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Eighth Grade Girls Win Own Volleyball Tournament Saturday


PANA JUNIOR HIGH School hosted an eighth grade volleyball tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, and won the tournament with a 3-0 record.

Members of the team are, in front from left, Madison Cloe, Colleen Weddle, Daylee Denton, Jenna Dudra, Mariah Neal and Brooklyn Thompson.

In back are Claire Henschen, Brooklyn Jewsbury, Madyson Butkauskas, Claudia Magnussen, Abby Kuhn, Sydney Maton and Coach Carrie Beyers.

With a strong showing, the eighth grade Pana Junior High School won their own Pana Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 3-0 record. None of Pana’s matches went to three games.

Pana breezed through its pool play with two wins. They knocked off Cowden-Herrick, 25-11, 25-5, then took care of Raymond-Lincolnwood, 25-17, 25-12.

The championship match on Saturday afternoon pitted the Panthers against rival Hillsboro, who was also 2-0 in pool play. Pana came away with a 27-25, 25-14 win.

Hillsboro was second with a 2-1 record in the tournament. In the third place match, Taylorville defeated Lincolnwood, 17-25, 25-20, 15-11. Taylorville was also 2-1 while Lincolnwood went 1-2 on the day. Cowden-Herrick won the fifth place match with a 17-25, 26-24, 15-3 win over Nokomis. Cowden-Herrick was 1-2 in the tournament and Nokomis, 0-3.

For the day, Colleen Weddle and Jenna Dudra led Pana in kills with 15 and 14, respectively. Weddle recorded 3 blocks.

Daylee Denton served 27 points with 15 of them aces. Dudra and Sydney Maton had 16 service points each and Madyson Butkauskas served 11. Weddle had 10 service points.

Maton had 9 aces and Jenna Dudra and Butkauskas each had 7. Weddle got 3 aces.

Denton dished out 20 assists with Abby Kuhn getting 11 and Butkauskas, 5.

Dig leader was Weddle with 11 and Denton got to 9. Dudra and Maton each had 5 digs.

The eighth grade team is 5-3 on the season. They have a busy week with a match tonight, Monday, Jan. 28, at Nokomis. There is a home match Tuesday, Jan. 29, with Pana hosting Litchfield. Then, Thursday, Jan. 31, Pana travels to Vandalia.

The seventh grade match starts at 6:00 p.m. each night, followed by the eighth grade contests.


Annual Scouting For Food Drive This Saturday

The annual “Scouting For Food” food drive bag pass out day is Saturday, Feb. 2.

Boy Scouts from Troop 99 will be canvassing the neighborhoods throughout the City of Pana and placing a plastic bag on residents’ doors/doorsteps. There will be a note attached asking residents to place non-perishable food items in the bags.

Leave bags outside the door by 8:00 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 9. Boys Scouts will return to pick up the food items.

All items collected will be donated to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Pana.

If you do not receive a bag or your bag is not picked up, call Rob Grotts, 217-820-1634, Jim LaMarche, 217-638-8677 or Shannon Koontz, 217-710-8845.


Jessica Holthaus FNB Senior of the Month


VICKY GULLION, LEFT, vice-president of First National Bank of Pana, presents the January Senior of the Month certificate to Jessica Holthaus, Pana High School senior. She is the daughter of Mike Hothaus and Susan Scott.

Carlyle Spanks Panthers, 74-54


PANA’S RAUSTIN ZAHRADKA, number 35, goes up for a shot during the Pana-Carlyle basketball game in the Pana High School gym on Friday, Jan. 25. Zahradka scored 6 points and 3 rebounds in Pana’s 74-54 loss.

The Panthers travel to Vandalia on Tuesday, Jan. 29, for a contest with the Vandals.

(Mary Cothern Photo)

The Carlyle Indians made eight 3-point baskets and shot 57% from the floor as they overwhelmed the Pana Panthers boys basketball team, 74-54, in the PHS gym on Friday, Jan. 25.

Alex Metzger had 15 points to pace the Panthers. He was 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Dylon Hudlin had 12 points, making 4 baskets from behind the 3-point line. Robbie Hester finished with 8 points and Raustin Zahradka added 6. Kyle Gibson and Clint Kircher got 4 points each and Andrew Rybolt made a 3-pointer for his 3 points. Brock Beeson finished with 2 points. Both Hester and Gibson got 7 rebounds each for Pana. The Panthers had 23 rebounds in the game and turned the ball over 16 times. Carlyle scored 7 points off Pana turnovers.

In the junior varsity game, Carlyle was a 53-42 winner.

The Panthers are 14-7 this season. They go back to play in the South Central Conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they invade Vandalia to take on the Vandals. The junior varsity game will start at 6:00 p.m.


Pana Girls Third at Carrollton

The Pana Panthers girls basketball team won the third place game of the Carrollton Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 55-47 win over West Central Biggsville.

Allie Schoonover, Pana senior, scored 16 points to lead all scorers. She was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year.

Charley Lett and Hannah Funneman, also seniors, joined Schoonover in double figures with 12 points each.

Sydney Lett and Breanna Schoonover tossed in 2 points apiece and Rachel Alde had a free throw for her 1 point.


In the semi-final game on Thursday, Jan. 24, the Panthers fell to Bethalto Civic Memorial, 59-42.

Pana kept the game close throughout until the fourth quarter when they were out-scored, 15-4.

Nadine Vaughn led Pana with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Hannah Funneman tossed in 12 points and Charley Lett scored 9 points. She also had 5 assists. Allie Schoonover finished with 7 points.

Three Bethalto players scored in double figures.

Pana is now 22-5 and 8-0 in the South Central Conference. They will host Senior Night tonight, Monday, Jan. 28. Five seniors – Kendal Frisina, Allie Schoonover, Charley Lett, Nadine Vaughn and Hannah Funneman – will be honored in ceremonies prior to the start of the varsity game with Hillsboro. The night starts with the junior varsity game beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Panthers have one more regular season game before regional action begins next week. They will finish up at Staunton on Thursday, Jan. 31. The junior varsity game will begin at 6:00 p.m. Thursday as well.


Hornets Fourth in National Trails Tourney

The Cowden-Herrick Hornets lost to Stewardson-Strasburg, 68-58, in the third place game of the National Trails Conference Tournament in Altamont on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Luke Moore had 19 points for Cowden-Herrick and had 8 rebounds. Tyson Morgason added 15 points with Ethan Schoonover getting 12 points. Colton Burrus added 7 points with 6 rebounds and Caleb Heiserman made 4 points. Seth Barnes added a free throw.


Dieterich handed the Hornets a 78-61 setback in the semi-final game on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the tournament.

Ethan Schoonover led the way with 20 points and Luke Moore and Colton Burrus each tossed in 16 points. Caleb Heiserman had 5 points and Seth Barnes and Tyson Morgason each had 2 points.

Moore pulled down 17 of Cowden-Herrick’s 33 team rebounds. He had 13 on the defensive end. Barnes and Schoonover had 5 apiece. Moore made 3 assists and he had 2 steals.

Cowden-Herrick is 13-8 this season and host Effingham St. Anthony in NTC action on Saturday, Feb. 2, with a 6:15 p.m. tip-off for the junior varsity game.


Junior High Volleyball Teams Split

The Pana Junior High School volleyball teams hosted Taylorville on Thursday, Jan. 24, with the seventh grade team picking up a win, but the eighth grade team lost.

In the eighth grade match, Pana fell 19-25, 24-26.

7th Grade–

The seventh grade won in two games, 25-21, 25-21.

This week, Pana is at Nokomis tonight, Monday, Jan. 28. There is a home match Tuesday, Jan. 29, with Pana hosting Litchfield. Then, Thursday, Jan. 31, Pana travels to Vandalia. The seventh grade match starts at 6:00 p.m. each night.


Obituaries: January 28, 2013

James Fleenor

James M. Fleenor, 82, of Pana, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Michael Milligan

Michael Leonard “Mike” Milligan, 63, Tuckasegee, N. C., formerly of rural Herrick, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, surrounded by his family in his residence. Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.


Agnes Snow

Agnes Snow, 89, of Herrick, formerly of Brownstown, died at 9:05 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana. Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Mary Grubaugh

Mary Ann Grubaugh, 71, of Vandalia, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in  Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia.  Hohlt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia, in charge of arrangements.


Annabell Brown

Annabell Brown, 83, of Decatur, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Larry Grzybinski

Larry D. Grzybinski, 53, of Taylorville, died at 11:15 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana. Sutton Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.


Earl Bauer

Earl F. Bauer, 90, of Nokomis, died at 2:05 a.m., Jan. 22, 2013, in his residence. Sutton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Legal Notices: January 28, 2013





No. 2013-P-2


Notice is given of the death of JoAnn Girard of Pana, Illinois, Letters of Office were issued on January 17, 2013, to Angela A. Binkley, 608 N. Elizabeth Street, Pana, IL 62557, whose attorney is Robert J. Beyers, Beyers Law Office, 123 E. Third Street, Pana, IL 62557.

Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the Christian County Courthouse, Taylorville, IL 62568, or with the representative, or both, on or before August 1, 2013, or three months from the mailing of notice to creditors, whichever is later. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed.

Angela K. Binkley


Robert J. Beyers

Attorney for Executor

123 E. Third Street

Pana, IL 62557

Phone: 217/562-5077



Fact, Fun & Fillips: January 28, 2013


Short, short column for today!!

Actually, it is a special one, connected and thanks to our very good friend, Dr. Wolley’s “eye emporium.”

Not the first time, but it always seems to happen on the weekends, one of the lenses of our glasses pops out.

Right before we were scheduled to view “Lincoln” which had been playing at the beautiful Pana Roseland Theater last week.

We went anyhow, no glasses, with Editor Tom Latonis who had seen it before but wanted a second viewing.

Glad we did and at the same time, marveled at what the Hillsboro folks who have resurrected the theater have done.

We enjoyed it and encourage everyone to support this entertainment effort of our theater folks!

Among familiar faces, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Metzger. Wilbur was a neighbor way back in “west end” times. His wife, Doris, we’ve known for a lifetime – good folks.


So Long.