St. James News

Board voices frustration over construction delays

    The St. James Board of Education voiced frustrations at delays in construction at the high school during an update given on December 17. Eric Sherrell, Branco project manager, provided the update, telling the board he believes the project will be completed and turned over to the district in January.

District hears update on school roofs

    St. James School District Maintenance Director Wes DeLuca informed the St. James Board of Education the district needs to look ahead on needed repairs on building roofs. Currently, much of the work being done to leaking roofs is under warranty, but there have been difficulties stopping the breakdown and a long-term roof plan, DeLuca said, should be created to address the issues.

Wreaths Across America will see changes due to COVID-19

Wreaths Across America will see changes to this year’s program to lay a wreath at the headstone of those laid in the cemetery at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James. Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the facility, the annual ceremony will be held offsite and wreaths will later be delivered to the facility.

Councilman Bob Smith resigns effective April 12

    St. James city councilman Bob Smith offered his resignation to the council on Monday night, citing personal reasons for submitting it. The council accepting his resignation, which will see him serve out the remainder of this year of his two-year term, ending on April 12, 2021.

City approves $5,000 for three months to aid animal shelter

    On Monday night, the St. James City Council approved to provide $5,000 per month, paid from the local use tax money, to Phelps County Animal Rescue, along with the $1,000 approved in the lease agreement to aid the organization as it gets operations underway. The shelter has been open for one month and is seeing steep costs in getting up and running.