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Raytown Night with the Mavericks


 Click  -> 2014 Mavericks Flyer to download the full ticket purchase form.

Raytown South Middle Jazz Band received a #1 at Jazz Fest

The Raytown South Middle Jazz Band received a 1, the highest rating, at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival in Warrensburg, Missouri held on Saturday, February 22. 

Raytown South Middle School Jazz Band was among 35 middle school and high school jazz bands participating in the festival. 

Outstanding Musicianship awards were given to Levi Barkley and Veron Potts for 7th grade vibes for 7th grade alto saxophone; and Nate McIntyre for 8th grade bass. 

The band is under the direction of Brenda Kueck.


Veron Potts


Levi Barkley

Levi Barkley


Josh Blew

Josh Blew

Nate McIntyre

Nate McIntyre


State of the City Address 2014 by Mayor David Bower

The Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce held the February Membership Luncheon at First Baptist Church of Raytown on the 26th of the month. The highlight of the luncheon was Mayor Bower delivering his annual State of the City Address. The video below consists of the introduction of the Mayor by Chamber Chair Loretha Hayden and the Mayor’s State of the City Address. 

Michael Taylor executed

Michael Taylor was executed for the murderer of Ann Harrison at 12:01 am today. Taylor was pronounced dead at 12:10 am Feb. 26th 2014. 

Michael Taylor

Raytown C-2 Robotics team wins 6 of 9 matches

The Raytown C-2 Robotics team participated in its very first competition at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) First Team Robotics competition.  Winning 6 of its 9 matches, the team placed 6th overall in the competition which featured over 30 teams from four different states.

“All in all the students did a great job in their first competition, and I am very proud of their accomplishment,” robotics sponsor and Industrial Arts Teacher Steve Myer said.  “We will be working through the spring and summer to improve and look forward to taking our team back to UMKC for a second go around.”

The team, named Fire and Ice, is comprised of students from Raytown and Raytown South High School and formed in November of 2013.  

“The students had fun and the robot performed as you would expect any computer operated machine would,” Myer said.  “We had to constantly kick it to motivate it to do what we wanted, but it all worked out in the end.”

Breakfast at Home Skillet

A nice sized smoked pork chop with eggs, toast and hash browns. Everything was perfect.

porkchop and eggs 

Raytown now a lot closer to having KATY Trail State Park

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today that a deal has been cut with Union Pacific for the right to purchase sections of abandoned Union Pacific railroad corridors.  The exclusive right to purchase was given at no cost, but the actual purchase would cost $59 million.  This price is about 1/2 the previous asking price of one section of abandon track.

Jackson County has at least two proposed uses for the property,  public transportation lines and hiking & biking trails.  The biggest section of the land in question is the old Rock Island line that runs through Raytown.  The hiking and biking goal is to have a continuous KATY Trail from St. Louis to Independence. That trail would run through Raytown. 

Given the price and the likelihood of outside funds and financing, the probability that this purchase will happen is high. If the purchase happens, then the creation of the hiking and biking trail is also high.   The planned public transportation system is now more likely.

Mayor Bower sounds a little different in this video due to heavy audio scrubbing to reduce wind noise.  Sorry Mayor Bower I thought my wind screen was up to the task.  

Raytown Mayor Dave Bower and County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz (who grew up in Raytown) comment on the announcement.

Video of the event, graphics of the areas involved  are being processed and will be published this week. 

Raytown Hosts District 13 & 14 Basketball Tournaments

High School Basketball Tournament Class 4 District 14

Tournament Dates:3/3/2014 – 3/7/2014
Location:8211 Sterling –  Raytown South High
Raytown, MO 64138-2690


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High School Basketball Tournament Class 5 District 13

Tournament Dates: 3/3/2014 – 3/7/2014
Location: 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd – Raytown High School
Raytown, MO 64133-3998







Raytown High School’s Talking Bluejays debate team Win Big

Raytown High School’s Talking Bluejays debate team recently won the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference Tournament White Division Debate Championship. 

Students earning first team All-Conference honors were Sophomore Yermeya Bagunu in Storytelling; Senior Alexandria Clark with Junior Sarah Holloway in Public Forum Debate; Senior Emma Givens in Original Oration; Junior Tamela Hill in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Senior Paige Keeton in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Senior Paige Keeton with Senior Claire Robinson in Public Forum Debate; Senior Claire Robinson in Student Congress; and Senior Lilly Rodriguez with Sophomore Israel Hanke in Policy Debate.

Students earning second team All-Conference honors were Senior Derek Baska in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Senior Deja Bolton with Senior Derek Baska in Duo Interpretation and Policy Debate; Freshman Shekinah Carr in Prose Reading; Senior Maggie Dorsey with Junior Madison McLellan in Duo Interpretation; Senior Emma Givens in Dramatic Interpretation; Sophomore Israel Hanke in International Extemporaneous Speaking; Junior Alexis Hartenstein in Poetry Reading; Senior Paige Keeton in Original Oration; Senior Alex Montenegro in Student Congress; Senior Lilly Rodriguez in Poetry Reading.

The Talking Bluejays are sponsored by Mark Harris

Police Blotter for the week ending 2/28/2014

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The Sunday Funnies (reruns)


Breaking News Raytown Road North bound closed

A t  2 car accident at about 2:00 pm has the North bound lane of Raytown Road closed between the lanes of 350 Highway. 

wreck 1 wreck 2 wreck 3

Legislative Forum Video

The Missouri Legislative Forum held in the Raytown School District Administration Building at 4:30 pm at 6608 Raytown Road. The legislators present were State Senator LeVota and Representatives McDonald and Mims.  

Topics focused on included:

  1. Legislation that deal with the transfer of students from unaccredited school district to accredited districts. 
  2. Tax cuts and how they can affect funding for education.
  3. Changes in the standards for school district accreditation the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE). 
  4. The political forces attempting to promote charter schools and for profit education companies at the expense of public schools.

2014 Legislative Forums in Raytown

2014 Legislative Forums in Raytown

 Senators LeVota and Curls, Representatives Cross, Ellington, McDonald, Mims and Torpey
Mayor David Bower and Administrative Staff, City Council Persons
Chamber President Vicki Turnbow
School District Board of Education, Administrators and Staff
PTA Representatives and Raytown Patrons

Dates:              February 21 –  March 28  –  April 25
Time:               4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
Location:     Raytown School District Administration Building
                        6608 Raytown Road, Raytown, Mo. 64133

For information: 816.268.7008

 Please join us to interact with our legislators on issues that impact the City of Raytown and our children and their education.

Raytown Murder Update

The suspect in custody has been charged with 1st Degree Murder and he has been identified as 42-year-old Falonzo Davis.  Mr. Davis has also been charged with armed criminal action. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Steven L. Jones. 

It is alleged that motivation was the victim keeping company with the shooters wife. 

The following is alleged in the charges filed by the Jackson County Prosecutor.

Upon receiving a text message that the victim was driving the shooters wife and children to school, the shooter retrieved his gun from a local pawn shop. He then drove to his son’s school, arriving at 10:04 am and waited.  At 10:27 am the victim arrived in a vehicle with the shooters wife and son as passengers.  Mr. Davis sprinted to the victims car, there was a confrontation, the victim attempted to flee, but ran into a parked vehicle. 

Mr. Davis then argued with his wife, until his son intervened.  At that point Mr. Davis walked over to the wrecked car, opened the driver’s door, shot Mr. Jones, put the gun and two clips on top of the car and waited for the police to arrive.

falonzo davis

Falonzo Davis


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Shooting in Raytown

At about 10:40 am today there was a shooting in the parking lot next to the Raytown Success Academy on 350 Highway. There is one person dead and one person in custody.  The victim has not been identified, but is described as a black male. At present the police are investigating to determine if the person in custody was the shooter.  No students were involved, no students were in danger and no school building was entered.  The students are being evacuated to the 1st Baptist of Raytown Church to await their parents picking them up.


Thanks to KCTV5 for providing code to embed their video

Photos by Larry Edwards, RaytownOnline.com Crime and Traffic Reporter




Raytown School District hosts District Basketball Tournaments

basketballRaytown High School will host the Class 5 District 13 Tournament which includes Blue Spring, Blue Springs South, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, and Raytown.  Seedings for the tournaments will be available soon. Playing dates are as follows:

March 3 – 5:30 p.m. Girls/ 7:00 p.m. Boys

March 4 – 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Girls / 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Boys

March 7 – 6:00 p.m. Girls/ 7:30 p.m. Boys

March 6 & 8 are reserved as snow/weather makeup days.

Raytown South High School will host the Class 4 District 14 Tournament which includes Center, GrainValley, Grandview, Notre Dame de Sion (girls), Pembroke Hill, Raytown South, and SouthwestEarlyCollege. Seedings for the tournaments will be available soon. Playing dates are as follows:

March 1 – 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:00 p.m. Girls

March 3 – 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Boys

March 4 – 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Girls Semifinals

March 6 – 5:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Boys Semifinals

March 7 – 5:30 p.m. Girls Championship/ 7:00 p.m. Boys Championship

March 8 will be used as a snow/weather makeup day.

KCMO Mayor reads to Eastwood students

Kansas City Missouri  Mayor Sly James was at Eastwood Hills Elementary on Tuesday, February 18 and read to students there.  Eastwood is part of the Raytown School District, but located in Kansas City and many of its students live in Kansas City. 

Markley greats James

Dr. Markley greats Mayor James as he arrives.

February Morning Coffee for Raytown Chamber

The February Morning Coffee for Raytown Chamber members was held on February 18 at First Federal Bank located at 9330 E. Gregory Blvd.


Photo courtesy of the Raytown Chamber of Commerce




 Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speakers will be

Jackson Country Legislator
Scott Burnett


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

Next meeting is March 20th
Our speakers will be announced


RaytownOnline note – Scott Burnett’s district has been changed to include a portion of Raytown.  

Home Skillet is open

The Home Skillet opened today at 6:00 am. Mayor Bower dropped by at 9:00 am for a late breakfast and RaytownOnline.com dropped by at 11:30 for a slightly early lunch.  The sandwich was very good and the very good part was the meatballs.  Larger than most and without the cheap filler that makes some of the fast food chains products seem mushy. Service was good, even though the staff worked all night to insure they could open as promised.  The crowd was good, with only one empty booth, but there was no waiting for a table at 12:30 pm, which is the busiest time for most restaurants. The video shows the crowd and has one of the shortest customer reviews possible.

Child Injured by Broken Glass in Drive By Shooting


Click HERE for Video on KSHB Channel 41

On the afternoon of Monday, 02-17-14, Raytown Police were called regarding a drive by shooting in the 8800 block of 86 Street, into a house. An eight year old girl, who was in the house, was injured by broken glass. The injury was non-life threatening. A vehicle that may be connected to the incident has been located nearby. A person has been taken into custody, but has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.

Google Fiber progressing

Google Fiber contractors were busy on last Sat. installing backbone fiber at 69th St. and Elm. They are back at it in the same area today. 


The Sunday Funnies (reruns)