St. James News

Snelson-Brinker Cabin restoration may also bring Trail of Tears center to St. James

By Andrew Sheeley, Staff Writer, Phelps County Focus
Independence Day turned tragic two years ago when in the span of a few hours the 183-year-old Snelson-Brinker Cabin was mostly destroyed by an unknown arsonist. From the ashes of that loss a brighter future is today developing for the historic site. Missouri Humanities Council is committing to saving what’s left of the cabin. If a federal grant is additionally obtained, the effort may also bring jobs to St. James through the construction of an official Trail of Tears interpretive center.

Four candidates running for two spots on school board

    Four candidates are running for two, two-year terms on the St. James Board of Education next week. Timothy Wilson, Jennifer (Jenni) Rabenau, Justin Sybert, and Nichole (Niki) Moen will be on the ballot during next week’s election. Each were asked to let voters learn more about why they are running, what qualifications would make them a good fit on the board, and to let voters learn more about themselves and what issues they feel should be addressed.

Three seeking full-term school board position

    Three candidates are running for two full-term (three years) seats on the St. James Board of Education during next week’s Municipal Election. Tina Spurgeon, Carl Behr, and Linda Wischow were given a chance to let voters learn more about themselves, why they are running, and what qualifications they have that would make them good board members.

White and Krawiecki running for mayor

    Current Mayor Jim White and current Ward 1 councilman Rick Krawiecki are running for the office of the Mayor of St. James. On April 2, voters will choose if White will serve another term or if Krawiecki will be the new mayor of St. James. Both men were interviewed by the Saint James Press to let voters know more about their educational and work background, experience with city government, what issues they hope to address should they be voted into office, and other information they feel voters should know before heading into the polls.

Gardeners of the Forest City announce new officers

    The Gardeners of the Forest City has kicked off a new season of work, service, and education.  The club recently met to install new officers.  Dee Welsh was installed as second vice president, Debbie Schuetz as treasurer, and Helen Welsh as recording secretary.