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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Voters say yes to bond issue

  • Voters on Tuesday said yes to a $2.5 million bond issue that will help ensure the continued safety and security in its school district, along with providing a new and improved sports track and field area.
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  • ST. JAMES – Voters on Tuesday said yes to a $2.5 million bond issue that will help ensure the continued safety and security in its school district, along with providing a new and improved sports track and field area.
    According to Phelps County Clerk Carol A. Bennett, 61 percent of voters in St. James said yes to the bond issue.
    "We only had an 8.28 percent turnout countywide, which is very low," Bennett said. "And had it not been for the St. James area and their interest in their schools, it would have been much lower than that."
    St. James R-1 School District Superintendent Joy Tucker said Wednesday afternoon that "today is a great day in St. James."
    "I think that the board did it the correct way," she said. "They went out to the community and asked for their input, and the people on that committee got behind it and supported it, and it came through."
    Tucker said the board should begin talking with an architect in the coming weeks to get a "plan of attack." She expects work to start some time this fall.
    According to the most up-to-date information provided by the Phelps County website, Carl Behr and Tonia Yowell-Mendenhall received the most votes for the two school board positions, with 543 and 511 respectively. Tina Stowers and Errica Hartley received 450 and 486 votes respectively.
    In the race for the open City Council seats, Alan Sachs ran unopposed in Ward 1, while Jim White ran unopposed in Ward 2. Both incumbents retained their seats with 74 and 85 votes respectively.
    In Ward 3, Dale Garver, who also ran unopposed, won the seat with 90 votes. Current Councilman Dave Watkins declined to run again.
    In Ward 4, incumbent Don Moore retained his seat with 58 votes, beating challengers Jim Morrison and Nathanael Siders with 43 and 34 votes respectively.
    Municipal Court Judge Judge Richard Skouby, who also ran unopposed, received 349 votes.
    Bennett said the race for the Phelps County Emergency Services Board District 1 was an interesting scenario this year.
    While no one filed to run, there were a number of write-ins submitted. Out of 170 names written in, 116 were valid for the district, but only two emerged victorious, she said.
    Ralph Hess and William Bleckman earned 67 and 60 votes respectively.
    "This was an interesting situation and possibly a first for Phelps County," Bennett said. "I have been here 29 years, and I don't remember having a write-in race of this magnitude."

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