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Tornado warning (not watch) is over

A tornado warning issued for Jackson County from 9:33 to 10:03 pm.

Has been lifted at 9:50 pm. There still may be strong weather coming. It is NW of Raytown but close.

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NWS issued Tornado Watch for Jackson Co from 6:45 to 1:00 AM. Possible heavy rain, hail, wind.

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Two KC Men Indicted For Robbing Raytown Bank

first_federalTammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing First Federal Bank in Raytown, Mo.

Robert T. Morris, 31, and Anthony Beeks, 52, both of Kansas City, were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Morris on May 22, 2014, and adds Beeks as a co-defendant.

Today’s indictment alleges that Morris and Beeks, aiding and abetting each other, stole $2,025 from First Federal Bank, 9330 E. Gregory, Raytown, on April 24, 2014.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Morris entered the bank, approached the teller counter and provided the teller with a demand note, which was similar in verbiage to the following, “YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS, HURRY UP, PUT THE MONEY IN THE BAG, NO FUNNY BUSINESS, HURRY UP.” The teller did not have access to any money, but walked over to another teller and showed her the demand note. The second teller then provided Morris with $2,025, the indictment says. Morris allegedly put the stolen money in a manila envelope and fled the bank. The demand note was left behind.first federal robber

On May 13, 2014, a witness told law enforcement officers that he recognized Morris from bank surveillance photos that were posted on a media Web site. A few minutes, Kansas City police officers located Morris and Beeks, who were driving through the Westport area, and began surveillance.

On May 22, 2014, a federal search warrant was executed on the vehicle Beeks had been driving, which was at his residence. Morris was arrested the same day. Beeks was arrested today.

Dickinson 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 Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Leena V. Ramana. It was investigated by the FBI and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

The Raytown Charter Commission’s 5th Meeting

The actual progress made in the 5th Charter Commission meeting was hard to determine.  Once the minutes have been published, I will review them along with the video and publish a more objective summary.  In the meantime, what follows is my editorial point of view …

Editorial content:

The 5th meeting wasted 2 hours of the 2.5-hour session talking about adding wording like “sovereign” and “right to bear arms” in the draft charter’s definition of the rights of the people. Many items that a subset of the commission wanted included are not bad ideas in principle, but have no place in a city charter.  I may like blue cheese, but it does not belong in my iced tea. These subjects are the appropriate domain of the Federal and State government; nothing the Charter Commission adds to the charter can supercede State or Federal law.   

The commission should be much further along, because so much time has been wasted on irrelevant and/or ineffective discussion. The first sections of the charter could have been copied from The Missouri Municipal League’s model charter with the only change being the insertion of the name Raytown in the appropriate spots. More significant sections are yet to be addressed that DO need careful attention, and that will need to be tailored specifically to Raytown.  Time wasted debating “rights” that are not in the domain of what a city government controls would be better spent addressing the “rights” we do NOT have and COULD have with a charter (petition, recall, and referendum). My concern is that the waters will get muddied with controversial issues that are dear to our Libertarian friends, but that would keep the charter from being passed by the majority of the voters.  

Other concerns…

1. A charter is not a constitution. There are similarities, and a charter is often described as a city’s constitution; however, a charter is not a constitution–just as a cat is not a tiger. They are similar, but not equal. 

2. Preceding a position or pronouncement by words like “technically,” or “legally” without factual citation in  support does not give more weight to a position in the mind of a listener with a discerning ear. 

3. Complaints about the delay in posting the Board of Aldermen meeting video on YouTube does not fall in the realm of the Charter Commission charge. 

4.  The delay in putting the previous Charter Commission video on the public channel was the fault of  RaytownOnline, not the fault of any city employee.   Other matters occupied my time and I did not get a DVD to the city as quickly as I have in the past.

 

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Jerald A. Graybill Obituary

 

bill grayJerald A. Graybill, Age 65, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 surrounded by his children.  Jerry was born on October 7, 1948 and resided in the Kansas City area his entire life.  He graduated from Raytown South High School in 1966.  Jerry served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1970 volunteering for two tours in Vietnam aboard the USS Sanctuary hospital ship.  Upon returning to the states, Jerry worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone in various positions and retired in 2002 as a cable splicing technician.  Jerry was predeceased by his dad, Ralph Graybill.  Survivors include his mother, Bernice Graybill, Raytown; daughters Brooke Graybill, Lee’s Summit; Ashley Graybill, Oak Grove; sons Marshall Graybill, Lee’s Summit; Cody Graybill (Nichole), Kansas City; brother, Jim Graybill (Sandi), Lee’s Summit; sister Patti Wynn (Mike), Edmond, OK; and five grandchildren Myron, Jackson, Tyson, Clayton and Madison.  Jerry loved all types of music, but especially jazz and blues, and had many friends in the jazz community in Kansas City.  One of his favorite pastimes was listening to KKFI radio.

A memorial service will be held in July on a date and location to be determined.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to non-profit KKFI Community Radio via the website at www.kkfi.org/support/donate-money/ or at KKFI, PO Box 32250, Kansas City, MO 64171.   Please note in comments your donation is in memory of Jerry Graybill.  (Arr. Heartland Cremation 816-313-1677)

 

At the Library – Emergency Vehicles at the Library

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July 1, 2014, Tuesday at 2:00 PM
Emergency Vehicles at the Library
Come and see emergency vehicles at the Raytown Branch. We will have a police car, fire truck, and ambulance in our parking lot. Explore emergency vehicles up close and learn safety tips from first responders.
(All ages) Registration is required. 

Raytown South High Hall of Fame

raytown_schoolsThe Raytown School District is proud to announce its Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2014.  Hall of Fame activities are set to take place September 19 and 20, 2014.

The Class of 2014 has six inductees:  Bob Dernier, Raytown South High School class of 1975; George Gibson, Raytown High School class of 1963; Bobbi (Johnson) Kauffman, Raytown High School class of 1963; Amber J. Lawson, Raytown South High School class of 1990; Jeff Lisenby, Raytown South High School class of 1973; and Steve Rees, Raytown High School class of 1967.

Dernier was a professional baseball player and Gold Glove winner.  Gibson is an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and CEO of GT Technologies.  Kauffman is a former Miss District of Columbia and Miss U.S.A. and an Applications Engineer with General Electric.

Lawson, a producer and entrepreneur, is the CEO and Founder of Comedy Gives Back, 24 Hour Global Live Streamed Digital Telethon.  Lisenby is a virtuoso accordion player and musical director. Rees is a civic-minded environmentalist and CEO of MINDDRIVE Experience.

Inductees will visit both District high schools, participate in a community luncheon, and visit a school of their choice on Friday, September 19, 2014.  On Saturday, September 20, inductees will be honored guests at the Raytown Historical Society in the morning, followed by an induction ceremony at Hilton Garden Inn in Independence that afternoon.

The Hall of Fame began in 2005, and in total since that time, 64 individuals have been inducted, prior to this year’s class.  For additional information about the program or this year’s inductees, please call the Raytown Schools Community Relations office at 268-7000.

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June 17th 2014 Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting

Raytown Charter Commission Agenda for meeting tonight

MEETING NOTICE
RAYTOWN CHARTER COMMISSION
MONDAY, JUNE 23RD, 2014 AT 6:30 P.M.
IN THE CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
10000 E. 59TH ST., RAYTOWN, MO 64133

Agenda
I.     Call to order.
II.   Roll call.
III. Public comments.
IV.  Officer reports.
a. Chair. Notify the people about the Engage Raytown website.
b. Secretary.
c. Treasurer.
V.   Old business.
a. Misc.
b. Discussion about the preämble and articles 1, 2, and 3.

VI.  New business.
a. Discussion of proposed articles 3 and 4.
Adjourn

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Planet Fitness

The Raytown Chamber of Commerce had their morning coffee at Planet Fitness last week.  I was impressed, clean and a huge number of machines at a price that is a lot less than my old YMCA monthly dues. Huge may be an understatement. Take a look at a one minute video and get an idea of how small the chance is that you will ever wait for a machine to be available.  Planet Fitness is located just East of Price Chopper on 63rd Street in the Brywood Shopping Center.

Westridge Gardens Hosts Raytown Artist of the Month Series in 2014

Thursday, June 26th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host an Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Yvonne Prater. Prater’s artworks beautifully depict scenery from Sedona, Arizona; Cobo San Lucas, Mexico; local areas; and flowers. Not only are these pieces beautiful, they invite you to escape into the picture by providing you with the imagery of incredible places. Below are pictures of one of the pieces that will be featured. The community is invited to come and enjoy refreshments, meet the artist, view the art, and possibly purchase a piece for home.

The art at Westridge Gardens is located in the front hallway, leading from the front door to the main part of our building. Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

For over twenty-five years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.

 

At the Library – Dome Theater: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket & More

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June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 1:00 PM
Dome Theater: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
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. Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young children and enter an extraordinary ride through space in this lighthearted show. Experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets, and receive special guidance from Astronomy Book, a character personified by a wise, kind old man. You’ll see each fascinating orb as you never have before! You’ll zoom through the crackling ice-and-rock rings of the gas giant Saturn, right after you investigate another gas giant Jupiter, whose size equals 1,000 earths. You’ll navigate around our other planets and find yourself hurtling toward the outer reaches of our system to our final destinations, the remote, frozen planet of Pluto. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 3 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 1:30 PM
Dome Theater: The Dinosaur Prophecy
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. Join paleontologists at the scene of the crime, excavating bones, and wondering what killed the mighty dinosaurs. Be amazed as your favorite giants come to life, roam across the dome, and meet their catastrophic deaths. Find out how NASA scientists monitor the Earth for potential disasters. The Dinosaur Prophecy is a co-production of the Rice Space Institute and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, funded by NASA’s Office of Earth Science under the “Immersive Earth” project. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 5 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 2:00 PM
Dome Theater: Earth’s Wild Ride
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. What would it be like to live on a lunar colony and to dream of visiting Earth? Experience the heart-pounding exhilaration of a water canyon ride near an erupting volcano, venture through an Ice Age scene with a herd of woolly mammoths, and travel to the time of the dinosaurs as an asteroid hits! 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 sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 2:30 PM
Dome Theater: Passport to the Universe
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. This is a thrilling journey out into the solar system, through the Milky Way Galaxy, and to the edge of the observable universe. Fly beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula, and back to Earth through a black hole. Experience these and other stunning cosmic destinations as never before! Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and produced by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 8 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 3:00 PM
Dome Theater: Night of the Titanic
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. A 25-minute multi-media planetarium program that combines “fully immersive” computer animation with the latest scientific research, allows viewers inside the dome theater to experience what it was like to stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner Titanic the night she sank. “Night of the Titanic” shows the unique conditions in Earth and space that, coupled with human errors, contributed to the sinking of the ship on April 15, 1912. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 3:30 PM
Dome Theater: Saturn, The Ring World II
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. The Cassini Mission to Saturn has been a resounding success, giving us a greater knowledge of the gas giant and its spectacular moon Titan. Learn how sophisticated instruments have gathered vital data to help scientists understand this vast, mysterious region. Ring World is narrated by Star Trek’s John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on the Enterprise) and was produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 3 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 4:00 PM
Dome Theater: Microcosm
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. In this extraordinary adventure inside the human body; fly up the carotid artery, explore the eye, brain, ear, and heart, then shrink into a cell to see the nucleus and DNA. Microcosm uses the latest discoveries of nanoscale science to create a voyage that is realistic and only possible for inner space probes only a few nanometers wide. Audiences learn about using superconductors to measure magnetic fields outside the body and about deploying gold nanoshells to the sites of tumors or infections. Microcosm is produced in conjunction with Evans & Sutherland Corporation with collaboration and support from the Center for Biological Environmental Nanotechnology, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering at Rice University, and the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 5:00 PM
Dome Theater: Future Moon
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. Catch a glance of what the future may hold for humans on the moon. This show takes us back to Apollo missions, humanity’s first step on the Moon, and a look at what a future lunar colony might be. Narrated by the legendary Walter Cronkite, Future Moon was developed by Houston Museum of Natural Science, Rice University, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 9 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 5:30 PM
Dome Theater: Force Five
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. Feel Mother Nature’s fury. Extreme weather takes center stage in this show, revealing images not seen by the naked eye and their life-threatening nature. Using real movies and NASA based imagery, Force Five gives the audience a vantage that would never be safe in the real world, creating a sense of what it would look and feel like if you were standing in the middle of a deadly storm. Hunker down as you are hit by a force five hurricane, tornado, and solar storm. Force Five was funded by NASA’s Museums Teaching Planet Earth Project at Rice University and the Image Spacecraft Mission, and produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Sybil Media. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(All ages) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Dome Theater: Cosmic Collisions
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. The breathtaking new Space Show narrated by award-winning actor, director, and producer Robert Redford launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time to explore cosmic collisions – hypersonic impacts that drive the dynamic and continuing evolution of the universe. Produced by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Dome Theater: Night of the Titanic
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. A 25-minute multi-media planetarium program that combines “fully immersive” computer animation with the latest scientific research, allows viewers inside the dome theater to experience what it was like to stand on the deck of the doomed ocean liner Titanic the night she sank. “Night of the Titanic” shows the unique conditions in Earth and space that, coupled with human errors, contributed to the sinking of the ship on April 15, 1912. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 10 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Dome Theater: Earth’s Wild Ride
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. What would it be like to live on a lunar colony and to dream of visiting Earth? Experience the heart-pounding exhilaration of a water canyon ride near an erupting volcano, venture through an Ice Age scene with a herd of woolly mammoths, and travel to the time of the dinosaurs as an asteroid hits! 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 sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details.
June 24, 2014, Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Dome Theater: Fantasy Worlds
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. Explore the limits of life! Is extra-solar life stranger than life on Earth? On Earth, scientists have discovered life forms flourishing in the most extreme and dangerous environments. Fantasy Worlds features artists’ and animators’ creations of possible life-bearing worlds that our telescopes and spacecraft may someday find around other stars. Fantasy Worlds is a joint production of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the University of Houston. Partial funding was provided by an education and public outreach supplement to a NASA-Exobiology Program of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston. Tickets for each show $1.00. Tickets go on sale May 23 and must be purchased at the branch.
(Ages 8 and up) Registration is limited; call the branch (816-353-2052) for details. 

Southwood Elementary School gets a new Principal

raytown_schoolsThe Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Cathy Miller as principal of Southwood Elementary School.  Dr. Miller has most recently served as an Assistant Principal at Southwood.

Dr. Miller earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri State University, her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Webster University, her Education Specialist and Administrative Certificate from the University of Central Missouri, and her Educational Doctorate from the University of Missouri- Columbia.

Dr. Miller has served in many capacities in the Raytown School District.  She was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Eastwood Hills Elementary. She was Principal at Blue Ridge Elementary, an Assistant Principal at Westridge Elementary, a Literacy Coach at Laurel Hills Elementary, and Principal at Spring Valley Elementary.

After returning from a sabbatical and earning her doctorate, Miller was a teacher at Raytown South Middle School and moved to Southwood in 2013.

“I am excited and happy to be leading Southwood Elementary,” Miller said.  “It is a community of learners with a rich tradition of many generations of excellence.”

Miller’s tenure begins in July.

Multiple Storage Units Damaged and Burglarized

raytown-police-looking-for-graphic-designer-to-design-new-logo-patchRaytown Police were called to a storage unit business in the 7900 block of Woodson this morning, 06-16-2014, regarding the damage, and possible entry, of several storage units over the last two days. Police determined that 52 individual storage units were damaged and 47 had possibly been entered. Detectives were called to the scene to assist with processing the scene for evidence. Efforts to contact the renters of the units were underway to determine if anything may have been stolen. There was no suspect information, or surveillance video, available at the time of this release. An investigation of the incident is underway.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call (816) 474-TIPS (8477.)

At the Library – Mad Science Presents Shocks, States, and Spectra

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June 19, 2014, Thursday at 2:00 PM
Mad Science Presents Shocks, States, and Spectra
Have you ever been shocked? Do you know why matter matters? Have you ever wondered what causes the colors in the sky when you watch fireworks on Independence Day? Join us for this exciting and interactive look at the science of electricity, matter, light, and color.
(Ages 6 and up) Registration is required. 

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

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Getting to Know Your Computer at the library

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June 25, 2014, Wednesday at 2:00 PM
Getting to Know Your Computer
Need to learn how to turn a computer on? Does even thinking about using a computer give you a “lost” feeling? If so, help is here! This 90-minute, hands-on session will guide you through some of the basics of making a computer work for you. No experience is required. If you have your own laptop computer, feel free to bring it. If not, the branch will provide one for you to practice with.  Registration is required. 
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Raytown Branch
Phone: (816) 353-2052

Raytown South gets a new football coach

raytown_s__helmutThe Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Adkins as the Head Football Coach at Raytown South High School.

Adkins has been at Raytown South since 2006 and has most recently served as a business teacher and Assistant Varsity Football Coach.  He served as Special Teams Coordinator from 2007-2009 and Defensive Coordinator from 2010 to present. Adkins has also served as Head Boys Golf Coach since 2012.

Adkins earned his Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a Minor in Business from the University of Missouri. He earned his Masters of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and his Education Specialist in Secondary Administration from the University of Central Missouri.

Annual Garden Tour & Luncheon on June 17

We would like to invite Raytown and surrounding areas to our 17th Annual Garden Tour & Luncheon on June 17.  The Garden Tours are 9:30-1:00 and again 5:30-8:00.  The Garden Tour Luncheon is being held at Raytown Christian Church and is from Noon till 2:00.  Tickets are sold separately and are priced as follows:  $10 for the Garden Tour and $7 for the Garden Luncheon.  The tickets can be purchased at the Raytown Hy-Vee (9400 E 350 Hwy), Kamps Flowers (8709 E. 63rd Street) and at the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown office (7900 Blue Ridge Blvd.).


 

Past Garden Tour Photos

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LOCAL STUDENT NAMED TO MVC’S SPRING 2014 DEAN’S LIST

Dr. Sharon Weiser, vice president of academic affairs for Missouri Valley College, has announced the spring 2014 Dean’s List. The requirements for the Dean’s List are a 3.3 or higher grade point average; at least 12 graded hours for the semester and no “D,” “F,” or “Incomplete” grades for the semester. The following student from the area were named to the Dean’s List:  Rocco Scarcello of Raytown, Mo.

An Art Affair

On May 29th, Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center hosted an Artist of Month Reception showcasing Raytown’s own Jody McGee, a member of the Raytown Artist’s Association. About 20 people from the community attended the event, including members of the Raytown Chamber, the City of Raytown, resident’s of Raytown, fellow artists, and family and friends of the artist. McGee’s artwork is a perfectly mixes spirituality and imagery in her pieces. Not only are these pieces unique, they are quite beautiful. Attached . Each month Westridge Gardens displays a member of the Raytown Artists Association Art.  After a month long show Westridge hosts a reception for the artist.  Many times the artist brings additional pieces and it is a great opportunity to meet the artist, learn about their medium, and potentially purchase a piece for home. The reception is free and is open to the public. If you are unable to attend the reception, you are encouraged to come at your convenience to see the art. June‘s the Artist of the Month Reception will take place from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 26th featuring Yvonne Prater.

The art at Westridge Gardens is located in the front hallway, leading from the front door to the main part of our building. Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

 For over twenty-five years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.

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