Around our towns


Council vacancy:

City Council member Richard Hall has resigned his Ward 3 seat, effective Friday, and applications to fill the vacancy will be accepted until 5 p.m. July 31 at City Hall.

Hall said the duties of a new job will prevent him from fulfilling his council obligations.

The city says council applicants must be at least 25 years old and registered to vote in Ward 3. They must have lived in Raymore at least two years and in Ward 3 for a minimum six months. They cannot work for the city, be convicted of a felony or hold another elective office for which they are paid.

After conducting interviews on Aug. 5, the remaining council members will select someone to serve until the next regular city election in April.

Applications are available at


or in the city clerk’s office.

Grain Valley

Golden arches:

A new McDonald’s is going up at New 40 Highway and Buckner-Tarsney Road, just south of Interstate 70 and across from Grain Valley City Hall.

The city said the franchisees, Mike and Diane Gremaud, hope to complete the restaurant in about 60 days. They plan to hire about 70 employees and keep the restaurant open around the clock during the first year, according to a city news release.

Lee’s Summit

Swim night for teens:

It’s time again for the Bahama Bash Teen Night at Summit Waves, the city water park at 120 S.W. Blue Parkway.

It will be from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday. The cost is $6 for Lee’s Summit teens and $7.50 for others. Parents can attend for free. Entry can be purchased the day of the event at the city park and recreation office, at Harris Park Community Center or at Summit Waves.

Blood drive Aug. 5:

A community blood drive will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Aug. 5 on the City Hall Plaza, 220 S.E. Green St.

To participate, visit esavealifenow.org and enter the code “cityleessummit” to sign up


Paradise Park, the Missouri Mavericks hockey team and Waldo Pizza will have giveaways for those attending. In addition, people who register to donate blood will receive a Kansas Speedway voucher while supplies last, good for two free tickets to either the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series race on Aug. 17 or the NASCAR Qualifying Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series on Oct. 4.

In addition, all registered donors can be entered into the Community Blood Center Disneyworld Family Adventure contest. A second entry will be given to those who schedule their donation online before the blood drive.

Benefit for cancer patient:

Several Lee’s Summit district schools are helping sponsor a “Junk for Jonas Community Garage Sale” Aug. 2-3, to benefit Jonas Borchert, a Lee’s Summit High School student who is battling Ewing’s sarcoma for the second time.

The sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Lakeland Community Church, 913 N.E. Colbern Road.

Sales will be cash-only, and the event also will include a bake sale, face-painting and temporary tattoos. For more information, visit the “Junk for Jonas” Facebook page.