Thanksgiving marks start of period of higher fire risk as more people gather indoors to celebrate the holidays

Thanksgiving begins a five-week period of elevated fire risks, with the three tops days of the year for cooking fires all occurring between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, according to State Fire Marshal Tim Bean. Bean urges Missourians to take steps in advance as they plan their celebrations to avoid preventable fires.

MDC needs information on elk illegally shot in Carter County

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is asking the public for information regarding a female adult elk found shot and left for dead Monday morning, Nov. 18, on National Park Service property near the end of M Highway in Carter County.

New approaches needed to help keep hunting alive

By Bill Cooper
    Only four percent of Americans hunt. The days are long gone when our population was primarily rural, and it was a given that every farmhouse had a gun or two in it for hunting purposes. Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, quail, pheasants and waterfowl were common staples of farm families 90 years ago.

St. James students attend Future Teachers of America meeting

Students from across the state met in Columbia last week for the Future Teachers of America (FTA) state leadership meeting. The theme for the meeting was "Teachers Rise to the Occasion."

Traffic safety measures put into place along St. Ann Avenue

    The St. James City Council met on Tuesday, November 12 to discuss several matters pertaining to the city. During the meeting, the council:
    • Approved an ordinance to make a portion of St. Ann Avenue no parking on either side of the street on a curve in the area for public safety. The council has worked with Public Works Director Lyle Thomas and Police Chief Ron Jones to make the necessary changes, which were caused by parked cars making the road narrower and dangerous for oncoming traffic and emergency responders traveling in the neighborhood.