St. James News

City planning how to use ARP funds

    St. James was notified last month it will receive $743,013.01 in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding and the city is currently researching how that money could be spent. City Administrator Jim Fleming said there are several needs the city currently has and is reviewing which funds could be used to aid with costs.

City council approves attorney change

    The St. James City Council approved changing the city’s attorney during the May meeting of the council, after hearing current attorney Justin Head was stepping down from his position to spend more time with family. Johnathan Downard, of Cunningham, Vogel, and Rost, P.C., will be taking over his duties.

Graduation will be held Friday

    Graduation for the St. James Class of 2021 will take place this Friday at the multisport complex beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted outdoors again this year, after the district had success doing so last year since the venue provides plenty of space for participants and guests to spread out and social distance.

After being adopted by St. James 25 years ago, Phil West retiring

    The St. James School District tries to operate as one big family, with a high percentage of its employees being St. James natives. It is also a member of the Four Rivers Conference, which has several intense athletic rivalries within the league schools.

Council hears update from utility board

    The St. James Municipal Utility Board and City Council met in a joint session Monday night to hear an update on the status of city utilities and how the winter freeze will affect the city due to the extremely high cost of purchasing natural gas and electric during the event.