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Chamber holds annual awards banquet

by Mark Cheffey Two long-time business owners, an agriculture teacher and the youngest ever award recipient were honored during the annual Palmyra Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday evening. Heather McChristian, long-time owner of HATS Restaurant, was named Citizen of the Year, Merkel Metal Recycling Roll-Off Container Services was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame,…

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R-I school board extends superintendent’s contract

by Patty Cheffey The Palmyra R-I School District will be under the leadership of the same superintendent for the 2023-24 school year following action by the school board at their meeting last week. During the meeting, the board extended, by one year, the two-year contract of Jason Harper. In addition during their meeting, the board…

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R-I School District considering adding esports program

by Patty Cheffey The Palmyra R-I School District is considering a new sport, albeit a different kind of sport. Although taking no action, the R-I Board of Education heard a personation from Tanner Adams, a social studies teacher at the high school, on what it would take to start an esports program at the high…

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Five vying for Tony Lenzini Tournament queen

Five PHS girls are vying for the title of Tony Lenzini Tournament queen. The five, one of whom will be crowned during ceremonies during the tournament Tuesday, Jan. 17 are senior, Abbey Redd, juniors Ashley Bode and Taytum White, and sophomores Sydney Compton and Clare Williams. The crowning ceremony will occur during halftime of the…

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Palmyra puts $15 million bond issue, marijuana sales tax on ballot

by Mark Cheffey The city will seek voter approval in April for a $15 million no-tax bond issue and a three-cent marijuana sales tax following action taken during Thursday’s regular council meeting. Both measures to place the issues on the April 4 Municipal Election ballot received unanimous council approval. To be identified on the April…

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County to limit animals allowed into courthouses

by Patty Cheffey While Marion County swore in officials during their meeting last week, they voted to swear off animals this week. After having some difficulty at the Hannibal Courthouse with people bringing in their pets, the Marion County Commission voted to adopt a rule to allow only “properly certified service animals” to the courthouses…

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Police department gets three new-look patrol cars

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra Police Department has three new patrol vehicles after a long wait and a decision to go in another direction to obtain them. The department now has three 2022 Chevrolet Tahoes, purchased through a prominent Des Moines, Iowa, firm, breaking a previous tradition of obtaining Ford Explorers through a state bidding…

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PPD out one car damaged in crash

Even as Palmyra Police Department were awaiting delivery of the last of three new patrol vehicles, one of the department’s older cars became a casualty due to a three-car crash last Monday. Palmyra Police Corporal Patrick Anderson escaped injury in the crash which injured three people and occurred in the southbound lanes of U.S. 61…

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Explosion, fire destroy rural Palmyra home

by Mark Cheffey An explosion and fire destroyed a rural home just south of Palmyra Wednesday afternoon. An elderly couple, Kenny and Delma Shannon, were in the house at the time, but managed to escape without injuries. Palmyra Fire Chief Gary Crane said his crews were called at noon Wednesday, but by the time they…

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