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Adult Programs

July 1, 2010, Thursday at 10:45 AM
Continuing T’ai Chi Chih Practice Class
For those who have already learned the T’ai Chi Chih movements, this class is intended to support your continued practice of T’ai Chi Chih regularly so you can get all the benefits that you need.
(For adults) Registration is required.

 

July 14, 2010, Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Colleen’s Crochet Connection
We’ll learn, share and teach each other the art of crochet.
(For adults) Registration is required.

 

July 15, 2010, Thursday at 2:00 PM
Dome Theater: Secrets of the Dead Sea
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Secrets of the Dead Sea is a full-dome documentary, filmed at the Dead Sea and from space with historical clips and computer animation. In this show, the Dead Sea comes alive through stories preserved in its cliffs and caves and in the stars overhead. Ancient scrolls chronicle the passage of time by motions of the Sun and Moon, while rock and sand preserve a living record of a place as timeless as the star patterns above. Produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science/Rice University as part of the NASA-funded Immersive Earth Project. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sell June 1st and must be purchased at the branch.
(All ages) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.

 

July 15, 2010, Thursday at 6:15 PM
Dome Theater: Secrets of the Dead Sea
The Dome Theater is a one-of-a-kind experience using the latest in fish-eye lens projection technology to create a totally immersive experience that rivals IMAX. Secrets of the Dead Sea is a full-dome documentary, filmed at the Dead Sea and from space with historical clips and computer animation. In this show, the Dead Sea comes alive through stories preserved in its cliffs and caves and in the stars overhead. Ancient scrolls chronicle the passage of time by motions of the Sun and Moon, while rock and sand preserve a living record of a place as timeless as the star patterns above. Produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science/Rice University as part of the NASA-funded Immersive Earth Project. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sell June 1st and must be purchased at the branch.
(All ages) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.

 

August 11, 2010, Wednesday at 6:30 PM
Colleen’s Crochet Connection
We’ll learn, share and teach each other the art of crochet.
(For adults) Registration is required.

 

August 17, 2010, Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Homeschooling 101
Are you thinking about homeschooling, but don’t know how to get started? This session is for you! An experienced home educator examines the benefits of teaching children and teens at home, explains Missouri Law and discusses curriculum options. Information about local support groups and opportunities will be shared. Please come and learn more about this exciting education option. You can do it! Even if you’re already homeschooling, this program can be helpful to you, too!
(For adults) Registration is required.

Raytown Librarian Lacie Griffin win award

Raytown Central Middle School librarian, Lacie Griffin was given the Lynne Stype Empowerment Award by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.  The award included $750 towards her expenses to attend the American Library Conference in Washington D.C.

Raytown ends month with 2nd homicide – 7100 block of Woodson Rd.

Raytown Police were called to the 7100 block of Crisp at about 10:22 p.m. last night to investigate the report of a man down from a gunshot wound.  When they arrived police found an 18 year old Kansas City man lying in the yard suffering from a superficial gunshot wound.  About fifteen minutes later, police received another call to the 7100 block of Woodson, about a block and half away, to investigate a report of another gunshot victim.  At that second address police and paramedics found a 40 year old Kansas City man lying dead inside the house.  The second victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names have been released at this early stage of the investigation.  Detectives are working on locating the dead man’s next of kin.  Police believe that both shootings are connected.   

 

UPDATE

Police have arrested someone in connection to this case early the next morning.  Police have also identified the deceased as Andre M. Bess, 40, of Kansas City. The wounded man has not been identified at this time.

Fox4KC.com has video on the shooting and states that this is the 5th homicide in Raytown this year.

 Until recently, Bess work for Hope Faith Ministries and he is featured in the Hope Faith Ministries video below.

Channel 41 news has a story about Mr. Bess and his work with the homeless.

Channel 5 also has video of this click HERE.

Teacher who is a Raytown South graduate Enters State Hall of Fame

Cathy Corum Wood, 1972 graduate of Raytown South High School, was honored in May 2010 with the 2010 Kansas Thespians Hall of Fame Award.  Cathy was thrilled that Mrs. Shirley Scott, her debate teacher at RSHS from 1969-1972, was able to attend her induction ceremony.

“This award honors her remarkable career not only in the classroom but as director of Theatre at Shawnee Mission South,“   Max Brown, Kansas Thespians chapter director said.

 Mrs. Wood has spent the last 29 years teaching Broadcasting, Forensics, Debate, and Theatre at SM South and is retiring this month.  She plans on returning to stage acting, reading a lot, substitute teaching some, and visiting her son, also a RSHS graduate, in South Bend, Indiana where he is pursuing his MBA.

 Mrs. Wood also will be inducted this summer into the National Forensics Hall of Fame.  And she is only the seventh Kansas coach to ever receive this honor.  

Submitted by Nancy J. Holliday, former RSHS teacher, with Cathy Wood’s permission.

Caylor Killer appealing for a new trial (update, appeal denied)

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday,  May 18th on whther Kellen C. McKinney should be granted a new trial.  

For more on this goto the KC Star article:

 http://www.kansascity.com/2010/05/18/1955330/new-trial-considered.html

UPDATE

The Missouri Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling Tuesday that had ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing a Raytown couple

For more on this goto the KC Star article.

  http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/29/2052385/convictions-upheld-in-killings.html#ixzz0sOSq5fft

Raytown Rotary Club Installation of New Officers

Thursday the 24th of June, Raytown Rotary Club inducted their new Officers
and Directors for the year 2010-11 at a Hilton Garden Inn banquet.
Prestigious honors for Service Above Self were also given.

Officers:  Terry Landers, President; Shirley Wurth, Vice President (Not
pictured); Steve Sheldon President Elect, (Not pictured); Allan Thompson,
Secretary; John Brackman, Treasurer (Not pictured;  Paul Broome, Club
Service; Jason Bledsoe, Community Service; BJ Taylor International Service;
Cathy Allie, Sergeant-of-Arms; Kim LeSage, New Generations; John Ness,
Vocational Service.  The club looks forward to a productive coming year in
service to its community & world neighborhoods.

Terry Landers, President

 

Police Blotters for the week ending 7/2/2010

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Fireworks injures 3 young adults in 7200 block of Ash St.

Three young adults in their late teens to early 20s bought legal fireworks and were attempting to combine the components into something more powerful.  Their workshop was the bedroom of a Raytown house in the 7200 block of Ash Street.   Something went wrong  Saturday night and the resulting explosion injured all three of them, one young woman critically.  Raytown Fire Department arrived at the home at 9:21 pm and found structural damage and one female with serious injuries, one male with injuries and one male that refused treatment.

For more on this story check out The Kansas City Star article, or Fox 4 KC.

UPDATE

A Kansas City Star article about a fireworks explosion in Blue Springs has details about the Raytown explosion that are new. Two of the people injured are from Belton, Colby Johnson, 20 and Kirstie Perry.  A fund has been established at a Belton bank to help pay her medical expenses.

To read the KC Star article goto  http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/29/2053508/recent-explosions-point-up-danger.html#ixzz0sORZhnAh

The Sunday Funnies

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

shepcenterRaytownThe Shepherd’s Center’s mission is to promote the dignity, independence and continued productivity of older adults. It encourages personal and spiritual growth through its programs and services, and is dedicated to helping older persons live in their homes and community for as long as possible.

One of the services that the Shepherds Center provides to its communities’ seniors is Meals on Wheels in which volunteers deliver hot nutritious meals five days per week to those requiring assistance with their dietary needs without sacrificing their ability to remain independent in their own homes. Wheels that Care is another service in which volunteers transport seniors to medical appointments Monday through Friday if they are unable to drive or transport themselves. The Shepherds Center also offers programs to keep seniors active such as a monthly Book Club, Bridge and Card group, Exercise Class, Computer Classes and many more. There are six services and nine different programs available.

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown
7900 Blue Ridge Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64138
Phone: (816) 356-9000
Fax: (816) 356-6526
E-mail: shepherdscenterr@sbcglobal.net
Website:
www.shepherdscenterraytown.org

Homicide on Elm Street update

Tawanda Kunonga,of Kansas City has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Latoya Hopkins. Police found Kunonga’s bloody palm and finger impressions on a vehicle in Hopkins’ garage. Kunonga is being held in the county jail.

 

AfterMath Van

More on this in the KCSTAR and the PITCH

Children’s Program at the Raytown library

June 29, 2010, Tuesday at 2:00 PM
Mid-Continent Public Library 
6131 Raytown Road

 

 Make a Splash with Dino O’Dell and the Veloci-Rappers 

Learn how to swim in peanut butter, swim with sharks and fix spaceships. “Make a Splash” features Dino’s interactive music and storytelling which engages children through singing, dancing, fill-in-the blank lyric writing, finger plays and counting songs. It’s fun for all ages and is especially geared for 2 to 10 year olds.

Registration is required.

$5 million grant for 1,200 Jobs for Fifth District Youth

Congressman Cleaver and Governor Nixon announce $5 million grant for 1,200 Jobs for Fifth District Youth

Announcement is largest in Missouri and will pay $10 an hour, 40 hours a week

In April, Congressman Cleaver convened a meeting at the Kauffman Foundation of some of the areas top businesses and non-profits doing work in the emerging green arena. At the meeting, he expressed concern that our young people would be getting out of school soon and, like their parents, would face a very difficult job market. The Congressman learned very well during his days as Mayor, and he would quickly say even more as a father, that idle hands often find their way into trouble.

Continue reading $5 million grant for 1,200 Jobs for Fifth District Youth

Raytown State Rep. Leonard “Jonas” Hughes IV delinquent on taxes

Leonard “Jonas” Hughes IV, represents a small portion of Raytown and is running for mayor of Kansas City. The Kansas City Star reports that he still owes $1,282.89 in property taxes from 2005.

To read the KC Star article click here.

Raytown resident David G. Jungerman in the news again

David Jungerman, whose last 15 minutes of fame involved a missing Rolex (click here to learn more), has made the news again.  This time it is for putting a sign on a 45 foot long trailer in his Bates County cornfield.  The message on the sign is “Are you a Producer or Parasite” and “Democrats – Party of the Parasites”

For more on this story goto the Kansas City Star article.

UPDATE

It seems that Mr. Jungerman is not opposed to all government programs that hand out money.  A database of subsidies to farmer owners (click here to go to the source) shows he has accepted $140,949 in Disaster Subsidies and $954,152 in Commodity Subsidies for a total of $1,095,101 over the last 15 years.  Mr. Jungerman is the top recipient of farm aid in the 64133 and 64138 zip code area that includes almost all of Raytown by a wide margin (click here to see 64133 results).

The Kansas City Star has also run an article on this twist to the parasite story (click here to read it).

There seems to be more interesting documents and articles about Mr. Jungerman and his businesses. ChatterBox.com has dug up a couple more twists to this story (click here). 

This story has generated a lot of interest and a lot of comments. Unfortunately most the comments fail to meet our standards.  Comments about the values involved, facts, opinions etc. OK, but just calling Mr Jungerman names is a comment that will not get approved.  Yes I know that may be your opinion, but we prefer to keep this board rated G.  For further guidance on our standards, click on the about tab.

Police Blotters for the week ending 6/25/2010

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Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church Bike & Build organization cyclists

Bike & Build cyclists rode from Sedalia to Raytown on their way to Lawrence and then Manhattan and finally Oregon.  While being hosted by Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, the group will do work for Habitats for Humanity.

For a more detailed report goto the Kansas City Star article (click here)

Assault at 350 Hwy and Blue Ridge Blvd.

RAYTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
 

 Subject: Assault at 350 Hwy and Blue Ridge Blvd. 

Date: 06-17-10 

At 6:31 A.M., officers responded to the area of 350 Hwy and Blue Ridge Blvd.  It was reported that a motorist traveling westbound on 350 Hwy had his windshield broken by a rock thrown from the Blue Ridge Blvd. bridge over 350 Hwy.  The motorist was not injured.  He said the rock was thrown by a juvenile that was walking on the bridge with several other juveniles.  Five juveniles and one adult were contacted in the area.  One of the juveniles stopped was identified by the victim as the person that threw the rock.  That juvenile was detained by the Raytown Police for assault and later transported to the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Center.

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UPDATE

Fox 4 news has a video report on this story (click here)

Fox 4 has a follow up story on this (click here)

The Sunday Funnies

Citizens plead for help to the Board of Aldermen about teen crime in South Raytown

Raytown resident spoke for almost an hour about the problems they are facing from out of control children stealing, fighting, vandalizing, blocking traffic and other criminal behavior.  A lot of the focus was on the area around 85th and Lane.  

The complete video of the public comments and the response by Mayor Bower


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Part 2 of 7


Part 3 of 7


Part 4 of 7


Part 5 of 7


Part 6 of 7


Part 7 of 7 Mayor Bowers comments

Raytown resident develops college program for students with special needs

An article on the front page of today’s Kansas City Star describes a new program developed by Raytown resident Joyce Anderson Downing, Ph.D. and her colleagues at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. During the summer of 2009, Downing met with members of board of the nonprofit agency, Expanding College for Exceptional Learners (EXCEL). After six months of collaborative planning, and funded by a nearly $500,000 grant from EXCEL, Downing and THRIVE program staff are reviewing applications for fall 2010. A cohort of 10-12 college-aged students with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities will be selected to live on the UCM campus, participate in a learning community, and further develop their functional academic, social and life skills.

Although the original application deadline was June 15, Downing says they will continue to accept applications until June 30th to accommodate those who may not have heard of the program prior to publication of the Star article.

Link to article:

http://m.kansascity.com/kcstar/db_41475/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=eeuPPvhN&src=cat

More information on EXCEL, and on the THRIVE Program is available on their respective websites:
http://www.excelkc.org/

www.ucmo.edu/thrive

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Garden Tour and Lunch part II

The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown 13th Annual Garden Tour and Lunch were a
success in spite of the afternoon rains.  The gardens that were on the tour
were:

Mary Jo and Ted Tschirhart
4954 Marsh

Cerise and Ronald Harris
11309 East 48th Terrace

Virginia, Chris and Kyle Sembower
12304 East 78th Street

Marty and Terry Davis
8008 Willow Way

Coleen Easterday
8000 Appleton

Cherie and Tom Brown
8426 Evanston

Police Blotters for the week ending 6/18/2010

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Raytown Students selected for Missouri Scholars Academy

Six local students from Raytown and Raytown South High School were selected to attend Missouri Scholars Academy.   The Raytown High School students selected are Charleen Sims and Monica Hernandez. The Raytown South students selected are Zachary McFerren, Brittney Spratt, Joseph Summers and David Howey.

More information about Missouri Scholars Academy is available online at  http://www.moscholars.org/

Benetti’s featured in KC Star article

Ben and Sarah Helt’s coffee shop is featured in today’s Neighborhood News section of the Kansas City Star. It is also available online.  The link below will take you to the article without the indignity of seeing it listed under the Independence section of the news.

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/15/2019140/where-everybody-knows-your-name.html