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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

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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.

One Man Dead Following Shooting at Gas Station

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One man has died after a shooting at a Raytown gas station in the 5200 block of Blue Ridge Cutoff on Saturday night, 11-19-16. Police were called at about 7:09 p.m. regarding the sound of shots fired. Officers arrived and found two adult men that had been shot, in the lot. Both men were transported to a hospital. One of the men has died, and the seriousness of injury to the other man was not known. The age and name of the deceased man was not known.

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.)

Raytown man charged with firing multiple times into vehicle, killing one, injuring others

deandre_m_jackson2A 24-year-old Raytown, MO, man faces a murder, assault and other felony charges for firing multiple times into a stranded vehicle with four women, killing one and injuring others, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Deandre M. Jackson, dob: 12/1/1991, faces Murder 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, three counts of Assault 1st Degree, and five counts of Armed Criminal Action charges.*

According to court records filed today, police were dispatched on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, to 21st and Cleveland on a shooting and found four female victims who were suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims, Maryanna Pennington, died from her wounds.

Investigation of the scene, according to court records, revealed that the victim’s vehicle had stopped due to a broken front axle. The victims had called for assistance. Nearly three dozen shell casings were found at the scene around the vehicle. Witnesses and victims told police that a shooter was “Day Day” who was Deandre Jackson. One said he had been fighting with one of the victims that day. Another witness also identified the defendant as the person who opened up the front passenger door of the stranded vehicle and shot into the vehicle.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $500,000 cash. The case remains under investigation.

 

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Jerome Barnes wins Missouri 28th District House race

jerome-barnes-capitolDemocrat Jerome Barnes was elected to the Missouri House, 28th District by a substantial margin Tuesday.

Jackson County % Kansa City % Total %
Barnes 7211 58.36 1779 67.41 8990 59.95
VanBuskirk 5146 41.64 860 32.59 6006 40.05
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RaytownOnline endorses Jerome Barnes for State Representative Dist. 28

Mr. Barnes’ 30+ years of service to our community, his résumé, and his positions on issues that are critical to a inner ring suburb make Jerome Barnes the best choice to represent us in Jeff. City.

Mr. Barnes has served our community as a coach, athletic director, umpire, and member of our school board. These positions along with his service as a sergeant in the Army and middle manager in the Postal Service are indicative of leadership, organization, and the ability to work with people from all walks of life

Three differences on the issues stand out.

Jerome Barnes supports public Pre-Kindergarten education and Bill VanBuskirk opposes it.  A major factor in the health of a community is the quality of the schools.  Good schools attract people to live here and we should not deny our educators this important tool to increase the academic and social skills of our students.

Urban renewal is another difference between the two candidates. Mr. VanBuskirk is on record opposing taking grant money to revitalize run-down homes. His voiced opposition was based on the required 25% set-aside for lower income buyers. The reality I see is that if we do not want lower income buyers, we are going to get lower income renters in a large portion of our residences.  Mr. Barnes supports programs that result elimination of blight and raising the percentage of homes in the hands of owners.

The final issue is the minimum wage.  A recent public forum ask the candidates if they supported increasing the minimum wage. Mr. Barnes answered “yes”, Mr. VanBuskirk stated that he did not believe in any minimum wage, that if people need more money they should get a better job.

When it comes to these issues, you may agree with Bill VanBuskirk, and your obvious choice would be to ignore my endorsement of Jerome Barnes. In the interest of full disclosure, Mr. Barnes is a personal friend who has helped RaytownOnline keep the public informed about events and issues concerning the Raytown School District.

Michael N. Downing

editor, owner, reporter, janitor… of RaytownOnline.com

 

ELECTION 2016 THE CANDIDATES ON THE ISSUES part 2

There is one political race this year that is very much a Raytown Race and that is the Missouri Representative for the 28th District. This district covers almost all of Raytown and Raytown covers most of this district.

The candidates are Jerome Barnes (D) and Bill VanBuskirk (R).

Issue 2 is raising the minimum wage. Barnes supports raising it and VanBuskirk opposes any minimum wage at all.  Below is an excerpt of the candidates answers in the public forum

The full video of this forum can be viewed in this previous article on RaytownOnline.com

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

Election 2016 The candidates on the issues

There is one political race this year that is very much a Raytown Race and that is the Missouri Representative for the 28th District. This district covers almost all of Raytown and Raytown covers most of this district.

The candidates are Jerome Barnes (D) and Bill VanBuskirk (R).

Issue 1 is Pre-K Education. Barnes supports public Pre-K classes and VanBuskirk opposes it.  Below is an excerpt of the candidates answers in the public forum

 

The full video of this forum can be viewed in this previous article on RaytownOnline.com

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

District High School Marching Bands Wrap Up Successful Seasons

The Raytown High School, Bluejay Pride, and the Raytown South High School, Southern Regiment, marching bands recently wrapped up successful marching seasons.

This season, the Raytown High School, Bluejay Pride, performed a show titled, “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The Bluejay Pride placed first in their division at the Park Hill District Marching Festival and earned second place in their division at the Missouri Western Tournament of Champions. The band also earned third place in their division at the Smith-Cotton Marching Festival and received third place in their division at the Trenton Marching Festival.

The Raytown South High School, Southern Regiment, performed a show titled, “Reflections of Fame” arranged by 1987 Raytown South graduate, Steve Vento. This season, Southern Regiment placed first in their division and earned the outstanding performance recognition at the Sedalia Marching Band Competition. The band competed in finals for the second year in a row, earned second place, and earned the outstanding percussion award at the Festival of Champions at the University of Central Missouri. Southern Regiment earned third place in their division with an excellent performance rating at the Heart of America Marching Festival at the University of Kansas. The band also competed at the Golden Regiment Marching Band Invitational at Blue Springs High School and the Lee’s Summit North Marching Festival.

The Raytown High School Bluejay Pride Marching Band is under the direction of Joseph Hill. The Raytown South High School Southern Regiment Marching Band is under the direction of Brandon Hord.

Rice-Tremonti Soup and Crafts today and tommorrow

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Raytown Quality Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

Little Blue Elementary School fourth grade teacher Madeline Burkemper has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Burkemper was nominated by a colleague, Alex Tompkins. She has only been teaching at Little Blue for two years, but she has already made an incredible impact, according to Tompkins.

“In the five years I’ve been teaching, I’ve never met anyone like Ms. Burkemper,” said Tompkins. “The way she creates relationships with her students changes their lives for the better. She knows their likes, dislikes, fears, motivators and so much more. She has so much fun with them, but also holds them to high expectations. Therefore, she sees great results.”

According to Tompkins, Burkemper is known for being cautious about what she asks for so that her colleagues have extra money to spend. This past year, when several Little Blue teachers switched to a “flexible seating” arrangement in their classrooms, Burkemper went out of her way to write a grant so that her students could have some fun places to sit, without the school having to pay for it out of their budget. The grant was funded in less than 24 hours.

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. In addition, a 16th prize, the “National Spirit Award,” is given to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples, Florida. Winners will be announced in Spring 2017.

Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be school district employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

  • A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
  • An ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
  • Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
  • A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level
  • A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
  • Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyearnominees.com/showspirit/.

To view Ms. Burkemper’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit https://lifechangeroftheyear.com/madeline-burkemper/

Steve Mock Memorial part II

On Tuesday at 6:30 pm Raytown’s Mayor unveiled the memorial to Alderman Steve Mock.  The memorial sits in front of a Sweetbay Magnolia tree also planted in remembrance.

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Steve Mock memorial Sweetbay Magnolia

 

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This is what the flowers will look like in the Spring.

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Video of the memorial services.

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus

Concert to benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Saturday, November 5, 2016
4:00 pm

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 
5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard 
Kansas City, Missouri 64133 

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Steve Mock Memorial Tree and Monument Dedication

October 18, 2016, 6:30 PM, Raytown City Hall

The City of Raytown will host a dedication ceremony to commemorate the life and civic leadership of Alderman Steve Mock who passed away earlier this summer.

The ceremony will occur with the Mock family and City leaders on the east lawn of Raytown City Hall near the staff entrance to the building. Please join us as we dedicate a tree and monument in his honor.

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Raytown man arrested in Brookside

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Raymond C. Hoblia

A 35 year old Raytown resident Raymond C. Hoblia was arrested in the Brookside area of Kansas City. A man in the 400 block of W. 59th Terrace saw Hoblia trying to open a sliding door side of his home. The he called police. Officers already nearby responded. The officers found the suspect in a nearby house. A K-9 officer was brought in and apprehended Hoblia who was hiding in a bedroom closet.

While all the news refers to Hoblia as a Kansas City man, the charging documents give his address in the 5900 block of Kentucky Ave. which is in the heart of Raytown. Hoblia has felony convictions in 2001 for Robbery and Armed Criminal Action and another conviction in 2011 for Burglary. Both these convictions were for crimes committed in Jackson County, MO.

RaytownOnline thanks FOX 4 for providing code to embed their video in this article.

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party: Ice cream, live music, Buffalo Soldiers and crafts

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The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home will hold an old-fashioned lawn party on the grounds of the Rice-Tremonti Home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-6 p.m. The 1844 era farmhouse is located at 8801 E. 66st St. in Raytown. Admission is free for the afternoon event and ice cream will be served and homemade jams and bread will be for sale.

Three Americana/Folk music acts are on the schedule. The Shortleaf Band will play at 2 p.m.; the duo of Betse & Clarke will perform at 3:30 p.m. and Kelly Hunt will play at 4:30 p.m. Each group will evoke the sounds of yesteryear in contemporary stylings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

In addition, historic re-enactors of the Kansas City-Leavenworth area chapter of the National 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, or Buffalo Soldiers, will be present to explain how African-American cavalry soldiers played a big role in “taming the West” in the 19th century. The Buffalo Soldiers were members of the 10th Cavalry formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866. They protected settlers during the westward expansion. Members of the group will be present throughout the afternoon and will give a talk at 3:30 p.m.

A talented group of crafters will sell their hand-made wares to attendees. Participating crafters include: Beyond Scentsations, soy candles and wax melts; Serendipity Dish, unique towel sets for kids; Revamp By Lady Dunn, one of a kind jewelry; Hum-A-Long Ranch, alpaca wool goods; Cassie’s K-9 Bakery, homemade dog treats; Designs By Downing, quilts, children’s bibs and aprons; Soapnotica, handmade soaps and lotions made to pamper you and your skin and Ailina Jewelry, handmade jewelry of stones, crystal, glass and metal beads. More are expected to sign up. No fees for crafters!

Of course, the Friends of Rice-Tremonti will serve homemade ice cream to cap off a fun afternoon outdoors. Yes, it’s all  free, but donations are always welcome as the not-for-profit group is responsible for all upkeep and preservation costs of maintaining this 172-year-old westward trails and Civil War landmark. Tours of the house and Aunt Sophie’s cabin will be held during the afternoon.

For more information contact Leigh Elmore, president of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home Assn., 816-510-8179.

Police identify suspect in home theft video

A 91 year old Raytown resident was robbed recently in her home.  After items in the home started disappearing, the woman’s son installed a surveillance system in the home and the theft was caught on video.

RaytownOnline thanks KCTV for providing code to embed their coverage of this.

Click HERE for the full KCTV article

Raytown Online endorses Jessica Podhola for State Senate

jessicaJessica Podhola is probably the best prepared 1st time politician running for office.  She has lived in the district for many years, unlike her opponent who moved into the district when it became apparent that there would be an open seat in this district.  Jessica has worked for progressive Democratic values for decades and has worked with Raytown Democrats.

I am not going to mince words, the choice is between a smart and hard-working person of character who is running a campaign dependent on a lot of shoe leather and a machine politician who was moved into the district to serve the interests of his patron political machine.

For more on this race click HERE for an excellent article in the PITCH.

Raytown Online endorses Bonnaye Mims

b onnaye at the capitolBonnaye Mims may have only 2 precincts in Raytown, but she lives in one of them and is a frequent speaker at the Raytown Democratic Association. Her reports on Jefferson City are second only to Tom McDonald’s in frequency.  She is not beholding to any political machine, she is beholding to the people in her district.  Mims is hard-working and extremely well versed on educational issues.

RaytownOnline Endorses Jerome Barnes for State Rep.

12931301_234329426915681_5495450049754522011_nJerome Barnes stands out as the only candidate who has a history of both working for our community and working for the Democratic Party. He is the only candidate that is not a stranger to working for Democratic issues and Democratic candidates.

He is a regular at the Raytown Democratic Association monthly meetings, where he keeps the membership updated on issues and events concerning the Raytown School District in keeping with his role as a member of our School Board.

Mr. Barnes has a long history of dealing with rules and regulations as a member of the US Army, the Postal Service, and the Raytown School Board. He is known for doing his homework and this experience and attention to detail will serve us well in Jefferson City.

Mr. Barnes chose Raytown to raise his family in 30 years ago and has a 30 year record of community service that has entailed working with people from all walks of life.