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Archives for March 2014

Video Gaming Machines Jackpot For City Coffers

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Since video gaming was legalized in Illinois, the City of Pana has been the recipient of tax funds from the machines which helps out with city finances. While the total isn’t going to lift the city out of debt, it does help in the overall scope of things.

From Feb. 1, 2013 through February, 2014, Pana City Treasurer Pete Scherzer said the city has realized $19,680 in revenue from the machines.

Enough money that the Pana City Council agreed to use some of the money as “ward funds,” which allows aldermen to help finance repairs such as sidewalks and tree trimming. At the Feb. 24 meeting of the Pana City Council, members decided to give each ward $2,000 per year instead of the usual $500 per year. The extra $6,000 will come from the video gaming revenue.

The rest of the money will remain in the General Fund which pays for city expenses for police, fire, street department and the operation of city hall.

According to state records, there are now 9 locations in the city which have video gambling. There are 36 machines located in Pana. The city’s share of the revenue which comes in is five percent. The state collects 25% off the top and the terminal operator/location split the other 70%.

 

Pana CCA ‘Evening with The Arts’ Friday, April 4

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THE PANA COMMUNITY Council for the Arts is sponsoring their annual Evening with the Arts dinner and entertainment in the Pana Junior High School auditorium on Friday, Apr. 4.

To be performing is the Community Choir performers. They are, in front from left, Marci Cole, director; Pam Hebert and Jennifer Cross.

In back, Theresa Steiner, Reva Woolard, Taylor Strom, Whitney Hill, Ashley Luzader and Lila Chaplin. 

Other entertaiment will be Music Composition and a comedy play entitled “AW SHUCKS” directed by Jennifer Cross.

Reservations are $15 and due by Sunday, Mar. 30. Contact Shirley Buescher 562-2592, Reva Woolard 562-4309 or Irma Waddington 562-3407, to make reservations.

 

Pana Softball Season Starts

The Pana Panthers softball team went on the road for their first game of the 2014 season on Saturday, Mar. 22, at Shelbyville. The Rams used an 8 hit attack to stop Pana, 13-3.

“I thought we did some things well, our hitting was very aggressive,” Coach Mitch Cloe said. “We had 7 strikeouts. We need to bring that number down. We had 8 hits as a team but we didnt get crucial hits with runners in  scoring position a couple of times.”

Shelbyville broke out to a 7-0 lead after 2 innings. Pana scored 2 of its runs in the top of the fourth, but the Rams added another in their half of the fourth for an 8-2 lead. Shelbyville would score 3 times in the fifth and 2 more runs on the sixth to end the game by the 10-run rule. Pana had scored a single run in the top of the fifth.

Freshman Delaney Harmston was 2-for-3 with a double and single and drove in all 3 of Pana’s runs. Cheyenne Ashcraft and Susan Smart also doubled. Laurel Funneman, Olivia Littleton, Adrianna Suter and Haylee Riggs all singled.

Suter took the loss for Pana. She went 4 innings giving up 7 runs on 4 hits. She struck out 2 and walked 1.

“I was pleased with our pitching, only walking 2 batters,” Cloe said. “Adrianna Suter and Sue Smart both threw well for their first outing.

“We have some work to do defensively, but offensively I was very pleased,” the coach continued. “We got alot of jitters out and are looking forward to the next game.”

That next game is scheduled for 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 25, the first home game of the season. First pitch is at 4:15 p.m. and the opponent is Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City.

 

Seventh Grade Girls Volleyball Experience

As we all know, the Pana Junior High School seventh grade girls volleyball team won third place in the IESA State Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, Mar. 18.

We know how their parents feel and how everyone at the Pana Junior High School feels, but what we don’t know is the inside scoop of two, out of many, great players.

Brailey Coulter and Breanna Rochkes both said the team they had were very supportive and the experience during their season was great. It was a lot of pressure on them, they had to do everything right. They wanted that trophy.

“Everything was on the line,” said Breanna Rochkes.

I just had to ask how exciting it was for them, and they said, “very.”

It took a while for everything to sink in, but it was a really good experience for them.

Ricci Reed is a student writer at Pana Junior High School.

Out in Left Field: March 24, 2014

OILF-294x300We didn’t get a chance last week to say “Congratulations to the seventh grade girls volleyball team on their third place finish in the IESA Class 7-3A Tournament. Way to go, girls!

They made history by bringing home the very first state volleyball trophy for Pana Junior High School.

It is something they will always remember, as well as the fans in the stands and everyone at home.

Again, congratulations! You should be very proud!

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Although the eighth grade volleyball season ended  too soon, there is a lot to look forward to in the next few years.

The seventh grade had just 2 losses and the eighth grade, one loss.

A amazing accomplishment!

The future of Pana volleyball is bright.

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I sure am glad I didn’t fill out an NCAA bracket this year. . . .

Wow! Upset after upset. I’m all for upsets, but this is ridiculous. Who could have predicted all of these.

Glad to see there are still three Big 10 teams in the mix of 16 – Hey. . . . That’s almost a third of the teams left!

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Did not want to see Illinois lose the way they did Sunday.

Hope this serves as a foundation and when this time of year rolls around next year, we’ll see the Illini as one of the Big 10 teams in the “Sweet 16.”

They have the horses to do it.

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See you next week!

Obituaries: March 24, 2014

Sharon Law

Sharon Ann Law, 79, of Pana, died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 in Pana Community Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Vester McCaslin

Vester L. McCaslin, 86, of Ottawa, died Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014, in South Pasadena, Fla. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.mdfh.com.

 

Harry Turner

Harry Willard Turner, 87, of Herrick died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014, in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville. Wallace-Carroll Funeral Home, Herrick, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.kennedypana.com.

Legal Notices: March 24, 2014

ANNUAL TOWN

MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

To the legal residents of the Town of Rosamond in the County of Christian and State of Illinois that the Annual Meeting of said Town will take place on Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014, being the second Tuesday of said month.

The Town Meeting for the transaction of miscellaneous business of said Town will be held at the hour of 8 o’clock p.m., on said day at the Township Building, Rosamond, and a Moderator having been elected, will proceed to hear and consider reports of officers and decide on such measures as may, in pursuance of law, come before the meeting.

Dated this 19 day of March, 2014.

Dale Klindworth

Town Clerk

(50c)

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTH

JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CHRISTIAN COUNTY – IN PROBATE

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JERRY L. HUTTES, Deceased.

No. 2014-P-20

CLAIM NOTICE

Notice is given of the death of Jerry L. Huttes of Pana, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on February 24, 2014, to Mary Ann Huttes, 301 S. Cedar St., Pana, IL 62557, whose attorney is Robert J. Beyers, Beyers Law Office, 123 E. Third Street, Pana, Illinois 62557.

Claims against the Estate may be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the Christian County Courthouse, P.O. Box 617, Taylorville, IL 62568, or with the representative, or both, on or before September 10, 2014, or three months from the mailing of notice to creditors, whichever is later. Any claim not filed within that period is barred. Copies of a claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed.

Mary Ann Hutes

Executor

Robert J. Beyers #0203173

Attorney for Executor

123 E. Third St.

Pana, IL 62557

Phone: 217-562-5077

Fax: 217-562-5129

(46-48-50c)

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC

HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance for township purposes of the Township of Pana, in the County of Christian, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2014 and ending March 31, 2015, will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at the Pana Township Building, 2295 Illinois Route 16, from and after March 19, 2014.

Notice is further given hereby that a public hearing on said budget and appropriation ordinance will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 18, 2014, at the Township Building in this Town of Pana and that final hearing and action on this ordinance will be taken at a special meeting to be held in the Township Building at 6:30 p.m., April 18, 2014.

Crystal Bockewitz

Town Clerk

(50c)

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC

HEARING

Notice is hereby given that a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance for road purposes of the Township of Pana, in the County of Christian, State of Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2014 and ending March 31, 2015, will be on file and conveniently available to public inspection at the Pana Township Building, 2295 Illinois Route 16, from and after March 19, 2014.

Notice is further given hereby that a public hearing on said budget and appropriation ordinance will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 18, 2014, at the Township Building in this Town of Pana and that final hearing and action on this ordinance will be taken at a special meeting to be held in the Township Building at 6:30 p.m., April 18, 2014.

Crystal Bockewitz

Town Clerk

(50c)

Fact, Fun & Fillips: March 24, 2014

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Just mid-morning and we’re called on to get busy on a column for Monday coming. So many things feel necessary to say to so many people.

One that bothered us greatly was a call to Jack Tosetti,  Nokomis, on the loss of his wife, Nancy, both a beautiful and active lady in good things for their community and area.

Keep meaning to either get down to Nokomis, home of our Nokomis Free Press, and home of the Ed Vandever, Edward Ovcas, Kenny Wiseman, Irene Vandever and the several other Nokomis personages, Frank Ronchetti and his dad, Felix, who created the beer industry bearing the famiy name, were revered by the late Don B. Pauschert. Mr. Ed Vandever, also a publisher of the Free Press there, prior to the sale to Tom and Doris Phillips and Pana News Inc. in 1984.  Now that we’ve accomplished that bit of history . . . . . Also the immediate past publisher, Ed Ovca.

Back to Jack and the late Nancy! For the last so many years we either assisted, or after our purchase of the Free Press, printed the well-known Christmas Card for the couple, featuring on the front an attractive photo of the couple through the years passing by, she to us looking swell with her vivacious blonde hair styled . . . . . and you too, Jack.  And we mean that sincerely.

Actually to view such mutual admiration to younger folk year after year, we have always felt make an example good for young folks to think about in their intentions of longevity to the sanctity and longevity promises made.

Not preaching, but example is a wonderful thing. And we always thought that Jack and Nancy Tosetti and the example annually did that, in our opinion. It was an annual appearance Just like clock work, almost.

Somewhat tardy perhaps, but the thought of sympathy has been there.

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And now, before saying goodbye in this column . . . . .

Closing out today’s birthday and St. Patrick’s Day column, is a picture, in all its glory, and our thanks to Glen and Sheri Schneider of Pana, for all the trouble, thoughts and expense they out-do themselves in furnishing an “Irish Care Package” to FFF this year a satchel filled with enough of the green bauble to make  2 days of our birthday, 82nd, on Mar. 20, and giving to St. Patrick and his work of evangelization and goodness in spirit, to last forever.

Included in the bag amonst other things, is a “throw” inviting all to Irish taste of hospitality, welcome and blessings! Also the effect, in book form, written by Howard Buffet on the eradication of international hunger, an interesting read, son of the philanthropic father Warren Buffett, and presented autographed for us and the many other green shaded bauble and stamps that make it align with St. Paddy’s Day.

And whom to all, and it falls much short, of what this throughtfulness means to this Irishman who has lived and grown up his entire life among so many wonderful folks.

So, as in the past:

Erin Go Braugh!

(Ireland Live Forever)

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And . . . . .

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So Long.

 

Lenten Lunch Wednesday At United In Faith

This week’s Lenten lunch, sponsored by the Pana Ministerial Association, will be held at noon, Wednesday, Mar. 26, at United In Faith Church.

A guest speaker will follow lunch. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sacred Heart Preschool Registration

Sacred Heart preschool registration will be held From 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Apr. 24-25.

Parents are to stop at the parish office and see Chrisy for tuition and then the school office and register with Teresa.

Bring the following to the school office during registration or by the first day of school:

•Copy of birth certificate

•Physical

•Copy of immunizations

•Copy of lead screening

If your child was in the preschool program last year, the school office has these forms filed and you do not need to bring them again.

For information contact Teresa at the school office, 562-2425.