The St. James City Council voted to move forward with an ordinance that would allow residents to own and house chickens within the city limits. Two ordinances were presented to the council to choose from, one with more regulations included and one that was less restrictive, and the council chose the simpler of the two, which will be voted on in February and could be adopted officially in March.
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The St. James Fire Protection District has a new fire chief after the board of directors selected John M. Douglas II to take over the duties of chief, following the retirement of long-time fire chief Bruce Parton at the end of the year. Douglas had been a volunteer fire fighter with the district for a number of years before accepting the position last month.
The St. James City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that enters the city into a cooperation agreement with the Phelps County Emergency Service Board (PCESB). Under the agreement, the city will join with a countywide implementation of an information system that will be shared by all local and county law enforcement and emergency services to better connect those services.
A St. James man was charged with sodomy after two victims came forward with claims he molested them. Kenneth R. Brooks, 55, is charged with one felony count of statutory sodomy- deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old and his bond was set at $200,000.
Don Shimon, of the St. James Caring Center, received canned goods for the facility’s food pantry, donated by the Saint James Press. The items were donated as part of a recent subscription special.