The Missouri Veterans Home-St. James and the Veterans Assistance League is holding their annual Adopt-A-Vet program, which will buy holiday gifts for each resident. The program guarantees veterans residing in the facility have a fun holiday season and the staff hopes to get the community involved by adopting a veteran this Christmas season.
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The St. James City Council met on Monday, December 10 to discuss several matters pertaining to the city. During the meeting, the council:
• Heard the St. James Police Department has been awarded a grant for new car radio equipment, which will greatly help in getting a good signal to dispatch. The department has also applied for a grant for a rapid ID scanner for vehicles that can quickly ascertain a person’s ID when a suspect doesn’t have ID or is believed to be lying about their identity.
St. James High School students had great success at their third Missouri Senior Beta Convention on December 6-7 at the University Plaza Hotel & Springfield Expo Center in Springfield, Missouri. This year's Senior Beta Convention hosted over 2,800 students. Beta holds annual state conventions in 18 states, both for Senior and Junior Beta divisions. Winners of these state events go on to compete on a national level.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade was held on Saturday, with viewers lining the streets to see the many floats participating in this year’s event. There were several changes to this year’s parade, with the Chamber receiving positive feedback on the day.
St. James police offer Sgt. Ryan Gaddy was honored Monday night for his actions in saving the life of a child while on duty. St. James Police Chief Ron Jones presented him with a Life Saving Action medal and Jeff Breen, assistant chief of Rolla Fire and Rescue, presented him with a challenge coin for his actions.