Bourbon Fire Chief Daniel Whatley has been placed on “indefinite suspension pending further investigation of serious charges” by the Bourbon Fire Protection District Board of Directors. The board issued a press release announcing the suspension on October 14, following an incident between the fire chief and Bourbon police on October 9 where Whatley allegedly fought with officers.
A newly formed volunteer group called Route 66 Museum of Phelps County is looking at bringing a museum to St. James, offering a site along the Historic Route 66 for visitors to view. The group is currently seeking funds to acquire a site for the museum, with negotiations focusing on using the old Hutcheson Ford facility on James Boulevard.
The St. James high school drama department have gotten creative in how they will perform this year’s fall play, providing the production to the public via Facebook and YouTube. This year’s performance is called “Graven Images” and will be made public the first week of November.
Mayor Rick Krawiecki has shared details on a deal between the Walmart Distribution Center and the city of St. James, which he confirmed the St. James City Council would approve via resolution this week. The agreement will see the city, school district, fire district, and county each receiving a portion of money in lieu of property taxes.
• Addition will cost nearly $250,000
During the Cuba City Council meeting on October 11, it was announced the Parks and Recreation Committee had met and recommended the city move forward with plans for a new splash park.
Because of the threat of fires rapidly spreading because of a lack of significant rainfall, low humidity values, dry fuels, and gusty winds and warm temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is discouraging outside burning.