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Archives for September 2011

Members Blast Tree Trimming; Union Resents Recent Comments

Several aldermen voiced disapproval of Ameren tree-trimming operations, rather indicating butcher jobs that will eventually cause trees to die, at the Monday evening, Sept. 26 meeting of Pana City Council. A city workers union representative read a statement objecting to a recent detrimental comment made regarding the upkeep of the 17-year old street sweeping machine.

Steve Sipes, mayor, presided, with all alderman in attendance, at the city hall council room.

The outcry regarding trees happened after the first presentation proposing an ordinance approving a Telecommunications Management, LLC, franchise agreement; the business is better known as NewWave Communications.

Alderman Glenn Schneider objected to the trimming of trees by Ameren, with NewWave cable TV using the same utility poles. There was the indication that both businesses do tree cuttings (to make room for cables that are strung through the trees), and it was asked why they do not work together.

City Attorney Amanda Ade Harlow added that the agreements with Ameren and NewWave are the same as with Consolidated Communications (telephone service).

It was proposed that all three utilities’ agreements “come up at once.”

Upon motion by Butch Bland, recommending that tree trimming dos and dont’s be included with the  franchise agreements, all aldermen approved the measure. The second reading of the proposal will not be acted upon, it was decided, until negotiations are concluded.

Patty Butkauskas, union president, read a letter issued by city workers regarding maintenance of the street sweeper, saying that a mechanic had responded that motors wear out, some within 10 years, and others, 20 years. City workers serve the community with fewer workers d ue to Pana’s finances, it was said.

Bland suggested a formal maintenance schedule be set up for vehicles, “anything that moves and has tires.” Accountability would help the council and the department superintendents, he went on, adding, “We have good superintendents.”

When Steve Scott said that the superintendents time to set something up and train all workers on all the equipment, Bland added that such should be done on not just operating machines but inspection and minor maintenance.

However, city street superintendent Beef Chernisky said his department “has only five guys,” and that “everything has been done and written down in books.”

Downtown Park

Barbara Stauder reported on the Peoples Bank & Trust’s proposal for a park on the northwest corner of Third and Locust. A motion to approve the park passed unanimously. George Heintz, bank representative, said the park will require minimal maintenance, with little grass to be mowed, and not much tree trimming. He expected adequate help to maintain the site.

Trick or Treat Schedule

Also approved for two nights is Trick-or-Treating, 5:00-8:00 p.m., Oct. 30 and 31.

Closed Session

Between 7:11 and 7:53 p.m., the council held a closed session to discuss “potential litigation.” The audience was dismissed to the hallway. Returning to the regular meeting, the council took no action.

City engineer Greg Holthaus reported that the sewer line repairs by Insituform began this week at First and Minerva. Visual inspections with TV have been conducted on Kitchell Avenue  to Pine Street, east. The joints in the concrete spillway of the lake dam are to be sealed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

Due to the regular council meeting falling upon the Columbus Day holiday, the next session was set for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the city hall.

Pana Parks Raffle Winner Donates Prize Back

THE WINNERS OF the recent raffle held by the Pana Parks Revitalization Committee Great Grocery or Gas Giveaway was Roland and Rosemary Carlson of Pana, center.

Representing the committee are George Heinz, PPRC Vice-President, left, and Bob Smith, PPRC President, right.

Instead of choosing a gift certificate prize, the couple generously decided to donate the $500 amount back to the committee fund.

“We are pleased to be able to help with the improvements in the parks of Pana,” said Mr. Carlson.

The PPRC would like to thank the Carlsons and all of the community minded individuals who participated in the raffle to help make it such a success.

                                                                                                                                  (Nicole Blodgett Photo)

Pana Music Booster Raffle Starts Friday

The Pana Music Boosters will hold a basket raffle Friday, Sept. 30, at the Pana High School football game. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward sending Drum Major Eric Shallenbarger to New York in November to march with the Macy’s Great American Band.

Tickets will be six for $5 and can be purchased at the Music Booster table inside the gate. Tickets will be sold through halftime of the Senior Night football game, which will be at Brummett Field on Fridy, Oct. 21.

There are eight theme baskets being raffled and tickets may be put toward the basket(s) of your choosing:

 “In for the Evening” – two baskets each with video coupons, candy and popcorn from Family Video and $30 gift card from Pizza Man.

“You Oughta Be in Pictures” – Gift Coupon from Amy’s Angle Photography; glamour products and cosmetic bag from Senior Independent Mary Kay Consultant Susan McGrath; salon shampoo and conditioner and $10 gift certificate from Touch of Gold; picture frame.

“Casual Weekend” – Movie passes from Roseland Theater and Spirit wear.

“One for the Road” – Car wash and care bucket from Auto Zone and travel mug.

“Sweetest Day Somethings” – $50 gift certificate from Candy’s Flowers & Gift; gift certificate from Babycakes; jewelry pouch from Thirty-One; and sparkling grape juice.

“Cook’s Week Off” – Gift certificates from Dairy Queen, Taste of China, Subway, Arby’s, Oak St. Cafe and others.

“Get Scrappy” – Scrapbooking basket with album and supplies from Tina Miller.

Kitchell Park Area Reseeded

Ground work was recently done to repair the grassy area used as a soccer field in Pana’s Kitchell Park. Damage was caused last spring.

Effingham Equity donated fertilizer and application to the reseeding project (top photo). The work was done Thursday, Sept. 8, in preparation for the seed to be sown later that day by volunteer Chris Schafer of Pana (bottom photo).

The Pana Fire Department watered the area with fire trucks and hoses to ensure it received enough water to take off growing before the recent rains.

“The community really stepped forward to help the Pana Chamber of Commerce get this project done and they are to be commended on their generosity,” said Bob Smith, Chamber President.

Along with the fertilizer, Effingham Equity donated the herbicide to first kill off the grass in the area to be resown. Terry Henschen then helped, along with Stan Elvers, to prepare the ground. Area with stumps were removed by the City of Pana and the Pana Parks Revitalization Committee volunteers before those areas were reseeded. Eric Denton provided the drill used to reseed the grass seed. Advisors for the project were Eric Jostes, Gary Smith and Jack Erisman.

Monetary donations were given by The Old Tyme Tractor Group, First National Bank of Pana, Pat and Larry Slack, Tom and Ruth Rigdon, Bruce and Gerry Wieneke, Bonnie Flagg, Todd Stark and several anonymous donations.

If anyone was left out of mention of this wonderful effort, please contact Bob Smith at 827-1936.


Panthers Subdue Hiltoppers Tuesday

NADINE VAUGHN, NUMBER 22, left, and Alyssa Waddington, number 12, right, go up to block a hit by a Hillsboro player during Tuesday’s Sept. 27, match in the PHS gym.

Pana was a 25-21, 26-24 winner over the Hiltoppers.

                                                                              (Gene Reed Photos)

PANA’S JUNIOR VARSITY volleyball Panthers are enjoying a successful season as well. They remain undefeated after beating Hillsboro, 25-21, 25-16.

A trio of JV Panthers, from left, Anna Simac, Morgan Franklin and Morgan Schoonover are above the net attempting a block during Tuesday’s action. In the backgroud is Pana libero, Marissa Presnell, number 28.

The Pana Panthers volleyball team continued its dominance over its opponents as they defeated the Hillsboro Hiltoppers in two games Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Pana High School gym.

Running their South Central Conference record to 8-0, the Panthers won by the scores of 25-21, 26-24. Pana is 19-1 overall this season.

Pana had a good night attacking at the net. Charley Lett had 10 kills in the match and made 3 blocks. She was aided at the net by Alyssa Waddington and Allie Schoonover with 6 kills apiece. Waddington had 3 blocks as well. Hannah Funneman had 6 blocks to lead the Panthers with Jessi Kasch getting 4.

Raven Horsthemke dished out 15 assists and she served 6 points with an ace. Waddington also served 6 points and Kasch had 5 with an ace. Lett got 2 aces and Schoonover, 1. Nadine Vaughn had 8 assists. Schoonover got 4 digs and Marissa Presnell made 3 digs.

Junior Varsity–

The Panthers junior varsity kept their record unblemished with a 25-21, 25-16 win over Hillsboro. They are 10-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.

Autumn Finley got 6 kills with Kristina Pollman having 3. Molly Holthaus had 6 blocks and Anna Simac and Kylee buerk got 2 apiece.

Finley served 18 points in the match and 8 of those were aces. Quinn Koontz made 4 service points and Morgan Franklin had 3. Pollman added an ace.

Koontz had 9 assists and Buerk, 3. Finley also recorded 8 digs and Morgan Schoonover had 4.


In the freshmen match, Pana was a 25-8, 25-14 winner to go to 7-6 on the season and went to 3-2 in the conference.

Erin Holthaus made 8 kills with a block and Tessa Rodman had 6 with a block. Phoebe Hrabak had 3 kills.

Hrabak got 18 service points with 3 aces and Kyra Bearup served 5 points.

The Panthers return to the court tonight, Thursday, Sept. 29, as they host the Litchfield Purple Panthers in another SCC match. The freshmen match starts at 5:00 p.m. with the junior varsity picking up the action at 6:00. The varsity contest follows the JV.

Saturday, Oct. 1, is the annual Pana Invitational Volleyball Tournament, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Six teams will play all day in the round-robin format tournament, utilizing both Pana High School gyms. The teams are Pana, Greenville, Ramsey, Vandalia, Sullivan and Windsor.

Following is the schedule of matches for the tournament.

Big Gym

8:00: Pana vs. Windsor

9:00: Ramsey vs. Vandalia

10:00: Greenville vs. Ramsey

11:00: Pana vs. Vandalia

12:00: Windsor vs. Greenville

1:00: Sullivan vs. Windsor

2:00: Pana Vs. Greenville

3:00: Vandalia vs. Sullivan

Small Gym

8:00: Greenville vs. Sullivan

9:00: Pana vs. Sullivan

10:00: Windsor vs. Vandalia

11:00: Sullivan vs. Ramsey

12:00: Pana vs. Ramsey

1:00: Vandalia vs. Greenville

2:00: Ramsey vs. Windsor

Pana Girls Sixth In League Golf Meet

The Pana High School girls golf team placed sixth in the South Central Conference meet held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Litchfield Country Club. Pana’s Megan Casner placed fifth overall in the individual standings with a score of 100 over the 18-hole course. The lone senior on the Pana squad was named all-conference.

Pana had a team score of 468.

Also scoring for the Panthers were Meredith Epley with a 113 and Hannah Miller had a 122. Ashley Cothern and Hannah Michael each had 133’s and Cheyenne Ashcraft carded a 135.

Roxana had a score of 422 to win the event and Greenville was second, 432. Hillsboro was third, 445, and the Hiltopper’s Hannah Luckett was the meet medalist with a 5-over 79.

Alton Marquette was fourth with a 467.

Vs. Effingham–

The Pana Panthers girls golf team defeated Effingham High School, 226-244, at Oak Terrace Monday, Sept. 26.

Megan Casner was the meet medalist with a 51 for the Panthers.

Meredith Epley had a round of 55 and Hannah Miller fired a 59. Hannah Michael finished with a 61.


Boys Golf Team At Conference Meet

The Pana High School boys golf team finished ninth in the South Central Conference Golf Tournament played Monday, Sept. 26, at the Rail Golf Course in Springfield.

Collectively, the team’s scores were an improvement over last year’s SCC Tourney, according to Head Coach Gary Bowker.

“We were 36 strokes better than we were last year,” Bowker said. “I’m very happy with the improvement.”

He said the goal was to have four golfer shoot under 100 this season.

“We got five scores under 100 and one right at 100,” the coach said. That is very good on a windy, chilly day.”

Pana’s medalist was Andrew Rybolt with an 88. He was 20 strokes better than last year. Tyler Seibert shot a 96 and Alex Metzger shaved 38 strokes – the biggest total – off last season as he fired a 97. Jason Grotts and Dylon Hidlin finished with 98’s. Hudlin was 24 strokes better than a year ago. D. J. Stivers had a score of 100, nine stokes better than a year ago.

All six Pana golfers this season golfed in last year’s tournament.

Vandalia was the tournament winner with a 318 and Hillsboro, with a 323, was second. Vandalia’s Blake Swofford was the meet medalist with a 2-under 70.

Alton Marquette was third and Greenville, fourth, with scores of 331 and 340, respectively. Roxana was fifth, 348.


Obituaries: September 29, 2011

Ramona Mingus

Ramona Belle Tanner Mingus, 82, of Shelbyville,died at 6:30 a.m.,  Friday Sept. 23, 2011 in her home. Arrangements are entrusted to Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.  Condolences may be sent to


Wayne Barber

Wayne H. Barber, 79, of Pekin died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in his home. Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin is assisting Wayne’s family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Charlotte Warner

Charlotte G. Warner, 81, of Ramsey, died on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 in Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia. Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Ilene Meyerholz

Ilene Meyerholz, 89, of Creston, formerly of Rollo, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Valley West Community Hospital, Sandwich. Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 1001 W. Garfield St., Waterman, in charge of arrangements.


Joyce Harvey

Joyce Ann Harvey, 66, of Aurora, died on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, in Aurora.  Knollcrest Funeral Home, 1500 South Meyers Road, Lombard, was in charge of arrangements.


William Scott

William E. Scott, 90, a native of Rosamond, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Barrington. Local arrangements are by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Condolences may be sent to


Riley Dunn

Riley Kay Dunn, 18, of Gillespie, died at 6:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in her residence. Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, in charge of arrangements. Sutton Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Legal Notices: September 29, 2011






September 29, 2011


Oconee Township

PO Box 113

Oconee, IL  62553





As required by Executive Order 11988, and in accordance with executive Order 11514 (Appendix E) and Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, this notice is an early public dissemination to promote public understanding and provide opportunities for public involvement.


Oconee Township proposes to use funds allocated under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383) for the following project:  Construction of approximately 17 miles of water mains, service laterals and all related costs to provide potable water for currently un-served households in targeted areas  in and around Oconee Township.  The total project cost is estimated to be $614,539 ($264,539-USRD/LPWC funds and $350,000-DCEO CDAP funds).  The base floodplain affected includes (but not limited to) crossings of Opossum Creek and Coal Creek in Shelby County.


Project activities are in a floodplain and require an eight step floodplain review.  The review will be conducted by Milano and Grunloh Engineers, 114 W Washington, PO Box 897, Effingham, Illinois  62401.  Comments should be directed to Oconee Township (George Heintz), PO Box 113, Oconee, Illinois  62553, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.  This review will detail the following:  identification and evaluation of alternatives; identification of impacts; ways to restore, minimize, preserve; and reevaluation of alternatives and findings.


Oconee Township will accept comments and objections to this floodplain notice until October 17, 2011.  This is in accordance with requirements set forth by:  the Floodplain Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-234), Title 24, Chapter X, Subchapter B; the National Flood Insurance Program (44 CFR 59-75): Executive Order 11988 and the Governor’s Executive Order IV.  Any and all objections must be received no later than October 17, 2011 by Oconee Township.


George Heintz

Oconee Township Supervisor




Public Notice is hereby given that Pana CUSD #8 will receive proposals for Property, General Liability, Crime, Inland Marine, Auto, Umbrella, School Board Legal Liability, and Worker’s Compensation coverage.

Proposal specifications may be obtained upon request from Bushue Human Resources, Inc., 104 N. Second St., Suite B, Effingham, IL 62401. Phone (217) 342-3042. Please reference code ETT707 when calling. All proposals are to be received by Pana CUSD #8 at 14 Main St., Pana, IL 62557 on or before 2:00 p.m., December 13, 2011, and will opened at time specified.





MARCH 31, 2011

Town Fund


April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                            $ 110,802.10


TOIRMA Div.                                                                $        509.68

Interest                                                                                   2,502.09

PPRT                                                                                       1,949.98

RE Taxes                                                                              36,984.84

Rent                                                                                              75.00

Total Income                                                                       42,021.59


Cleaning                                                                          $         60.00

Dues & Subs.                                                                           157.06

Insurance                                                                              4,071.00

Legal & Prof.                                                            781.53

Meeting Reg.                                                            150.00

Mowing Park                                                                          882.00

Office Expense                                                                          28.66

Trustee Per Diem                                                                 1,976.98

Per. Veh. Use                                                                           720.00

Postage                                                                                        89.82

Repairs                                                                                        63.50

Salaries                                                                                19,906.59

IDES                                                                                             21.52

W/H Tax                                                                               5,634.82

Mtg. Mileage                                                              43.00

Utilities                                                                                  4,249.33


Total Expenses                                                                  38,835.81

March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $ 113,987.88


General Assistance Fund

April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                           $   14,052.89

Income (Interest)                                                                     125.57

Expenses                                                                                          -0-

March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $   14,178.46


CDAP Lincoln Prairie Grant Fund

April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                            $              -0-

Income                                                                                152,101.12

Expenses                                                                           152,101.12

March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $              -0-


Road & Bridge Fund

April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                            $ 216,186.13

Income RE Tax                                                              $   46,081.20

MF Tax                                                                                   7,691.85

PPRT                                                                                       3,870.76

Interest                                                                                   3,173.05

TOIRMA Div                                                                           598.32


Total Income                                                                  $   61,415.18



Materials                                                                        $   12,520.59

Fuel & Oil                                                                              6,401.77

Repairs                                                                                   7,682.19

Labor                                                                                      3,318.68

Insurance                                                                              4,015.00

Machine Hire                                                                       3,584.40

Misc.                                                                                          144.71

Total Expenses                                                             $   37,667.34


March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $ 239,933.97


Bridge Construction

April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                            $ 107,805.78


RE Tax                                                                             $     3,798.51

Interest                                                                                   1,020.89

Culvert Sales                                                                        4,031.13

Total Income                                                                        8,850.53



Culverts                                                                          $   11,030.48

Materials                                                                                  973.61

Machine Hire                                                                       3,660.00

Repairs                                                                                      101.03

Jt. Brdg. Const.                                                                  1 7,763.14

Total Expenses                                                                       33,528

March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $   83,128.00


Building & Equipment Fund

April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                            $ -46,370.25


RE Taxes                                                                         $    2,998.95

Equip Sale                                                                               500.00

Interest                                                                                         8.65

Total Income                                                                        3,507.60


(Interest)                                                                                3,016.78

March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $ -45,879.43

Includes JD Loader Loan balance of                      $  51,838.10

Principle payment made on loader was            $  15,950.46


Total of All Funds including Lincoln Prairie Rural Water Project


April 1, 2010 Beginning Balance                            $ 402, 476.65

Income                                                                                 268,021.59

Expenses                                                                            265,149.31

March 31, 2011 Ending Balance                             $  405,348.93


Disbursement Summary

$ 152,851 Lincoln Prairie Rural Water Co. $ 15,000 – $ 20,000 James L. Satterlee, Peoples Bank of Pana $ 8,000 – $ 15,000 Louis Marsch Inc. $ 5,000 – $ 8,000 TOIRMA Insurance, Federal Govt. $ 2,000 – $ 5,000 Erb Equipment, Pana Limestone, Ameren Illinois, Herbord Trucking, John M. Scott, $ 1,000 – $ 2,000 Brunner Auto Supply, Dale Klindworth, Ken Herbord, Ryan Herbord, $500 – $ 1,000 Consolidated Communications, MACI Insurance, Adcock Mowing, Jerry’s Wrecker Service, PBI, Less than $500 Sloan Implement, Dennis Henschen, Dan Beyers, Brian Osborn, Leland Schmitz, Jim Wilcox, Lynn Bishop, Eric Vieback, Morris Witt, Cheryl Satterlee, Township Officials of Illinois, Tri Co Equipment, IDES, ATCO

John M. Scott, Supervisor

Rosamond Township





Fact, Fun & Fillips: September 29, 2011

Pushing back the hands of time!

Now we’re more interested than ever in interaction between Assumption, Moweaqua and Macon with those communities having joined our group of newspapers.

So, it is, that a clipping sent to us by Mrs. Leo Trumper, about time of the Assumptionfest, more than caught our eye at that time. It appeared in the Pana News-Palladium headlined “Good Samaritan Reported at Assumption,” in its Apr. 30, 1953 edition.

It, self-explanatory, is reproduced here:

“Good Samaritan acts still happen even on today’s busy highways.

“Sunday evening, the C.E. Schumacher family, riding in the News-Palladium Jeep station wagon on a return trip from Champaign, experienced a blowout of one of the rear tires. Preparations to change to the spare tire showed that it was without air, and the flat was ruined beyond repair, so the Jeep limped on down the highway about a mile to the first filling station at the north edge of Assumption, only to find it closed and the nozzles off the air hoses.

“The only sign of life was at a refreshment stand nearby, where the driver went for information. Told there that the station attendant had closed just a few minutes ago, the driver was preparing to seek elsewhere for an air hose when Mr. Cocagne, proprietor of the stand, volunteered to help locate the station attendant.

“A cruise through Assumption in Mr. Cocagne’s car (he’s the uncle of Darrell, a former Pana resident) failed to locate the attendant’s red truck and likewise confirmed the fact that every station in town was shut. However, Mr. Cocagne had spotted another truck in front of a house, where Leo Trumper, another former Pana boy, resides and suggested that a telephone call might bring him to the rescue.

“The call was made, Trumper stopped his preparations to retire and responded to the plea for help. Mr. Cocagne returned to the stalled Jeep, hauled the spare to a previously located air hose and back, then parked so his car lights aided Trumper in changing the tire.

“In due course of time the change was made, Mr. Cocagne headed for home and Trumper accompanied the Jeep to an air hose (not at the Marathon station which he operates) for additional air, then piled into his car to go home.

“The charges, when pay was offered . . . . . ‘Not a cent. Maybe you can help me some time.’”

What makes it even more interesting, we grew up knowing and being taught to respect the Trumper family.

Remembering as a small child their big house on Second Street, later, playing in an abandoned basement area, right across the street from the Trumper home and where a gentleman from Assumption, who was to play later, an important part in Pana’s business world.

That was the late Pana businessman, Paul Hayes, who after finding his wife, Denise Trumper Hayes here, would continue as a Pana entrepreneur, building the city’s first Dairy Queen.

It remains on the original spot, having been remodeled which included inside seating.

Likewise, Paul, who we admired greatly, supported by his wife, we marveled at coming home on leave from Norfolk, Va., one December at holiday time to find the Dairy Queen location turned into a Christmas tree lot.

Bringing back good memories too, was the fact he obtained another good friend of FFF’s, the late Geo. Comisky, to assist at the lot.

Before we leave today, we have to also include that we think the young Leo Trumper, mentioned above, was an outstanding Golden Glove competitor.

But, more on this later.

“Time flieth . . . . . and it appears, as always, me thinks,” FFF didn’t start sooneth enough! Got to go . . . . .!


Good, good memories! And which we always like to refer back to.


So Long.