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Archives for March 2012

Lawrence Jannink Honored for 50 Years Of Service To Pana Fire Department

AN OPEN HOUSE/RECEPTION to Mark the 50th anniversary of service to the Pana Fire Department was held Sunday, Mar. 25, in the Pana Fire House on East First Street.

Jannink began his career in March, 1962, and has served ever since.

He was presented a plaque in appreciation of his service to the city by Pana Mayor Steve Sipes, in the top photo.

In the bottom photo, State Representative Wayne Rosenthal, right, presented Jannink with an Illinois House of Representatives Resolution honoring him on his 50th anniversary.

Refreshments were served during the two-hour long event and more than 100 guests were in attendance during the afternoon celebration.

Millie Meyerholz will have a feature story on Jannink and his career in an upcoming edition of the PN-P.

(Gene Reed Photos)

Delbert Cox, Pana, Arrested On Meth Charge; Posts Bond

The Christian County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Delbert Cox, 43, of Pana, on charges of Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Manufacturing.

At a bond hearing held Saturday, Mar. 24, Judge Brad Paisley set bond at $200,000. Cox was released from the Christian County Correctional Center after posting $20,000 cash bond. A court date of Thursday, Apr. 12, at 10:00 a.m. was set.

According to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Cox was arrested Friday, Mar. 23, by members of the Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG) with the assistance of the Illinois State Police, Methamphetamine Response Team and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of the investigation materials consistent with methamphetamine production were seized.

When Christian County Deputies approached Cox in his vehicle, an alleged active meth lab was discovered. Cox alledgedly was using the shake and bake method to produce meth. Authorities said Cox had in his procession over 900 grams of substance containing methamphetamine.

Under Illinois statute, a person who participates in the manufacture of 400 grams or more of methamphetamine or a substance containing methamphetamine is guilty of a Class X felony, and subject to imprisonment of not less that 15 years and not more than 60 years, and subject to a fine not to exceed $400,000 or the street value of the methamphetamine whichever is greater.

The investigation is continuing at this time.

Special Meeting; Cowden-Herrick School Board

A special meeting of the Cowden-Herrick School Board will be held on Thursday, Mar. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Library of the Herrick School.

Items on the agenda are a closed session for evaluation of employees and discussion of a student discipline issue; action on dismissal of a certified employee; and action on re-employment of non-tenured certified employees.

Annual Variety Show Lineup: Mar. 30-31

The Annual Variety Show sponsored by the Pana Music Boosters is Friday, Mar. 30 and Saturday, Mar. 31,  in the Pana Jr. High Auditorium at 6:30 each evening.

Admission is $2 for students and $3 for adults.  All money made goes back to the Pana Music students.

Marci Cole, coordinator of the two nights, has announced the lineup for the two shows.

Friday night’s Master of Ceremonies is Heath Strom.  He will be introducing acts and telling  his wonderfully funny jokes for this evening.

The Jr. High Chorus will start off the night honoring our service men and women by singing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine’s theme songs as our American Flag will be presented.  Taylor Strom and Rebecca Fonseca will sing “The National Anthem”.

The Jr. High will stay on stage and perform two numbers, “Pass Me By” from the movie Father Goose and “We’re the Future of Tomorrow.”

The High School Chorus will follow.  They will perform three numbers, “Dream,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Hey, Ba-ba-ba-re-bah.”

Next group to perform is the high school band.  They will be performing Firework, a Katy Perry song, 25 or 6 to 4 , a Chicago tune, and Low Rider by War.

Following the groups will be four solos: Eric Shallenbarger singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, Kim West singing “No One Knows Who I Am” from Jekyll and Hyde, Hannah LeDuc a student who attends  Pana Sacred Heart, performing “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, and Secily Moss performing “Only Hope” from the movie A Walk to Remember.

Next on stage will be two sisters Taylor and Teagan Strom singing “Sisters”.

A group of high school girls from the chorus who call themselves “The Chicks” – Olivia Littleton, Sarah Kennedy, Alisha Reider, and Kristan Durbin will perform “It Matters to Me” a song made popular by Faith Hill.

The final selection  before intermission will be Aylssa Anderson and Molly Bryan singing a song by Colby Clay called “Bubbly.”

Coming back from the intermission, Rebecca Fonseca will perform her contest piece, “Le Festin” from Ratatioulle.  Next will be Hannah Michael and Kim West singing their contest piece “Take These Wings.”

Janie Steele from Ramsey will perform a song called, “End of the Beginning.” Will Strobel also from Ramsey will then do his rendition of Reb Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof  “If I Were a Rich Man.”

Eric Shallenbarger and Molly Bryan will take stage next and perform a song from The Wizard of Oz, “Over the Rainbow.”   Taylor Strom will then perform a Barbra Streisand number, “Don’t Rain on my Parade.”

A trio of young men will dazzle the audience  on  guitar and vocals with  a song called “Wagon Wheel.”  They are Tyler Clark, Kendall Scott, and Eric Shallenbarger.

Friday evening’s show will conclude with the drama group under the direction of Heather Strom performing a skit called Rockin’ Rickie Rocket, Jr.

Saturday night’s Variety Show promises another great night of talent and entertainment.  Regina Hilbert will be Master of Ceremonies.  She is a great entertainer and will show that during the “in between” performances.

To start Saturday night’s show off Izzy Miller will play the “Star Spangled Banner” on the piano.  She will then play “Turkish March” by Beethoven.

The Community Choir directed by Marci Cole will perform three selections.  They are “Elijah and Joshua,” “Button Up Your Overcoat,” and “Dream.”

Next on stage will be four solos.  They are Eric Shallenbarger performing, “Orange Colored Sky,” Taylor Strom performing a song from Jekyll and Hyde, “Someone Like You,” Sheila Kennedy performing “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, and Molly Bryan performing “Memory” from Cats.

Lyric Ballew and Bree Thompson will sing a duet called “Remember Me.”  Next is a high school student from Nokomis, Emelia Ferrero that will sing a song made popular by the rock artist Pink, called “Glitter in the Air.”  Four Jr. High students from Nokomis, Alia Stewart, Brianna Anderson, Ruth Ann Patton, and Shari Contrerts will perform a double duet called “Humpty Dumpty.”

Taking the stage is Amber Pease, a fourth grader from Ramsey to do her rendition of “I Enjoy Being a Girl” from  Flower Drum Song. Alia Stewart and Brianna Anderson   from Nokomis, will come back on stage to sing a duet, “Bye, Bye Blackbird.” Madison Hilbert will sing Stereo Hearts.   Hannah LaBrie a seventh grader from Pana will then perform “Jesus Take the Wheel,” a song made popular by Carrie Underwood.

The last number to be performed before the intermission will be a group of Pana Jr. High girls,  Chaney Niehart, Brianna Garland, Sheila Kennedy, and Jenna Dudra .  They will sing their contest song, “Once Upon a December.”

Coming back from intermission and starting the second part of Saturday night’s Variety Show will be Whitney Hill singing a jazz version made popular by Barbra Streisand called “I Had Myself a True Love.”  Next performing is a former student of PHS, John Spurgeon singing a song from Chess called “Anthem.”

Taylor Strom and Rebecca Fonseca will sing a duet called “You Raise Me Up” who was made popular by Josh Grobin.  Eric Shallenbarger will take the stage again and sing “Close Every Door” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Whitney Hill comes back to the stage to sing a duet with her mom, Marci Cole called “Pie Jesu.”  Baylee Klein then will perform “Black Horse,” followed by Taylor Strom and Eric Shallenbarger doing a duet from Grease called “You’re the One That I Want.”

Marci Cole will perform with Anthony Smith, a former student of hers to “The Dance,” a Garth Brooks song.  He will stay on stage  and perform a song “Realize” with his daughter Molly Bryan. The final song will be  performed by a trio of former Pana High School students, Jake Miller, Cody Bilyeu, and Anthony Smith in a band called “In Loving memory” and “Big Machine.”

Charlie Decker Is March Senior of the Month at FNB

CHARLIE DECKER, RIGHT, receives his First National Bank of Pana Senior of the Month certificate for March from FNB Controller Allyson Curry.

The First National Bank of Pana’s March Senior of the Month is Charlie Decker, son of Chuck and LeAnne Decker, Pana.

Charlie has a 4.1 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is Senior Class President. He is an Honor Student and member of the Model UN and the Foreign Language Club.

Away from school, Charlie enjoys playing the bass guitar, ukulele and piano. He also likes snowboarding, hiking, white-water rafting and unicycling. Other interests include Boy Scouts, 4-H and scuba diving.

He is employed with Slack Glass Co. in Pana and Roseland Theatre. He has been a camp counselor at the 4-H Memorial Camp.

After high school, he plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley, or Millikin University and major in Music.


Pana Mayor Steve Sipes Takes Part In ‘Mayors for Meals’ Campaign

PANA MAYOR STEVE Sipes, third from left, took part in the annual Golden Circle Nutrition Program’s “Mayors for Meals” campaign on Wednesday, Mar. 21.

He delivered this meal to Larry Steele, left, along with GCN volunteers Art Hohen, second from left and Janet Hohen, right.

This annual campaign is intended to increase public awareness in the local community.

Senior citizens, or anyone over the age of 60 or has a disability, are welcome to come to the Pana Senior Citizens Center, south on Route 51, for meals during the week, Monday through Friday. For more information on attending, or having meals delivered, contact the center from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at 562-5611.

Weddings: March 26, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Cooper

Jamie Diane Walter of Tower Hill, and Tyler Luke Cooper of Coffeen, were united in marriage at 7:00 p.m., Nov. 11, 2011, in Pana Christian Church. Minister Dick Wamsley of Taylorville Christian Church and Rev. Bill Cooper, grandfather of the groom, officiated.

Jamie is the daughter of James and Sharon Walter of Tower Hill and Tyler is the son of Staci Mollett of Panama and John and Peggy Cooper, Coffeen.

The bride wore an ivory lace gown by Allure Bridal. Maid of honor was Megan Burrell. Bridesmaids were Kiley Koons, Courtney Endsley, and Kerriann Cooper, sister of the groom. Jr. bridesmaid was Kaddy Perry, cousin of the bride.

Best man was Michael Murphy. Groomsmen were Colby Cooper, brother of the groom, Alex Holtschulte and Garrett Young. Ushers were Casey Walter and Calen Walter, brothers of the bride, and Shawn Robinson and Kevin Wiltshire.

Whitney Walter and Lauren Jenkins, cousins of the bride, were guest book attendants. Cheryl Sexton was pianist and a special was performed by Brock and Jacob Trexler.

The church ceremony and reception, following at Pana Eagles Club, were candle lit and decorated in black, ivory and tiffany blue accents.

The couple resides in North Pole, Alaska, where Tyler will be stationed at Eielson Air Force Base until 2014.

Pana Girls, Boys, First, Second in Track Meet

The Pana High School boys and girls track and field teams played host to Meridian and Cowden-Herrick on Tuesday, Mar. 20, at Brummett Field. The girls came out on top in their meet with 80 points and the boys came up short by just 5 points in winning their portion. Meridian took the boys contest with 81 points and Pana had 77.

In the girls meet, the Panthers won 11 events and second in 7 more to post the win. Pana had 80 points in the meet, followed by Cowden-Herrick with 66 and Meridian, 18.

Both teams are headed to Rochester Tuesday afternoon, Mar. 27, for a meet with the Rockets  and Carlinville. It is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

Alyssa Waddington MVP of Carlinville All-Star Game

For the second year in a row, a Pana High School girls basketball player was named the Most Valuable Player of the Carlinville Rotary Club’s Area All-Star Game.

Alyssa Waddington, senior at PHS and daughter of Jeff and Crystal Waddington, scored 22 points and helped lead the East All-Starts past the West All-Stars, 77-70, in the Carlinville High School gym Sunday afternoon, Mar. 25.

Last year, Pana’s Allison Allen was the MVP of the tournament.

The East was behind, 59-55, going into the fourth quarter. They out-scored the West, 22-11 in the final stanza.

Waddington, who scored 11 points in each half, was 3-of-4 in the fourth quarter at the free throw line and was 6-of-7 for the game. She also had two 3-point baskets.

The East now leads the series 6-3.

In the boys game, Chase McPeak of Roxana made a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left for the West in a 101-98 victory. Joey Coonrod, who set up the game-winner with a nice pass and scored 13 points, was named MVP. The West now leads the series 7-3.

Coach of the Year Awards went to Ken Schuster of Pana, who was named Girls Coach of the Year and Jeff Krumwiede of Carrollton, who was named Boys Coach of the Year.


Out in Left Field: March 26, 2012

I’m thinking it should be a decent Final Four on Saturday.

Was hoping more Big 10 teams would have been involved, but, the conference has Ohio State. Won’t really wager on it, but the Buckeyes are on good footing with the other three teams.

Don’t think I’d bet against Kentucky, but they might possibly have played their “perfect game” on Sunday afternoon. I’m sure they’ll have plenty in the tank come Saturday, but they need to play at the same level to beat Louisville. Can they do it again? Time will tell.


Seeing some scores coming out of the “Grapefruit League” in Florida doesn’t give me much hope for the Mets in 2012. Maybe they’ll get the bad games out of their system down there.

The other day, I saw they lost to the Washington Senators (they are the Senators, aren’t they?), 12-0.

Hard to win ball games when you’re team settles with Bernie Madoff’s victims for $168 million and you’re “happy” with that win!


Some interesting stories coming out of Champaign this weekend on replacing Bruce Weber.

Looks like Thomas might be down to his third or fourth choice – that’s got to give fans a lot of confidence. . . .


One more note on last week’s Illinois Wesleyan national championship. . . .

I was very impressed by this photo below Vicki Pastor sent me Monday night – sorta set the tone of the championship game for the Titans.

That’s 6-foot Olivia Lett of Pana out-jumping George Fox’s All-American center, 6-5 Hannah Munger for the opening tip to start the championship game.


See you next week!