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 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
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.
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.
Boardwalk and Grandview
Blue Ridge and Liberty
Antioch and Lee’s Summit
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.
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.
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.
You Are Invited To A Fundraiser for
Raytown Mayor Candidate
Chili, Dessert, Coffee, Tea will be served.
February 12, 2015 (Thursday)
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)
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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.
|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
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
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.
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.
They will be discussing the ways to educating the public and the avenues that will be used to do so.
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.
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.