Area News

Farm for Life — Raising the front pasture kind

Editor’s note: Farm for Life is an editorial series by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. When Tyler Haerr started college at Kansas State University, he had no plans of going back to his family’s farm in Taylor, Mo.  As the fourth generation farmer got closer to graduation, the opportunity to get back to the family…

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R-II board approves adjusting money for professional development

Because of issues related to COVID-19, the R-II Board of Education approved reducing the amount they are going to spend on professional development this school year. The board made that decision during their meeting last week, at which they also extended the paid leave through the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), approved a change…

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Filing deadline nears

There are no new filings for city council and school board with the deadline nearing. The city of Palmyra has a full slate of candidates but no races as of Monday, the day before the filing deadline. The slate for the April 6 election includes Rusty Adrian, for Mayor, and Brock Fahy, an incumbent for…

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Ameren completes Illinois portion of transmission project

Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, has completed and energized the final span of the Illinois Rivers Project, a 375-mile, 345,000-volt transmission line from Palmyra, Mo, to Sugar Creek, Indi. The Illinois Rivers Project was approved in 2011 by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc., a regional transmission organization. …

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‘A high-flying flag’

Workers put up a new 80-foot flag pole — one of the tallest in the area — in Palmyra’s Greenwood Cemetery last Tuesday. The pole is topped by an eagle and flies a flag measuring 25 feet in length. Gerre Feigenspan, the cemetery’s superintendent said the pole is being paid for through donations.

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County OKs extra sheriff’s deputy

by Patty Cheffey While the budget is still in the works, one thing is certain for 2021, the Sheriff’s Department will be getting a new deputy. The Marion County Commission approved the hiring of an additional deputy during Monday’s commission meeting, at which they also discussed soft match for hard match trade for bridge projects.…

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City council OKs court, loan actions

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council took action Thursday to refinance a utility project loan and to finalize the transfer of the municipal court to the circuit court. The council voted 5-0 in favor of an ordinance amending a previous ordinance transferring the municipal court to the circuit court in order to make sure…

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Five vying for tournament queen

One of five girls will be crowned queen at the 78th Annual Tony Lenzini Basketball Tournament. Candidates this year are Drew Billups, Jansen Juette, Grace Kribgaum, Rylie McKinney and Taytum White. This year’s queen will be crowned during half time of the 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Jan. 19 Billups, a senior, is the daughter…

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New Year’s ice storm causes power outages, damage to trees

by Mark Cheffey With 2020 barely in hindsight, the new year started out ominously thanks to a first-day ice storm that brought power outages and dangerous travel to the Palmyra area. BPW Superintendent Brent Abell said his electric department crew was busy all New Year’s Day as well as Monday, dealing with downed trees, branches…

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