Interstate shut down following winter crash

Accidents on westbound Interstate 44 led to a chain of accidents that blocked the highway for more than a day. Crews worked from the time of the accident on Saturday through Sunday night before both lanes were made accessible. Multiple wrecks occurred at the site due to the hazardous road conditions near the 184 mile marker.

Freezin for a Reason rescheduled, again

Freezin’ for a Reason has been rescheduled for a second time due to snow. It will be held this Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in St. James. The fundraising event will be a great way to support local emergency responders. There are door prizes and prizes to be awarded for the fastest time and for the winners of the costume contest. There is also a $200 cash prize available to the person who can beat the course record of 18:27:40. The Emergency Service Workers Relief Fund and the St. James Ambulance District sponsor the event.

Kiwanis Club to host pancake fundraiser

It’s time again for the annual Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 14. Held at the St. James middle school from 6:30 a.m. until noon, Kiwanis members will be cooking pancakes for the community.

High school band director serves as All-District Jazz Band director

St. James high school band director Derek Linback was chosen to serve as the South Central All District Band director this year. He was invited to attend on Friday and work with schools big and small for a performance held that evening.

Preschool screening and kindergarten pre-registration open

Screening and pre-registration for children enrolling in the Tiger Cubs Preschool or kindergarten of the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School will begin this week. Pre-registration is set for Thursday, March 5 or by appointment for kindergarteners wanting to register for a free developmental screening later in April.