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Tuesday 80%
High 57° / Low 41°
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Cloudy this morning with thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 57F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
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Wednesday 40%
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Candidate for Ward 4 Alderman – Mary Jane Van Buskirk

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I am Mary Jane Van Buskirk, I am running for Alderman in Ward 4. I’m a 42 year resident of Raytown. We have a great city and we need to market it as such.  We do have problems but working together we can fix these problems and make Raytown better than its ever been. I am not saying I can fix all the problems but I promise I will give it 100%. In order to fix our problems we must find ways to expand our economic base by attracting new business, because all of this comes with a cost.

I do have concerns and here is a list of them;

1. I feel very strongly that we need more police patrol in our neighborhoods, crime in the neighborhoods is on the increase.  We have 56 full time police officers and a budget of $7,839,664.00 (47% of our city’s budget).  We had 7,221 outstanding warrants in the month of December. I believe we should look at the possibility of restructuring our police department so as to better utilize the personnel and the tax dollars that fund it. As a strong supporter of our police department it is not my intent to bash the police department but to make it more efficient.

2. Code enforcement needs to be done on a daily basis not just when citizens or elected officials complain, it should be proactive. The codes department employees are on the streets daily and if they are doing their job properly they see violations and that is when they need to be handled. Enforced codes benefit all homes owners and businesses in our city.

3. Streets in many areas of our city are not well lit and this just invites crime. The tax payers deserve to have their neighborhoods lit and to feel safe and secure in their homes.

4. Street maintenance is also an area I feel needs to be reviewed. Good streets, like codes are essential to make Raytown more attractive to potential home buyers and prospective businesses.

I would appreciate your support on April 7th to give me an opportunity to serve you for the next four years. My promise is that I will take the job seriously and work hard for those I represent. Call me at 737-2799 with questions.

Subject Injures Officers During Arrest

raytown-police-looking-for-graphic-designer-to-design-new-logo-patchOn February 21st at 11:37 AM Raytown Police officers were called to a store in 10000 Block of 350 Highway for a black male that had assaulted an employee. Officers contacted the subject in the parking lot of the business where he was arrested. While making the arrest one Raytown Police Officer was bitten and another injured his back. The suspect and the officers were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The suspect is in custody and charges are pending.

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Winter Weather Advisory

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Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson County for 4:00 pm Feb. 20th to 10:00 am Feb. 21st. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and dangerous driving conditions.

School District Legislative Forum Cancelled

Due to the threat of impending inclement weather, the Legislative Forum scheduled for the Raytown School district today, 2.20.15, has been cancelled.  The next forum is April 7.?

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

 

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 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

Lauren Gepford
Executive Director, Jackson County Democratic Committee

Mike McDonough
Raytown Mayoral Candidate

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

All Raytown City and School Board candidates have been invited to the next two meetings to give an opportunity to meet them prior to the April 7th Election

Raytown High Debate Team, 6th in Conference

blue jay bandRaytown High’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently competed in the White Division of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference Speech and Debate Tournament held at Oak Park High School in North Kansas City.

The team finished in sixth place, and Yermeya Bagunu received First Team All-Conference in Storytelling.

Second Team winners All-Conference were Romeo Bagunu in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Sarah Marshall in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Israel Hanke in International Extemporaneous Speaking, Tamela Hill in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Madie Hill in Original Oration, Alexis Hartenstein in Poetry Reading, Anisah Marshall in Storytelling, Romeo Bagunu with Doyne Dodd in Duo Interpretation, Aarnisha Howard with Anthony Roebuck in Public Forum Debate, and Lauren Lomax with Evalynn Lomax in Public Forum Debate.

The Talking Bluejays are coached by Mark Harris.

No Prescription, Armed Man Demands Pills

raytown-police-looking-for-graphic-designer-to-design-new-logo-patchOn Monday, February 16th about 8:49 PM, Raytown Officers were called to a pharmacy in the 5300 Block of Blue Ridge Boulevard for an armed man who had demanded pills. When the officers arrived they were told that a white male wearing a dark-colored coat, a hat, sun glasses and scarf around his face displayed a gun to the pharmacist and demanded pills. The man was about 6’3’’, between 30-45 years old, thin build and around 200 lbs. Once the man was given the pills he left north on Woodson Road in a newer model Gold Dodge Ram. No one was harmed during the robbery.

If you have any information on this or any other crimes please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS

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Raytown School District announces the hiring of administrators

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The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of administrators of for the 2015-2016 school year.

Toni Davis will be an Assistant Principal at Raytown South Middle School. In December, Davis became an Acting Assistant Principal before the permanent position posted. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from the University of Arkansas.  Davis earned her Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Avila University and her Master of Science in School Leadership at Baker University. Before Raytown South Middle, Davis served for 10 years as an English Teacher and later, an Administrative Intern at Raytown Middle School.

Josh Hustad will also be an Assistant Principal at Raytown South Middle School.  Hustad currently serves as the District Behavior Coordinator and is the Process Coordinator at Raytown South Middle. He received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Missouri Western State University and his Master of Science in Education School Administration from the University of Central Missouri.  Hustad has spent his entire career in Raytown also serving as a 4th grade Teacher, Special Education Teacher, and Administrative Intern at Westridge Elementary.

Joshua Luke will be an Assistant Principal at Raytown High School.  Luke is currently the Secondary Science Coordinator at the school.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Education Earth Sciences and His Master of Science in Education School Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Starting as a Science Teacher in 2009, Luke has spent his entire career in Raytown.  Luke has been a Teacher Leader, Administrative Intern, Building Leadership Team Member, and Science Department Chair at Raytown High.

James Morrill will be the Director of Buildings and Grounds.  He currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Raytown South Middle School.  Morrill received his Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theater Education from Oklahoma State University, his Master of Arts in Education Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri, and his Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University. He has served many roles in the district starting as a classroom Teacher at Raytown South High and serving as an Assistant Principal at Raytown High and Raytown Middle School.

LOCAL STUDENT RECEIVES SCHOLASTIC HONOR

Ms. Maddie Lugenbeel, daughter of Frank and Michelle Lugenbeel of Kansas City, Missouri, has been placed on the President’s List for her scholastic performance at Cottey College during the fall 2014 semester. In order to be on the President’s List, the student’s grade point average must be between a 3.75 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed.

Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women located in
Nevada, Missouri. Its residential student capacity of 350 typically represents 40 states and 20 countries. Cottey is owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women’s organization of over 238,000 members, making Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women.

Winter Weather Advisory

icysnow-flakeThe National Weather Service has issued an advisory for Jackson County for snow on Feb. 15th from 3:00 pm until 9:00 am Feb. 16th.  2 to 4 inches possible with a 60% chance after 6:00 pm.

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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