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Archives for June 2010

Body of Bloomington Man Recovered At Pana Lake Saturday

SEARCHERS ON LAKE Pana are dock side to discuss their efforts Friday, June 25, to find a 66-year-old man who fell out of his fishing boat earlier that morning.

Saturday morning, June 26, the body of Larry Scott, Bloomington, was discovered in the lake, not far from where the boat was found.

(Gene Reed Photo)

The body of a Bloomington man was recovered from Lake Pana about 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 24 hours after authorities began the search for him.

Authorities have identified the presumed drowning victim as 66-year-old Larry E. Scott. His family has property on Lake Pana on the Shelby County side of the lake in Section H-N.

Scott was reportedly last seen by family members just after 7:00 a.m. Friday, June 25, as he went out to fish in his boat. A little more than an hour later, the boat was observed on the water, unoccupied. Family members conducted their own search of the area before alerting authorities. The Pana Police Department received a call at 11:05 a.m. Friday about the missing boater.

Rescuers searched all day Friday, and the search was called off at dusk Friday. Early Saturday morning, June 26, about 6:00 a.m., the search resumed. It took another five hours to locate Mr. Scott. Searchers said he was found not far from where the unoccupied boat was discovered.

Parts of Pana, Area, Without Power Saturday Evening, Night

PORTABLE LIGHTS ILLUMINATE the Pana East AmerenCIPS Sub-Station Saturday night, June 26, as crews worked to restore power in the Pana area. A portable sub-station had to be trucked in from Mattoon to restore the power.

(Gene Reed Photo)

Just when everyone is huddled around the air conditioner to keep cool Saturday, June 26, someone pulled the plug to about 1,700 AmerenCIPS customers for nearly eight hours.

Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren said the outage happened shortly after 5:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A transformer in the Ameren Pana East Sub-Station failed and power to parts of Pana, Rosamond, Oconee and Tower Hill was interrupted.

Morris said there was no way to feed the customers effected, so a portable sub-station had to be brought in from Mattoon. Once the portable arrived, crews worked to install it and power was flowing to customers again at 12:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Permanent repairs to the sub-station will begin soon, Morris said.

Kitchell Park Focus Of Fourth of July

The Pana Lions Club is spearheading activities which include carnival rides, food and entertainment. The fun begins on Thursday, July 1, through Sunday, July 4.

H and H Amusements will be headquartered in the park for the weekend, offering arm bands Thursday through Saturday from 6:00-10:00 p.m. each night.

A Baby Contest will be featured from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chautauqua Pavilion.

A Pana favorite, the Decatur Park Singers, presented by Delta Theta Tau, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m Saturday.

Also on Saturday – and Sunday – from 6:00-8:00 p.m., a dunk tank will be operated by the Methodist Church Ministries with the proceeds benefiting the “Jesus Loves You” Ministries of Christian County.

Sunday’s feature will be the WJLY “Olde Tyme Radio” Fourth of July from the pavilion. The guest speaker at 3:00 p.m. is David Ring. From 6:00-8:00 p.m., a concert featuring the “Old St. Louis Levee Band” is planned.

The celebration comes to a close Sunday evening with the giant fireworks show at the Pana Tri-County fairgrounds. The first rocket is set to be fired at dark.

Panther Girls Golf Camp July 12-16

Pana Panthers Girls Golf camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 12-16, at Oak Terrace Golf Course.

Those entering 5th through 8th grade will be from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.; high school age girls, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Coach Cline and Coach Saatkamp will be teaching the fundamentals of the game and golf etiquette.

There is no cost for the camp.

Forms may be picked up at the high school. An insurance waiver will need to be signed and notarized, which can also be done at the high school.

More Time For Soccer Registration

The Pana Soccer League will have an additional registration date for those players that could not attend the previous dates.

This last chance registration will be on Wednesday, June 30, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The registration venue has changed to Kitchell Park, big pavilion.

All children from Kindergarten through 8th grade who would like to play soccer this year will need to be registered by a parent or guardian.  The cost to participate is $20 per player and payment is required at time of registration.

Games will be on Saturdays, beginning on Aug. 28 thru Oct. 17.

Registration for soccer camp will also be available on Wednesday.  Soccer camp is Aug. 2-5. The fee for camp is $25 per player.

For more info contact Tim Karbach at 562-4073 or log onto

Out In Left Field: June 28,2010

My thanks to the many people who took care of things for me in my absence this weekend.

It was greatly appreciated.

Likewise, to all of those who were so supportive of me and my family during this week, you, too, are in my thoughts and prayers.


Seems like the mens American soccer team is the World Cup’s equivalent of the Chicago Cubs – no championships.

Glad there are folks out there who enjoy soccer and are fans, but I’m still not a convert.

I compare it to my being a fan of hockey. I played the game, know the rules and really enjoy going to or watching a game on TV. But, when it comes to soccer, the opposite is true.

And I would assume those who don’t enjoy hockey, don’t  care for it for the same reasons.


We have to say “good-bye” to our friend and pastor for the past two years at St. Patrick’s Church. Fr. Bill Kessler celebrated his final masses this past weekend before he goes to his new assignment in the Edwardsville area.

Fr. Bill became a good friend right off the bat – even though he is a Cardinals fan (Couldn’t resist that one). His enthusiasm for our church, our school and our community was infectious. And that carried over to everyone he met. Our loss is his new parish’s gain.

And while we hate to bid Fr. Bill adieu, it is with great anticipation that we will welcome Fr. Rodney Schwartz as our new pastor this weekend. Fr. Schwartz is a native of Witt so he’s close to his old “stompin’ grounds.”

Darn it, I’ll bet he’s a Cardinals fan, too. . . . .


See you next week!

Legal Notices: June 28, 2010





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Monday, June 21, 2010, the Pana Community Unit School District No. 8 adopted a Resolution determining the prevailing wage rates for public works in accordance with 820 ILCS 130/1 et seq., which determination is on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Superintendent, 14 East Main Street, Pana, Illinois.

DATED this 21st day of June, 2010

Board of Education

Pana Community Unit

School District No. 8

Christian, Shelby,

Montgomery Counties,



Fact, Fun & Fillips: June 28, 2010

“June 22, 2010

“Dear Tom:

“With a great deal of mixed emotions, I guess I’m going to let my subscription to the Pana News-Palladium expire (expiration date June 28). I know that no publisher wants to see a letter begin with those words, but let me assure you that there is no complaint forthcoming.

“As you printed in the obituary I sent you earlier this year, my mom died back in January. (Thank you for printing the obituary). Over the last five and a half years of her life, I read the paper to her, due to the effects of macular degeneration on her eyesight. Before that, the subscription was in her name (Ruth Henry) and I’m sure would have gone back more than 50 years, back to the early days of your joining the N-P staff. With a subscription of that length, I just felt that a letter was called for, rather than just letting it expire with no mention.

“Mom enjoyed reading the paper very much. The highlights for her were your column and Bill McGavic’s, which both so often helped recall the history of Pana and those times and people that were a part of who she was. It is a most difficult process to let go of her from this life, and letting the subscription go is another step in that process for me. I visited my aunt and uncle Helen and Carroll Knoles, whom I know you have known for years, along with their children, and my uncle Bob Marsh and aunt Mary, whom you also know due to his days at the N-P many years ago, along with their daughter and son-in-law, all having gathered in Springfield over the Memorial Day weekend.

“It was our first get-together since Mom left this life and was an opportunity for us to remember her and her life. We reminisced over numerous photos from throughout the years, many from decades past in Pana, including some old pictures of the Voght-Marsh store downtown.

“So, in conclusion, thank you once again for your journalistic contributions that were so meaningful to Mom. I’m sure you have touched thousands of others through the years in a similar way. May blessings be on you and your continued work, and especially on your wife. – Carl Henry, 4207 Cadbury Dr., New Albany, IN 47150.”

Thank you, Carl, your kind note strengthens the feeling that you and your extended family are persons of feelings and compassion. Will miss you . . . . . among our reading ranks.


More memories . . . . .

FFF, through no fault of his own, managed to travel with, and under some nice folk in the military, going back to our enlistment for 4 years in January of 1952 and they just seemed to drag us along with them.

The enlistment took us first to a minesweeper, and the last half to headquarters of the Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet and headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander (NATO) both headquartered on the same grounds in Norfolk, Va.

With the help of John Livesary of First National Bank of Pana and his computer skills, FFF was able to resurrect the memory of our commanding officer at Atlantic Fleet Public Information Office Norfolk, where we worked as a Journalist from 1953 to 1955. He was a Commander when we knew him. Later by the following account, we see he retired as a Captain.

Am in sort of a “catch 22” situation. Promised a gentleman from the area, who did not wish his winning an award, “way back when” during World War II we’d honor his request to remain anonymous. We will keep our part of the bargain, until released by him to do so.

The citation for Captain William J. Lahodney, the Navy Cross, he then a lieutenant, is next to the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Read on:

“Capt. William J. Lahodney, U.S.N.

“Citation: Navy Cross

“War: World War II

“Captain William J. Lahodney. For extraordinary heroism as Pilot of a Patrol Plane, attached to Patrol Squadrom FIFTY-TWO, in action against Japanese forces seventy miles northeast of Rabaul, on November 26, 1943. Repeatedly attacking an enemy force consisting of a cruiser and three destroyers at extremely close range and in the face of concentrated and accurate heavy antiaircraft fire. Lieutenant Commander (then Lieutenant) Lahodney scored hits with a five-hundred-pound and a one-thousand-pound bomb, causing severe damage to the Japanese cruiser. When his plane was struck by enemy antiaircraft fire which made over one hundred holes in the aircraft, destroyed the radar, severed several hull strength members and the rudder cables and threw the plane out of control, he skillfully regained control of the aircraft and, flying through darkness and stormy weather, over ocean and dangerous moutain terrain for five hours, finally returned safe to base. Lieutenant Commander Lahodney’s expert airmanship, courage, aggressiveness and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

While the above, as can be read, is serious, as serious can be business, FFF had a rather light hearted experience too, because of it.

‘Twas an afternoon, fall perhaps, in Norfolk, Va., and the Commander and his wife were to attend a formal social event either that night or one following at the SACLANT Officer’s Club.

The Commander approached us. He told us he needed someone to make a trip from CinCLantFlt to make a trip to “mainside” base and the uniform shop to pick up his replacement Navy Cross ribbon or medal.

We proudly made that trip post haste. He was a swell guy.

Commander Lehodney was also known for his forming, or participating, as a member of the “Black Cat” squadron.

This was painting Catalina Flying Boats all black for night patrols.


So Long.

Port Byron Biker Wins Antique Bike of Year

A 1955 COLUMBIA 5 Star was voted the 2010 Illinois State Classic Antique Bicycle of the Year, Saturday, June 26. The event was part of the Pana Bicycle Show and Swap Meet held in Kitchell Park in Pana.

The bicycle is owned by Louis Wiklund, left, of Port Byron, Illinois.

The 2010 Classic of the Year Plaque and check for $150 was presented by Destiny Cross, right.

Runner-Up In Classic Bicycle Show

THIS 1901 CRESCENT was named 2010 Runner-up Illinois State Classic Bicycle of the Year.

It is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shannon, Westville, left.

The plaque and check for $100 presented by Destiny Cross, right.