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Weather Forecast

Heat Advisory

3:04 AM CDT on July 11, 2015
9:00 PM CDT on July 13, 2015
Saturday 20%
High 91° / Low 73°
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday 40%
High 95° / Low 75°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Lots of sunshine late. High near 95F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Monday 0%
High 97° / Low 73°
Sunny. High 97F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 10%
High 96° / Low 72°
A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 96F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 20%
High 90° / Low 71°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 90F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 10%
High 92° / Low 73°
A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. High 92F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday 20%
High 93° / Low 73°
Sunshine along with some cloudy intervals. High 93F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

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Severe thunderstorm watch

Raytown is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 3:00 am.


Jackson County Emergency Management has issued a Flash Flood Watch from 4:00 pm Sunday, June 7th, to Monday, 7:00 am June 8th. Possible rain fall of 1″ to 3″ this evening.

Raytown has Water

The water main break was repaired sometime before 4:00 pm.  The break was a little West of Harvard on 59th St. Here are some photos of the break and the repair efforts.

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Water Line Break

There has been a break in a Raytown Water Company water main. It is probably a major break as 1st reports have it effecting from 59th St. to 74th St.  More on this as it comes in.

Flash Flood Watch

Jackson County Emergency Management has issued a Flash Flood Watch until 4:00 pm on June 6th, Thunderstorms from 9 to 11 am. Most streams/rivers are at capacity.

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National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for this area until 3:30 pm on Wednesday.  Avoid flood areas.

Severity: Severe
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Likely



2 Armed Men Surprise School Board Member’s Husband During Early Morning Robbery

From the Raytown Police Blotter…

On June 2nd at 1:00 AM Raytown Police officers were called to a home in the 8400 Block of Woodson Drive for 2 black males that had assaulted a home owner and his family during a robbery. Officers contacted the home owner and were told that when he arrived home and opened his garage door he was approached by 2 black males armed with handguns and forced into his residence.  When taken inside, the suspects demanded items from his home and he fought back in an attempt to protect his family.  During the struggle the home owner was injured and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  The suspects were last seen driving away from the area in a red Monte Carlo.

Anyone with information about the man, or this crime, is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).


Other sources identified the victim as 69-year-old John Saulsberry, who is married to Raytown School Board member Bobbie Saulsberry.  The area of 84th and Woodson has had multiple burglaries in the last month.

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rice tremonti

Bi-Annual Garage Sale

Being held at Raytown REAP
9300 East 75th Street
June 4 and 5 from 8-5
June 6 from 8-12

If you have items to donate they may be dropped off the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the sale.
If you have donations and are unable to drop them off please call:

Leigh Elmore     816-333-3586
Phyllis Miller    816-353-2338

All proceeds from this event will go towards the ongoing preservation of this 1844 homestead.
Canned goods would also be appreciated for REAP for allowing us to use the facility.  See you there!

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Summer Tours

     8801 East 66th Street
Raytown, MO 64133

Come and visit us this summer.  This historic 1844 home and cabin will be open on
Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

You will be surprised by all of the changes taking place.



Thursday, May 21st, 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 speaker will be

Mike Sanders
Jackson County Executive

Mike Sanders

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue


President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

 June 18th
Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor

Raytown High production of “The Drowsy Chaperon” nominated for Starlight Theater Blue Star Awards

Drowsey ChaperonePoster_smallRaytown High School’s production of The Drowsy Chaperon earned the school two nominations in the Starlight Theater 13th annual Blue Star Awards.  Nominees will receive their honors in a public ceremony on Starlight Theatre’s Cohen Community Stage on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The show was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design and Construction, Tier I ($0-$1,850) and Outstanding Costume Design and Construction, Tier I ($0-$1,600).

Modeled after Broadways Tony® Awards, the program annually recognizes achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre.  This year, a total of 46 high schools producing 57 musicals participated.

Starlight’s Blue Star Awards are open to the public and are sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.

Westridge gets a new Principal

Matt_Jones 1024The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Matt Jones as the principal of Westridge Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.  Jones is currently serving as an Administrative Intern at Blue Ridge Elementary.

Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Graceland University and earned his Master in Education in Administration, Education Specialist in Administration, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from William Woods University.

“I feel privileged to be chosen as the new principal of Westridge Elementary,” Jones said.  “I worked at Westridge for eight years, and it feels as if I am returning home. I am so proud of Mrs. Brennaman and the staff for what they’ve achieved, and I am excited to be a part of the continued success.”

Jones began working in the district in 2003 and has serve as a paraprofessional, interventionist, elementary teacher, assistant principal, summer school principal, and administrative intern.

Eastwood gets a new Principal

Amanda_Coleman 1024The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Amanda Coleman as the principal of Eastwood Hills Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.  Coleman is currently serving as an Administrative Intern at Eastwood Hills.

Attending Missouri State University, Coleman earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology.  She earned her Education Specialist degree in Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

“Mrs. Coleman is a passionate administrator that truly cares about our staff and students,” Eastwood Hills Principal Dr. Marlene DeVilbiss said. “I am certain that she will lead the school with integrity and high expectations.”

In 2009, after serving for six years as the Special Services Director for the Allen Village Charter School, Coleman began working in the district as a Special Education Coordinator. In 2011, she became the Administrative Intern at Eastwood.  Coleman has also served as a summer school principal in 2010 and 2014.

Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center get 5 star rating

Tutera’s Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Recognized on
U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Nursing Homes 2015” List

USNEWS Best Nursing Homes 2015 Badge

120-Bed Skilled Nursing Facility Earns 5-Star Rating for Third Consecutive Year



Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center — owned and operated by Tutera Senior Living & Health Care — has been recognized byU.S. News & World Report on its annual “Best Nursing Homes 2015” list. The prestigious recognition marks the community’s third consecutive year to earn a five-star rating for its consistently high standard of quality care. Westridge Gardens is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility located in Raytown, a suburb of Kansas City, Mo.

To qualify, Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center had to earn an overall five-star quality rating from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. Each year, U.S. News & World Report awards a “Best Nursing Homes” designation to facilities that earned the agency’s highest overall rating of five stars for performance in three categories: state-conducted health inspections, how much time nurses spend with residents, and the quality of medical care.

“This national recognition is a tremendous honor,” said Joe Tutera, CEO of Tutera Group. “It reflects the intensive, daily dedication of the entire staff at Westridge Gardens. They continue to raise the bar in delivering Tutera’s commitment to consistent, quality care that meets the individualized needs of our residents and their families.”

Westridge Gardens’ profile on the US News & World Report website now displays a “Best Nursing Homes” badge to recognize their status as one of America’s best nursing homes. Only 22 percent of all nursing homes in Missouri earned an overall five-star rating. Westridge Gardens’ record of success also includes being recognized locally as the “Business of the Year” by the Raytown Chamber of Commerce in 2013. For more than 20 years, Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Health Care Center has provided a safe, residential environment offering a range of services including 24-hour skilled nursing care; physical, occupational and speech therapy, and short and long-term rehabilitation.

As one of the nation’s premier senior care providers, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care operates 47 senior living communities in 13 states.

Now in its seventh year, the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Nursing Homes 2015 highlights the top nursing homes in every state and nearly 100 major metropolitan areas. It is designed to help the several million Americans who will spend at least some time in a nursing home in 2015 rehabbing after a hospital stay or as long-term residents. On a given day, 1.4 million people, most of them 65 and older, live in nursing homes, according to U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 16,000 facilities across the country for its annual report.

Best Nursing Homes provides data and information on care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for virtually all U.S. nursing homes. A searchable database lets users find highly rated nursing homes by distance as well as by location. Each facility’s profile displays health and fire safety violations, performance in important clinical categories and how much time nursing staff spends with residents.

About Tutera Senior Living & Health Care

Tutera Senior Living & Health Care is a locally-owned diversified post-acute senior health care provider operating 47 senior living communities in 13 states throughout the United States. As one of the nation’s premier senior care providers, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care offers its residents independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, post-surgery rehabilitation, memory care and home health and hospice care.  In 1983, Dominic F. Tutera MD founded Tutera to provide compassionate patient care with the uncompromising values of integrity, accountability and commitment.  Tutera Senior Living & Health Care still embodies those values today.  Tutera is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of its residents and their families through senior living and health care experts who inspire and promote individuality and personal happiness. For more information, visit www.Tutera.com.

Raytown Mourns the Passing of Erma J. Keeton

 Erma Keeton, 82, Raytown, MO passed away May 11, 2015 at Wilshire at Lakewood. A visitation will be held 6-7:30 PM, Friday, May 15, at Heartland, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64133.  Funeral services will held 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 16, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow immediately at Brooking Cemetery.

Erma was born December 1, 1932 in El Dorado, AR to Bo and Polly Lansdale. She went on to graduate from El Dorado High School.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, she worked as a bookkeeper and retired from Clark’s Appliance in Raytown. She was an avid reader and Royals Fan.
Erma was preceded in death by her husband Millard Ray Keeton, her parents, and special uncle and aunt, Billy and Mary Helen Barnes.

She leaves behind her 3 children; Steven Ray (Camille) Keeton, Sheila Jo Keeton, Carol (Rick) Pulliam, grandchildren; Suzie, Joshua, Michelle and Crystal, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Free Movies at Raytown Parks

raytown parks logoThe Raytown Parks and Recreation Dept. (5912 Lane, 358-4100)  will be showing five free movies this year at Kenagy Park.  The first of the series will be the movie Free Birds on May 15th.  We choose great family films for young and old alike and are sure to put a smile on your face.   Bring your lawn chairs, or blankets to enjoy this event at Raytown Parks.  Our sponsor is Google Fiber, who made a generous donation for our first two movies of the summer. The Friends of Raytown Parks have made these free movies possible with the donation of the movie equipment which they have purchased through grants and donations.

For more information on the Movie in the Park call the Raytown Park Office (5912 Lane) 358-4100.


Raytown Mourns the Passing of SHIRLEY ANN MUNSTERMAN

Shirley Ann Munsterman, 84, Raytown, MO, passed away May 13, 2015. Visitation 10-11a.m., service 11 a.m. Sat., May 16, Mt. Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes. Inurnment Mt. Moriah Cemetery

Race for Hope Focuses on Children in KC and Around the World

Although the May 16, KC Northland Race for Hope is about running and exercise, it’s also a tale of local people who want to help children throughout the region and around the world.

Much of the story involves Rachel and Gary Chaney, a Kearney couple whose volunteer work in Haiti and Zambia are leading them to lengths that some may find extreme. For them, it’s literally a calling.

The two—she’s a nurse and he’s a nurse practitioner—began volunteering for two weeks each year in Haiti about the time their now seven-year-old daughter was born. Through Rachel’s mother, who is president of All God’s Children Clinic of Hope in Zambia, they have begun stints there more recently.

“We just saw the need,” Rachel Chaney says today. “They asked us to do a healthcare mission, basically a ‘suitcase medicine clinic.’ We thought, ‘Why not?’”

The idea of an organized run to raise funds was Gary’s. “He’s been a runner in the past and saw the clinic’s work for orphans and children as a natural,” she said, noting the clinic’s region in Zambia has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world.

A year ago, the couple sat down with a small group to brainstorm. Among them was Craig Williams, a Liberty resident and avid runner, who noted that the Northland has yet to host its own major half-marathon. Williams also suggested additional charities related to children, including the Kansas City Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Northland Early Childhood Education Center. Rachel also suggested Feed Northland Kids, which she had worked with through her church.

“We wanted to have a focus,” Chaney explained. “I grew up going to Northland schools, and my sister is a North Kansas City School District teacher. The more vulnerable the children are, the more I want to help.”

Organizing the event has been daunting, but it’s, again, only part of the story. Williams is dreaming of hosting a larger event next year, a full marathon, and the Chaneys are planning to move to Zambia in August. Together with their children, Leah, 7, and Luke, 5, they will stay until a new clinic is completed.

“This is the first time I’ve bought one-way tickets,” she laughed. “We’re committed until the clinic is built, but someone’s already donated a well. We’ll just see how long it takes.”

The Kansas City Northland Race for Hope will begin at Sam’s Club near Highway 152 and Flintlock Road at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16. Courses include the half marathon, a 5K and a 50-yard “Hero Dash” for children. Both children and adults are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costumes. More information is available at www.raceforhopekc.com.


Rachel Chaney (right) is a Kearney nurse who is organizing the May 16 Race for Hope Kansas City to raise funds for needy children, including those who use a clinic in Zambia where she has worked and plans to reside beginning in August.


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Gary Chaney of Kearney relaxed a moment with one of his patients during a recent visit to All God’s Children Clinic of Hope in Zambia. Chaney, a nurse practitioner, will move there with his family in August, after he and his wife finish organizing the Kansas City Race For Hope May 16.

Raytown Students recognized as 2014-2015 Missouri PTA Reflection winners.

Raytown South High Junior Isaac Barkley and Raytown Central Middle 8th grader Anna Ryan were recently recognized as 2014-2015 Missouri PTA Reflection winners.

barkley 266Barkley placed second in the High School Music Composition division.  He submitted a composition entitled The Journey, created to be performed by the string orchestra at Raytown South High.  The Journey is Barkley’s second composition performed by the orchestra, and it was inspired by his desire to tell a story through the music and express different emotions listeners could relate to and explore.

Anna.RyanRyan placed third in the Middle School Literature Division.  Her piece entitled The World Would Be a Better Place If… explored this year’s Reflections theme by examining how taking the time to see the world through someone else’s eyes could improve our lives and have a positive impact on the world.

The Missouri PTA Reflections program celebrates and recognizes student achievement in the arts. Each year, students submit original work based on the specific theme outlined for the year. The 14-15 theme was, “The world would be a better place if…” and students were encouraged to create art that captured their hope for the world around them.

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I am sorry to say I have neglected RaytownOnline.com for a couple of weeks. The effort to deal with the election, and the advent of yard and garden work left me exhausted and needing a break. I have fined myself a months salary for my neglect ($0.00) and have a lot of news to post to catch up.

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Michael Downing