St. James News

Chamber holding gun raffle fundraiser to help pay for carnival

    The St. James Chamber of Commerce is holding a gun raffle fundraiser to raise money to pay for the new carnival coming to the annual Grape and Fall Festival. The Chamber will be raffling off a commemorative Henry “Goldenboy” H004 .22 long rifle and tickets are on sale now.

School board considers snow routes

    The St. James Board of Education held discussion on snow routes and late starts during inclement weather during their meeting on Thursday, February 21. Board members had brought up discussion on the topic last year, but opted to wait to see how this year’s calendar finished and how many days were missed.

City borrowing SRO, making changes to district funding

    St. James City Administrator Jim Fleming and Police Chief Ron Jones presented changes to the School Resource Officer (SRO) position due to lack of manpower at the St. James Police Department during a school board meeting on February 21. Fleming also outlined changes coming next year to the amount of funds provided to the school district from the Walmart Distribution Center money given annually as part of its lease agreement.

Council approves fund for cemetery, discusses new rules

    The St. James City Council approved an ordinance to establish a perpetual-care fund for the St. James Cemetery, creating a long-term funding source for the maintenance and operation of the grounds. Along with the fund, the council discussed new rules regarding decorating headstones and will hold a final vote next month to establish those rules.