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Archives for July 2013

Police Arrest Oconee Man, Pana Foursome: Stolen Firearms

Tyler MJ Washburn, 20, of R. R. 1, Oconee was arrested Wednesday, July 24, after Pana Police Department was notified of a residential burglary and theft of property.

During the investigation, police received information of a male subject as a person of interest at a Herrick residence. They found Washburn, that subject, who was taken into custody for the offense.

He was brought to the police station and processed on both charges.

During further investigation, police obtained information that the stolen firearms had been sold to persons at a Pana area residence.

At 6:10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, Pana police and other police agencies executed a search warrant at 10 Webster St. The residence is west of the Pana city limits, off West Washington Street. Evidence was recovered including two stolen handguns, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances and hypodermic syringes.

Taken into custody at the residence were Lester G. Ward, 37 and Catherine M. Eck, 37, of the same address.

Two subjects who were at the residence earlier were taken into custody also:

Derrick L. Covington, 20, also of the same address, was found on foot near Grant and Second streets.

Michael C. Davis, 29, of 308 S. Kitchell Ave. was located on a traffic stop at Jackson and Hickory (junction of U.S. Route 51, Illinois Rts. 29 and 16).

They were processed on the following charges:

Ward, possession of stolen firearms, a Class 1 felony; possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon/no valid Firearm Owners Identification/FOID card, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Eck, possession of a controlled substance and of drug paraphernalia.

Covington, possession of a stolen firearm/no valid FOID card.

Davis, arrested on a Tazwell County warrant for petition to revoke a residential burglary conviction.

All were taken to Christian County Correctional Center in Taylorville. Evidence collected at the 10 Webster St. scene will be taken to Illinois State Police forensic crime lab for analysis.

Additional charges of delivery of a controlled substance are being considered by the Christian County state’s attorney’s office. The case remains under investigation.

Other agencies involved in the sweep at Webster Street were officers of Central Illinois Enforcement Group/CIEG and Christian County Sheriff’s Office.


Nominations for PHS Wall Of Fame Due Wednesday

The deadline to submit nominations for the Pana High School Wall of Fame is Wednesday, July 31. They can be dropped off in the Pana High School office, or mail them to:  Wall of Fame Committee, Pana High School, 201 W. Eighth St., Pana IL 62557.

The induction ceremony this year is Sunday, Oct. 6.

The PHS Wall of Fame is for living or deceased graduates who have distinguished themselves in either their occupations or another way, such as contributions to our community or another area. Those eligible are those from the classes of 1886 through 1993 of Pana Township High School, Pana Senior High School and Pana High School. One of the eligibility criteria is to have been a graduate of at least 20 years prior.

In addition, the person must be a humanitarian – one who has helped people in some extraordinary way, attained a high achievement, and contributed to society in a positive manner.

Submissions may be made by including the following information:

Name of nominee, year graduated from Pana High School, whether living or deceased, address if applicable, and phone number (if known).

The person’s occupation, listing of civic and professional organizations, and outstanding achievements is to be detailed, and the submitting person’s reason the person should be considered.

Copies of awards and newspaper and magazine clippings about the person may be included, which might better influence the selection.

In addition, list close relatives such as parents, brothers and sisters, and children who might be able to be contact, should the nominee be chosen. If the person is deceased, list someone who could attend the induction ceremony to accept the award. Include addresses and phone numbers, if available.

The Wall of Fame celebration with presentations is traditionally held during PHS Homecoming weekend. The event is held every other year. It is open to the public.

Past Nominations

Nomination presented in the past which didn’t result in selection will be considered again. Additional information can be submitted to make a stronger potential of selection of a nominee.


Pana High School, Junior High Athletic Handbook Meetings

Gary Ade, Athletic Director of Pana High School, has announced dates and times for Athletic Handbook Meetings for boys and girls athletes in Pana High School and Pana Junior High School for the 2013-14 school year.

All of the meetings will be held in the Panthers Den of Pana High School on the following dates and times:

Sunday, Aug. 11, 5:00 p.m.;

Monday, Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m.

Any student-athlete interested in playing an IESA or IHSA sport must attend one of these meetings along with a parent. The athlete also must have a current physical on record before they can start practice.

The first day of practice for fall high school sports is Wednesday, Aug. 14, for boys and girls golf, boys soccer, football and volleyball.

The first day of practice for girls junior high school basketball is Tuesday, Sept. 3.


PYB/SO Year End Meeting Tuesday

An end-of-the-year meeting of the Pana Youth Baseball and Softball Organization will be held in the Chatauqua Auditorium of Pana Kitchell Park on Tuesday, July 23.

Equipment drop off will be from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and the mmeting of coaches and umpires will start at 6:30.

There will be an open discussion of the past season and the organization is seeking someone to take the secretary position.

Out in Left Field: July 29, 2013

OILF-294x300I’m betting Coach Al Stupek, his players and fellow coaches, would like to have the kind of weather we’re having this week during the past couple of weeks of football camp.


All came back to me this weekend. . . .

As a youngster, mom and dad enjoyed camping in Wisconsin and Minnesota during the summer. Mom always made sure to pack sweatshirts and long pants.

As a child, I wondered why in the world was she packing this stuff – it’s 90 degrees here (sound familiar, Jake).

All came back to me on Saturday during a visit to in-laws Dave and Beth Bennett in Madison this weekend. Woke up Saturday morning to a rousing 48 degrees and northwest winds between 20 and 30 mph!

Mom was right!


Had a nice text from John Metzger and family yesterday afternoon. They were in Soldier’s Field in Chicago to see the USA team down the Panama team 1-0 in the Gold Cup championship soccer match.

Which brings up the question: “Did you know John Metzger texts?”


Won’t be long until our high school’s fall sports hit the practice field.

Drills get underway on Wednesday, Aug. 14.


So sad, the Ryan Braun saga. . . .

Wish there was a different ending to this story.


With all this going on with our PN-P favorite pet contest, thought I’d give you a glimpse of my pet:


Of course, there may be more than one.

This little guy (gal) and some of his friends hang out in the trees around our garage where I have a feeder for them.

A couple of weeks ago, when it was so hot, I had the garage open to air it out. Was a mistake.

Don’t know if this is the culprit, but one or more found my “stash” of ear corn and helped themselves. . . .


See you next week!


Obituaries: July 29, 2013

‘Maude’ Horsthemke

Maud J. “Maude” McGrath Horsthemke, 99, of  Pana, died Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Shelbyville Manor. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Cindy Mae Julius

Cindy Mae Julius, 68, of Nokomis, died Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Betty Sparr

Betty F. L. Horsman Sparr, 89, of Shelbyville, died at 2:59 a.m., Saturday July 27, 2013 in Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur. Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Richard Waters

Richard E. Waters, 63, of Witt, died at 10:13 a.m., Thursday, July 25, in Hillsboro Area Hospital. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Witt, in charge of arrangements. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Wayne Smalley

Wayne “Crunch” Smalley, 81, of Nokomis, died at 1:30 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2013, in Nokomis Rehab & Healthcare. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: July 29, 2013


Glad to see new development near the Pana business district in the form of a service station.

We don’t really know much more as we talked only for a short time last week to Juan Serrano of Addision, who visited Pana last week to place a classified ad, though it didn’t mention the type of work specifically, but we assume it was.

In conversation with Mr. Serrano and also learned a tentative plan would include either snack or some type  of facility.

Tried to get back to Mr. Serrano. Left a message to return my call but that was Friday. He was not in, but we left him our number.

And when the N-P gets new future developments, we’ll pass them to the N-P readership!


Didn’t know anything about the Washington new correspondent, Helen Thomas, 92, veteran correspondent covering the national news scene in Washington and as such we would see her from time to time in her appearances.

A great lady, with more gumption and that it was apparents she earned every bit of the attention that her career garnered.

Our sympathy to a lady who certainly did her job with dignity, caring and intensity.

You could always tell in time she was given to question, she was held with respect.

A salute from here in Pana, Ill., who did her job to the best of her ability.

And we hope her passing was noted as deserved by her co-workers.


So Long.


Engagements: July 29, 2013


Lacey Twitty and Shayne Fuller of Mattoon, announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

Lacey is the daughter of Sheila and Lynn Carroll of Pana and the late Larry Twitty. She is a graduate of Nokomis High School and a student at Lake Lake College pursuing a degree in nursing. She is employed at First National Bank of Mattoon.

Shayne is the son of Janet Fuller. He is a Graduate of Mattoon High School and Lincoln Tech Institute, earning a degree in automotive service in management. He is employed at Anamet Electrical.

The couple will be married at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Sunken Gardens in Shelbyville.

Births: July 29, 2013

Greg and Rachel Scoles of Pana, are parents of a son, born at 6:25 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur. Jacob Blaine Scoles weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Sue and Calvin Scoles, Pana. Maternal grandparents are Randy and Shirley Sutton, Decatur. Great-grandmother is Erma Sutton, Mt. Zion.

Red Roses White-Elephant Exchange

Red Roses of the Red Hat Society will have a get-together for a white elephant exchange at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday,  Aug. 13, at the Spring Garden Restaurant in Pana.

Make reservations by Aug. 8, to hostesses  Midge Wise, 824-7815 or Marcia DeClerck, 562-2129.