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Archives for September 2013

Budget Woes, School Testing Results, Dominate Conversation

Most of the Pana School Board’s meeting time, Monday, Sept. 23, was spent discussing the new fiscal year budget and a preliminary review of the district’s report card, based on the results of standardized tests taken last spring. The meeting held in the Unit Office on East Main St.

Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing was held in the Unit Office on the Fiscal 2014 budget.

Dr. David Lett broke down the budget for board members and showed there will be a $1.2 million deficit when the year comes to an end on June 30, 2014. Most of the deficit will come in the Education Fund where the deficit is $1.1 million. Expenditures for the year are estimated at just less than $13 million with revenues pegged at $11.8 million.

The deficit numbers do not show any signs of coming into balance any time soon, so the Superintendent told the Board he is going to prepare a plan which will bring the 2015 Fiscal Year Budget back into balance. He plans to release the plan in time for the Board’s meeting in October.

Lett said with a reserve of $4.9 million in the Education Fund, deficit spending on the order of $1.1 million will take the amount down in a hurry.

Declining revenues are tied to less state aid being appropriated by the state legislature and the loss of student enrollment in the district.

The schools are paid on a per pupil basis, and with a loss in student enrollment, less money is available to the school district.

The new budget was approve by a 6-0 vote. Board member Dr. Bill Beyers was absent.

AYP Numbers–

Unofficial statistics released on the school district’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report shows what officials have been predicting – a drop in the test scores.

According to federal guidelines, 92.5% of students should be meeting or exceeding the standards established. Most every school district in the area have not met this standard.

Pana Assistant School Superintendent David Dively says the numbers are deceiving because of new “cut score” standards which were applied to this round of results. Using the old “cut score” standards, the district held its own.

Only Pana Junior High School met the standard in AYP at all levels for the school district, based on Safe Harbor Target scores. The rest of the attendance centers, excluding Washington School in which no testing is done, failed to reach AYP in either Reading or Math.

They also lamented the State of Illinois has not been granted a waiver from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards whereas every other state has been granted the waiver when they requested.

Junior High Property–

The Board voted to allow the three local real estate agencies a 90-day listing for the old Pana Junior High School property.

After approving a contract with Aumann Realty and Auction in Nokomis to appraise the property, the local companies approached the district about the situation. After talking with the Nokomis firm, it was agreed to allow Pana realtors a chance to sell the property.

The appraised value of the two tracts is $76,800. Tract 1 has a value of $19,200 and the second Tract is valued at $57,600.

If the local agents do not sell the property in the specified time, the Aumann firm will then offer it for auction on-line.

Other Business

The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m.

 

Four-Member Committee Issue Fails; Airs Downtown Issues

The mayor’s recent veto of the four-member committee issue was raised again at Pana City Council’s Monday, Sept. 23 meeting at city hall. With six of the eight aldermen present, a 5-1 vote to establish four  members (instead of three members) failed because it wasn’t the required two-thirds majority. Therefore, City Attorney Bill Farr declared that the measure failed.

Prior to that vote, there had been a motion to reconsider the issue of the mayor’s veto of the ordinance, resulting in a 4-2 decision. Voting “no” were Eddy and Schneider.

The “no” vote in the measure to override the mayor’s veto was cast by Schneider.

P-Z Duty Queries

Tom Jeffers, chairman of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, addressed the council about concerns raised at the Sept. 19 meeting by commission members. The things on the list that they should have looked at, Jeffers explained, “were approved” prior by the council. He added that the commission used to see boulevard agreements, then that issue stopped.

Sipes responded such agreements could be handled in a more timely fashion than waiting for a Commission meeting. He said such a city  ordinance had been created as a result. However, the Planning & Zoning Commission had not been notified of the change.

Car Wash Noise

Attorney Farr was instructed to take action requiring Squeaky Clean Car Wash to comply with the city’s noise ordinance.

Jeff Kunkel, president of the Lake Association, requested an Oct. 19 clean-up operation from 9:00 a.m. until  noon at the Presnell Point public area.

Byron Suey asked to be on the next city council meeting adgenda, Oct. 14 to make a presentation for Pana Swimming pool beautification, and have people recognized for their efforts. He plans to show pictures before improvements.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

 

Downtown Pana Block Party Wednesday Evening

Plans are well underway for the Pana Chamber of Commerce Block Party which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

New this year are a pair of contests to challenge the imagination. From 5:00-6:00 p.m., a Doggie Costume Contest will be held. Categories are Cutest, Scariest, Most Original and Prettiest Pit.

The second contest is a Trash Mask Contest, sponsored by Wasson Disposal. The categories are Funniest, Scariest and Most Original.

Registration will be just prior to each contest’s start.

The public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge.

Call the Pana Chamber office, 562-4240, for more information.

 

Pana Panther Volleyball Hosts Volley For the Cure Tuesday

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THE PANA PANTHERS volleyball team will host Volley for the Cure on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Pana High School gym.

Pana’s High School volleyball teams will host the Hillsboro Hilltoppers on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the annual “Volley for the Cure” match. The freshmen match will begin at 5:00 p.m. (in the small gym) followed by junior varsity at 6:00 and varsity immediately following at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Admission to the game is free, with donations being accepted at the door. Both teams will be wearing Volley for the Cure pink uniforms and the crowd is being asked to wear pink that night to show support for breast cancer awareness. Survivors of cancer may stand to be recognized just before the National Anthem is played.

The volleyball team has prepared a Bath & Body prize baskets, a cake and pink volleyballs signed by the Panthers and the Hilltoppers to be auctioned off at the game.

Pana Head Volleyball Coach Greg Cothern said, “We really hope to see a big crowd in pink Tuesday. All proceeds will go to a great cause and you can expect a great volleyball match as well.”

Pana has hosted Volley for the Cure since 2007. All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Pana Community Hospital Foundation to support Mammography programs at Pana Community Hospital.

 

Sacred Heart 8th Grade Wins Our Lady of Lourdes Tournament

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THE PANA SACRED Heart School eighth grade girls basketball team won the Decatur Our Lady of Lourdes Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Members of the team are, in front from left, Jeannine Swenny, Kaylee Holland, Danielle Epley, Claire Holthaus, Brenna Dameris. Madolyn Hackler and Shania Schoonover.

In back, Coach Nick Epley, Abby Copley, Josie Pauley, Emily Kuhn, Olive Decker, Hannah LeDuc and Coach Andy Dameris.

The girls eighth grade basketball team of Pana Sacred heart won the Our Lady of Lourdes Basketball Tournament in Decatur on Saturday, Sept. 21. They defeated Decatur Holy Family, 39-7.

Claire Holthaus and Danielle Epley put in 12 points apiece for the victory. Brenna Dameris and Shania Schoonover each had 6 with Madolyn Hackler picking up 2 points and Kaylee Holland, 1 point.

St. Pat’s got out to a big 15-2 lead after one frame and it was 28-2 at the half. The third quarter score was 39-4 in favor of St. Pat’s.

In the semi-final game on Wednesday, Sept. 18, SHS was a 28-16 winner of the host, Our Lady of Lourdes.

Brenna Dameris led a balanced scoring attack with 8 points, followed by Claire Holthaus with 7. Danielle Epley had 5 points and Madolyn Hackler finished with 4. Both Shania Schoonover and Kaylee Holland each had 2 points.

St. Pat’s broke out on top, 7-2 after one period, then made the lead 16-4 at halftime. They were up 22-10 after three periods.

St. Pat’s opened the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 14, with a 50-7 win over St. Mary’s of Bloomington.

Three SHS players hit double figures, led by Danielle Epley with 18 points. Close behind was Claire Holthaus with 16 and Kaylee Holland added 10 points. Brenna Dameris chipped in with 4 points and Emily Kuhn added 2 points.

It was a 14-0 lead at the end of the first period. At halftime, St. Pat’s lead was 26-6. It was a 42-7 advantage after three periods.

 

Girls Golf Team Get Wins

The Pana High School girls golf team hosted a match with Teutopolis, Greenville and Williamsville on Monday, Sept. 23. The Panthers came out winners with a score of 198.

Medalist was Pana’s Merideth Epley with a score of 42, her personal best.

Scores of other Pana players included Hannah Miller, 46; Hannah Michael, 54; Miranda Foster, 56; Rebekah Miller, 58; and Emily Hackler, 60.

At Effingham on Tuesday, Sept. 24, the girls won the triangular meet with a 207 score. Mt. Zion shot a 209 and Effingham, 219.

Ashley Miller of Pana was the medalist with a score of 38. Runners up were Hannah Miller, Pana, and Morgan Wilson, Effingham both with a 47.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, the girls played host to Litchfield and Hillsboro at Oak Terrace. No results were available.

The Panther Girls record is 15-9 this season.

Regionals will be played at Meadowview Golf Course in Mattoon on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

 

Chamber Golf Outing Oct. 4

There is still time to get a four-some together and play in the ninth annual Pana Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing. It will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start for the 18-hole event at the Pana Country Club.

The purpose of the outing is to raise funds for the project budget of the Pana Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber hosts many events every year including an annual dinner, Pana Days Chautauqua, the Blacksmith Hammer-In/Antique Tractor Show, the Pana Open Car Show, an annual Block Party, the annual Santa Parade and more.

Those that do not have a full foursome are encouraged to enter and will be placed with golfers to complete a team.   The cost is $200 per team ($50 per player). Entries are due in Friday, Sept. 27, or as soon as possible.  Dinner and awards will follow the afternoon of golf.

As an extra bonus, a golfer who makes a “Hole in One” on the seventh hole (178 Yards) will put $10,000 in their pocket.

Entry forms and sponsor forms are available at the Pana Chamber Office in Pana City Hall, or call 562-4240. Forms are also available from event co-chairmen, Tim Christer, Save-A-Lot, 562-4688 or George Heintz, Peoples Bank, 562-2137.

The Outing Committee is also looking for raffle and goodie bag items. Goodie Bag items need to be at least 50, so every player gets one in their bag.  If you have something to be given for the raffle please drop them off early in the chamber office so bags can be made ahead of time.

Call the Chamber office or either of the co-chairmen for more information.

Obituaries: September 26, 2013

Joey Shoraga, Jr.

Joey “Smokin’ Joe” Shoraga, Jr., 39, of Pana, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 in his residence. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Dr. Roger Pray

Dr. Roger M. Pray, 66, of Geneseo, a native of Pana, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Chauncey Diss

Chauncey M. Diss, 90, of Taylorville, died at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 in Moweaqua Manor, Moweaqua. McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

 

Joseph Clark

Joseph H. Clark, 83, of Nokomis, died at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 in his residence. Sutton Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.suttonmemorialhome.com.

 

Paul DeWerff

Paul G. DeWerff, 89, of Raymond, died at 2:40 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Legal Notices: September 26, 2013

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

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.

PLAINTIFF

 

 VS

 

EDDY FORREST A/K/A EDDY D. FORREST; CATHLENE FORREST A/K/A CATHLENE M. FORREST; MARK LANGSTON; AMANDA LANGSTON; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS ; BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, AS TRUSTEE, ON BEHALF OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF CWALT, INC. ALTERNATIVE LOAN ) TRUST 2004-J1;

DEFENDANTS 

 

12 CH 00056 

 

119 SOUTH HICKORY STREET ASSUMPTION, IL 62510

 

NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE UNDER ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE ACT

 

* * * THIS DOCUMENT IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT ON A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE * * *

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered by said Court in the above entitled cause on July 18, 2013, CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF in CHRISTIAN County, Illinois, will on October 31, 2013, in THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, Main Floor, at 9:30AM, sell at public auction and sale to the highest bidder for cash, all and singular, the following described real estate mentioned in said Judgment, situated in the County of CHRISTIAN, State of Illinois, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to satisfy said Judgment:

 

THE SOUTH 30 FEET OF LOT 7 AND ALL OF LOT 8 IN BLOCK 12 IN ASSUMPTION, AS LAID OUT ON PART OF SECTION 2, TOWNSHIP 12 NORTH, RANGE 1 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, AS SHOWN BY RESTORED PLAT OF ASSUMPTION RECORDED DECEMBER 21, 1892 IN PLAT BOOK 1 PAGE 1, 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.

 

TAX NO. 01-20-02-117-007-0 0

 

COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 119 SOUTH HICKORY STREET ASSUMPTION, IL 62510

 

Description of Improvements: WHITE WITH VINYL SIDING TWO STORY SINGLE FAMILY HOME WITH A ONE CAR DETACHED GARAGE.

 

The Judgment amount was $40,646.14.

 

Sale Terms: This is an “AS IS” sale for “CASH”. The successful bidder must deposit 25% down by certified funds; balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. NO REFUNDS. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate, water bills, etc., and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to plaintiff. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court.

 

Upon payment in full of the bid amount, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. The successful purchaser has the sole responsibility/expense of evicting any tenants or other individuals presently in possession of the subject premises.

 

If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DYAS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW.

 

For Information: Visit our website at http:\\service.atty-pierce.com. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only – Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff’s Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel. No. (312) 372-2060. Please refer to file #PA1209606 Plaintiff’s attorney is not required to provide additional information other than that set forth in this notice of sale.

 

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ROSAMOND TOWNSHIP TREASURER’S REPORT

ENDING MARCH 31, 2013

Town Fund

 

Beginning Balance April 1, 2012 $  112,093.69

 

Income

RE Taxes $  36,866.71

Per. Prpt Rep. Tax       1,761.59

TOIRMA Div.         509.68

Interest         510.23

Rent         150.00

Total Income $   39,798.21

Total Funds Available $ 151,891.90

 

Expenses

Salaries $  19,883.73

Employment Taxes       5,410.99

Insurance       4,071.00

Trustees Per Diem       1,690.32

Mowing Park         931.00

Per. Veh Use & Mileage         104.00

Legal & Prof. Fees & Pub.         318.00

Dues, Postage, Meeting Reg.         325.90

Repairs & Cleaning         223.06

Utilities         225.87

Audit         141.51

Total Expenses $   33,325.38

Excess Funds Transfer to B & E $   35,000.00

 

Ending Balance March 1, 2013 $   83,566.52

 

General Assistance Fund

Beginning Balance April 1, 2012 $   14,255.06

Income, Interest $          42.58

Total Funds Available $   14,296.64

Expenses $              .00

Ending Balance March 31, 2013 $   14,296.64

 

Bridge Construction Fund

Beginning Balance $   81,922.01

Income

RE Taxes $    3,786.70

Culverts Sold       2,406.60

Interest         426.80

Total Income $     6,620.10

 

Total Funds Available $   88,542.11

Expenses

Jt. Culvert Inst. $    2,773.37

Culverts Purchased       7,578.22

Total Expenses $   10,351.59

Ending Balance $   78,190.52

 

Building & Equipment Fund

 

Beginning Balance April 1, 2012

Checking account $   4,739.68

Loader Loan   (35,287.65)

Total Beginning Balance $ (30,547.97)

Income

R.E. Tax $   2,989.42

Interest             1.96

Trf./T.Fd. $  35,000.00

Total Funds Available $    7,443.41

Expenses

Interest $    1,447.23

Ending Balance (Checking) $    5,996.18

Loan is paid off

 

Road & Bridge Fund

Beginning Balance April 1, 2012 $263,678.45

Income

RE TAX $   45,934.71

Motor Fuel Tax       8,500.00

PPRT       3,496.77

Interest       1,688.85

TOIRMA Dividend           598.32

Total Income $  60,218.65

Total Funds Available $323,897.10

 

Expenses

Materials $   10,970.76

Insurance       4,015.00

Machine Hire       3,697.62

Fuel & Oil       3,265.75

Utilities       3,048.53

Equipment Purchased       2,468.00

Labor       1,292.60

Repairs & Supplies       1,476.40

Legal & Prof. Fees           475.00

Personal Veh. Use           654.82

Postage             44.00

Total Expenses $  31,408.48

 

Ending Balance 31 March 2013 $292,488.62

 

CCDH $15,660.09, Pana Limestone Quarry $5,662.26, TOIRMA $7,436.00, Allied Benefits $650.00, Farmer’s Oil $5,539.95, Herbord Trucking $3,947.62, Ameren Ill. $2,311.47, EFTPS $4,479.45, LMHN $475.00, Trexler & Co. $93.00, Township Off. Of Ill. $314.10, Adcock Mowing $931.00, CCI $617.37, Lincoln Prairie Water $346.56, Brunner Auto $255.35, KCM $476.16, Erb Eq. $79.30, Sloan Imp. $139.80, Internal Rev. $924.00, Hilton Plbg. $150.00. All others under $100.00: Burris Electric, Nohren Hdw., R.P. Lumber, IDES, US Postal.

 

ADOPTION NOTICE

STATE OF ILLINOIS SS.

COUNTY OF CHRISTIAN

In the Circuit Court of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Christian County.

In the matter of the Petition for the Adoption of Josephine Ann Kinsey-Dickson, a female child.

Adoption Number

2012-AD-17

TO: ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Take notice that a petition was filed in the Circuit Court of Christian County, Illinois, for the adoption of a child named Josephine Ann Kinsey-Dickson.

Now, therefore, unless all whom it may concern, file your answer to the Petition in the action or otherwise file your appearance therein, in the said Circuit Court of Christian County, First Floor, in the City of Taylorville, Illinois, on or before the 28th day of October, 2013, a default may be entered against you at any time after that day and a judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition.

Dated: September 24, 2013, at Taylorville, Illinois.

Julie J. Mayer

Circuit Clerk

BY: jl, Deputy

William E. Farr

Attorney for Petitioners

148 South Locust Street

Post Office Box 588

Pana, Illinois 62557-0588

Telephone: (217)562-5251

Facsimile: (217)562-5265

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NOTICE

Public Notice is hereby given that on September 10, 2013, a certificate was filed in the Office of the County Clerk of Christian County, Illinois, setting forth the names and post-office addresses of all of the persons owning, conducting and transacting the business known as Barber Shop, located at 23 E. Second St., Pana, IL 62557.

Dated this 10 day of September, 2013.

Linda K. Curtin

County Clerk

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Fact, Fun & Fillips: September 26, 2013

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Seems we have plenty of time to think now.

And so we do. You pick the subject! It could be anything.

And it dawned!!! Who has probably, though you might not think so from the way we carry on most time – churches and people associated, but primarily the influence of so many ministers, of the wonderful kind.

They, through the years have on so many occasions, been a bright and steadying influence on myself and at the chance of being dramatic, being a means in their philosophical of transforming my impression of life, its every day principles and how we look around at those surrounding us and try to treat and interact with them.

Guess my main attempt to live life to not expect anything better from life in interacting with folks better than what you pass on to them every day.

Having completed the above study in “philosophy,” we’ll move on hopefully to happier things.

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For instance, my first and at that time only grandson outside my two granddaughters, Nicole and Ali, and Josh and Nicole’s beautiful son, J. J. Bonn, whose first birthday party is this weekend.

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Hey friend, retired Judge Robert “Bob” Broverman, who we got to know clear back in Boy Scout days, your generosity lately in a $125,000 donation for additional parking space completion at Pana Community Hospital was announced earlier this week, does not go unnoticed here.

Bob, it seems, has devoted his life’s efforts to among his other contributions to PCH, which in turn benefits all.

And for us, and many others who need the many services of PCH, from time to time, we are grateful. Thank you for your caring and generosity that will help so many through the years, Robert!!!

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To one of FFF’s most respected friends . . . . . who better to enter Millikin University in Decatur’s Athletic Hall of Fame than James Kettelkamp on Oct. 4.

We spent many a Saturday in Coach and Mrs. Kettelkamp’s home in east Pana on fall and winter Panther basketball games on Friday nights.

Congratulations and best wishes to Coach Jim. He is also the retired director of Millikin U’s director of admissions. Mrs. Kettelkamp is  deceased.

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So Long.