Cape files as write-in candidate for county clerk - UPDATED

Current Crawford County Clerk John Martin has opposition in his bid for re-election. On Wednesday, October 17, Tamra Cape filed as a write-in candidate for the office so that voters could choose to write in her name on the ballot at the November 6 General Election.

On Tuesday morning, Martin reported that Cape was ineligible as a candidate because she did not meet all of the general qualifications to run for county office due to her not being current on county taxes. Upon investigating the situation, Cape discovered that there was a tax bill that had her name misspelled, one she said she had been unaware of, and which she paid immediately.

Martin subsequently sent notice to Three Rivers Publishing stating, "Ms. Cape swears she didn't know anything about the bill until today. She paid the delinquent bill and, by swearing she knew nothing about it, I allowed that she could be proffered as a write-in candidate."

There is a new conservationist in family

    I’ve discovered a new conservationist in the Cooper-Hale family lines. Or better, perhaps, Jackson Hale and I discovered one another at a Hale family reunion two years ago. Shawn Hale, Jackson’s father, is mom’s brother, J.O.’s son. They live in Kentucky, just across the Mississippi River from my former southeast Missouri home.

City contracts with Kiowa Line Builders for line relocation

    On Tuesday, October 9, the St. James City Council approved a resolution to contract Kiowa Line Builders, Inc. to conduct an electric line relocation. Four electric line construction companies were solicited, with only one bid being received.

Phi Theta Kappa Fall 2018 Induction Ceremony held at East Central College, Rolla

The Beta Omicron Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held their Fall 2018 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This chapter, operating out of East Central College’s Rolla campus, is celebrating its eleventh year of chartering in 2018, while Phi Theta Kappa as an international organization is celebrating its centennial. This semester, ten new members were inducted into the chapter. Pictured (from left) Sarah Rife, PTK’s Missouri Regional President; Audrey Debie, Inductee; Alexis Sherfy, Inductee; Elizabeth Parkison, Inductee; Igho Ekakitie, PTK’s Missouri Regional Vice President; Bishal KC, Inductee; Dwayne Bell, Inductee; and Dr. Jon Bauer, East Central College President.

Apple butter is being sold locally

    The Gardeners of the Forest City recently spent September 30 and October 1 making apple butter to sell at local St. James businesses.  The sale of the apple butter is used to fund some of the activities and projects that they do throughout the year, including a $1,000 scholarship to a St. James School District student attending college and studying horticulture or related field.