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Archives for June 2012

Car Show Highlights Weekend Park Activities In Pana

The 57th annual Pana Open Car Show and Swap Meet will be one of the activities going on in Pana’s Kitchell Park on Saturday, June 30.

Registration for the event is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. There is a $10 entry fee for each vehicle which includes a participants plaque. No judging will take place as every entry is a winner.

However, there will be three awards given at the conclusion of the event. At 3:00 p.m., the “Mayor’s Choice Award” will be given by Pana Mayor Steve Sipes. It includes a $100 prize. Also, the host Pana Chamber of Commerce will award a “Chamber of Commerce Choice Award,” which includes a $50 prize. In recognition of the event’s 57th year, organizers will present a “Best ’57 Award,” which also includes a $50 prize. Entrants must be present to win those three awards.

The second annual Swap Meet for car and truck parts will be held during the show. Spaces will be available for $10 for pre-registration, or $15 on the day of the event. Greg Scribner is the Swap Meet Chairman and he may be reached at 217-413-8534 for information.

Two other activities scheduled for the day in the park. One of them is the “Kings of Kitchell Park” 4-on-4 basketball tournament. Play begins at 9:15 a.m. on the Kitchell Park basketball court.

The tournament is open to men 16 years of age and older. The entry fee is $50 per team and there will be cash pay-out for the first and second place teams.

For more information on the tournament, contact Joe Dudra, 827-3877, or Matt Kessler, 246-4242.

Saturday is also the day a new Little Miss and Mister Firecracker of Pana will be selected. The pageant begins at 10:00 a.m. Saturday on the stage of the Kitchell park Chautauqua Auditorium. Proceeds benefit the ALS Foundation. Children ages one through nine are eligible for the contest.

For more information, contact Debbie Laker, 562-2266, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

All of the activities are free and open to the public on Saturday.

Save-A-Lot Receives First City TIF Project Funds

THE CHECK FOR the first City of Pana TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District project was awarded to Tim and Jennifer Christer of Pana Save-A-Lot Foods on Wednesday, June 20.

Recently, the Christers made the switch from Hometown Food Center to Save-A-Lot. They completely remodeled the store with new floors, painting and new equipment. The Christer’s received $20,000 in funds.

Private enterprise or the city can use the TIF money for infrastructure projects or efforts to enhance businesses inside the TIF District.

Present for the check presentation were, from left, Jim Deere, Pana Development Director; Tim Christer, Alderman Roger Lebon, TIF Committee; Pana Mayor Steve Sipes; Alderman Glenn Schneider, TIF Committee member; Jennifer Christer and Alderman Debbie Dust, TIF Committee member.

(Tom Latonis Photo)

David Budds Contributes To Park Projects

DAVID BUDDS, CENTER, who has lived in Pana his entire life, recently donated a to Pana Parks Revitalization Committee members, George Heitz, right, and Frank Albright, left.

Dave donated a life insurance policy worth $18,832 and assigned $14,000 to the tennis courts and the balance to the playground equipment for the parks.

Mr. Budds said he wanted to give something back to his community and he couldn’t think of a better place than the “jewels of Pana,” Kitchell and Kehias Parks.

Jessica Oller CCIW Academic All Conference

Each season the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) selects an Academic All-Conference Team.

To be recognized, the student-athlete must be enrolled as a full-time student; must have earned a letter during the 2012 Spring season; and must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

One of the honorees is Jessica Oller, Pana, a senior softball player majoring in Biology.


Out in Left Field: June 25, 2012

Getting ready for the Olympics. . . .

The TV was filled this weekend with the US Olympic Trials. Lots of events from track and field to swimming.

Didn’t realize the London games are only about a month away from starting. I enjoy many Olympic sports, but then there are some I could live without.

Sorta surprising to me what some people consider sports.

But, I sure the folks in England have everything under control.


Well, shoot! I forgot to tune into ESPN this morning for the start of the Wimbledon tournament. Always an exciting time.

On “60 Minutes” last night, in addition the story on Howard Buffett, there was a story on last year’s Wimbledon champ, Novak Djokovic. He is nothing short of a hero in his native  Serbia.

Great story about a great champion.


Speaking of tennis – and the Olympics – wondering if the hallowed Wimbledon grounds will host any of the Olympic tennis?

Would be a great idea, but after two weeks of the regular tournament, those grass courts are pretty torn up.

Guess I’ll have to look this one up.


See you next week!

Obituaries: June 25, 2012

Donald Jackson

Donald E. Jackson, 71, of Toledo, formerly of Pana, died at 1:13 a.m. on Thursday,  June 21, 2012 at home with his family.  Barkley Funeral Chapel, Toledo, is assisting the family with services. Condolences may be sent to


Oliver ‘Ollie’ Kretzer

Oliver “Ollie” Kretzer, 82, of Pana, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in his residence. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Judith Ann ‘June’ Pavolka

Judith Ann “June” Pavolka, 65, of Ocala, Fla., died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Estelle Hospice House, Ocala, Fla.  There will be a memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 29, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Taylorville.


Helen Wilson

Helen Erisman Wilson, 90, died Friday, June 22, 2012 in Gillette, Wyoming. Gillette Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Jerry Merritt

Jerry L. Merritt, 76, of Pana, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 in his home. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


James L. Nance

James L. Nance, 93, of Springfield, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, in the home of his son with his family at his side.  Arrangements are pending at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to

Fact, Fun & Fillips: June 25, 2012

Mary Justine Tappero, daughter of the late and prominent Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Tappero of Pana and PHS graduate, wrote recently for address and information on our cousin, Shirley (Bantner) Coady, wife of outstanding athlete in his day at Nokomis, John Coady. She now is a resident in Gowin Parc in northwest Pana.

Even though my cousin, FFF takes the opportunity to say what a popular and fine person she is.

Also, enjoyed talking for a short time with Mary. The family, her Dad, mother and “Tap,” her dad and Mary and his mom were always favorites.

More later. We’re running late, late, late today.


Pana made the news last evening. . . .

“Watching 60 Minutes this evening, we listened more carefully when Leslie Stahl said Howard Buffett, son of the legendary Warren and designated to take over the chairmanship of Berkshire Hathaway, works his 1,500 acre family farm in Pana, Illinois.

“Turns out this segment was a rerun. Leslie (Stahl) rode in Howie’s John Deere combine and talked about how he is no gentleman farmer.

“Very interesting.

“Miss Rita and I are doing OK. Hope all is well there. Hi to TJP, et al.


“D. G. Schumacher.”

Thanks, D. G. Usually try to catch “60 Minutes,” but was at the nursing home with wife Doris at the time.

Yes, Mr. Howard Buffett is here abouts. We have never had the pleasure of meeting him. And the Mr. Buffett mentioned here is not totally low key. But neither does he go out of his way to make himself known. A nice person, so we understand.

We highly respect his father, Warren, and from the description, Howard, too. They appear to be a caring and generous family. Who knows – he could have posibly been in the N-P at one time or another? They would surely be welcome.

We might even try to sell him a subscription!

We thank them for the free advertising for Pana in that recent interview.

D. G. is the son of the late C. E. “Ted” and Miriam Schumacher. The C. E. Schumachers and Leonard and Mildred Klein were co-owners along with FFF and Doris in this Pana News-Palladium operation.

Now, we’re the “Lone Ranger” or “Loan Arranger” for the organization. Ha!

Dedrich is also a retired newspaperman, living in North Caroliona.


Don’t forget Assumption Fest Thursday through Saturday. Visit our neighbors to the north. . . . And have fun!


So Long!

Births: June 25, 2012

Joshua and Jacci Ishmael, Pana, are the parents of their second child, a girl, Lucy Jay Ishmael, born at 9:18 a.m., Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. She weighed five pounds, nine ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long. Lucy has an older sister, Maggie Leigh Ishmael, 3. Mrs. Ishmael is the former Jacci Sisk.

Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Annie Ishmael, Pana, and maternal grandparents are Mike Sisk, Pana and Deb and Archie Fox, Tower Hill. Great-grandparents are Orville and Audrey Ishmael, Tower Hill, Jan and the late Bob Ramsey, Pana, George and Louise Sisk, Tower Hilland the late Clyde and Martha Hall.

Anniversaries: June 25, 2012

30th Wedding Anniversary

Mike and Cathy Davis will mark their 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday,  June 26, 2012.

Mike Davis and the former Kathy Logan were married in the Bride’s home in Shelbyville on June 26, 1982. The attendant of the wedding was Jeremy Davis.

The couple has two children, Jeremy Davis and Joshua Davis, both of Tower Hill.

Kathy’s parents are the late Don and Sadie Logan. Mike’s parents are MaryLou Davis, Tower Hill and the late Lee Davis.

Kathy is employed at Peoples Bank and Trust, Pana and Mike is employed with Transport Services of Decatur.

Fireworks Fund Receives Donation From First National Bank

THE PANA FIREWORKS Committee has kicked off their “Friends of Fireworks” campaign to raise money for the 4th of July fireworks display.  The goal for this year’s event is $8,000.

President of the First National Bank of Pana, John Livesay, left, presents a donation to Jim Hicks, center and Tim Christer, right, co-chairs of the fireworks committee.

Volunteers of the Pana Fire Department and members of the fireworks committee are dedicated to safely producing a quality, professional and entertaining show for the entire family. It is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, on the Pana Tri-County Fair fairgrounds. The public is invited to attend and the show is free of charge.

 If you would like to help the Pana Fireworks Committee, monetary donations can be made payable to Pana Fireworks Fund and dropped off or sent to the First National Bank of Pana, PO Box 288; the Pana News-Palladium, PO Box 200; Pana Fireworks Committee, Box 13 or the Pana Chamber of Commerce Office, Pana City Hall, 120 E. 3rd Street, Pana IL 62557.