Ambulance district raises $6,000 at fun run
The St. James Ambulance District held its second annual 5k walk/run to raise money for the Emergency Service Workers Relief Fund. On Saturday, February 22, participants began the race at the Nelson Hart Park to raise money in honor of firefighter Steve Huffman, who was killed last year in an car wreck.
School work progressing nicely
Construction at St. James schools continues to gain traction. Warmer weather has led to significant improvements, including walls being built at the new entrance at the high school and additional classrooms at the middle school. Lloyd Pooker, of Creative Construction Solutions, presented the board of education with the first change order and gave an update on the project last week.
A candlelight vigil is schedule for Friday, February 28 for Hailey Owens.
From 6 to 7 p.m., the vigil will be a chance for citizens of St. James to support the family of the young girl from Springfield, Mo., who was recently kidnapped and murdered.
Tech program going well
• School has had growing pains, but system working
Assistant Superintendent Linda Pruett updated the St. James Board of Education about this year’s technology roll out during the February 20 board meeting. After a rocky start, students and teachers have been very successful in using laptops in the classroom at the high school level and the board discussed what further steps are needed to continue improving.
Blaze destroys home planned for renovation
An electrical fire burned a house at 708 Helen Street Monday night. Firefighters were notified at 5:55 p.m. that an unoccupied building was burning and responded to the scene. Tim Jones recently purchased the building with plans to renovate it.
Chamber gets update on health insurance
Sheran Ashby, of Ashby Covenant Insurance in St. James, spoke with St. James Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will impact businesses. Open enrollment is currently under way until March 31 and this will be a time for groups and individuals to get on an insurance plan.