Library creating take a book boxes with the help of Eagle Scout

    The James Memorial Public Library is partnering with the city of St. James, the St. James School District, local student Abram Schisler, and the Boys Scouts to create three outdoor Little Free Libraries. The program will allow residents to take a book or leave a book for others to share.

School board hears proposal on bus lane pavement

    The St. James Board of Education held discussion on August 15 about plans for a bus lane that runs behind the elementary school. It is being expanded during construction of the early childhood center and Building and Grounds Supervisor Wes DeLuca gave the board an update on a possible way get it paved prior to the winter months.

School board approves tax rate for 2019

    The Steelville School Board met in regular session on August 15. During the meeting the board:
    • Held the annual tax rate hearing as required by law and approved the 2019 tax rate at $3.9521 per $100 assessed valuation for the 2019 tax year, up from $3.9225 in 2018. These rates are established by the state and are based on assessed valuation changes within the district. The new rate is expected to bring in an additional $99,333 in revenue for the district.

Food pantry moving into new location

Big changes are underway at the Cuba Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. After a lengthy search for a relocation site, the food pantry is moving from its current location on North Franklin Street to a new one on West Spencer Street that was formerly being used by Car/X Auto Sales as a used car lot.

Auditions announced at Fine Linen Theatre

    Fine Linen Theatre is excited to announce auditions for the upcoming season.  More information about all of these auditions, registration information, and audition materials are available on their website at  Each person auditioning will sign up for only one-hour audition slot within the audition period.