St. James News
Local siblings compete at National Junior High Rodeo
Ciera and Colton Hamilton competed in the National Junior High Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa, recently. The brother and sister combo faced tough competition, but had a great opportunity to join one of the top rodeo competitions in the nation from June 22 through June 29.
On August 23, an organization called Change This World (CTW) will be at the St. James Community Hall in Nelson Hart Park to pack 50,000 meals. Beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers from the community will join together to package balanced meals for those suffering from hunger around the world.
Veterans Home administrator leaving for St. Louis
Missouri Veterans Home Administrator Mark Fontana will be leaving the facility on August 1, when he will transfer to the St. Louis Veterans Home in the same position. After two years serving in St. James, Fontana has been great for the facility, with many accomplishments, including the addition of the BBQ Bivouac last year. Kathy Haynes, who has been a member of the facilities staff for many years, will replace Fontana.
Asphalt going down on new all-weather track
The St. James Board of Education was given an update on construction occurring in the district on July 17. Lloyd Pooker, of Creative Construction Solutions, informed the board that construction is moving forward and will be completed prior to fall sports. Weather delays have pushed the project back a bit, but it should still be finished soon.
A proposed 30-cent property tax levy will appear on the August 5 ballot to fund the future operation of the James Memorial Public Library. The tax would provide funding to allow for yearly operation and is required if the facility is to remain open. Voters will not only determine if St. James continues to have a public library, but will also decide if the city keeps the St. James Park recently acquired from the James Foundation.