PITCH, HIT AND RUN COMPETITION
Pitch, Hit & Run competition to be held at Little Blue Trace April 17 from 1:30-3:30. This competition is sponsored by Major League Baseball and is open to softball for the first time this year. Girls ages 7-14 (as of July 17) can compete for free. Winners move on to sectional competition, ultimately having the chance to compete at the MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim, CA in July. Girls will compete in each of three categories. For each age group, the All-Around Champion, Hitting Champion, Pitching Champion, and Running Champion advance to sectionals. All are welcome!
TODAY IS ELECTION DAY
Polls are open until 7:00 p.m.
FOR RAYTOWN SCHOOL BOARD
Rick Thode / Nancy Eyerly
FOR RAYTOWN WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT No. 2
Jerry Briggs / Mike Carpino
Tuesday is Election Day Polls Open at 6:00 a.m. and Close at 7:00 p.m. IMPORTANT NOTE: Some poll locations in Raytown have been moved to accommodate Public Water Supply District No. 2 Election. If you are unsure where to vote this election call the Jackson County Election Board at 325-4600 for directions. ENDORSEMENTS RAYTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION: This year’s choice of candidates is not that great. The incumbent School Board candidates have been part of some of the worst decisions in the School District history. Like Nero playing the fiddle as Rome burned, they have closed down Special Education Programs while building athletic fields with artificial turf at a cost of over $2 million dollars to the taxpayers. They joined with area school districts in a frivolous lawsuit against the Jackson County Assessment office that was a complete waste of money (fyi, the court ruled against them). One incumbent member of the Board, Bobbie Saulsberry, voted to raise property taxes to unprescedented highs and then did not pay them herself until it was exposed by the Raytown Report. None the less, two candidates will be elected to a four year term on Tuesday. FOR DIRECTOR: Raytown School District (vote for two) RICK THODE NANCY EYERLY PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT No. 2 is a public water utility that supplies water to about two-thirds of Raytown. This is the first election for the Water Supply District in over 20 years. During that time the Board of Directors of the utility have been hand-picking who sits on the Board. The result has been a public utility that has higher water rates than a competing private water company (Raytown Water Company) that serves the rest of Raytown. Also disclosed in this election is the fact that District has been, in effect, paying for two Director positions for nearly three years. Former Director Bud Fitzwater has been the recipient of a lucrative consultant contract that has earned him over $100,000. There may be legal reasons for Fitzwater’s role at the District while the current Director, Pat Ertz meets certain licensing requirements for the position he now holds. It is not unusual for businesses to pay for services of outgoing Directors to help east the transition for a new Director. But it is all too clear that the Board was overly generous in what is being paid for the consulting service offered by Fitzwater. All that aside, it is also very clear that the Board of Directors of the Water District has lost its way and purpose as a watchdog for rate payers. Jerry Briggs and Mike Carpino fit that need perfectly. Their two opponents are hand-picked incumbents who have never been elected to the positions they hold. Briggs and Carpino could bring some need fresh air to the governing process of the Water District. FOR DIRECTOR: RAYTOWN WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT NO. 2 JERRY BRIGGS MIKE CARPINO Hat in the Ring Club Last Tuesday, I filed for election to the Jackson County Legislature for the 6th District. The District is made up of large sections of Raytown, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit. There are four candidates filed for the seat (two Democrats and two Republicans). So, this race will have a primary election in August and a general election in November, 2010. Candidates for those seats that will be voted on by Raytown voters are invited to submit a short essay about their campaign which will be published on the Raytown Report at a later date. Ugly Billboard on 63rd Street Removed As part of the 63rd Bridge Improvements the rusted hulk of an ugly billboard had been removed from the intersection of 63rd Street and Raytown Road Trafficway. It was a good decision by the Raytown Board of Aldermen (that was actually made three years ago) when design of the bridge replacement was under consideration. But it was still a good move. Now the Board should follow the action up with a moratorium on the placement of new billboards within the City of Raytown until such time that a city ordinance with some teeth can be written prohibiting such blights on our city. The ordinance could also contain sections prohibiting certain types of advertising on billboards within the city. High School Activities Raytown South – Strong Showing at UCM Mule Relays By Terry Scott of Raytown South High School Boys and girls track had a strong showing at the first meet of the year, the UCM Mule Relays. The team followed up with the Park Hill South Relays on March 26th winning 15 of 30 events. The next best finishers were Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit North with four wins. At Excelsior Springs on March 30th the Girls 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 Relays ran the fastest times in the State this season. Marquise Cushon had the best Triple Jump of 48’5. For more stories about Raytown South High School Activities use this link Raytown South High School Two from O’Hara to Play in All Star Football Game By Brother Richard Geimer Representing the O'Hara High School football team, Third in State in in 2009, two Celtics were selected for the June 17th MO-KAN ALL STAR Game to be played at 7 PM at Shawnee Mission North. On the offensive squad, lineman Ted Dujakovich and wide receiver Aaron Stubblefield will play for Missouri. Two from O’Hara to Play in MO-KAN All Star Basketball Game Seniors Alex Smith and Hailey Houser, who played on the O'Hara girls Third Place Team in State basketball, were selected on the Missouri squad for the MO-KAN ALL-STAR game scheduled for April 4th at the Independence Events Center at 2 PM. Smith was a guard on the Celtics' team and was one of the team's top scorers and especially accurate with three-point shots. Houser averaged over 13 points per game, had over 10 rebounds per game, and had an average of 3.5 blocks per game. She shot 63% from the field and 78% for free throws. For the rest of this story and others stories about O'Hara use this link O'Hara High School Last Week’s Poll Results Should the Raytown Board of Aldermen consider term limits for elected officials in Raytown? Yes . . . 70% No . . . 30%