February 2020

Clay-Ray Veterans Association thanks Cub Pack 309


The veterans of our township wish to thank Cub Pack 309 for their patriotic gifts we were given to celebrate Veterans Day.

As veterans, we appreciate the importance of education and skills needed as adults.

On your journey to becoming Eagle Scouts, we know you will gain the knowledge and skills that will serve you well as citizens of our great nation.

Thank you,

Clay-Ray Veterans Association

Ron Wetzel - Board Chairman

City spending puts wants before needs


Excelsior Springs is a beautiful and historic community, and our current city officials have approved spending for several amenities here over the past few years. Every amenity comes with costs, though, and it’s important to understand the financial impacts to our community. 

What follows is a cautionary tale of how city officials ended up spending almost $6 million above operating revenues on the golf course in the past seven years, including over $1.5 million of money taken from the general fund to cover operating losses and $1.5 million borrowed from Kearney Trust Company. 

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Merry Jane Derrow


Merry Jane Derrow passed away peacefully on Jan. 16, 2020, surrounded by her family. Merry Jane was born on Sept. 21, 1964, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From the day she was born, Merry Jane was a loving and happy person, much to the delight of her much older siblings. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University, she began her long and dedicated teaching career shortly thereafter. Merry Jane taught for 13 years at Franklin Elementary in Liberty, Missouri and then found her true teaching home was in Lawson, Missouri, where she taught fourth grade for 17 years.