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Archives for December 2011

PN-P Holiday Schedule

The Pana News-Palladium will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of New Year’s Day. No newspaper will be published.

The Monday newspaper will be published at the regular time on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

There is no change in the schedule for the Thursday, Dec. 29 or Jan. 5 newspapers.

Taxi Cab License Approved; First Reading of Cable TV Agreement

Six of the eighth Pana City Council members gathered in Pana City Hall Tuesday night, Dec. 27, for the second regular monthly meeting of the Council. Aldermen Barb Stauder and Roger Lebon were absent.

During the meeting, presided over by Mayor Steve Sipes, the Council voted to approve its second taxi cab license request and on a 5-1 vote, gave the okay to a new franchise agreement between the city and Newwave Communications for cable TV service.

Eric Stillwell, Taylorville, addressed the council requesting the license for “A Green Cab” taxi service to operate in Pana. Initially, he plans to use local drivers with a 2000 lime green Plymouth Voyager minivan. Samuel C. Lechner and Lois J. Lechner, both of Pana, are listed as drivers.

Stillwell has been in the transportation business since 1995, according to his resume. He ran A Touch of Class Limousine Service and from 2007-09, operated A Green Cab. He also noted he has a local Pana telephone number on reserve and provided a copy of a $1 million bond for his business.


The first reading of the Newwave Communications franchise agreement passed 5-1. Alderman Bill Pierce voted “no.” The agreement runs through April of 2020.

Alderman Debbie Dust, Chairman of the council’s Administration Committee, said she would like to have the agreement to include wording in Section 3.5 concerning tree trimming, that it would only be done in an emergency situation, such as after a storm or a limb takes down wires. She said the company had agreed in principle to it, but she hadn’t talked with Newwave officials to confirm it. Pierce said he voted “no” because the contact to assure the inclusion of the language had not been made.

Other Business–

Alderman Glenn Schneider presented a resolution which has the city joining the Christian County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The agreement is needed so the county can apply for grants for the county to cover emergencies and natural disasters.

Schneider also asked for and received $1,500 for three new radios to activate the storm warning sirens. In the conversion to the new FCC -mandated “narrow frequency” for emergency departments, the sirens were not included in the plan. It was stated the current radios could not be updated.

He said the money to pay for the radios is available. The cost will be covered by selling off the old fire chief’s car.

The city council meeting came to a close at 7:25 p.m.

Trina Casner PCH CEO

TRINA CASNER, SEATED, will officially take over her duties as the President and CEO of Pana Community Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 1. She will replace Roland Carlson, standing, left.

Along with them are hospital board of directors vice-chairman, Joyce Morgan, center, and chairman, David Slater.

As the new year begins on Sunday, Jan. 1, Pana Community Hospital will have a new President and CEO. Trina Casner, Pana, who has served as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer for three years, will replace 11-year veteran CEO Roland Carlson.

In April of this year, Carlson announced he would be retiring at the end of 2011. Carlson has served as President and CEO of the hospital since July of 2000.

Casner earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration through Millikin University’s Executive MBA Program at the Tabor School of Business in 2009. She had previously earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Millikin in 1988.  Ms. Casner began her career at Pana Community Hospital 11 years ago, serving as Chief Financial Officer. In 2009, Casner was promoted Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer.

James Moon, the hospital’s current Director of Finance, will be succeeding Casner as the Chief Financial Officer.

Panthers Face Flora For Vandalia Tourney Title Tonight

IN THIS INSTANCE, Pana’s Jared McMillen is trapped by a St. Elmo double team under the basket during the Panthers-Eagles game on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. However, McMillen and the Panthers got the better of the Eagles, 60-44, and McMillen finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

(Gene Reed Photo)

The Pana Panthers kept their unbeaten string alive Wednesday night, Dec. 28, with a 63-52 win over the host Vandals at the 40th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

At 8:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 29, the Panthers, who are 4-0 in tournament pool play and were seeded third overall, and the Flora Wolves, also 4-0 in the tourney and seeded number 1, will tangle for the championship trophy. The Wolves advanced yesterday with a 63-49 win over Trenton Wesclin.

The third place game will feature Vandalia and Greenville at 6:30 p.m. At 5:00, Trenton and St. Elmo meet for fifth place.

Against the Vandals, seniors Jared McMillen and Mitchell Beyers combined for 42 of Pana’s 63 points. McMillen had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Beyers also scored 21 points, going 7-of-7 from the free throw line and 8 rebounds.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Panthers had a 46-35 lead. But the Vandals cut into that margin, trailing by 5, 50-45, with about four minutes to play.

“We were up by 5 with 4 minutes to play, but we finished the game well,” Pana Boys Head Coach Gary Bowker said.

At one time in the fourth quarter, the Panthers were 10-of-11 from the free throw line. They finished the period 11-of-15, and were 18-of-24, 75%, for the game.

Garrett Claxon and Alex Metzger each scored 6 points for the Panthers and Allen Kile had 5 points. Raustin Zahradka and Tyler Epley rounded out the scoring with 2 points apiece. Kile had 6 assists and 3 steals for the Panthers.

Vandalia had 3 players in double figures led by Dathan Berning with 12 points. Bryan Hoskick and Godoyo had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Pana’s lead was 14-11 after a quarter and they stretched it to 32-24 at the half.

Vs. St. Elmo–

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Pana’s second game of the day, they knocked off St. Elmo, 60-44.

Pana got off to a slow start and trailed at halftime, 29-27. But in the second half, the Panthers out-scored the Eagles, 33-15, to win going away.

“We were down by two at halftime and came out with a much greater effort defensively and getting Jared (McMillen) involved in the offense,” Bowker said after the game.

McMillen had just 4 points at the end of the first half, but exploded for 17 of his game-leading 21 points in the second half. Those points went along with 11 rebounds. For the tournament, McMillen is averaging just over 19 points per game and about 9 1/2 rebounds per contest.

Avery Hrabak added 13 points with three 3-pointers and Mitchell Beyers chipped in with 11 points. Both Hrabak and Beyers had 5 rebounds each. Garrett Claxon scored 8 points with Alex Metzger picking up 5. Allen Kile rounded out the scoring with 2 points. Claxon dished out 5 assists and Kile and Beyers each made 4 steals.

Flora enters tonight’s championship game with a 14-1 record and are looking for their second title in three years. Last season, they were runners-up to Trenton-Wesclin. Flora is looking for its 8th Vandalia championship.

Pana, 11-0, has finished third the past two years. They last won the tournament back-to-back in 2001 and 2002 with Justin Shrake and Troy Pinkston being named those tournament’s Most Valuable Players, respectively. The Panthers were runners-up in 2003. This would be the sixth championship for the Panthers if they win tonight. Pana first won the tournament in 1987 and went on to capture the Class A State Title just three months later. They also won in 1997 (Shannen Schoonover MVP) and 1999 (Jake Sinclair MVP).

First Baby Contest in Pana Area Marks 65th Anniversary

Another year rolls over early Sunday morning, and that means it’s time for the annual Pana First Baby Contest. Who will the winner of this 65th annual event be? The count-down begins at 12:00 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

Many gifts await the winning little miss or mister for the year 2012, whose parents live within a 10-mile radius of Pana.

The first baby  of  2011 was Maci Lea Nicole Morell, daughter of Jessica Bechtel and Clint Morell of Pana.

Since the contest began, there have been 28 first boy babies and 39 first girl babies. The total includes two sets of twins.

Contest Rules

Contest rules, besides residency within 10 miles of Pana, include: notification by the child’s family, as soon as possible after the birth, to the Pana News-Palladium, 205 S. Locust St., Phone (217) 562-2111 or toll free, 1-888-880-6397. The child must have been born after 12:00 midnight on Jan. 1, 2012.

Information to be supplied: date, hour and minute, and location of birth; baby’s name, parents’ full names, address, and phone number; baby’s sex, weight, and signature of the attending physician verifying the information.

The newspaper and family will then arrange for a photograph of the family and an announcement.

Many Prizes Await

First Baby Family

The parents of the first baby of 2011 in the Pana area will receive the following prizes:

$25 gift certificate, Prairie Farms Dairy.

$10 baby merchandise, Hometown Food Center.

Family favorite (X-large pizza, family salad, pitcher of Pepsi), Pizza Man.

$25 Visa Gift to go Card, First National Bank of Pana.

$10 gift certificate, Pana McDonald’s.

25 personalized baby announcements, Pana News-Palladium.

$25 in baby merchandise, Pana County Market.

Hair cut for Dad, The New You.

$10 gift certificate (good at any Pana Chamber of Commerce member business), Edward Jones.

Dinner for 2, Rosebud Cafe.

$25 service of choice, Cut-N-Curl/Merle Norman.

$25 Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, Peoples Bank & Trust of Pana.

Free half-hour massage for Mom, Gina Kuhn, M.T.

10-inch ice cream cake, Pana Dairy Queen.

$25 gift card, Pana Wal-Mart.

Dinner for 2, Pana Pizza Hut.

Oil change, Bob Ridings of Pana.

Baby planter arrangement, Candy’s Flowers and Gifts.

$15 gift certificate, Oak Terrace Resort and Spa.

Baby Steps collection, Gene Reed Photography

Baby Accessories gift basket, Details by Amanda Lehn

Free baby checkup and 1st free adjustment for Mom, Swenny Family Chiropractic.

Girls Lose For First Time To Rock Island Alleman, 55-54

ALLIE SCHOONOVER TRIES to drive around a Rock Island Alleman player during Wednesday’s, Dec. 28, game between the Panthers and the Pioneers in the State Farm Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Schoonover led the Panthers with 19 points and 9 rebounds, but Pana fell for the first time this season, 55-54.

In the background is Pana’s Hannah Funneman, number 30.

(Gene Reed Photo)

A lay-up by Rock Island Alleman’s Zoe Kelso with 3.7 seconds left in the game gave the Pioneers a 55-54 lead as they handed the Pana Panthers girls basketball team its first loss of the season during the quarter-finals of the State Farm Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Kelso, a 6-0 junior center, had 8 of her team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, and she dominated the lane during the late going after Pana’s 5-11 senior, Alyssa Waddington, fouled out with 7:37 left in the game. Pana is also handicapped without 5-8 junior Nadine Vaughn who has missed the last four games due to an emergency appendectomy.

“Bottom line is they went in and attacked the post and we’re a little bit weak there right now with an injury (Vaughn) and don’t have the experience to play the extended minutes,” Pana Girls Head Basketball Coach Ken Schuster said. “We got kids that can play there, but not the extended minutes we’re asking for right now. We’re thin at the post. The kids we had, I thought they did the best they could do tonight. Right now, we got to get better and get Vaughn back healthy.”

“Down the stretch we made some silly mistakes,” said Schuster. “We had the lead with 13 seconds to go, you know, hold the ball, maybe get fouled or something, but we attacked the basket. Those are things we’ll have to get better at and learn from. One game doesn’t make a season, and obviously we were short-handed. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth (losing), but we got a lot to learn from this, too.”

The Panthers were led in scoring by Allie Schoonover with 19 points. She had 9 rebounds and 8 of those were in the second half.

Charley Lett finished with 11 points and Hannah Funneman got 8. Jessica Kasch scored 7 points with Rachel Alde picking up 5 points and Alyssa Waddington finished with 4.

After Kelso’s 17 came Jenna Zumda and Anne Bohnert each with 7 points for the Pioneers.

Pana was 6-of-11 from the free throw line for 55% and Rock Island went 10-of-19, 53%. From the floor, Pana was 22-of-48 for 46% and the Pioneers were 19-of-43, 44%. On the boards, Rock Island had a 30-26 advantage. Pana turned the ball over 21 times and Rock Island, 19.

Vs. Downs Tri-Valley–

Pana opened the tournament with a 61-24 drubbing of Downs Tri-Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in the U. S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

The Panthers jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter lead, then posted a 25-11 halftime advantage before exploding for 26 third quarter points for a 51-20 lead after three quarters.

Hannah Funneman topped Pana’s scorers with 16 points. She was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Allie Schoonover and Charley Lett were also in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Alyssa Waddington added 7 points with Allie Schoonover getting 4. Kendal Frisina, Jessica Kasch and Rachel Alde each had 2 points and Sydney Lett had 1 point.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 29, the Panthers, 15-1, face Annawan at 12:30 p.m. in the Normal Community High School gym. The winner advances to the fifth place game this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Normal Community West High School gym to play either Rock Falls or Peoria Christian.

Obituaries: December 29, 2011

Ruby Ethridge

Ruby L. Hagan Ethridge, 78, of Shelbyville, formerly of Pana, died at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 in her residence. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to


Larissa Blackwell

Larissa Dawn Blackwell, 39, of Cowden, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Condolences may be sent to


Gretchen Siegert Thompson

Gretchen Marie Siegert Thompson, 57, of Macon, formerly of Pana, died today, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 in her home. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to



Menu’s: January 2-6, 2012

Pana Schools 

Monday: No school.

Tuesday: Breakfast-Hot or cold cereal, mini muffins, orange juice. Lunch-Chicken patty on bun, tater tots, rosy applesauce.

Wednesday: Breakfast-Frosted Flakes, bagel, orange juice. Lunch-Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, mixed fruit.

Thursday: Breakfast-Scrambled eggs, two cinnamon toast, mixed fruit. Lunch-Turkey or ham horseshoe, french fries, peaches.

Friday: Breakfast-Sausage and cheese biscuit, applesauce. Lunch-Cheese or pepperoni pizza, green beans, scalloped apples.


Sacred Heart

Pana Sacred Heart School lunch menus for the week Jan. 2-6:

Monday: No school.

Tuesday: Chicken patty on bun, tater tots, rosy applesauce.

Wednesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, tossed salad, mixed fruit.

Thursday: Turkey horseshoe, french fries, peaches.

Friday: Pepperoni pizza, green beans, scalloped apples.


Golden Circle

Golden Circle Nutrition Program lunch menus for the week Jan. 2-6, served at Pana Senior Center, Rt. 51 South:

Monday: Site closed.

Tuesday: Sloppy joe on bun, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, pickles, cinnamon applesauce.

Wednesday: Chicken and noodles, peas, carrots, pineapple chunks, whole grain bread.

Thursday: Beef stew, lettuce salad, cherry crisp, biscuit.

Friday: Barbecue ribbettes on bun, succotash, rosemary potatoes, strawberries and bananas.


Peace Meal

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week Jan. 2-6:

Monday: Site closed.

Tuesday: Italian beef sandwich, kidney bean salad, breaded tomatoes, peaches, bun.

Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, hominy, apricots, whole grain wheat bread, cake.

Thursday: Chicken breast, garden salad, sweet potatoes, pineapple, wheat roll.

Friday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, succotash, fruit cocktail, wheat roll, rice pudding.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: December 29, 2011

Darn near can’t get ‘em done in time! And from the pen that we thought would never run dry!

We’re talking about trying to keep up with 3 to 4 newspaper columns a week to satisfy what we consider our main responsibility.

So far we are still in the midst of doing our usual, but also trying to come along with another every once in a while.

This is to write another weekly effort for the additional readership acquired by the purchase of the Golden Prairie News at Assumption at the end of last year.

‘Tis a newsy publication covering the lively news world of Assumption, Moweaqua, Macon, moving up to the Elwin community.

All good folk – as we find attempting to supply their news and picture needs.

The opportunity of opening news doors to new territory and people and the chance to serve them also offers new challenges along Rt. 51.

As we move into other areas, changes will be made in structuring news coverage to put together a viable news map which hopefully becomes user friendly over the entire area.

We thank all for the wonderful reception and acceptance we’ve received.


Where did the time go? Christmas we mean. Seems like it was a “whirlwind” almost, to FFF!


Got to see many people – but not enough! And we’ve got to concentrate on people we remember, but are lax in recalling from one time to the next.

Speaking of people –

We are troubled by the loss of Mrs. Kenny Kamac, who died the past weekend.

Mrs. Kamac of Moweaqua, and Heritage Health, Pana, we found to be a  pleasant and strong lady in her intense fight against her medical problems.

In places where one is confined to the only offer of solace in such crises is to say “I’m sorry” for those you see in grief, and suffering, never seems adequate to us. But we do our best.

We go all the way back to sharing a year of high school here with Kenny, her husband, and send our sympathy to their family.

Don’t recall if it was a year, or a half, but he is a caring and good person.

We were good friends then, now – and hope to remain that way forevery!

Our heartfelt sympathy.


So Long

Owaneco News: December 29, 2011

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Bart and Christy Moomey, Ashley and Tyler, had dinner guests on Christmas Eve – Tom and Sally Dickerson, David Dickerson, Chicago, Michael and Dana of Lincoln and Larry and Penny Moomey.

Owaneco and Buckeye had a candlelight service on Christmas Eve. It was very impressive. Margie Satterlee, Penny Jane Gomez of Ft. Hood, Texas, Robin Moomey, Eryn Moomey and Penny Moomey all attended together.

Penny Jane Gomez was home for three days from Ft. Hood, Texas, to visit relatives over Christmas. She is the daughter of Bruce and Robin Moomey. She will be getting out of the Army in February after serving 5 years including two terms in Korea. Her husband, Robert, just went to Kuwait before Christmas.

Doris and Scott McLaughlin entertained Christmas night. Their company was Matt and Breanna McLaughlin, Taylorville, Dennis and Cathy McLaughlin, Steve and Dee McLaughlin, Marcella Pittinger, Jared McLaughlin, Taylorville, Mike McLaughlin, Peoria, Dave and Mandy Boehler and Will, Kincaid, Chad and Kelly McLaughlin, Mikella and Briar and Bill and Jane Everett.

Bill and Eileen Tex spent Christmas day with Brad and Cinda Coss, Nokomis. Brian and Jackie Coss were also there.

Bill and Jane Everett had the following for Christmas: Chad and Kelly McLaughlin, Mikella and Briar, Dave and Mandy Boehler and Will, Kincaid, Michael McLaughlin of Peoria and fiance Christy of Taylorville.

Bill Tex took Bill and Eileen Tex to his home in Springfield, where his wife, Kay, met them with grandchildren, Gary and Julie Simmons, Garen and Rachel, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bretz, Kyle and Nick, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jackson, Morgan, Kendra and Allie, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Lynch, Rory and Srenty.

Darlene Hargis Montgomery died Dec. 19. She was born in Owaneco, daughter of Elva and Mildred Hargis. She was married to Tyler Montgomery. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June. (See obituary in today’s PN-P).

Bob Crites of Taylorville, visited Marjorie Mollohan Friday, Dec. 23.

On Christmas, Larry and Penny Mollohan had as guests for supper, Marjorie Mollohan, Michael Mollohan, Madelyn Cosby and Courtney of Lincoln, Hildie Mollohan and Gary Allen Mollohan of Taylorville.

Christmas night, Larry and Penny Moomey had their family for supper and a gift exchange. Present were Brad and Robin Moomey, Eryn Moomey, Kyle, Micah, Taylorville, Penny Jane Gomez, Texas, Brent and Linda Moomey, Shawn Moomey, Curtis Eller, Taylorville, Ann Moomey, Justin Stevens, Taylorville, Bart and Christy Moomey, Ashley and Tyler and Margie Satterlee. They all enjoyed the evening together.

Brad and Robin Moomey, Eryn and Penny Jane Gomez, had Christmas dinner for Margie Satterlee, Larry and Penny Moomey, Betty Temmen and Phil Palmer.

Margie Satterlee spent two days with Gary and  Lana Campbell, West Frankfort, Eryn Moomey took her grandma where they met Lana. On Friday, they met in Vandalia where Brad and Eryn Moomey and Penny Jane Gomez picked up their grandma.

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!