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Raytown Artist’s Association applications for $500 Scholarship

The Raytown Artist’s Association is now accepting applications for the $500 Scholarship which will be awarded to a 2015 Senior who is planning to pursue a visual arts degree.  Seniors from Raytown South,Raytown HS, O’Hara, and Blue Ridge Christian may apply. Interested students should see their counselor for an application or request one from RAA at 816-356-3543.  Deadline for submission is March 13.  The Award will be presented at the April 16th RAA meeting.

Herndon Career Center’s raises money for children

Herndon Career Center’s Early Childhood Professionals Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter raised $122.76 for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Wanting to advocate for an important cause, Early Childhood students Carly Meyer, Cheyenne Vickers, and Amy Wood began with a goal of raising $50 during their week-long campaign. With help from other Herndon programs, friends, and family they quickly exceeded their goal.

The students also created a handout to bring awareness to NCMEC’s mission and services. “Knowing they spread the word to over 200 people made them feel good about this project,” FCCLA program sponsor Rochelle Netten said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, established in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, is a non-profit organization designed to build a unique public-private partnership to coordinate national response to the problem of missing and exploited children.

RIVER CITY PLAYERS ANNOUNCE SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS

RIVER CITY PLAYERS  ANNOUNCE   SPRING PLAY AUDITIONS

The River City Players are calling all actors with or without experience.   We will hold auditions for their spring comedy, “AND THEN I WROTE” by Jack Sharkey on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 and Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.  Auditions will be held at the Trails Regional Library in their meeting room downstairs. Please enter through the backdoor for auditions. The Library is located at 1008 Main Street, Lexington, MO 64067. Auditions will be held from from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The cast calls for 4 men and 4 women of various ages (21 years and over).  The audition process is informal. It will consist of cold readings from the script. Actors auditioning may read for one or more parts. RCP welcomes all to audition with or without previous theater experience.

RCP is also looking for crew members with or without experience to help with back stage and set building responsibilities.

Play dates are APRIL 17-18, 2015 and APRIL  24-25, 2015.  Sharon Propst will direct the production. For more information, please contact RCP Board Member: Sharon Propst (816) 877-7114 or visit the  RCP web site at:   <http://www.rcplayers.org>  or on the River City Players FaceBook Page.

Story of the Play: In this riotous showbiz comedy a producer, his secretary and associates try to re write an epic drama by a young playwright into a broad farce. A vicious gossip columnist tries to blackmail the producer into marriage while a scatterbrained old character actor erroneously creates the impression that the leading lady has died. The author, also an apprentice mortician, is appalled by the histrionics that accompany the opening of a Broadway show. As the columnist draws mistaken conclusions that this show is really a cover for a bizarre murder cult, the rest of the group foster this impression and substitute a lady undertaker in the role of the much alive leading lady. Mistaken identities, romance, and silly situations combine to keep the audience laughing through three acts of hilarity.  

Library Launches New Laptop Rental Program

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Mid-Continent Public Library will start a new pilot project to make 6 MacBook and 6 Chromebook laptops available for in-library use at local branches to improve access to the digital world. This rotating project will start in February at the Grandview [12930 Booth Lane] and Boardwalk [8656 N. Ambassador Drive] Branches. The project aims to discover whether customers prefer the portability of laptops or the desktop computers that are currently available at all of our locations.

 

The laptops will be deployed at the following branches for a period of one month before moving on to the next set of branches.

  • February

Boardwalk and Grandview

  • March

Blue Ridge and Liberty

  • April

Antioch and Lee’s Summit

  • May

Kearney and Red Bridge

Branches were chosen based on location (pairing north and south branches), size (pairing similarly sized branches), and PC usage. All locations also fall within the boundaries of public school districts already participating in 1:1 laptop loan programs for students.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, operating 35 libraries and serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration. MCPL was honored with the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from IMLS.

Northwood Flag flies in Antarctica!

Penguin Flag (1)Students at Northwood School in Raytown recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the education department of the Kansas City Zoo in a pilot project to design a flag which was flown in Antarctica.

With the help of teacher Brianne Wesche, students learned about penguins and their habits by conducting and reading research and posing questions to researchers in the field. Students were able to present their research and what they had learned at a student symposium at the zoo.

“The students really enjoyed learning about Antarctica and the various animals that live there, especially the penguins,” Wesche said.

The students visited www.penguinscience.com, and with the help of Jean Pennycook, a penguin researcher in Antarctica, they created a flag that would fly at a research station there.

Students started by creating a number of designs, voting on the final design, then painting the flag. The flag travelled to Pennycook, and upon arrival, it flew for two days at a penguin breeding colony. The flag was designed to welcome visitors to the breeding colony and to measure wind speeds there as well.

“One of their favorite parts of the project was learning about what types of animals/organisms live underneath Antarctic ice.  They were excited to have the opportunity to be creative and to design the flag using what they had learned throughout the project, and the flag includes several animals in the water that they remembered seeing in one of the videos,” Wesche said.

Northwood Director Mary Beth Sprecher sees great value in Wesche’s lesson for students.

“This project facilitated student engagement in critical thinking, team work, and creativity skills, as well as, allowed student learning to reach beyond the classroom.  It was a privilege for students to see their work displayed in Antarctica and to collaborate with organizations outside of their school,” Sprecher said.  “I am very proud of Mrs. Wesche and her students for their contribution to the penguin project and for representing Northwood so well.”

Northwood School serves special needs students.

Jury Returns a Verdict in Murder at Raytown Success Academy

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Falonzo Davis was convicted by a jury of Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action late Wednesday. The jury recommends life and 30 years.

The conviction was for shooting death of 30-year-old Steven Jones in the parking lot of the Success Academy on the morning of Feb. 20th 2014.  The motive was that Mr. Jones was ‘keeping company’ with Mr. Davis’ wife.

More information on this in previous articles.

 http://raytownonline.com/raytown-murder-update/

http://raytownonline.com/shooting-in-raytown/

Ertz Fundraiser this Thursday

You Are Invited To A Fundraiser for

Raytown Mayor Candidate

Pat Ertz

 Chili, Dessert, Coffee, Tea will be served.

February 12, 2015 (Thursday)
5:00pm to 7:30pm

Teetering Rocks Clubhouse

12040 E. 86th St. KCMO 64138

Hope to See You There!

African Children’s Choir this Sunday at Raytown 1st Baptist

Sunday, February 15, 2015 Raytown, Missouri
First Baptist Church
Time: 06:30 pm.
Address: 10500 E State Route 350
Venue phone: (816) 353-1994

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.

The African Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie

Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other inspirational performers!Most recently, the African Children’s Choir recorded some tracks with Sarah Hickman for a CD, “Love Is a Journey.”They will also have a small role in the upcoming Pan movie (Warner Bros. Pictures) starring Hugh Jackman.Promotional support of this community concert is greatly appreciated.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.

No tickets, donations welcome.

Letter to the Editor from former Mayor Sue Frank

I appreciated Bob Phillips comments in the February 4th, Raytown Times about the proposed Charter. I especially appreciate that Bob took the time to read the document. Having quite a bit of experience with previous Charters I have read the proposed Charter several times and have been to a couple of meetings to ask questions. I encourage everyone to read it and attend the upcoming meetings on February 24th and March 24th. I understand that printing is in the works but in the meantime it can be read at Raytowncharter.com. Go to documents.

Bob states, he “does not believe the City Administrator should be required to live in the city. Period.” It seems the residency requirement is the most divisive issue of this Charter. Of the 39 Charter cities in the State, the commission studied 37.  Of those 37 studied, 36 required City Administrator residencies. There is still an ordinance on the books in Raytown that requires a City Administrator to live here, even though this administration has chosen to ignore it. Had the Board of Aldermen simply repealed the residency ordinance, I doubt we would be having this discussion. The three prior administrators were required to live here; no one’s feathers got ruffled then.  Maybe residency requirements aren’t reasonable for Raytown anymore, but the fact remains an ordinance –our law-requires it.  Many people feel just as strongly that a City Administrator should have to live with the consequences of their direction, pay their taxes and spend their income at local businesses within the town that employs them. But to the Commission’s credit, this Charter is not targeting individuals, all contracts the city has with employees will remain in force.  If the Charter passes it will not affect the current City Administrator. Residency would only apply to future City Administrators.

Bob also said that he disagrees with electing a police chief. There have been cases where an appointed police chief is directed to harass the political adversaries of elected officials, and have been fired for not doing so. Like the Judge, maybe the elected police chief should not have to be a resident, but again, the commission chose to write the Charter in a way that mirrors our current ordinance, and how our City is currently doing business and I think that’s proper. This gives us all common ground and a common starting point from which to discuss and/or vote on these types of changes in the future.

In response to Bob’s concerns about the percentages for Initiative, Referendum and Recall being too low, I know the Commission spent many hours of discussion about these. They studied what other cities required. The goal was to make them high enough that it could not become a nuisance or waste people’s time and tax dollars with elections. But at the same time, the percentages needed to be obtainable if the citizens felt so strongly about an issue they wanted change.  I understand that Initiative and Referendum would require about 1400 registered voter signatures. Recall for a Ward would require around 600 from the Ward, and for a city-wide position, about 3000.  For anyone that has tried to collect petition signatures, that’s a lot of work. To quote a friend, “Why would any American citizen argue against a method to redress grievances with their government?” That’s not to say you are un-American if you oppose the charter, but the democratic process of discussion and voting is our American way.  Should the percentages turn out to be too low, and nonsense elections start, I have every faith that the people of Raytown will raise the percentages in the future.

I do agree with Bob about compromise. I think it would be impossible to write a charter that everyone would agree with 100 percent. If I were writing this charter by myself, there would be minor changes I would make, but there is nothing in this Charter that I can’t live with.  Home Rule gives us all an opportunity for discussion and gives citizens a voice in shaping their government. It provides a balance of authority over the direction for the future of our city that we don’t currently have. A charter is a living document. To quote Lee Gray, “change should occur by evolution, not revolution.” As Bob states, the Raytown Charter Commission did a good job, I agree.  I hope we don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Sue Frank former mayor

Raytown Mourns the Passing of Geraldine (Geri) Gorman

Geraldine (Geri) Gorman, 87, of Independence, MO, passed away on Feb. 8, 2015. “Been there, done that, movin’ on.” She married Frank L. Gorman Jan 29, 1947, and later joined St. Louis Catholic Church Parish. Always wanting a large family, they were blessed with 4 sons and 1 daughter; Frank passed suddenly June 27, 1990. Making many friends throughout her lifetime, she was awarded the Bishop’s Honoree at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in 1977. Later in life, she met Gerald Smith, married and enjoyed 18 years together. Survivors include husband Gerald Smith; daughter Rose (Bob) Wienke, son Robert (Betty) Gorman, grandchildren Jessica Lewallen, Natalie (Nick) Burris, Kelly (Corey) Ballew, Alana (Shaun) Lehman, Desiree’ Wienke, Michael Gorman, Logan Gorman; 7 great-grandkids and another on the way; 2 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, and an abundance of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Proceeded by parents, Charles and Mable Troutman, sisters Geneva Graham and Delena Troutman; sons Michael Gorman, Patrick Gorman, Bruce Gorman; granddaughter Keri Anne. Services held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd. Independence, MO 64055. Visitation on Thursday Feb 12. 6-9pm. Funeral Friday Feb 13 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, she requests an act of kindness be made on her behalf. She will always be remembered. ?(Arr. Missouri Funeral Care 816-353-1700)

Raytown’s Michael Dennis Cash makes President’s Honor Roll at Missouri Western State University

Missouri Western State University announced the names of 354 students selected to the President’s Honor Roll for the fall semester 2014. Students who carried 12 hours or more for graded credit and earned a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the honor.

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Michael Dennis Cash

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Students in Herndon Career Center’s Culinary Arts received a Gold Rating

hcc culinaryStudents in Herndon Career Center’s Culinary Arts Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program recently competed in a Students Taking Action for Recognition (STAR) event at L’Ecole Culinaire on the Plaza.

Students studying Culinary Arts in Herndon’s morning session took home the highest score, receiving a Gold Rating. The team will represent Region 14 at State Conference on March 24 at the University of Missouri. Culinary Arts students in Herndon’s afternoon session received a bronze rating.

“Our students had the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a professional competition atmosphere,” Culinary Arts Instructor Theresa Delich said. “This will give them the confidence for the next step in their career preparations.  I am very proud to coach these fine young future professional chefs!”

Fourteen teams participated and were judged on sanitation and cleanliness, cutting skills, cooking techniques, teamwork communication, plate presentation, and time management. Herndon’s teams prepared “Shaker Style” turkey cutlet with sauce, potatoes parmentier, and sautéed green beans accompanied by a Waldorf salad.

Raytown Soccer Club featured at Comets Indoor Soccer game

Raytown Soccer Club, Home of KC Premier Soccer Club, is being featured at the Comets Indoor Soccer game February 22nd at 3:00 and we would like to share with anyone from Raytown the opportunity to get discount tickets to this final home game of the Comets regular season. Tickets are only $15!!! The Comets are undefeated this season and have clinched a spot in the playoffs! The Comets are very fan oriented and these are family friendly events. Games are played at the very convenient Independence Events Center, with free parking. Come on out and have a great time and support your local youth soccer club in the meantime! –
Interested in tickets? Contact Mike Fosselman with the Comets at 855-452-4625 Ext. 7202 or email him at mfosselman@kcprosoccer.com and be sure to mention that you are supporting KC Premier Soccer Club to get your special pricing!
Purchase tickets no later than February 16th! Thank you!

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Raytown Mourns the Passing of Lee Gray

 Lee Gray passed away on Friday, Jan. 30th of cancer. He edited and published the Raytown Post for 16 years in Raytown.  His career in journalism spanned 36 years and included teaching the subject at both Oklahoma State University and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.  After selling his newspaper, he briefly published an online blog about Raytown called Real Raytown in 2006.

Photos of Lee Gray from the last meeting he chaired for the 2006 Raytown Charter Commission

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Winter Weather Advisory

icysnow-flakeThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow in Jackson County for Feb. 4th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 1″ to 3″ of snow is possible, with wind gusts up to 23 mph.

RAYTOWN CHAMBER CELEBRATES 2014

At the Raytown Chamber’s annual Chamber Celebration luncheon held on Wednesday, January 28, the 2014 Past Chair Loretha Hayden (Lutfi’s Fried Fish), handed out awards to the following.

Business of the Year – Hy-Vee #1542
Small Business of the Year – Rok’it Advertising
Chamber Person of the Year – Rene Purtee
Volunteer of the Year – Charlotte Melson

Loretha also recognized outgoing board members Patrick Searcy, Power On Technologies, Andy Powelson, PBI Industries and At Large Members Meshelle Bishop, Cornerstone Home Improvement, Jeff Hirst, Holiday Inn CoCo Key Water Resort and Chris Payne, Monopoly Acquisitions.

The 2015 Chair of the Board, Mark Smith (Dick Smith Ford) talked about continuing with the current programs and events along with adding a Community Health Fair on August 8. CareSpot has reached out to the Chamber to partner with them on the health fair. It will be free to attend and open to the public. Be watching for more details to come out in the coming months. The Chamber will also research the possibility of having a young professionals group in Raytown.

All photos courtesy of the Raytown Chamber of Commerce

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Business of the Year – Hy-Vee #1542 Pictured: Marty Streit, Store Director

 

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Small Business of the Year – Rok’it Advertising Pictured: Kaylie Baker

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Chamber Person of the Year – Rene Purtee

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Volunteer of the Year – Charlotte Melson

 

The next luncheon is the State of the City Address which will be held on Wednesday, February 25 and will be held at First Baptist Church Raytown. Reservations are required before Monday, February 23 and can be obtained by calling the Chamber office at 816-353-8500. The cost is $21.00 per person.

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Raytown High Debate Team News

Raytown High’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently competed in two tournaments.

Returning debaters participated in one of the state’s largest varsity tournaments held at Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri.  Senior Tamela Hill, the only undefeated entry, placed 1st in the Championship Division of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Senior Sarah Holloway and Junior Israel Hanke placed 3rd in the Regular Division of Public Forum Debate

First-year debaters participated in the Patriot Novice Round Robin at Truman High School.  Freshman Isabella James placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation, Senior Anthony Roebuck and Sophomore Ashley Johnson placed 4th in Policy Forum Debate, Sophomore Anisah Marshall placed 6th in Storytelling, and Sophomore Jessica Madrid placed 6th in Prose Reading.

The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

Charter Commission Education Committee to meet

A meeting of the  will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the City Hall.

They will be discussing the ways to educating the public and the avenues that will be used to do so.

Police Arrest Man That Demanded Drugs

Raytown Police responded to a pharmacy in the 7500 block of Raytown Road, Friday (01-23-15), in regard to a “nature unknown” call. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man had approached the pharmacy counter and demanded prescription drugs, with a threatening demeanor. Officers quickly apprehended the man, who was attempting to leave the store. The man did not display or mention a weapon, when demanding the drugs, and there were no injuries.

The identity of the 29-year-old Kansas City man will not be released until charges are filed in the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Ross drops out of the Fire Board Race

The election for The Raytown Fire District board seat is now no contest.  Incumbant Willard Ross has decided not to run for re-election. That leaves candidate Richard Tush with a sure win.

Shelton named Associate Superintendent

shelton240The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Steve Shelton as the Associate Superintendent of Operations.  Shelton will replace Brian Blankenship who passed away in 2014.

Shelton has served in the Raytown School District for the past twelve years in a variety of capacities, including Raytown High School principal, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, and most recently Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

“ I am very excited to continue to serve the district in this new capacity,” Shelton said.  “Having lived and worked in Raytown for more than 12 years, I know what a wonderful staff and students we have.”

Shelton earned his Bachelors in Biology Education from Ottawa University and was recently named to the university’s Hall of Fame.  He earned his Masters from Emporia State University in School Leadership, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Study from the University of Kansas.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Shelton in a new role,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Allan Markley said.  “He is familiar with our staff and community and I look forward to working with him on the operations side of the district.”

Shelton is a Past President of the Raytown Rotary Club and has served as Secretary of the Raytown Educational Foundation.

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