Sunday, December 6, 2009
In This Week's Raytown Report . . .
I’m Spartacus I'm Spartacus??? Downtown Raytown Lighting Ceremony a Success High School Sports I'm Spartacus A lot is happening just below the surface in the Missouri 8th State Senatorial District currently held by Matt Bartle. Bartle cannot run for re-election due to term limits. The district, which encompasses most of Lee’s Summit, is considered wide open for next November’s election. The 8th is a rock solid Republican District and a curious game of “who’s on first” is being played by potential candidates for the seat. Shock waves caused by the race have reached Raytown’s 48th District currently held Missouri State Representative Will Kraus. This past summer Kraus very quietly and stealthily moved from Raytown to Lee’s Summit. The move was made for one purpose, which became very clear recently when he announced he intends to run for the 8th Senatorial District. This leaves an unexpected void in the 48thy District. Kraus still had another term left to serve. Though many of my democratic friends may disagree, he (Kraus) probably could have held on to his seat had he run for re-election. Be that as it may, the reality is that Kraus has moved and will not seek re-election. So, what about the shock waves pounding on Raytown’s shores? Kraus moving out of the District (which encompasses most of south Raytown) creates a void in what is acknowledged as one of metropolitan areas few swing districts. Republicans have held the seat fro many years, but the demographics of the district, roughly one third in Raytown, one third in Kansas City and one third in Lee’s Summit, lean Democrat by a small majority. One individual, Gavin Fletchall, who was very active in the last presidential election, has already formally announced his intention to run. Matt Cushman, the Director of Raytown’s ambulance service, has also been mentioned as a possible candidate. I ran into Matt up at the Downtown Raytown Christmas lighting ceremony on Friday night. He does not deny an interest – but from our conversation I doubt he will be throwing his hat into the ring at this time in his life. Two other names that have surfaced are former Ward 5 Alderman Pat Riehle and former Mayor Sue Frank. Though, frankly speaking (pardon the pun!) we can’t see how a known Republican, such as the former Mayor Frank, could be seriously considered as a Democratic candidate. It would make more sense for her to follow her Repubican roots and file on that side of the ballot. Riehle, who resigned his seat on the Raytown Board of Aldermen in 2008, has had run-ins with the local Democratic political party apparatus. Long time Democrats say his credentials are weak at best. Senator Victor Callahan, whose Senatorial District encompasses all of Raytown (his seat is not up for election until 2012), said it best about the hotly contested 48th District, “there is still plenty of time for many candidates to stand up and say “I’m Spartacus” before filing opens next Spring.” I’m Spartacus??? It occurred to me that some of my younger readers may not know about the Spartacus. So, here is the official Wikipedia explanation: Spartacus (c. 109 BC-71 BC), according to Roman historians, was a slave and a gladiator who became a leader (or possibly one of several leaders) in the major slave uprising against the Roman Republic known as the Third Servile War. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the war, and surviving historical accounts are sometimes contradictory and may not always be reliable. Spartacus' struggle, often seen as the fight of an oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a slave-owning aristocracy, has found new meaning for modern writers since the 19th century. The rebellion of Spartacus has proven inspirational to many modern literary and political writers, making Spartacus a folk hero among cultures both ancient and modern. A movie named “Spartacus” was filmed in the 1960’s that glamorized the ancient gladiator. Kirk Douglas played the lead role. At the end of the movie the Romans had captured the remaining rebels. They demanded that Spartacus step forward. At which time a number of the rebels stood up, all claiming to be the leader with the phrase, “I’m Spartacus”. Downtown Raytown Lighting Ceremony a Success About 150 frigid Raytowners attended the Annual Downtown Raytown Christmas lighting ceremony last Friday. Thirty-two Downtown Raytown merchants kept their businesses open late offering complimentary prizes and refreshments to those who attended the lighting ceremony. The highlight of the event was the drawing of the winner of over $4,000 worth of merchandise from local Raytown merchants. And the winner is . . . Kathryn Robinson of Raytown, Missouri. High School Sports O'Hara Tops Smithville 81-54 The O'Hara boys varsity basketball team opened their 2009-2010 season with an exclamation point on December 1st.Scoring 31 of their 81 points in the second period alone, the Celtics reached a 50-22 halftime score as eleven players contributed to the scoring. Led by D. J. Jackson with 20 points and Jevon Lyle's 14 points, the team benefitted from nine three-pointers along the way (five of which were by Jackson and Lyle). In the first quarter, the Celtics had surged ahead by eight points and were able stretch the advantage until easing up in the fourth quarter. Raiders Fall Celtics 59-29 The Pembroke Hill Raiders couldn't keep pace with the O'Hara Celtics in the December 4th basketball game at Pembroke Hill. After falling behind by six points in the initial quarter, the Raiders were only able to come up with two more points until halftime as the Celtics poured in sixteen for a 30-10 lead. Eventually the game ended 59-29 with D. J. Jackson leading the way in double figures with 15 points. O'Hara only cashed in on 9 free throws in 23 attempts but the game did not hinge on points from the free throw line. D. J. Jackson, Jevon Lyle, and Ronnie Miller contributed three-point shots in the game. Cardinals Drop Season Opener After Fourth Quarter Drought For the Raytown South men's basketball team the new season started the same way last season ended. A loss to Grandview. The Cardinals hosted last year's state runner-ups in front of an official sell-out crowd and seemed to be moving towards a solid season opening win but the Bulldogs overcame a 12 point fourth quarter deficit and ended the game with a 13-0 run, handing South a 74-69 loss. "We had a scoring drought because we turned the ball over," said coach Brad Oestreich about his team's struggle to keep possession of the ball. "I had 16 turnovers out of my guards and you're not going to win down the stretch with 16 turnovers out of your guards. It was just bad execution tonight." For the rest of this story please use this link: http://www.ihigh.com/raytownsouth/article_16636.html