The 85th annual Grape and Fall Festival is quickly approaching and the St. James Chamber of Commerce is seeking participants for the Miss St. James and Little Mr. and Miss St. James pageants as well as vendors for the street market. Deadlines are nearing and applications are available now for those wishing to participate. New this year, Little Mr. and Miss St. James will also crown a youth boy and girl during the evening’s events. Applications are due on August 1.
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Stop by the James Memorial Public Library at check out all the books with a patriotic theme in the glass case during July.
One-hundred and six high school students participated in Missouri's 55th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 8-14. Local delegates were Raina Forstrom of St. James; Megan Wormington of Mountain Grove; Leatha Keller of Summersville; Dawson Koch of Bucyrus; Athena Hood of Licking; Clay Atterberry of Lynchburg; Maddy Donnalley of Cabool; Brody Brown of Rolla; and Olivia Erway of Salem.
Brent Rabe, member and Kristin Lorts, adviser of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from St. James, recently traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC). The NLC is the pinnacle of the year, with over 15,000 attendees and 140 competitive events. Attending students had to qualify after competing at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Missouri in April.
The St. James city council held a public reading and approved an ordinance that will help with planning and zoning requests, giving the city more freedom in helping those who have planning and zoning requests, while the city addresses problems with the zoning code. Called the Planned Unit Development (PUD), it allows the city to work with developers work with the city to ease some of the current zoning restrictions within the city limits.