain, Megyn Payne as Lady Larkin, Christopher Gilbert as the Minstrel, Juventud Luna as Prince Dauntless the Drab, Brandon Guzman as the Silent King, and Levi Barkley as Sir Harry.

The show featured over 60 students working on stage and in production roles.  Students designed the costumes, lighting, and sound for the production.

Raytown South High will present its spring play, Almost, Maine, on March 30-31.