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Lincoln Day event held in Palmyra

by Mark Cheffey The Marion County Republican Central Committee broke from tradition and held its annual Lincoln Day event in Palmyra Saturday. More than 100 people attended the dinner and auction, a fund raiser for the committee at the American Legion Hall in Palmyra. For the previous decade, the event has normally been held as…

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Crews sent to help in following Hurricane

Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall Aug. 29 and many Missourians are doing their part to assist in the aftermath. In response, Missouri’s electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than…

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‘United Way Dollars Help Here’ banners go up

Around Northeast Missouri, banners sharing “United Way Dollars Help Here” are in front of agencies that will benefit from the United Way of the Mark Twain Area 2021-22 Community Campaign. Each year, United Way has an annual campaign that raises dollars to help human services agencies in Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Lewis and Shelby counties. Those…

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Bicentennial quilt on display in courthouse

by Patty Cheffey The Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra now has a new piece of Palmyra history. The Palmyra bicentennial quilt is on display at the courthouse, thanks the generosity of its owner, Carol Bezler, who gave the winning bid for the quilt during the 2019 Taste of Palmyra event. While she donated the quilt…

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City hires engineers for storm water drainage issues

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council during its regular meeting last Thursday took the next step in trying to solve a storm water drainage issue in the Stanley/Bailey street area in the southeast section of town. The council also took action to move forward on projects to fix drainage issues on the courthouse square…

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Man charged in connection with Palmyra woman’s murder

A man was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of a 34 year old Palmyra woman Friday morning. According to Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue, Raymond D. Gum Jr., was arrested in Petersberg, Ill. by deputies from the Menard County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Department the U.S. Marshal Service and other agencies at approximately 12:23 p.m.,…

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Drive-thru meeting

With COVID-19 precautions still in place, Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative held its annual members meeting in drive-thru style for the second year in a row Saturday in Palmyra. Members were able to vote for board members, collect $10 cash and receive an attendance gift from cooperative employees as they worked their way through the Palmyra…

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County sets tax rate slightly lower than last year’s

by Patty Cheffey Property tax rates for Marion County will be slightly less after approval of the rate for 2021 by the Marion County Commission. The commission approved the $0.4503 per $100 assessed valuation during its meeting Monday at which they also heard an update on a bridge project and discussed the American Recovery Plan…

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Missouri utility linemen head to Louisiana to help in aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Hometown utility electric line crews from Missouri communities, including Palmyra, traveled to  Louisiana over the weekend to perform recovery work in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Organized by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, lineworker crews from Missouri cities went to Alexandria, Louisiana to be ready for power restoration after the storm passes.  Preparedness coordinators for…

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Markley promoted to MDC regional position

The Missouri Department of Conservation has promoted Conservation Agent Matt Markley, a Palmyra resident, to the protection regional supervisor position in northeast Missouri. Agent Markley will promote from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain and will oversee conservation law enforcement operations across MDC’s Northeast Region.  Capt. Markley takes over as regional supervisor after Capt. Benny…

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