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Ray-Pec Optimist Club students of the month: Kennedy Kinnick and Bryon Gooding

Optimist Club students of the month: Kennedy Kinnick and Bryon Gooding

Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club students of the month: Kennedy Kinnick and Bryon Gooding By Tyson Fisher Congratulations to Kennedy Kinnick and Bryon Gooding, both Raymore-Peculiar High School seniors, for being recognized as the Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club students of the month. Kinnick is heavily involved with Ray-Pec High School’s theater and choir and programs, including the Chamber Choir. Although spending most of her time in the theatre acting (she played Ariel Moore in “Footloose”), Kinnick is assistant director for the play “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a comedy written by Henry Lewis,...

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Cass County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy

Cass County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy accepting applications

Cass County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy accepting applications By Raymore Journal staff The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the 2022 Spring Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. The program is an eight-week course that gives citizens an in-depth look and hands on training into the career of law enforcement at the sheriff’s office. Citizens are instructed by deputies on the subject of patrol, jail, communications, investigations, court, and community policing. The academy is an 8-week program, in which courses are held once per week on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until approximately...

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Belton girls basketball - Cass County high school sports

Cass County high school winter sports season entering midway point

Trissi Hardin / Raymore Journal Belton High School freshman Amaya Crowder shoots from the free throw line last week in the Lady Pirates’ 48-15 loss against Kansas City North. Cass County high school winter sports season entering midway point By Christian D. Orr, Raymore Journal editor The 2021-22 high school winter sports seasons are past the opening stages, but not to the finish line yet as they work to prepare themselves for that final stretch in around a month. Teams across Cass County continue to experience highs and lows throughout each season with some teams searching to find...

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Cass County property tax season continues to set records

Cass County property tax season continues to set records By Raymore Journal staff Cass County Collector of Revenue Chris Molendorp has released December 2021 property tax disbursement figures for Cass County’s local political subdivisions.  Molendorp announced $112,862,768.88 was disbursed to 70 separate local political subdivisions and the State of Missouri. This represents the largest December disbursement in Cass County history. Cass County’s public-school districts were the largest recipients with total disbursements of $66,830,189.75. Of those districts, Raymore-Peculiar R-2 received...

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Face masks, which are not mandated by Ray-Pec School District

Ray-Pec schools prep to close; AG Schmitt sues dozens of school districts

Ray-Pec schools prep to close; AG Schmitt sues dozens of school districts By Raymore Journal staff The Raymore-Peculiar School District is warning parents that students may go back to virtual learning if the rate of new COVID-19 cases continues its current trajectory. Meanwhile, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing nearly 40 school districts over mask mandates. Ray-Pec School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle is giving parents a fair warning about potential procedures to mitigate issues regarding a lack of staff as COVID-19 cases surge. In a message sent on Jan. 19, Dr....

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Cass County high school basketball

Ray-Pec Basketball at Belton

Ray-Pec Basketball at Belton By Raymore Journal staff A pair of Cass County high school rivals met up on the basketball court in Belton this past Friday night and neither walked away with an overall advantage as Belton and Raymore-Peculiar shared victories in the boys and girls varsity basketball games. The Ray-Pec Lady Panthers landed the first shot in an attempted basketball doubleheader sweep when they scored a 54-24 victory over the home-standing Lady Pirates of Belton. But the Belton boys answered the Lady Panthers blow, as they came back and landed a blow of their own against the Panther...

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Raymore Windstorm

Bizarre, dangerous windstorm spares Raymore

Bizarre, dangerous windstorm spares Raymore By Raymore Journal staff The Kansas City metro area was on high alert due to weather on Dec. 15, but it was not a blizzard or ice storm. Fortunately, the impact on Raymore was minimal. Last Wednesday, unusual mid-December weather blew through several states spanning from Colorado to the Kansas City metro area, all the way up near Green Bay, Wis. Wind gusts around 80 mph tore through the metro, leaving damage in its wake. Raymore residents started the day on a pleasant note. The Kansas City area reached a record high of 74 degrees. The previous record...

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Cop helps 50 area children during the holidays

Shop with a Cop helps 50 area children during the holidays

Shop with a Cop helps 50 area children during the holidays By Raymore Journal staff The Raymore Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program is back to normal operations after experiencing a minor setback last year. On Dec. 15, police officers took 50 children holiday shopping as part of Shop with a Cop. In its sixth year, the program gives the Raymore Police Department the opportunity to help area children in need of assistance during the holidays. With the pandemic still impacting Raymore, last year’s Shop with a Cop was trimmed. About 35 children participated. Spending money was cut in half....

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Missouri Schools

Federal government exploring school discipline policies

Federal government exploring school discipline policies By Raymore Journal staff Research funded by the Department of Justice suggests that zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools may be counterproductive. How does that affect the Raymore-Peculiar School District’s approach to disciplinary action? A new study indicates there may be a link between zero-tolerance policies and feeling less safe at school. According to the research conducted by Dr. Francis Huang, an associate professor at the University of Missouri’s College of Education and Human Development, such policies are also associated...

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