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Holiday In Herrick Takes Place Saturday

The annual Holiday in Herrick will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Unlike previous years, the event is being sponsored by the Herrick Fourth of July Committee to raise funds for the annual summer event.

There are over 25 vendors who will set up shop in the Herrick Community Building during the extravaganza. There is a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and there will be a Christmas Cookie Contest sponsored by Chandler Fast Stop in Herrick.

Events will get underway at 7:00 a.m. with a breakfast which will be served until 9:30. Lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Santa will be coming to town at 11:00 a.m., and he will be in his Herrick Workshop until 1:00 p.m.

Holiday in Herrick is sponsored by the Herrick Baptist Church, Chandler Fast Stop, Christ Tabernacle Church, Cowden Medical Clinic, LLC, Herrick Cafe, United Methodist Church, First Christian Church, Hayes Insurance, Herrick Christian Church, Smith Construction, Shelby Co. Sheriff Michael Miller, Community Banks of Shelby County, Ilabelle Sarver – Country Creations Art Studio, American Legion Post #839, Mayor Steve Seaton and the Herrick Village Board, Herrick Fourth of July Committee, D. G. Conway Timber and Logging and D. J. Stowaway.

Chamber Christmas Parade Opens Pana Holiday Season

The Pana Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 26, was noted as being one of the largest in recent history.

“Happy Holidays” was the parade theme. Several hundred people lined the streets for the festivities which welcomed Santa to Pana as well as the holiday season.

In the float competition, the first place winner was the entry of the Pana Tri-County Fair. They received a $50 Chamber gift certificate.

The second place winner, Hopewell Baptist Church, won a $30 Chamber certificate and Girl Scout Troop #3098 was third with a $20 Chamber certificate.

Santa greeted a number of children in front of the Roseland Theater where the movie “Prancer” was presented free of charge.

The Chamber wishes to thank Pana Lions Club, Pana Fire Department and EMS, Pana Police Department, Downs Motor, Hubbartt Motors, Bob Ridings Motors, Antique Police Car Collectors, Pana News Palladium, all entries and Santa Claus for making the parade a success.


Local AFSCME Union Donates To Food Pantry

MEMBERS OF CITY of Pana Employees AFSCME Local 726  have been collecting food for the Pana Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry during November. The food was donated to the pantry in time for the holidays.

From left are Union Treasurer Carla Thompson, Secretary Michelle Lebon and President Patty Butkauskas.

Panthers Capture Thanksgiving Tourney

THE PANA PANTHERS girls basketball team won the second annual Pana Panthers Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a 54-48 win over defending champion Breese Central.

Team members are, kneeling from left, Charley Lett, Allie Schoonover, Nadine Vaughn, Kendal Frisina, Breanna Schoonover and Sydney Lett.

In back, coaches Rich Gibson, Mitch Cloe and Jody Johnson; Rachel Alde, Jessica Kasch, Alyssa Waddington, Hannah Funneman, Head Coach Ken Schuster and assistant coaches Paul Donohue and Nancy Voudrie.

(Gene Reed Photos)


PANA’S ALLIE SCHOONOVER, 14, in white jersey, drives to the basket during Friday’s, Nov. 25, game with the Rochester Rockets.

Schoonover had 14 points in the game as the Panthers beat the Rockets, 61-44.

With a 5-0 record, the Pana Panthers girls basketball team captured their own Thanksgiving Invitational Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26. The Panthers defeated defending champion Breese Central, 54-48, in the final game of the tournament Saturday night.

Both teams went into the game with 4-0 records. On Friday, Nov. 25, Pana defeated the Rochester Rockets and Breese knocked off Mattoon, 58-18, to set up the battle of unbeatens.

In the championship game, tournament MVP Charley Lett led the balanced scoring attack with 13 points. Another member of the all-tournament team, Pana’s Allie Schoonover, had 12 points followed by the third Pana all-tournament team member, Nadine Vaughn, with 11 points. Lett had 9 of her 13 points – three 3-point baskets – in the second half.

Jessica Kasch was the fourth Panther scoring in double digits with 10 points. Hannah Funneman added 6 points and Alyssa Waddington rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

April Gebke and Madison Timmermann each had 16 points apiece to lead the Cougars.

It was a close game throughout with Pana holding a 14-11 first quarter lead and at halftime, Pana’s lead was 21-15. It was a 5-point game at the end of three quarters, 39-34, Pana.

At the free throw line, Pana hit just 5-of-13 attempts for 38% while the Cougars were 9-of-12, 75%, in the game.

Breese also had three players make the all-tournament team. In addition to Gebke and Timmermann, Taylor Voss was also named to the squad. Allie Heaton of Central A & M rounded out the all-tournament team.

Rochester Game–

In an early morning game on Friday, Nov. 25, the Panthers took care of the Rochester Rockets and their new head coach and former Pana mentor J. R. Boudouris, 61-44.

The game was close in the first half with Pana holding leads of 13-12 after one period and 25-24 at the break. But the Panthers went on a 16-6 advantage in the third period and ended up out-scoring the Rockets, 36-20 in the second half, to post the win.

Charley Lett poured in 21 points as Allie Schoonover finished with 14 points. Alyssa Waddington added 13 points with Nadine Vaughn accounting for 6 points. Hannah Funneman chipped in with 4 points and Jessica Kasch had 2 points for the Panthers.

The Rockets got 12 points from sophomore Grace Settles to lead them in scoring.

Pana made 14-of-22 from the free throw line for 64%. Schoonover hit 7-of-9 and Waddington was 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. Rochester connected on 9-of-17 for 53%.

The game was played at 10:00 a.m. on Friday due to the Rockets’ football team playing that evening in the Class 4A state championship game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign-Urbana.

Other scores from Friday saw Central A & M get by Paris, 44-42, and Breese Central was a 58-18 winner over Mattoon.

In Saturday’s games, Mattoon got its first win of the tournament and season with a 51-44 win over Paris. Central A & M slipped by Rochester, 45-43.

Following Pana and Breese Central in first and second place, respectively, Central A & M finished third with a 3-2 mark. Fourth place was a 3-way tie between Paris, Rochester and Mattoon, all finishing with 1-4 records.

Pana will tangle with its long-time rival, Teutopolis, in Pana Thursday, Dec. 1. The Wooden Shoes ended the Panthers’ season last year in the regional finals at Vandalia. Tip-off for the first junior varsity game of the season is at 6:00 p.m., followed by the varsity game.

IWU Wins Eau Claire Tourney; Lett MVP

Illinois Wesleyan senior and former Pana High School basketball stand-out Olivia Lett had 26 points and junior Melissa Gardner added 20 as the Titans beat Wis.-Eau Claire, 78-69, on Saturday, Nov. 19, to win the Eau Claire tournament with a 2-0 record.

Lett was chosen as the tournament “Most Valuable Player” and was joined by senior Brittany Hasselbring on the all-tourney team. Also on the all-tournament team were Sarah Bingea and Ellen Plendl of Eau Claire, Ripon’s Erin Lind and Coe’s Kayla Wasko.

Olivia is the daughter of David and Karen Lett of Pana.

IWU trailed 53-51 with 10:44 to play in the game before going on an eight-point run to grab a 59-53 lead with 6:57 left. The Blugolds got no closer than three the remainder of the contest.

The Titans shot .453 from the field in the game (24 of 53) and made 10 of 25 (.400) 3-point field goal tries. IWU made 20 of 25 from the free throw line (.800). IWU scored 10 points off turnovers compared to five by Eau Claire.

Two Wins For PJHS 8th Grade

The eighth grade boys basketball team of Pana Junior High School got two wins last week. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, they knocked off Litchfield, 39-30. At Nokomis, on Monday, Nov. 21, they beat the Redskins, 26-14.

Against Litchfield, Rhett Zahradka scored 18 points to lead the way. Christian Lett added 9 points with Jake Franklin getting 7. Webber Jacobs had 3 points and Blake Ade, 2.

Pana rolled out to a 13-9 first quarter lead and it was 19-13, Pana, at the half. The score was 31-24 going into the fourth quarter.

It was the first Junior Mid-State Conference game of the season.

At Nokomis, the Panthers blanked the home team in the first quarter and had a 19-6 lead at halftime.

Jake Franklin and Rhett Zahradka each scored 7 points and Webber Jacobs and Kody Bland had 3 points apiece. Christian Lett and Blake Ade rounded out the scoring with 2 points each.

The eighth grade junior high boys are 4-4 on the season and are 1-0 in the conference. They have two road games this week, both conference tilts. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, they travel to Vandalia and on Thursday, Dec. 1, they will take on Greenville.

St. Pat’s 7th Grade Boys Win

At Blue Mound on Monday, Nov. 21, the seventh grade boys basketball team of Pana St. Pat’s jumped out to a 16-2 first quarter lead and came away with a 49-37 win.

Three players scored in double figures with Nick McMillen getting 16 points. He was followed closely by Adam Miller with 15. Kyle Lynch added 10 points. Both Jake McLeod and Matt Copley each scored 4 points.

Meridian closed the gap to 22-15 at halftime, but St. Pat’s built a 35-24 cushion at the end of three.

The seventh grade team improves to 3-2 on the season and will be in action today, Monday, Nov. 28, as they host Raymond Lincolnwood in the Tower Hill Jefferson Middle School Gym. Tip-off is at 6:15 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 1, they host Taylorville Visionway at 6:00 p.m., also in Tower Hill.

Out in Left Field: November 28, 2011

Christmas came early to the U. of I. football program yesterday afternoon with the announcement Ron Zook was out as Fighting Illini Head Football Coach.

Thank our lucky stars for Mike Thomas who had the guts to do what Ron Guenther should have done a season ago.

Zook might be a nice guy, but he had no idea what to do with this football team. I don’t think this was a very good team from the get go. Sure they started out 6-0 but who did they play? When they got into the meat of the Big 10 schedule, they looked as unprepared as those early teams Illinois beat.

It will be interesting to see where Thomas turns next. You just don’t go out and grab a top 25 coach overnight.

But, at least Thomas got the message early in his tenure as athletic director and saw the need to replace the head football coach was paramount.

The program can only go up from here.


Great couple of weekends for Pana girls basketball as the Panthers captured their own Thanksgiving tournament this past Saturday with a win over Breese Central. Have been out of the area for awhile, so I didn’t get to see any of the games

We congratulate the girls and new head coach Ken Schuster on their fine start.


Looks like the Lett family is going to need some extra trophy space for MVP trophies.

Daughters Olivia and Charley are adding to the hardware as both were named MVP’s of the respective tournaments they played in over the past couple of week.

Olivia was MVP for the Eau Claire Tournament in which her Illinois Wesleyan University Titans won on Nov. 19. A week later, younger sister Charley was named MVP of the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament.

Congratulations to both girls.


With the girls basketball season underway, the boys season tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 29, as the Panthers, under Head Coach Gary Bowker, face Central A & M.

The junior varsity hit the hardwood at 6:00 Tuesday night.


Took our yearly pilgrimage to Galena for the holiday. Good time was had by all.

How great is it when you can look out the window of your house early in the morning and seeing 18 wild turkeys roam across the neighboring field?


See you next week!

Obituaries: November 28, 2011

Patricia ‘Patty’ Beyers

Patricia “Patty” Beyers of Pana, 77, died Friday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2011, in her home in Pana Township with her children at her side. Kennedy & Sons Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Helen Fouts

Helen Jean Fouts, 86, of Assumption, died at 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 in Heritage Health, Pana. Seitz Funeral Home, Assumption is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


John Darnell

John Truman Darnell, 80, of Pana, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to



Mary K.  Foor

Mary K. Foor, 67, Shelbyville, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Philip Haws, Sr.

Philip Haws, Sr., 87, of Pana, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 in Heritage Health, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Legal Notices: November 28, 2011


It is the policy of Heritage Health – to admit and to treat all residents and employees without regard to race, color or national origin. There is no distinction in eligibility for or in the manner of providing, any resident service provided by or through the Home. All facilities of Heritage Health – are available without distinction to all residents, visitors and employees regardless of race, color or national origin. All persons and organizations that have occasion to either refer residents for admission or recommend Heritage Health – are advised to do so without regard to race, color or national origin.

Reviewed and updated November 21, 2011.

Nancy L. Pryor, LNHA