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Easter egg rush

Hundreds of children and their families descended upon Flower City Park Saturday during the annual community Easter egg hunt. At the strike of 10 a.m. sharp, the children and their helpers began gathering Easter treats scattered about in the grass for several age groups. The Easter Bunny was also there for photos including Bralynn Albin,…

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City council approves Foster Field lighting

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council last Thursday gave approval for the park department to install ballpark lighting for Foster Field, and allow use of city dirt for a demolition derby in the arena in May. In other business, the council heard the first of two readings of ordinances revising the city’s building codes…

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County discusses assisting Douglass Community Center

by Patty Cheffey While they have not officially asked for help yet, the Marion County Commission discussed helping fund a feasibility study for Douglass Community Center. Commissioners discussed the situation during Monday’s meeting, at which they also heard an update on the mitigation plan, soft match trade and a possible gun range and discussed the…

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Palmyra student semifinalist in NASA essay contest

Future Engineers and NASA have announced 155 semifinalists in the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest, a national competition that asked K-12 students to imagine leading a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole.  One of these semifinalists is Livia Bross, of  Palmyra. “The feelings are nervousness and excitement,” said Bross of what it’s like to…

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Palmyra veteran receives Quilt of Valor

On Saturday, March 20th, Kenneth Kroencke was surprised at his daughter’s home by a visit from the Quilts of Valor Foundation of the Southeast Iowa Chapter. Kroencke, who is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, was presented with a quilt and a certificate by the two ladies from the Southeast Chapter of Quilts…

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County talks of relief funds, OKs jail repair

by Patty Cheffey The Marion County Commission briefly discussed the new American Rescue Plan funds and what it could mean for the county during their meeting Monday morning. Also Monday, the commissioners approved an emergency work on the fire suppression unit at the Marion County Jail  and heard an update on the auditor’s report on…

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Ambulance district seeks grant for clinic costs

by Patty Cheffey The Marion County Ambulance District will be seeking some financial help to offset costs associated with assisting at vaccination clinics. Chief John Nemes reported he is seeking a grant to help offset those costs during the recent ambulance district board meeting, at which the board also learned three more AEDs will be…

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Election Tuesday has little to decide

Palmyra voters will have little to do at the polls during next Tuesday’s General Municipal Election. There will be no races or issues on the ballot to decide. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Palmyra voters will cast ballots at the American Legion Hall. In the city elections there isexactly one…

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New city budget approved

The Palmyra City Council  last Thursday gave unanimous approval to a budget totaling $7,744,045 for all departments including the Board of Public Works. That represents a drop of more than $200,000 from the previous year’s budget. The BPW tightened its belt with a $7,744,045 budget for the coming year, down from $7,961,484. The electrical department…

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City council, cemetery board discuss issues

by Mark Cheffey The Palmyra City Council last Thursday had a meeting of minds with members of the Greenwood Cemetery Board concerning tree cutting. The council also voted to enter into contracts for a wellness program and for equipment training in Hannibal for the police department. Also during the meeting, the council approved the Fiscal…

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