Council hears plan to repair Recreation Center, discusses other business

    The St. James City Council heard a report from Parks Supervisor John Cutsinger about planned repairs at the Recreation Center. Cutsinger informed the council there are several floor tiles in the entryway that need to be replaced and issues with insulation throughout the building.

Candidates filing deadline is next Tuesday

    Candidates interested in filing for open seats on the city council, school board, ambulance district, or municipal judge have until next Tuesday, January 19, to file. Filing has been slow over the holidays, but more names have been added to the April ballot.

Benches donated to livestock supporters

Following the cancelation of the 2020 Crawford County Fair, the Livestock Committee hosted the Crawford County Youth in Ag Show & Sale at Interstate Regional Stockyards in July.

Cuba native has photo on new postage stamp

    A man who grew up in Cuba recently had one of his photographs chosen to appear on a new series of Winter Scenes stamps by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

A magnificent place with unusual sights

By Larry Dablemont
    You see some strange things in nature when you spend as much time outdoors as I do. I live in the woods far from people, and I always have…always will. And I travel all over the Ozarks visiting wild places, seeing things that amaze me. On the first day of January I saw something that really surprised me. It was a flock of ten or fifteen white pelicans on Truman Lake, which lies just along the edge of the northern Ozarks of Missouri.

Arkansas duck hunt was enjoyed on Black River

By Bill Cooper
    Duck hunting has long been one of my favorite outdoor passions. Although I grew up in the duck rich region of the Mississippi River delta country of southeast Missouri, I didn’t take up duck hunting until my college days. Over the years I’ve duck hunted in many locales including the waters of the Yucatan coast. However, I recently turned to one of my all-time favorite duck spots, an old duck bunting camp along the banks of the Black River, hosted by good friend Tom Wilcox.