St. James News

Voting for tree decorating contest underway

    The St. James Chamber of Commerce is again holding a tree decorating contest, with community members to select the winning tree. Ten businesses have entered a tree in this year’s contest, and the winner will be decided through a Facebook vote.

Library holding fundraiser for purchase of new books

    The James Memorial Library Teen Advisory Board will hold an art show and bake sale on December 10 to raise money to purchase new young adult books for the library. The event, called Snacks & Sketches, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature baked goods and art for sale throughout the evening.

City recycling leaves as compost for possible tree nursery

    The city has plans to use leaves picked up from city streets as compost and reusable fill soil for a possible tree nursery planned to be installed near the middle school. Reliable Excavating was contracted to begin the process of spreading the leaves in the city dump.

Christmas events begin Thursday

    Christmas activities will begin this week and will offer a chance for families to celebrate the holidays, get pictures with Santa, and view the annual Christmas parade. Residents are encouraged to join with the various businesses and organizations to celebrate Christmas together.

District eying insurance options due to rising costs

    The St. James Board of Education is seeking health insurance options after hearing an update on healthcare costs. Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson spoke to the board on November 21 about the rising cost of healthcare, $383,000 in assessment fees due to settle unpaid health insurance claims, and what options the district has as part of a health insurance consortium.