Area News

County looks to trade soft match to start work on CR 402 bridge

by Patty Cheffey Work can now progress on the County Road 402 bridge after the county learned the amount of soft match they have to trade. Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, reported on the soft match during Monday’s Marion County Commission meeting, at which they also briefly discussed CARES Act funding and computers. Commissioners also…

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PHS football playoff run headlines last third of 2020

by Mark Cheffey Editor’s note: this is the last of a three-part series reviewing events in the local area during 2020. Sept. 2, 2020 Heritage Seekers is announcing the traditional ornament in their historic ornament series is available. The artwork for the 27th edition was created by Dan Nelson to mark Palmyra’s important role as…

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Adopt-A-Child program assists 43 families

by Mark Cheffey This year’s Adopt-A-Child program closed out the holiday season with success. Kathy Fohey, who directs the Palmyra Area Ministerial Alliance program designed to help local families in need, said 43 families were assisted and it all went together smoothly despite complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. “It went together really well,” Fohey said,…

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Behring files for council in Ward 3

There are now candidates for  mayor and all three Palmyra City Council seats in the April 6 election. Pam Behring filed Monday to run for re-election to the council from Ward 3. She joins Rusty Adrian, who is running for mayor, along with two other council candidates, Brock Fahy, an incumbent from Ward 1, and…

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Library program sends out Christmas greetings to local shut-ins

by Mark Cheffey A project to provide Christmas cheer to local shut-ins grew beyond what was expected. The Marion County Library put out a call to the youth of the community to make Christmas greeting cards for nursing home residents using 12 kits provided by the library. But, it went way beyond that number. “They…

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Year In Review: Fair highlights second third of 2020

Editor’s note: this is the second of a three-part series reviewing events in the local area during 2020. May 6, 2020 Maple Lawn Nursing Home will continue to be closed to the public with family and friends not being allowed to visit residents. Staff is continuing to monitor residents to try to keep them safe from…

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Filing under way for April 6 elections

Filing is now under way for April 6 elections, but has only been limited so far, with no races formed as of Monday. In Palmyra, Rusty Adrian has filed to run for mayor, the position currently filled by Loren Graham. The only council filings so far are Brock Fahy, the uncumbent in Ward 1 and …

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Blue Christmas

Although there are no official Christmas light displays locally, there are many driver-thru and drive-by  displays in and around Palmyra to see. At left is a view north of Palmyra’s traditional canopy of blue downtown. At right is a major home display along CR 361 north of Palmyra.  

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County to distribute final CARES Act funds

by Patty Cheffey Some businesses which either did not receive CARES Act funds or only got a partial will be getting some funds. Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, reported to the Marion  County Commission Monday morning that since some of the funds allocated were not used, including funds that were estimated and the entity did…

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City council okays grant, renews insurance

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council authorized applying for federal grant funding, renewed city employee health insurance and approved a new pest extermination law during its regular meeting last Thursday. By a 5-0 vote, the council authorized the mayor to move forward with applying for Community Development Block Grant funding. The city is hoping…

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