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Fact, Fun & Fillips: August 16, 2012

Bad, bad, bad . . . . .!

Sunday  headline in the Decatur Herald & Review: “Three Men Charged For Battering Pregnant Women.”

Bad enough was the fact back in our youth when we were branded indelibly that you never strike girls or would violate the person of the opposite gender.


Am speechless on reading of yet another atrocity! That’s one term for it.

That’s the slaying of 3 Americans by one, supposedly disguised and in uniform of friendly forces turned on the following they found having a meal together in Afghanistan.

Somebody needs lots and lots of Prayer.

And we think we and many, many others like us, are among them.


We visit our children’s home Sunday mornings for coffee and toast or a roll.

Doris is in her third year of nursing care. Gets kind of lonesome on weekends in the big house on Spruce and Fifth in Pana.

But, that’s when FFF goes to see Doris.


Among other new things we are experiencing, is acquiring a taste for professional baseball. And Doris has helped us on this. In fact, we know she has; for we watch together at Heritage Health here in Pana.

In fact, it’s Sunday afternoon, Aug. 12, and we’re watching the Cards and the Phillies.

And you know what? That’s about all I know about it. But hope to know more as the season rolls on.


So Long.

Long Legal Battle Over TIF District May Be Coming To Close

Members of the Pana City Council are being called together for a special meeting Monday, Aug. 20, by Mayor Steve Sipes. Several items appear on the agenda, but one item in particular might indicate the legal unrest between the City of Pana, the Pana School District and Lake Land Community College District over the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, may be coming to an end.

The Council meets at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, for the special meeting and among the five agenda items is one called, “Emergency passage of an ordinance authorizing and approving an Intergovernmental Agreement by and between the City of Pana and Pana Community Unit School District #8 and Lake Land College.”

It is also noted in the council’s agenda, “Closed session to discuss pending litigation regarding TIF.”

The Pana School Board also meets on Monday night. Their meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. An agenda for school board’s meeting was not available at press time today, Thursday, Aug. 16.

During this past Monday’s, Aug. 13, city council meeting, a closed session to discuss litigation, presumably the TIF law suit, was held at the conclusion of the regular session. Attorney Dan Schuering, the city’s TIF attorney, was present for the executive session which lasted from 8:17 until 9:23 p.m.

Also discussed during Monday’s regular meeting was the implementation of water restrictions, a reprimand for the mayor and a water line situation at Walgreen’s.

Water Restrictions–

Mayor Sipes discussed with the council the possibility of putting into effect mandatory water restriction for city water users. He said in the past week, the water level has dropped two inches, compared to four inches a week ago.

The lake is nearing three feet below normal summer pool.

In the meantime, Sipes and the council agreed to ask residents to conserve water “to the best of their ability” for now.

Between now and the next council meeting, Sipes says he may ask the council to consider mandatory restrictions as prescribed in the city’s ordinance.


During the course of Monday’s regular session, Ward Two Alderman Bill Pierce made a motion for “A letter of reprimand be placed in the Mayor’s file” concerning an incident with water usage and rates charged the Pana Country Club.

This summer, the club re-seeded fairway grass on the course. A pond on the grounds of the club is used for the purpose of irrigating the course. However, it was stated a pump which brings water to the pond from about two miles south malfunctioned and the pond could not provide all of the water needed.

Sipes said he authorized placing a meter on a fire hydrant near the country club and allowed them to use city water to irrigate the fairways. Sipes explained he felt the meter charge was excessive and even with charging the in-town rate for the water, “The cost of making the water was covered.”

“During the summer, the country club brings a lot of people to town by hosting a number of golf outings,” Sipes said.

Sipes also suggested the ordinances which govern the use of equipment “Need to be looked at,” because they are out-dated and unrealistic.

But Pierce said it was not up to the mayor “To enforce the ordinances of the city,” and he had over-stepped his authority and asked the letter be placed in his file.

Alderman Steve Scott objected to the proceedings, saying the item was not on the agenda for a vote.

But Sipes said, “Go ahead. I’m okay with it.”

Walgreen’s Water–

It was recently learned the sprinkler system at Walgreen Drug Store had been connected ahead of its water meter, meaning the store has not been charged for the water it has used the past couple of summers to water their landscaping.

Walgreens officials were not aware of the problem, however it was understood it had been fixed so the water flows through the meter.

Pierce made a motion to charge Walgreens $5,000 for the water which it has used. The matter was then sent to committee to be discussed by the Administration Committee.

The meeting adjourned at 9:24 p.m.


Special Pana City Council Meeting Monday

The Pana City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, Aug. 20, in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda items are: Paragon Lake Sanitary Sewer Project change order #2 to Vogel Plumbing; Sidewalk petition for Lyle and Lorene Sims, 402 W. Olive St.; Boulevard agreement for Lyle and Lorene Sims, 402 W. Olive St.; First presentation of “An Ordinance Authorizing and Approving a redevelopment agreement by and between the City of Pana and Raymond Spinner;” Emergency passage of “An Ordinance Authorizing and Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement by and between the City of Pana and Community Unit School District #8 and Lake Land College.”


FNB Pana Announces New Bank President

T. Matthew Beavers

John Livesay, President and CEO of First National Bank of Pana announces the bank’s board of directors has appointed T. Matthew Beavers to the position of President and Chief Lending Officer effective Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Matt is a veteran in commercial lending, with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Previously, he was Senior Vice President in the Commercial Lending Division of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust, Decatur.  Prior to joining First Mid, he spent 11 years in commercial lending for Busey Bank also in Decatur.

A native of Christian County, Matt grew up in Taylorville where he met his wife, Colleen. They currently reside in Mt. Zion and have three children, Ryan (17), Nicole (14) and Jacob (11).

Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from Bradley University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. In addition, Matt plans to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in December.  He is also a graduate of both the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Illinois School of Banking.

Currently, Matt is a board member for the Central Illinois Red Cross and the Macon County 4-H & Extension Foundation. He is a past trustee for the Village of Mt. Zion; Board Member for the Mt. Zion Economic Development Commission; Mt. Zion Youth Basketball Board Member and past president; and a past member of the Decatur Home Builders Association.  His community involvement includes Decatur Leadership Institute Class of 2005; Past Board Member of Central Illinois RMA; volunteer instructor and fund raiser for Junior Achievement; and past member of the Decatur Kiwanis.

Mr. Livesay has been with the bank for 27 years and plans to continue on as the bank’s Chief Executive Officer until March 2014.

Livesay indicated the banking industry, like many others, has certainly changed in recent years and having the ability to attract someone of Matt’s credentials and background only assures the continuity of the bank’s future success.

Saturday Service To Honor Fallen Vietnam Soldier From Macon

DENNIS P. “PAT” Whittington of Macon holds a photo of his brother, PFC Russell “Joe” Whittington who was killed in action in Vietnam on Dec. 18, 1968.

After a 44-year wait, the Macon County Veterans Honor Guard will perform graveside services for Joe at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, in Macon Cemetery.

The public is invited to attend and a reception will be held in the Macon Community Building afterwards.

The complete story which led to Saturday’s service appeared in the Thursday, Aug. 9 issue of the Pana News-Palladium.

Orange & Blue Nights; Football, Volleyball

Both the Pana High School football and volleyball teams will be having their annual Orange and Blue Night pre-season scrimmages in the next few days.

On Friday, Aug. 17, at Brummett Field, the Panthers’ football squad will have their drills.

The evening begins with the Pana Junior Football League (JFL) cake auction at  5:00 p.m. JFL players will be introduced at 5:30.

The freshman Panthers team scrimmage will be at 6:00 p.m.

Following the freshmen will be the varsity Panthers turn to scrimmage.

There is no admission, but a donation of a DVD-R or DVD+R for the football team would be appreciated.


Then on Tuesday night, Aug. 21, the volleyball Panthers take their turn under new head coach Mike Cothern.

The freshman volleyball scrimmage starts at  6:00 p.m., followed by the junior varsity and then the varsity scrimmage.

Once again, there is no admission charge, but a donation of an item for the food pantry would be appreciated.

Pana Girls Golf Team Opens With Tourney

The girls golf team of Pana High School participated in the Rochester Rocket 18-hole Invitational Tournament  held at Lincoln Greens, Springfield,  on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

There were 11 teams and many individuals who participated. Awards were given to the top team and the top six best individual scores.

Pana placed sixth. Pana’s medalist was Meredith Epley with a 100. Other Pana scores were: Hannah Miller, 109; Hannah Michael, 111; Alysa Oary, 118; Emily Hackler, 127; and Ashley Cothern 136.

The girls are participating in a scramble at Charleston today, Thursday, Aug. 16. On Monday, Aug. 20, they will travel to Hillsboro for a meet with Hillsboro and Greenville.

The first home match for the Panthers at Oak Terrace is Tuesday, Aug. 21, with Staunton, Auburn and Shelbyville.

PHS Golf Team Starts Season

The Pana High School boys golf team is off and running in the 2012 golf season.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Panthers won a dual meet with Okaw Valley at the National of Eagle Creek.

Tyler Seibert fired a 43 as Pana’s medalist. Jason Grotts, with a 46, was the runner-up. Andrew Rybolt got a 48 with Dylon Hudlin scoring a 49. Caleb Miller had a 58 and Raustin Zahradka shot a 59. Tyler Clerk carded a 69.

Pana totaled a 186 score to Okaw Valley’s 197.

“Tyler Seibert shot an impressive 43 to lead the way,” commented Head Coach Gary Bowker. “We had four scores in the 40’s and that’s good. I think we can have a real good season if we can keep four scores in the 40’s each match.”

Bowker said the team’s next goal is to shoot a score under 180.

Pana started the season at Belk Park, Alton, in the Oiler Invitational on Monday, Aug. 13. Pana had a score of 398 over the 18-hole event.

Andrew Rybolt was Pana’s medalist with a score of 89. He had rounds of 44, 45. Jason Grotts had a 97 with Tyler Seibert firing a 98. Dylon Hudlin had a 114 and Raustin Zahradka, 126.

“I know we are capable of doing better,” Bowker said.

Pana, with a 1-0 record, will tee it up for three matches next week. Two of them are at home. On Monday, Aug. 20, the Panthers entertain Vandalia at Oak Terrace at 4:00 p.m., followed by Windsor and Shelbyville at Oak Terrace on Tuesday, Aug. 21, in a 4:15 p.m. match. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Pana is at the Litchfield Country Club to battle Alton Marquette, Litchfield and Roxana.


JFL Teams Defeat EAWR

Pana Junior Football League overpowered the East Alton-Wood River teams in a contest held Saturday, Aug. 11.


Fifth grade: Pana 26, EAWR 20

Sixth grade: Pana 28, EAWR 0

Seventh grade: Pana 12, EAWR 0

Eighth grade: Pana 37, EAWR 0

The teams travel to Staunton this Saturday, Aug. 18. Game times are: 5th, 11:00 a.m.; 6th, 12:30 p.m.; 7th, 2:00; 8th, 4:00.

Oak Terrace Ladies League

The Oak Terrace Monday morning ladies league game for the day on Aug. 13, was “Gambler’s Luck.” Each golfer shook one dice. That score was subtracted from the total score, minus 1/2 of her handicap.

First place, Linda Dunseth; 2nd place, Patty Bauman; 3rd place, Betty Gabriel.

Low gross was captured by Georgia Culumber. Low net, Linda Dunseth.