Rich Kimerle, a local woodcarver, has begun bringing together a group of local craftsmen and artists to enjoy an artist retreat at his home twice a month. Kimerle is hoping to expand the group to include other trades as well, with artists coming together and learning from each other’s skills and talents each meeting.
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The St. James Board of Education approved a vocational enhancement matching grant which would benefit business, agriculture, welding, and technology students fund new equipment. The grant reimburses the district 75 percent of all costs, and the board unanimously approved funding.
The St. James Lions Club is looking to collect the stories of local veterans in order to create a book that will be displayed in the James Memorial Public Library later this year. Forms are available now for pick up and a Lions Club member will be meeting with veterans to record their stories later this summer.
For the first time since the 2003-04 season, the St. James Tigers and Lady Tigers are both district basketball champions. The girls claimed their title last Friday, while the boys won on Saturday. Both faced Steelville in the finals.
Maramec Spring Park is preparing the grounds for the beginning of trout season, which will open on Friday, March 1. The James Foundation is working toward another great year of fishing, getting facilities ready for the big weekend and the park will be open for the season with fishing, camping, and reception building operating at regular hours.