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Block Party, Pana Days Chautauqua, This Weekend

The 2011 version of the annual Pana Block Party will be held this evening, Thursday, May 19, from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m., in Pana’s Historic Kitchell Park. H & H Amusements will be set up and Arm Band specials will run from 6:00 to 10:00.

The evening will also feature Ryan Nicoles and the “Not of this World” band which will be live on the new Chautauqua Stage from 6:00-9:00 p.m. It is suggested everyone bring lawn chairs for a great fun evening.

Pana Days Chautauqua will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday May 20, as the expo will open with crafts, games, flea market, displays, demos and good eats. The AARP Walgreens Wellness Tour (see separate article) will open from 1:00-7:00 p.m. Pana’s first Spring Farmers Market will feature spring crops such as Bib, Boston and Romaine lettuces, bedding plants and some early garden vegetables.

The “Free Family” Stage will feature the “Big Shake Daddy’s” Band from 7:00-9:30 p.m., presented by First National Bank of Pana and Peoples Bank and Trust. H & H Amusements will have Arm Band specials which runs from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Pana Days will continue Saturday May 21, with a sausage gravy biscuit breakfast, 6:00-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Temple, on Locust Street downstairs in the serving hall. The 3 on 3 Basket Ball Tournament with begin at 8:00 a.m. at the tennis courts. All of the Expo Booths with crafts, displays, demos, flea market and food begins at 9:00 a.m. The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will resume from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Little Miss and Mr. Contests and Baby Contests, presented by Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana McDonald’s and Qik-N-Ez will be the first event to be held during Pana Days on Saturday. Babies will assemble at the Chautauqua Stage at 8:50 a.m., Little Miss contestants will assemble at 9:50 a.m., and Little Mister entries will assemble at the stage at 10:50 a.m. The children will compete for the title of “2011 Little Miss and Mr. Chili Pepper.” Winners will receive a plaque and a Pana Chamber Gift Certificate. The runners-up get a plaque and a Pana Chamber Gift Certificate. Also to be selected is a “Pepper Personality Award,” who receives a plaque and a Pana Chamber Gift Certificate.

Entry forms for the contests are now available at Pana McDonald’s, Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana News-Palladium and Pana Qik-N-Ez. Girls and boys from 3 to 6 years of age are invited to enter. Baby Chili Pepper entries are open to babies in three classes: 0 to 12 months; 13 to 24 months; and 25 up to 36 months. All ages are based on the date of birth on the day of the event. The entry fee is $5, payable to the Pana Chamber of Commerce. Entries in the contests have been extended to be due in to the Pana Chamber Office, Pana City Hall, by Friday May 20, at 11:00 a.m.

More Little Mister contestants are needed, it has been reported.

Also on Saturday, the Pana Lions Club will host a Butterfly Pork Chop Dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Peoples Bank and Trust will provide free pony rides from 11:00-2:00 p.m. The Kiddie Tractor Pull will open registration at noon and the event will begin at 12:30 p.m. Free Salsa samples from the Chili Cook-off will be available, while they last, at 12:05 p.m.

Activities on the Chautauqua Stage will continue at Noon with the Bland Brothers and the First United Pentecostal Church Choir. At 1:00 p.m. Pana will celebrate the 100th anniversary and rededication of the Historic Pana Chautauqua Pavilion.

Speakers at the event will include Architect Charles Joseph Pell of CJP Architects, Springfield. Pell’s firm were the architects who led the reconstruction of the pavilion’s stage and back stage. The project was aided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation dealing with historic buildings and their relationship to transportation. The Pavilion was also assisted by a local drive by Tom Phillips to rebuild the roof of the building.

Also speaking will be noted Abraham Lincoln expert, James M. Cornelius Ph. D., Curator of the Lincoln Collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Tom Latonis will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Rededication.

Also at 1:00 p.m., the Garden Tractor Show will begin with “Games” at 1:30 p.m. Free Chili Verde Samples from the Chili Cook-off will be available, while they last, at 1:35 p.m.

H & H Amusements will have Arm Band specials to run from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

The First Baptist Academy Senior and Junior High School Choir will be live on the Chautauqua Stage at 2:00 p.m. Free Chili Samples from the Chili Cook-off will be available, while they last, at 3:05 p.m.

At 3:00 p.m., entertainment on the stage will feature Neal Hohenstein, followed at 4:00 p.m. with Mike Hammond and the “Wolken Stix Band.” Brian Garrison and Friends will appear in the Pavilion from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Finishing the evening will be the noted Jamie Natler Band.

A traffic note to those attending: Due to the set up of Pana Days in Kitchell Park, the main entrance will be closed. Entry and exit will be from the Maple St. entrance and the Cold Springs Rd. entrance only.

For more information contact the Pana Chamber at 562-4240.


Cowden-Herrick Class of 2011 Graduates Sunday

Cowden-Herrick High School will graduate 26 seniors in the Class of 2011 at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, in the Cowden-Herrick High School gym in Cowden.

Alyssa Casner, daughter of Ken and Donna Casner, is the Valedictorian of the class and Jenna Prater, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prater, is the Salutatorian.

The ceremony begins with the professional by Mrs. Ellen Kruse. Steve Livengood, pastor, Herrick United Methodist Church will give the invocation and Payton Jones will perform, “Never Grow Up,” and “My Wish.” Class of 2011 President, Sara Headrick, will give the welcome and the scripture/sermon will be delivered by Steve Neville, pastor, Cowden Free Methodist Church.

Principal Jerry Phillips will recognize seniors receiving special honors. Jenna Prater will give the Salutatorian Address and the Valedictorian Address will be given by Alyssa Casner.

Mr. Phillips will present the class and Superintendent Gary Cadwell will accept the graduates. Members of the Board of Education will distribute diplomas.

Rev. Livengood will give the benediction and the recessional will be by Ellen Kruse.

Junior Marshals are Samantha Burrus and Alex Russel.

Other Class of 2011 officers are Jared Gordon, vice-president; Samantha Ford, secretary; and Brittany Schianser, treasurer. The class sponsor is Mrs. Wendy Cook.

Members of the Class of 2011, their parents and future plans released by the school are:

Edwin Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Adams, Lake Land College-Ag Chemical Application;

Joshua Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Beck, Lake Land College-Automotive Technology;

Chance Buchanan, Mrs. Ron Martin and Trent Buchanan, SIUE-Medical Field;

Alyssa Casner, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Casner, USAF-Cryptology, Linguistics;

Heather Davis, John Davis and Tracy Hager, Lake Land College-Nursing;

Alexandrea Dilley, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Dilley, Jr., Lake Land College, Criminal Justice;

Samantha Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ford, Lake Land College-Undecided;

Jared Gordon, Mike Gordon and Laura Pieper, Undecided-Law School;

Sean Harries, Mr. and Mrs. James Pinkston, Brown Mackie College-Vet Tech;

Sara Headrick, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Headrick, Lake Land College-Undecided;

Payton Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Chad Jones, Lake Land College-Medical Field;

Trevor Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Brett Lawrence, Lake Land College-Engineering;

Trevor Mattka, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Mattka, Lake Land College, Nursing;

Nicholas Mahnke, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Mahnke, Lake Land College-Auto Mechanics;

Dallas Mayo, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Cherry and Dallas Mayo, Work Force;

Stephanie McBee, Mr. and Mrs. Tim McBee, Lake Land College-Physical Therapist Assistant;

Joshua McElhiney, Ms. Pamela Daniels, Army National Guard;

Dylan Meek, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Meek;

Jenna Prater, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Prater, Lake Land College-Math Education;

Chandelar Reid, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoyt, Dorothy Chrysler Beauty School-Cosmetology;

Adam Robson, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Robson and Elizabeth Downs, Undecided;

Brittany Schlanser, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schlanser, Work Force;

Sydney Seaton, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Seaton, Lake Land College-Art;

Ariel Stokes, Jason Stokes and Laura Vaughn, Lake Land College-Art;

Alex Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Turner, SIUE-Medical Field;

Quinton Wallace, Brett Wallace and Shelly Wallace, Lake Land College, Welding.


Changes Coming To Mid-State Special Education Next Year

During the monthly meeting of the Pana School Board on Monday, May 16, the board heard a report from Executive Director of the Mid-State Special Education Service, Alison Boutcher on changes which are coming to the service to area schools.

The organization is partnering with the Menta Group-Special Education Services to open Cornerstone Academy in the old South School building in Nokomis. Special Education Services has successful operations in northern Illinois and they are branching out into other areas of the state. Boutcher said if the effort in Nokomis is successful, other area school districts not currently in the Mid-State system will more than likely join.

In a letter to parents, President of the Menta Group, Ken Carwell introduces the organization.

“Special Education Services believes that every child must be in school,” states the letter. “Special Education Services has a no refusal, no rejection, no expulsion and no suspension policy.”

The new school will take the place of the Chrismont School in Morrisonville. Mid-State will keep offices in the Morrisonville office, but students will attend classes at Nokomis.

In addition to a better learning environment, costs for the school districts involved will be lower, saving almost $10,000 a year. However, since the state pays a year behind on this funding, there will be some “up-front” costs to the districts in the first year.

Budget Items–

A review of the third quarter showed the district’s Education Fund is stable and there should be a surplus at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. However, School Superintendent Dr. David Lett warned next year there will more than likely be a deficit.

While there is going to be about $100,000 in the fund at the end of the year, next year the district is facing an insurance increase of 18% which translates into almost $95,000 more in expenses.

An amended 2011 fiscal year budget was presented to the board on Monday night to reflect some added revenues as well as some added expenses, including costs incurred for the replacement of the chiller unit on the high school. The revised budget will be posted for inspection for 30 days and a hearing will be held prior to the start of the next school board meeting, at 6:15 p.m., Monday, June 20. The budget will be voted on during the regular meeting that night.


As reported previously, Ken Schuster was hired as head girls basketball coach at Pana High School. He replaces J. R. Boudouris whose resignation was also accepted at the meeting. Boudouris is headed to the head coaching job at Rochester High School. Schuster will also teach sixth grade Social Studies.

Also hired was Theresa Steiner as the district’s Band Director.

Beth Miller was employed as a bus aide for the 2011-12 school year and the transfer of Gayle Perry from eighth grade math teacher to sixth grade math teacher was also approved. The resignation of Jennifer Greicius as high school  Spanish teacher was also accepted.

Future retirements were accepted from: Virginia Culp, 1st Grade (Effective end of the 2012-2013 School Year); Sandra Foor, Elementary Title I (Effective end of the 2013-2014 School Year); Marci Cole, junior high, high school Chorus (Effective end of the 2013-2014 School Year); Nancy Voudrie, Elementary PE (Effective end of the 2013-2014 School Year); and Deborah Pastor, high school Math (Effective end of the 2014-2015 School Year).

Resignations from Brian Jenkins, Noon Bus Aide/After School Tutoring Route and Mike Bender, 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach were accepted.

Student summer help approved was: Max Schmitz, Nick Spracklen, Wes Miller and Jesse Wicks,  Maintenance; Connor Henschen, Custodial/Tech; Chad Miller and Ashley Deer, Custodial; and Jessie Kasch, Office Worker (2 days a week). A temporary position for an adult office worker for 3 days a week was approved. The board also established a K-12 Technology Integration Specialist position.

Coaching positions were also assigned as follows:

Football – Head Coach Al Stupek; Asst. Coach Ryan Lipe; Asst. Coach Terry Klein; Volunteer Asst. Coach George Heintz; Freshmen Head Coach Trevor Higgins; Volunteer Freshman Asst. Coach Rich Gibson;

Volleyball – Head Coach Mary Cothern; Asst. Coach Greg Cothern; Freshman Coach Shawn Holland;

Girls Golf – Head Coach Julie Cline; Volunteer Asst. Coach Joan Saatkamp;

Boys Golf – Head Coach Gary Bowker;

Football Cheerleading Coach – Amy Mitchell; Football Flags Squad Coach – Sarah Friestad;

Winter Sports

Boys Basketball – Head Coach Gary Bowker; Asst. Coach and JV Coach Jason Storm;  Freshman Coach John Scherzer;

Girls Basketball – Ken Schuster; Asst. Coach and JV Coach Nancy Voudrie; Freshman Coach Rich Gibson;

Girls Bowling –  Head Coach Dustin McDonald;

Competitive Cheerleading –  Head Coach Emalie Babb; Volunteer Asst. Coach Gretchen Bland;

PJHS Sports

Girls Basketball – 7th Grade (TBA); 8th Grade Jody Johnson;

Boys Basketball – 7th Grade Trevor Higgins; 8th Grade (TBA);

PJHS Cheerleading – (TBA);

Volleyball – 7th Grade Missy Ade; 8th Grade Meleah Brinkoetter.

The board meeting came to a close at 9:32 p.m.


Softball Season Ends For Pana Panthers

IN ACTION ON Tuesday, May 17, the Pana Panthers fell to the Shelbyville Rams, 6-0, in Regional Softball action at Sullivan.

In the top photo, Pana’s Kelsie England corrals a foul ball at first base. England had 3 hits in the game for Pana.

In the bottom photo, Pana senior Emily McLeod tags a Shelbyville runner diving into second base.

(Gene Reed Photos)

The Pana Panthers softball team suffered a loss in the semi-finals of the Sullivan Class 2A IHSA Regional on Tuesday night, May 17. The Shelbyville Rams blanked the Panthers, 6-0.

Grace Moll was the winning pitcher, throwing a no-hitter against the Panthers. She struck out 13 and walked 1. Jess Etter was saddled with the loss. She went 6 innings giving up 4 hits. She struck out 5 and issued 4 walks.

Pana had a couple of chances against Moll, starting in the first inning when Etter led off with a ground ball mishandled by the Shelbyville shortstop. Emily McLeod had a sacrifice bunt to move Etter to second. Chrissy DeClerck popped up to short left field for the second out, and Mackenzie Miles struck out to end the inning.

Etter would keep Shelbyville in check sitting them down them 1-2-3 in the first two innings, while striking out 2 batters in the second.

The Panthers would threaten in the top fourth with McLeod and DeClerck getting hit by pitches. A passed ball would move them up to second and third with no outs only to see the next 3 Panthers all go down swinging.

Etter would get the first 2 outs in the bottom of the fourth, then give up a base hit and a two-out home run to make the score 2-0, Shelbyville. Pana would not threaten again, going down in order the next two innings.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Shelbyville would add 4 more runs after a lead-off double, two walks, and with the bases loaded, a home run to put the game out of reach. Pana would go down again in order in the top of the seventh, to make the final 6-0.

Vs. Sullivan–

In the preliminary game on Monday, May 16, with Sullivan, the Panthers advanced with a 13-4 victory. Pana banged out 20 hits with Jess Etter getting the win.

The Panthers fell behind, 2-0 after 2 innings, but cut the deficit in half, 2-1, in the third. Pana broke the game wide open in their half of the fourth with an 8 run outburst for a 9-2 lead. They had 11 hits in the inning.

Pana got another run in the top of the fifth, then 3 more runs in the top of the seventh made it a 13-2 game. Sullivan got 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh which made the final, 13-4.

Chrissy DeClerck had 4 hits for the Panthers with a pair of doubles. Kelsie England doubled and collected 3 hits and Taylor Beyers had 3 base hits in the game. Etter and Mackenzie Miles each doubled.

Pana ends their season 13-16 overall and 5-6 in the conference.


Pana Junior High Track Athletes Headed To State

A TOTAL OF 22 boys and girls on the Pana Junior High School Track and Field Team are headed to East Peoria on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, for the IESA State Track and Field Meet.

Members of the boys team are, in front from left, seventh grade, Christian Lett, Jake Trexler, Rhett Zahradka, Reide Beyers and Jake Franklin.

In back are eighth grade students Braden Bumgardner, Bryer Bryson, Miles Wood, Taylor Moeller, Jordan Clark and Caleb Rybolt.

THE MEMBERS OF the junior high girls team going to state are, seventh grade, in front from left, Katie Beck, Reaghan Vaughn, Lexie Siegert, Anna Osborn and Myah Herbord.

Eighth grade, in back, Sydney Lett, Gloria Duduit. Phoebe Hrabak, Erin Holthaus, Natasha Stalets and Kaylie Weideman.

Track athletes from Pana Junior High School will travel to East Peoria on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21, for the IESA State Track and Field Meet. A total of 22 students in the seventh and eighth grade will represent Pana.

Eighth grade girls who will participate are Natasha Stalets, 100 meters; Stalets, Kaylie Weideman, Sydney Lett and Phoebe Hrabak, 4 x 100 relay; and Hrabak, Erin Holthaus, Lett and Gloria Duduit, 4 x 400 relay.

For the seventh grade, the girls who will compete are Reaghan Vaughn, Lexie Siegert, Anna Osborn and Myah Herbord, 4 x 100 relay and Vaughn, Siegert, Osborn and Katie Beck, 4 x 400 relay.

For the boys team, in the seventh grade, competing are Rhett Zahradka, 110 hurdles; Zahradka, Jake Franklin, Christian Lett and Reide Beyers, 4 x 100 relay; and Zahradka, Franklin, Jake Trexler and Lett, 4 x 400 relay.


Baseball Panthers Season Ends in Regional

The Pana Panthers baseball team couldn’t hold on to a 4-1 lead, and lost to Shelbyville, 5-4, in 8 innings, in the Effingham St. Anthony IHSA Class 2A Baseball Regionals. The preliminary game was played in Shelbyville, Monday, May 16.

Pana had 5 hits in the game, led by Raustin Zahradka who was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Ian Kirk homered for the Panthers and Derrick Lesser and Dakota Davis each singled and each drove in a run. Tyler Fore walked twice in the game.

Zahradka got the loss. He gave up 9 hits and struck out 7.

Pana ends the season with a 9-14 mark.


Pana High School Track Honors

THESE THREE GIRLS on the Pana High School girls track team will head to Charleston Friday, May 20, for the IHSA Class 2A Track and Field Meet.

From left are junior Jessie Kasch, sophomore Allie Schoonover and senior Allison Allen.

Allen will compete in both the discus and shot put while Kasch throws in the discus competition. Schoonover will participate in two events, the high jump and the triple jump.

AT THE CAPITAL Area Honor Roll Classic in Chatham on Monday, May 16, three Pana track athletes placed high in their events.

At left, Allison Allen was second in the discus throw with a 117-feet, 2-inch effort.

Connor Henschen, center, was third in the boys high jump as he cleared 6-feet, 4 inches. This is second on the all-time record books, just 2 inches shy of Cody Bilyeu’s record.

At right is Allie Schoonover who got third in the girls high jump as she went over the bar at 5-feet, 3 inches.

(Tom Latonis Photos)


Obituaries: May 19, 2011

Kenneth Neal

Kenneth D. Neal, 74, of Liberty, Ind., died Thursday, May 12, 2011 in his residence. Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Ind. is in charge of the arrangements. Send condolences to



Don Jannink

Don Jannink, 81, of Tower Hill, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Shelbyville Manor. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Carson R. Etter

Carson Roger Etter, infant son of Carley Etter and Joe Etter, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to



Legal Notices: May 19, 2011





Notice is hereby given that a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance for road purposes of the Township of Rosamond in the County of Christian, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2011, and ending March 31, 2012, will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at the Township Building from and after 9 o’clock a.m., May 18, 2011.

Notice is further hereby given that a public hearing on said budget and appropriation ordinance will be held at 8 o’clock p.m., June 21, 2011, at the Township Building in this Town of Rosamond and that final hearing and action on this ordinance will be taken at a meeting to be held at the Township Building at 8:05 p.m., June 21, 2011.

Dale Klindworth





Notice is hereby given that a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance for the Town of Rosamond in the County of Christian, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2011 and ending March 31, 2012, will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at the Township Building from and after 9 o’clock a.m., May 18, 2011.

Notice is further given hereby that a public hearing on said budget and appropriation ordinance will be held at 8:15 p.m., June 21, 2011, at the Township Building in this Town and that final action on this ordinance will be taken by the Board of Town Trustees at the meeting to be held at 8:20 p.m., June 21, 2011.

Dated this 11th day of May, 2011.

John M. Scott


Dale Klindworth, Clerk



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Education of School District No. 8 in the County of Christian, State of Illinois, that a tentative amended budget for this school District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, will be on file and conveniently available for public inspection at the Unit Office, 14 East Main, City of Pana, Illinois, from and after 8:00 a.m. on the 17th day of May 2011.

Notice is further hereby given that a public hearing on the amended budget will be held at 6:15 p.m. on the 20th day of June 2011 at the Board Room, 14 East Main in this School District No. 8.

Dated this 16th day of May 2011.

Board of Education of School District No. 8, in the County of Christian, State of Illinois.

By: Clint Foor




Fact, Fun & Fillips: May 19, 2011

Got our reminder from the Navy Memorial by mail in the last couple of days it’s time to send in our membership contribution.

For FFF it’s sending the equivalent of a $20 bill. The Navy Memorial is familiar to most. It’s the Lone Sailor standing with his packed seabag.

To anyone not familiar, the “seabag” in our day for through the change of time of white canvas bags, cord and grommet tied, to olive colored shoulder bags that are made to fit the shoulder or carry by the side.

So, all you “ex-swabbies” out there if you don’t have the address, we’ll find it for you.


Coming up, next column, a short discourse on an item appearing in “Illinois Heritage,” a publication of the Illinois State Historical Society and a story which above it historical value is dear to my  heart for it “enriched” in more ways the life of the Thomas J. Phillikps Jr. family of 3 little girls.


Joe McCracken, Pana activist and always ready to accommodate and promote good things for community and otherwise, and wife Joan, are having a combined birthday party (86th) this weekend – and you are invited.

Pick up again, Monday last PN-P and read the “invite” again! For the McCrackens have invited all to come and celebrate.

Will be an old-fashioned ice cream festival on the south lawn of their home at 607 East Third Street.

Parking: Entrance at the driveway off Cedar Street marked “Metzger-McCracken Drive.” If street parking is full, use the Lincoln School parking lot between First and Second streets off of Spruce Street.


So Long.