-- Breaking News --
Homicide 7300 block of Ash
Raytown Police responded to the 7300 block of Ash at about 8:30 this morning on a reported shooting. Initial reports indicated that several gun shots were heard and a woman was lying in the driveway of a residence. Responding officers discovered a female deceased in the driveway of a home. Witnesses in the area had seen a black male running away from the scene.
Officers surrounded the home where the woman was found and made entry to ensure there were no other victims or suspects at the location.
The victim has not been identified at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow with the Jackson County Medical Examiner. A suspect has not yet been identified.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the TIPS hotline at 474-TIPS.
Slurry Seal Planned for Raytown Streets It is no secret that Raytown streets, particularly in some of its neighborhoods, are deteriorating. The extremes of the harsh winter of 2009 / 2010 will not help improve conditions. The City of Raytown’s Public Works Director, Andy Noll, believes that a change of policy in street maintenance may be an the answer to lengthen the life of residential streets in the city. According to Mr. Noll, slurry seal (an asphalt product mixed with sand and water), is the most versatile and cost effective way to preserve and protect streets. The application of slurry seal will significantly extend the life of existing pavements by sealing out moisture. Which will prortect the undersurface from the effects of aging and the environment. Noll went on to explain that UV rays from sunlight degrade asphalt. An indication of the damage from exposure is when the asphalt goes from black to grey, and eventually to white. In effect, the one-eighth inch of slurry seal acts as a screen on our streets. Slurry seal also masks repair work that often leaves different coloration of asphalt in its wake. In those instances where asphalt needs replace, the slurry seal leaves an appearance of a seamless road surface. The end result is a roadway with a continuous rich color of new asphalt. Another upside to slurry seal is cost savings. Noll predicts that by using slurry seal the city will be able to double or even triple the miles of streets that are treated annually. Slurry seal can be applied in temperatures of 50 degrees and higher. Raytowners can expect to see the product early this summer. Homeowners will be notified by mail and by door hangers prior to application of the slurry seal to streets. The product requires a drying time of four to six hours before it should be driven on. Noll emphasized that the slurry seal is preventative maintenance designed to extend the life of asphalt. So the slurry seal will be used on streets that may appear to be in good condition. The city will also continue to use asphalt and crack seal on those roadways that are in need of more radical repair. AN ANALYSIS Where Are They Now . . . Lee Gray I received a most interesting email the other day. The former owner/publisher/editor of the Raytown Post, Lee Gray, is writing a story about the loss of weekly newspapers to local communities. The impact on them and the evolution of what is taking their place on the internet. The story will be printed in a national publication. Raytown is a picture perfect example of Lee’s thesis. At one time, the city was served by two weekly papers and two daily editions of the Kansas City Star (remember the morning Kansas City Times?). The first to go was the Kansas City Times. This was followed by the closing of the Raytown Dispatch Tribune and finally the Raytown Post. An attempt to revive the Post ended abruptly last year. One point Lee brought up is that the loss of a local weekly newspapers has left local governments without a vehicle to showcase their agenda. This lack of communication between those who govern and their constituencies is not good. It breeds distrust on behalf of the public. It makes the governing body appear to be aloof, uncaring, and in extreme cases, contemptuous of those it is meant to serve. Lee views the responsibility of the working press as that of a watchdog of government as the most important role it offers the public. I could not agree more, and can vividly recall when well timed editorials from the former Raytown Post editor would spell the acceptance or defeat of a proposal at City Hall. Not so much because it came from the Post, but because the public became aware of what was going on. Mr. Gray has offered to share a link of the story to the Raytown Report once it has been published. AN EDITORIAL Internet Publications Replacing Print Publications For many years the City of Raytown has formed an unspoken partnership with local news publications. In its latter days the Raytown Post was especially known for its partisanship and came to be recognized as little more than a tool of City Hall. It may be that the powers that be at City Hall are beginning to recognize that change is coming. The story about slurry seal and a report on quarterly tax revenues from City Hall (to be published next week) are good examples. Without the information provided by both Public Works Director Andy Noll and City Finance Director Jeremy Wilmoth, neither story could have been written. Such is not the case with all matters concerning the city. Two weeks ago we put in a request with both the City Clerk and City Administrator for a copy of the Mayor’s annual report on the State of the City. It is, after all, a public document of a speech the Mayor delivered to the Raytown Chamber of Commerce. Neither call was returned. Hopefully, the lines of communication that were opened by Mr. Noll and Mr. Wilmoth this week are a sign of a more open city hall where the word “transparency” is more than just hyperbole. High School Sports Cooper helps Raytown South rout North Kansas City Of course Raytown South’s Joe Cooper could now smile about his missed dunk. During a timeout late in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 63-45 win over North Kansas City, Cooper heard his teammates joke about how he looked hanging off the rim. Cooper heard about his miss from the rowdy home crowd, too. Even if Cooper, who is 6 feet 11, didn’t flush his only opportunity at a dunk, he sure was efficient with everything else he did on the court Friday night — which allowed everybody to enjoy his lone mistake in a blowout. For the rest of this story and other Raytown South Sports News use this link Raytown South High School District Thirteen Tournament Play Hosted by O'Hara by Brother Richard Geimer The site of the 2009-2010 Class 4 District 13 Tournament between February 22nd and February 27 is Archbishop O'Hara High School. Both the boys and girls from O'Hara were seeded #1. Both teams won the West Central Championships. The boys' squad only lost 4 games and the girls team lost just 5 times in their respective seasons.
BOYS BRACKET: After Center and Hickman Mills play at 4:00 on February 22, the winner faces the Celtics in a 5:30 game on the 23rd. Meanwhile Ruskin and Pembroke Hill play at 7:30 on the 23rd. The District Championship game is scheduled for February 27 at 2:00 PM.
GIRLS BRACKET: Two games are on tap for February 22, a 6:00 contest between Center and Pembroke Hill and an 8:00 game with Ruskin and Notre Dame de Sion. On February 24, the winner of the first of these meet O'Hara at 5:30 and the winner of the second pairing play Hickman Mills at 7:30. The District Championship game is to be played on February 26 at 7:00 PM.
For other stories about O’Hara sports use this link: O'Hara High School Sports Community Billboard Announcements Our Lady of Lourdes School will hold its 8th Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The silent auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets to the event cost $20 per person and can be purchased at the School office or at the door. The venue includes a Cajun Dinner, beverages and bid number.
Soup and Craft Days at Rice-Tremonti Home historic site Saturday, March 6 -- 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 7 -- 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 66th & Blue Ridge, Raytown, MO(Look for the log cabin in the yard) Last Week’s Poll Results: Should Raytown hire part-time employees to operate the City's Recycling Center? YES. . . . 90% NO. . . . . 10%