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Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Elects New Officers

shepherd center new board 2012From left to right: Frank Eaton, Treasurer; Kim LeSage, President; Virginia Sembower, Secretary; Alice Wehmhoener, Vice President.

At their December meeting, the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Board of Trustees elected new officers for 2013. Kim LeSage, who works for Raytown EMS, will serve as Board President. Alice Wehmhoener, retired bookkeeper, will assume the duties of Vice-President. Virginia Sembower, senior artist with Hallmark Cards will serve as Secretary, and Frank Eaton, retired banker, continues in his role as Treasurer. Ten additional individuals will serve as trustees during 2013: Samantha Cummings, Joyce Anderson Downing, Ruth Knutter, Terry Landers, Charlotte Melson, Jack Nesbitt, Ruthie Schwieterman, Mary Jane Spradley, John Thurston, and Cleathus Waddy. The 2013 Advisory Board includes Floyd Anderson, Lee Meyer, Perry Morris, and Karen Weber.

The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown  is a private, non-profit, interfaith, non-discriminatory organization whose purpose is to utilize the gifts of individuals in our community to promote continued personal and spiritual growth and help maintain the dignity and independence of all persons, focusing on adults 55 and older.

The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown (SCR) provides services for adults, 55 and older who live within the Raytown School District.  These services include:

  • Meals On Wheels
  • Wheels That Care
  • Handyman Repair
  • Senior Companion/Respite Care
  • Telephone Reassurance

Other SCR programs are open to anyone and they include:

  • Adventures In Learning
  • Exercise Class
  • Breaktime
  • Tai Chi Chih
  • Bridge & Card Group

SCR is always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with programs. For more information, please contact Executive Director Patty Stock at 816-356-9000 to find out how you can have fun while helping others, or check out the website: www.shepherdscenterraytown.org.

 

Raytown man indicted for nearly $1 million Conspiracy to steal trucks, trailers and cargo

From the US Attorney’s Office

David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 Kansas City, Mo., area men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to steal nearly $1 million worth of trucks and trailers and their cargo.

Kenneth Ray Borders, 42, Christopher Dwight Turner, 44, Reginald Shawn Tidwell, 43, Harold Robertson, 55, Verdie Carr, Jr., 53, Ryonell Eugene Fredrick, 45, Michael O’Neal Foster, 54, and Myron Piggie, 51, all of Kansas City, Mo., Jon Dirk Dickerson, 55, of Raytown, Mo., Kyle Wayne Dickerson, 30, of Holden, Mo., were charged in a 25-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.

The federal indictment alleges that all of the co-defendants participated in a conspiracy that involved the theft of commercial trucks and trailers and their cargo, such as stolen meat, beer, Nike shoes, electronics, appliances and dog food. Borders, Tidwell, Turner and Foster allegedly stole commercial tractor-trailers and their contents. John and Kyle Dickerson allegedly disguised and altered identifying characteristics of the stolen commercial trucks and trailers. Frederick, Robertson and Piggie, who owns the MP Convenience Store in Kansas City, allegedly received the stolen cargo.

According to the indictment, conspiracy involved the thefts of five Freightliner trucks and 17 trailers between 2005 and 2011. The stolen trailers included refrigerated trailers containing such cargo as 39,000 pounds of meat, 565 boxes of beef valued at $149,790, $125,000 worth of frozen ribs, and several refrigerated trailers that each contained tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of frozen chicken, including a load of frozen chicken wings valued at $59,706. Also stolen were utility trailers containing such cargo as Budweiser beer valued at $16,657, Nike shoes valued at $217,353 and 21,018 pounds of Little Sizzler sausages.

The indictment also alleges that conspirators reused and disguised these commercial trucks and trailers through the use of false and fraudulent vehicle identification numbers, license plates, registration documents, carrier names and other United States Department of Transportation certificates. Eventually, the indictment says, they disposed of these vehicles rather than maintain and repair them. Stolen trucks and trailers that had been dismantled were recovered from lots that were leased by the defendants.

In addition to the conspiracy, Borders, Jon Dickerson and Kyle Dickerson are charged together in one count of aiding and abetting the possession of stolen vehicles that were transported across state lines.

Borders is charged with one count of transporting stolen goods across state lines and two counts of aiding and abetting the transportation of stolen goods across state lines.

Borders is charged with six counts of aiding and abetting the possession of stolen goods that were transported across state lines. Borders, Jon Dickerson and Tidwell are charged together in one count and Jon and Kyle Dickerson are charged together in three counts of the same offense. Roberts is charged with one count of possessing stolen goods that were transported across state lines.

Kyle Dickerson is charged with one count of aiding and abetting the transportation of stolen vehicles across state lines. Kyle Dickerson is also charged with six counts of altering motor vehicle identification numbers.

Borders and Turner are charged together in three counts of aiding and abetting the altering of motor vehicle identification numbers.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit to the United States any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged conspiracy, including $991,234.

Ketchmark cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William L. Meiners. It was investigated by the Department of Agriculture – Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the National White Collar Crime Center, the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center, Travelers Investigative Services, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, CargoNet, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Raytown Grad makes MU’s Athletic Hall of Fame

Christi Myers Lutman, 1999 graduate of Raytown South High School has been selected to the University of Missouri’s Athletic Hall of Fame. According to Mizzou Athletics website, Myers was one of the “central figures in the establishment of Mizzou’s volleyball program as one of national prominence.”

Myers was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American in 2002. She will holds the record for blocks with 454, and is third all time at MU in hitting percentage at .322 and fourth in kills at 1,476.

Myers also doubled as a high jumper for the Tiger Track & Field team. She was only the third female in Mizzou history to clear the six-foot mark, and she was a three-time All-Big 12 performer, highlighted by placing second in 2001 and third in 2002.

While at Raytown South, the Cardinals, under head coach Shirley Earley were three time conference volleyball champions. Myers was a three year all-conference selection in volleyball and was conference player of the year as a senior.

Induction ceremonies are scheduled in Columbia on February 1st, and the inductees will be introduced at half time of the MU men’s basketball game against Vanderbilt on February 2nd.

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Winchester TIF Sixth Amendment rally postponed

A rally scheduled at the Raytown School District to battle the Winchester TIF Sixth Amendment has been postponed as the City of Kansas City and Mayor Sly James work to reach a compromise with the district. 

If a final agreement cannot be worked out, the district will re-schedule the rally after the first of the year.

“I am pleased that the city is willing to listen to our priorities and to have ongoing dialogue with us.  Patron input through email and discussion has been a helpful means of communicating with commissioners, and I believe they are hearing our concerns with the continuation of this TIF, which pulls money from students and taxpayers,” Dr. Allan Markley, Superintendent of Schools said.

Raytown School District press conference on Winchester TIF

raytown_schoolsThe Raytown School District will host a press conference/rally on Wednesday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the Raytown Schools Education and Conference Center, 10750 E. 350 Highway.  The purpose of the rally is to offer information regarding a proposed Sixth Amendment to the Winchester TIF established in 1991 by the city of Kansas City, which is set to use a surplus of millions of TIF monies to fund a soccer complex in Swope Park.  The District believes this is an attempt to divert millions of potential education dollars away from Raytown and also negatively impacts other taxing jurisdictions which provide services for libraries, mental health needs, and for the blind.

The Raytown School District is specifically opposed to the Sixth Amendment, as it believes:

  • The amendment seeks to use monies that paid by taxpayers for school and library purposes to build a soccer complex.   
  • The amendment seeks to unfairly use taxpayer monies from one school district for recreational improvements in another school district. 
  • The amendment seeks to extend a TIF that is set to expire and create new projects beyond the 10 year statutory limit. 
  • The amendment seeks to cost taxpayers an additional $4 million and nine additional years for a total of $13 million in lost funds for Raytown schools
  • The amendment violates the Missouri TIF Act in several ways, including the failure to distribute surplus funds to the taxing districts.

 

*A complete copy of the legal objections filed with the TIF Commission is available upon request.

Raytown School’s REAP food drive

raytown_schoolsSpring Valley Elementary, Southwood Elementary, Blue Ridge Elementary, Raytown South Middle, and Transportation Services are participating in the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) Food Drive Challenge from December 12-20.

Throughout the campaign, each group will collect food, hygiene, and household items. If the school collects 800 pounds of food and supplies, three volunteer staff members must sleep on the roof the entire night of December 20. For every 100 pounds over, one more volunteer is added.

School Bus Behavior Coach Mark Hoskins said, “Our goal is to have fun, but really we wanted to provide a chance for students and staff to help people in our community. The timing is set to help REAP with the Christmas rush as well as helping to make sure their cupboards are not bare after Christmas. We also believe this is an opportunity for kids in the district to learn what it means to help others and to have fun doing it. It’s win/win really.”

Blue Ridge Elementary staff is motivating students by creating a pictograph of the event; as they collect enough items, the stick figure representative is placed on the roof.

Raytown South Middle arranged a pre-challenge Thanksgiving fundraiser and was able to get 476 pounds of food and supplies to REAP. Since Thanksgiving, students have brought in an additional 700 pounds of food.

At Southwood Elementary, Principal Anson Baker says his school is “working hard to collect items,” and they are excited to accept the challenge Spring Valley put forth.

Two days into the challenge, Spring Valley Elementary collected close to 300 pounds. Physical Education Teacher Laura Girard said that the school feels great about this year’s drive, and plans to beat last year’s total. Last year, Spring Valley collected almost 2000 pounds of food and had 11 staff members on the roof all night long.

The Clock is back

The Raytown clock in the mini park on 63rd Street was demolished by a car driving where cars are not suppose to go. It has been replaced and looks very nice again.

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Raytown School District Alumni Hall of Fame nominations

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The Raytown School District is seeking nominations for the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Nominees must be 30 years of age or older for consideration.

The Alumni Hall of Fame, begun in 2003-2004, is a program that pays tribute to alumni who have achieved a certain level of distinction in their lives and careers. It also celebrates the rich heritage of education in the Raytown community. Honorees have noteworthy success in areas such as business, visual or performing arts, community service, academics, athletics, or military service.

Nominations for the class of 2013 are due by February 1, 2013. Nomination forms and additional information are available on the District’s website at www.raytownschools.org or by calling the Community Relations Office at 816-268-7000.

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Free Respite Care through Breaktime Club of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

The Breaktime Club program invites older care recipients with some limitations to enjoy a program which engages the body, mind and spirit. Caregivers are able to find comfort in the fact that their loved ones are enjoying a day of social interaction.

The Breaktime Club of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown provides respite for caregivers each Monday, empowering them to respond to their own needs and enhancing their ability as caregivers.

The Breaktime Club meets every Monday at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 5055 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and includes a hot lunch.

There are no cost or residency requirements to participate in this program. Funding is provided by Shepherd’s Center of America and Mid America Regional Council Department of Aging.

A Caregiver’s Support Group meets the second Monday of each month at 9:30 at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church. Caregiver resources are shared by professionals in the field of aging to assist in caregiving knowledge. Each month a different speaker is featured.

For additional information please contact the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown at 816-356- 9000 or Program Director Dianne Morris at 816-353-3155.

The Breaktime Club is one of several programs and services of the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. The Shepherd’s Center of Raytown offers many programs that enable older adults to discover opportunities for continuing intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. These programs include: Adventures in (Lifelong) Learning, Exercise Group, Book Club, Bridge/Cards Group and Tai Chi Chih. In order to assist in aging in place for older adults, Shepherd’s Center of Raytown also provides the following services: Meals on Wheels, Senior Companion/Respite Care, Telephone Reassurance, Handyman Repair and Wheels that Care transportation assistance.

Police catch teen(s) flashing guns

A RaytownOnline source stated that police were called after a gun was flashed in the area just Northwest of Raytown South High School.  About 7 police cars responded, several youth fled, but were apprehended. Another source was driving south on Sterling and observed a half dozen youth in a semicircle on the driveway of the Southview Baptist Church just before the police arrived. The youth were watching another young male running away from them and there was a shoe in the middle of the semicircle of young people.

Edible Creations opens in Raytown

I did not have time to sample the fare at Edible Creations yet, but the bakery/reasturant and the food looks fantastic. The only observable problem is that it is hard to notice from the street. It is almost in the NorthEast corner of the shopping center at 5200 Blue Ridge Blvd., just past Salon Monaco. 

http://www.facebook.com/EdibleCreationsKCMO

Manager Taylor Holmes

Manager Taylor Holmes

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 Soups, Quiche and Salads

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 Sandwiches

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 Pleasant, attractive and comfortable furnishings

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One gone and One coming back

Buffalo Wild wings is long gone, but it looks like Burger King will be coming back soon.  Burger King has a sign out asking people to apply for a job and they are rebuilding the damaged building. It actually looks like Burger King may be doing more than just repairs. Here are some photos that tell the story.

GONE

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COMING BACK

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First Day Filings for the City of Raytown Political Offices

FILING FOR OFFICE

April 2, 2013 General Municipal Election

Alderman Ward I – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Josh Greene

Richard Tush

Alderman Ward II – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Jim Hamilton

Jason Greene

Jerry J. Kinman

Alderman Ward III – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Mark Moore

Janet Emerson

Chris Merrill

Alderman Ward IV – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Rita Bennett

William E. (Bill) Van Buskirk

Alderman Ward V – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Steve Mock

Efrem Z. Williams Sr.

City Marshal – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Jim Lynch

Municipal Judge – 4 year term expiring April 2017

Traci Fann

Raytown High School Distributive Education Club of America Literacy Night

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The Raytown High School Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) and New Trails Early Learning Center recently teamed up for their annual Literacy Night.  This was the 5th year for DECA and New Trails to join forces for the event, and 258 students and family members attended.

The partnership works on two levels.  The first goal is to raise awareness about literacy, so each student who is enrolled in New Trails, and attends the event, gets the opportunity to attend five Literacy Stations:  Nursery Rhyme, Print Awareness, Book Time, Alphardy, and Phonological Awareness.  All students who attend five stations earn a free book.

The second goal of the partnership is to allow the RHS Entrepreneurship students (all of whom are members of RHS DECA) to implement their business plans.  Each semester the students who enroll in the Entrepreneurship course create multi-page business plans for their own carnival booth.  They can choose to be a sole-proprietor or to create a partnership for the event. 

“The carnival allows our students to implement their hard work and make an abstract idea very real,” DECA sponsor Kate Zieger said.

Parks Board and Raytown Sports Association meeting

Video of the Special Parks board meeting called on December 6th, 2012. This portion is the part that deals with an agreement with Raytown Sports Association (AKA Raytown Baseball Association). Click below to download a copy of the agreement in Word 2003 format. If you cannot utilize that format, leave a comment with the file types you can view.

2013 Raytown Baseball Assn Operating Agreement final

Help Harry Stone website

A website has been created to help raise funds for the reward to catch his murderers. The reward is now at $10,000. The website features pictures of Harry and his family and  a donation link.  “Do the Right Thing” bracelets can be purchased online with the proceeds going to the TIPS Hotline reward fund.  Comments can also be left for his family.

http://www.helpharrystone.com/index.html

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