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Harvest time

Harvest time has come to the area as crop producers begin to pick their corn and beans. Pictured is a combine harvesting corn near Taylor Saturday.

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R-I board makes changes to Safe Return to School Plan based on COVID numbers

by Patty Cheffey Upon the requirement of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and number of COVID related quarantine cases in the school district, the Palmyra R-I Board of Education reviewed its Safe Return to School Plan and made a couple of necessary changes. Those changes were made during last week’s board meeting, at…

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County opens bids for CR 402 bridge

by Patty Cheffey Deadline was approaching with no bids received for the County Road 402 bridge project, but fortunately for the Marion County Commission bids were brought in to Monday’s meeting prior to the 10 a.m. deadline. The commissioners opened three bids, including ones from Bleigh Construction, Hannibal; Magruder Construction, Eolia, Mo. and MS Contracting…

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Nierman named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced last Thursday the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and one of them is a Palmya student.  Evan Nierman, a senior at Palmyra High School got the thrill of his young academic life when he learned of the prestigious honor. “I…

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Palmyra City Council OKs funding for CID

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council voted last Thursday to commit the city financially toward establishing a Community Improvement District as part of an effort to improve Palmyra’s downtown business district. In addition, the council, during its regular meeting, officially abandoned an alley to help with construction of a new bank facility on the…

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R-II board discusses COVID leave, sets graduation

Marion County R-II faculty and staff could get extra leave days for COVID related issues. The Marion County R-II Board of Education discussed that issue as well as set the graduation date and identified areas of concern in the facilities during their meeting recently. While no decisions have been finalized, the board discussed the possibility…

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Palmyra D.A.R.E. program has new wheels

by Mark Cheffey The soon-to-be-revived Palmyra D.A.R.E. program has taken delivery on a new tool for helping students face life’s challenges. The Palmyra Police Department now has a D.A.R.E. car for use by the school resource officer, Corporal Patrick Anderson, who is also taking on D.A.R.E instructor duties. The car, a pre-owned white Ford Explorer,…

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County to turn in wish list for ARP funds

by Patty Cheffey Marion County has been asked to develop a wish list by the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments concerning their American Recovery Plan funds. Allona Kizer was present at Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting to discuss what projects are allowed and what might be allowed for funds from the ARP to be…

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Lutener receives Scouting’s Fretwell Award

by Mark Cheffey A Palmyra teacher was honored for her educational support to local Boy Scouts. Bonnie Lutener, an administrative assistant with the Palmyra R-I School District’s Parents As Teachers program, was presented the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Teacher Award, during a school assembly Wednesday. In making the presentation, Sam Bross, a leader with Boy…

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United Way impacting Palmyra this year

The United Way of the Mark Twain Area will impact over 1,000 people in Palmyra this year. Each year, dollars raised through the organization’s annual campaign provide financial assistance to human service organizations in the community.  These organizations are providing opportunities for upward mobility and supporting critical services. Many of the organizations benefiting from the…

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