Raytown High School will host the Class 5 District 13 Tournament which includes Blue Spring, Blue Springs South, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, and Raytown. Seedings for the tournaments will be available soon. Playing dates are as follows:
March 3 – 5:30 p.m. Girls/ 7:00 p.m. Boys
March 4 – 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Girls / 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Boys
March 7 – 6:00 p.m. Girls/ 7:30 p.m. Boys
March 6 & 8 are reserved as snow/weather makeup days.
Raytown South High School will host the Class 4 District 14 Tournament which includes Center, GrainValley, Grandview, Notre Dame de Sion (girls), Pembroke Hill, Raytown South, and SouthwestEarlyCollege. Seedings for the tournaments will be available soon. Playing dates are as follows:
March 1 – 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m. Girls
March 3 – 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Boys
March 4 – 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Girls Semifinals
March 6 – 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Boys Semifinals
March 7 – 5:30 p.m. Girls Championship/ 7:00 p.m. Boys Championship
March 8 will be used as a snow/weather makeup day.
Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James was at Eastwood Hills Elementary on Tuesday, February 18 and read to students there. Eastwood is part of the Raytown School District, but located in Kansas City and many of its students live in Kansas City.
Dr. Markley greats Mayor James as he arrives.
The February Morning Coffee for Raytown Chamber members was held on February 18 at First Federal Bank located at 9330 E. Gregory Blvd.
Photo courtesy of the Raytown Chamber of Commerce
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be
Jackson Country Legislator
President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
Next meeting is March 20th
Our speakers will be announced
RaytownOnline note – Scott Burnett’s district has been changed to include a portion of Raytown.
The Home Skillet opened today at 6:00 am. Mayor Bower dropped by at 9:00 am for a late breakfast and RaytownOnline.com dropped by at 11:30 for a slightly early lunch. The sandwich was very good and the very good part was the meatballs. Larger than most and without the cheap filler that makes some of the fast food chains products seem mushy. Service was good, even though the staff worked all night to insure they could open as promised. The crowd was good, with only one empty booth, but there was no waiting for a table at 12:30 pm, which is the busiest time for most restaurants. The video shows the crowd and has one of the shortest customer reviews possible.
Click HERE for Video on KSHB Channel 41
On the afternoon of Monday, 02-17-14, Raytown Police were called regarding a drive by shooting in the 8800 block of 86 Street, into a house. An eight year old girl, who was in the house, was injured by broken glass. The injury was non-life threatening. A vehicle that may be connected to the incident has been located nearby. A person has been taken into custody, but has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.
Google Fiber contractors were busy on last Sat. installing backbone fiber at 69th St. and Elm. They are back at it in the same area today.
The Home Skillet restaurant is scheduled to open Monday morning February 17th. Here is a peek at the staff before opening.
The Home Skillet is located on the East side of Blue Ridge Blvd, just 1/2 block North of 63rd Street.
City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator
The White Oak West Sanitary Sewer Line A construction continued this week after a week of little progress due to low temperatures. The contractor is working at three separate areas this week. One crew is continuing to grind rock and install pipe near 83rd & Elm. Another crew is boring under 83rd street and installing the thick steel carrier pipe where the creek crosses under 83rd Street. The third crew is installing pipe near the creek located by Raytown Road. The contractor anticipates the rate of construction will increase as the amount of rock removal will decrease along 83rd Street.
Google is in full construction mode in Raytown with 16 contractors working on fiber installation. As of February 13th there were 671 different permits issued to Google contractors for work within the Right of Way and that is for a little more than half of the work envisioned by Google. We believe the final number of Right of Way permits issued will be nearly 1200 permits. Google is installing the fiber network on existing KCP&L poles and underground. To ensure the poles are capable of handling the increased loads many of the poles will have to be replaced or upgraded, and PAR electric is working throughout Raytown replacing the necessary poles.
The last few winter storms have been a strong reminder that snow removal is not easy or cheap. The following measurements give an indication of the effort expended thus far in our first 10 events this winter season:
- Road salt utilized: 1477 tons
- Beet Juice salt brine mixture utilized: 6,000 gallons
- Miles drive by snow plows: 15,593 miles
Development & Public Affairs
Andy Boyd, City Building Official has received his renewed ICC/AACE Zoning Inspector certification.
Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer, has received renewal of her Accreditation in the Public Relations Society of America.
Over the next 20 years the older adult population in the Kansas City region will increase by 90%. During the past year, Kansas City’s first-ring suburbs started to prepare for this demographic shift. The Making your Community Work for All Ages — A Toolkit for Cities was developed to help elected officials, city planners and leaders make their community a great place to grow up and grow old. This year the cities of Mission and Prairie Village, Kansas and Gladstone and Raytown, Missouri have agreed to a pilot test of Community for All Ages Assessment Checklist through a task force. The first meeting of the task force met February 11, 2014 at the Mid-America Regional Council Office. Our task force members are Steve Mock, Charlotte Melson, John Benson, Andy Noll, Mary Jane Van Buskirk, Ken Blom, Rae Letterman, Clarice Titus and Brenda Gustafson.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
February 17 – President’s Day – City Hall Offices Closed
February 18 – Board of Aldermen – 7:00 p.m.
February 19 – Municipal Court – 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
I picked up a dozen reds for my wife for $14.99
Raytown Police were called to the 5900 block of Harris Ave. on Wednesday afternoon, 02-12-2014 around 4:00 p.m. in regard to a disturbance in the neighborhood. While Police were en route a United States Postal Worker was delivering mail on his normal route when he was confronted by the man involved in the original disturbance that Police were called on. The man reportedly confronted the Postal Worker with a knife. At that time Police arrived on the scene and the man ran into a house barricading himself inside. A woman was inside the same house. She came out without incident and shortly after the man did as well. No one was hurt during the incident. The man was arrested and an investigation of the incident is underway. No charges have been filed as of yet.
Sutherlands is having a sale on roses Friday only. 1 dozen for $14.99. I am not an expert but that seems like a very low price. Now we know our readers are not cheap, but saving money on roses means more money left for chocolates. This article was not posted as a favor to Sutherlands, it was posted to help keep RaytownOnline.com readers out of the dog house.
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced the promotion of Michelle Rogers to Captain, the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Department’s history.
Captain Michelle Rogers has 24 years of law enforcement experience. Captain Rogers began her career at Raytown in the Records and Detention Unit in 1989. She became a police officer for Raytown in 1992.
In 1995, she was assigned to the Jackson County Drug Task Force, where she was the lead undercover Detective in numerous drug investigations. In 1999, Captain Rogers was awarded the COMBAT Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, for her contributions related to the investigation and prosecution of retail merchants involved in the volume sale of pseudoephedrine.
In 2000, Captain Rogers returned to Raytown for six months in patrol and then to Investigations for six years as a Detective and two years as a Corporal. In 2008, Captain Rogers was awarded the Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, based on career achievement in investigations.
She was promoted to Sergeant in 2009, where she spent two years as a Patrol Sergeant. She also spent two years in the Professional Standards Unit before being promoted to Captain of Administrative Services on January 12th, 2014.
“We congratulate Captain Rogers on her promotion,” said Chief Lynch, “and know that she will continue to serve the City of Raytown with dedication, integrity and professionalism.”
EMT Class of 2013
On January 25, the students in the Class of 2013 Emergency Medical Technicians, took part one of their national registry exam and 100% of them passed on the first try. The next step for the students will be to take the second part of the test. Tests rates for passing both steps nationally is only 64%, statistics aren’t available for just the first part.
This feat is a testament to the success of the Raytown program. The program is under the direction of two Raytown Paramedics, Megan Thurston and Brandi James, The accreditation for the program is based on many items but it does include how many students pass the test on their first try.
The students passing the test are Christiana Auer, Lauren Hankley, August Hatton, Dwayne Love, Jackson Montgomery, Angela Moore, Dusti Nadler, Michael Narcisse, Gavin Ross, Colby VanBebber, Hannah Warren and Nicholas White. Angela Moore was awarded a certificate of academic achievement for receiving the highest grade in the class.
Part 1 of the National Registry exam consists of testing the students’ practical skills and patient assessments. There are two stations. In one station they are given random skills that they must perform correctly. For example, they may be asked to splint an injured limb, spinally immobilize a patient with neck and back injuries, or even resuscitate a patient in cardiac arrest. They are given two to three skills and it is pass/fail.
The second station is patient assessment. They are given either a medical or trauma patient (They don’t know which until they walk in the room) and asked to assess them. The patient will have various traumatic or medical symptoms and complaints and the student must do a thorough history, proper examination, and treat appropriately in order to pass. This station is also pass/fail.
After a student passes both stations, they are then free to schedule their cognitive exam which is done at a computer lab in various places around the city. They must score a 70% or above to pass.
Once they pass their cognitive exam they are officially certified by the National Registry of EMT’s and can go on to get their state license which consists of applications and fees and are free to start looking for work.
The training in our class consists of lectures with written exams following each chapter. It starts out very lecture heavy, works its way into a blend of lecture and hands-on practice, then the last month or more is all hands-on training. Working with the equipment, applying it to each other, practicing assessments with different scenarios helps prepare them.
In Raytown’s class, we require our students to maintain test scores above 80%. The state only requires students to do 12 hours of internship on the ambulance, Raytown requires them to do 72 hours, many do more.
Raytown has hired many of our own students over the years. Currently, 12 of our 27 employees got their EMT training right here in Raytown and several have gone on to paramedics school. Employees who received their training through the Raytown program include Sarah Brooks, Bryan Ferguson, Sarah Kreigh, Aaron Sharp, John Thurston, and Rachel Tinnin are the full time employees including Jeremy Bledsoe, Tiffany Chugg, Jade Chun, Brad Goodspeed, Sarah Hood, and Andrea McGimpsey are the part time employees. Several Raytown Police Department employees have been through our program as well.
The program became accredited and started its first class in 2005. The class that is starting on February 18 will be the eighteenth class. The class is full but another class will begin in August.
Angela Moore ( certificate of academic achievement for receiving the highest grade in the class) with trainers Megan Thurston and Brandi James
The Thursday Rally for Youth Sports was very well attended in spite of bitter cold weather. Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee Mark McIntosh opened the rally and gave an over-site of the needs, reasons, and goals. Dr. Markley continued on those points, added more specifics about the means to reach those goals, and then took questions from the crowd. RaytownOnline.com took video of most of the event. The event was in the back room of Fun House Pizza and it should be noted that while this is a great room to eat and have meetings in, the lighting is low. That is great for a relaxing dinner, not so great for recording video.
(Revised video audio and brightness corrected)
Raytown schools will be closed due to weather on Friday, Feb. 7th.
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced many successful events and achievements accomplished by the Raytown Police Department, and Department members, over the course of 2013.
During the year 2013, the Raytown Police Department continued in its efforts to enhance its service to the residents of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives were held to enhance communication and cooperation with our residents.
Raytown Youth Court produced its first graduating class from its training program, moving the program ever closer to being fully implemented (it is fully implemented now.) Youth Court allows teens to participate in the judicial system by actually trying cases. It gives offenders a chance to be responsible for what they’ve done, while being judged by their peers. This produces a positive peer pressure.
The Raytown Police Department continued its use of online resources, including social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to enhance communication with the public. Raytown Police have also hosted tweet-alongs, which are virtual ride-alongs, in which a Police Public Information Officer tweets updates and photos of Police activities, answers questions, and opens dialogue. The tweet-along gives an inside look at Police work.
Those online and social media resources included:
Facebook (events, photos): https://www.facebook.com/RaytownPolice
Twitter (real-time news, info): https://twitter.com/raytownpd
WordPress (press releases): http://piorpd.wordpress.com/
Blogspot (crime analysis): http://raytownpolice.blogspot.com/
Nixle (emergency alerts): http://local.nixle.com/city-of-raytown—police-department/
Raidsonline (crime mapping): http://www.raidsonline.com/
The Raytown Police Crime Analyst, Kyle Stoker, continued to provide crime mapping so that residents could be better informed of criminal trends and activity in Raytown neighborhoods and crime prevention.
Twice in 2013, the Police Department hosted Drug Take Back Days, which helped prevent pill abuse and theft by collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Between the two events, 860 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected for proper disposal. The Police Department continued to provide a “Drug Take Back” receptacle in the lobby of Police Headquarters for its residents.
The Raytown Police Department hosted a National Night Out event in the summer of 2013. The event generated support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthened neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
All Crisis Negotiators assigned to the Raytown Police Department Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) received certification from the widely acclaimed International Association of Hostage Negotiators (IAHN). This certification was the result of successful completion of three phases of training that included an observed practical exercise to verify the skill level of each team member.
Director of Communications James Brafford was selected to be the Secretary of the Missouri chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International.
In cooperation with Verizon Wireless, a new radio tower was erected, which, when fully functional, will enable the Police Department to communicate with other agencies and mutual aid response teams in emergencies.
The Department hosted two Citizen’s Police Academies in 2013. Participants gained a further understanding of police work, training, equipment, and an overall better understanding of the Raytown Police Department.
One of the Department’s officers, Officer Thomas Greer, received the Raytown Police Department’s Lifesaving Award, for his efforts in clearing the airway of a choking 12 day old baby girl.
Another officer, Officer Shawn Didde, received the Raytown Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award, for his overall professionalism, and his efforts in DWI Enforcement, including making 33 DWI arrests, many of which resulted in Felony charges.
During weather emergencies in 2013, extreme temperatures or storms, in summer and winter, Department personnel checked on the well-being of those registered in the Health Emergency Assistance Registry (H.E.A.R.) The service is free to Raytown residents who qualify, including those with a disability, the elderly, or those that rely on a health device that is powered by electricity.
The year 2014 will see continued efforts by the Raytown Police Department to provide and maintain a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity.
The Raytown Schools will be closed again on Thursday, Feb. 6th due to weather conditions.
Austin Green, a senior at Raytown South High School, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Allen Community College in Iola, KS. Green has been a varsity starting pitcher the last three years at Raytown South.
Austin is pictured with Allen Community College head baseball coach Dr. Valis McLean. Also in attendance at the signing were Austin’s parents Bryan and Freda Green.
By signing the letter of intent, Green committed to play baseball at Allen for one full academic year in exchange for a scholarship
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement, it’s more important than ever before for women to stand side-by-side to end heart disease. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. It’s time for even more women to Go Red!
More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved. But the fight is far from over. Because this No. 1 killer is still taking the lives of our loved ones and because heart disease is taking a woman’s life every minute. Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women versus men, and are often misunderstood.
Heart disease in women requires more attention, more research and swifter action. With the right information, education and care, heart disease can be treated, prevented and even ended.
Together, we can end heart disease. Join me, and millions of other women across the country by wearing a red, our public symbol of the fight, on National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 7th.
We must not be silent. Raise your voice!!
LaTasha James, Go Red Ambassador
Raytown Public Works have plowed all main routes and are working on residential areas now. All streets remain slick, so be careful driving.