Lula Alice Freiling

Lula Alice Freiling, 85, Lewistown, Mo., formerly of Mendon, Ill., passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Country Aire Retirement Estates in Lewistown.  A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m Saturday, July 24, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Rev. Matthew Flatley will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra. Friends and…

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Mt. Olivet UMC to mark 150 years

by Patty Cheffey Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Taylor, Mo., will be celebrating a special event as they recognize their 150th anniversary on Sunday, July 25, with a special service. The regular Sunday School service at 10 a.m. and the worship service at 11 a.m. that day will be followed by a carry-in dinner,…

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County rejects storm water drainage bid accepted by city

by Patty Cheffey Rejecting the lowest bid, stating they would prefer one of the Marion County bidders, the Marion County Commission sent the bids for the storm water drainage project back to the city of Palmyra. That decision was made during the Marion County Commission meeting Monday morning, at which they also signed paperwork for…

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City accepts low bid for drainage project

The Palmyra City Council unanimously approved accepting the low bid of those submitted for completions of a joint city-county project to correct a storm water drainage issue at the Palmyra courthouse square during last Thursday’s regular meeting. In addition, the council approved establishing a special district in an effort to encourage improvement of Palmyra’s downtown.…

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R-I board raises meal prices for coming year

by Patty Cheffey Students in the Palmyra R-I School District will be paying a little bit more for meals following action by the R-I Board of Education last week. The board also set the tax rate hearing for the 2021-22 school year for Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m. and approved several handbooks for the…

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Dog search

Marion County Conservation Agent Don Clever works his service dog, Penny, during the Marion County Library Story Time at Flower City Park Monday morning. The dog’s task was to find items hidden in the grass. Beforehand, Destiny Drebes, the library’s youth services coordinator, read a story to the gathering of children and parents. 

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Karl F. Speer

Karl F. Speer, Durham, Mo., passed away at 2:14 p.m., at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Karl was born on April 5, 1949 in Hannibal, Mo., to Walter Earnest Speer and Dorothy E. (Powell) Speer. He is survived by his longtime companion and significant other, Sandra Benson; two children, Tracy…

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Norma Elaine Herrick Lake

Norma Elaine Herrick Lake, 88, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 10:55 a.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra. Norma was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Hannibal, Mo., to Robey Herrick, Sr. and Stella Hudson Herrick. She was married to Lewis “Lee” Lake on Dec. 29, 1951 in Ozark, Mo. He…

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Earlene Mae Roberts

Earlene Mae Roberts, Canton, Mo., passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., at 10:53 p.m. She was 78 years old.  She was born Earlene Mae Sutton in Hannibal, Mo., on Sept. 11, 1942, a daughter of L. Earl Sutton and Nevah L. Spence Sutton of Palmyra, Mo.  She married James…

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Piano makes for unique flower bed, shelf

by Patty Cheffey Carol Bezler wasn’t planning on a piano flower “pot”, she just wanted a keyboard shelf. She got both. Having seen on the internet how some people had converted the keys from a piano into a wall shelf, Bezler, who has played piano for over 60 years and is a former music teacher…

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