St. James News
Dreadful day in Dallas recalled
With the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination coming on Friday, Nov. 22, those who lived during that time are reflecting on the impact it had on their lives. Barb Smith, a history teacher for 31 years, remembers very clearly what it was like to live through that time and, over her career, learned more of those events and how they shaped the country.
Students gather 4,000 food items
All three schools in the St. James district have been participating in their annual canned food drives. Lucy Wortham James Elementary School completed its drive last Friday, to great success. Donations are going to the St. James Caring Center to assist with their holiday feeding program.
Ordinances approved for sidewalk project
The St. James City Council approved two ordinances on November 14 for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to move the Safe Routes to Schools project forward. A supplemental agreement was reached with MoDOT on a preliminary design and the project is proceeding to create a safe pedestrian walkway from the Middle School across the overpass and a path to the high school from Kathryn Drive.
City moving to demolish derelict building
Progress has been made on the matter of a building in danger of collapsing on Washington Street. The city of St. James has petitioned the courts to allow it to take the building down out of safety concerns and put a lien on the property. After more than a year of legal maneuvers, a court hearing scheduled for December 17 could bring things one step closer to completion.
City officials received clean audit report
The St. James City Council heard from auditor Mark Kean, of Kean & Associates in Rolla, who gave the city a clean audit opinion on November 12. After working with city officials to prepare the documents presented to alderman, Kean said the city is in good shape with its finances and is accounting for its money correctly.