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Archives for January 2014

Re-Model of County Circuit Clerk’s Offices Approved

Meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 21, in Taylorville Courthouse, the Christian County Board approved a plan to move things around in the Christian County Circuit Clerk’s office on the first floor of the Courthouse. The move will make an area in the northwest corner of the building a records area and all personnel will be moved into the office on the southwest corner.

In order to make the switch, the rolling file system in the southwest office will be moved into the northwest room. This extra space will allow for all office employees to be in the same location. Julie Mayer, Circuit Clerk, told the board she has six full-time and a part-time person in the south office and 3 full-time people in the north room.

Cost of the move, which will be done by the company which installed the rolling system, is estimated at $6,500. There will be some support work on the framing of the north office to hold the extra weight. Courthouse maintenance people Bill Kennedy and Zach Hicks will fabricate and install the supports with the help of the highway department. Total cost of the project is not to exceed $7,500.

Bids for handling the county’s roll-off recycling containers for 2014 came in higher than expected. Midstate Salvage bid $344 per pull compared to the current price of $205 per pull. The company agreed to do the work in January for the old price. County Solid Waste Director Joe Stepping is researching other possibilities for the program.

Approval was given for the purchase of two Pana properties for a cost of $660 each.Donald Spracklen purchased one of the parcels at 801 E. Third St. The second, purchased by Harry Grening, is the old elevator property between Third and Fourth Streets on Oak.

The meeting adjourned shortly before 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.


All Over Pana – It’s Cold Outside!


THERE IS NO DENYING, IT’S COLD IN PANA – All signs in Pana show what everyone knows today, Thursday, Jan. 23, it is cold outside.

Officially, at the Pana Weather Station at the Wastewater Treatment Plant south of Pana, the overnight low was zero. The high temperature for the 24 hours prior to 7:00 a.m. today was 26º.

Because of the cold, schools in Pana were closed today. The school district has now used four of the five “emergency days” built into the school year calendar. Three of those days have been used in the month of January. One was used back in December. A decision on whether school will be in session on Friday, Jan. 24, will come later.

The area is under a Wind Chill Advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Lincoln until 12:00 noon on Friday. According to the NWS, high temperatures today will remain in the single digits above zero, while overnight lows tonight plunge into the single digits below zero.  Brisk northwesterly winds gusting to around 25 mph early Friday morning will create dangerous wind-chill values of -15 to -25.  Temperatures will begin to moderate somewhat on Friday, with highs reaching the middle to upper 20s.  Despite the warming trend, strong southwesterly winds will continue to produce wind-chills of -15 to -25 through midday Friday.

Over the weekend, it is expected for temperatures to get above freezing, but by Monday, Jan. 24, it is predicted the mercury will drop back into the single digits to teens.

(Tom Latonis Photos)

City Council Committee Meeting Monday

A meeting of the Administration Committee of the Pana City Council has been called for 6:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the Council Chambers of Pana City Hall.

Topic of discussion is a presentation by Mr. Steve Adams of Bernardi Securities regarding refinancing of a promissory note and any other topic properly presented.

Pana Offense Held In Check; Lose To Nokomis, 54-47

The Pana Panthers boys basketball team’s potent offense was held in check Wednesday night, Jan. 22, at the Litchfield Invitational Tournament and they lost to the Nokomis Redskins, 54-47. The game was postponed a day due to weather conditions.

Nokomis controlled the tempo of the game and senior Kyle Gibson was the only Pana player to score in double figures with 18 points. Brock Trexler scored 9 points with Jon McLeod getting 5. Jake Franklin added 4 and Nick Copley and Rhett Zahradka each scored 3-pointers for their 3 points each. Jordan Clark had 2 points and Brock Beeson got a free throw.

Pana has an overall record of 8-7 entering tonight’s Thursday, Jan. 23, game with Hillsboro at the tournament. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.


Post Prom Cake Auction Set

Pana Post Prom will be holding a cake auction Tuesday, Jan. 28, during halftime of the varsity boys game against Greenville.

Cakes to be auctioned will be provided by the senior cheerleaders and the senior boys basketball players.

The beginning bid will be $50. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Pana Post Prom act activities which will be held in May.

What is Post Prom?  Immediately following the Prom dance, all Pana High School juniors and seniors and their dates, as well as Pana High School juniors and seniors who do not attend the prom, are welcome to attend this event, for an evening of continuous fun, entertainment, food and prizes in a drug and alcohol free environment.

Obituaries: January 23, 2014

Wayne Beyers

Wayne T. Beyers, 90, of Pana, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Pana Community Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Betty Patrick

Betty Patrick, 88, of Pana, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in her home. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Larry Jophlin

Larry Jophlin, 75, of Pana, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in his residence Arrangements are incomplete with McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Condolences may be sent to


Roger Johnson

Roger A. “Onz” Johnson, 64, of Oconee, died at 10:10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in his residence. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, is in charge of arrangements.


Sharon Altevogt

Sharon R. Altevogt, 80, of Witt, died at 7:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in her residence. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, is in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: January 23, 2014


Lost a good friend Tuesday night at Pana Community Hospital.

The “grim reaper,” we’re all talking incessantly about, visited. And when he left Pana Community Hospital, he was with the soul of a gentleman we’d learned to like and respect all the days we’ve known him which include most of those days of our life!

We’re speaking of Wayne Beyers, prominent farmer of north rural Pana. We recall Wayne and his neighbor from across the road to the south, the late Ted Hebert, seemed always into something that was new or unusual, joining to custom harvesting crops, etc., to Wayne flying an airplane.

Must have been catching too, because down the road farther south, but on the opposite side of the roadway, was “Speed” Jones, a man also taken from this life, young we thought, before his time. “Speed” we recall had built a huge tractor, way before or at least the same time, they perhaps were the coming vogue – but still not yet in the fields.

The tractor, we heard, while we were engaged in just such a conversation, so we were told, is still hereabouts, reported to be in the possession of Eric Vieback, possibly, our old friend, Jerry’s son, in an area at the latter’s place.

But back to Wayne. In addition to being a farmer and a pilot, the latter if we’re not mistaken, Wayne was also an entrepreneur, along with his friend,  Mr. Hebert, again if we’re not mistaken, his mind was open in younger years to innovation and new things and one thing he was interested in was farming elsewhere and ventures out of the country in the same vein.

And possibly what we remember, Wayne, for the most part, was his ability to forgive and forget and his quality to be objective and understanding in interacting with one person to another!

We know because we were involved personally!

Many years ago, when Wayne was a much younger man and FFF much younger too, back when he was a member of the Pana School Unit No. 8 school board and FFF was in the business of reporting the business of those folks for the News-Palladium, instead of mostly being concerned with seeing it is published . . . . .

Our covering the school district, mandated we attend school board meeting held once a month.

And here it is important we set a proper scene! The press is always supposed to be impartial and could be considered ever so much, especially in matters of an official part of anything, one might say at a meeting . . . . .

But, this one night of covering a session and it was after Wayne had said something of which FFF doesn’t remember the subject, but it was back to the time we might possibly have been building the new high school, FFF took it on himself to comment in some sort of opposing thought!

What Wayne was talking about, FFF can’t remember, but it had something to do with the school matter . . . . . . we were out of place, in our own mind, from the start.

And from the time we uttered whatever we had said, FFF knew we had done wrong! By the time we had fallen asleep, we knew what we had to do.

Next morning early, we called Wayne and asked if it was possible to see him at noon time. He said, “yes.”

FFF apologized to Wayne. And as before and after, we have stayed and been the closest of friends. Which FFF is proud to this day to say.

Sympathy to the Beyers family. And to the guy who you could always tell he was headed in the right direction if you spied him with the bill of his cap pointing fully skyward.

And to another good man, his brother, “Chet” Beyers. A friend too and fellow resident at Hickory Estates.

And farewell to our good, good friend, Wayne.

Sympathy to Eleanor and the rest of the family!


Joni E. just voiced surprise – and we looked out the window – more snow!

But is doesn’t look like too much in the offing.


We always call our pants walking “filing cabinets!” For the pockets are always the place our notes of things we consider we may want to write about or repeat, are kept.

And, then, through the front door comes Greg Hager, Democrat candidate for County Clerk, whose busy making the rounds asking for your support!

He will also be remembered as that gentleman you may have seen in charge at the emergency room facilities at Pana Community Hospital!


Speaking of PCH, also reminds us of a friend of theirs, former judge and our friend, Robert Broverman!

Long time no talk, Robert! Hope you are doing okay.

Drop by . . . . . to say hello, next time in town!


To the families of Mrs. Diane Barger-Joplin, sympathy on the death of her husband, Larry. She our long, long time of friendship over her children growing up.

Likewise sympathy to the family of Pana former business lady, Mrs. Betty Patrick.

Both of Pana.


If it’s true, FFF will try to tell you who bought the old Pana elevator we’ve watched for years on the old NYC Railroad site on Oak Street. And if this is true, we’ll try to get if there are any plans for it.


So Long.


Births: January 23, 2014

Cody and Robin Brantley of Pana, are parents of their second child, a daughter, born at 2:14 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in St. John’s Hospital. Chanel Nevaeh weighed 8 pounds 1.5 ounces and was 21 inches long. She has a brother, Toby, 2 1/2. Mrs. Brantley is the former Robin Sutton.

Maternal grandparents are Celia and David Sutton of Branson, MO. Paternal grandparents are Dale and Diane Myers, Pana.

Pana Sacred Heart School D.A.R.E Graduation Held


THE FIFTH GRADE class of Pana Sacred Heart School held their graduation from the DARE program on Friday, Jan. 10.

Christian County Sheriff, Bruce Kettelkamp, and Deputy Stephanie Ryan, presided over the ceremony. Graduates read their statements of commitment to a drug-free lifestyle and received certificates of completion.

Program graduates are, kneeling in front from left, Addie Deere, James Pauley, Bryce Bieber and Alivia Reed.

In back, Deputy Ryan, SHS Principal Mrs. Marilyn Buchanan, Kaden Angel, Lane Funneman, Boone Ellidge, Emma McFarland, Jessie Gruber, Mrs. Deb Seibert and Sheriff Kettelkamp.


Tower Hill Seniors Potluck Held Recently

Tower Hill Senior Citizens held a potluck at the Lions Club building on Monday, Jan. 13, with 29 attending plus six veterans. The meal was served at noon with entertainment at 1:30 p.m.

Ann Barnes had a birthday and Robert and Lila Radcliff celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

The next potluck will be at noon, Monday, Feb. 10. All are welcome to attend. Bring a covered dish. – Vi Armstrong, secretary.