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Archives for May 2010

Graduation For Pana High School Class of 2010 Friday

Graduation exercises for the Pana High School Class of 2010 will take place in the PHS gym on Friday, May 28. The ceremonies begin at 7:00 p.m.

Adam Metzger, son of John and Jackie Metzger, is the Valedictorian of the class. Co-Salutatorians are Emily Daugherty and Michelle Day. Their parents are Glenn R. “Bob” and Margaret Daugherty and Mike and Jana Day. Each of the students will deliver addresses during the evening.

Dr. David Lett, Pana School Superintendent, will deliver the Class Address.

The program will include an Invocation by seniors Ashleigh Dressen and Kayla Miller. Principal Gayle McRoberts will welcome the guests and recognize those with perfect attendance. Honor graduates will be recognized by Assistant High School Principal Heath Strom. Rebecca Carter, president of the Pana Education Foundation, will present the Foundation’s scholarship and Raedena Ryan will make the presentation of the Senior of the Year Award which is sponsored by the bank.

There will be special music during the ceremony. The Concert Band will open and close the program. The Mixed Chorus will perform “For Good.” The Senior Chorus will sing, “It’s Time To Go.” Both groups are under the direction of Mrs. Marci Cole, chorus director.

Principal McRoberts will present the class and acceptance will be by Don Allen, president of the Pana School Board. Board Secretary Karen Mizeur will present the diplomas.

Officers of the Class of 2010 are Adam Metzger, president; Chad Miller, vice-president; Victoria Cross, secretary; and Drew Bland, treasurer.

Marshals for the graduation program are Brett Amling, Trevor Gullett, Mariah Schoonover and Chelsea Pollard.

Following are the members of the PHS Class of 2010 and parents, as supplied by Pana High School:

Jacob Douglas Adcock, son of Julie and Gary Wafford;

Derek Michael Ade, son of Gary and Lori Ade;

Alyson Diane Alde, daughter of Mike Alde and the late Stephanie Alde;

Kristopher Lee Allen, son of Rick and Wanda Allen;

Tyler Joseph Allen, son of Robert and Rebecca Allen;

Denver Cole Arnold, son of Tammy Arnold;

Layney Renee Askins, daughter of Mitzi Askins and Jeff Askins;

Denise Louise Baker, daughter of Jesse and Connie Baker;

Shandra Anne Barror, daughter of Brian and Rhonda Barror;

Katherine Elizabeth Bass, daughter of Michael Bass;

New Hours on Saturday at PN-P

Starting this week, Saturday, May 29, the Pana News-Palladium will change its tradition of being open on Saturday mornings.

Beginning Saturday, June 5, the PN-P will have Saturday office hours on the first Saturday of the month only. Hours will remain the same, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Oconee Firemen Learn They Are Uninsured On Fire Calls

An inquiry initiated by Mayor Steve Sipes has unearthed the fact that Oconee volunteer firemen have never been insured. Oconee Fire Department was created nearly 25 years ago, it was said, as an arm of Pana Fire Department. Recently, Sipes announced at the Monday, May 24 meeting of Pana City Council, he had wondered about the situation and asked Amanda Ade Harlow, city attorney, to inquire. Receiving word from the insurance company underwriter for PFD on May 6, the city had notified OFD on May 10, it was said.

A motion to bar Oconee firemen from responding to any fire until the matter is resolved passed unanimously. The motion restricts responders to only those firefighters listed with the city clerk’s office, clearly excluding Oconee members who are not named at all.

In connection with the problem at hand, the Community Safety Committee will have a meeting at 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 28 at the city hall. Council members will have a chance to review information before the special council meeting set for 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3 at the city hall to consider action.

Other Subjects

In other business on the agenda, Pana City veterinarian Dr. Tamera Lutz and Angela Handy of Pana Animal Hospital addressed the council. Dr. Lutz said she had been the city vet for five years. People have been asking about her involvement recently. Lutz related that 16 animals were euthanized and 30 more were adopted. She offered to spay/neuter the animals being adopted but her requests were turned down. The spaying/neutering “needs to be enforced,” she said, along with “rabies vaccinations before (dogs go) back to their owners.” Microchipping (which identifies dogs with their owners) needs to be done as well. “I want the laws to be followed.”

•Treasurer Pet Scherzer related that the Pana Police Pension Fund totals $2,255,698.82. There are seven retirees, and one disabled police officer collecting benefits. The balance was at the end of the city’s fiscal year, Apr. 30. His report was approved.

•The request to have a community party Saturday, July 24 at Kitchell Park, by Tim Casner of Pana Police Department, was approved. It will be held 2:00-7:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m.

Pana City Council next will meet at 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 14 at the city hall.

First Baptist Christian Academy Graduation Saturday

First Baptist Christian Academy’s Class of 2010 will be graduated in ceremonies at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 29.

Valedictorian is Daniel Stuart Martin and the Salutatorian is Richard Allen Warren II.

Guest speaker is Joshua Hawley, a 2000 graduate of FBCA, is the guest speaker. He is a 2005 graduate of Pensacola Christian College.

Members of the Class of 2010 are John Lawrence Dexheimer, Nathan Gleason, Jacob Wayne Heaton, Daniel Stuart Martin and Richard Allen Warren II.

Special City Council Meeting June 3

Mayor Steven D. Sipes has scheduled a Special Meeting of the Pana City Council to be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 3.

The topic of discussion will be the Oconee Fire Agreement.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.

City Committee To Meet

The Community Operations Committee of the Pana City Council will meet at 6:00 p.m.,  Thursday, June 3, in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.

The topics of discussion will be proposed wireless internet antenna at the water tower, alley east of the hospital and any other topic properly presented to the committee

Tower Hill Couple Arrested: Meth Lab, Marijuana Plants

The rural Tower Hill residence of William Brunken, 40, and Jeannie Bales, 25, was the subject of a search warrant executed at 7:30 Wednesday morning, May 27 by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

An operational methamphetamine lab and over 80 cannabis plants were seized, said Sheriff Michael Miller. As a result Brunken and Bales are in custody at the Shelby County Jail. They were to make their first appearance in court at 10:00 this morning, where they were to be formally charged, and bonds would be set. (The defendants are presumed to be innocent of the charges against them, the press release stated.)

The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team assisted with the clean up and inventory of the numerous items recovered at the scene.

Obituaries: May 27, 2010

Sean Glen Cearlock

Funeral services for Sean Glen Cearlock, 27, of Nokomis will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 28, in St. Louis Catholic Church, Nokomis. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements.

Menus: May 31 – June 4


Peace Meal

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week May31-June 4:

Monday: Site closed.

Tuesday: Italian beef, potato wedges, onion and cucumber salad, bun, cooked apples.

Wednesday: Hamburger steak, green beans, cole slaw, wheat bread, fruit crisp.

Thursday: Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, broccoli, roll, tropical fruit salad.

Friday: Fried chicken, baked beans, corn, wheat bread, apricots.

Pana Hospital

Pana Community Hospital lunch menus for the week May31-June 4:

Monday: Honey dijon chicken, twice baked potato, corn, humming bird cake.

June menus not available.

Veterans Needed For Burial Honor Guard

The need for local veterans to help with burial rites for their service comrades is great. The Pana VFW, Pana American Legion and Pana AmVets sponsors a joint Honor Guard unit, however, only a few veterans have been participating in ceremonies.

Those interested in becoming members of the Honor Guard and those who are current members are invited to a meeting at the Pana VFW Hall, 107 N. Poplar St. in Pana on Friday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Any veteran who is honorably discharged is eligible for the Honor Guard. The veteran does not have to belong to any of the service fraternal organizations which sponsor them.

Those who would like more information are invited to come to Friday meeting. You may also contact any of the following for more information: Wally Binghaman, 562-2008; Jim Stout, 827-2117; Leland Schmitz, 562-5416; or Calvin Scoles, 562-3690.