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Archives for August 2013

Tentative Budget Has Initial $1.2 Million Deficit; To Sell Property

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MEMBERS OF THE Pana School Board voted unanimously Monday night, Aug. 19, to enter into a contract with Nelson Aumann Auction and Realty of Nokomis for an appraisal and sale of the former Pana Junior High School property at the corner of Fifth and Poplar Streets in Pana.

The building, which was first Pana Township High School, served as the junior high school until a fire destroyed it on Oct. 4, 1997.

Following the demolition of the building, there were plans to build a multi-million dollar facility to house the Lake Land College Western Technology Center. After many years of being on the back burner, it appears those plans will not come to fruition on the property.

(Tom Latonis Photo)

A Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for the Pana School District gained tentative approval Monday night, Aug. 19, during the monthly meeting of the Pana School board. All seven members attended the session held in the Unit Office on East Main St. in Pana.

Dr. David Lett presented the spending plan which contains a deficit of $1.1 million in the Education Fund. The Education Fund is the main district fund which pays for the day-to-day operation of the district. The total deficit comes to $1.2 million when all of the other funds are figured into the mix.

Lett said the budget figures are subject to change prior to the Board’s final vote on the spending plan which will come at the September meeting of the Board. He said there are a couple of items which the school district will be able to delete due to new information on the school’s Adequate Year Progress report. However, there could be an increase if the District has to come up with funds for a special education student’s curriculum expenses.

 

For Sale–

The site of the former Pana Township High School and Pana Junior High School will be going up for sale. Without discussion, the Board voted unanimously to contract with Nelson Aumann Auction and Realty of Nokomis for the appraisal and help with the sale of the property located at the corner of Fifth and Poplar Streets in Pana.

Fire destroyed a portion of the building on Oct. 4, 1997, which made the remaining structure unfit to use. The District built a new high school and moved seventh and eighth grade into the former high school building in 2000.

Plans had been made to use the property in the future as the home of Lake Land College’s Western Technology Center, a $12 million facility. The plans have been shelved for some time due to the financial conditions of the state as well as the recession.

AYP–

At the last school board meeting Assistant School Superintendent David Dively told the Board the District failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in testing done the previous school year. However, that changed a bit during his report Monday night.

But, the official AYP report now shows Pana Junior High School made AYP by achieving the “Safe Harbor” targets. At Lincoln School although they didn’t make AYP, they did meet it in reading. This was the area they didn’t make AYP in 2012. So, both schools only have to offer school choice for the coming school year.

The next school board meeting is being delayed a week to Monday, Sept. 23. It will begin with a budget hearing at 6:15 p.m., followed by the regular meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Unit Office.

 

Ameren’s Transmission Project Approved by Illinois Commerce Commission

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THIS MAP SHOWS the path of the Ameren Illinois Rivers Transmission Line Project which will take it across part of Christian County and Shelby County.

The main lines will go from the northwest to the southeast across both counties.

Cost of the project, from near Quincy to the Indiana boarder, is $1.1 billion.

An order issued Tuesday, Aug. 20, by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) paves the way for major new investment by Ameren that will create jobs, enable the delivery of renewable energy and improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric power grid.

Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, has received approval from the ICC to build the majority of its nearly 400-mile, approximately $1.1 billion Illinois Rivers transmission project. The project consists of a new 345-kilovolt transmission line crossing the Mississippi River near Quincy, and continuing east across Illinois to the Indiana border. This is the largest transmission project in the corporation’s history and the largest single investment by the corporation since the early 1980s.

The path of the transmission lines will cut across Christian and Shelby counties. It will pass just to the north of Pana, going across the Ameren Sub-Station at the North Pana Facility on Elizabeth Street.

Right-of-way acquisitions for the approved portions of the project are expected to begin immediately with a full range of construction activities in 2014, providing a significant boost to the Illinois economy over the next five years.

Volleyball Orange & Blue Night Tuesday

The Pana High School volleyball team will make its debut on Tuesday, Aug. 27, with Orange and Blue Night in the Pana High School gym.

Activities begin at 5:45 p.m. with the introduction of all of the players. Following a 10-minute freshman warm-up period, the freshmen will scrimmage until 6:30 p.m.

The junior varsity scrimmage will be from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The varsity scrimmage will begin at 7:00, and they will play a two-out-of-three match.

Admission is free, but the volleyball team is requesting canned goods food items be donated.  The donated food items will be presented to the Pana Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.  The more cans we get, the more people we can help.

 

Pana Boys Golf Team Wins First Meet

The Pana High School boys golf team hosted its first match of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Oak Terrace. Both the Pana varsity and junior varsity teams defeated Okaw Valley.

Pana has 13 players total with 12 competing in this match. The varsity Panthers  won by a score of 200 to 203.

Medalist was Devin Still of Okaw Valley with a 44. Runer-up was Pana’s Kody Bland who shot a 45.

Pana freshman Dylan Moon was third with a 47, while Paige Harlin, Okaw Valley, shot a 48.

“Being the boys’ first match, they realize their scores need to be 55 or lower,” commented Pana Head Coach Joan Saatkamp.

The Pana JV came out and did a fine job with a score of 233 to Okaw Valley’s 243.

Okaw Valley’s Colton Sroka was the medalist with a 54. A trio of Pana players tied for the runner up spot. Michael Hrabak, Blake Ade and Jacob Latonis all fired 57’s.

“We have a young group this year with potential to grow and improve,” said Saatkamp.

Other participants were Jim LaMarche, Sheldon Grimes, Webber Jacobs, Case Hudlin, Michael Blackwell, Blake Stauder (55) and Bradley Barringer.

Next match for the Panthers is Monday, Aug. 26, when they host Vandalia at Oak Terrace.

 

Girls Golf Team Debuts Today

The Pana High School golf team opens the 2013 season this afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 22, when they play in the Charleston 9-Hole Scramble at the Charleston Country Club. Tee time is 4:00 p.m.

Next week, the girls travel to Hillsboro on Monday, Aug. 26, for a triangular meet with Hillsboro and Greenville at the Hillsboro Country Club. They will tee off at 4:00 p.m.

The first home meet is at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Oak Terrace when Pana hosts Staunton, Auburn and Shelbyville.

 

Pana Soccer League Schedule

Following is the schedule of games for the first week of the Pana Soccer League, Saturday, Aug. 24:

Minor Division

(K – 1st grade) 

9:00 – National Bank (Angel) vs. Siegert-Lees (Horton)

10:00 – Swenny Chiro (Swenny) vs. Beyers Chiro (Amling)

BYE– Pizza Man

 

Major Division

(2nd-3rd grade)

9:00 – Tri-County Feed (Jewsbury) vs. McDonalds (Amling)

11:00  – Ishmael Ins (Schoonover) vs. M&K Gutter (Deere)

 

Junior Division

(4th-5th grade)

10:00 – PCH (Weids/Schoon) vs. Peoples Bank (Deere)

A&M Seitz (A&M) vs. FNB Assumption (A&M)

 

Senior Division

(6th-8th grade)

9:00 – at A&M PBI (Kessler) vs. McLeod (A&M)

9:00 – First National Bank, Pana (Swenny) vs. Slack Glass (Weideman)

Obituaries: August 22, 2013

Lyle C. ‘Ace’ Mansfield

Lyle C. “Ace” Mansfield, 83, of Pana, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 in Pana Community Hospital.  McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Ralph Schuman

Ralph E. Schuman, 92, of Taylorville, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 in Taylorville Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Barbara Warner

Barbara Warner, 64, of Vandalia, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

J. Gregory Gibbons

J. Gregory Gibbons, 86, of Jerseyville, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in his home. He is the father of John Gibbons of Pana. Arrangements are incomplete in Crawford Funeral Home, Jerseyville.

 

Norman Ray Clucas

Norman Ray Clucas, 77, of Assumption, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 in his residence. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Mary Bilyeu-Robling

Mary Margaret Bilyeu-Robling, 50, died at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, while holding the hands of her sisters.  Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Blue Mound, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.dawson-wikoff.com.

Legal Notices: August 22, 2013

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 4TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CHRISTIAN COUNTY, TAYLORVILLE, ILLINOIS

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

PLAINTIFF,

 

-vs-

 

KELLY E. BEARUP A/K/A KELLY BEARUP; CITIFINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.; 

DEFENDANTS

 

13CH 7

 

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

 

Public Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment entered in the above entitled matter on April 19, 2013; Bruce L. Kettelkamp, Sheriff, 301 West Franklin, Taylorville, IL 62568, will on September 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM, at 101 South Main Street, Taylorville, IL  62568, 101 South Main Street, P.O. Box 617, Taylorville, IL 62568, sell to the highest bidder for cash (ten percent (10%) at the time of sale and the balance within twenty-four (24) hours, the following described premises situated in Christian County, Illinois.

 

Said sale shall be subject to general taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and any prior liens or 1st Mortgages. The subject property is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title or recourse to Plaintiff.

 

Upon the sale being held and the purchaser tendering said bid in cash or certified funds, a receipt of Sale will be issued and/or a Certificate of Sale as required, which will entitle the purchaser to a deed upon confirmation of said sale by the Court.

 

Said property is legally described as follows:

 

LOT 4 IN BLOCK 4 OF COUNTRY CLUB SUBDIVISION IN THE CITY OF PANA, ILLINOIS, A SUBDIVISION SITUATED IN THE NORTH HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 11 NORTH, RANGE 1 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, AS SHOWN BY THE PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION RECORDED SEPTEMBER 28, 1948 IN PLAT BOOK 3 PAGE 23, EXCEPT THE COAL AND OTHER MINERALS UNDERLYING THE SURFACE OF SAID LAND AND THE RIGHT TO MINE AND REMOVE THE SAME, IN CHRISTIAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

 

Commonly known as 115 Patton Street, Pana, IL 62557

 

Permanent Index No.:  11-25-22-311-008

 

Improvements:

 

Residential

Structure UNKNOWN

Units UNKNOWN

Bedrooms UNKNOWN

Garage UNKNOWN

Bathrooms UNKNOWN

Other UNKNOWN

 

The property will NOT be open for inspection prior to the sale.

 

The judgment amount was $62,195.53.  Prospective purchasers are admonished to check the court file and title records to verify this information.

 

Ahmed Motiwala

Fisher and Shapiro, LLC

Attorneys for Plaintiff

2121 Waukegan Road, Suite 301

Bannockburn, IL 60015

Attorney No: 6308540

 

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.  PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF YOUR PERSONAL LIABILITY FOR THIS DEBT HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED BY A DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY OR BY AN ORDER GRANTING IN REM RELIEF FROM STAY, THIS NOTICE IS PROVIDED SOLELY TO FORECLOSE THE MORTGAGE REMAINING ON YOUR PROPERTY AND IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT THE DISCHARGED PERSONAL OBLIGATION.

 

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(92-94-96/pnn/p)

 

 

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 4TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CHRISTIAN COUNTY, TAYLORVILLE, ILLINOIS

 

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

PLAINTIFF,

 

-vs-

 

KELLY E. BEARUP A/K/A KELLY BEARUP; CITIFINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.; 

DEFENDANTS

 

13CH 7

 

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

 

Public Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment entered in the above entitled matter on April 19, 2013; Bruce L. Kettelkamp, Sheriff, 301 West Franklin, Taylorville, IL 62568, will on September 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM, at 101 South Main Street, Taylorville, IL  62568, 101 South Main Street, P.O. Box 617, Taylorville, IL 62568, sell to the highest bidder for cash (ten percent (10%) at the time of sale and the balance within twenty-four (24) hours, the following described premises situated in Christian County, Illinois.

 

Said sale shall be subject to general taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and any prior liens or 1st Mortgages. The subject property is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title or recourse to Plaintiff.

 

Upon the sale being held and the purchaser tendering said bid in cash or certified funds, a receipt of Sale will be issued and/or a Certificate of Sale as required, which will entitle the purchaser to a deed upon confirmation of said sale by the Court.

 

Said property is legally described as follows:

 

Commonly known as 115 Patton Street, Pana, IL 62557

 

Permanent Index No.:  11-25-22-311-008

 

Improvements:

 

Residential

Structure UNKNOWN

Units UNKNOWN

Bedrooms UNKNOWN

Garage UNKNOWN

Bathrooms UNKNOWN

Other UNKNOWN

 

The property will NOT be open for inspection prior to the sale.

 

The judgment amount was $62,195.53.  Prospective purchasers are admonished to check the court file and title records to verify this information.

 

Ahmed Motiwala

Fisher and Shapiro, LLC

Attorneys for Plaintiff

2121 Waukegan Road, Suite 301

Bannockburn, IL 60015

Attorney No: 6308540

 

THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.  PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF YOUR PERSONAL LIABILITY FOR THIS DEBT HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED BY A DISCHARGE IN BANKRUPTCY OR BY AN ORDER GRANTING IN REM RELIEF FROM STAY, THIS NOTICE IS PROVIDED SOLELY TO FORECLOSE THE MORTGAGE REMAINING ON YOUR PROPERTY AND IS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT THE DISCHARGED PERSONAL OBLIGATION.

 

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(92-94-96/pnn/p)

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

WEATHERIZATION

FURNACE, FRIDGE & FREEZER MATERIAL

BID NOTICE

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is now accepting bids for weatherization material to be used for the weatherization of approximately 130 homes during a nine month period beginning October 1, 2013 and concluding June 30, 2014. All bids must be submitted using the C.E.F.S. bid packet. Bid packets will be issued to any vendor who attends the informational meeting to be held September 3, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or requests one in writing from C.E.F.S. The request should be sent to C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation/Weatherization Program, P.O. Box 928, Effingham, Illinois 62401. All requests for bid packets must be received in the C.E.F.S. office no later than 9:00 a.m. on September 3, 2013 and will be mailed after the informational meeting. Vendors must call our office at 217-342-2193, ext. 124 or 156 by 9:00 a.m. on September 18, 2013 to register their company for the meeting.

All bid packets must be completed and returned to the C.E.F.S. office no later than September 18, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. All bids must be marked “Sealed Bid.” A public bid opening will be held on September 18, 2013, at C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation office located at 1805 South Banker, Effingham, Illinois at 9:00 a.m.

C.E.F.S. reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or to accept any proposal or part of a proposal which in its judgment will be for the best interest of the agency.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Small, minority, and women owned businesses are encouraged to bid.

(94-95c)

 

REQUEST FOR

PROPOSAL HVAC AND STRUCTURAL

CONTRACTORS NEEDED

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will be accepting proposals from contractors interested in participating in the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program during the period of October 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation will conduct an informational meeting on September 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for all interested parties. The information meeting will be held at the C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation office at 1805 S. Banker St. in Effingham.

All contractors interested in submitting a labor and material proposal must call our office at 217-342-2193, ext. 124 or 156 by 9:00 a.m. on September 3, 2013 to register their company name. The purpose of this meeting is to explain the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program and to disseminate bid packets to be completed by the contractor. All contractors who attend will be given a contractor pre-qualification application, labor specification list, and a bid package. All bids are due by 9:00 a.m. on September 18, 2013 at the C.E.F.S. office located at 1805 S. Banker St., Effingham. Only those attending the meeting will qualify to submit a proposal. Proposals will be evaluated, scored and the contract will be awarded to the contractor whose proposal is most advantageous for the C.E.F.S. Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program.

Examples of labor and material procedures are installation of weather-stripping, caulking, insulation, windows and door repair/replacement, furnace retrofit, repair/replacement, water heater replacements and minor structural repairs. Further details will be provided at the meeting. Please remember to call 217-342-2193, ext. 124 or 156 and register to attend this meeting.

C.E.F.S. reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or to accept any proposal or part of a proposal which in its judgment will be for the best interest of the agency.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Small, minority, and women owned businesses are encouraged to bid.

(94-95c)

 

DRAINAGE DISTRICT ELECTION NOTICE

NO. 6688

NOTICE

Is hereby given to all Adult Landowners that own land in Union Drainage District No. 1 in the Towns of Pana and Rural Counties Christian and Shelby, that an Election of Drainage Commissioners for said Drainage District will be held at the residence of Michael and Karen Swiney Farm, 778 N. US Hwy 51, Pana, IL 62557 in said District on Tuesday the 3rd day of September, 2013, being the first  Tuesday in said month.

Said election will open at the hour of 2:00 p.m. and close at the hour of 4:00 p.m.

Every adult owner of land in said Drainage District, whether a resident or non-resident of said district, has lawful right to vote in said election and if a resident of the State of Illinois is eligible to the office of Drainage Commissioner in and for said Drainage District. But no person who is not an adult owner of land wholly or partly in the district can lawfully vote at said election.

Given under my hand this 14th day of August, 2013.

Julie J. Mayer

Circuit Clerk of

Christian County, Illinois

Ex Officio Clerk of said

Drainage District

(93-94c)

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Education of School District No. 8 in the County of Christian, State of Illinois, that a tentative budget for this school District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, will be on file and conveniently available for public inspection at the Unit Office, 14 East Main, City of Pana, Illinois, from and after 8:00am on the 20th day of August 2013.

NOTICE IS FURTHER HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing on the budget will be held at 6:15 p.m. on the 23rd day of September, at the Pana Unit Office Board Room, 14 East Main Street in this School District No. 8.

Dated this 19th day of August 2013.

BOARD OF EDUCATION of School District No. 8, in the County of Christian, State of Illinois.

By: Clint Foor, Secretary

Pana Community Unit #8

Board of Education

(94c)

 

 

Fact, Fun & Fillips: August 22, 2013

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Never, never saw the man but what he was cheerful, happy and upbeat . . . . .

Always had something to say in a jocular or well meaning tone . . . . .

 lyle

Lyle Mansfield

Oct. 23, 1929 – Aug. 19, 2013

And it set the tone of as long as the friend, farm boy, government employee as a favorite postal employee of all we know until retirement and health curtailed his efforts.

A friend to all he came into contact with so we came to feel – especially FFF’s father-in-law, the late Warren Christner of Rosamond. Warren, prior to moving into the grain elevator business, before retiring, taught rural area country schools. Warren never forgot his young then student.

To all the family and friends of Lyle C. “Ace” Mansfield, 83, who we dedicate this column to a dear friend, we send our sincerest sympathy. He is of course married to the former Wanda Hilton, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Orie Hilton.

We go back to the days of Mrs. Mansfield’s brothers, Barney, the oldest; Bill, who was one of Pana’s first fatalities, killed in the Korean war, and Jim, a decorated combat machine gunner also in the Korean campaign.

In all our days of knowing him, a fine, fine person and friend. Again, our sympathy.

IIIII

We have omitted until now of mentioning another we were happy to see in recent days.

That’s “Handsome Don Koonce,” a young Pana policeman back in days of yore when we too were much younger. Don went from here to the Shelby Police Department where he served under Shelby County Sheriff, the late and much admired Panaite, Randy Sims.

Think perhaps the tenure of when Vaughn Lester was chief of Pana police would be around the days Don was serving that he served as a Pana patrol man.

If we’re wrong! Someone will let us know.

Anyway, Don has announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Shelby County. He was always a spit-polish and shine young officer. That’s when we tabbed him “Handsome Don!” We wish him good luck. Always liked him.

Unless we may be voted absentee for him and think Shelby officials would find fault with that! Ha!

But we certainly enjoyed the visit from the man across the county line!

Again, thanks for the visit – and don’t stay away so long this time.

IIIII

Just had the opportunity to say “hello” to Andy Manar, Senator in the 48th District, visiting here today, and pictured in the N-P with Mayor Steve Sipes.

We wish him well.

IIIII

So Long.

 

Engagements: August 22, 2013

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Rebecca Kiser and Brandon House of Pana, announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

Rebecca is the daughter of Kenneth and Annette Plants of Pana and Keith and Gayla Kiser of Seminole, Florida. She is employed at CVS in Shelbyville.

Brandon is the son of Steven House of California. He is employed at International Paper in Shelbyville.

The ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, in United in Faith Church, Pana. A reception will follow at the Pana Elks Club.

(Chris Kepley photo)

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Tiffany Marie Williams-Hardy and Anthony Blake Smith of Pana, announce their engagement.

Tiffany is the daughter of Shawn Huff of Decatur and the late Floyd Williams Jr. She is a 2000 graduate of Stephen-Decatur High School.

Anthony is the son of Kelli Smith of Pana and Wylie Smith of Shelbyville. He is a 2005 graduate of Pana High School and is employed at Computer Techniques, Inc., of Taylorville.

The wedding will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Celebration Community Church, Pana. A reception will follow at the Pana Eagles Club.