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Archives for April 2012

Prescription Drug Disposal Saturday

STUDENTS FROM PANA Junior High School remind residents they can take unwanted or out-of-date drugs to Pana’s Walgreens on Saturday, Apr. 28, for safe disposal without questions. Disposal hours are 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Pana Police Department, Taylorville Police Department and Christian County Sheriff Department along with the Christian County Prevention Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring medications for disposal to Walgreens in Pana and Taylorville and the Morrisonville Police Department at 307 SE Sixth St. on Saturday, Apr. 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds – 188.5 tons – of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds – nearly 500 tons – of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  In addition, Americans are now advised flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Pana and Taylorville Police Departments, Christian County Sheriff Department, the Christian County Prevention Coalition and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Christian County Garden Walk Centered in Pana

Featuring eleven gardens and seven-plus points of interest, the Master Gardeners of Christian County are hard at work on their second annual garden walk.

The Garden Walk will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the walk.  Call (217) 287-7246 for ticket information and other questions.

Visitors will take a delightful journey to the Pana area in the southeastern corner of the county. Historically, this junction point of several railroads was known as the City of Roses, the site of countless roses grown under glass for the floral industry. The association still lingers and many local businesses still feature garden plants and products.

“The 2012 Christian County Garden Walk showcases some of the most historic and unique sites to be found in Christian County,” says Linda Smith, Christian County Master Gardener.  “You won’t want to miss seeing any of the locations on this year’s Garden Walk.”

Seven gardens are concentrated in the historic area known as “Quality Hill.” The house, known as the Kitchell Mansion, and the residence, 205 S. Cedar, which once was the carriage house, are anchors on this locale. The mature gingko, persimmon, sassafras and walnut trees surrounding the carriage house home of Dan and Jill Alde shelter a garden tended by Dan. With his roots deep in the horticultural business of his forebearers, Jill says her husband can bring anything back to life. Her particular challenge is searching for colorful, shade-tolerant plants.

Civil War Captain John Wycliffe Kitchell’s masterpiece, 208 Spruce, is home to Joseph Kahak and Eni Duarte-Kahak and will be opening its grounds to visitors, replete with a unique fountain under the shade of a statuesque, native tulip poplar, along with many other varieties of trees planted by the home’s second owners, Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Siegert.

John and Jackie Metzger, 605 E. 3rd, decided to incorporate their home’s evergreen shrubs into their landscape update. Serving as a backdrop for deciduous shrubs and a display of perennials and colorful annuals, the home is a tribute to tradition and easy care.

“The family that scoops mulch together, stays together,” says Jackie.

The Children’s Playhouse at the home of Steve and Angie Fry, 604 E. 3rd, is a popular spot for young and old alike. Visitors will appreciate Angie’s growing garden expertise. Inspired by her Master Gardener mother Jean Shuler, this gardener’s visits to area Garden Walks has resulted in a family-oriented garden filled with lots of flowers.

Also featured on Quality hill is the 1894 carriage house at the home of Bob and Paulette Hall, 600 E. 3rd, surrounded by hand laid brick walkways and patios accented by roses and hydrangeas. A focal point at the home of Charles and Betty Downs, 700 E. 3rd, is the island bed brimming with perennials. Physician Deo Quizon and his wife Emerita, 200 S. Spruce, will share their cozy patio area, shaded by Japanese maple and chestnut trees.

A short drive to the southeast brings Garden Walk visitors to the garden of Charlotte Roark, 701 S. Locust. The two-story home is framed and grounded by freeform beds and borders on its corner lot. This garden is a tribute to someone who uses her garden knowledge and shares it with visitors who stop to admire the beauty of the plants that are there.

Capping the 2012 Garden Walk are three lovely estates in the area.  Linda and Larry Marsh’s home, 39 Lake Shore Drive, Pana, welcomes visitors with a front drive loaded with curb appeal. Linda re-purposes old bricks and other materials in retaining walls and walkways in a landscape lovingly tended for 18 years. She and Larry are serious gardeners, possessors of “His” and “Hers” garden sheds. Century-old white oaks throughout the property have given them the chance to succeed with shade-loving hostas and hydrangeas.

Frank and Carol Allbright’s garden, 149 N. 2350 East, Pana, challenged the homeowners to work with the natural terrain. Using a specialized irrigation system and taking advantage of the privacy of a wooded drive, the Allbrights have integrated planting beds and patio areas into a garden that overlooks Paragon Lake.

Linda Kehias’ arboretum, 2152 IL Rte. 16, Rosamond, is best appreciated at your leisure. She and her late husband, Avgary, delighted in planting unusual trees, accented with shrubs and perennials. She credits her mother with piquing her interest in gardening and that interest has come into its own in Linda’s life.  She says, “You can never have too many plants.”

This year’s garden walk gives the Christian County Master Gardeners a chance to shine the spotlight on many of Pana’s hidden treasures.  Also featured will be the Anderson Prairie and Butterfly House, the Coal Creek Village Heritage Garden, the Dudley Smith Farm, the Rosamond Cemetery and its historic Lincoln statue, and the landscaping of the United in Faith Church (drawn up by the Master Gardeners for the congregation). Other sites are coming on board in the final weeks of the spring.

Grand Jury Indictments Implicate Nine Persons

The Christian County Grand Jury convened on Thursday, April 19, and returned nine “true bills” against eight county residents and an Alton man.

The indictments include the following:

Alter Ivy, 29, with addresses at 5 S. Maple and 2508E 320 North Road, two felony complaints; Holly Smith, 43, 314 S. Clark, and Rachael Purkes, 25, of 301 N. Locust St., Pana, two complaints; Delbert Cox, 44, of 327 W. Samuel Assumption; Gary Durbin, 45, four counts; James Burgess, 33; Charlene Ray, 59, (two counts), all of Taylorville; Clint Sparkes, 19, Edinburg, and Brandon Gardner, 22, of Alton.

Ivy is accused of committing retail theft, stealing a flat screen TV from Wal-Mart in Pana Dec. 4, 2011 valued at more than $300, and burglary on Nov. 8, 2011, entering Mach One at 1224 Springfield Road, Taylorville with intent to commit theft.

•Smith is accused of unlawful possession of controlled substance, less than one gram of cocaine on Mar. 3 in Pana.

•Purkes is charged with two counts of escape, having been convicted of possession of methamphetamine precursor (in each instance), a felony, knowingly failed to report to Christian County Correctional Center, a penal institution, at 9:00 a.m., Mar. 16 to begin serving her sentence of incarceration.

•Cox, on Mar. 23, is accused of producing from 100 to 400 grams of methamphetamine in Christian County. The Class X felony carries a potential 9-40 years imprisonment and fine up to $200,000.

•Durbin is charged with two counts of aggravated battery Mar. 26 in Taylorville, pushing, shoving and kicking Ben Toberman and Josh Ushman, knowing them to be peace officers engaged in their official duties; resisting a peace officer Mar. 23, Officer Ben Toberman, pushing, shoving and kicking the policeman, and the Mar. 23 battery of a woman who was a family/household member, whom he allegedly slapped with his open hand about the back of the head and neck area.

•Burgess, on Apr. 5, in Taylorville, is charged with obstructing justice with intent to prevent his own apprehension, furnishing false information to Officer Alan Mills as to the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident, relating that “Steve” was driving when in fact, he, Burgess, was the driver.

•Ray is accused of the offenses of unlawful possession of methamphetamine-less than 5 grams of meth, and unlawful possession of meth-making materials for the purpose of using them to produce meth.

•Allegations against Sparks are aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, having an uncased, loaded pistol in the vehicle he was operating, with the pistol immediately accessible to him when he carried it, and unlawful consumption of alcoholic liquor, Apr. 1 in Taylorville.

•Gardner is cited with the Feb. 7 offense of aggravated assault upon Demarko Ovington, while committing an assault, discharged a firearm and placing the victim in apprehension of receiving a battery, in Taylorville.

Rockets Trip Pana Softball Team Saturday

The Rochester Rockets ended the Pana Panthers’ 5-game softball winning streak Saturday, Apr. 21, at Pana’s Tanner Park, 13-5. The Panthers used a 5-run third to take a 5-3 lead, but couldn’t hold off the Rockets in the later innings.

Amanda Fisher was the winning pitcher for the Rockets and Susan Smart was tagged with the loss to go 1-4 on the season. She gave up 10 hits and walked 13 while striking out 4. Pana had 9 hits in the game, but committed 4 errors behind Smart.

Pana didn’t have an extra base hits and Smart led the Panthers’ offense with 2 singles. Bre Kay, Raven Horsthemke, Kendal Frisina, Sydney Lett and Ali McNeely also singled.

Vs. Morrisonville–

Pana and Morrisonville combined for 19 runs and 24 hits which Pana won by an 11-8 count. Much like Saturday’s game, the Panthers spotted the Mohawks 3 runs before tying the game, 3-3, with a 3-run third.

Raven Horsthemke led Pana’s offense with 4 base hits with Sydney Miller having 3 hits. Bre Kay doubled and singled with Kendal Frisina, Kelsie England, Hannah Merrifield each having 2 hits. Susan Smart had a base hit and she picked up her first win of the season pitching. Smart gave up 8 runs on 8 hits. She struck out 6 and walked 4.

Pana’s game at Greenville was washed out due to rain Friday, Apr. 20. No make-up date has been set.

With a better weather outlook for the first part of the week, the Panthers are headed off to Piasa for a conference game with Southwestern today, Monday, Apr. 24. Marquette Catholic comes to Tanner Field on Tuesday, Apr. 25, and on Wednesday, Apr. 26, the Panthers travel to Vandalia. All three games have 4:30 p.m. start times.

Panthers Snap 10-Game Losing Streak Thursday

The Pana Panthers baseball team ended a 10-game losing streak at Panthers Field on Thursday, Apr. 19, with a 6-0 win over the Ramsey Rams. It was Pana’s first win since Apr. 2.

Raustin Zahradka pitched a 3-hit shutout against the Rams. He went the distance and mowed down 11 while walking 1. He also singled twice and drove in a run.

Alex Metzger tripled and had 2 singles, driving in 3 runs for Pana. Also with 2 singles each were Tyson Spencer, Jordan Clark and Kyle Houston. Kyle Matthews had a stolen base for Pana.

With the win, Pana is 3-14 and 0-2 in the South Central Conference. Their game at home with Greenville was postponed due to the rain Friday, Apr. 20.

This afternoon, Monday, Apr. 23, Pana will play host to Piasa Southwestern at Panthers Field. They head to Alton on Tuesday, Apr. 24, for a game with Marquette Catholic. They will return home on Wednesday, Apr. 25, to take on Vandalia. All three games start at 4:30 p.m. and all three are league games. Thursday, Apr. 26, Pana steps out of the conference for a game at Shelbyville which also starts at 4:30 p.m.


Pana Junior High School Track Results

BLAKE STAUDER, SEVENTH grade boys track team member, takes part in the long jump during Thursday’s, Apr. 19, meet at Brummett Field.

He finished second in the competition with a jump of 15-feet, 4-1/2 inches.

(Gene Reed Photo)

Following are results from the Pana Junior High School track meet held Thursday, Apr. 19, between Pana, Shelbyville and Mt. Zion:


7th Grade–

Shelbyville 55, Pana 47, Mt. Zion 37

100 – 1) Daylee Denton, :14.2; 4) Kameron Cole, :15.0.

200 – 4) Jessica Swenny, :34.5.

400 – 1) Colleen Weddle, 1:11.5; 2) Clarie Henschen, 1:13.5; 3) Brooklyn Jewsbury, 1:16.7.

800 – 2) Claudia Magnussen, 2:46.5.

1,600 – 1) Magnussen, 5:56.

4 x 100 – 1) Pana, :55.5.

4 x 400 – 1) Pana, 4:52.

Hurdles – 1) Weddle, :19.6; 2) Cole, :19.6; 4) Mykaela Matthews, :21.4.

L. Jump – 3) Weddle, 13-1 1/4; 4) Denton, 13-1.


8th Grade–

Mt. Zion 64, Shelbyville 50, Pana 27

100 – 3) Reaghan Vaughn, :15.2 ; 4) Breanna Hall, :15.3.

4 x 100 – 1) Pana, :56.8.

4 x 400 – 1) Pana, 5:58.8.

Hurdles – 1) Lauren Merrifield, :18.7.

H. Jump – 2) Myah Herbord, 4-2; 3) Sheila Kennedy, 4-0; 4) Renee Waddington, 4-0.

L. Jump – 3) Herbord, 13-1; 4) Anna Osborn, 12-1.



7th Grade-

Mt. Zion 58; Pana 50; Shelbyville 37

100 – 4) Jack Epley, :13.4.

400 – 1) Adam Miller, 1:04.1; 2) Nik Galvin, 1:07.2; 3) Blake Stauder, 1:09.3.

800 – 4) Josh Simac, 2:45.6.

4 x 100 – 1) Pana, :52.9.

4 x 200 – 2) Pana, 2:02.8.

4 x 400 – 1) Pana, 4:17.

Hurdles – 1) Miller, :18.2; 3) Stauder, :20.2.

H. Jump – 1) Miller, 5-4; 2) Galvin, 4-8; 4) Joe England, 4-8.

P. Vault – 4) Mason Hrabak, 7-0.

Shot – 2) Owen Herbord, 33-4.

Discus – 3) Herbord, 98-1.

L. Jump – 2) Stauder, 15-4 1/2.


8th Grade-

Shelbyville 79; Pana 34; Mt. Zion 32

100 – 4) Travis McKay, :13.7.

400 – 2) Preston Collins, 1:07.8.

1,600 – 4) Case Hudlin, 6:01.6.

4 x 100 – 1) Pana :52.2.

4 x 200 – 1) Pana, 2:00.1.

4 x 400 – 1) Pana, 4:25.

Hurdles – 2) Logan Dameris, :21.5.

P. Vault – 3) Christian Lett, 8-3.

Shot – 4) Austin Gruber, 34-2.

Discus – 3) Gruber, 104-2; 4) Blake Ade, 103-5.

L. Jump – 2) Tucker Moeller, 14-5 1/2; 3) Reide Beyers, 14-1.

Upcoming meets: Today, Monday, Apr. 23, at Hillsboro, 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Apr. 24, vs. Mattoon and Meridian, 4:00 p.m.; Friday, Apr. 27, at Shelbyville Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

Out in Left Field: April 23, 2012

So much for the resurrection of the Cubs this season. So far, the high expectations of Theo Epstein have not come to pass.

I know Cubs fans were expecting Epstein to work the same miracle in Wrigley Field like he did in Boston. But from the looks of things, it’s going to take more than a miracle – more like an exorcism at Clark and Addison.


And, if I were Chicago Manager Dale Sveum, the next time Alfonso Soriano swings at the first pitch of an at bat, he’d be on the bench.

Not that I watched a whole lot of baseball this weekend, but it seems every time I did, and every time Soriano was up, regardless of the circumstances, he’s swinging at the first pitch.

Not going to win a lot of ball games when a pitcher knows one of the batters is going to swing away on the first pitch ever time.


Within the next issue or two, I’ve got an interesting story which Mitch Cloe of Pana – and head softball coach at Pana High School – has put together on softball in Pana.

Brought back a lot of memories and I think you’ll enjoy it.


I’d like to compliment the Pana School Board on their vote last Monday night to give soccer a chance at the high school level.

I’m sure all seven gave the issue a lot of thought before they voted. I can certainly understand the hesitancy of some as the district begins such an undertaking.  I think this will be a tremendous opportunity for some students to participate in sports who don’t regularly.

I think in years to come, we’ll look back on this decision as a positive one for the students and the community. I don’t look for the program to fail, but even if it would, at least a positive effort was made and sometimes, trying is the better part of valor.

As a proponent of high school soccer, even if the vote had gone the other way, I would have at least felt our school board had done their due diligence and the entire board had come to the best decision possible.

We salute them. . . .


Our old friend from a number of years back, Steve Queen, who worked for Bob Ridings, Inc. here in Pana some time ago, has taken his love of horse racing to a new level. For the past few years, he has been photographing the premier horse races around the country – including the Kentucky Derby – and is now taking his craft to the international level.

Last month, he covered the Dubai World Cup in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the Pana News-Palladium. As you can see in the photo below,  his spot reserved for him along the rail with “Pana News” written on the rail.

I though it was kind of cool. . . . .


See you next week!

Obituaries: April 23, 2012

Eva Clements

Eva Rosalie Clements, 83, of Paris, mother of Pana survivors, died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Paris Community Hospital Emergency Room. Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home, Paris, in charge of arrangements.

Births: April 23, 2012

Mitchell and Brittany Wellman of Bloomington, are parents of a daughter, born at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012, in St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Molly Kathryn weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Mike and Kathy Morrison of Henry and Randy and Mary Wellman of Highland, IN. Great-grandparents are Dorothy Kiser, Madge Morrison and Ida Bland of Pana, and James and Victoria Wellman, Mountain Home, AR.

Corrections To Pana School Board Story

The following are corrections to the Pana School Board story which appeared in the Thursday, Apr. 19, issue of the PN-P.

In regards to the leasing, lease/purchase of buses by the district, the newspaper reported there would be no buses on the depreciation list at the end of the school year. This was incorrect. Actually, nine of the 18 would be coming off the list. By leasing and lease/purchasing the five buses, the majority of the buses would be on the depreciation schedule.

In connection with the bids for janitorial supplies, the $9,100 of the supply bids were approved. Another $13,600 maximum is pending approval until samples of the items can be tested.

Total of the order is $22,700, compared to past expenditures in the range of $35,000-$38,000.

The newspaper regrets the errors.