The Gardeners of the Forest City presented the St. James FFA a donation of $500 for their assistance in caring for the downtown planters. Taking part in the presentation were (front row, from left) Christy Kochis, Samie Chitwood, (back row) Treva Ives, Allana Chitwood, Charity Satterfield, Cheyenne Watson, Carol Molchan, Fred Mussig, Deborah Schuetz, Kathryn Amsinger, Helen Welch, Marge Huffman, and Maxine King.
The St. James VFW Post 5608 has been recognized as an All-American Post, having raised its membership by 125 percent and having members participate in VFW programs. Post Commander Nathan Howard said this is the first time the post has received the recognition and it is a testament to how active members are.
On Monday night, the St. James City Council heard a request from St. James Police Chief Ron Jones and Public Works Director Lyle Thomas for no parking signs to be put on a curve along St. Ann Street. Both men reported on the difficulties parked cars make for city vehicles and emergency responders, and asked the council if the curve could be designated as a no-parking zone.
The St. James VFW Post 5608 will be holding a comedy night fundraiser on Saturday, September 21 to raise money for the VFW Veterans Service Officer Fund. Veterans of Comedy was a huge success last year, raising nearly $1,000 for the VFW National Homes for Children program. This year, new comedians will be visiting the post for a fun night of dinner and laughs.
The Friends of the Library (FOL) and all the friends of the Friends invite the community to the fifth annual picnic at the James Memorial Public Library on Saturday, September 28 at 5 p.m. Ticket sales are ongoing at the library, and may be purchased at the event. Adult prices are $10 and include dinner of ribs or hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, cookies and bottled water. Children under 10 are free.