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The following is a recap of the news from the first part of 2022 as gleaned from the Palmyra Spectator:
Jan. 5, 2022
The new year came in icy cold as the first winter storm of the season brought single digit temperatures and a couple inches of sleet and snow to the area.
Diane Smith retired from Mercantile Bank after 45 years, while Denney Yeater retired at GDS Insurance Services.
Jan. 12, 2022
The Palmyra City Council voted to place three issues on the upcoming April 5 General Election ballot, including Proposition 1, which would change the city charter to eliminate the need to have ordinances read in their entirety during open meeting; Proposition 2 which would remove all reference the title of municipal judge; and Proposition 3, which would raise the annual city business license fee from $10 to $25.
Jan. 19, 2022
The Palmyra Chamber of Commerce honored along-time home builder, a retiring school superintendent and a successful home-grown insurance company during their annual Awards banquet. Citizen of the Year went to Glenn Griesbaum and Educator of the Year to Kirt Malone, while B&S Insurance was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. Also winning awards were Trust GDC Insurance Services, Paintbrush Award; and Chad Engelhardt, President’s Award.
Timothy Wellman, a senior at PHS, was one of two students chosen to represent Missouri in Washington, D.C. as part of the United States Senate Youth Program.
Jan. 26, 2022
Jansen Juette was crowned the queen of the Tony Lenzini Basketball Tournament. Her escort was her brother, Bronson. The court consisted of Abbey Redd, Sydney Compton, Alaina Loman and Jaynee Durst, and their escorts, Ethan Redd, Tyler Banta, Carson Hicks and Mason Roberts.
Marion County full-time employees will see a $1.50 an hour raise as part of the $24.5 million budget approved by the county commissioners.
The Palmyra Fire Department was called Monday morning to the Hardee’s restaurant in Palmyra to put out a fire. There were no injuries and major damage was avoided.
Feb. 2, 2022
After missing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Christian Church held its annual Prom Dress Resale fundraiser in the Zion Lutheran School basement.
The PHS Panther Pride Pom squad took second place overall in Division 1 and also took second in Jazz and in Pom.
Feb. 9, 2022
Firemen had to battle the elements as well as flames while putting out the fire which destroyed Dunkle’s Cabinetry on East Main Cross Street in Palmyra Wednesday morning. Mutual aid was called from LaGrange, Monroe City and Hannibal.
Livia Bross, a seventh grade PACE student in Palmyra, was selected as one of the ten finalists in the Future Engineers We Heart Veterans pin design.
Ellyse Lorenson, a freshman member of the PHS girls wrestling team, won a district tile in the 141 pound weight class and advanced to the upcoming state wrestling tournament.
Feb. 16, 2022
The early step was taken Tuesday in a proposed effort to establish a historic downtown district in Palmyra. Approximately 30 people attended a meeting to hear ideas for generating revenue to help revitalize the city’s central business district.
The Palmyra city council took the next step toward starting a storm water drainage project in the south part of Palmyra, hiring Klingner & Associates to design and engineer the project for the Bailey-Stanley street area.
Collin Arch, Luke Triplett and Brayden Pillars advanced to the state wrestling tournament.
Feb. 23, 2022
A snow storm which dumped from eight to 10 inches of snow Thursday, resulted in the area residents having to dig their way out of snow drifts for the second time in three week.
At the Marion & Lewis Cattlemens Association annual banquet scholarships totaling $40,000 were awarded.
Collin Arch won his third state title in three tries during the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships, while Luke Triplett took third place in his weight class.
March 2, 2022
Two Marion County R-II students, Natalie Nick and Tristen Holt, will attend the 2022 Missouri Girls State.
A downtown gas explosion which killed one and injured two others and destroyed two downtown businesses on March 9, 1960, was remembered.
Bear Bock and Alex Loman were named to the all-district boys basketball team, while Candra King, Clare Williams and Sidney Compton was named to the girls all-district basketball team.
March 9, 2022
After reviewing a total of nine applications, the Palmyra School Foundation has awarded two grants through the Warren & Katherine Head Memorial Fund. Grants were recently warded to Nicole Gard and Hailey Nierman.
The Palmyra City Council gave the okay for the police department to purchase three new patrol cars at a cost of $169,000 to be paid over a four-year period.
March 16, 2022
Brian Stuhlman, a former Palmyra resident who had taught in Kyiv, Ukraine, reported on the current war and his wife’s family still there.
Devon Payne assumed the duties of director of the Marion County Library March 1.
Marion County R-II Board of Education approved moving to a full-day for Pre-K.
The Palmyra R-I Board of Education approved the hiring of Jessica Gottman as the new elementary school assistant principal.
March 23, 2022
The discs were flying in Flower City Park Thursday as the first-time disc golf tournament drew 180 entrants.
Evan Nierman, a senior at Palmyra High School, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.
March 30, 2022
On Friday, April 22, Raymond and Janet Taylor of rural Palmyra, will be honored at United Way’s Evening of Philanthropy as the Philanthropic Couple of the Year.
A special group, appointed by Palmyra Mayor Rusty Adrian, is going to attempt to do what has been elusive for decades, develop a transportation plan for the city. The Community Advisory Group is hoping to make recommendations for the transportation plan focusing for the most part on the U.S. 61/24 corridor through Palmyra.
April 6, 2022
Holy Week is one week away, the Palmyra’s St. Joseph Catholic Church is ready to observe it now, having completed an ambitious project to restore the sanctuary’s Stations of the Cross.
Sarah Bramblett of Palmyra won this year’s JWCC Foundation and WGEM Career Makeover competition.
Mallory Sublette received top gold honors at state in the Professional Presentation STAR event at the FCCLA state conference.
April 13, 2022
American Legion Post 174, Boots-Dickson this past week honored three members who have accumulated a total of 175 years of membership in the Palmyra organization. Jim Boettcher received his 75 year membership certificate, while C.B. Keller and Carl Hathaway earned their 50-year certificates.
Ellen Goodwin was re-elected to the Palmyra City Council in the only race of note in the General Election last Tuesday. In addition, Palmyra voters approved all three propositions placed on the ballot by the city.
April 20, 2022
It was a sunny, but very cool Easter egg hunt in Flower City Park last Saturday morning.
The Palmyra City Council approved an $8.3 million city-wide budget, which includes a 5 percent raise for city employees.
The Lady Panthers won the Jerry Ball Relays at Ewing and broke two school records in the process. Candra King broke a 13-year-old record in the discus, while Jaynee Durst set a new school javelin standard.
April 27, 2022
After having to cancel events the last two years, the Flower Children team of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life hosted its 20th annual Spring Fling, raising $47,000 for ACS Relay for Life.
Mason Roberts and Audrey Summers were crowned king and queen of the Palmyra High School Junior-Senior prom. Also competing were Jansen Juette, Alex Loman, McKenna Abbot, Luke Triplett, Katy Rindom and Braydon Shannon.
The Palmyra High School Drama Club will present “Order Up,” which will feature cast members Isaac Yates, Owen Kiefaber, Riley Bridges, Tricia Evanoff, Katie Mehling, Gavin Spegal, Katie Kamm and Nichols Wiskirchen.