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Archives for January 2012

Former Pana Man Killed In Saturday Accident

A 59-year-old former Pana man was killed in a three vehicle crash at 1:10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, near Lake Taylorville.

Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans identified the victim as Michael S. Coleman of Taylorville. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:21 a.m.

Calvert-Winans said preliminary autopsy results show Coleman died of multiple blunt force injuries, sustained from a motor vehicle collision. Toxicology results are pending.

According to the Illinois State Police, Coleman was driving a Chevrolet pick-up truck and was northbound on Illinois Route 29, just north of Kennedy Road. For unknown reasons, his vehicle crossed the double yellow center line into the southbound lane. A Ford pick-up truck, driven by Dylan W. Flowers, 20, of Mason, was southbound and the Coleman vehicle hit it head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. A passenger bus, which was also southbound, driven by Christine M. Smith, 55, of Owaneco, then struck the Coleman truck. There were no passengers aboard the bus and Smith was not injured. Driver of the other pick-up truck, Flowers, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. His injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Also assisting at the scene were the Taylorville Fire and Police departments and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

Sacred Heart Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

“Faith, Academics & Service,” is the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, Feb. 5.

On Sunday, Jan. 29, Sacred Heart School children particiated in Mass and SHOP served donuts after 9:00 morning mass.

Monday, Jan. 30 was comfy clothes day; Prayers of Intention service at 8:10 a.m.; Valentines for the nursing homes and a teacher baby picture guessing contest.

Following are activities for the remainder of the week:

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Crazy hat and sunglasses day; grades three through five to sing at nursing homes; SHOP games.

Wednesday, Feb. 1: Crazy sock day; movie at Roseland Theater; 9:30-10:30 teachers vs. 8th grade badminton contest. Cost is $1 to watch with donations going to the Pana Community Mission Center.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Favorite team and sports day (uniform  pants required); Pizza Man lunch (Cost $2); teacher luncheon; “Souper Bowl,” bring a can of soup to be donated to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry; Student variety show begins at 1:30 p.m.

There is no school on Friday. Students are reminded to bring in box tops. There will be daily prize drawings.

Panthers Girls Are Third In Carrollton Tournament

The Pana Panthers girls basketball team rebounded after their loss in the semi-finals of the Carrollton Tournament on Thursday to defeat Jacksonville Routt, 60-48, and take third place in the tournament on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Senior Alyssa Waddington scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to help propel the Panthers to their 23rd win of the season. She also had a double-double with 15 rebounds to go along with her 22 points. Charley Lett, who was named to the all-tournament team had 13 points. She also gave out 3 assists.

Nadine Vaughn cashed in with 9 points and Sydney Lett ended up with 7. Hannah Funneman added 6 points with Jessica Kasch getting 2 points. Kendal Frisina had a free throw.

Most of Pana’s winning margin came at the free throw line where they were able to hold the Rockets at bay. They made 9-of-14 in the final stanza and were 18-of-28 for the game, 64%. Routt was 10-of-21, 48%, for the game and were 4-of-7 in the fourth quarter. Both teams had two 3-point baskets and Pana had 18 2-pointers compared to 16 for the Rockets.

Pana was on top, 11-10, after one period and they found themselves ahead at halftime, 26-23. At the end of the third quarter, Pana’s lead was 43-37.


Pana couldn’t sustain their offense in the third quarter and Hardin-Calhoun turned a 27-20 halftime deficit into a 33-32 lead after three quarters and went on to a 53-47 win over the Panthers. It was just Pana’s fourth loss of the year.

The Panthers couldn’t stop Calhoun’s Jocie Klockein in the fourth quarter who scored 14 of her game-high 22 in the frame. She had 16 second half points. She was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player on Saturday.

After one quarter, Pana was down by one, 14-13. But in the second quarter, the Panthers were able to hold Calhoun to just 6 points and led 27-20 at the half. Pana went into an offensive funk in the third quarter, being out-scored 13-5 in those 8 minutes and again found themselves down, 33-32.

Pana’s leading scorer was Charley Lett with 15 points. She had 3 assists and on Saturday, was named to the all-tournament team. Hannah Funneman scored 9 of her 13 points in the second half and Jessica Kasch added 6 points before fouling out. Nadine Vaughn had 5 first half points and led the Panthers with 18 rebounds before she, too, fouled out of the contest. Alyssa Waddington chipped in with 4 points and Kendal Frisina and Rachel Alde each scored 2 points.

Pana went to the free throw line 13 times and sank 7 for 54%. Calhoun was 10-of-22 at the line, 45%.

Just two games remain in the regular season for the girls before regionals start next week. Both are South Central Conference games.

Tonight, Monday, Jan. 30, the girls travel to Hillsboro and on Thursday, Feb. 2, Pana takes on East Alton-Wood River for Senior Night. Alyssa Waddington and Jessica Kasch will be honored in ceremonies prior to the start of the varsity contest on Thursday night. Both nights of action tip-off with the junior varsity game at 6:00 p.m.


Panthers Win Vandalia Tourney; In Regional Semi-Final Tuesday

PANA JUNIOR HIGH School’s eighth grade boys basketball team won the Vandalia Invitational Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 26, with a 33-24 win over Staunton.

Members of the team are, in front from left, Blake Ade, Webber Jacobs, Christian Lett, Case Hudlin and Reide Beyers.

In back, Manager Ross Lynch, Coach Jason Storm, Tucker Moeller, Cody Bland, Rhett Zahradka, Jake Franklin and Jeff Winter.

NAMED AS THE Vandalia Tournament Most Valuable Player was Rhett Zahradka, left. Jake Franklin, right, was named to the all-tournament team.

The eighth grade boys basketball team of Pana Junior High School wrapped up the Vandalia Invitational Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 26, with a 33-24 win over Staunton to claim the tournament championship.

Rhett Zahradka poured in 21 points to lead the Panthers and he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Jake Franklin had 4 points in the game. He was named to the all-tournament team.

Webber Jacobs and Kody Bland each had 3 points with Christian Lett rounding out the scoring with 2 points.

After taking a 7-6 lead after one quarter, the Panthers out-scored the Bulldogs 10-5 in the second for a 17-11 halftime lead. After three quarters, Pana held on to a 24-19 lead.

“I am so proud of these kids,” Coach Jason Storm said. “Winning this tournament is such a reward for them for all the hard work that they have been putting in during practice.

“Rhett Zahradka played a very good game tonight. Our offense has been centered around Jake Franklin lately. Staunton did a tremendous job double teaming Jake and preventing him from getting the ball. Rhett did a nice job stepping up on the offensive end.”


With a 14-8 mark, the Panthers began play Saturday night, Jan. 28, in the IESA Class 8-3A Regional at Meridian. They emerged with a 41-10 win over Sullivan.

“This was one of the best games that we have played all year,” Storm said. “Earlier in the year we beat Sullivan 43-39 in a very close game. Our defensive was so impressive during this game. We forced them into bad shots and then did a great job rebounding to limit their second chances.”

Jake Franklin and Rhett Zahradka were Pana’s 1-2 punch with Franklin scoring 17 and Zahradka, 11 points. Kody Bland had 7 points and Jeff Winter, Blake Ade and Christian Lett finishing with 2 points each.

After jumping out to a 9-2 first quarter lead, Pana went on a 14-4 run in the second quarter to establish a comfortable 23-6 lead. Pana out-scored Sullivan 18-4 in the second half and did not allow them to score at all in the fourth quarter.

“We always preach to our kids that we want to be known as a defensive team and they are really buying into that and taking some pride in forcing turnovers, limiting good shots, and holding teams to a low score for the game,” the coach said. “We are currently on a 9 game winning streak which has taken our record from 6-8 to 15-8.”

Pana will meet host Meridian on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:15 p.m. in the second semi-final game of the tournament. Meridian beat Vandalia, 44-24 in their game on Saturday. In the first semi-final on Tuesday, number 1 seed Decatur Johns Hill takes on Central A & M at 6:00. The two semi-final winners meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, for the regional championship, also in Blue Mound.

Seventh Grade Panthers Win Regional

MEMBERS OF THE Pana Junior High School seventh grade basketball team won the IESA Class 7-3A Regional Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the PJHS gym. They defeated Shelbyville, 40-23.

Team members and cheerleaders are, in front from left, Dylan Moon, Josh Simac, Dalton Anderson, Joe England, Joshua Lenover and Shaye Czaikowski.

In back, Jeremy Adams, manager; Brianna Garland, Savannah Stalets, Sara Carman, Sydney Jones, Delaney Harmston, Blake Stauder, Nic Galvin, Mitchell Cothern, Tristen Wooldridge, Brock DeWerff, Coach Trevor Higgins, Chaney Niehart, Allison Wilsman, Danielle Simpson, Kailey Williams, Kate Merritt, Elizabeth Moon and Aubrey Puckett.


The seventh grade boys basketball team of Pana Junior High School have advanced to the IESA Class 7-3A Sectional Basketball Tournament in Shelbyville on Wednesday, Feb. 1. In the regional finals on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Pana Junior High School gym, they defeated Shelbyville, 40-23.

The game was tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter, but Pana’s defensive pressure forced Shelbyville into numerous turnovers  which they turned into points, and had a 20-11 lead at halftime. Pana was able to put 20 more points up on the board in the second half while holding Shelbyville to 12.

Nik Glavin had 16 points for the Panthers in the win. Brock Dewerff added 7 with Joe England and Blake Stauder each scoring 6 points. Josh Lenover and Tristan Wooldridge each scored 2 points and Josh Simac had 1 point.

Pana faces a familiar foe Wednesday as they take on Greenville in the Shelbyville High School gym. Greenville, 10-13, defeated Gillespie, 35-23, in their regional final last week.

The Panthers are 17-7, riding an eight game winning streak.


St. Pat’s Takes Class 7-1A Regional

THE SEVENTH GRADE boys basketball team of Sacred Heart School in Pana won the IESA Class 7-1A Regional on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Tower Hill Jefferson Middle School gym. St. Pat’s beat Cowden-Herrick, 47-29.

Members of the team are, kneeling, from left, Matt Copley, Nick McMillen, Jake McLeod, Jacob Latonis and Jack Epley.

In back are Coach John McLeod, Sam Magnussen, Adam Miller, Kyle Lynch, Nathaniel Moss and Coach Mike Miller.

(Gene Reed Photo)

A 12-4 run in the second quarter was what Sacred Heart St. Pat’s seventh grade boys basketball team needed to put some distance between them and Cowden-Herrick Thursday night, Jan. 26, in the Tower Hill Jefferson Middle School gym. St. Pat’s went on to a 47-29 win and capture the IESA Class 7-1A regional crown.

It was an 8-5 game, St. Pat’s, after one period, but the 12-4 run enabled St. Pat’s to post a 20-9 halftime lead. In the third quarter, behind four straight 3 point baskets by Jack Epley, St. Pat’s went on an 18-9 run and led, 38-18, going into the fourth quarter.

Top scorer for St. Pat’s was Adam Miller with 17 points. He also had 9 rebounds. Epley finished with 14 points and Nick McMillen had 7 points, including a 3. Matt Copley finished with 4 points and Kyle Lynch added 3. Jake McLeod rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

Konner Blackerby had 14 points for Cowden-Herrick.

St. Pat’s was 8-of-13 from the free throw line, 62%. Miller was 7-of-10 at the line. The Hornets were 1-of-2. Cowden-Herrick committed 22 turnovers and St. Pat’s had 14. It was close on the boards with St. Pat’s holding a 24-23 advantage. After Miller’s 9 came Copley with 5 and Epley got 4. Aaron Nohren had 8 rebounds for the Hornets and Duane Beck, 6.

St. Pat’s will host the IESA Class 7-1A Sectional on Wednesday night, Feb. 1, at 6:00 p.m. They take on Mulberry Grove, a 26-20 winner in their regional final with Sorento. St. Pat’s comes into the game with a 15-4 mark and Mulberry Grove is 14-2.

The winner advances to play in the state quarter-finals in St. Joseph-Ogden on Saturday, Feb. 4.

PJHS Volleyball Team Takes Tournament

The eighth grade Pana Junior High School volleyball team won three matches Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Pana High School gym to take their own invitational tournament championship.

The team beat Nokomis in a hard-fought three-game match for the championship, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13.

Katie Beck had 11 service points in the championship contest and Adrianna Suter served 10. Lexie Siegert and Renee Waddington served 9 points apiece. Reaghan Vaughn served 5 points.

Siegert, Vaughn and Abby Holthaus each made 7 kills and Waddington and Anna Osborn had 4 apiece. Laurel Funneman made 10 assists and Suter dished out 9.

Vaughn got a dozen digs and Beck had 10. Waddington got credit for 8 digs.

In the semi-final, Pana was a 25-21, 25-19 winner over Raymond Lincolnwood.

Serving honors went to Renee Waddington with 10 and Katie Beck and Adrianna Suter got 5 apiece. Myah Herbord mad 4 service points.

Lexie Siegert got 5 kills and Anna Osborn had 4. Siegert also had 2 blocks. Abby Holthaus got 3 kills. Suter led the squad with 8 assists and Laurel Funneman had 5. Vaughn made 7 digs with Waddington getting 6 and Beck, 5.

In the first match of the day, the Panthers handled Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 25-16, 25-23.

At the service line, Renee Waddington got 7 service points with Laurel Funneman, Lexie Siegert and Adrianna Suter making 5 apiece. Funneman had 4 aces and all 4 of Reaghan Vaughn’s service points were aces. Myah Herbord also had 4 service points.

Lexie Siegert got 8 kills with Abby Holthaus having 6. Vaughn had 5. Suter gave out 6 assists and Funneman dished out 4. Leader in digs was Katie Beck with 11 and Herbord and Vaughn each had 6. Kristen Lenover made 4.

The eighth grade team is 7-1 on the season and are home today, Monday, Jan. 30, for a match with Nokomis. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, they travel to Litchfield for a match.

Vs. Taylorville–

The Panthers were home to host Taylorville on Thursday, Jan. 26, and were 25-12, 25-17 winners.

Renee Waddington and Adrianna Suter had 7 service points each with Myah Herbord and Reaghan Vaughn each with 4. Vaughn made 4 aces.

Lexie Siegert and Abby Holthaus accounted for 4 kills each and Vaughn made 3. Laurel Funneman got 6 assists and Kristen Lenover led Pana with 9 digs. Katie Beck got 7 and Vaughn had 5 digs.

In the seventh grade match, Pana was a 25-18, 25-20 winner.

Colleen Weddle had 8 service points and 4 aces. She also had 4 kills. Madyson Butkauskas served 6 points and Daylee Denton had 4. Brooklyn Jewsbury made 3 service points, all aces and she had 2 kills. Sydney Maton had 2 kills as well.

Denton got 8 assists and 5 digs. Brooklyn Thompson got 4 digs in the contest.

The seventh grade is 2-3 and lead tonight’s and tomorrow’s matches with contests starting at 6:00 p.m. each night.

Obituaries: January 30, 2012

Michael Coleman

Michael S. Coleman, 59, of Taylorville, formerly of Pana, died Saturday, Jan. 28, as the result of a  three vehicle accident, near Lake Taylorville. Arrangements are incomplete at Sutton Funeral Home, Taylorville.

Legal Notices: January 30, 2012





NO. 2012-P-9


Notice is given of the death of Shirley A. Hague of Pana, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on January 19, 2012, to Gail L. Robertson, 1607 E. Tower Drive, Columbia, MO 65202, whose attorney is Robert J. Beyers, Beyers Law Office, 123 E. Third Street, Pana, IL 62557.

Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the Christian County Courthouse, Taylorville, IL 62568, or with the representative, or both, on or before August 6, 2012, or three months from the mailing of notice to creditors, whichever is later. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed.

Gail L. Robertson


Robert J. Beyers

Attorney for Executor

123 E. Third Street

Pana, IL 62557

Phone: 217/562-5077


Fact, Fun & Fillips: January 30, 2012

Today’s column started out to be a short one!!!

Not exactly because of shortage of material. In fact, we have so many subjects for possible use, popping up from the past – stretching out the need for more and more time to devote to each.


Used to think all we had to do was pick up pen and paper and push the pen. Not quite that easy any more!!!

And we’re trying to figure out what mental gymnastics are going on!


We’ve mentioned Regis Philbin, TV entertainer, and how each chapter of his new retirement book ends in words of wisdom. Actually he calls it, “What I Took Away From It All.”


“Loyalty to others tends to ensure that your loyalty will always be returned in kind.”

“Know how to take a ribbing, especially from people who obviously care about you – as well as those who do it for a living and mean you no harm. It’s really a compliment that they thought enough of you to talk about you in the first place.”


And so we say to that Mr. Philbin – “Amen.” Actually saw him appear this morning in a segment of “The View!”


We’re always talking about memory land, and past events . . . . .

One of our closest friends, classmate and talking to at a distance through all our years, has been Joseph Spinner of Kalamazoo, Mich., how a retired master of his own electronic world. That means he is retired as a government computer specialist.

Our link goes back to seventh grade in Washington School and that grade! “Zeb,” once when we were talking, told us he hates that “nickname.” But, all at once it zips across our mind why we do that, maybe!

To be perfectly clear though, there is no animosity involved in any of this – for he is one of our true best friends. For instance another of our Washington School friends, at the same time – is Roy Rundle, now and for many years of California and we keep in touch

All that to say “Thanks, Joe!” You couldn’t send anything better than the picture of our old ship, the USS Ostrich, AMS 29, an Atlantic Fleet minesweeper.

This my friend will lead to another bit in this column later describing our “home away from home” for almost 3 years.

We really do appreciate your going to the trouble of acquiring these articles for us, Joseph! So thank you!


Anybody around old enough to remember when our railroad tower here, was pictured as 3 stories, before being damaged by fire, or storm, or so we’ve heard.

We’d appreciate any information anyone could give!


So Long.