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Archives for September 2010

Hannah Cushing, Jared Ukena 2010 Homecoming Queen, King

HANNAH CUSHING and Jared Ukena were named queen and king of the 2010 Homecoming, prior to the football game against Piasa, Friday, Sept. 24.

Coronation was held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, during the Homecoming dance.

In front, Brant Bowker, junior attendant, son of Gary and Amanda Bowker; King Jared and Queen Hannah, and Mabry Boudouris, junior attendant, daughter of JR and Heidi Boudouris.

Back row, left to right: Clint Kircher, Kendal Frisina, Nick Spracklen, Allison Allen, Brett Amling, Emily McLeod, Adam Metzger and Grace Holthaus, retiring 2009 king and queen; Phillip Arnold, Christina DeClerck, Max Schmitz, Jessica Harbert, Jared McMillen, Jessica Kasch, Clayton Kile and Morgan Franklin.

Jared Ukena and Hannah Cushing

Three Fires, Four Days, Keeps Pana Firemen Busy

Pana firefighters have battled a rash of fires since Wednesday evening, Sept. 21. Firemen have responded to three fires in four days.

Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland said the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate two of the blazes. He said one is “extremely suspicious.” One may or not be suspicious and the latest fire, an accidental fire.

Bland said he had not received word from the Fire Marshal’s Office on either investigation.

Saturday morning, Sept. 25, firemen responded to a fire (photo, Gene Reed Photography) at 5 N. John St. at 1:30 a.m. The home is owned by Glenda Moore and she was taken to and Community Hospital for possible smoke inhalation and a possible rib injury. She was treated and released.

On Friday morning, Sept. 25, firemen were called to an unoccupied house at 904 E. Third at 6:13 a.m.

The suspicious fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office due to the house being unoccupied and utilities having been shut off. The house belongs to John Grimes.

The house was considered a total loss and firemen were on the scene for about two hours.

There was also damage to the properties to the east and west of the home. One house had siding damage and the other house had a privacy fence damaged.

The first fire in the string took place at 7:06 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 811 E. Third St. The home was occupied by Alter Ivy and owned by Scott Strong. The house was considered a total loss.

The American Red Cross, Capital Area Chapter, responded to the fire as well. The Disaster Team met with the five displaced individuals, including three children. They provided emergency assistance with food, clothing and shelter for the family.

Bland said the family was not home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the blaze is undetermined at this time, pending the State Fire Marshal’s investigation.

Firemen were on the scene about two hours.

Pana Volleyball Team Stays On Winning Track

PRIOR TO THE start of Pana’s volleyball match with Vandalia on Thursday, Sept. 23, the team presented a check to Dennis Lynch in the amount of $3,624 as a donation to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

The combined teams of the Panthers made the contributions from donations received by the team.

(Gene Reed Photo)

After dropping the first game Saturday morning, Sept. 25, at Roxana, the Panthers got things together and went on to win the next two games to take the South Central Conference match. Game scores were 23-25, 25-17, 25-12.

Pana improves to 13-6 on the season and are 3-0 in SCC play.

Allison Allen, Nadine Vaughn and Alli Schoonover applied the fire power up front. Allen had 8 kills and 5 blocks at the net while Vaughn and Schoonover had 6 kills apiece. Schoonover made 5 blocks. Hannah Funneman and Charley Lett each made 5 kills.

Emily McLeod served 13 points and 4 of them were aces. She also had a team high 12 assists in the match with Chrissy DeClerck getting 11. DeClerck also served 9 points and Marissa Kircher served 7. Schoonover had 5 service points and Lett, 4. Lett got 8 digs in the match with Schoonover having 7. Vaughn got 4.

The junior varsity stayed unbeaten with a 25-7, 25-9 win. They are 9-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.

Hannah Funneman and Autumn Finley had 3 kills each and Molly Holthaus and Kristina Pollman got 2 apiece. Funneman made 3 blocks. Also with kills were Katelyn Siegert, Raven Horsthemke and Nadine Vaughn.

Horsthemke served 9 points with 4 aces and Vaughn got 8 service points. Funneman had 5 service points and Marissa Presnell served 4. Vaughn had 4 assists and Horsthemke, 3.

In their homecoming volleyball contest, the Panthers took the Vandalia Vandals in two straight, 25-9, 25-16, Thursday evening in the Pana High School gym on Thursday,  Sept. 23.

The Panthers combined for 24 kills and Charley Lett delivered 7 of them. Allison Allen got 6 with Nadine Vaughn, Alli Schoonover and Hannah Funneman having 3 each. Jessica Kasch ended up with 2 kills and 3 blocks. Funneman got 4 blocks.

Chrissy DeClerck, Schoonover and Lett each served 7 points with Emily McLeod ending up with 5. McLeod also dished out 14 assists with DeClerck having 11.

Equally as successful were the junior varsity with a 25-19, 25-22 win.

Kristina Pollman made 6 kills in the match with Raven Horsthemke and Autumn Finley picking up 2 apiece. Hannah Funneman served 7 points with Pollman accounting for 4. Katelyn Siegert and Quinn Koontz served 3 points each and Koontz made 10 assists. Horsthemke got 5.

The freshmen played two games with the Panthers winning game 1, 25-23, and the Vandals, game 2, 25-22.

Morgan Franklin and Anna Simac got 3 kills and Rachel Alde got 2. Morgan Schoonover made 6 assists and Kylee Buerk had 5. Schoonover made 7 digs with Franklin and Breanna Schoonover making 4 each.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, Pana is on the road at Hillsboro. The freshman match will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the JV will tip at 6:00. The varsity match follows. Pana continues the road swing with a match at Litchfield on Thursday, Sept. 30. Starting times remain the same.

Birds No Match For Football Panthers’ Defense

PANA’S JARED McMILLEN gets a hand on a punt from Piasa Southwestern’s Jacob Juliano during Friday’s, Sept. 24, game at Brummett Field.

The blocked punt in the fourth quarter would lead to Pana’s final touchdown in a 41-0 rout of the visiting Piasa Southwestern Birds for Pana’s 2010 homecoming.

The win improves the Panthers’ record to 4-1 on the season.

(Gene Reed Photo)

Allowing just over 130 yards in total offense, the Pana Panthers’ defense thwarted the Piasa Southwestern Birds Friday night, Sept. 24, to run away with a 41-0 blowout homecoming victory at Brummett Field.

The Panthers, 4-1, took advantage of four Piasa turnovers and turned a pair of blocked punts by the Birds into touchdowns during the contest. They picked off three Nick Skjerseth passes and converted a fumble recovery into a score.

Meanwhile, Pana’s offense totaled 369 yards, 281 on the ground, as they marched up and down the field Friday night. Senior Phillip Arnold picked up 82 yards on the ground and another 79 yards as he caught five Mike Mosely passes. Brett Amling ground out 62 yards on the ground on 11 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Panthers. Garrett Claxon scored on a 44-yard run and finished the game with 54 total yards in the game while senior Max Schmitz ran for 39 yards. Mosely completed 7-of-11 passes for 88 yards. He had a touchdown pass and threw one interception.

Piasa had 87 yards rushing, led by senior Tyler Dunham with 48 yards. Skjerseth completed 7-of-20 pass attempts for 45 yards with three interceptions.

Southwestern falls to 3-2 this season. They will face Roxana at Roxana this coming Friday, Oct. 1. Roxana lost to Carlinville, 30-7.

Other scores from last Friday include Greenville over Alton Marquette, 66-34 and Hillsboro beating East Alton-Wood River, 41-7. Vandalia was a 46-16 winner over Litchfield.

Greenville sits atop the South Central Conference with a 5-0 record. Pana and Carlinville are tied for second with 5-1 marks. Fourth place is a tie between Piasa and Vandalia with 3-2 records. Hillsboro and Roxana are 2-3 with Marquette and Litchfield at 1-4. East Alton-Wood River is 0-5.

Pana will try to make it a 3-way tie at the top when they head to Greenville to take on the undefeated Comets Friday night. The Panthers and the Comets played a memorable Class 3A quarterfinal game last November when the Comets advanced with a win over the Panthers.

Other SCC games Friday night include Marquette at Litchfield and Carlinville going to East Alton-Wood River. Hillsboro is at Vandalia and Piasa travels to Roxana.

Oak Terrace 18-Hole League

Thursday, Sept. 23, was the final play of the Oak Terrace 18 hole league.

Ending the season for low gross was Alice Burris with a 96, followed by Carol Ketz with a low net 64. Alice Burris also won low putts with 32.

Alice Burris got a birdie on hole #5 along with closest to the pin, to capture that Proximity. Carol Ketz sunk the longest putt on hole #18 to win the longest putt proximity.

Out In Left Field: September 27, 2010

Yes, age is creeping up on me. . . .

Last week, forgot to write a column.

And some might say that’s a good thing. . . .


Great win for the Panthers football team Friday night at homecoming.

Glad to see they rebounded so well from the disappointing loss last week at Carlinville.

Big test for the Panthers Friday night when they head for Greenville and a showdown with the Comets.

Good luck to them.


While the football team is on a roll, so are those volleyball Panthers. They are undefeated in South Central Conference play and cleaned Vandalia’s plow on Thursday of last week.

Playing at Roxana Saturday, then going to Hillsboro and Litchfield this week, makes it a tough grind for the girls.

We’re sure Coach Cothern and her staff will have them ready.


Last week of this year’s regular Major League Baseball season.

I probably lost interest in week two. . . .


Hope its’s a good game between the Packers and Bears tonight.


See you next week!

Obituaries: September 27, 2010

Carl Steeby

Carl H. Steeby, 85, of Ramsey, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Pana.McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements.

Seth Stanley

Seth Aaron Stanley, 27, of Ames, Iowa, and formerly of Gower, Mo., died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 following an auto accident. He has several local survivors. Arrangements are by Park Lawn Northland Chapel, (816) 781-8228.

Ruth H. Schmidt

Ruth H. Schmidt, 89, of Pana died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 in Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Pana.McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements.

Milton Ruppert

Milton L. Ruppert, 84, Nokomis, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2010, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.  Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: September 28, 2010

Some more from the mailbag today! it seems solks do like to see the feelings, observations through taking a glance through Fact, Fun & Fillips.

So help yourself. These parcels of mail were held over Thursday:

And so do we . . . . .


We’ve mentioned before – time to get busy or something . . . . .

And James Vincent Sheean along with some other old memories seem to be filling our mind.

And we’d like to hear a few from you also.

Things for instance: Have you always been treated fairly by this columm, this newspaper – and it’s staff.

‘Tis been some time since we’ve hung out our credentials. Just take up pen in hand, tell us bad, good or mediocre.

We’ll try to sift ‘em out – and if something you might possibly present for the good of all the readership, we’ll see getting something done, at least try.

Just about anything you feel worth mentioning, including your feelings about Pana.

Be looking for your opinions or situations. No personal attacks, except for on FFF. With him you can help yourself with no fear of retribution or identification.

So, we’ll be looking forward to hearing from you!


So Long.

Large Catfish Caught In Pana Lake

ROBERT NEAL OF Pana displays the 29-pound catfish he caught in Pana Lake on Sunday, Sept. 19.

He was using a rod and reel with a 17-pound test line and was using chad for bait. It took him about a half-hour to land this large fish.

(Tom Latonis Photo)

Nazarene Church KIDZ 4 Jesus

First Church of the Nazarene is getting ready to start up KIDZ 4 Jesus.

The first night will be Friday, Oct 1, and will follow the school schedule including snow days. Time is 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., for  ages kindergarten to 5th grade.