Tech program going well
• School has had growing pains, but system working
Assistant Superintendent Linda Pruett updated the St. James Board of Education about this year’s technology roll out during the February 20 board meeting. After a rocky start, students and teachers have been very successful in using laptops in the classroom at the high school level and the board discussed what further steps are needed to continue improving.
Blaze destroys home planned for renovation
An electrical fire burned a house at 708 Helen Street Monday night. Firefighters were notified at 5:55 p.m. that an unoccupied building was burning and responded to the scene. Tim Jones recently purchased the building with plans to renovate it.
Chamber gets update on health insurance
Sheran Ashby, of Ashby Covenant Insurance in St. James, spoke with St. James Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will impact businesses. Open enrollment is currently under way until March 31 and this will be a time for groups and individuals to get on an insurance plan.
Despite snow days, school set to end May 23
Due recent snow, St. James students will be making up additional days this spring. So far, extra days have been added to the end of spring break week and district officials still hope to keep the final day of the school year on May 23.
Ambulance district hosting fun run Saturday
The St. James Ambulance District will be hosting its Second Annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” 5k walk/run to raise money for the Emergency Service Workers Relief Fund. On Saturday, February 22, participants will meet at the Nelson Hart Park to raise money in honor of firefighter Steve Huffman, to be given to his daughter Myridian to help offset expenses as she finishes high school and begins college. The event was a big success last year and first responders hope to have another big fundraiser.
Campbell and Gibson reign over St. James courtwarming-PHOTO GALLERY
John F. Hodge High School seniors Austin Gibson and Emily Campbell were crowned courtwarming king and queen during Friday night’s coronation. The annual crowning event served as basketball homecoming and was a big evening for candidates. In the end, the two seniors were celebrated by guests and their court and reined over the courtwarming activities throughout the weekend.