Douglas named new fire chief

    The St. James Fire Protection District has a new fire chief after the board of directors selected John M. Douglas II to take over the duties of chief, following the retirement of long-time fire chief Bruce Parton at the end of the year. Douglas had been a volunteer fire fighter with the district for a number of years before accepting the position last month.

Council approves agreement with PCESB

    The St. James City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that enters the city into a cooperation agreement with the Phelps County Emergency Service Board (PCESB). Under the agreement, the city will join with a countywide implementation of an information system that will be shared by all local and county law enforcement and emergency services to better connect those services.

St. James man charged with sodomy

    A St. James man was charged with sodomy after two victims came forward with claims he molested them. Kenneth R. Brooks, 55, is charged with one felony count of statutory sodomy- deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old and his bond was set at $200,000.

Chamber awards dinner tickets on sale now

The St. James Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual dinner and awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2 at Just a Taste in St. James. Every year, the Chamber honors citizens, businesses, and organizations for their many contributions volunteers make throughout the year to make St. James a better place. RSVPs are requested by January 16 for those attending.