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Archives for July 2012

Lake Leases Issues Aired At Pana Council Meeting

Six issues relating to City of Pana lake lots were brought out at the Monday, July 23 meeting of Pana City Council. Three requests to change lot sizes were approved, and two different requests by others were denied.

However, those two situations were aired at a Tuesday evening meeting of the Community Operations Committee, with recommendations for approval.

Beyers Lake Line

The funds from the proposed sale of the city’s waterline to Beyers Lake, it was decided will be distributed with $97,650 to the Capitol Improvement Surcharge account, with the remaining $146,350 to a water meter replacement account. The money refers to the potential sale to Lincoln Prairie, a water company, which is awaiting a grant.

Drought Concerns

Because the lake, the city’s water supply, is two feet low, Alderman Glen Schneider recommended that everyone start conserving efforts for water use.

Bids were approved for Louis Marsch, Inc., $101,549.90 and Pana Limestone Quarry, $14,000, relating to street oiling.

The meeting adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

Pana City Council meets twice monthly. The next meeting will be at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13 at the city hall. Meetings are open to the public.

A feature story about Lake Pana will appear in a future issue of the PN-P.


More Donations for Community Mission Center’s ‘Back To School Bash’

BRIAN LEBON, LEFT, Governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, #1015 and Sherri Buerk, right, Senior Regent, of the Women of the Moose (WOTM), chapter 2112, recently made a donation for the Community Mission Center’s “Back to School Bash.” Accepting the donations was Annette McNeill, center, Director of the Community Mission Center in Pana.

The money is being used to purchase school supplies and back packs to be given to the needy children at the “Bash” to be held at Kitchell Park, Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Anyone still wanting to drop off donations before the event may do so. They can be left at the Mission Center, 34 S. Locust St. in Pana on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or at various other sites in Pana.

Also, volunteers are needed to help at the work stations in the park during the bash. Stop by the center to sign-up.


Gill Takes Heartland Hospital Tour to Pana, Taylorville

DR. DAVID GILL, left, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 13th District of Illinois, talks with Pana Community Hospital CEO Trina Casner, right, during Gill’s tour of the hospital on Monday, July 23.In the background is Jim Wilson of Bloomington, along with the Gill campaign.

Dr. David Gill, congressional candidate in Illinois’ 13th District, continued his Heartland Hospital Tour, discussing Critical Access funding with TMH CEO Dan Raab and staff at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Monday, July 23, and went on to meet doctors, nurses and administrators later that afternoon at Pana Community Hospital in Pana.

The emergency room physician is touring Critical Access hospitals in small towns across central and southwest Illinois to draw attention to potentially devastating cuts they face.

Boys Soccer Meeting Sunday

Any boy interested in playing for the Pana High School soccer team this fall must attend a madatory meeting, along with their parents, directly following the athletic handbook meeting on Sunday, Aug. 5, at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Any student interested in playing soccer, and who is unable to attend the meeting, needs to call Coach Tim Karbach at 549-0288 or 562-4073 by Sunday, Aug. 5, in order to recieve instructions and materials needed before practice begins Wednesday, Aug. 8.


Country Club Ladies League

On Monday, July 23, the Pana Country Club ladies golf league held their handicap tournament in conjunction with their regular league night.

Rita Dentaon won with a net score of 29, gross score 44; 2nd, Gayle McRoberts, 30, gross 41; 3rd, Tera Stremming 30, gross 42; 4th Georgia Culumber 32, gross 42; 5th Emer Quizon 33, gross 47; 6th Amanda Bowker 34, gross 47; 7th Melanie Oary 34, gross 49; 8th Janeen Gruber 34, gross 47.

There were four birdies: Sara Stupek #2; Gayle McRoberts #3; Melanie Oary #6; and Connie Pinkston #9.

Chip-ins were made by Gayle McRoberts on #5 and Melanie Oary #6. Low gross score was a tie between Gayle McRoberts and Connie Pinkston, 41.

On Wednesday, July 25, the game of the day was “Most 4s and 6s.” Emer Quizon and Tera Stremming tied for first place.

Rita Denton had the low gross score of 44 and low net 29.


Oak Terrace Ladies Golf League

The game of the day on Monday, July 23, was “Odd Holes,” 1/2 of handicap.

Results: 1st, Emer Quizon; 2nd, Patty Bauman; 3rd, Georgia Culumber.

Low gross, Georgia Culumber, 44; Low net, Carol Ketz, 34.

Proximity: Longest putt on hole 18, Dee Romager. Sue Ade had a birdie on hole 16.

Menus: July 26, 2012

Golden Circle

Golden Circle Nutrition Program lunch menus for the week July 30-Aug. 3, served at Pana Senior Center, Rt. 51 South:

Monday: Pork burger on whole grain bun, cucumber and onion salad, baked beans, applesauce.

Tuesday: Oven baked chicken, baked potato, peas, watermelon.

August menus not available.


Peace Meal

Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week July 30-Aug. 3:

Monday: Ham and beans, buttered potatoes, spinach, cornbrad, peaches.

Tuesday: Polish sausage, sauerkraut, creamed corn, mandarin oranges, roll, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday: Barbecue chicken, augratin potatoes, peas, whole grain wheat bread, apple.

Thursday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole grain wheat bread, tropical fruit salad.

Friday: Fried chicken, baked potato, four-bean salad, whole grain wheat bread, pears.

Letters to the Editor: July 26, 2012

New Painting Schedule

Dear Editor,

A new schedule has been set to refurbish the bridge in the park. The date is Monday, Aug. 6.

All of the folks who have volunteered to help should be at  the bridge that day at 7:00 a.m. and will need to sign a disclaimer at that time. They will also be briefed on the procedure.

I’m asking all of the volunteers who have signed up to please call me and reaffirm you will help at 827-1936. Or, anyone with questions can call as well.


Bob Smith

Pana Chamber of Commerce President


Thank You for Meachum Benefit Support

Dear Editor,

Hello, and we’d like to thank all the people and companies who helped make the first Clayven Rayne Meachum Memorial a success on Saturday, June 16.

For activities, we had quite the turnout for the bean bag tournament. The kiddy tractor pull was a big hit for the children and adults alike. Everyone was a winner. The live auction had to be the best part of the evening with lots of bidding wars that went back and forth.

We would like to thank our many friends, family and contributors for making this possible. We are looking forward to making this an annual event. All proceeds are being sent to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Our thanks to the following for their help: McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Tan Lines, Brunner Auto Supply, Tel-A-Pair, Joe Colman & Son Environmental Services, Merle Norman Cut and Curl of Pana, Automotive Equipment & Sales, Henschen Tax Services, Seigert-Lees Insurance, First National Bank of Pana, Pana Bait Company, Miller Ag Services, Pizza Man of Pana, Just A Stitch, Bob Ridings of Pana, Kirk’s Kookies & Kandies, Ishmael Insurance, Countryside Campers, Auto Zone of Pana, Sloan’s Implement, Environmental Services of Illinois, Nohren’s Hardware, Family Video of Pana, Middle of Nowhere Cycles, Peoples Bank & Trust of Pana, Oak Terrace Resort & Spa, Fisher Auto Parts, Corner Copy of Shelbyville, Kirkendoll Equipment & Lease, Hair Razors, Tanglez Hair & Tanning Salon of Herrick, Downs Motor Inc., Memories Forever by Adrian, Pana Liquor, RP Lumber, Super Starz Tanning, Candy’s Flowers & Gifts, Super Starz Beauty, Sara Coleman Thirty-One Consultant, Bekah Simpson Scentsy Consultant, Wilborn Creek Powersports, Save-A-Lot, Air Conditioned Roses, Pana News-Palladium, Pana Tri-County Fair, Glen & Suzie Jordan, Gary Stremming and Tom Dilley.

All the support to make this event a success means very much to the two of us.


Ryan & Rachael Meachum


Laughs, Lines, Latonis: July 26, 2012

Hey, people of Pana, Jacob here!

I think this summer is going by way too fast! I wish it would last longer or slow down some.

It still is really hot out, so I hope everyone is staying cool. Ice cold water feels great when you’ve been playing basketball or soccer for a while.

I want school to start, but then, I don’t want it to. I want to see all my friends, but I don’t want the homework and work.

That’s all for me this week.See ya next week!


I want to pass along this note I got from Meghan Eberhardt. She is 11. Her parents are Eddie and Jacque Gonzales and Gary Eberhardt. Carol and Ed Poe of Pana are her grandparents.

Meghan says:

“Hi, Jacob–

“My name is Meghan Eberhardt. I am 11 years old. I am in Pana visiting my Grandma and Grandpa, Ed and Carol Poe. I was born in Springfield and we moved to Casa Grand, Ariz., when I was three months old.

“My mother was Jacque Kincade. The rest of my family is coming in a couple of days. My whole family is going to Carrie Dust’s wedding in Springfield on Saturday.

“I have been to Chicago, to the park, the swimming pool, Subway and McDonald’s.

“When Mommy gets here, she wants to go to eat Thai food. We are still going to Six Flags and to my Grandma’s time-share in Branson.

“I am having a fun vacation.”


Be sure all you kids out there send me in your short stories to be printed in the Pana News-Palladium. Any kind of short story is welcome. When you bring it in the office, bring a picture, your name and address, phone number, parents and grandparents names, too. The office is at 205 S. Locust St. in Pana, right across the street from Peoples Bank.

If your story appears here, you and your family get a certificate for dinner at Pana’s McDonald’s.

Send your suggestions for this column by e-mail to


Fact, Fun & Fillips: July 26, 2012

The beautiful Kitchell Park Bridge! Remember it since birth almost. And the positive response to the proposal of its renovation . . . . .

And the support that has been shown since word of its “new life” coming on, has apparently struck a chord from Pana natives, and other sources from near and far.

We don’t for sure know how much of a total has been reached thus far. But, we’ll start paying more attention to this worthwhile project as the heat dissapates and energy comes flowing back!

But, in the meantime here’s a note of support from a dear, dear friend going back to  high school days in the “beautiful” brick PHS building that rested on the now vacant lot, for the most part, we all stood and watched being destroyed by fire years ago.


“Enclosed is my small contribution toward work on the Schuyler Bridge and will appreciate your passing it along to Bob Smith.

“Enclosed is a photo of a bit of my memory of the beautiful bridge.

“These high school sweethearts enjoyed a Sunday afternoon walk in Kitchell Park in June of 1948 after their graduation the previous week. Here they pause for a photo at the Schuyler Bridge. – Rotha Dickey.”

Do you recognize them?



Pictured are Rotha Dickey and the late (Dr.) Edward Kwedar of rural Pana then.


So Long.