St. James News
City officials received clean audit report
The St. James City Council heard from auditor Mark Kean, of Kean & Associates in Rolla, who gave the city a clean audit opinion on November 12. After working with city officials to prepare the documents presented to alderman, Kean said the city is in good shape with its finances and is accounting for its money correctly.
Veterans Home resident has discovered his artistic side
Robert Klem, a veteran living at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, served in both the Merchant Marines in World War II and the Army during the Korean War. Throughout his service, Klem had the opportunity to visit many places and experience many cultures. He continued to be a positive influence after his time in the military and now enjoys sharing his talents with the friends he has made at the facility.
Choir hosting dinner and auction
John F. Hodge High School choir students will be holding an annual choir dinner on November 16 at 6 p.m. Held at the St. James Middle School, the dinner serves as the biggest fundraising opportunity students put on each year and assists improving equipment for the choir as well as funding competitions and trips.
Missouri Veterans Home officials plan to make BBQ Bivouac an annual event
The Missouri Veterans Home in St. James hosted the first annual BBQ Bivouac on Friday and Saturday. Officials reported that planned-to-be annual event went off splendidly, raising more than $10,000. Veterans Home staff is very pleased with the results and is already planning to make next year’s event bigger and better.
LWJ students bringing in canned food items
Lucy Wortham James Elementary School is holding its annual canned food drive this week. Used as a service-learning project, students are tasked with gathering as many canned food items as possible to assist with holiday feeding programs. Each year, students from kindergarten through fifth grade bring in donations to be given to the St. James Caring Center to assist local families in need.