They are a lot smarter than they used to be

    If you have never been hiding behind a tree or sitting in a blind watching a flock of wild ducks circling decoys you have missed one of the most thrilling and beautiful sights in the outdoors. I am getting everything ready for my first duck hunt next week…not expecting a whole lot perhaps. I will be sitting behind a big fallen tree in the back of my favorite cove for most of a day with Bolt, my Labrador, watching a handful of decoys before me.

Santa coming to library on Friday

    Santa Claus will be coming to the James Memorial Public Library on Friday, December 7. From 5 to 7 p.m., local residents will have the opportunity to get photos with Santa and to enjoy entertainment and activities throughout the evening.

Chamber holding gun raffle fundraiser

    The St. James Chamber of Commerce has started a fundraiser aimed at bringing a concert series to the community. Calendars for a gun raffle are on sale now and will help fund the first concert, which the Chamber is hoping to add to the annual Grape and Fall Festival.

State releases audit of home and community based services for disabled and elderly Missourians

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released on Wednesday, December 5 a review of the state’s home and community based services program to assist disabled and elderly Medicaid-eligible Missourians. The report examined the effectiveness of recent cost-saving measures approved by the legislature and recommended continued improvement to processes for determining and authorizing individual need.