Heavy ice moved into the area on January 1 causing downed trees and limbs and a power outage that left hundreds of residents without electricity for nearly two hours. Two substations were knocked out by the ice, causing municipal utility workers to spend their afternoon making repairs.
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A St. James man was killed on December 30 after being involved in a single-vehicle crash in Pettis County. Collin M. Oetting, 23, was declared deceased at 8:59 a.m. by Pettis County Coroner Brian Morley, according to a crash report of Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Helen Welch is a lifelong resident of St. James and raised four children in the area.
She has been a volunteer at the St. James Caring Center Thrift Store since 2007. She volunteers as a cashier and works in merchandising.
St. James High School students had another strong year for district choirs, with 36 being selected to either the concert or honors choirs.
This year presented new challenges for the community and, while 2020 will be remembered as the year of COVID-19, there were also many things to celebrate. Here is a review of some of the top stories from this past year.