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Pana Car Show, Other Activities In Kitchell Park Saturday

Kitchell Park in Pana will be a busy place on Saturday, June 29, highlighted by the 58th annual Pana Open Car Show and Swap Meet. Forecasters are calling for cooler and less humid weather for Saturday, unlike the 90-plus degrees of last year.

Car Show–

Registration for the event is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. There is a $10 entry fee for each vehicle which includes a participants plaque. No judging will take place as every entry is a winner.

However, there will be three awards given at the conclusion of the event. At 3:00 p.m., the “Mayor’s Choice Award” will be given by Pana Mayor Steve Sipes. It includes a $50 prize. Also, the host Pana Chamber of Commerce will award a “Chamber of Commerce Choice Award,” which includes a $50 prize. There is also a “Pana Elks Lodge Choice Award” with a $50 prize. Entrants must be present to win those three awards.

The third annual Swap Meet for car and truck parts will be held during the show. Spaces will be available for $10 for pre-registration, or $15 on the day of the event. Janet Blue is the Swap Meet Chairman and she may be reached at 217-562-4240 for information.

The Pana Chamber is also sponsoring a 50/50 drawing during the event. The proceeds will go to the Roseland Theater Restoration Fund.

In addition, the Chamber has been selling raffle tickets for a golf cart which has been displayed around town over the past several months. The winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the car show awards ceremony.

Tickets for the cart and the 50/50 raffle will be available the day of the show.

Motorcycle Show–

In conjunction with the Car Show, Pana Elks Lodge 1261 will sponsor a Motorcycle Show at the same time.

Like the Car Show, there will be a $10 entry fee. Proceeds will go to Elks charitable works in the area.

Four awards will be presented at the conclusion of the show. They are the “Mayor’s Award,” “Elks Award,” Chamber Award” and “People’s Choice Award.”

Contact Darrell Swisher, 820-0858 for more information.

Other Activities–

Two other activities are scheduled for the day in the park. One of them is the “Kings of Kitchell Park” 4-on-4 basketball tournament. Play begins at 9:15 a.m. on the Kitchell Park basketball court.

The tournament is open to men 16 years of age and older. The entry fee is $50 per team and there will be cash pay-out for the first and second place teams.

For more information on the tournament, contact Joe Dudra, 827-3877, or Matt Kessler, 246-4242.

Miss, Mister Firecracker–

Saturday is also the day a new Little Miss and Mister Firecracker of Pana will be selected. Sign-up begins at 4:00 p.m. with the pageant beginning at 5:00 on the stage of the Kitchell Park Chautauqua Auditorium. Proceeds benefit the ALS Foundation. Children ages one through nine are eligible for the contest. Contact Debbie Laker 320-2537 for more information.

The group will also be selling BBQ sandwiches, chips and drinks starting at 6:00 p.m. Donation is $5. There will be a cake walk, a 50/50 drawing and dessert for $1.

Entertainment will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the auditorium stage featuring the Larry Warren Band.

All of the activities are free and open to the public on Saturday.


Fireworks Fund Still Accepting Donations

There is still time to donate to the Pana Fireworks Fund.

The annual program is set to go off at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, on the Pana Tri-County Fair fairgrounds. The show is free and open to the public.

Please note the date of the show – Wednesday, July 3 – is a change from years past when the fireworks were held on Independence Day, July 4. This year, a professional company is in charge of setting off the fireworks, and they were fully booked on the holiday, so the show is a day early.

The Fair Association will have concessions available on Wednesday night.

Donations are being accepted at all financial institutions in Pana, as well at the Pana Chamber of Commerce office, downstairs at Pana City Hall and the Pana News-Palladium office in downtown Pana. Pana firemen will also accept donations during the fireworks show on Wednesday night.

Due to the fireworks, a portion of Fairgrounds Road will be closed during the afternoon and evening. There will be no traffic allowed on the east side of the fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road between Sixth Street and Cold Springs Road.

Likewise, there is no vehicle traffic on the east side of the fairgrounds as well on Wednesday.

Entry to the fairgrounds Wednesday evening will be at the west gate at Seventh St. and Minnesota only. Once the show is over, traffic will be allowed to exit the gate on the west side of the fairgrounds on to Fairgrounds Road.

The fair association asks those who attend the fireworks display not to bring their own fireworks or to have any type of fires on the fairgrounds.


Debate Continues: Four-Member Committees On City Council

A continuing dispute about the validity of four-member committees was wrangled about at Monday’s Pana City Council meeting. Mayor Steve Sipes stated he had on Friday, June 19, received a report from the office of Lisa Madigan, attorney general, in the mail. The council met in the city hall.

(Reporter’s note: The contents of the report were not read to the audience. The following information is excerpted from the copy provided to PN-P’s Tom Latonis, managing editor.)

A request for review of the Open Meetings Act was sent by Tom Latonis, managing editor of Pana News-Palladium alleging that the City of Pana failed to post an agenda and sufficient advance notice of the May 20 and June 5 meetings of the Administration Committee. Those meetings, Latonis alleged, “effectively became City Council meetings when non-members of that committee joined the committee’s discussion of public business. Additionally,” continued the allegation, “the City’s use of four-person council committees violates OMA, as such constitutes a majority of a quorum of the Council as a whole and requires proper notice.

”This office has determined that further action is warranted,” stated the letter. Christopher Boggs, assistant attorney general of the Public Access Bureau asked for a response with a copy of the notice, agenda and meeting minutes for the two meetings mentioned above, for review.

The second presentation of the ordinance to amend the city’s code of ordinances regarding committee structure was on the agenda. “Butch” Hocq, alderman, had made a motion to accept the matter. Due to statements by council members, and city attorney Bill Farr’s opinion that the reading should be postponed “until response from the State of Illinois Attorney General’s Office,” Hocq withdrew his motion.

Alderman Debbie Dust then made a motion to wait until the council heard from the attorney general’s office. The motion carried 5-3 — all members being present, with “no” votes cast by aldermen Wayne Richter, Hocq and Pierce.

Chief’s Last Meeting

In the audience were Brad Sims, retiring police chief; Dan Bland, who will become Chief of Police on Monday, July 1, and Bruce Kettelkamp, sheriff of Christian County. Mayor Sipes announced that it was Chief Sims’s last meeting as chief of police. He presented Chief Sims a certificate of appreciation for his dedication and loyalty.

Sims responded that in his 30 years as a police officer and chief of police, “It has been quite an experience.” He thanked the council for its support through that time.

Requests Resolution

Jim Deere, director of the Community Development office, asked for a resolution from the council so that he could apply for a OSLAD grant relating to Kitchell Park improvements. The grant is “highly competitive, and due this week,” he told the council, adding. “We are number 701” seeking the monies. Should the city be successful in obtaining the grant, double funds could be received via the addition of a bequeathment and Park Revitalization Committee plans.

The motion in favor of the resolution passed on voice vote, with Richter voting “no.” Pierce did not vote.

Separate motions were passed assigning contracts to Donald “Beef” Chernisky, Street Department; Kent Taylor, City Sewer/Wastewater Operations, and Jim Deere, Community Development director. Alderman Ron Miles cast a “no” vote for Deere’s contract.

The presentation of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, upon motion by Alderman Dust, passed with Lebon and Richter voting “no,” 6-2.

The second presentation and passage of the prevailing wage ordinance was passed without comment. The ordinance is an annual requirement.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Oak Terrace Wednesday Seniors

Results from the Wednesday morning senior league at Oak Terrace Golf Course:

First place 32(-4): Denny Reed, Al Drafke, Jim Aumann.

Second place 34(-2): Jim Keele, Denny O’Malley, Mark Finley.

Longest putt: Denny O’Malley.

Closest to pin: Larry Cearlock.

Obituaries: June 27, 2013

Lyle Jostes

Lyle R. Jostes, 92, of Pana, died Monday, June 24, 2013 in his home. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Dr. Fred Whitlatch

Dr. Fred Whitlatch, 61, West Frankfort, died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his residence. Union Funeral Home, West Frankfort, in charge of arrangements.


Ila Greenwood

Ila L. Greenwood, 85, of Pana, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Heritage Health, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


David ‘Dutch’ Eversole

David Eugene “Dutch” Eversole, 87, of Shelbyville, died at 8:50 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 in Shelbyville Manor. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Gary Babbs

Gary R. Babbs, 69, of Taylorville, died at 5:42 a.m.,  June 22, 2013 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Hannah Hoffman

Hannah Hoffman, 69, of Ohlman, died at 6:10 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements.


Mildred Pudenz

Mildred Pudenz, 88, of Mt. Vernon, formerly of Nokomis, died at 4:00 a.m., Monday, June 24, 2013, in Mt. Vernon Healthcare. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: June 27, 2013


Don’t like “good-byes!” Still don’t!


Pictured, left to right, Tom Phillips,

former Mayor Ken Mueller, Tom Latonis

But that was the occasion for the picture above made in the front end editorial section of the Pana News-Palladium on Wednesday afternoon.

On learning former Mayor Ken Mueller intended to leave Pana, PN-P editor Latonis, invited Ken to lunch prior. Mr. Mueller will be leaving Pana on Saturday for Arizona where he will take up residence.

Ken always marched to his own drumbeat, and for this we always respected him. We felt he served the City of Pana well as our mayor, and for this, we thank him.


‘Tis difficult, we’ve found to discover the people and things of one’s way of life and happenings slipping away.

And on Saturday morning another such happening will come to bear in that respect. State Trooper Don Kronshagen, husband of another FFF classmate, Rose Hatcher, PHS 1951, will be buried from St. Patrick’s Church of Pana.

Service will be at 10:00 a.m., with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

To Rose Marie and her family, sympathy from Doris and FFF. To Don and Rose – impossible to find two finer people.


And do not forget . . . . .


A Trial Run

Our earthly journey

Is just a trial run.

Sometimes it’s hard,

Sometimes it’s fun.


But whatever the case

Our God makes it plain.

The world is just part

Of His vast domain.


Each step we journey

Must focus on love

With thoughts of our God

Who reigns up above.


And on our journey

As we work and play,

It’s just a trial run

Toward Heaven someday.

–Edna Massimilla


So Long.


Engagements: June 27, 2013


Mr. Robert and Carole Kindermann are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Kindermann, to James (Jamie) Brandenburg, son of Joe and Janet Brandenburg of Springfield.

Melissa is the granddaughter of Robert and Joann Kindermann of Pana, and the late Bill and Jessie Painter of Taylorville. Jamie is the grandson of Anna Brandenburg of Springfield and Kenneth Worden of Sun City, Ariz.

Melissa is a 2000 graduate of Taylorville High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Greenville College and a Masters of Arts from Loyola University Chicago. She is employed as an investigator with the State of Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General.

Jamie is a 1997 graduate of Calvary Academy.  He is a graduate of Springfield College and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jamie is employed as a firefighter with the Springfield Fire Department.

The couple is planning a September wedding and reception in Springfield.



Laura Clucas and Blake Hubbartt of Pana, announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

Laura is the daughter of Larry and Mary Clucas of Rockford. She is a 2009 graduate of Pana High School and graduated in December 2012, from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor of science in elementary education. She is employed at Lilly Pads Learning Center.

Blake is the son of George and Brenda Hubbartt of Pana. He attended First Baptist Christian Academy and is employed with the family business, Roadrunner Lawn Ornaments.

The ceremony will be held Saturday, July 13, at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville. A reception will be held at Spruce Streets Studios in Shelbyville.

(Studio 21 Photo)

Rick Kehias Wrapping Up 30-Year Postal Career



AS HE DELIVERS this newspaper on Friday, June 28, his picture looking back at him, Pana Post Office Mail Carrier Rick Kehias will wrap up a career with the United States Postal Service of just more than 30 years.

Rick began working at the Pana Post Office on May 14, 1983, and except for a short stint in Taylorville and minor changes to his route, he has delivered City Route 1 for more than 25 of those 30 years. He took over the route from Lyle “Ace” Mansfield who retired in October of 1988.

While on the route, he remembers an August, 1993 incident in which he and another delivery driver helped a child who had got her toes stuck in her bike spokes, fell off and suffered a concussion. He was cited by the Postal Service with a Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts. His observation of a home where mail had been piling up for a couple of days led to finding a stroke victim inside their house.

Rick and his wife, Carrie, are the parents of two daughters, Danielle and Kelly. He is a former Girl Scout Leader and former Pana Lions Club member, serving as president and secretary of the group. He was named the post office’s Volunteer of the Year in 1991 following a 14-hour walk from Pana to Effingham which raised $3,000 for the organization’s Sight First campaign.

He plans to sit back and enjoy life in his retirement.

The inset shows a “Retirement Countdown Clock” which has been hanging in the Pana Post Office as co-workers countdown the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Rick’s retirement.

(Tom Latonis Photos)


Class Of ‘63 Reunion July 5, Oak Terrace

Pana High School Class of 1963, will be holding their 50th reunion at 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, at Oak Terrace Resort.

Visitors are welcome to attend after 8:00 p.m.


American Legion Meeting This Saturday

A special meeting for American Legion Post #168 in Pana, has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 29, in the Post Home.

Discussion will be about the July 13 dedication of the new Post and plans for the day.

Members are urged to attend and bring ideas. This is your post!