Police investigating hate crime at school
• Superintendent, SJPD chief both say they didn’t receive June email from NAACP about incident allegedly involving racial slur, noose
St. James Superintendent Dr. Joy Tucker issued a statement on Friday to clarify allegations that an incident of racial discrimination had occurred at the school on June 16. On Monday, St. James Police opened an investigation after being alerted about the issue.
Graduation moved to Sunday at football field
The St. James Board of Education set a graduation date and location during its September 18 regular meeting of the board. After encountering issues with sectional track meets for the past few years, the board discussed ways to alleviate any issues with sporting events.
This year’s football homecoming will be held on Friday, September 26 as St. James faces St. Clair. Coronation will be held prior to the game, which begins at 7 p.m.
Local youth headed to American Royal
Colton and Cierra Hamilton have qualified for the 2014 American Royal Invitational Youth Rodeo. The Competition will be held from September 23-26 featuring top student-athletes vying for scholarships and educational awards.
JFH student is Merit scholar
Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. St. James student James Schisler was named as one of the students moving on in the scholarship program. These academically talented high school seniors have the chance to compete for scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Volunteer expert talks to chamber
St. James Chamber of Commerce members met at the Historic Depot Tuesday to hear from Dr. Karl Burgher, management consultant and economic development specialist with Sunshine Valley Communications, who discussed volunteerism in the community. Burgher has written a free-to-download e-book on ways to encourage volunteerism and keep volunteers focused on projects.