Local volunteers from the Forestry Board, members of the FFA, and area volunteers planted a tree in celebration of Earth Day on Thursday, April 25. The tree was planted on Evergreen Street, in the island located in the center of the road. Pictured are (from left) Forestry Board Secretary and Treasurer Justin Hughes, Forestry Board members Larry Evans and Melissa Keeney, high school FFA student Tonya Welch, FFA Sentinel Gwen Crawford, and Forestry Board members Mike Fleischauer and Merlyn Johnson.
The Parent Teacher Community Organization (PTO) will hold its annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, May 4 and the community is invited to shop for many hand-crafted goods, direct sales, and many other unique items for sale.
Hutcheson Ford will be holding a special event to raise money for St. James schools on Friday, May 3. The Drive 4 UR School event is held each year and provides a chance to raise money for school programs and activities.
On April 18, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced 34 libraries have received long-term grants totaling $570,991. The James Memorial Public Library will receive $8,658 through the Spotlight on Literacy grant program, allowing for new programs to be held targeting eight- to 13-year-olds in the community.
S.A.V.E. Our Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising heroin and opioid awareness, will hold its third annual awareness and prevention seminar on Saturday, May 11. The event will feature speakers from area law enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and will have resources available for those with loved ones struggling with addiction.