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THCF administers 150+ scholarships for area donors

truman_heartlandEASTERN JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. (February 27, 2013) – Scholarship season is in full swing and Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) has more than 150 scholarships valued at approximately $175,000 available for Eastern Jackson County area high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students pursuing a higher education degree, including technical schools.

Many scholarships have application deadlines in March 2013. For a complete list and to view all applications, visit the Grants & Scholarships section of www.thcf.org.

In 2012, nearly $175,000 was awarded from 69 scholarship programs to 157 student recipients. The average scholarship was $1,100 with the largest scholarship totaling $4,000.

One long-standing scholarship is The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship sponsored by the Junior Service League of Independence. It’s awarded to area women preparing for their undergraduate education who demonstrate a commitment to service and uphold the high ideals of Bess Truman. Since 1999, $39,000 has been awarded to 37 area graduating female high school seniors.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good.” Founded in 1982, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $28 million and annual grants surpassing $3 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit www.thcf.org or call THCF at 816.836.8189.

NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 for Raytown School District


Raytown Public Works information about the Roads

Monday, February 25, 2013 8:22 PM

Public Works initiated the 24 hour coverage today by splitting the crews into 2 – 12 hour shifts this morning.  The night crew is salting key intersections and known problem areas in advance of the snow.

 Heavy snow accumulation is expected overnight with snow through tomorrow.  Crews will continue working through the night to make sure the primary roads are clear, during periods of light accumulation the crews will then start into the secondary and residential areas.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:40 AM

Crews are still working the primaries and secondaries.  Snow is forecast to let up by noon.  That will allow us to catchup on the main roads and start on residential areas.  The heavy snow has caused tree limbs to break and fall in the roadway, but nothing a snow plow has not been able to move so far.

 Blowing snow is making it tough to make lasting progress.

Police Blotter for the week ending 3/1/2013

Blotter for 2/25/2013

Blotter for 2/27/2013

Blotter for 2/28/2013

Blotter for 3/1/2013

Raytown Schools closed Tuesday Feb. 26th


The Elementary Orchestra Concert scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Canceled: Rice-Tremonti Home at Soup & Craft Days, March 2-3

The Rice-Tremonti Home at Soup & Craft Days has been canceled due to weather conditions and the adverse effect on providing safe parking. The event was scheduled for March 2-3.


Update of the predicted snow storm

The most recent prediction for the time of the storm arrival is tonight. Snow may start this afternoon, but little accumulation is expected until night time. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon to 17 mph with gusts to 26 mph and increase tonight to 18-26 mph with gusts up to 31 mph. The winds are expected from the North Northeast and the snow accumulation is now predicted at 7 to 11 inches. icysnow-flake

(that seems a little exact – this post will be updated as new information becomes available)

There have been various past predictions by local news channels and online weather websites.  The earliest was dawn on Monday and the latest was 5:00 pm or evening rush hour from one news agency. Predicted amount of the snow ranges from 6 t o10 inches.  There are also predictions of rain instead of snow until Monday night and warnings that the snow could be as much as 12 inches in the KCMO Metro area. Please understand RaytownOnline.com has NO staff meteorologist and relies on news channels and a mix of websites for information.  

More snow on the way

The video embeded here is no longer provided by KCTV5 and the predictions are outdated.

Here are some photos from during and after our last snow storm.

 down 65thcold walkergreen vanold barn

The day after.
the day after

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)


2012 Raytown High School Ramizzou yearbook, “The Pursuit,” wins award

raytown_schoolsThe 2012 Raytown High School Ramizzou yearbook, “The Pursuit,” is an award winner.

The publication earned the All Missouri from Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA), earned First class from National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), and had three featured spreads included in the Walsworth Possibilities book.

Also, for the first time the Ramizzou has been included in the National Scholastic Press Association’s Best of the High School Press. This book includes only the very best publications from across the country. NSPA’S Judges selected the Ramizzou’s “Coffee with Heart” as a best features spread.

Four2012 Raytown High School graduates, Natalie Butler, Travis Snell, Rachel Anderson and Victoria Lund made the NSPA national honor roll and are listed in the book as well.

The Ramizzou advisor is Lauri Davidson

Notice from Raytown Public Works

Public Works is in the process of identifying the residential roads that have not been plowed and are addressing those areas now.  I would guess we have completed 95% of the residential areas.

 The crews will be working through the night to ensure all areas are complete then the night crew will clear the downtown area of snow.

 Two common concerns from the public.  The first is we have not cleared the residential street yet; those will be addressed shortly. 

 The second is we have piled all the snow in front of their driveway.  We are not intentionally plowing snow in any driveway, it is simply where the angled plow puts the snow as we drive by.  We give more leeway and double check complaints that originate from cul-de-sacs.  It has happened where a plow operator can’t determine where a drive is in a cul-de-sac and will mistakenly put the snow in the driveway.  We will go back out and remove snow from drives only in the instance where we mistakenly pile all the snow from a cul-de-sac in a drive.  

 Public Works is anticipating ending operations at 6 am Saturday, but will continue until all residential streets are cleared.

 Have a safe weekend and be aware we expect another snow storm starting Monday and extending into Tuesday.

Andy Noll, P.E.
Director of Public Works

School Closed again Friday

Raytown Schools will be closed on Friday, due to weather.

KMBC 9 coverage of 350 Highway in Raytown

Raytown High School Principal Named for State Award

huffThe Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has selected Dr. Brian Huff, principal at Raytown High School, as the 2013 Missouri High School Principal of the Year. MASSP will officially present the award during the annual MASSP Spring Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark, Mo., on Monday, March 25, 2013. Dr. Huff was awarded the recognition based on his impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and his personalization of the learning environment.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Shelton wrote, “Dr. Huff has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to lead adults and students to higher levels of performance. His ability to lead others is based on his own growth as a person and a professional; working with others to create the very best working and learning environment; a deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and making the school environment a place where the needs of individuals are met.”

Former assistant principal Jamie Sadich wrote, “Dr. Huff has a deep understanding of what it means to provide students with a quality and rigorous curriculum in order to achieve at high levels.” She continued, “He truly creates a collaborative environment within and among his staff. He believes in the power of shared leadership, and exhibits that in how he seeks to build teacher leaders.”

A parent, Yael Abouhalkah, wrote, “Dr. Huff’s collaborative style and his intent on upgrading curriculum have boosted the quality of Raytown High School graduates in the last five years.”

Christy Darter, a science teacher at Raytown wrote, “…Dr. Huff accepts no excuses. He requires that all staff members set high expectations for themselves and for their students. Differences in student social and economic circumstances and backgrounds are not accepted as explanation for differences in student achievement levels.” She continued, “He has encouraged me and my colleagues to explore all of the ideas we have had for improving our instruction, from how to best reach struggling students to how to extend learning experiences for the most talented.”

The selection was made from more than 600 high school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Huff served as assistant principal at Grandview Middle School (1997-2004) and was principal at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria (2005-2007) before he was named principal at Raytown High School in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science (1992) at Southwest Baptist University, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration (1996) from the University of Phoenix and Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2002) at the University of Kansas.

MASSP sponsors the High School and Middle School Principal of the Year Programs. Dr. Huff will represent Missouri in the 2014 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals’ High School Principal of the Year program.

Police request non-injury accidents be walked into Police Station

The Raytown Police Department request non-injury accidents be walked into Police Station due to the snow storm.

Eastbound 350 Highway Closed

Eastbound 350 Highway is closed from Raytown Road to Gregory. Eastbound traffic should take Gregory to Raytown Road as a detour.

Snow Cancellations

Snow Cancellations

Raytown Public Schools will not hold classes on Thursday, Feb. 21st.

Raytown Democratic Association Monthly meeting cancelled.


Visit the Rice-Tremonti Home at Soup & Craft Days, March 2-3

Visit the Rice-Tremonti Home at Soup & Craft Days, March 2-3

 Treat yourself and your family to a wholesome lunch of homemade soup, fresh hot cornbread, homemade pie and a beverage all for the low, low price of $6 for adults, at Spring Soup and Craft Days, March 2 & 3 at the historic Rice-Tremonti Home, 8801 E. 66th St. in Raytown.

r-t soup

  In addition, visitors to the home will be able to shop for seasonal craft items, perfect for Easter gifts, from the expert crafters who will sell their wares in the two front parlors. 

R-T crafts

  The activity runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

  Bring your family and friends to this fun semi-annual get-together at the 1844 Rice-Tremonti Home, a landmark on the Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails, and believed to be the oldest standing residence in Jackson County. The cabin where the slave Sophie White lived has been reconstructed on its original site.

  Spring Soup and Craft days is one of a regular series of fund-raisers that are sponsored by the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home, the not-for-profit organization that is charged with the preservation, upkeep and restoration of Raytown’s most historic structure.  The home is operated as a historic house museum that interprets the westward trail era of American history, as well as its role in the Civil War.  The Archibald Rice family who immigrated to Missouri from North Carolina in the 1830s built the wood-frame Gothic-Revival style farmhouse in 1844.  The Rice family owned the property until 1903.  Roger Lowe and his family owned and resided in the house into the 1920s. It served as a country inn restaurant for a few years prior to being purchased by Dr. Louis Tremonti and his wife, Gloria in 1935. Dr. Tremonti died in 1949 and Gloria Tremonti lived in the old house until 1987.

  The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home have been preserving the property since the group purchased the property in 1988. 

 Please support the Friends’ efforts to maintain this historic structure for future generations.  More details are available at www.rice-tremonti.org.

Major Snow Storm Coming Soon

Multiple sources are predicting rain and ice starting today and turning into a snowstorm by Thursday morning that may result in over a foot of snow for the Raytown area.

RaytownOnline.com thanks KCTV5 for providing the code to embed their video on this coming storm.



Police Blotter for the week ending 2/22/2013

Blotter for 2/19/2013

Blotter for 2/20/2013

Board of Aldermen agenda for 2/19/2013

Meeting Agenda

Divorce Care for Kids and Divorce Care for Adults at Graceway

graceway_logoGraceway located at 5460 Blue Ridge Cutoff is offering a Divorce Care for Kids and Divorce Care for Adults. These programs are on Wednesday evenings at Graceway and will run approximately 13 weeks twice a year. For more information call 816.423.2843 or visit http://visitgraceway.org/small-groups/care-groups/.

“Divorce Care for Kids is a special group to help your children heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce. DC4K provides your children with a safe and neutral place to recognize and learn to share their feelings. Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.”

Raytown South High grad Christi Meyers Lutman – 2013 Hall of Fame member for MU

Christi_Meyers_Lutman_1999 Raytown South High grad Christi Meyers Lutman has been selected for induction into the 2013 University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. 

 Majoring in elementary education, Myers is MU’s first-ever American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and still stands as Mizzou’s career record holder in blocks with 454.  During her time on the Tiger Track and Field team, Meyers was a three-time All-Big 12 high jumper.  She is the third female in Mizzou history to clear the six-foot-mark.

According to the Mizzou Athletics website, Myers was one of the “central figures in the establishment of Mizzou’s volleyball program as one of national prominence.”

 While at Raytown South, the Cardinals, under head coach Shirley Earley were three time conference volleyball champions. Myers was a three year all-conference selection in volleyball and was conference player of the year as a senior.

Myers will join four other exceptional athletes to represent the 23rd induction class since the start of the Hall in 1990.  The class were inducted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 and the inductees were introduced at half time of the MU men’s basketball game against Vanderbilt on February 2nd.

Food Pantry open to all military service members

Thanks to volunteers at the Kansas City National Guard armory, military service members now have an additional resource available to them when it comes to feeding their Families.

Recently an on-site food pantry opened its doors to local Guardsmen, as well as all active military personnel and veterans, regardless of their branch of service.

The Family Readiness Group leader for the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Tracy Belt, manages the pantry.

“There was a need,” said Belt. “We just needed to have it for people to take advantage of it.”

According to Belt, the Harvesters-sponsored food pantry was able to move in 1,600 pounds of food to their shelves in January. She said they don’t require any financial information, just a few basic questions, and will serve the troops regardless of their income.

Belt worked with Col. William Ward, commander of the 110th MEB to procure a room in the armory.

“That’s been one of the best helps right there,” said Belt.

The pantry is completely run by volunteers and Belt tries to have it open at least two weekends a month, and as needed on an emergency basis during the week.

“Something like this would not be successful without the hard work of Mrs. Belt,” said Ward. “Her tireless efforts and willingness to give up her personal time to help others is an inspiration to us all.”

In addition to working with Harvesters to supply the pantry, Belt also tapped into resources provided by Operation Homefront for financial support.

“Less than $500 bought all of this food here,” said Belt. “I couldn’t have done that in a grocery store. I couldn’t have done that going to grocery stores saying please donate, please donate.”

Belt is striving to stock her shelves with the day-to-day mainstays, as well as other non-food basics.

“It’s important to have some staple items that can last in the pantry for months,” said Belt. “I’m trying very hard to always have some kind of canned vegetables, peanut butter and pasta.”

Each month Belt also does fresh shopping at Harvesters.

“They have produce they may need to turn quickly and there is no charge for that,” said Belt.

Belt said Operation Homefront provides additional resources for items, such as diapers, toiletries and even laundry detergent, so she can use her dollars with Harvesters on other essentials.

“It’s really important for me to have in here other items that can really add to their expenses in the household, such as baby items, sundries and personal care items,” said Belt. “I am making sure I spend at least some of my budget towards those items because I can’t really feed a household completely, but I can certainly help give them things that will at least ease their shopping bill.”

Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, the Army assistant adjutant general for maneuver of the Missouri Army National Guard, had the opportunity to visit the armory recently.

“I was very impressed with the organization and stocking of the pantry,” said Mason. “It is nice to see that level of support coming from the business and non-profit community to our Soldiers. I was very impressed with the Family members that volunteer and give of their time to make the pantry a successful resource. The Missouri Guard is a community-based and Family organization and we have always supported all members of the military team.”

For more information about the Missouri National Guard, please visit www.moguard.com and our social media sites: www.facebook.com/Missouri.National.Guard; www.twitter.com/Missouri_NG; www.youtube.com/MoNationalGuard; www.myspace.com/missouri_ng; www.flickr.com/photos/missouriguard; www.moguard.com/blog; www.pinterest.com/monationalguard/

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Fresh bread and canned food items line the shelves of the new food pantry located at the Kansas City armory, 7600 Ozark Rd., which is open to all military service members. The pantry is completely run by volunteers and is open at least two weekends a month, and as needed on an emergency basis during the week.  (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin/Missouri National Guard)


During a recent drill weekend a Soldier shops the shelves of a new food pantry located at the Kansas City armory, 7600 Ozark Rd., which is open to all military service members. The pantry is completely run by volunteers and is open at least two weekends a month, and as needed on an emergency basis during the week.  (Photo by Jennifer Archdekin/Missouri National Guard)


Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason (left), the Army assistant adjutant general for maneuver of the Missouri Army National Guard, visits with Tracy Belt (right), Family Readiness Group leader for the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Kansas City. Belt volunteers at the new food pantry located at 7600 Ozark Rd., which is open to all military service members. The pantry is open at least two weekends a month, and as needed on an emergency basis during the week. (Submitted Photo)

Zoo Ed at Laurel Hills


2nd graders at Laurel Hills Elementary had the opportunity participate in a Zoo Education program provided by the Kansas City Zoo.  The program integrates the common core state standards with interactive games and lessons. 

 Developing the skills of a junior zoologist, students learned basic classification rules and techniques. The lesson taught students about the tarantula, gibbon, tortoise, lorikeet, and polar bear, which all live at the Kansas City Zoo. 

 “I’m so excited that we have had the opportunity to be a part of this!  The lessons have been very engaging and interactive. The children will remember this for a lifetime!” Some students mentioned how, “This is the best day ever!” They look forward to taking a field trip to the Kansas City Zoo in the spring,” said 2nd Grade Teacher Mrs. Carla Williams said

 Last week, the Zoo Mobile visited Laurel Hills to teach the students about invertebrate and vertebrate animals.  They were also able to get a close look at some of the animals they have learned about.