Heartland Arts Gallery and Gifts Featured Artist for May is Huebner

           “If I were to be asked why I do art, I would have to say it’s because I cannot, not do art.” explains artist Gene Huebner.
            Huebner, of St. James, is the featured artist for the month of May at Heartland Arts Gallery and Gifts. The show title is “The Steelville Landscape and More Art Show.” His paintings will be featured and available for purchase during the entire month of May. On May 7, from noon until 2 p.m., drop in and meet Huebner in person to view his work and get a first-hand account of his art philosophy.

Ward 2 seat decided by a coin toss

           A Ward 2 race for the St. James City Council that resulted in a tie in the April general election was settled by a coin flip on April 19. The race was for a partial, one-year term between Greg Edwards and Nathan Kemnitzer where the vote ended 62-62.

Mayor clarifies cemetery fund discussion

           During a recent social media broadcast, St. James Mayor Rick Krawiecki clarified information briefly discussed during the April meeting of the city council regarding moving money from a cemetery trust fund to the city Parks Department. While no action was taken during the meeting, the city heard backlash from residents about taking money out of the endowment and Krawiecki addressed the issued last Friday morning.

Gym renovation bids approved

            During its meeting on April 21, the Cuba School Board approved a series of bids for the renovation of the Cuba High School gym. The work will be completed over the summer and should be finished when students return to class in August.

‘Retirement’ back before council

            The official city handbook definition of retirement and payment for unused sick days were back before members of the Cuba City Council on April 19. The discussion was somewhat muted as the city attorney declined to comment in open session on all the questions being raised and even left the room briefly with an alderman and the mayor to discuss the matter.

Commission hears request for dog ordinance

            Crawford County Commissioners heard a request at their April 19 meeting from a county resident to look into the possibility of creating an ordinance to require dog owners to keep their animals on their own property.