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Polling locations for Nov. 2020 election in Raytown

Prec. 

1,2,3,4 Raytown Central Middle School 10601 E 59th St

5,7       Our Lady of Lourdes Church 7045 Blue Ridge Blvd

6,10      Raytown City Hall 10000 E 59th St

8          Connection Point at First Baptist Church 10500 E State Route 350

9 **      Laurel Hills Elementary 5401 Lane Ave

11,15    Raytown South Middle School 8401 E 83rd St

12,13,14 *** Raytown South High School 8211 Sterling Ave

16         Southwood Church of the Nazarene 8201 Raytown Rd

17 ***    Raytown South High School 8211 Sterling Ave

18         Southwood United Church of Christ 7904 Raytown Rd

19 ***   Raytown South High School 8211 Sterling Ave

20 **     Laurel Hills Elementary 5401 Lane Ave

 

Below is a precinct map of Raytown for those who do not know which precinct they live in. It also should be on the card you got from the election board. 

Music Night Patriotic Sing-along Tonight 6:30 pm Church Parking lot

MCPL Summer Library Program Kicks Off May 26

MCPL Summer Library Program Kicks Off May 26 

“Imagine Your Story” During 2020 Summer Library Program for Kids, Teens, & Adults 

Greater Kansas City, MO – Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its annual Summer Library Program, which encourages children to remain intellectually engaged while they are out of the classroom. From May 26 through July 31, participating kids and teens can earn free books and win great prizes by reading, attending virtual Library programs, and taking part in educational activities at home. Adults can also get in on the fun by modeling good reading behaviors.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Story,” invites participants to use their imaginations to explore new places and stories, allowing them to discover new worlds and perhaps gain inspiration for the future!

“Everyone knows that reading is important for growth and development, but stories can also serve in an aspirational capacity, showing kids different kinds of people and places that perhaps they could one day be a part of,” said Haley Lefholz, Youth Services Librarian at MCPL. “Whether their dream is to become a superhero or a super doctor, reading allows children to utilize their imaginations and explore new ideas.”

As in previous years, Summer Library Program participants can also win special prizes from the Library’s community partners, including the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Symphony, and Science City. Participants who earn 1,000 points will also have the choice of another free book or a free t-shirt from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts. Kids and teens can earn points by:

  1. READING! (Reading is required to complete the program.)
  2. Completing fun, age-appropriate, educational activities at home (A complete list of learning activities is available online.)
  3. Attending virtual programs on the Library’s MCPL360 Facebook page 

While the Library’s branches remain closed to the public, participants are encouraged to use MCPL’s new curbside service to obtain physical reading materials, or to access digital materials through the Library’s website.

To find out more about Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Program, including instructions on how to enroll and participate, visit mymcpl.org/Dream.

Fresh Fruit (and Nuts) Friday at Sutherlands

Election Nov. 5th 2019

SAMPLE BALLOT
CITY OF RAYTOWN, MISSOURI
SPECIAL ELECTION
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019
QUESTION 1
Shall the City of Raytown, Missouri continue to impose an existing sales tax at a rate of one-eighth (1/8) of one percent for the purpose of funding Local Parks/Storm Water Control within the City for a term of five (5) years? The monies received from the Local Parks/Storm Water Control sales tax shall be distributed with Local Parks receiving seventy-five percent (75%) and Storm Water Control receiving twenty-five percent (25%) for their respective functions.
YES
NO

Kansas City woman caught on video slashing on police cars in police parking lot after she was arrested the day before.

Eunice Fisher slashed the  tires on eight police vehicles in the  Raytown Police Department parking lot the day after her arrest on another matter.

Video tape of her in the act led to a quick arrest. 

For more on this click HERE for KCTV5 coverage of this story.

Man Barricades Himself After Shooting

On Sunday afternoon, 10-13-19, at about 1:13pm, Raytown Police responded to a residence in the 8800 block of East 85th Street, after receiving a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found one gunshot victim deceased at the residence. The victim had been shot outside the residence by a known suspect, who ran to the area of 8500 block of Kentucky and barricaded himself inside his residence. Police are currently on the scene at that residences attempting to make contact with the suspect.

UPDATE

The suspect is in custody but has not been charged at this time. Detectives are continuing to investigate.

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

 

State Rep. Jerome Barnes Town Hall Meeting part 2 Medical Marijuana

This meeting took place months ago, and I am sorry it took me so long to recover it. The information is still valid and hopefully of interest to the readers.

Car Show in July

RAYTOWN C-2 SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY

The Raytown C-2 School District announces a Board of Education vacancy. Residents who wish to be appointed to the vacancy shall apply at the superintendent’s office located at 6608 Raytown Rd., Raytown, MO. Applications will be accepted until June 24, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. The appointee will serve until the next school board election, when a director shall be elected for the unexpired term. For more information, contact Rachel Johnston, Board Secretary, at 816-268-7008.

Click HERE for District policy PDF on vacancies.

Click HERE for a PDF of the application form to fill vacancy.

Raytown Garden Club Annual PLANT & BAKE SALE Saturday, April 27, 2019

Raytown Garden Club Annual PLANT & BAKE SALE Saturday, April 27, 2019

Cave Springs Interpretative Center, 8701 East Gregory Boulevard, Raytown, MO 64133

Our sale features a wide variety of locally grown annuals, perennials, and vegetables, as well as yummy home-baked goodies! Our plants are known for being healthy and hardy!  We will have bulbs, bare-root plants, 4- and 6-paks, and potted 3″ to 8″ plants, as well as trees and shrubs.  All plants will be clearly marked with plant name, annual or perennial, shade or sun growing conditions, and price.  Our knowledgeable members will be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice, and since these plants are grown here, you know they will thrive in our local growing conditions!  Come early for best selection!  We will be under the Pavilion at Cave Springs Park Interpretive Center; Rain or shine!

CONTACT: Raytown Garden Club, Mary Monnin, President, phone: 816-356-9453; email ourzoo52@keri-brewstergmail-com




RGC donated to Shepherds Center

Election results for April 2019

CITY OF RAYTOWN MAYOR
Candidate Name Total Votes Percentage
MICHAEL MCDONOUGH 2,316 59.63%
TONY JACOB 1,550 39.91%
WRITE-IN 18 0.46%

RAYTOWN ALDERMAN WARD 1
JOE CREAMER 250 35.06%
JOSH BENNETT 118 16.55%
GREG WALTERS 297 41.65%
QUENTIN J. BROWN 45 6.31%
WRITE-IN 3 0.42%

RAYTOWN ALDERMAN WARD 2
JIM AZIERE 434 50.00%
LORETHA HAYDEN 431 49.65%
WRITE-IN 3 0.35%

RAYTOWN ALDERMAN WARD 3
JANET EMERSON 436 65.07%
JEREMY UTTERBACK 114 17.01%
OTIS TAYLOR III 116 17.31%
WRITE-IN 4 0.60%

RAYTOWN ALDERMAN WARD 4
BOB COCHRAN 400 45.51%
MARY JANE VAN BUSKIRK 475 54.04%
WRITE-IN 4 0.46%

RAYTOWN ALDERMAN WARD 5
DEREK A. WARD 582 98.98%
WRITE-IN 6 1.02%

RAYTOWN CITY COLLECTOR
KATHIE SCHUTTE 3,173 98.63%
WRITE-IN 44 1.37%

CITY OF RAYTOWN QUESTION Appointed Police Chief
\YES 2,724 71.87%
NO 1,066 28.13%

State Rep. Jerome Barnes Town Hall Meeting part 1

Real ID, Car Tags, and Taxes

Part 2 topic : Medical Marijuana

Bobbie Saulsberry for Raytown School Board

Missing Adult Kenneth Cornwell

Who: Kenneth Cornwell Jr, white male, blue eyes, 6’, 240 lbs
Last contact with family: on 1/15/19

Mr. Cornwell was last seen by family on Tuesday, January 15th in the 8900 block of E 67th St, Raytown. They have been unable to make contact with him since.

He was last seen driving a green 2000 Kia Spectre, MO/SR0G3L. The vehicle has a dog paw sticker on the back window and a blue ribbon on the antenna.

We have no reason to believe that Mr. Cornwell is in immediate danger or that foul play is involved. Police only need to speak with Mr. Cornwell to verify his safety

If you have any information about Kenneth’s whereabouts, please call 816-737-6020.

Raytown Police Chief Jim Lynch Announces Retirement

After 43 years of service with the Raytown Police Department, Raytown Chief of Police James B. Lynch announced that he will retire on February 14, 2019. Chief Lynch is grateful for the unwavering support of the residents and businesses of Raytown. “I would like to thank the Raytown community for their continued support through the years, of not just me, but the men and women of the Raytown Police Department,” Chief Lynch said. “I have lived in Raytown for decades and have raised my children here. I am grateful to be part of the Raytown community and to the people of Raytown, I say thank you for allowing me to serve you.”

Though leaving a law enforcement career can be difficult, especially after so many years, Chief Lynch is grateful. “Law enforcement is one of the most rewarding careers,” Chief Lynch said, “and I am glad to have been able to be a part of it. I am thankful for the personal and professional relationships that were made along the way. I am honored to have served with the finest men and women in law enforcement and wish them well in upholding that professional service.”

Chief Lynch started his career with the Raytown, Missouri Police Department in 1975 as a Patrol Officer. Chief Lynch was selected for the Traffic Unit in 1978. In 1983 he was promoted to the rank of Detective, where he was assigned a variety of cases and served as a member of the Metro Squad, investigating major cases in the Kansas City Metro area. During that time period, Chief Lynch completed his Bachelors’ Degree at Avila University, earning a degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Lynch, in 1988, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and 1991, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant. While in that assignment, he was the Lead Officer in several Metro Squad homicide investigations, supervising Detectives from several agencies.

In August 1996, he left full-time employment with the Police Department, going to work for General Accident Insurance Company as a Special Investigator. During his employment with General Accident Insurance, from August 1996 until April 2001, Chief Lynch maintained his relationship with the Raytown Police Department, as a Reserve Sergeant. Chief Jim Lynch was elected to his current position in April 2001. He has served as Chief of Police since then.

By April of 2002, Chief Lynch accomplished one of his goals, by having the members of the Police Department trained through the Community Oriented Policing Institute, in community policing practices. He also collaborated with the Department of Justice, the Kansas City Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., members of the Raytown Human Relations Committee, and Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, to build a lasting relationship between Raytown’s diverse community and the Police Department.

Chief Lynch has been involved in many community groups in the Metro Kansas City Area, including Raytown Emergency Assistance Program, (R.E.A.P.), Hope House, Shepherd’s Center and the Kansas City Crime Commission.

Chief Lynch has been honored with receiving many awards throughout his career. Among these, are the Raytown Police Department’s, Award for Officer of the Year, the 2009 Diversity Advocate in Law Enforcement from the Olathe Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., and the 2011 Clarence Kelley Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Administration.

April Election Candidates

On April 2nd of 2019 there will be an election for Raytown, Raytown School District, Raytown Fire District and Jackson County water District #2. Filing for these elected positions closed on Jan. 15th.

City of Raytown
10000 E 59th St, Raytown

Alderman Ward I – 4 year term expiring April 2023
Joe Creamer
Josh Bennett
Greg Walters
Quentin J. Brown

Alderman Ward II – 4 year term expiring April 2023
Jim Aziere
Loretha Hayden

Alderman Ward III – 4 year term expiring April 2023
Janet Emerson
Jeremy Utterback
Otis Taylor III

Alderman Ward IV – 4 year term expiring April 2023
Bob Cochran
Mary Jane Van Buskirk

Alderman Ward V – 4 year term expiring April 2023
Derek Ward

City Collector – 2 year term expiring April 2021
Kathie Schutte

Mayor – 4 year term expiring April 2023
Michael McDonough
Tony Jacob

Raytown C2 School District
 6608 Raytown Rd., Raytown

Two positions are open

Bobbie Saulsberry (incubant)
LaShonda Orkes
Rick Thode

Raytown Fire District
6020 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown

Barb Schlapia

Jackson County Water District #2
6945 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown

Sub district 3 Fred Hartwell
Sub district 5 Jimmie McClanahan

November 2018 Sample Ballot and editorial

CLick Here for PDF version of ballot

This ballot is huge and I will attempt to shed light on what the elements are.

Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and Proposition C all legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. What is not obvious is that amendment 3 sets up a monopoly for those that got it on the ballot. If you are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, I strongly suggest a YES on 2 and a no on 3.  There is nothing wrong with Proposition C, but I feel that Amendment 2 is better.

Constitutional Amendment 4,  is simple and self explanatory.

Proposition B raises the minimum wage a small amount each year until it eventually gets to $12 an hour. Nothing tricky and I personally support it.

Proposition D would raise the motor fuel tax to pay for roads and bridges. It would also help fund the Highway Patrol.  I strongly support this proposition. Missouri has had the same fixed amount of fuel tax since 1992. Gasoline may have tripled, paving cost may have tripled, but funding has stayed constant for over 25 years. We need to fix our roads and bridges.

The last 7 items on the ballot are all about changing the Jackson County Charter.  They all are extensive and the ballot fails to reflect all the changes they entail. I will try to post the complete text of the 7 changes in my next post.  These changes have united an unusual mixture of partisan, not partisan, business, and community groups in OPPOSITION to the changes. It is very seldom that I have seen the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Democratic Committee unite on political questions. These 7 items will decrease the power of the County Executive and increase the power of the County Legislators. It will give the Legislators about a 100% pay and pensions increase. The increase is hidden by basing it on a judges salary instead of a named amount. Question 7 bars any federal. state. or municipal elected official from running for county office. So the legislature wants to ensure that any State Legislator that is term limited out of office cannot run for the county legislature.

This is an attempt to increase power and pay by hiding it in with elements on the front of each proposal that may be more popular. A more honest approach would be to not group elements together, let each stand on its own merit and state openly how much of a pay and pension increase the legislators want.

Please vote NO on Jackson County Questions 1 through  7.

 

Shooting Leaves One Wounded, Three Arrested

At about 8:25 PM Wednesday (January 17, 2018) Raytown Officers were called to the Valero Corner Store, 6509 Raytown Road, regarding a shooting in progress. Moments after the call was received, a vehicle arrived at police headquarters, 10000 E. 59 Street, which was occupied by an adult female passenger that had been shot at least twice. EMS was summoned while other officers, on patrol and those working an off-duty job, responded to the store. Officers there subsequently arrested two adult males, relating to the shooting. The woman was transported to an area hospital where she was listed in critical condition. The adult male that drove the female to police headquarters was also taken into custody relating to the incident at the store.

There were no other injuries reported and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information on this or any other crimes please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Civic-minded Volunteers Needed

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown invites you to join out committed group of volunteers in helping provide services to Seniors living within the boundaries of the Raytown School District. Most volunteers work a set schedule of approximately three hours, one day per week.

  • Office Volunteers. Open shifts: Tuesday 1 – 4 pm; Wednesday 9 – 12 & 1 – 4; Thursday 1 – 4; Friday 9 – 12. This job involves answering phones, scheduling rides for medical appts., giving information from resource book, give information about upcoming events.
  • On-call Wheels that Care Drivers. Scheduled at least 48 hours in advance, when one of our seniors needs a ride to a medical appointment. Time needed varies, appointments average one hour plus travel time.
  • Substitute Meals on Wheels drivers. Regular driver positions are currently filled (generally one day per week). Substitute drivers are needed when a regular driver is ill or unavailable. Prepackaged meals and beverages are picked up from a central location and delivered to clients within the boundaries of the Raytown School District.

All volunteers must pass a background check. Drivers also must have a valid drivers license, and a licensed and insured vehicle. Training provided.

For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email: volcoordinator@sbcglobal.net or by phone: 816-356-9000.

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown Seeking New Director

Seeking an energetic, motivated individual to serve as Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. This half-time (20 hour per week) position will work closely with the Board of Trustees to provide strategic leadership, manage staff and volunteers, and oversee the successful operation of our services for Raytown Seniors, including the Meals on Wheels program. Qualifications include experience working with nonprofit, public sector, or community organizations. Bachelors degree (preferred) or commensurate experience in public administration, human or social services. To apply, please submit resume and a list of three references to: jdowning2300@yahoo.com

Police say Jungerman not a suspect

From KMBC 9 NEWS

“During a police briefing on Thursday, authorities said detectives have talked to the owner of the van. They said the owner is not in custody, not a person of interest nor a suspect.

Shepherd’s Center Annual Garden Tour

Benefit dinner for Officer Tom Wagstaff TODAY

Eggstravaganza 2017 part 1, the Parade

It was a nice celebration and parade. The wind was so strong that even a pro windscreen was not enough.