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Archives for April 2013

2013 Pana High School Prom Court Named


PANA HIGH SCHOOL will hold its Junior-Senior Prom in the PHS gym on Saturday, May 4. Students have nominated 10 candidates for the Prom Queen and King.

Coronation will be at  7:00 p.m. with the dance from 7:30-11:00 p.m. The theme is the song, “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri.

Members of the royal court are, in front from left, Alexandria Schoonover, daughter of Shannen and Amy Schoonover; Hannah Funneman, daughter of Tom and Amy Funneman; and Raven Horsthemke, daughter of Eric and Kim Horsthemke.

Middle row, Alex Metzger, son of John and Jackie Metzger; Clint Kircher, son of Myron and Kathy Kircher; and Aaron Vandenbergh, son of Jim and Jean Vandenbergh, Jr.

In back, Marissa Presnell, daughter of Randy and Tracy Presnell; Tyson Spencer, son of Nancy Spencer and Troy Spencer; Rebecca Bland, daughter of Carol Bland and the late Donald Bland; and Logan Warren, son of Nisa and Paul Dykstra and Matt Warren.

Biographies and photos of the couples will appear in the Thursday, May 2, issue of the PN-P.

(Mary Cothern Photo)


Reorganization Meeting, Pana School Board

The Pana School Board will hold a reorganization special meeting on Wednesday, May 1, in the Unit Office on East Main St. in Pana. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

The Board will canvas the vote of the Apr. 9 election and certify it, then will hold election of officers – president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Establishment of regular meeting dates and times and committee appointments will be determined.


Pana Baseball Team Loses At Hillsboro

The Pana Panthers baseball team fell to conference rival, Hillsboro, in Hillsboro on Friday, Apr. 26, by a score of 4-1.

The Hiltoppers scored a pair of runs in each the third and fifth innings while Pana got its lone run in the top of the seventh.

Pana is 4-7 overall and they are 1-1 in the South Central Conference.

Today, Monday, Apr. 29, the Panthers host Litchfield at 4:30 p.m. at Panthers Field. Then on Tuesday, Apr. 30, they have a double-header at Hillsboro, taking on the Hiltoppers at 4:30 p.m., then the Staunton Bulldogs at 6:15. Pana will host Greenville, Wednesday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m., then on Thursday, May 2, they are at Vandalia with a 4:30 p.m. start. All of the games are South Central Conference games.


Softball Panthers Tumble Twice

The softball team of Pana High School suffered a pair of losses last week. They lost at home to Central A & M, 7-0, on Friday, Apr. 26, and on Saturday, Apr. 27, they fell to the Tornadoes at Taylorville, 11-5.

Pana is 2-10 on the season and have a busy schedule ahead. Today, Monday, Apr. 29, the team is at Litchfield for a game. On Wednesday, May 1, they host Greenville and on Thursday, May 2, Vandalia comes to town. All are South Central Conference games with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m. each day.


Panthers Fall To Greenville

The Pana Panthers soccer team were blanked by the Greenville Comets Friday, Apr. 26, 4-0.

Pana trailed 1-0 at halftime, but the Comets came up with 3 unanswered goals in the second half.

Taylor Rochkes had 13 saves in goal for Pana.

The Panthers, 4-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the South Central Conference, wrap up the regular season today, Monday, Apr. 29, with a match against Litchfield at Tanner Field. It will begin 4:30 p.m. It is the last regular season game.

Pana will play in the IHSA Class 1A Regional tournament in Litchfield on Tuesday, May 7. They are the number 3 seed and face number 2 seed Staunton at 6:30 p.m. The championship match is Friday, May 10, at 6:00 p.m.

The winner advances to the Sectional at Rochester on Tuesday, May 15, to play the winner of the Warrensburg-Latham Regional winner.

Following is the schedule for the Litchfield Regional:

Friday, May 3

Match 1: 5:00 p.m. – (5) Hillsboro at (4) Gillespie.


Tuesday, May 7

Match 2: 4:30 p.m. – (1) Litchfield vs. Winner Match 1

Match 3: 6:30 p.m – (2) Staunton vs. (3) Pana.


Friday, May 10

Match 4: 6:00 p.m. – Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 3 (Championship)


Pana Sports Boosters Monthly Meeting

Pana Sports Boosters will hold their monthly meeting in the Pana High School Library on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m.  Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

Officers will be discussing plans for the upcoming Pana Junior High School track events. PSB will sponsor concessions for both the junior high conference track meet on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and junior high school sectional track meet on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sports Boosters is in need of volunteers to work the concession stand on these two days, especially Tuesday, May 7.  Contact Melissa Rybolt at 827-7261 if you can volunteer for a few hours.

The Pana Sports Boosters is an organization which provides additional assistance for Pana School District athletics, coaching staff and the student athletes at the junior and senior high level.


Revised Pana Sports Schedules

Due to the recent rain and cold weather, many Pana High School and Pana Junior High School sporting events have been cancelled.

Following is a revised schedule of events for the next few days:

Monday, Apr. 29

Soccer: Vs. Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball: Vs. Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

Softball: at Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

Jr. High Track: at Greenville, 4:00 p.m.


Tuesday, Apr. 30

Girls Track: at SCC Meet, Litchfield, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball: at Hillsboro, 4:30 p.m.; then Vs. Staunton, 6:15 p.m.

Boys Track: at Carlinville Invite, 4:30 p.m.


Wednesday, May 1

Baseball: Vs. Greenville, 4:30 p.m.

Softball: Vs. Greenville, 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 2

High School Track: Boys & Girls, at Litchfield & Jacksonville ISD, 4:00 p.m.

Baseball: at Vandalia, 4:30 p.m.

Softball: Vs. Vandalia, 4:30 p.m.


Friday, May 3

Jr. High Track: Vs. Shelbyville & Vandalia, 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, May 4

Frosh/Soph Track: at Staunton, 9:00 a.m.


Out in Left Field: April 29, 2013

OILF-294x300Over the past few issues – and another one earlier in the year – you might have noticed quite a few female seniors at Pana High School who have signed National Letters of Intent to attend various colleges and play collegiate sports as well.

The most recent was Hannah Funneman who is going to Lincoln Land to play basketball. About a week prior, Kendal Frisina signed with Lake Land College and Nadine Vaughn signing with Parkland College, Champaign. Earlier this year, Charley Lett signed on with McKendree University.

All four of these girls started for Ken Schuster’s basketball Panthers this season. In the years which I have been doing sports for the PN-P, I honestly can’t remember this many girls – well, not just girls – but this many senior athletes at PHS signing letters of intent to play sports.

Congratulations to all of these girls. They are superior athletes – and from every thing I have seen on and off the court are superior young women who have represented their school and hometown with pride and distinction.


And I’m sure it won’t be long before we hear from the fifth starter on that team, senior Allie Schoonover, as to her future plans. . . .


Glad to see sunshine and it be warmer today – hope the trend continues, but the forecast doesn’t imply it will happen.

The schedule is crowded for both high school and junior high sports as the calendar pushed forward to the end of the school year.


And as the calendar continues, the Kentucky Derby is set for its 139th running on Saturday.

One of the big stories this year is a female jockey, Rosie Napravnik, riding one of the favorites for the race, “Mylute.”


See you next week!


Obituaries: April 29, 2013

Wade Carter

Wade Carter, 100, of Pana, formerly of Ramsey, died at 12:05 a.m., Sunday, Apr. 28, in Heritage Health, Pana. Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Lyle Wise

Lyle E. Wise, 75, of Shelbyville, died at 1:22 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013, in his home. Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Velladean R. ‘Val’ Wittke

Mrs. Velladean R. “Val” Wittke, 91, widow of the late Robert E. Wittke, entered into rest on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 at Doctors Hospital. She was a native of Shelby County. Condolences may be sent to


Obituaries: April 29, 2013


Just can’t keep from sitting and attempting to scribble something to you all out there!

Thus, it is that we’re back to you, after an absence Thursday that we hoped to recharge our batteries.

‘Twas not that we were sick or anything, but out and plain, just got lazy! Not really that either . . . . .

Just feeling down a bit – and we push ourself! And that’s something for FFF to admit.

For, after our family, the Pana News-Palladium associated publications and writing to you all, there’s nothing else that really seems all that important to us.



Well, that’s almost true. But, for instance, watching grandson, “Jake” and his soccer team winning a Sunday game at Tanner Park.

Tom and “Jake” furnished us transportation to Tanner Park where we watched the contest.

The Phillips crowd was joined at field side by grandson-in-law, Josh Bonn, his wife and our granddaughter, “Nikki”, little guest, great-grandson, “J. J.”, 7 months old, Susan and Greg Weddle, daughter, Trish and friend of all, Jeff Copley.

Nice time. The game finished up just in time; few drops began falling.


Our Friendship

In friendship we will always dwell,

For in our hearts it’s cast its spell;

This priceless gift you give to me

Is there for all eternity.


We’re bound in laughter and in tears,

We cherish life’s golden souvenirs;

Close in heart and close in mind,

These are the sweetest ties that bind.


Like a lighthouse is standing bright

As it shines its friendly light,

I let this treasure of friendship blend

Within my heart and call you “friend.”

-Nora M. Bozeman


So Long!