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High 69° / Low 46°
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Abundant sunshine. High 69F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Sunny. High 68F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Partly cloudy skies. High 69F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High near 70F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
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Monday 50%
High 68° / Low 53°
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Partly cloudy early followed by increasing clouds with showers developing later in the day. High 68F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
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Tuesday 10%
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Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 68F. Winds light and variable.
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High 71° / Low 52°
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A few clouds from time to time. High 71F. Winds light and variable.

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Periodic lane closure on Raytown Road for water main replacement

A water main replacement project will reduce Raytown Road to one lane of traffic in various locations between 87th Street and Bannister Road during construction working hours from now through August 2017. Expect traffic delays and plan accordingly.

This project is being done by Kansas City, not either one of the water companies that service Raytown.

Click HERE for more details on this project.

RaytownOnline.com tops 1,000 facebook likes

raytownonline_circleYesterday RaytownOnline.com hit the milestone of 1,000 facebook likes and then added one more to make it 1,001 likes.  It feels good to know that our work is appreciated.

There was some concern when our daily website hits seemed to be suffering a slight decline recently, until it was discovered that the total number of readers that directly subscribe via their email account has more than doubled to 450 individuals who have opted to have new articles directly emailed when they are posted.

You can keep up on what is happening in Raytown by:

Visiting the website RaytownOnline.com
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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.

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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Same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Jackson County

This press release was dated Nov. 7th, 2014 and received by RaytownOnline.com in mid-afternoon.


 

Based on the ruling from the U.S. District Court of Western Missouri, the Jackson County Recorder of Deeds will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Beginning at 2 p.m. today, licenses will be issued at both the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City and the Truman Courthouse in Independence.

“Courts are ruling that marriage is a fundamental right of every citizen,” said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. “Given that marriage is such an important right, sound public policy dictates that right be applied uniformly across the state.”

“Marriage affords couples important legal protections, ranging from family leave, the ability to care for or visit a sick spouse, the opportunity to secure inheritances, or file for joint insurance,” said County Executive Sanders. “I am pleased that our staff is working expeditiously to accommodate applicants.”

Given the historic nature of this decision, retired Judge Vernon E. Scoville will be available to perform marriage ceremonies starting at 2 p.m. today. These ceremonies will be conducted in the Legislative Chambers of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City.

Cold Weather Rules go into effect Nov. 1st.

PSC COLD WEATHER RULE TAKES EFFECT NOVEMBER 1
JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2014. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2015. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977.

The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction.

“The Cold Weather Rule contains a number of protections designed to help consumers keep the heat on during the winter,” said PSC Chairman Robert Kenney. “Consumers who have questions regarding the rule or who need additional information on the Cold Weather Rule are encouraged to contact our Consumer Services Unit at 800-392-4211.”

The Cold Weather Rule:
Prohibits the disconnection of heat-related service when the temperature is predicted to drop below 32 degrees during the following 24 hour period.

Provides more lenient payment terms permitting reconnection of service for natural gas and/or electric customers.

Prohibits the disconnection of registered elderly and disabled customers who meet certain income guidelines who make a minimum payment.

Allows a customer to register with the utility if:

o 65 years of age or older;

o Disabled to the extent that the customer has filed with the utility a form submitted by a medical physician attesting that your household must have natural gas or electric utility service provided in the home to maintain life or health; or

o The customer has obtained a formal award letter issued from the federal government of disability benefits.

Allows customers to budget payments over 12 months.

May allow customers to extend payment of pre-existing arrears beyond 12 months.

Contact: Kevin Kelly Phone: (573) 751-9300 Governor Office Building, Suite 600

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Does not require a deposit if payment agreement is kept.

Requires that customers be notified by mail 10 days before the date the utility intends to shut off service; that an attempt be made to contact the customer within 96 hours before the shut off; that an attempt be made to contact the customer right before the shut off; that notice is left at the home when service has been shut off.

Requires the customer be notified of possible financial help in paying the utility bill.

Allows for the reconnection of service for less than the full amount owed.

If a customer is faced with a heat-related utility bill that they cannot pay in full, it is important that the customer:
1) Contact the utility company.
2) State an inability to pay the bill in full.
3) Provide income information either by month or annual income.
4) Make a minimum payment.
5) Enter into a payment agreement.
It is important to note that in order to receive some of the benefits of the Cold Weather Rule; a customer must sign-up (register) with their heat-related company.
For more information on the PSC’s Cold Weather Rule, please see the Commission’s website at www.psc.mo.gov or call the Commission’s Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-392-4211. Consumers can also receive Cold Weather Rule information from their local natural gas or electric company.

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Recruitment

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will soon be hiring candidates for the Patrol’s 101st Recruit Class. The 101st Recruit Class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is set to begin training on July 1, 2015. The minimum requirements for eligibility are: possess 30 college credit hours, or two years federal (Title 10) active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of POST certified full-time law enforcement service at the time training begins.

The starting salary for trooper is $3,137 per month. Interested persons should apply before the application deadline, October 6, 2014, by visiting www.motrooper.com.

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, or if you need additional information about a career as a trooper, please feel free to contact Lieutenant Roger D. Whittler in the Human Resources Division, at (573) 751-9901.

The Pipe that caused it all

This is the pipe that broke and caused a major part of Raytown to be without water for about 4 hours.

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RaytownOnline/com is back

Due to events and tasks beyond personal control  RaytownOnline.com has been on a reduced diet of my time the last couple weeks. Publication of new posts will increase as of today.

Michael N. Downing
Editor of RaytownOnline.com

RaytownOnline Main Computer is back

Publishing of new articles has been severely impaired due to a hard disk problem on the main computer.  The failing drive has been replaced with a slightly larger 2 enterprise level 2 Tera-Byte drive and only about 500k of the main partition was lost. 

There is a backlog of articles to publish, so look for a slightly increase amount of reading until everything is caught up.

 

Laurel Heights Meets Google Fiber Goal

Laurel Height met the needed requirements to get Google Fiber yesterday. Laurel Hills still needs 30 more households to sign up and Greymont is still over 50 needed. This is good news to RaytownOnliine.com, as it means 100 times the speed to upload videos.  Since going to High Definition video, it can often times take over 6 hours to upload video of a local event.  Soon it will take only minutes.  Hopefully it will also entice our readers to upload news video about Raytown and Email the link to editor@RaytownOnline.com for a chance to be featured on the site. 

Slight delay in new articles

There may be a slight delay in new articles due to a hardware problem.  A hard drive on the main computer for preparing articles for RaytownOnline.com is no longer consistently working. 

3 Neighborhoods still short of goal for Google Fiber

In order for Google Fiber to come into a neighborhood, 50 people have to sign up for it. The sign up cost is $10. April 15th is supposedly the last day. Google Fiber can either be the cheapest plan possible, or the fastest. How cheap? FREE service equal to what you are getting now. There is a small catch. You have to pay for the equipment, but at a monthly rate about the same as other services cost now and after it is paid for, the service is free for 7 years,. $25 a month for 1 year and 6 years free. 

Laurel Heights only needs 4 more households to reach the goal of 50.  If you don’t know where that is, it is West of Raytown Road, South of 63rd St and North of 350 Highway.  You can click HERE to see the Google Map to see the exact borders and check on the progress. 

Laurel Hills needs 32 more households and is North of 59th and South of 53rd on the West side of Raytown. 

Graymont needs more than 50 households and is from 83rd to 87th St on the West Side of Raytown. 

Raytown Farmers Market Coming Soon

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Raytown, MO  Raytown Farmers Market is currently looking for volunteers. We have a job for any age group. Possible duties will include set up tear down, flier distribution, assistance in childrens and adult education areas and much more. Is your group or organization looking for a community service project? Please contact Elisa our Market Manager at RaytownFarmersMarket@gmail.com to get yourself or your group’s time setup

Attention local musicians, do you want to expand your exposure? Raytown Farmers Market is looking for all types of musical entertainment, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, rap, polka, and many more. Family friendly musicians who would like to play during one of our market days should visit our website raytownfarmersmarket.com for our entertainer application. Please send this along with a CD that has a sample of the music you will be performing to:

Raytown Farmers Market
6222 Raytown Trafficway.
#254
Raytown, MO 64133

Zaria Akins selected to participate in 2015 Miss Missouri USA Teen Pageant

Zaria Akins from Raytown, daughter of Elisha and Mikki Akins has been selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Missouri USA Teen Pageant. The pageant will take place November 7-9 in St. Charles, MO.

She will be competing as Miss Above and Beyond and will compete in swimsuit, evening gown, and personal interview competitions. The pageant has two age divisions, and the winners will go on to represent our state in the 2015 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageant. Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. The Miss USA Pageant system stresses good morals, physical fitness, communications skills, social awareness and community involvement.

Interesting facts about Zaria is that she is most proud of keeping up with her grades while being a busy freshman at Raytown South High School as a member of the Varsity Cheer Squad, playing the Libero position on the volleyball club team (Kansas City Lady Jaguars) and placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in various forensic tournaments  throughout the metro area. She is being sponsored by Above and Beyond Cleaning, Tree of Life Church of KC and many loving family and friends.

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Page not found problem on Candidate Submitted Information fixed

I created the pages from candidate submissions and set them to private, so that other than the one paid submission, they would all appear on the same date. I forgot to set them to public, so that the links to them would work. I did test them, and they did work for me, but that is because the links would work for a reader that was logged in as system administrator. 

My Apologies

Michael N. Downing

 

Google Fiber Informational meetings

Google Fiber informational meetings  will be held at the Raytown Library on Thursday April 3rd 2014 @ 1:00 p.m.  and  Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.

Warning about computer fraud phone calls

I have received a call yesterday and a call today from a person with an Indian or Pakistani accent claiming my computer had a problem and they were a technician who would help me fix it.  What they really want to do is get control of your computer to install damaging software and then demand that you pay them to remove the damage they have done. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS !!!  The phone number for both calls was 985-564-0064.  This phone number may change in the future.  Do not let anyone calling you like this give you instructions to make changes to your computer.  If you have any doubts about this, request a company name and a phone number you can call them back on. 

HEALTHY VENDING IN THE WORKPLACE

The Mid-America Regional Council has partnered with the three local public health departments serving Jackson County, Kansas City Health Department, the Independence Health Department and the Jackson County Health Department, to address policy and environmental change around chronic disease prevention. A Leadership Team provides community input and oversight for the program.

With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Building a Healthier Jackson County, a five-year grant program, addresses tobacco-free living, active living, healthy eating, increased use of high-impact quality preventative services and a safe and supportive built environment.

The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care issued the Healthy Vending Resource Guide in September 2012. The goal is to help employers and other organizations with vending machines in their buildings understand the value of increasing the availability and affordability of healthful foods. The guide offers helpful information on how to implement healthy vending to increase the number of businesses and organizations implementing healthier vending options. 

Employers in eastern Jackson County have an opportunity to partner with the Jackson County Health Department on this project.  One goal is to increase the availability and affordability of healthful foods and beverages in workplaces and community organizations. Another goal is to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyles, prevents obesity and improves the health of employees and the general public.

Please contact the Jackson County Health Department at (816) 404-8429 if you would like a copy of the Healthy Vending in the Workplace Guide, and/or if you want to partner with us on this initiative.

You can download the guide in PDF format by clicking HERE

 

Town Hall meeting on proposed farmers market

Access Farmers Market held a Town Hall meeting to inform the community about their proposed farmers market for May of 2014.  The proposed location is in the 6200 block of Raytown Road, just West of  what is often refered to as the Green Space.   RaytownOnline.com recorded the meeting and has broken it into three video segments.  The meeting was held in a Raytown Public Works building at 6417 Raytown Road.  Putting together these videos took longer than anticipated, but the information is still relevant and RaytownOnline.com believes that a farmers market would be a good addition to the community. 

 

Indiana State University announces Conrrad Nicholls of Raytown made the dean’s list

Indiana State University has announced its dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester.    Conrrad Nicholls of Raytown made the dean’s list. Congratulations Conrrad!
 
To be eligible for the dean’s list at Indiana State, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
 

Raytown Online Policy

RaytownOnline.com will publish Candidate information, without regard to party affiliation.  Candidates are requested to submit at least a picture, bio, and positions, The prefered format for the picture is jpg, The Bio and positions should be not more than a one or two medium-sized paragraphs each.

Michael N. Downing

How to deal with the chance of water pipes freezing

WATER DISTRICT 2 LOGOPublic Water Supply District No. 2 of Jackson County encourages customers to protect water pipes from breaking during freezing temperatures.  Simple winterization steps can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting inside homes, which can lead to costly repairs.

Customers can prevent frozen pipes during cold weather by:

  • Disconnecting outdoor hoses;
  • Insulating pipes or faucets in unheated areas;
  • Shutting access doors, garage doors, air vents, and sealing cracks that have exposure to water pipes;
  • Locating the master shutoff valve, so water can quickly be shut off if a leak occurs; and
  • Leaving a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing during freezing weather.

In the instance that a water pipe breaks and the shut-off valve doesn’t work, please call your Water Department immediately to request an emergency shut-off.  Water Service crews are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Park University’s Raytown December 2013 graduates

Bachelor of Public Administration

  • #Jordan Michael Nelson, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Raytown [Mo.] High School), Public Administration/Homeland Security

 Bachelor of Science

  • $Erica D. Hill, Raytown, Mo., Social Psychology/Human Development
  • Sarah Marie Lee, Kansas City, Mo. (attended Raytown [Mo.] South High School), Management/Human Resources
  • @Cheryl T. McCarroll, Raytown, Mo. (attended Belton [Mo.] High School), Management/Human Resources
  • $Althea F. Thompson, Raytown, Mo. (attended Ruskin High School, Kansas City, Mo.), Business Administration/Management
  • Jason L. Thompson, Raytown, Mo., Information and Computer Science/Networking and Security 

(Honors designation key ([at least 45 earned credit hours prior to the last term of enrollment at Park University]):

  • @ — Summa Cum Laude (3.9 to 4.0 grade point average)
  • # — Magna Cum Laude (3.7 to 3.899 GPA)
  • $ — Cum Laude (3.5 to 3.699 GPA)
  • % — With Distinction (students who complete 24 to 44 credit hours at Park with a 3.75 GPA or better)

Holiday Safety Tips from the Raytown Police Department

Holiday Safety Tips

Raytown, MO – Several recent events are good cause for Raytown Police to remind you of some basic safety tips in order to keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season:

  • Never leave your car running unattended, even if it’s “only for a minute!” Always lock your doors/windows, and take the car keys inside with you. A cold car is better than no car! (Note: In the last several weeks, six cars have been stolen while the owner left them to ‘warm up’ in the driveway. Only one has been recovered so far.)
  • Don’t leave any personal items or packages inside your vehicle when you park. Put them in the trunk or take them inside.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings; walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Let someone know your destination and ETA.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and keep your head up. Don’t burden yourself with too many packages and avoid displaying expensive jewelry or items in public.
  • If someone attempts to rob or carjack you, don’t resist and give up your property or car. No object is worth your life!
  • When using an ATM, use a location you are familiar with and be mindful of other people in the area. Try to use a machine that is inside a bank.
  • Use timers at home to give the impression someone is home. Don’t leave presents in plain view of windows or doors. Don’t leave the packaging for expensive items at the curb for trash pickup-they can make your house a tempting target!
  • Trust your instincts and report suspicious activity immediately to police.