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Graduation Exercises At Pana High School Friday Night

The Pana High School Class of 2013 will hold Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 24, in the Pana High School gym. The ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. Almost 100 seniors will receive diplomas during the graduation.

The Valedictorian of the PHS Class of 2013 is Rachel Scroggins, daughter of Brad and Teresa Scroggins. Salutatorian of the class is Alex Metzger, son of John and Jackie Metzger.

The ceremony begins with prelude music performed by the Concert Band, under the direction of Theresa Steiner, director of bands. Featured selections are “Sock Hop Tonight” and “Activity March.” They will also perform “Fanfare and Processional.”

Senior Autumn Finley, secretary of the class, will give an invocation and the welcome will be given by Gayle McRoberts, Pana High School Principal. Pana School Superintendent, Dr. David Lett, will deliver the Class Address.

PHS Assistant Principal heath Strom will present the honor graduates and Ms. McRoberts will recognize perfect attendance.

The Salutatorian and Valedictorian addresses will be given next.

Scholarship awards will be presented, first by Rebecca Carter-Beeson, president of the Pana Educational Foundation, will present their scholarship. It will be followed by the First National Bank of Pana’s Senior of the Year Award and Scholarship, presented by Lisa Bland of the bank.

The Senior Chorus will perform “Stand As One,” under the direction of Marci Cole, chorus director.

The Presentation of the Class will be done by Ms. McRoberts, followed by the Acceptance of the Class by David Koontz, President, Pana Board of Education.

Mrs. Heather Strom, senior guidance counselor, will make the diploma presentations.

The evening will end with “Fanfare and Recessional” by the Concert Band.

Marshals for the evening are Jared Blackwell, Brady Colin, DaSheng Lin and Jonathan McLeod. Class of 2013 officers are Alex Metzger, president; Jessica Holthaus, vice-president; Autumn Finley, secretary; and Jason Grotts, treasurer.

The complete list of graduates and parents appeared in the print edition of the PN-P on Thursday, May 23.


Drive Underway To Save Roseland Theater From Closing


S. O. S. – SAVE OUR SCREEN? Technology is changing most everything in life and movies are no exception. The major Hollywood studios are phasing out 35 millimeter film and going to digital delivery of movies. In order to stay in business, theaters like the Roseland in downtown Pana must go through costly renovations to stay in business.

On the website, there is drive to collect $40,000 to help owners of the theater, Jeff and Julie Eisentraut of Hillsboro, make the digital conversion. Only 38 days remain for the campaign, or it is possible the Roseland will have to close its doors for good.

(Tom Latonis Photo)

There is a drive underway with the hopes of raising enough money to save Pana’s historic Roseland Theater.

Due to changes in technology, Jeff and Julie Eisentraut, who bought the facility in 2009, are facing the prospect of closing the theater if they don’t convert to a digital projector.

“At a convention in Las Vegas we were told sometime in November or December, Kodak and Technicolor will stop making 35 millimeter movie film,” Jeff Eisentraut said. “Everything is going digital (electronic). The six major studios in Hollywood will soon only have digital copies of their movies.”

The dilemma is, converting old movie theaters from projectors to digital is an expensive process. Conversions typically cost between $50,000 and $75,000.

In order to raise the money, the Eisentraut’s are also relying on technology in an effort to save the theater. A website called “,” which specializes in raising money for worthwhile community projects, is being utilized to raise $40,000 from the public sector in donations to help with the conversion. However, there is a deadline for getting the money.

If the funds are not raised in time, Eisentraut said donor’s will be refunded their money.

The donations will not go un-rewarded. There are eight levels of giving, each with incentives in increasing value.

After going to the website, it will ask for the project name, which is “Roseland Theater Digital Projector.” There is a video outlining the history of the theater and the appeal for funds.


Bella Bennett Little Miss Chili Pepper Winner


THE 2013 LITTLE Miss Chili Pepper Constest winner is Bella Bennett, right, daughter of Jarrad and Nicki Bennett.

From left are Riley Vits, 2012 Little Miss Chili Pepper, daughter of David and Erica Vits; Little Miss Pepper Personality Jaycie Waters, daughter of Aaron and Trish Waters; Little Miss Chili Pepper Runner-Up, Karley Jo Lenover daughter of Rebecca Russell and James Gibson and Bella Bennett.

The contest was held as part of Pana Days Chautauqua on Saturday, May 11, in Kitchell Park.


Mariah Inman Signs Soccer Letter of Intent With Lincoln College


PANA HIGH SCHOOL senior Mariah Inman, seated, center, signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at Lincoln College, Lincoln.

She signed the letter in the Pana High School library on  Wednesday, May 15.

PHS Girls Soccer Coach Lisa Magliari would like to thank Amber Angermeier, Lincoln College coach, for helping Mariah to continue her soccer career into college.

“Mariah worked very hard this season to get where she is at, and she will do a great job for Lincoln College,” Magliari said. “Mariah has set an example and opened up the door for other girls to further their careers in soccer in the near future.” 

Also present for the signing were, seated from left, Lisa Magliari, PHS Head Girls Coach, Mariah Inman and Amber Angermeier, Lincoln College Head Soccer Coach.

In back, Tim Karbach, PHS Boys Coach, Jason and Tammy Inman, Mariah’s parents, Donna and Jim Inman, Mariah’s grandparents and Mike Weideman, PHS Assistant Girls Coach.


2013 Soccer Registration Information

Registration is now open for the 2013 soccer season.  All children, Kindergarten thru 8th grade in the 2013-2014 school year, are welcome to play.   Register at before June 15, and PSL will waive the $2 service charge.   Kids are welcome to sign up for the fall recreational soccer program, camp, and competitive traveling teams.   3v3 tournament forms are also available online.

Online registration is encouraged and preferred.  For those unable to register online, registration will be held at the Kitchell Park Pavilion June 3-6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and June 22-23 from 2:00 to 4:00pm.  Children must be registered with the Pana Soccer League before July 25 in order to be placed on a team.  Children who register after July 25 will be placed on a waiting list and placed on teams if/as positions become available.  For more information, log on to, visit Pana Soccer League on Facebook, or call 562-4073.


JFL Sign-Up May 31-June 1

Pana Junior Football League (JFL), will hold a sign-up for the fall football season from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 31 and 9:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1, at First Church of the Nazarene, Sixth and Fairgrounds Road.

Students in the 5th through 8th grades this coming school year in the Pana and Tower Hill area are eligible to sign up.

A player must not turn 15 years of age before Sept. 1, 2013, to be eligible.

In order to sign up, parents will need to sign a medical release form, fill out an application and pay a $50 participation fee. A copy of the child’s birth certificate, along with proof of physical examination will be needed before practice.

Those unable to make the sign up or need more information can contact Ron Sims, 562-5163.

FBCA Commencement Saturday

First Baptist Christian Academy of Rosamond will graduate four members in the Class of 2013 on Saturday, May 25, on the Academy campus in Rosamond. Ceremonies begin at 2:00 p.m.

Members of the class are Allen Kuhnert, son of Dale and Kara Kuhnert, Taylorville;

Aubrie Wheeler, daughter of Dick and Debbie Wheeler, Ramsey;

Crystal Hubbartt, daughter of George and Brenda Hubbartt, Pana;

Emmanuel Beetem, son of Don and Dana Beetem,Taylorville.

Commencement speaker is John Kealen,  Executive Director at Camp Manitoumi in Illinois.


MAPS Graduation Held May 15

Three students were graduated in the Class of 2013 at Mid-America Preparatory School (MAPS) in Herrick on Wednesday May 15.

Graduates were:

Austin James Lay, Vandalia, son of Aaron and Jan Lay. His future plans are to attend Kaskaskia College, then transfer to SAE in Nashville, Tenn., to major in Music Business.

Hannah Grace Wagner, Herrick, daughter of Scott Wagner and Pam Metzger. She plans to attend Lake Land College for General Education courses, then transfer to Kaskaskia College for Radiology/Sonography.

Alexis Renae Gillespey, Herrick, daughter of Kurt Gillespey and Julie Gimore. Her future plans are to attend Lake Land College and major in Nursing.

Mid-America Preparatory School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2, 2008, and 39 students. Since that day, with God’s leading, MAPS has not looked back. It is a group of Christians who strive to serve God as He guides them closer to Him.

This is the mission of the school – MAP out student’s academic and spiritual future. At MAPS, the staff is committed to upholding their students’ highest value and most noble calling. They strive to not only train the mind in strict academic disciplines, but also the soul and spirit of each child to respect and honor the Lord Jesus Christ.

MAPS is blessed to have a staff which is passionate about what the Lord has called them to do.  The teachers are college-educated and certified, and have a burden for the souls of children. They see themselves as an extension of the home.

Staff members include: Mr. Rick Allen, Junior High Teacher/Principal. He has a B.S. from Kentucky State University and M.S. from Eastern Illinois University (Educational Administration); 12 years in education and 4 at MAPS;

Mrs. Deborah Short, High School Teacher. She has a B.S. Millikin University, TEFL Certification; 23 years in teaching and 4 with MAPS;

Mrs. Lisa Bain, Art Teacher/Para-Professional. She has a high school diploma with 8 years in education with 5 of them as a home school teacher and 4 years with MAPS;

Ms. Ashley Gernand, second and third grade teacher. She attended Eastern Illinois University with all three years of experience at MAPS;

Ms. Abby Evans, Kindergarten/1st Grade. She has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Lindenwood University and all 4 years of service are with MAPS;

Mrs. Penny Miller, 4th/5th Grade. She has a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University and been in education 10 years with 4 of them at MAPS.


Pana Christian Academy 2013 Graduates

The annual graduation and awards ceremony for Pana Christian Academy will be held at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at First United Pentecostal Church, 910 E. Sixth.

This year’s  graduates are Sydney Houser, Holly Pall and Cassi Plappert.

The commencement address will be given by Rev. Jason Hoffman, pastor of Crossroads Pentecostal Church of Taylorville.

A reception honoring the graduates will be held after the ceremony in the Fellowship Hall at 409 W. Orange St.

Sydney Houser

Sydney is the daughter of Larry and Amy Houser of Pana. During high school, she has been on the honor roll and has completed Bible Memory. She attended ACTS Student Convention where she won awards in PACE bowl, puppets, singing and track. She also participated in preaching, photography, tennis and archery. Sydney plans to attend Urshan College in Florissant, Missouri, to study business management.

Holly Sarah Beth Pall

Holly is the daughter of Erica D. Pall of Pana and the late Walter Pall and James Williams of Florida and the late Erica Williams. She is a Sunday school teacher and involved in sign language, puppets and choir. She works for Mark Condon Properties and also babysits. Holly plans on doing distant learning through Indiana Bible College and obtaining a full time job upon graduation.

Cassi Anne Plappert

Cassi is the daughter of Larry and Rebecca Bruns of Pana. She loves to be involved, from working at the food pantry, volunteering for Faith In Action and at First United Pentecostal Church. She is a Sunday school teacher, in sign language, puppets and the church choir. During high school she participated in a competition in Carlinville. This included her competing in subjects as photography, volleyball, singing, skits, puppets, pace bowl (academics), writing, ping pong and checkers. She won many ribbons and medals. Cassi plans to continue in Christian education in the fall at Indian Bible College (IBC). There she will study to be a Christian educator.


Obituaries: May 23, 2013

Harvey Morrell

Harvey Morrell, 87, of Pana, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana. Arrangements are pending with McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Condolences may be sent to


Marie Zuber

Marie G. Zuber, 91, of Pana, died at 9:35 a.m., Wednesday, May, 22, 2013, in Gowin Parc, Pana. Kennedy and Sons Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Leslie Jane Considine

Leslie Jane Considine, 37, of Shelbyville, died in her home at 12:10 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements.


Rose Mary Kennedy

Rose Mary Kennedy, 57, of Divernon, died at 10:43 a.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Memorial Medical Center.


Mary Nolan

Mary Emma Chesterman Nolan, of Allen, Texas, formerly of Tower Hill, died Nov. 19, 2012. A memorial service and inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 27, in Tower Hill Cemetery.