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Archives for July 2010

Pana News Online on a brief hiatus

Pana News Online updates will resume next week. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will post this weeks news next week along with the new news.

Severe Thunderstorm Rocks Pana This Afternoon

ABOUT 1:30 P.M. THIS afternoon, Monday, July 19, a severe thunderstorm rolled through Pana and Christian County.

Reports of tree limbs and power lines being down are still being reported as of presstime today. So far, no injuries have been reported.

The severe thunderstorm produced winds of over 60 mph which took down limbs and trees. With power lines down throughout the area, some power is out to various sections of town.

In the top photo, wind caused the outside storage area of R. P. Lumber to blow over. The roof material landed near PBI Inc. trucks.

In the middle photo, a large tree limb broke off a tree and landed on this house on Franklin St. at the intersection of Route 29 on Pana’s northwest side.

In the bottom photo, a city work crew cuts up a downed tree on Chestnut Street, between Second and Third Streets.

(Tom Latonis Photos)

Fireworks Fund Still Needs Help

Donations are still being sought for the Pana Fireworks Show which was held on Sunday, July 4.

Committee Chairman Jim Hicks said the fund is about $800 short of paying the $6,000 tab.

Any person, business or organization which would like to contribute can contct Hicks, or drop off donations at First National Bank of Pana, Peoples Bank and Trust of Pana or the Pana News-Palladium office.

Important Dates For PHS Athletes

Several important events for fall sports athletes at Pana High School are coming up. Among them are:

First Athletic Handbook Meeting is at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 20. It will be held in the Panthers Den of Pana High School.

On Wednesday, July 28, Hop Tests will be given in the Nurses’ Office at Pana High School from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Physicals will be given in the Pana High School library on Thursday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m.

The second Athletic Handbook Meeting is set for Sunday, Aug. 8, at 4:00 p.m. in the Panthers Den of Pana High School.

The final handbook meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 9, also in the Panthers Den.

The first day of practice for fall sports –football, volleyball and boys and girls golf –is Wednesday, Aug. 11. All athletes must have a physical, insurance wavier, medical treatment form and signed handbook prior to the first practice.

JFL Benefit At Hometown This Saturday

A benefit car wash and cookout will be held Saturday, July 24, at Hometown Food Center in Pana, for the Junior Football League.

The car wash will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the parking lot. A donation is requested for the service.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a cookout will be held with ribeyes, pork chops, brats and hot dogs. All proceeds will also go to the JFL.

Oak Terrace Ladies Golf

The Oak Terrace Ladies 18-Hole Golf League winners for Thursday, July 15, Were:

Low Gross – Emer Quizon – scored 105

Low Net – Patty Bauman – scored 75

Low Putts – Char Wasilewski – 29 putts

Proximity (Closest to the Pin on Hole #16) – Patty Bauman

Birdies – Patty Bauman and Char Wasilewski on Hole #15

Chip-In – Patty Bauman – Hole #17

Out In Left Field: July 20, 2010

Last Saturday, about mid-morning, I was standing in my backyard, thinking about cutting the grass.

Was going through my mind of what I needed to – pick up, trimming to do, raking, etc. – then, I had a better thought. Thought I would go inside and watch the British Open golf tournament on TV.

Turned out to be a much better option.


Still relishing the National League win in the All-Star game last Tuesday.

Have been waiting a long time for that one. Happy to see the Nationals get back on track. This win has been a long time coming. Come to think of it, this was the first National League win in the All-Star Game this century!


All most too hot to write. . . . .


See you next week!

Obituaries: July 20, 2010

James B. Fortner

James B. Fortner, 44, Tower Hill, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2010 in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.  McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan, in charge of arrangements.

Robert L. England

Robert Lee England, 69, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Ramsey, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, Fla. Wallace and Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick, in charge of arrangements.

Marie Rochkes

Marie E. Rochkes, 90, of Pana, formerly of Joliet, died Thursday, July 15, 2010 in Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of local arrangements.

Legal Notices: July 20, 2010






No. 6721

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given thaton the 15th day of July, 2010, there was filed in the Circuit Court of Christian County, Illinois, a PETITION FOR AUTHORITY TO BORROW IN EXCESS OF NINETY (90%) PERCENT OF UNPAID ASSESSMENTS, pursuant to 70 ILCS 605/6-7, by the Commissioners of Union Drainage District No. 1 of the Towns of Pana and Assumption, Christian County, Illinois.

The Commissioners requested the Court for authority to borrow the sum of $70,000.00 from a Financial Institution for the purpose of paying the engineer and attorney fees currently due and owing in regard to a major maintenance project to be undertaken on the ditches of said Drainage District. Said indebtedness is proposed to be repaid over a certain number of years from an additional assessment to be determined at a later date by this Court; no additional assessment will be levied at this time in regard to said $70,000.00.

The total amount of damages to be allowed is None; the total amount of compensation proposed to be allowed is $70,000.00 for engineer and attorney fees currently due and owing.

Said Petition will be heard before the Presiding Judge, Christian County Courthouse, Taylorville, Illinois, on August 12, 2010, at the hour of 9:00 A.M., at which time and place all interested persons may appear and be heard upon all questions of benefits, damages and compensation as they see fit to do so.

Dated this 16th day of July, 2010.

Julie J. Mayer

Circuit Clerk, Fourth

Judicial Circuit,

Christian County, IL

Daniel M. Franklin

The Franklin Law Firm

Attorney for Drainage


123 E. Third Street

Pana, IL 62557

Phone: 217/562-5077


Fact, Fun & Fillips: July 19, 2010

Wheee . . . . . All the new things, projects that pop up around the old town – while we’re, FFF, busy nosing around elsewhere . . . . .!

Among the ongoing work is an attractive and practical job at the Land of Lincoln Credit Union (former Central Illinois Public Service/Ameren headquarters) 206 South Locust, across the street from the Masonic Temple.  It includes pouring new concrete in the form of drainage in front, sidewalk and driveway work.

To all at the CU, Sharon (Mrs. Gary Smith), manager, looks really sharp as it continues. Also appears the building will receive a new face lift with work being done on outside walls.

Nice improvement to downtown along with local barrister Bill Farr’s work on his office building spaces, NE corner, Locust and Third.

Also at the edge of the business district, a 2-story dwelling we think is owned by the Joe Coleman organization, alley between Oak Street and Locust, has been attractively remodeled.


Today’s column is a selection of random thoughts and suggestions – so bear with FFF . . . . .


So now to a partisan political conversation that we chanced to hear, “them vs. us, or vice-versa,” and you can put yourself on either side you wish.

It was about political stances on the national scenes.

We are presently into not only a relative short short time for a new generation of  politicians, or an administration, to get moving. Some 18 months now we believe.

But, it seems to FFF, and is showing through that no matter when voting and power shifts, to us, so does blame.

To FFF it seems it’s quite a bit more pleasant for the outgoing crowd! For, to FFF, it seems, the newly elected personages inherit all the past negativity. Then most recent holders of the offices are free to “disappear” into the “sunset” and usually do unless for unusually vile activity while representing their constituents, or voters of the opposite party. That is unless it is advantageous in the future as possibly vote getting “fodder”, “food” for a negative campaign.

Sort of like erasing Tuesday’s chalkboard assignment – leaving the new class to start fresh and new and forgetting the bad. Too bad we all give way this time after time and accept. But, to partly rid ourself of this self-guilt, we’ll “chalk it up” (no pun intended) to “experience!”

If we’re far out on this, drop a line . . . . . We’d appreciate it. Or drop by. We like to talk too!


You can thank whoever you want, but thank someone for the intellect and brains given to those who have come to our aid, and continue to be equipped to rally from time to time from situations we find ourselves helpless inserted into.

Thus far eco the world saving solution to our “oil leak” catastrophe.

And there are no words to express it otherwise. Except perhaps they need a “Joe Coleman” to come to their aid Pana style, as we do every so often!


So Long.