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Archives for August 2010

City Council Voices Concerns About Crumbling Buildings

Downtown buildings in danger of collapsing were discussed. All council members except Alderman Debbie Dust were present, at the council room in the city hall.

Amanda Harlow, city attorney, said that research on a Second Street building has not found the owner. A long-closed business south of Trophies R Us has an owner who has “no assets to tear it down,” Ms. Harlow informed the council.

The roof has caved in, and the middle floor of the 119 S. Locust St. building has fallen, it was said. The two business buildings to the north and south have what is called a “party” wall.

Mayor Sipes added that owners of the abandoned buildings that have not been kept up also have not paid taxes. The city may get the property (from Christian County), but would get stuck with the clean up. The last building collapse in the business district cost the city $65,000 – the owner could not be found.

Although TIF funds can be used for clean up, it (the cost of razing and clean up) could reach into four to five years of the funds, it was said.

“Grant funds don’t exist,” added Jim Deere, director of the Community Development Office.

Harlow also pointed out that one complaint for demolition has been filed elsewhere in town, and another on Maple Street is pending. Also downtown, the Essence of Gospel Ministries is listed as owner of a deteriorating building, but not an individual’s name.

Phil Waddington, chairman of the Community Operations Committee, set a meeting for six o’clock this evening, Thursday, Aug. 26 to discuss school crossing signs, specifications for mowing, and endangered buildings.

Pana City Council next will meet at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13 at city hall.

Auction Saturday Will Benefit Sacred Heart School

The seventh annual Pana Sacred Heart School Benefit Auction will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, in the beer pavilion at the Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds. A new activity kicks off the festivities Saturday.

In addition, a drawing for a 2005 Ford Taurus automobile will be held during the auction. Tickets for the car are $20 each and will be sold until 5:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. They can be purchased at the St. Patrick’s Church office, or at the Pana News-Palladium office.

A “Ball Drop” will get things going Saturday. It will be held at the conclusion of the 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Fourth and Locust Sts. on Saturday.

A miniature helicopter will be aloft on the lawn just south of the church. Prairie Skycam of Pana, owned by Tony and Tina Ambrose of Pana, will drop ping-pong balls from the sky with the three balls getting closest to the target the winner of cash prizes. Prizes are $300, $200 and $100.

The focus heads to the fairgrounds after that with dinner being served at 5:00 p.m. Barbecue will be served along with potato salad and other goodies.

The auction will get underway at 7:00 p.m. Among the items available are several overnight stays to various resorts.

“Sort of mini-vacations,” says one of the co-chairmen, Jennifer Swisher.

Also on the auction block is a hope chest built by Pana master carpenter Charlie Holthaus.

Many other items which have been donated by local and area merchants, businesses and individuals will be up for bid.

Auctioneers for the evening are Mark Stauder and Carol Spracklen.

There will also be a table with silent auction items and a 50-50 drawing will be held.

“This is the biggest fund-raiser for Sacred Heart School,” another co-chairman, Cindy Phillips-Latonis said.

The other co-chairmen of the event are Greg Holthaus and Jeff Beyers.

Tri-County Fair Less Than A Week Away

The Pana Tri-County Fair is less than a week away. The 62nd annual exhibition runs from Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 6.

The office is now open evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m., through Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Box seat ticket holders may purchase tickets at this time. Season passes for entrance to the fair are also available at this time.

Fair books are in local and area businesses and also available at the fair office.

For more information on the fair, call 562-2514 during office hours.

Volleyball Panthers Open Season Tonight In PHS

THE PANA PANTHERS volleyball team will open play in the 2010 season this evening, Thursday, Aug. 26, in the Pana High School gym. The Panthers will host the Rochester Rockets in an early test of the Panthers.

Action will start at 5:00 p.m. with the freshman match, followed by the junior varsity and varsity matches which will begin at 6:00.

Mary Cothern begins her ninth season with the Panthers after compiling a 31-5 season in 2009. She is 228-57 in her career.

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Panthers held their Orange and Blue Night to scrimmage.

In the top photo, senior Allison Allen goes up for a hit during one of the games. At right are Nadine Vaughn, Chrissy DeClerck and Charley Lett.

Making an attack in the bottom photo is number 14, Alli Schoonover. Across the net, from left are Allison Allen and Jessica Kasch. At right is Charley Lett, number 24.

(Gene Reed Photos)

Pana Panthers New Football Season Full of Optimism

The second hundred years starts Friday night.

After posting the best post-season of any Pana Panthers football team during its centennial season last year, optimism they can go deeper into the play-off starts with the first game of the 101st season Friday night, Aug. 27, at Brummett Field. The Panthers host Roxana with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.

Finishing the regular season at 6-3, the Panthers made it to the quarter-final game of Class 3A before falling to Greenville, 35-21, at Greenville and finishing the season 8-4.

Even though the team advanced farther than any other Pana football team, the aim is even higher this season.

“We want to go farther,” Head Football Coach Al Stupek said. “We’ve got our sights set on getting to the next level.”

The third year head coach (13-9) lost 14 seniors last year, but has another 14 seniors waiting in the wings to begin the 2010 season.

“They (seniors) are very comparable to last year’s seniors, but they are different,” Stupek said.

The defense will be a big plus starting out with a solid line and an improving secondary, says the coach.

“I think early on, our defense is going to be our strength,” the coach said. We’ve got five linebackers who all fit the 6-foot, 180-pound mold.”

Stupek zeros in on the offense and the quarterback position where the question mark lands. Just prior to the beginning of fall drills, the heir apparent to Cody McLaughlin at the QB spot, Derrick Lesser, moved out of the Pana School District and is living with his father in Indiana.

“We are handing the quarterback reins over to junior Max Mosley,” Stupek said. “In the wings are Raustin Zahradka and Phillip Arnold.”

All three will probably see action at quarterback this season.

“Mosley and Zahradka are more drop back quarterbacks and Arnold excels in the wildcat formation,” said Stupek.

As for the race to the top of the South Central Conference, Stupek likes the Panthers’ chances.

“Like all coaches, I hope my team is the one to beat,” he said.

He singles out Carlinville as a team which will vie for the top. Stupek said they “have a lot of good people and had a strong JV program last year.”

He’s also looking at Hillsboro as “an improved team,” and says although Greenville lost a lot, “they just seem to re-load down there.”

Stupek says Vandalia will be a contender.

“They lost a lot of tough games last year,” the coach said. “They were a lot better than a three-win team.”

Litchfield is an unknown commodity with new coaches and Piasa Southwestern has been strong the past three or four years and have established a good tradition, the coach said. He feels “help is on the way” at Roxana and East Alton-Wood River should be improved with “new coaches and good athletes.”

“They will be as big a team physically we’ll play,” Stupek said.

With 64 players in the freshmen to varsity level, Stupek is quick to credit his five assistant coaches.

“I can’t say enough about this coaching staff,” Stupek said. The effort they put forth is amazing. They each bring something different to the table. Everybody works well together and the bottom line is, they are great football teachers for our team.”

Pana Soccer League Game Schedule

Following is the schedule of games for Week 1 of the Pana Soccer League, Saturday, Aug. 28. All games are played in Kitchell Park unless otherwise noted.

Minor Division

9:00: Delta Theta Tau vs. Masonic Lodge

10:00: Ishmael Insurance vs. PBI

11:00: Harpole & White vs. McDonalds

12:00: M&K Seamless Gutter vs. Morrell Auto

Major Division

9:00: 1st National Bank vs. National Bank

10:00: Siegert-Lees Insurance vs. Peoples Bank

11:00: Slack Glass vs. Beyers Chiropractic

Junior Division

10:00: Tri-County Feed vs. Pizza Man

11:00: Karbach Construction vs. Carol & Company

Senior Division

8:45: Pana Community Hosptial vs. Swenny Family Chiropractic

9:00: Ayars Bank vs. Dewitt Savings (at Mowequea)

BYE – Bland Heating & Air

Country Club Ladies Golf League

The Pana Country Club Ladies League held their last night of regular league play on Monday, Aug. 23.

Connie Pinkston shot the low gross score of 38 and a birdie on hole #7.  Other low scores were Melanie Oary with a 40, netting the lowest score of 27.

Georgia Culumber had a 40 with a birdie on hole #4 and #9. Emerita Quizon had a 43. Sarah Burris had a chip-in on hole #9 and Joann Lower had a chip-in on hole #8.

Ending the season in first place with 491, was the team of Joann Lower. Connie Pinkston’s team was 2nd with 489; Carol Schramm’s team, 3rd, 478; and Georgia Culumber’s team, 4th, 462.

On Wednesday, Aug. 18, Rhoda Dudra won the game of the day and had the low gross score, 46. Tera Stremming got 2nd and Joyce Downs won low net 34.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Emeritz Quizon won 1st place and  Joyce Downs, 2nd. Tera Stremming had the low gross score of 45; Emma Fabi, low net of 32; and Stremming had a chip-in on hole #6.

Oak Terrace Ladies Golf

Game of the day during the ladies 9-hole golf league on Monday, Aug. 23,  was Low Net.

1st place, Joann Metzger, 31; 2nd place, Betty Gabriel, 33; and 3rd place, Dee Romager, 34.

Dorothy Murrell captured low gross with a 49. She had a birdie on hole #15.  Georgia Culumber won the proximity prize (closest to the pin on hole #16.

Four golfers had chip-ins:  Caroll Ketz, Tera Stremming, M. J. McGee and Michelle Smart.

Obituaries: August 26, 2010

Joe Lynn

Joe Lynn, 86, of rural Stonington died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville, in charge of arrangements.

Winnifred Morse

Winnifred “Winnie” O. Morse, 89, of Ramsey, died at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. Miller Funeral Home, Ramsey, in charge of arrangements.

Menus: August 30 – September 3

Pana School District

Pana Community Unit 8 Schools breakfast and lunch menus for the week Aug. 30-Sept. 3:

Monday: Breakfast-Fruit Loops, bosco apple stick. Lunch-Turkey sub sandwich, mini carrots with ranch dip, peaches.

Tuesday: Breakfast-Pancake stick with syrup, toast and jelly, applesauce. Lunch-Chicken patty on bun, lettuce leaf, hash browns, peas.

Wednesday: Breakfast-Frosted Flakes, bagel and jelly, orange juice. Lunch-Fish or hot dog on bun, peas, mixed fruit, frozen fruit pop.

Thursday: Breakfast-Breakfast pizza, two cinnamon toast, applesauce. Lunch-Sloppy joe on bun, seasoned fries, pineapple.

Friday: Breakfast-Mel-O-Creme donut, cereal, raisins. Lunch-Pepperoni pizza, garden salad, peaches, pudding cup.

Sacred Heart

Pana Sacred Heart School lunch menus for the week Aug. 30-Sept. 3:

August menus not available.

Wednesday: Hot dog, peas, mixed fruit.

Thursday: Sloppy joe, fries, pineapple.

Friday: Pizza, slaw, green beans, peaches, pudding.


Ramsey schools breakfast and lunch menus for the week Aug. 30-Sept. 3:

Monday: Breakfast-Muffin. Lunch-Chicken nuggets, potato puffs, fruit.

Tuesday: Breakfast-Pancakes. Lunch-Sloppy joe on bun, green beans, fruit.

September menus not available.

Golden Circle

Golden Circle Nutrition Program lunch menus for the week Aug 30-Sept. 3, served at Pana Senior Center, Rt. 51 South:

Monday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, four bean salad, banana, garlic bread.

Tuesday: Barbecue pulled pork on whole grain bun, cole slaw, black-eyed peas, chilled apricots.

Wednesday: Potluck.

Thursday: Sloppy joes on bun, hash brown casserole, spiced apples.

Friday: Marinated chicken breast, brown rice, asparagus, copper penny carrot salad, fruit cocktail, whole grain roll.

Peace Meal

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week Aug. 30-Sept. 3:

Monday: Ham and beans, carrots, buttered potatoes, cornbread, blackberry cobbler.

Tuesday: Barbecue beef, french fries, five-bean salad, bun, cherry delight.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, peas, mashed potatoes, wheat bread, mandarin oranges.

Thursday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, orange jello with pineapple and carrots, garlic bread, banana.

Friday: Ham and cheese sandwich, potato soup, whole wehat bun, crackers, watermelon.

Pana Hospital

Pana Community Hospital lunch menus for the week Aug. 30-Sept. 3:

Monday: Stuffed peppers, jalepeno poppers, egg salad pitas, bread pudding.

Tuesday: Roast pork, dressing, green beans, custard.

September menus not available.