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Archives for May 2012

Early Morning Storm Grazes County

SHORTLY AFTER 1:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 29, a number of people in Pana and the surrounding area were awaken with the pingging noise of hail stones on the sides of their homes and cars.

The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the southwestern part of Christian County and the southern half of Shelby County around 1:00 a.m. today. The warning expired for Shelby County around 2:30 a.m.

There was enough wind to bring down some tree limbs, but no major property damage was reported. Hail did some minor damage to plants and crops, however the extent of the damage was not known as of presstime today. Rain measured about a half-inch in some parts of Pana as well as in the country.

Shae Cohan snapped these pictures during the storm. The top photo shows the storm, illuminated by bright lightning. At right, one of the hail stones which fell in the Rosamond area and just north of Pana. The hail was nearly the size of a quarter.

Memorial Day Mass at Calvary

A MEMORIAL DAY tradition in Pana continued on Monday, May 28, with the celebration of Mass on the wind-swept slope of Calvary Cemetery, just west of Pana.

Fr. Robert Spriggs, center, of Effingham, was the celebrant with Dennis Pastor, left, and Steve Chladney, right, assisting. In the foreground is Richard Moss reading intercession prayers just before the offertory. 

More than 100 people attended the Mass.

Rosemary Bredehoft, 92, Pana Philanthropist, Dies

Rosemary Keltner Bredehoft, 92, of Pana, died Monday, May 28, 2012 in Heritage Health, Pana.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, in the United in Faith Church, Pana, with Rev. Marilyn Rauch of the Pana United in Faith Church officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 1, at 1:00 p.m. in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Marion.

Mrs. Bredehoft was born in Creal Springs, on Oct. 18, 1919, the daughter of John Clyde and Mary Randolph Keltner.  In 1924, the family moved to Marion. Rosemary graduated in 1937 from Marion High School and began employment at the United Gas and Electric Company and then the Bank of Marion. On Apr. 25, 1948, she married Elmer Henry Bredehoft. One child was born, John William Bredehoft, of Columbia, Mo. Mr. Bredehoft died Dec. 3, 1993 in Pana.

While a resident of Marion, Mrs. Bredehoft was a member of the Junior Women’s Club, Charter Member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and a Junior Gray Lady Volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital. As a member of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church of Marion, she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member and Junior Deaconess.

In 1952, Mr. Bredehoft was transferred by CIPS (now Ameren) from Marion to Pana. Mrs. Bredehoft immediately adopted Pana as her home and became an active member of the Lincoln School PTA, Music Boosters, Honorary Member of the Tuesday Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary, Hospital Volunteer and a member of the Humanitarian Council. She was also very active as a Friend of the Library and a 50-year plus member of the Pana Presbyterian Church, now the Pana United in Faith Church, serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir and Women’s Fellowship Member and Church Trustee, Elder, and Deacon.  In addition, Mrs. Bredehoft truly adopted Pana as her home and was a caring and generous contributor to all the Pana fundraisers and needs, especially for her church, Pana Community Hospital, Pana Library, Pana Park and numerous other needy and worthwhile endeavors undertaken for the betterment and improvement of Pana. In 2005 she was honored by Pana and graciously served as the Grand Marshall of the Labor Day Parade.

Since the late 1920’s Mrs. Bredehoft has been a loyal St. Louis Cardinal fan.

In addition to her son, John William Bredehoft, she is survived by one sister-in-law, Helen Bredehoft, Sun City, Fla., nephews, great nephews, great-great nieces and nephew, great-great-great niece and nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Pana Community Hospital; Carnegie-Schuyler Library, Pana or donor’s choice.

McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences may be sent to

Pana Farmers Market Returns Friday

The Pana Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market is returning.

Beginning Friday, June 1, the market returns to its Kitchell Park location from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Farmers Market will be held every Friday during the growing season through September.

Illinois producers will feature in-season vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and more. Produce will be available as weather prevails and while quantities last.

For more information, contact the Pana Chamber of Commerce at 217 562-4240. Phone service is available 24 hours a day and the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


One Jewel Away From Triple Crown

JOCKEY MARIO GUTIERREZ and his three-year-old colt “I’ll Have Another,” left, sneaks by “Bodemeister” to win by a neck in the 137th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19. Former Pana resident Steve Queen got this shot just ahead of the wire during the race.

With a win in the Kentucky Derby also under his belt, “I’ll Have Another” can become the first horse in 34 years to win the “Triple Crown” if he wins the 144th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9.

The Belmont, a mile-and-a-half race, the most grueling of the three races.

The last horse to win the triple crown was “Affirmed” in June of 1978.

Oak Terrace Senior Golf League

Results from the Wednesday, May 23, morning senior league at Oak Terrace:

First place 63(-9): Bob Nollman, Lyle Barnes, Jay Dunseth, Roger Fouts.

Second place 64(-8): Don Johnston, Jim Jarnagin, Al Drafke, Jim Keele.

Third place 64(-8): Mark Finley, Larry Seifert, Ron Sims, Jim Aumann.

Longest putt: Joe Murrell.

Closest to pin: Ron Sims.

Country Club Golf Results

Following are golf results from Monday, May 21:

Connie Pinkston, 37; Low gross & low net, 30; Tera Stremming, 46, Sarah Burris, 46; Pinkston birdie on #1.

Wednesday, May 23: Game of the day, “Most 4s & 6s: Tera Stremming, 1st. Low gross, 45; low net, 32.


Out in Left Field: May 28, 2012

Summer is here!

Maybe not by the calendar, but wow! What a hot weekend.

Thank goodness it’s going to cool off a little.


Another great photo from Steve Queen at the finish line of the Preakness.

Steve’s spot was just eight rows above the finish line.

Hope he’s got a good spot for the Belmont.


Speaking of great finishes, there was another one on Sunday at the Indy 500.

In addition to it being a great race, Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500.

What in the world was Takuma Sato thinking when he tried to pass Franchitti down in turn one? Any Indy fan knows you don’t win the race with a pass in the first turn. The race is won off the fourth turn and down the stretch.

So, instead of finishing second (or maybe first had he waited), Sato spun out and crashed into the wall and ended up seventh.

Was just a great race to watch.


See you next week!

Obituaries: May 28, 2012

Charles ‘Chuck’ Clausen

Charles C. “Chuck” Clausen, 68, of Assumption, died Friday, May 25, 2012, in his home after a short battle with cancer. Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Joyce Maton

Joyce Corinne Maton, 85, of Pana, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Shleby Manor Nursing Home, Shelbyville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Kennedy and Sons Funeral Directors, Pana. Condolences may be sent to


Robert Hughes

Robert L. Hughes, 70, of St. Elmo, formerly of Pana, died Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Robert Aten

Robert Lee Aten, 81, of Pana, died at 7:10 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


Fact, Fun & Fillips: May 28, 2012

And here he is, back a few weeks ago!!! One of our “bestest” of friends –

To the right is Joseph “Joe” Spinner, formerly of Pana, now of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Joe, a former Panther and an outstanding athlete with the PHS Class of 1951, left, this, his athletic football paddle with us some time ago.

‘Twas initiation time, under the former Pana football Coach Ewald Metzger. Freshman would make their own “paddles” and carry them around for the     collecting teacher signatures . . . . .

For a “whack” to the posterior, the “whack” then became eligible to sign the “whackee’s” paddle.

From the looks of “Joseph”, Panther quarterback for the 1955-56 Pana team, he some years later, looks no worse for the wear!

Now, we don’t know what to say about the other guy, to the left, his clalssmate! Ha!

Joe – big brother of another fine Pana athlete, Larry and sister Sharon, now a registered nurse, are the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spinner of Orange Street.

“Lookin’ good, “Zeb!” He hates being called “Zeb” too!

But no finer friend could one find – our whole lifelong through!


So Long.