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Archives for May 2014

Final Meeting For Dively; Board Approves Pilot 1-To-1 Program


FOLLOWING HIS LAST regular meeting of the Pana School Board as the district’s assistant superintendent, members of the board gather around David Dively, seated, right.

Mr. Dively will be retiring next month at the end of a 33-year career with the Pana School District.

Seated to the left is Pana School Superintendent Dr. David Lett.

Standing in back, from left are Dr. Bill Beyers, Dave Koontz, board president; Clint Foor, secretary of the board; John Metzger, board vice-president; Aaron Schafer and John McLeod.

Board member Rosemary Carlson was absent.

(Tom Latonis Photo)

Acclaiming the past and welcoming the new, members of the Pana School Board bid ado to Assistant School Superintendent David Dively and also voted to launch a pilot program on the cutting edge of technology during its Monday, May 19, meeting.

Mr. Dively is retiring after a 33-year career with the school district. He was appointed Assistant School Superintendent in 2002. Prior, he was the Director of the Pana Adult Center and the district’s Technology Coordinator from 1996-2002. He began his career in Pana in 1981, teaching business and computer in the high school.

“He was a great comfort and help to a new superintendent when I came to this job,” Pana School Superintendent Dr. David Lett said. “We were probably in about the same financial situation back then as we are now. He helped chart the course of this district and I was glad he was there.”

1-To-1 Program–

As Technology Coordinator, Dively took the school district from its infancy with computer technology and moved it to the point where it is now. Members of the board unanimously approved a pilot program which will put computers in the hands of all seventh grade students next school year, replacing the traditional textbooks.

The vote was 6-0 with board member Rosemary Carlson absent. Estimated price tag for the initial program is almost $35,000. The plan is to purchase 120 Chrome book computers which will act as textbooks for the students. Some of those computers will be for teachers and there will be some for use when a student’s computer needs repairs, battery is dead or the student leaves theirs at home.

“A lot of things still have to be worked out,” Technology Coordinator Jennifer Miller told the board.

She is currently helping to develop a series of guidelines for the program, which is patterned after a similar program being implemented in the Rochester School District.


It was announced Pana High School Principal Gayle McRoberts and current Tower Hill Jefferson Middle School Principal and soon to be principal at Lincoln Elementary School Debbie Zueck, will be retiring from their positions in four years, at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.

Other Business–

Lori Ade, Buildings and Grounds Director, said plans have been drawn up and personnel is ready to go for the moving of books, desks and equipment to the various schools in Pana as Jefferson is closed at the end of the school year.

Graduation at Pana High School is Friday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pana High School gym. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 3.

The school board meeting came to a close at 8:37 p.m.



Emily Kuhn Medical Benefit June 28

ekA medical benefit for 13-year-old Emily Kuhn is planned for Saturday, June 28, at the Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds. Activities start at 5:00 p.m. with a pork BBQ meal and a live auction which starts at 7:00.

She is the daughter of Brad and Gina (Eck) Kuhn of Pana and attends Sacred Heart School

In December, Emily was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a rare and serious condition in which the bone marrow fails to make enough blood cells (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets). She receives blood and platelet transfusions in St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Springfield as often as twice a week.

Later this month, she will be traveling to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for a bone marrow transplant. She will remain in St. Louis throughout the treatment process for a minimum of 100 days following the transplant .

Emily has three younger sisters, Elizabeth, 10, Claire, 7, and Kaylee, 6. Claire, the matching donor for Emily, will be a huge part of the treatment process by donating bone marrow for the transplant.

There is a gun/bow raffle and tickets are available now at Rack Attack Archery, Brookman’s Guns and Ammo, Kroenlein Auto Body or any committee members. They are Barb Stauder, 855-5291; Dee Tarter, 825-4590; Brian Sims, 246-3619; Connie Allen, 825-7864; Amy Craig, 827-1576; Becky Beyers, 825-7380; Jennifer Swisher, 825-6382; Tammy Rhodes, 827-4961; or Patsy Hebert, 820-0770. Committee members may also be contacted to donate auction items.

All donations and proceeds of the benefit will go to help offset the family’s additional medical expenses.


PN-P Closed For Memorial Day

The Pana News-Palladium office will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

The Monday newspaper will be printed at the usual time on Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday, May 27.

8th Grade Girls, 7th Grade Boys Take Junior Mid-State Track Titles

The Pana Junior High School eighth grade girls and seventh grade boys track team won their respective grade divisions at the Junior Mid-State Conference Track and Field Meet. It was held in Vandalia on Tuesday, May 13.

The seventh grade girls were second and the eighth grade boys finished third.

Following are the results from the Junior Mid-State Meet for pana athletes:


8th Grade–

Pana 96, Greenville 59, Hillsboro 56, Vandalia 52, Litchfield 15

100 Hurdles: 1) Claire Holthaus, :17.6; 3) Averee McNear, :19.1.

100: 3) Grayson Beyers, :13.5.

200: 1) Shayna Stremming, :28.3; 4) Brenna Dameris, :29.7.

400: 1) Hollie Johnson, 1:03.6.

L. Jump: 1) Johnson, 15-2-1/2; 3) Stremming, 12-11-1/2.

S. Put: 1) Madolyn Hackler, 29-2; 2) Allysa O’Rourke, 29-0.

Discus: 1) Hackler, 82-6-1/2; 5) Danielle Epley, 58-10-1/2.

H. Jump: 4) Stremming, 4-2.

P. Vault: 1) Madison Hilbert, 8-0.

4 x 100: 1) Pana, :54.5.

4 x 200: 1) Pana, 2:01.0.

4 x 400: 1) Pana, 4:38.7.


7th Grade–

Hillsboro 138, Pana 70, Greenville 36, Litchfield 25, Vandalia 20

100 Hurdles: 1) Shania Schoonover, :17.2; 2) Maddie Ashcraft, :17.2.

100: 2) Aubrey Beyers, :13.7.

200: 2) Breanna Rochkes, :29.4; 4) Kaylee Holland, :30.3.

800: 5) Marissa Cravens, 2:58.0.

1,600: 5) Cravens, 6:31.0.

S. Put: 3) Grace Sims, 25-10.

Discus: 4) Sims, 61-7-1/2.

H. Jump: 1) Schoonover, 4-6; 3) Holland, 4-2.

P. Vault: 3) Kinsey Merrifield, 6-0.

4 x 100: 2) Pana, :56.7.

4 x 200: 2) Pana, 2:05.0.

4 x 400: 2) Pana, 4:52.6.



8th Grade–

Greenville 103, Vandalia 77.5, Pana 74, Hillsboro 20, Litchfield 6.5

110 Hurdles: 1) Jack Clark, :16.5.

100: 2) Daniel Duduit, :12.2.

800: 4) Brian Housh, 2:39.7.

1,600: 3) Housh, 5:54.9; 4) Josh Frost, 5:55.7.

H. Jump: 1) Clark, 5-2; 4) Jacob Beeson, 4-10.

Discus: 1) Kade Herbord, 106-11; 3) Duduit, 100-10.

P. Vault: Ian Harbert, 10-6.

4 x 100: 2) Pana, :52.9.

4 x 200: 3) Pana, 2:01.4.

4 x 400: 2) Pana, 4:28.0.


7th Grade–

Pana 89, Vandalia 77, Greenville 64, Hillsboro 37, Litchfield 23

110 Hurdles: 2) Cody Klein, :18.0; 4) Mason Mizeur, :20.0.

100: 1) Skyler Wallace, :12.7.

200: 3) Jared Beyers, :27.9; 4) Connor Ridgeway, :28.0.

800: 3) Tanner Jacobs, 2:43.5.

1,600: 3) Jacobs, 5:59.3.

L. Jump: 2) Wallace, 13-10-3/4; 4) Beyers, 12-0-1/2.

P. Vault: 1) John Holthaus, 8-0.

S. Put: 2) Brady Fitzpatrick, 30-0-1/2; 4) Dalton Haddock, 27-5-1/2.

Discus: 2) Fitzpatrick, 93-7-1/2; 5) Haddock, 80-5.

H. Jump: 2) Klein, 4-10.

4 x 100: 1) Pana, :53.1.

4 x 200: 1) Pana, 2:01.8.

4 x 400: 2) Pana, 4:33.5.

Obituaries: May 22, 2014

Corene Chirch

Corene Faye Chirch, 83, of Pana, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in Heritage Health, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Thomas Phelps

Thomas L. Phelps, 56, of Taylorville, died Monday, May 19, 2014, in Taylorville Memorial Hospital.McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to


Donald Tooley

Donald William Tooley, of Nokomis, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Memorial Hospital, Springfield. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Fact, Fun & Fillips: May 22, 2014


The day we’ve always known as Memorial day has changed through the years!  It was first known as Decoration Day and celebrated on May 30th.  Then in 1966 President Johnson, by proclamation, change the title to Memorial Day, to be celebrated on the same day.  It is now being observed on the last Monday of May, changed in 1971 by an act of Congress, and though we don’t usually concur in arbitrarily changing such actual dates because in so many cases it is merely done any more for the general convenience of the labor force!  FFF included. And to provide an extra day of rest.  We personally think that it does nothing for the real meaning of the day.

In short, you get the idea it’s also been a tool of bureaucratic policy.

That’s not to say, remember, remember, remember – all who have gone before us.  Their smiles, handshakes, pats on the back, greetings, and love that makes for warm memories of our past relatives, acquaintances, and friends.  And so worthwhile.  This giving way to the general opinion that FFF has always had and expressed, in times of heartbreak and sorrow of remembrances of them to stop and think hopefully a bit of comfort what would have been much, much worse having the pleasure of their friendship and love had we been deprived of not knowing them!

So to really zero in on the day let’s all remember, remember, remember…  Everybody!  A peaceful and contented day.


In our personal remembering we have so so many people it’s impossible for us to list each one, but they are their in our golden memories.


Omitted in the above, but not intended are Doris and our parents, Mr. & Mrs. T.J. Phillips and Mr. & Mrs. Warren Christner and our entire family.


We take note in the April 2014 Kemmerer Voices issue, from Assumption, who’s superintendent of Kemmerer Village and editor of the above publication from Michael A. Havera, in our opinion has done a fine job over the years. In going through the publication and there are many familiar names of persons honored in remembrance and support of the home. It is a great way to do such a thing.  We noted the names of a former Pana native Joseph L. McAdam, memorialized by Atty. Robert Broverman of Taylorville. Mr. McAdam later became mayor of Taylorville and was a very popular person, remembered by a large group of people. Other familiar area names were Mrs. Ion McCanlish, a native Pana daughter; Ted and Marian Schumacher, former members of the PN-P partnership of Schumacher, Klein & Phillips, were remembered by Mr. & Mrs. D.G. Schumacher; Richard Stalets by his wife Mrs. Deb Stalets; Robert H. Metsker by Mrs. Doris Seal; Vincent & Dorothy Ermovick; Mrs. & Mrs. Robert Ermovick of Pana, he a former Kemmerer administrative staff member and Director of Public Development; and James Tosetti of Nokomis, by his wife Darline and Mr. & Mrs. John P. Hall.


To grandson Jacob Latonis, from his Bop… “love, good luck and hope and wish you run like the wind, with all your Panther teammates, with both speed and stamina in tomorrow’s (Friday, May 23rd) Sectional Track & Field Meet at Shelbyville.”  And always remember when the air seems to be coming hardest, we are with you.


So long!

Engagements: May 22, 2014


Mr. and Mrs. Danny Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Washburn announce the engagement of their children, Kimberly Denae Miller and Jacob Ray Washburn.

Kimberly is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield and a 2013 graduate of St. Louis University where she received a Bachelor and a Master degree of social work. She is a licensed social worker, employed as a residential therapist at Kemmerer Village, Assumption.

Jacob is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield where he received his Bachelor degree in criminal justice. He graduated from the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2012 and is employed as a sheriff’s deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

They are both graduates of Pana High School.

The couple will be married Sept. 27, 2014, at the First Baptist Chruch of Pana.

Baccalaureate Service At United In Faith May 27

Pana Ministerial Association will sponsor the annual Baccalaureate service for Pana High School graduating seniors  at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, at United In Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Road.

All seniors and their families are invited and encouraged to attend, as well as the public. Refreshments will follow the service.

Baccalaureate is a centuries-old custom in which the students and their families are offered a quieter service for prayer and reflection as they prepare to graduate from high school.

For information call the church at 562-2571.


Assumption Veteran’s Memorial To Be Dedicated Sunday

Assumption Memorial

The dedication of the Assumption Veterans Memorial will be held Sunday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m., in downtown Assumption.

In early 2011, the Assumption VFW and American Legion Posts decided a fitting memorial should be built to honor the people from Assumption who served the country. A committee was appointed consisting of members from both organizations: Norman Bethard, John Bond, James Bugg, Ron Mink, Carl Puckett and Bill Sullivan. The committee selected Robert Dondeville, a Vietnam veteran, who designed the Mt. Zion Veterans Memorial, to develop the design for the Assumption Veterans Memorial.

The Memorial, built in the Women’s Club Railroad Park on Chestnut Street halfway between First and Second Sts. facing the business district, has a center monument flanked by granite stones with inscribed names.

Many people and organizations have donated to date. Cost was estimated at $80,000 to complete the project. For a community the size of Assumption, it was a big undertaking. What price can you put on Captain Joe Smith, Sergeant Tim Bodden or Sergeant Bill Rohweder who gave their lives so we can be free?

The generosity of the community surpassed the goal and to date, over $112,000 for the Memorial has been raised.


WIU Spring Dean’s List

More than 1,540 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University were named to the 2014 Spring Dean’s List.

To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 equals an A in a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded courses; pass-fail hours are not counted (i.e. student teaching, internships).

Students earning Dean’s List honors from the area are:

Morrisonville –  Maggie Suzanne Langen  and Michael Mckinnie, both seniors;

Pana – Clinton Jacob Epley, senior;

Taylorville – Travis Marshall Alsbury, sophomore; Aaron Thomas Borgic, senior; Nichole Elizabeth Jackson, junior; Emily Suzanne Nation, junior; and Derek Carl Ryan, senior.