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.
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.
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.
Don Shimon, of the St. James Caring Center, received canned goods for the facility’s food pantry, donated by the Saint James Press. The items were donated as part of a recent subscription special.
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.