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59th Pana Open Car Show, Swap Meet, Other Activities Saturday

Saturday, June 28, will be a busy day in Pana’s Kitchell Park with several events planned by the Pana Chamber of Commerce and other organizations.

The anchor of the day is the 59th annual Pana Open Car Show which will kick-off the day of activities. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Registration to anything on wheels. Awards will be  announced at 2:00 p.m., and awardees must be present.

The Chautauqua Auditorium will have booths set up for the automotive swap meet. Booth space is available from the Pana Chamber of Commerce by calling 562-4240.

There is no charge for admission.

For the basketball enthusiasts, the annual Kings of Kitchell Park 4 on 4 basketball tournament for men 16 and older will be held. The basketball court is located south of the Kitchell Park swimming pool.

Entry fee is $50 per team with cash payout to the first and second place teams. Sign in begins at 8:00 a.m. and play begins at 9:00.

Contact Joe Dudra at 827-3877 or Matt Kessler at 246-4242 for more information.

The day wraps up with the Little Miss & Mister Firecracker contest at 5:00 p.m. Registration will start at 4:00.

Proceeds will benefit the ALS Foundation.

For more information, contact Debbie Laker at 320-2537.

The public is invited to attend any and all of the events, free of charge. Bring lawn chairs for your comfort throughout the day.


The Rosebud Cafe, Iconic Pana Business, Changes Hands


A PANA LANDMARK – and favorite gathering place for diners and coffee drinkers alike – The Rosebud Cafe, has been sold.

After 38 years of feeding Pana, on Monday, June 16, Sue Hankins sold the business to Kenny Ademi of Pana.  Sue will stay on for a week or so to help transition the business.

Sue and the late Charles Hankins of Shelbyville bought the Rosebud on July 3, 1976, having purchased the business from Willard and Lorene Durbin. The Durbins purchased the businees in 1955.

The iconic business was built and opened in September, 1950 by Tom and Mary Dayhuff and included a service station complete with mechanics on duty.


‘Games’ Theme for 2014 Pana Labor Day Parade

Organizers of the Pana Labor Day Parade have announced the theme for this year’s Pana Labor Day Parade. It is “Games.”

The 81st annual parade will be held on Monday, Sept. 1, taking off from the corner of Second and Locust Sts. in downtown Pana at 10:00 a.m.

“The theme allows a lot of room for imagination,” Labor Day Parade Chairman Jim Downs said. “Any kind of games – World Cup soccer, softball, basketball, t-ball, checkers – you name it. This should open the field to a wide variety of activities.”

There is a wide array of cash prizes for floats in the parade which are judged the morning of the parade. Rules and regulations will be announced soon in the Pana News-Palladium.

Coming up will be the annual “Cutest Baby Contest” which benefits the parade fund. Nominations will be asked for a parade marshal around the first of August.


Out in Left Field: June 23, 2014

OILF-294x300Didn’t have a sister growing up, so I’m not sure what it was like to tie Portugal in the World Cup last night. Only know you could hear the groan of an entire country when Portugal scored with less than 30 seconds to play and tie the game. This American team came so close, but still, so far away.

One of the things which has impressed me with this year’s World Cup is how many Americans have become interested in soccer. What – a dozen or so years ago, you couldn’t get a decent crowd on a busy street corner to watch and now, Grant Park in Chicago is overflowing with people watching the games on big screen TV’s. I think it is nothing short of amazing.

What will also be interesting is to see how the American team responds to this tie when they play Germany on Thursday.


In watching all of the sports going on – World Cup, Wimbledon tennis and golf tournaments – I’m hoping there are enough British radio and TV announcers to go around.

Can’t have decent coverage of golf without at least one Brit behind the mike. Think they are getting desperate though – could have sworn I heard someone with an Irish accent on a World Cup radio broadcast yesterday. . . .


While the world’s attention is fixed on soccer, some of we more traditionalist are still watching Major League Baseball. Hard to imagine the halfway point of the season and the all-star break is a little less than a month away.

Those Cardinals really took it to my Mets last time around – pretty embarrassing. Good thing there are not a lot of Mets fans around.


See you next week!


Obituaries: June 23, 2014

Carol Clutter

Carol L. Clutter, 69, of Pana, died Thursday, June 19, 2014 in her residence. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Florence Altersberger

Florence Altersberger, 89, of Pana, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Pana Community Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are pending. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences may be sent to


Dennis A. Ross

Dennis A. Ross, 57, Shelbyville, died at 12:31 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements.  Condolences may be sent to


Shirley Porter

Shirley J. Porter, 81, of Nokomis, died at 12:05 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Heritage Health, Pana. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home, Nokomis, was in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: June 23, 2014


Trying to write a column any more is quite a challenge!

First, the eyes play tricks on FFF, and secondly once we get it written in our “hen scratch style” on 8 1⁄ 2 x11 lined yellow pads of paper – no one, including myself after 5 to 10 minutes, can read it.

So today’s is short!  Well, shorter than usual.  Ha!  But we want to mention two local events coming up this weekend that you don’t want to miss!


First is the 59th Annual Pana Open Car Show held Saturday, June 28th at Kitchell Park, starting at 9:00 a.m.  The event will be great fun for the entire family with many classic cars, a Swap Meet for car and truck parts, the Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker Contest, and the Kings of Kitchell Park 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament.  The Kitchell Park playground and swimming pool will also be available to keep the family entertained.  This entire event has always been a crowd pleaser!


Secondly, we want to send our best wishes for the Assumption Summer Fest coming up and beginning Thursday, June 26, in Assumption.  Home of the Golden Prairie News, one of our affiliated newspapers.

If you’d like an Assumption Fest booklet and you have to know the lineup of the festivities – drop by and pick up one free at the Pana News-Palladium or the Golden Prairie News in Assumption.

It was printed and put together by our associates at the Golden Prairie News, Angela Damery and Susie Jordan.  Who FFF thinks did a wonderful job, of which all up that way should be proud!

So – the celebration which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday.    Go up, visit the folks, and have fun!

The parade everyone looks forward to begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.  It’s theme is “History Abounds.”

And our congratulations to Assumption Fest officials and committee: Angela Ohl-Marsters, President; Steve Durbin, Treasurer; Heather Durbin, Secretary; Matt Sieben, Melissa Sieben, Rick Bradshaw, Nathan Morrison and Chet Poppenhouse.


Hope all have fun!  We hope to be with you all in a longer column next issue – once we get our brand new “old” electric typewriter going, so even FFF can read the stuff that comes to his mind, in not so orderly fashion.

Everybody as well as having fun, stay cool.


So Long!


Benefit For Emily Kuhn This Saturday

A benefit for Emily Kuhn will be held Saturday, June 28, at the Pana Fairgrounds beer tent. A pork barbecue meal will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a live auction at 7:00. Gun/bow raffle tickets are available for $10 each. They can be purchased at Rack Attack Archery, Brookman’s Guns/Ammo, Kroenlein Auto Body or from any committee member.

Emily, 13, is the daughter of Brad and Gina Eck Kuhn of Pana. She was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a rare and serious condition in which the bone marrow fails to make enough blood cells. She received blood and platelet transfusions at St. John’s Children’s Hospital and underwent a bone marrow transplant in St. Louis on May 28. She will remain throughout the treatment in St. Louis.

She has three sisters, Elizabeth, 10, Claire, 7, and Kaylee, 6. Claire was the matching donor for the transplant.

All proceeds will be used to offset the family’s additional expenses.

Monetary donations can be made to the Emily Kuhn Benefit at First National Bank of Pana.

Committee members include Barb Stauder, 855-5291; Dee Tarter, 825-4590; Brian Sims, 246-3619; Connie Allen, 825-7864; Amy Craig, 827-1576; Becky Beners, 825-7380; Jennifer Swisher, 825-6382; Tammy Rhodes, 827-4961; Patsy Hebert, 820-0770.


Pana Fireworks Show July 3

Make sure to mark your calendars – the Pana Fireworks Show will be on Thursday, July 3, instead of the traditional July 4 date.

For many years, the Pana Fire Department has been responsible for lighting the fireworks. But a problem two years with the detonation of the show convinced firemen to re-think their practice and hire a professional fireworks company to be in charge of the show.

The Fireworks Show will still be at the Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds and admission is free and open to the public. The Fair Association will have concessions available.

The show starts about 9:15 p.m., July 3.


Pana in WCIA 3 Our Town Series

Champaign TV station, WCIA, Channel 3, will be featuring Pana for their Our Town Series the week of July 19-25.

Anyone with ideas for stories that can be part of the segment, contact the Chamber Office at 562-4240 to be passed along.


Assumption Fest 2014 – A Parade of Good Times

The 2014 Assumption Fest starts Thursday, June 26 and runs through Saturday, June 28, in downtown Assumption, starting on Chestnut Street. Admission is free and so is parking.

This year’s fest features the theme of “History Abounds,” which brings with it the nostalgic and old time favorites and many new and exciting feature events.

Happy World Carnival is the new carnival which is bringing 15 adult, children and family rides, plenty of games, and favorite foods – popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, candied apples and corn dogs.

Other food concessions as well as the local fire department will provide a variety of food choices to delight anyone’s appetite.

A large flea market will occur along side the food concessions during the Fest. It will include some local merchants such as Just Book Store who will have an array of books just outside the store.  Also, spectators may see the Little Red Wagon roll into town.

Thursday night, the carnival opens at 6:00 with the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m., provided by VFW Post #6577. Immediately following the opening ceremony will be the annual Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Assumption Pageants. Many county fair queens have first been Assumption Fest or one time Assumption Homecoming queens.

Immediately following the pageants will be the third annual Mr. Assumption Fest Legs contest.

The ninth annual Pet Show is Thursday at 8:15 p.m. Dogs, cats, pigs, chickens and more, have competed in the pet show and will be vying for the title of Pet Show Queen and Pet show King.

Category prizes are given during the pet show such as best trick, best dressed like owner, best personality and more.

Applications for all contests may be picked up at the Assumption Public Library, Golden Prairie News, Freedom Oil or Caseys.

Participate in, or just stroll and see the beautiful flowers, photography and In Days Gone By Shows held at the Christian Church Thursday through Saturday.

Friday Events–

Friday starts with the tiny queen or tiny king contest on main stage at 6:00 p.m. for ages 0 to 5 years. The Ronald McDonald Magic Show is on the main stage at 7:30, followed by a meet and greet with Ronald McDonald.

There will be the solo guitar and harmonica player, Sam Lacy of Taylorville.

The local Masonic Hall will be serving a fine array of food.

The Chainsaw Chic and Dan Harding from Bears N’ Buddies carve on site and the Wood Carving Auction is at 6:30. Josh Burgener will auction beautifully made wood carved items.

Wood carving will occur during the entire Fest.  Individuals may bring wood to carve or they will provide it.

The Garden Tractor Pull is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. It will be held on the east side of the elevator on North Oak Street. The Macon Speedway Pace car will be displayed on the Fest grounds near the stage starting Friday at 6:00 p.m. and again from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Relax in the Bingo Tent. Have some fun and maybe even win. It is sponsored by Central A &M middle school.


The grand parade is at 11:00 a.m., with line-up at 10:00 at the middle school on Colegrove Avenue.

Bands, Shriners, queens, floats and more, including the Pet Show Queen and King are featured.

Grand Marshals are Brenda Lewellyn and the late Jack Lewellyn.

Parade entries are still being taken. Call Parade Chairman Angela Ohl-Marsters at 217-820-1690.

After the parade, in the Historical Society Building, local author Kevin Corley will discuss his book, “Sixteen Tons.” Autographed copies can be purchased for $15 each. Another local author, Carol Alexander, will be on hand with her book, “The Big Squeal,” the story of Abe Lincoln and the pigs at the Christian County Courthouse. She will have autographed copies of her book as well, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Also after the parade, 98.1 GRIZ-FM will do a live remote from noon to 2:00 p.m.

The thrilling Royal Twirling Academy performance is at 1:15 p.m., live in front of the main stage.

The annual good time Kiddie Tractor Pull has a new time of 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at the corner of Second and Walnut Streets.

At 1:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., see the BMX Stunt show. It is an exciting and breath taking performance of the professional athletes from Solution Action Sports from Indiana. They will perform BMX stunts, discuss bike safety and all shows set to music.  Solution Action items will be available – some to purchase and a few give aways.

At 4:30, at the Assumption Public Library meet the new Miss Illinois, Marisa Buchheit of Chicago. She was crowned at the pageant held last weekend. A greeting line will form outside the library. Inside the library, she will address the   public, sign autographs and take photos with individuals.

Fest board members are selling 50/50 raffle tickets. The drawing is Saturday at the new time of 8:30 p.m. on the main stage. Need not be present to win.

Sign up for other prizes including one of two $50 gift cards, compliments of Los Rancheros in Taylorville. There will be a drawing for four pairs of Macon Raceway tickets good for the July 5 races and other Macon Speedway items, compliments of Macon Speedway.

All winners will be drawn immediately following the 50/50, raffle Saturday on the Main Stage.

Saturday night at 7:30, live on the main stage, see Cook and Belle from Indiana. Cook and Belle bring with them a five piece band, one of them being their son, Seth, who was in the blind auditions in the 2013 season of The Voice.

They perform country, 60’s, 70‘s and 80‘s in many states for years, including New York, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. Cook and Belle s country music includes gospel favorites as well. Cook and Belle have been the opening act for many country greats including Charlie Daniels, Phil Vasser, the Grass Roots, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bently, Trace Adkins and more.

In the Beer Tent Saturday night is the popular band from Champaign, “The Feuding Hillbillys.” They perform from 9:00-12:00. Admission is $5.

For more information, contact Angela Ohl-Marsters, Assumption Fest President, 217-820-1690.