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Archives for November 2012

Police Pension Interest Takes Drastic Dip; Approves Agreement

Monday night, Nov. 26, Pana City Council was informed that the city’s police pension fund interest rate has gone down from 7 1/2 percent in the 1950s to less than half of a percent. Bret Mason, representing Raymond James, a Decatur financial and retirement planning firm, went into detail, commenting that the pension is less than 50% funded. “It’s getting better slowly,” he concluded.

Council members were given copies of the full report by Mason.

The mayor announced that he had received the onsite construction completion by Plocher Construction, for waterworks improvements – new head tank and solids contact clarifier. The council approved a motion to approve the mayor’s signing of the agreement.

The first reading of the annual tax levy ordinance for the May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013 fiscal year was approved. It represents as much as 3% increase.

From the audience, Bill Kook, a former council member questioned the end result, meaning the raising of citizens real estate taxes. He was told the increase would equal about $1.30 per $100 evaluation.

Passage of the ordinance takes place with the second reading.

Alderman Roger Lebon asked about new gambling devices. Terry Klein, city clerk, said that one establishment will be installing new machines/terminals in two weeks.

Attorney Harlow said that based upon her review, updates are needed for the ordinance entirely. “The code needs clarified.” She also referred to the state statue in relation to fees.

Klein said the renewal date is next April 1. He said that he would issue stickers for the aforementioned establishment’s machine so that the device can be used.

In other business, the council approved passage of an ordinance, an amendment referring to inoperable vehicles, 4-3. Voting no were Raymond “Butch” Hocq, Lebon and Pierce.

A resolution approving a “memorandum of understanding” between two unions, AFSCME Council 31 and Local 726 and the City of Pana passed 6-1, with Pierce casting the “no” vote.

A proposed ordinance relating to scavengers (garbage service) through the first reading was tabled. It will be brought up at the next meeting, Dec. 10.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

The city council will next meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the city hall.

Pioneer Guild Sets Work Day

Pana Pioneer Heritage Guild has set Wednesday, Dec. 5 for a work day at Coal Creek Village on Fairgrounds Road. Meet at 10:00 a.m. to ready the site for outside lighting for night time access to the Foster house and a welcome sign along the inside Pana Tri County Fairgrounds road, and inside work. A cedar tree, as per tradition, will be set up and decorated, and the building will be readied for visitors.

The guild will host its Pioneer Christmas the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, open to the public, to coincide with the fair association’s holiday lighting display around the fairgrounds roadway.

Helpers from the community are also welcome to help with the preparations. Call 562-3222 for more information.

PPRC Seeks Help Funding Playground Equipment

The Pana Park Revitalization Committee is seeking the public’s help in funding a project to bring new playground equipment to Pana’s three parks.

PPRC President Bob Smith recently announced the committee, working with the City of Pana, has an ambitious plan to place new equipment in Kitchell, Kehias and Welburn parks in Pana.

Smith admits this will be a huge and expensive undertaking. It is not known if the task can be accomplished in one year alone.

Smith is asking for the publics help – individual, businesses, community organizations and churches – to reach the goal. There was no estimate of the total cost at this time.

Check can be made to the Pana Parks Revitalization Committee, making the notation “play ground equipment,” and mail to Pana Parks Revitalization Committee, P. O. Box 55, Pana IL 62557. Cash donations can be made to any PPRC member.

For more information, contact Smith at 217-827-1936 or 217-562-4464.


Petitions For Tower Hill Election Available

Petitions are now available for the Apr. 9, 2013 consolidated election for the Village of Tower Hill.

Positions up for election are president, clerk, three (3) four-year trustee terms and two (2) two-year unexpired trustee terms.

Filing dates for this election are Dec. 17 through Dec. 24.

For information, contact Deb Carroll, Tower Hill Village Clerk, at 567-3661.


First Outing For Pana Boys Basketball Team a Rough One

The Pana Panthers boys basketball team played their first game of the 2012-13 season in Moweaqua against Central A & M. It was an unimpressive beginning as the Raiders offense was clicking and they dealt the Panthers a 72-50 setback.

“We had three full weeks to practice for the first time in years, and we really played poorly,” Head Coach Gary Bowker commented. “We need to get better at every aspect of the game.”

Pana failed to have one player score in double figures while that was not a problem with A & M. Five Raiders were in double-digit scoring.

The Panthers were led in scoring by Alex Metzger with 9 points. Kyle Gibson and Jordan Clark had 8 points apiece. Dylon Hudlin scored 6 points with Andrew Rybolt having 5 points. Clint Kircher, Raustin Zahradka and Robbie Hester each had 4 points. Brock Trexler rounded out the scoring with 2 points.

One bright note for the Panthers – they made 90% of their free throws, sinking 9-of-10. A & M got to the line 24 times and converted 10, 42%.

Pana, 0-1, has its first home game of the season Saturday night, Dec. 1, in a mega-night of basketball. Mt. Zion will be coming to town for a 4-game marathon featuring both the boys and girls teams of each school.

The tentative schedule of games is as follows: The junior varsity girls will play at 4:00 p.m., followed by the boys JV at 5:15. The varsity girls game has a 6:00 p.m. tip with the varsity boys set to go about 8:00 p.m.

The Pana Lions Club is also having a “tailgate” in the Panthers Den of the high school. They will be serving from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Girls Lose Twice; Head To T-Town Tonight

The Pana High School girls basketball team suffered two losses by a total of 3 points in their recent Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament held in the PHS gym on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24.

A last second shot sank the Panthers against Central A & M as the Raiders won, 62-61, in the semi-finals of play.

Nadine Vaughn put in 20 points for the Panthers, including 8-of-10 from the free throw line for the game.

She was followed by Allie Schoonover with 11 points and Rachel Alde with 9. Sydney Lett, Kendal Frisina and Hannah Funneman each scored 6 points and Breanna Schoonover added 3 points.

Central A & M led at all the stops. They held a 15-9 first quarter lead and 37-20 at the break. It was 50-43 going into the fourth quarter.

Vs. Mt. Pulaski–

In the third place game on Saturday night, Nov. 24, the Panthers entered the final 8 minutes of the game with 15-point lead, 46-31. But when the smoke cleared at the end of the quarter, it was the Hiltoppers sitting on top, 53-51, as they went on a 22-5 scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Allie Schoonover was one of two Pana players in double figures with 18 points. Sydney Lett had 10 points in the game. Hannah Funneman followed with 9 and Nadine Vaughn scored 8 points. Kendal Frisina and Rachel Alde each scored 3 points.

The Panthers have a busy schedule over the next 5 days with 3 games. Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 29, the girls are on their way to Teutopolis for a non-conference match-up with the Wooden Shoes. Tip-off for the junior varsity game is set for 6:15 p.m.

They are home Saturday, Dec. 1, for a mega-night of basketball as they take on Mt. Zion about 6:30 p.m. There are two games prior to the girls game. A girls junior varsity and boys JV game between Pana and Mt. Zion. After the girls varsity contest comes the boys varsity match-up.

On Monday, Dec. 3, Pana is on the road to Litchfield for their first South Central Conference game of the season. Junior varsity action starts at 6:00 p.m.

Cowden-Herrick Starts Basketball Season

The Cowden-Herrick Hornets are 3-2 as the 2012-13 boys campaign starts.

On Tuesday night, Nov. 27, The Hornets dropped Neoga, 59-55.

Luke Moore had 25 points in the game including being 8-of-9 at the free throw line and three 3-pointers. Tyson Morgason added 9 points with Caleb Heiserman adding 7. Seth Barnes scored 6 points Colton Burrus dropped in 5 points. A. J. Miller chipped in with 4 points and Ethan Schoonover finished with 3.

Hosting Mulberry Grove on Saturday, Nov. 24, the Hornets chalked up a 55-43 win. Three players hit double figures for Cowden-Herrick.

Luke Moore and Tyson Morgason each scored 12 points with Ethan Schoonover adding 10. Colton Burrus and Seth Barnes got 6 points apiece with Caleb Heiserman collecting 5. A. J. Miller got 2 points and Dylan Barnes and Logan Cutler finished with 1 point each.

Friday night, Nov. 23, the Hornets lost to Christ Our Rock Lutheran of Centralia, 64-59.

For the Hornets, Luke Moore poured in 22 points and had 14 rebounds. Seth Barnes added a dozen. Tyson Morgason clicked for 8 points with Ethan Schoonover getting 6 and Caleb Heiserman, 5 points. Heiserman had 8 steals and 4 assists. Colton Burrus also scored 5 points. A. J. Miller finished with a free throw.

Playing on Tuesday, Nov. 20, Patoka knocked off the Hornets, 59-46 on the C-HHS gym floor.

Leading scorer for Cowden-Herrick was Luke Moore with 12 points and Caleb Heiserman scoring 10. Logan Cutler got 8 points and Ethan Schoonover chipped in with 5. Tyson Morgason had 4 points as did A. J. Miller. Seth Barnes added 2 points and Colton Burrus, 1 point.

Cowden-Herrick opened the season with a 53-47 win over Ramsey.

Three players for the Hornets were in double figures, led by Seth Barnes’ 14 points. Colton Burrus had 12 points and Luke Moore, 11. Caleb Heiserman added 8 points and Tyson Morgason scored 6. Ethan Schoonover collected 2 points. Moore grabbed 10 rebounds in the game.

8th Grade Girls End Season

The Pana Junior High School eighth grade girls basketball season came to an end Tuesday night, Nov. 27, in the IESA Class 3A Regional Basketball Tournament in Hillsboro.

The team began competition on Monday, Nov. 26, as the number 4 seeded team in the tournament. They beat Greenville in the first round, 28-14.

They moved on to play Tuesday night against the number 1 seed, Hillsboro.  The Panthers were defeated by a strong Hillsboro team 38-18.

Hillsboro hit 5 three point baskets in the game which ultimately sealed the win.

The 8th grade girls finished a good season full of tough competition with a respectable 10-13 record.


St. Pat’s Lose in Sectional Finals

By the closest of margins, the Pana St. Pat’s seventh grade girls basketball team dropped their IESA Class 1A Sectional Tournament game at Effingham St. Anthony Junior High School Wednesday night, Nov. 28. They fell to Sigel St. Michael, 23-21, to finish 18-4 this season.

Shania Schoonover had 8 points for St. Pat’s with Claire Holthaus adding 5 points. Both Hackler and Epley finished the game with 4 points apiece.

Letters to the Editor: November 29, 2012

Thanks For Help With Bazaar

Dear Editor,

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all those who helped with the Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar held last Saturday, November 17.   Many hours of time and labor from countless individuals all contributed to another successful year for the bazaar.

We would like to thank our Officers and Committee Chairpersons for their hard work and dedication to the Bazaar.  They are: Grand Raffle; Rosemary Horsthemke, Kitchen; Georgette Merrifield,  Dining Room; Eileen Culberson, Grannie’s Goodies; June Miller,  and Candy Lane; Francie Schmitz and the Oconee Eager Beavers 4-H Club.  Thanks to all the Auxiliary members who donated items for This-N-That, baked goods, and helped in the shops, kitchen and dining room and the registration table.   We also appreciate the help promoting the Bazaar provided by Melissa Rybolt, Marketing Coordinator for Pana Community Hospital, and the Pana News Palladium.

This year, residents of Hickory Estates in Pana completed the mailings for the Bazaar.  Our thanks to the following for stuffing over 400 envelopes for the Auxiliary:  Ruth Billiter, Dorothy Dixon, Jo Morez, Helen Stringer, Mary Holthaus, Norma Jones, Sharon Law, Wanda King, and Flo Ann Dowell.

We would also like to acknowledge the following:  The First United Methodist Church for hosting our annual event and especially  Glenn Schneider, who provides site preparation, set-up and clean-up and manages to do it all with a smile!   To the Pana Boy Scouts for the move-in help provided to our vendors,  to the Tri-County Fair Board for the use of their tables, to the Pana Lions Club (Terry Henschen, Tom Morrell and Nathan Morrell and their helpers), who delivered and picked up the tables for us; to the St. Patrick’s Church Confirmands for their kitchen and dining room help, and to Bart Dubre for all his work at the Bazaar.

This year, 29 vendors displayed their goods at the Bazaar. Many of those vendors also donated gifts for the Grand Raffle. We thank them for their continued support of our event.  The Auxiliary also appreciates the many Raffle donations from Pana area merchants. Our community merchants are always there to help when we ask, so please support them by shopping in our hometown.

The entire event would not be a success if not for the people who come each year to attend the Bazaar.  Thank you for supporting the Auxiliary and Pana Community Hospital.


Vicky Gullion and

Beth Hilton,

2012 Bazaar Co-Chairs


Parks Committee Needs Help

Dear Editor,

As president of the Pana Park Revitalization Committee, I want to thank all of the people who stepped up to help us on the major projects we tackled and completed this summer in Kitchell Park. Without all of you helping, it would not have been possible to accomplish.

Our next big project we are going to tackle is to work with the city to provide new playground equipment to the three parks, which will be Kitchell, Kehias and Welburn Parks.This is going to be a huge and expensive undertaking.

I don’t know if we can accomplish all this in the coming year or not. Again, I am asking for help from the citizens of and around our community who have an interest in seeing this project accomplished. I am asking for help from individuals, civic organizations, fraternitys, church groups and anyone I have failed to mention.

Anyone wanting to contribute, may do so by check or cash. Make checks payable to The Pana Parks Revitalization Committee, making the notation (“play ground equipment,”) and mail to The Pana Parks Revitalization Committee, P. O. Box 55, Pana IL 62557. By cash, contact any one on the committee.

Those with questions may contact me at 217-827-1936 or 217-562-4464.


Bob Smith

PPRC President