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Archives for September 2012

Library Benefits From $90,000 Donation From David Budds

DAVID BUDDS, CENTER, recently made a $90,000 donation to help support the programs offered at Pana Carnegie-Schuyler Public Library. The money will be used for after school and reading programs for children and adults.

He is flanked by librarians Donna Wagoner, left, and Alicia Brookens, right, along with some of the items which Dave’s generous contribution will help provide the library.

Through the generosity of David Budds’ donation of $90,000 to the Pana Carnegie-Schuyler Public Library, programs will be provided for years to come.

David felt the children in the community needed a place to come and enjoy time reading and socializing with their friends. He has fond memories of the library and wants other children to enjoy the Pana library. He learned due to budget constraints, children’s and adult programming wasn’t being offered as much as the library would like. He decided to take care of the financial part of the programming if the library staff would cover the rest.

Library hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Hannah Funneman, Undra Ingram Reign Over PHS Homecoming 2012

SENIORS HANNAH FUNNEMAN and Undra Ingram, Jr., seated, center, were selected as the queen and king of the 2012 Pana High School Homecoming. Their selection was announced at the homecoming football game on Friday evening, Sept. 21.

Hannah is the daughter of Tom and Amy Funneman, Pana and Undra is the son of Julie Eckart, Tower Hill.

The Homecoming Dance was held in the Pana High School gym on Saturday, Sept. 22, where the court was introduced and seated on the stage.

From left are Christian Lett and Lexie Siegert, children of David and Karen Lett and Eric and Shelia Siegert, freshmen attendants; Brady Colin and Anna Simac, children of Tom Colin and Amy Wicker and Jason and Amy Simac, junior attendants; Ian Kirk and Rebecca Fonseca, children of Jeff and Vicki Kirk and Janice Fonseca; Andrew Rybolt and Sydney Miller, children of Ron and Melissa Rybolt and Joe and Beth Miller; junior attendant Colin Paschall, son of Keri Paschall-Miller; King Undra and Queen Hannah; junior attendant Sophie Franklin, daughter of Kathie Franklin and the late Dan Franklin; Sara Christine (representing her sister, Tara) and Charlie Decker, last year’s homecoming royalty, children of Mike and Sherri Christine and Chuck and LeAnne Decker; Raven Horsthemke and Alex Metzger, children of Eric and Kim Horsthemke and John and Jackie Metzger; Alexandria Schoonover and Jason Beeson, children of Shannen and Amy Schoonover; and KayDee Evrley and Lincoln McGrath, children of Chris and Christina Evrley and Tim and Susan McGrath, sophomore attendants.

(Tom Latonis, Adrian Hebert-Memories Forever Photography Photos)

Reduction In Golden Circle Meals Starts Oct. 1

Senior citizens in Christian and Montgomery counties who are used to be serving a nutritious noon meal five days a week will soon see the number of meals decrease to four times a week.

Officials with CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. based in Effingham have announced the Pana Golden Circle Nutrition Center will be closed on Wednesdays beginning Monday, Oct. 1. Meals will be served in the Pana Senior Citizen Center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Sites in Taylorville and Kincaid will also be closed on Wednesdays. Morrisonville, Farmersville-Waggoner, Witt-Irving and Hillsboro will be closed on Tuesdays.

Fire Damages West End Home

A FIRE AT 10:48 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, destroyed an home at 501 S. Sherman St. on the west side of Pana. No one was living in the house at the time.

According to Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland, the southeast and south sides of the house were fully involved when firemen arrived. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread into the rest of the home or into the attic. The kitchen was completly destroyed and heat and smoke damage was noted throughout the house, Bland said.

The house is owned by Greg Kiser. This was a rental property for Mr Kiser.

Automatic mutual aid from Tower Hill and Oconee fire departments were dispatched, but the fire had been brought under control before they arrived.

The cause of the fire could not be determined so an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s office was requested to investigate.

No one was injured in the fire and firefighters were on scene approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Pana Fire and EMS responded to 6 medical and fire calls on Saturday and Sunday.

Volleyball Panthers Knock Off Undefeated Vandalia Thursday

MARISSA PRESNELL, CENTER, gets a dig during the Pana-Roxana volleyball match on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Roxana. Pana won the match, 25-10, 25-19.

Presnell got 7 digs in the match. She also served 5 points and 2 of those were aces.

At left is Pana’s Nadine Vaughn and at right, Allie Schoonover.

(Mary Cothern Photo)

Battling a team 14-0 on the season with a full head of steam, the Pana Panthers volleyball team popped the bubble of the Vandalia Vandals with a two-game throw down, 25-10, 25-19. The Homecoming match for the Panthers was held in the PHS gym on Thursday, Sept. 20.

With a win over Roxana on Saturday, Sept. 22, the Panthers improved to 6-0 in the South Central Conference for the season.

Junior Varsity-

For Pana junior varsity team, the results were not as good as they fell in two, 24-26, 21-25.


The Panthers started out the evening with a 25-6, 25-14 win over the Vandals at the freshmen level. Pana is 9-2 overall and 2-1 in SCC play.

At Roxana–

Pana continued its unbeaten streak in the conference with a 25-10, 25-19 victory at Roxana on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The JV Panthers rebounded with a 25-11, 25-19 win over the Shells. They improve to 6-2 on the season and 5-1 in league play.

Pana is in action both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sept. 23 and 25, on the road in conference matches. The varsity Panthers have 14-4 record overall and are 6-0 in the South Central Conference.

Tuesday, they invade Hillsboro before taking off to Litchfield on Thursday. There are freshmen matches each night starting at 5:00 p.m. The JV contest will start at 6:00 each day and the varsity matches follow.

Piasa Deals Pana 14-7 Setback

PANA’S IAN KIRK gives Pana the lead, 7-6, over Piasa Southwestern on Friday night, Sept. 21, at Brummett Field as he connected on the point after touchdown during the second quarter. The Panthers clung to that lead until the fourth quarter when the Birds scored on a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown and ended up winning the game, 14-7.

Kyle Gibson, number 7, is the holder.

(Vicki Pastor Photo)

The Piasa Southwestern Birds hung around long enough Friday night, Sept. 21, at Brummett Field to spoil Pana’s Homecoming with a 14-7 win over the Panthers. The loss drops Pana to 3-2 on the season and into second place in the South Central Conference standings.

The big blow came with 9:11 left in the game and the Panthers clinging to a narrow 7-6 lead. After Pana quarterback Kyle Gibson was sacked for a 9-yard loss on third down, Pana faced a fourth-and-13 from the Pana 17. The Panthers punted the ball and Southwestern’s Ryan Goeken, a junior, ran the punt back 91 yards for a touchdown. It made it a 12-7 Piasa lead and running back Walter Mitchell ran in the 2-point conversion for the 14-7 advantage.

Pana got the ball three more times in the fourth quarter, but were unable to generate any offense.

After the Birds’ Brendan Schiller missed a 32-yard field goal attempt on Southwestern’s first drive of the game, the visitors got on the scoreboard first with 2:21 to play in the first quarter. Quarterback Andrew Fry completed a 13-yard pass to Brandon Robinson for the score to make it 6-0. Brody Czaikowski got in and managed to block the extra point attempt by Schiller.

The game stayed that way until a minute-and-a-half was left in the half. Nic Dilley broke off a 23-yard run to pay-dirt and the game was tied at 6-6. Ian Kirk booted the extra point as the Panthers went to the locker room at halftime with a 7-6 lead.

Pana heads out on the road Friday, Sept. 28, to take on the Greenville Comets who are 4-1 this season and tied with Vandalia and Carlinville for the top spot in the SCC. Pana and Staunton are tied for second, each with 3-2 marks.

Out in Left Field: September 24, 2012

Left Friday’s football game before halftime to attend to the medical needs of Tom Phillips (see his column elsewhere), so I didn’t get to see the entire Panthers game. As I’m sure the players and coaching staff were, I was disappointed Pana didn’t come away with the win.

Tough challenge at Greenville this Friday night. . . .


Was on hand for the entire match of the Panthers in volleyball with Vandalia. A great win for the girls.

Good hustle by the Panthers throughout the match. There were very few balls which hit the floor without someone attempting to get to hit. In my opinion, I thought that was key to this match.

The Panthers contested every shot, every serve. I don’t think Vandalia was expecting that kind of effort.

It was good to see – and a great match to watch. Congratulations to the Panthers and hope they continue their winning ways.


Congratulations to our old pal Brian Gibson on being selected this year’s “Homecoming Spirit.”


Still have some stuff “waiting in the wings.” Will have to get to that next week.


See you next week!

Obituaries: September 24, 2012

Harold Batton

Harold M. Batton, 100, of Pana, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Heritage Health, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Susie Mahnke

Susie J. Mahnke, 67, of Pana, died at 7:10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in her son’s residence in Pana. Kennedy & Sons Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Phillip Layton

Phillip Layton, 67, of Pana, formerly of Decatur, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 in Heritage Health, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent  to


Bette L. Reed

Bette L. Reed, 78, of Pana, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Legal Notices: September 24, 2012





Peoples Bank and Trust, Illinois, has applied to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for permission to merge with Wemple State Bank, Waverly, Illinois, and White Hall Bank, White Hall, Illinois, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation considers a number of factors in deciding wether to approve the transaction.

Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her comments in writing with M. Anthony Lowe, the Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 300 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60606, not later than October 24, 2012. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file at the appropriate FDIC office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the non-confidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request.





Public Notice is hereby given that on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of Christian County, Illinois, setting forth the names and post-office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as Renee’s Embroidery, located at 205 E. Fourth St., Pana, IL 62557.

Dated: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012

Linda K. Curtin

County Clerk


Fact, Fun & Fillips: September 24, 2012

Thought we were done with the hospitals for awhile. . . .

But, late Friday, took off on another adventure to Springfield St. John’s Hospital for a brief weekend stay.

Happy to say nothing too serious, just experienced a drop in blood pressure which quickly righted itself.

So, we are back home up and around.

Thanks to all for your concerns and messages of good health.


As we have stated before – not much for a column today, but we will make an effort to do better on Thursday.


So Long!