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Shooting at 87th and Blue Ridge McDonalds

One person was shot in the lower abdomen at the McDonald’s located at 87th Street and Blue Ridge Blvd. last Saturday at about 7:00 pm.

The video is courtesy of Fox4 news.

Raytown South High 2009 graduate Derek Blevins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio State on Dec. 15th 2013 with a degree in Sports Management.  Derek attended Ohio State on a track and field scholarship.  Additional honors include Dean’s List all four years, Academic All-Big 10, and an Ohio State Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.  Derek competed for the Buckeyes track team in the long jump and triple jump and is a 4 year varsity letterman.  
Father Dan Blevins (L), Derek, and Derek’s mom, Carol Blevins (R)

Father Dan Blevins (L), Derek, and Derek’s mom, Carol Blevins (R)

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Two People Injured During an Altercation Between Two Vehicles

On 12-28-13 (Saturday) Two cars were involved in an altercation. Witness reported hearing what they thought to be gun shots. An Officer in the area saw a car with what looked like bullet holes. Two people in the car had unknown injuries, and were taken to local Hospitals.   The investigation is continuing.

If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call the TIPS HOTLINE at 474-TIPS (8477).

Spring Valley Wax Museum

Spring Valley Elementary students hosted a wax museum for parents and administrators. Dressed in a costume to match, each student assumed the identity of a famous Missourian and presented information about their personal life and major achievements. Their final product was the result of many weeks of research and preparation.


4th Grader Kelyse Stewart becomes Margaret Truman Daniel, the famous singer and daughter of President Harry S. Truman.

City Administrator’s Report for 12/27/2013

City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Public Works

Street crews worked the winter weather event from Thursday, December 19th through Sunday, December 22nd. First treatments were done in between rain showers. Then roadway treatments continued throughout the freezing rain, sleet and snow. A total of 189 tons of salt was used along with 483 man-hours over the 4 day period.

The White Oak West Line A sanitary sewer construction project along 83rd Street from Raytown Road to Spring Valley Road continues in the 83rd Street and Elm area. The boring contractor has begun to bore underneath the creek south of 83rd Street.

Development & Public Affairs

Raytown has sold two of four NSP3 homes within Raytown. There are still two homes available and more construction will begin in the spring. NSP3 stands for Neighborhood Stabilization Program of which Raytown is a participant. The program is run by the Builder’s Development Corporation. All income received goes back into the program to fund additional home rehabs and new construction. Property has already been identified to build additional homes as current homes are sold.

Congress established the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) for the purpose of stabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. Funds were allocated by a formula based on the number of foreclosures and vacancies in the neighborhoods. Eligible NSP3 activities include: establishment of temporary land banks of abandoned and foreclosed properties to facilitate land development; demolition of blighted structures; purchase of foreclosed or abandoned parcels; redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, or foreclosed properties; and offer home buyer assistance to income eligible purchasers of foreclosed or abandoned property.

If you are interested in one of these homes or would like more information about the homes, visit the Builder’s Development Corporation’s Web site at www.bdc-kc.org.

The Fall/Winter 2013 Newsletters have been delivered to every resident of Raytown. The Newsletter can also be read on our Website at www.raytown.mo.us. Due to postal issues, some newsletters will be arriving next week.

The Development & Public Affairs Department issued a Demolition Permit this week for demolition of a portion of a former car wash building located at 7409 Raytown Road. The demolition is the first phase of the planned expansion of Vantage Motors, located at 10004 E. 350 Highway, which was approved by the Board of Aldermen in September of this year.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

January 01 – New Year’s Day – City Hall Closed
January 02 – Planning & Zoning Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Laurel Hill Rock ‘n’ Bowl

 Recently, Laurel Hills Elementary students had a rock ‘n’ good time during their unit on lifetime sports. For the conclusion of the unit, the gym was transformed into a glowing bowling alley equipped with a disco ball and fun dance tunes. As a part of the lesson, students used math skills to calculate scores and learned about the importance of teamwork. Each student was assigned a role that was required to keep the game going (for example, one student had to rest the pins). After each turn, the students switched roles. “I really appreciate all of the parents and guests who joined us for Rock ‘n’ Bowl,” P.E. Teacher April Pfannenstiel said. “We had 122 guest come and bowl during this special event.

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2nd grader Cecilia Trevizo tries to get a strike!

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2nd Grader Ariona Washington helps to reset pins.

Merry Christmas from RaytownOnline.com

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from RaytownOnline.com.  This is the start of the 5th year of existence in the community.  The video below is a collection of a few of the images of the community that were published on the website in 2013. I hope you enjoy the show. As always, this video is best enjoyed in 720p mode and full screen.

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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)

Youth Basketball League forming in January

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The Raytown Parks and Recreation Department and Education First Athletics Second Coalition are pleased to announce a new partnership to co-sponsor a Youth Coed Basketball League beginning January 23. The league is for all students in grades K-8th. The league will be 10 weeks in length with games beginning on February 8. 

Teams will be divided among grade levels with practices on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at either Laurel Hills Elementary or Blue Ridge Elementary Schools. Fee: $55 per person. 

The program will teach kids basic basketball fundamentals emphasizing the development of understanding the game and improving participant’s basketball skills including dribbling, shooting, passing, teamwork and rules of the game.

Registration forms are available at the Raytown Parks and Recreation Department Office, 5912 Lane, Raytown, Missouri 64133 or call the Raytown Parks and Recreation Department at 816-358-4100 or visit www.raytownparks.com. Registration Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2014.

For questions, contact Raytown Parks and Recreation Dept. at 816-358-4100 or visit www.raytownparks.com  

Weather warning

Fwd: JACKSON CO, MO EM: NOAA has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for Jackson County from midnight 12-20-13 to noon 12-21-13. Possible ice and snow event

Raytown post season high school football honors


Post season high school football honors are being announced, and they include several Raytown Schools athletes. 

Raytown South High School Senior Casey McDermott (defensive line and punter) was recognized as 1st Team All-State by the Missouri Football Coaches’ Association (MFBCA).  McDermott was also selected for the All-Simone Team on the defensive line and is a Bobby Bell Award Finalist.  Senior Raymond Chase (offensive line) was selected 3rd Team All-State. 

McDermott, Chase, and Sophomore linebacker Jabril Cox were named 1st Team All-District by the MFBCA.  Seniors Cameron Henderson (linebacker), Lance Lewis (defensive back), Marshall Purtee (offensive line) were selected 2nd Team All-District. 

Senior Ellis Moore received Academic All-State honors for his athletic and academic achievements. 

The Cardinals are coached by David Allie.

Raytown High School Junior Josh Drake (running back) was named 3rd Team All-State by the MFBCA.

Seniors Eric Sylvan (linebacker) and Mike Young (safety) were selected 1st Team All-District with Juniors Emeril Hart (offensive line), Aaron Spradley (kicker), Eugene Walls (defensive back), and Senior Devin Wilmore (tight end) selected 2nd Team All-District.

Sophomore Derek Frazier, Senior Reid Marple, and Junior Truman Steehn received Academic All-State Honors for their athletic and academic achievements. 

The Bluejays are coached by Kevin Page.


Raytown Amatuer Radio Club (K0GQ) rings Salvation Army Bells


Members of the Raytown Amatuer Radio Club (K0GQ) this past Sat (Dec 07) braved the cold and rang the Salvation Army Bells at Raytown HyVee.  Several members was joined by their children and grandchildren.

The club would like to thanks the people who stopped and made donations to the Salvation Army Kettles.

 Paul Watts
Vice Pres of RARC
816-785-2933 cell

Candlelight Quilters of Raytown

Candlelight Quilters of Raytown meets on the third Thursday of every month from 7-9 pm.   We meet at the Show-Me Quilting shop, 6221 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raytown Plaza Shopping Center. 

Members participate in individual & joint quilt projects, UFO challenges, fabric swaps, quilt block exchanges, charity projects, fun and fellowship.

Candlelight Quilters of Raytown is open to quilters of all skill levels.  Call 816-353-9366 for more information, and to register.

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.  


Raytown Police are reminding motorists that the Raytown Schools will soon be out for the Winter Break and urge motorists to look out for the safety of our young pedestrians playing and walking near and on the street. Raytown Schools will be closed for the break from the end of the school day on December 20th, 2013 and school will resume on Jan 7th, 2014. In the interest of the safety of our children, please pay attention when driving on our roads as children will be present more often than when school is in session. Distracted drivers and distracted young pedestrians can be a deadly mix. Please drive carefully and pay the utmost attention to your surroundings

Sutherlands has Fresh Fruit Friday

Sutherlands Fresh Fruit Friday is still going to be held on Friday the 20th of December .  The reference to  Thursday was right below, the Fresh Fruit ad in the email Sutherlands sent out, but refers to Lady’s Night two ads above it, not directly above. it. 




An email from Sutherlands today announcing Fresh Fruit Friday had the following text at the bottom of the ad, indicating that the Raytown store event will happen tomorrow. 

*Event and offer at the Raytown, MO location only. December 19, 2013 only. Fresh Fruit Friday sale at all Kansas City area locations, December 20, 2013 only.

Raytown youth to perform with former X-Factor contestant Rylie Brown on a live Christmas broadcast at City Union Mission

Rylie Brown wowed the X-Factor judges on the 2013 season and now she is preparing to sing Christmas carols to the children, teenagers and families at City Union Mission in a private performance that will be available online via a live streaming broadcast on Dec. 20th, Friday at 4:30 pm. The broadcast will be streamed live and archived at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rylie-brown-live for future viewing.

“I can’t really put into words how excited I am to be participating in this event,” says Brown. “It’s totally a great opportunity to speak into people’s lives, as well as give back to my community. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a very long time. This is gonna be great event.” Brown will be taking questions from viewers over the U Stream broadcast.

“We’re very pleased to have Rylie visit our Family Shelter, and the children will be especially excited to meet and talk with her about all the hard work that goes into following your dream,” says Ben King, spokesman for City Union Mission. “I know their time with Rylie will encourage and inspire them to believe in themselves and to cultivate their own unique talents and skills.”

Brown will be accompanied by two up and coming Kansas City area singers, Maddie Watts and Alex Haywood.  They also auditioned for the X Factor show in 2012. The Christmas broadcast will also feature a donated appearance from a Santa who will distribute candy canes.

Tune in to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rylie-brown-live on Dec. 20th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm CST to watch the broadcast and ask Rylie questions.

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Alex Haywood a resident of Raytown (far left) rehearsing with former X Factor Contestant Rylie Brown, Maddie Watts and Hudson Watts

Super Splash Positions Available

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The City of Raytown is pleased to announce that in 2014 Super Splash USA waterpark will be managed by the Parks and Recreation Department once again. This means we’re hiring students! If you’re interested in an exciting summer job that’s challenging and love to work outdoors, seasonal part-time positions are available at Super Splash USA water park for 2014. We’re looking for people who love interacting with guests, competitive pay, exciting staff events, an end-of-season bonus program and working with the public. 

The City of Raytown Parks and Recreation will accept applications for the 2014 summer pool season beginning January 6th, 2014. Positions include lifeguards, pool attendants, front gate and concession attendants.

REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and available to work throughout the summer months including weekends and holidays. 

Starting wage is $7.50 per hour depending on qualifications. No benefits are provided with these positions.

TO APPLY for the above position please complete the online application found at www.raytownparks.com under the jobs page or call 816-358-4100. Be sure to attach your resume reflecting any work history you may have during the past 5 years. For best consideration apply immediately as applications are accepted until Friday, January 31, 2014.

A Guest Services Intern opening is also available:
Category: Part Time Seasonal-Aquatics
Job Title: Guest Services Intern-Super Splash Waterpark

Job Description: The City of Raytown, Missouri, a leader in the delivery of public service, is a dynamic and progressive city committed to quality growth in partnership with its citizens. Raytown has a diverse population of approximately 49,000. Encompassing 10.00 square miles of land, Raytown is located in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. City of Raytown employees are dedicated to providing exceptional public service to the community. We value integrity, service, teamwork, dedication, vision and employees who care.

Applications are being accepted for a part-time Guest Services Intern in the Aquatics division of the Parks and Recreation department. Primary responsibilities for this position include marketing and promoting the City of Raytown’s waterpark, Super Splash USA. Duties include distribution and collection of marketing information, organizing targeted promotional activities, providing outstanding customer service and interacting with the public. Incumbent must be innovative and willing to plan and implement new marketing strategies to increase park attendance. Must maintain accurate records, prepare and distribute marketing materials, respond to customer service requests and be willing to provide unequaled customer service. Duties also include preparing newsletters, stakeholder reports, guest surveys and coordinating social media efforts to promote the water park. Work is performed independently and requires good individual judgment and work ethic to obtain desired results.

REQUIREMENTS: Prefer a college intern with a marketing/business background plus experience in marketing specifically related to entertainment/parks and recreation industry PLUS one (1) year of supervisory experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have a valid drivers’ license with good driving record. Must be able to work evenings, weekends and/or holidays, as needed. 

Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of physical, drug screen and background investigation. Starting salary is $10 per hour depending on qualifications. No benefits are provided with this position.

TO APPLY for the above position please complete the online application found at www.raytownparks.com under the jobs page or call 816-358-4100. Be sure to attach your resume reflecting any work history you may have during the past 5 years. For best consideration apply immediately as applications are accepted until Friday, January 31, 2014.



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Raytown South Freshman saves family

Dayvion Cook saved his family and pets from a house fire before going off to school at Raytown South on Monday.  A fire  started in the garage of Dayvion’s family home on East 79th Steet close to Blue Ridge Blvd. at about 1 am.  Dayvion made a quick attempt to put out the fire, but soon realized he needed to abandon the effort and get his family and pets to safety. 

RaytownOnline.com thanks Fox4 for providing the code to embed this video of their report.

Raytown School Board votes to place a $25 million bond issue on the ballot in April

The Raytown School Board first voted on the contract to ACI/Boland for the design of repairs, upgrades, renovations and the creation of a football stadium at Raytown South High.  Next was a presentation of the designs for the work to be done, a discussion, and finally a vote to place a $25 million dollar bond to finance the work on the April 2014 ballot. 

The bond will pay for repairs to roof and plumbing, upgrade security surveillance, remodel entrances for security, and of course the new stadium.  Below is the Raytown School District’s press release

The Raytown School District Board of Education adopted a resolution calling for a special election on the question of Issuance of General Obligation Bonds of Consolidated School District No. 2 (Raytown) of Jackson County, Missouri. 

The no tax levy increase bond issue will be placed on the Tuesday, April 8, 2014 ballot and will address critical upgrades to the District’s electrical, plumbing, structural, and technology systems in addition to other essential projects.

“Our buildings are aging with most constructed in the 70s and 80s,” Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley said.  “Any home or business owner can relate to the fact that you experience significant corrosion of materials over the years.  The projects addressed in this bond issue will allow us to be proactive and maintain an environment that fosters an exceptional, well-rounded education.”  

Here are the source files for some of the charts featured in the video. Clicking on these charts and images will bring up a larger version.

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Budget worksheet by building



Present situation


Laurel Hills Guided Entrance

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School Board report on STEM in the Gym

The last Raytown School Board meeting devoted about 10 minutes to a report on the recent STEM in the Gym program (Click HERE to read the RaytownOnline.com article on this topic) and time was taken to honor the efforts by a Kenya Pieters who helped make the program a reality. Kenya Pieters  is also the 3rd Vice-President of the Raytown Schools PTA Counsel. Here is that 10 minutes. 

If you want to see the video first hand, instead of a video of a video, here it is.