(St. Francois County) This is a busy week for Cassie Thomas, the new director of the United Way of St. Francois County. Thomas officially took over as director Monday and says she has plenty to keep her busy this week as the United Way begins the grant application process.

The office for the United Way of St. Francois County is located inside of the LIFE Center building in Farmington. You have until mid-February to get those applications back. Last year, the United Way handed out nearly $130,000 to not for profit agencies in the county.