Area News

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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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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Rise in speeding blamed for bad trend in Missouri

A rise in speeding and other reckless driving behaviors continues to be a disturbing trend in 2021.  During the first half of the year, more than 450 people lost their lives in a crash on Missouri roadways.  The primary causes are all too common: excessive speeds, distraction, impairment, and choosing to not wear a seat…

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County commissioners discuss damage from Friday night’s storm

by Patty Cheffey Structure, crop and road damage was discussed during Monday’s County Commission meeting, following a severe storm that struck the county last Friday evening. Straight line winds and down bursts are being blamed for the damage. A possible tornado is being considered for damage in the town of Perry, however. The winds, which…

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Ambulance district approves purchasing demo ambulance

by Patty Cheffey With a time limit and a shortage of new ambulances available to purchase, the Marion County Ambulance District Board of Directors held a special meeting last week, during which they approved the purchase of a demo ambulance. While a new ambulance had not been planned, Chief John Nemes explained to the board…

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Patriotic display

Fireworks lit up the sky above Flower City Park, including the American Flag at right during Palmyra’s annual Fourth of July display Saturday sponsored by the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce. The event drew a large number of people who also enjoyed the summer evening sitting in lawn chairs or on blankets. 

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