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Election Day Tuesday

Polls Open 6 AM-7 PM

It’s down to counting days and hours until the Tuesday, Nov. 2, General Election day is at hand.

Polls will be open in Christian County and across the state of Illinois from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. All polling places are handicap accessible.

An 18-month campaign which started with 6 candidates for Christian Sheriff comes down to a vote on Tuesday. It is the only contested race in the county. However, races with area, state and national consequences will also be before voters.

David L. Mahan (D), Taylorville, is seeking to become Sheriff of Christian County, a position he has held since being appointed to it back in May of this year. Mahan, who was Chief Deputy under retired Sheriff Bob Kindermann, was appointed by the Christian County Board.

Also running is Bruce Kettelcamp (R), Taylorville. He is a retired Illinois State Trooper.

Kettelcamp has 36 years in law enforcement and was an Investigator with the state police. He worked as a patrolman in both Nokomis and Hillsboro as well. He was supervisor of a multi-agency drug task force and at the Illinois State Police Academy.

Mahan began his tenure in the sheriff’s department in 1987. He was a patrol deputy for six years before going into a leadership position with the department. The past six years, he has been second in command in the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

Other county officials up for election this year are Linda Curtin, county clerk; Colleen Hadley, treasurer; and Ron Finley, supervisor of assessments. All three are unopposed.

Another race being closely watched by Christian County folks is the race for the 98th Representative District in Illinois. Morrisonville native Wayne Rosenthal (R) is seeking to replace Betsy Hannig (D), Litchfield, who was appointed to fill her husband, Gary’s, seat when he was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Also seeking the seat is Charles Landers (D), Beneld, who served for more than 20 years as Macoupin County Coroner.

Nationally, Illinois is being watched as the U. S. Senate seat which President Barack Obama once held up for election –twice.

Even though Obama’s term would have been up for election anyway this year, a Federal Judge ruled the appointment of Roland Burris to the seat was unconstitutional. Therefore, Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Alexis Giannoulias appear twice on the ballot, once for the unexpired term and once for the full 6-year term.

Kirk is currently serving as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives and Giannoulias is Illinois State Treasurer.

Another close race is for Governor of Illinois where Pat Quinn (D) and Bill Brady (R) are locked in battle. Quinn was Lt. Governor under Rod Blagojevich. When Blagojevich was ousted, Quinn was sworn in as Governor. Brady is a State Senator from Peoria.

In the 49th Illinois Senatorial race, incumbent Deanna Demuzio (R) is challenged by William “Sam” McCann (R). Nearly the entire southern half of Christian County is in the 49th District.

Incumbent Republican Congressman John Shimkus seeks his 12th election to the House from the 19th Congressional District. Democrat Tim Bagwell is the opponent. Nearly all of the Christian County is in the 19th District, excluding Pana Township. That township is in the 17th Congressional District in which incumbent Phil Hare (D) is challenged by Bobby Schilling (R).

Back to local races, several seats are up for grabs on the Christian County Board. The southern half of Pana is in District 4 and there are three candidates seeking the two 4-year terms. Incumbents Lloyd Washburn (R) and Joseph Marley (D) face newcomer Keith Wantland (I).

There is no race in District 3 where James “Mike” McClure and Greg Hager, both Democrats, are unopposed. Marilyn Voggetzer (D), who was appointed to fill an unexpired term, is running for the remaining two years.

In District 1, Tim Carlson (R) and Tim Butcher (D), both incumbents, are running with newcomer Craig Paulek (D) for the two seats.

There is one judicial race in the Fourth Judicial Circuit where Democrat Michelle Coady and Douglas Jarman, Republican, are the candidates.

Building Award Unveiled, Group Offers Park Improvements

Pana City Council

CHARLES J. ‘CHUCK’ PELL, at right in front, architect of the restoration of the Chautauqua auditorium at Kitchell Park, attended the unveiling of the award at the Oct. 25 meeting of Pana City Council. He and Jim Deere, director of the city’s Pana Community Development office, attended the event when they accepted the “trophy” from Landmarks Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Chicago. Pana was among nine awardees state-wide. The award is a replica of the former Chicago Stock Exchange Building, which has been razed; it is next to Sipes, at right.

Pictured in back are members of Pana City Council, from left: Roger Lebon, Glenn Schneider and Phil Waddington, councilmen; Mayor Steve Sipes; Debbie Dust, Steve Scott, Tracy Braye-Strawn, Bill Wright, council members, and Amanda Ade-Harlow, city attorney.

(Millie Meyerholz Photo)

A Pana project that is among recipients of the 2010 Preservation Awards handed out Oct. 23 in Chicago was among highlights of Pana City Council’s Monday, Oct. 25 meeting held at the city hall. Jim Deere, director of Pana Community Development, unveiled the remarkable award that was presented by the Landmarks Illinois. The subject, the restored 1911-built Chautauqua auditorium in Kitchell Park, is a $400,000 project that was initiated by Thomas “Tom” Phillips, publisher of Pana News-Palladium.

Charles “Chuck” Pell of C.J.P. Architects of Springfield, and Deere attended both the award ceremony Saturday, and the council meeting on Monday.

Under new business, George Heintz and Bob Smith represented an organization that had met the previous week to consider the future of Pana parks. Heintz, who was spokesman, said the organization proposes a foundation that will include Tanner, Kitchell and Welburn parks, along with Tanner Park – a sports complex of which Al and Sarah Stupek are in charge, and the Lincoln Prairie Trail. A park district could be formed. The group was seeking endorsement by the council to do further studies. The council approved a motion “for a blessing” for continuing to look into possibilities.

Two auxiliary firemen were assigned to paid volunteer status: Todd O’Brien and Kenneth Christer. Joel Holthaus, am EMTP was appointed to the EMS emergency operations.

Street Signs

Steve Scott of the Streets & Alleys Committee related that he and his wife, Ann, had survey the streets and found signs missing in 73 locations, and 33 poles missing, equalling the need for 115 signs. Other items are included in the project, for which only $500 is available in the budget. The entire job is estimated at $3,000 to $6,000. Scott said he would bring a price quote to a future meeting.

Amanda Ade Harlow added that there is a mandate for upkeep and maintenance of such signs. Deere noted that Shelby County has designated 911 signs for its side of Lake Pana, and Christian County (Pana Township) only partially has signage. Scott said, “Every road has to be named.”

The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

Pana Trick or Treat Nights

The City of Pana will have Trick or Treat nights, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the city limits.

Children should only stop at homes with porch lights on.

Open House At Pana Community Mission Nov. 7

An open house from 1:00-3:00 p.m. is planned for Sunday, Nov. 7, at the newly opened Pana Community Mission, 34 S. Locust St.

The center opened earlier in October, and response has been overwhelming.

The public is invited to attend and see all of the items which are available for the needy in the community.

The Mission Board of Directors is asking those who attend to donate personal hygiene items. That would include shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene, shaving cream, razors, laundry detergent and nail clippers.

The Board also has a “wish list” of items they need in order to help the needy. It includes washer, dryer, all sizes beds, love seats or sofas, dehumidifiers or humidifiers, tables and chairs, recliner, dressers, microwaves and queen sized sheets.

The center is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Grand Prize for Children Health Fair is Dell’s ‘Slimed’ Laptop

RAEDENA RYAN, MARKETING Officer of First National Bank, right, and  Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Coordinator of Pana Community Hospital, show the “slimed” Nickelodeon laptop that someone will win at Saturday’s, Oct. 30,  Children’s Health and Safety Fair to be held at the Pana High School from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Pana Community Hospital is sponsoring its 7th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair, Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Pana High School. Admission is free.

The grand prize to be given away is a Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Laptop computer, compliments First National Bank of Pana. All children 18 and under who attend the health fair may register to win. The drawing will be held at the conclusion of the health fair at noon. The winner need not be present.

The new Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Laptop is the first netbook in Dell’s lineup specifically created with children in mind. The computer has Nickelodeon’s trademark “slime” on the outside cover and inside on the palm rest. This child-friendly laptop offers the latest in Nickelodeon content and games.  It also comes equipped with a webcam, theft protection, McAfee Security software, Windows XP Home, and more.

The health fair will feature over 30 health and safety booths with information for kids of all ages and their parents. All the booths are fun and involve the kids in a game to learn about the health or safety issue presented.

Back for a second year is a car seat safety check presented by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. A few of the other booths include a poison prevention, farm safety, alcohol and drug awareness, bully prevention, and the popular fire smoke house. Children can also receive a free hearing screening presented by Pana Lions or have child id and fingerprints taken by the Pana Masons.

Children won’t walk away from the health fair empty handed. Besides all the information, there will be a lot of free giveaways.

Many booths offer a drawing to win great prizes including a chance to win a Wii Game System at the Heritage Manor nutrition grocery store booth.

Pana Ready For Football Post-Season

PANA’S DEFENSE WILL have to keep the pressure on Macomb’s quaterback, Seth Wicket, much like they did Friday night, Oct. 22, at Hillsboro.

Junior Austin Standley, number 34 of the Panthers, bears down on Hillsboro’s Garrett Pinkley during Friday’s game.

Pana faces Macomb at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Brummett Field for a first round game of the IHSA Class 3A Play-Offs.

(Gene Reed Photo)

The road to Champaign begins at Brummett Field a little more than 24 hours from now.

The Pana Panthers, 8-1 and tri-champions of the South Central Conference will host the Macomb Bombers, 6-3, in the first round game at 7:30 p.m.

Pana High School will be selling advance tickets for the playoff game Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the PHS Office. The ticket booth at football field gate opens at 4:30 p.m. with the gates openning at 5:30.

The Pana Quarterback Club is sponsoring a tailgate Friday night from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Third-year head coach Al Stupek knows the Panthers have their work cut out for them Friday night.

“Macomb’s losses have come to some pretty darn good football teams,” Stupek said Monday. “They are a very capable team.”

Those losses were to Class 4A and perenial powerhouse, Quincy Notre Dame, West Central Conference champs Carthage Illini West and Camp Point Central, a top ranked team in Class 3A.

The Bombers feature a good running and passing game. Fullback Brandon Cousins has been hobbled by a knee injury but he should be ready to play Friday. Anotehr running back, Chris Jackson, was lost late in the season due to a broken foot.

But what they can’t do on the ground, the Bombers can do through the air, led by quarterback Seth Wicket.

In last week’s loss, he managed to complete 15 passes good for 134 yards.

But Stupek feels the defense will be up to the challenge.

“We’ve got confidence in our defense to do the job,” the coach said.

PN-P Halloween Coloring Contest Winners

SIX CHILDREN – AND one special award –were awarded prizes in the 2010 Pana News-Palladium Coloring Contest recently completed. The contest was judged by Kathy Hanners, Art Teacher at Pana High School and sponsor of the Pana High School Art Club and D. J. Stivers, president of the Art Club.

First place winner in the 6-and-under category was Ben Cheterman, son of Chuck and Patsy Chesterman, at left. In the 7-12 age group, in the right photo, the winner is Elizabeth Rich, daughter of Donja Rich.

SECOND PLACE WINNERS of the contest are, in the left photo, Cecily Dallas, daughter of Derek and Charity Dallas, in the 6-and-under group. In the right photo is Madyson Butkauskas, daughter of Chris and Sherry Butkauskas, in the 7-12 group.

GRACE FITZPATRICK, IN the left photo won third place in the 6-and-under category. She is the daughter of Tom and Melissa Fitzpatrick. The right photo has Brenna Dameris, daughter of Andy and Denise Dameris, the third place winner of those 7-12 years of age.

THE PHS ART Club gave a special award to 92-year-old Fern Manuel of Prairie Rose Health Care Center, at left.

Fern colored the picture and mailed it to the PN-P and said in a note, “I think this is a great idea for kids. Since I still have a lot of kid in me yet, I just had to do this.” Even though her eyesight isn’t what it used to be, she says she still reads the PN-P, “Especially the Herrick News – where I grew up. A lively little town with lots of good, lively people, relatives and friends.”

In the right photo are Mrs. Hanners and D. J. as they closely check each entry.

It has been noted last year’s Christmas Coloring Contest was not judged due to the holidays. The newspaper is going to remedy this situation in the next week or two.

(Tom Latonis Photos)

German Sausage Supper October 30

The United in Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana, is sponsoring a German Sausage Supper on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the church. Serving is from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

The menu is bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, sweet/sour red cabbage, German potato salad, applesauce, green beans, dessert and drinks. For children, there are corn dogs, mac and cheese, applesauce, dessert and drinks. Carry outs are available.

Donation is $8 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12.

German music will be playing and a good time is promised to all attending.

Lincoln Elementary School First Quarter Honor Roll

Students on the Honor Roll for the first quarter at Lincoln Elementary School are:

Second Grade

Exceptional Honor – Sean Adams, Kadin Angel, Mercedes Armstrong, Carsyn Ashley, Olivia Burrell, Brayer Denton, Kayla Dooley, Shelby Edwards, Mason England, Rebecca Ermovick, Bradyn Fisher, Andrea Fortner, Duncan Holshouser, Leighton Hughes, Matthew Lamb, Kylie Larson, Lukas Lehman, Heavyn Phelps, Austin Puckett, Alivia Reed, Ariana Reiss, Alexis Rochkes, Brianna Sarver, Brock Schoonover, Connor Spinner, Blake Stokes, Gabriel Wafford, Brycen Ward, Byron Witt.

High Honor – Samantha Blaney, Jasmine Brilley, Gage Brown, Laine Czaikowski, Gunnar Dean, Damien Dilley, Emma Dorn, Cameron Hildebrand, Ryleigh Koons, Jaciana Lawrence, Izaiah Lees, Malaiah McCrory, Nelson Merrifield, Kara Moreland, Cheyenne Mose, Isabella Neal

Honor – Andrew Ambrose, Sam Beck, Trinity Carlyle, Briana Christer, Willow Haddock, Hunter Lebon, Antjuan Rhodes, Creo Weddle.

Honorable Mention – Oari Ade, Isaiah Clements, Kloe Cuttill, Haley Davis, Autumn Durbin, Braeden Ginger, Harley Jones, Chloe Merrifield, Cassidy Swisher, Lilly Wahl.

Third Grade

Exceptional Honor – Felicity Beard, Anna Beck, Madelynn Bigler, Adria Boudouris, Trenton Buerk, Wyatt Cloe, Andrew Crowe, Austin Davis, Zoe Duduit, Keatin Foor, Anna Gould, Avri Gross, Kylie Hocq, Haylee Ishmael, Leandra Jophlin, William Kirkbride, Shelby Lehman, Trey Patton, Jonathan Perry, Kylee Ragan, Jaclyn Reed, Beth Rich, Eric Schafer, Drake Spracklen, Bailey Suter, Chase Temmen, Noah Vieback, Katie Wood.

High Honor – Kiarra Beck, Emma Bertin, Jace Christer, Brady Doolin, Xavier Durbin, Conner Edwards, Jolie Henschen, Beth Johnson, Wesley Kile, Jonah Lauff, Sawyer McGrath, Emmily McNeely, Allison Simpson, Ivy Stewart, Tabitha Wood.

Honor – Isaiah Baker, Allison Beck, Michael Bigler, Christopher Christian, Scotland Courtney, Julian Covarrubias, Savannah Cushing, Sway Denton, Bryce Edmiston, Jaden Hadowsky, Amanda Hall, Elizabeth Hall, Sadie Keller, Morgyn Kircher, Jacob Klein, Donavan Moore, Cameron Owens, Quinton Perry, Brandon Richardson, Bailey Welburn.

Honorable Mention – Aubrie Boswell, Andrew Dunn, Tarence Klekamp, Nathan Moore, Austin Rhodes, Dayne Smith, Vada Vits.

Fourth Grade

Exceptional Honor – Andrea Ambrose, Jack Armstrong, Peyton Boudouris, Camryn Burris, Brailey Coulter, Marissa Cravens, Abi Cutler, Emily Deere, Emma Dilley, Ashlyn Finley, Brady Fitzpatrick, Charis Hadley, Regan Hilbert, Connor Hildebrand, Kaitlyn Jeffers, Emily Kiser, Cody Klein, Haley Klein, Sarah Lin, Kinsey Merrifield, Mason Mizeur, Samantha Perry, Josiah Ritchie, Breanna Rochkes, Madylyn Rowley, Hunter Shelite, Lauren Stalets, Alex Wafford, Serena Walters, Katelin Weideman.

High Honor – Madison Ashcraft, Clayton Compton, Tanner Jacobs, Maddison LaBrie, Braydon McGlauchlen, Amanda Parker, Carlee Phillips, Marcy Quick, Reine Ray, Zaylon Riley, Jaicey Simpkins, Kailee Stewart, Rachael Welburn.

Honor – Sabrina Cessna, Daniel Falardeau, Logan Goatley, Dalton Haddock, James Hill, Alex Hrabak, Savannah Linn, Baylee Moore, Bryce Radford, Cody Rench, Logan Williams

Honorable Mention –  Tyler Allen, Babe Bradley, Ethan Foster, Kyle Gordon, Zion Heather, Gracie Milby, Tamra Thevenot, Kodi Wallis.

Cowden-Herrick High School First Quarter Honor Roll

Cowden-Herrick High School has released its first quarter Honor Roll for the 2010-11 school year.

Those on the Honor Roll are:

High Honor

Freshmen: Colton Evans, Alica Hadley and Bailey Rueff,.

Sophomores: Rachel Allen, Taylor Edwards and Luke Moore.

Juniors: Samantha Burrus, Amanda Evans, Alexandra Mahaffey, Alex Russell and Shayla Wakeland.

Seniors: Alyssa Casner, Stephanie McBee and Jenna Prater.


Freshmen: Brady Barnes, Maria Brown, Cassie Marts and Ashley Miller.

Sophomores: Harley Black, Kimberly Cushing, Micah Jones, Douglas Rich and Jackie Schlanser.

Juniors: Katelynn Clearwater,Rebecca Finley, Danielle Hager, Derrick Knearem, Mackenzie Morrison and Brittany Travis.

Seniors: Chance Buchanan, Alexandra Dilley, Samantha Ford, Jared Gordon, Sara Headrick, Payton Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Trevor Mattka, Brittany Schlanser, Sydney Seaton and Alex Turner.

Honorable Mention

Freshmen: Ryan Hayson, Jenna Hopkins and Taylor Reynolds.

Sophomores: Brooke Barnes, Angelica Beck and Caleb Heiserman.

Juniors: Bryce Barnes, Heartly Beck, Emily Hovis, Jalen Hovis, Amber Stokes and Amber Wakeland.

Seniors: Paul Adams and Ariel Stokes.