In April, the James Memorial Public Library was informed it has received grant funding through a Spotlight on Literacy program funded through the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. Now, the library is beginning programs through that funding aimed at aiding kids age eight to 13 and providing new opportunities to those students.
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The 87th Annual Grape and Fall Festival begins next week with the crowning of a new Miss St. James Queen on Tuesday, September 3. Three girls will be competing for the title of Miss St. James, with the winner reigning over the Grape and Fall Festival as well as representing the St. James Chamber of Commerce for the next year. Along with the annual crowing, the Little Mr. and Miss St. James will also crown a five-year old boy and girl.
The St. James City Council approved placing a two-percent local use tax on the November ballot after meeting in special session on August 20. The measure would place a sales tax on mail order and online orders from companies that have a warehouse in Missouri. After reviewing the ballot language, the council voted to earmark any revenue generated for animal control and the general fund.
The St. James Sports Club, in partnership with the St. James Board of Education and the Walmart Distribution Center, will hold its annual Tiger Tailgate Party this Friday, August 30, prior to the first home football game of the year. The football Tigers will be playing Salem and the tailgate party will celebrate the beginning of a new football season.
The Grape and Fall Festival returns to St. James next week and exhibitors are needed for the Lucy Wortham James Exhibit and Awards, held in the Recreation Center at the fairgrounds. Exhibits will need to be entered on Wednesday, September 4, between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. to be included in this year’s event.