Area News

‘Goin’ to Kansas City’ — Panthers earn trip to state semifinals

by Mark Cheffey The Panthers are back to within a step away from playing in the state championship football game following their convincing 44-30 victory over Hallsville in the Class 2 quarterfinals Saturday. The Panthers (12-0) will travel to Kansas City and play St. Pius X at 2 p.m. Saturday, with the winner going on…

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City council hears pest infestation ordinance

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance requiring residents and commercial and residential property owners to take appropriate measures to control household pests. Citing “issues with pest infestation of individual properties affecting adjacent properties,” the council is proposing a pest extermination law requiring building occupants and properties owners…

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Maple Lawn renewing Adopt-A-Resident program

Once again, Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra is renewing its Adopt-A-Resident program to help residents receive some Christmas cheer. It’s a tradition for Maple Lawn staff to adopt residents for Christmas, and the program allows those from outside to join in, too. “For Christmas, the Maple Lawn staff always enjoys adopting  residents for Christmas. …

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Food pantry offers Christmas store

Local kids will see the benefits of the Palmyra Food Pantry’s Christmas Store, which volunteers have been busy setting up. Gifts, games and toys will be available for children infant through age 17, according to Gay Phillips. While the store looks stocked right now, several items are still needed, since the store runs Dec. 1…

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Mayor urges Palmyra residents to wear masks

Mayor Loren Graham announced Monday morning he is urging citizens to wear masks in public places, in  particular local businesses due to increasing cases of COVID-19 that have even hit the city employees. “I think we need to. It’s getting nuts,” he said of the spread of the virus locally. Graham said he has the…

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Falling gold

Motorists along Main Street in Palmyra Friday received a shower of gold flakes as they were instead of snow flakes as the large Ginkgo tree in the 400 block dropped all of its leaves. If made for a festive gold touch on fall day along with the red, white and blue of the U.S. flags…

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Chamber cancels Christmas in Palmyra due to COVID-19

While the saying is you can’t stop Christmas from coming, the coronovirus can definintely stop Christmas in Palmyra. The Palmyra Chamber of Commerce announced last week, that in an effort to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the Palmyra Chamber’s Christmas in Palmyra event at the Palmyra Courthouse will not be held this December.…

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Parents address Palmyra R-I School Board concerning health, safety guidelines

by Patty Cheffey Several Palmyra R-1 School District parents expressed their concerns regarding the district health and safety guidelines during last week’s R-1 Board of Education meeting. During that meeting, the board also approved the filing dates for the April 6, 2021 election, approved the 2020-21 school year Christmas card design, heard a legislative update…

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County opens two repaired, closed roads

by Patty Cheffey Two roads, which have been closed because of bridge issues, have been reopened in Marion County. Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, reported to the Marion County Commission Monday morning that both County Road 230 and County Road 302 are back open to full   traffic. The bridge on County Road 230 had…

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County audit released

State Auditor Nicole Galloway Monday released a regularly scheduled audit of Marion County.  Concerns addressed in the report included procedures related to the inmate commissary and transportation provided by sheriff’s deputies, as well as accounting procedures in other county offices. The audit found the sheriff is not transmitting net proceeds from the inmate commissary fund…

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