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Archives for July 2014

Tent Revival Planned This Week


PASTORS DON PEASE and Daniel Nolen invite everyone to the tent revival to be held on the old Pana Junior High School grounds, the future home of Pana’s Hopewell Baptist Church.

It will be held Wednesday through Friday,  July 23-25, at 7:00 p.m. each evening. The revival will be conducted by Evangelist Jon Groves whose family travels throughout the nation preaching revivals and conducting music.

The tent was supplied by Kaskaskia Southern Baptist Association and erected Saturday, July 19, by Hopewell church members.

Those helping on Saturday were, from left, Pastor Daniel Nolen, Jim Voudrie, Richard Dodson, Kaitlyn Nolen, Lillian Voudrie, Alex Norris, Jeff & Terri Nolen, Ronnie Donoho, Larry Dodd, Emil Nattier, Doug Lawyler, Lois Dodson, Jim Allen, Jim Lawyer and Pastor Don Pease.


Pana Police Introduces Newest Department Member


THE NEWEST MEMBER of the Pana Police Department, “Brahm,” relaxes in front of the vehicle designed especially for K-9 police dogs. Brahm and his teammate, Pana Police Officer and K-9 Handler Jeremy Cox, left, finished their training in Indiana earlier this month and are now on duty in Pana.

The music and lullabies of Johannes Brahms may be of comfort to many classical music listeners, but another “Brahm,” the newest member of the Pana Police Department, will be anything but music to the criminal ear.

This past Wednesday, July 16, Brahm and his K-9 handler, Pana Police officer Jeremy Cox, 38, began patrolling Pana streets.

Pana Police Chief Daniel Bland said the pair underwent 6 weeks of training at the nationally certified Vohn-Liche Academy in Indiana on June 2. The 240-hour course concluded on July 11 with their graduation and certification.

Brahm began his duty just a day after his second birthday – July 15, 2012. He is a Belgium Malinois which somewhat resembles a German Shepherd.

Chief Bland says Brahm is a “dual purpose” K-9 and will work with finding narcotics, tracking and criminal apprehension.

In fact, Bland said on his first duty night, Brahm assisted the police department in the successful recovery of contraband.

Brahm will also be available to assist other local police agencies in the area when needed according to Chief Bland.

“I just hope we don’t wear him out to soon,” Bland said.


Rosebud Cafe Holds Grand Opening; New Ownership

THE NEW OWNERSHIP of Rosebud Cafe in Pana held a ribbon cutting/grand opening on Thursday, July 17.

The cafe offered free pancakes as part of their grand opening celebration.

At the ribbon cutting, sponsored by the Pana Chamber of Commerce, were, in front, left, Janet Blue, Executive Secretary of the Chamber and new owners Vi and Ken Ademi, right.

Second row, Kim Rodgers, Pana Community Hospital, Vice President of the Chamber; Jennie Jones, Chamber Director; Angie Miller, Maryann O’Rourke-Marshall and Joanie Jones, Peoples Bank and Trust.

In back, Matt Beavers, First National Bank of Pana; Bob Smith, Grissom-Schmitz Realty, Chamber President; Tim Christer, Save-A-Lot, Chamber Director and George Heintz, Chamber Director, and Kristie Harden, Peoples Bank and Trust.

Fall Sports Handbook Meetings

Times and dates for Pana High School and Pana Junior High School Athletic Handbook meetings for student-athletes have been announced. All of the meetings will be held in the Panthers Den of Pana High School.

The first meeting is Thursday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. The second meeting is at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3 and the final meeting is Sunday, Aug. 10, also at 5:00 p.m.

Any student-athlete interested in playing an IESA or IHSA sport must attend one meeting with a parent. The athlete also must have a current physical on record before they can practice.

Practice Begins–

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has set the following first day of practice schedule for the following sports:

Football: Monday, Aug. 11;

Boys/Girls Golf: Wednesday, Aug. 13;

Volleyball: Wednesday, Aug. 13;

Soccer: Wednesday, Aug. 13.

For Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) sports, the first day of fall practice for girls basketball is Tuesday, Sept. 2.


Country Club Ladies Golf

Monday, July 14

Championship Flight: Connie Pinkston, 39; Amanda Bowker, 42 low, net 33.

A-Flight: Trina Casner, 48; Georgia Culumber, 49.

B-Flight: Sarah Stupek, 53; Janet Koons, 54.

C-Flight: Sue Koons, 55; Lisa Eden, 56.

Wednesday, July 16

Game of the Day, most 5’s & 6’s: Alice Burris, most 5’s; Tera Stremming, most 6’s; Mitzi Stepping, low gross 43 and low net 31.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: July 21, 2014


Time flies, they come and they go!  But, there are always people you will never forget!    Or for that matter you do not want to!

It is in this spirit that FFF presents three gentlemen of the priesthood who, this year, have reached 50 years in service of the organization of the Jesuits.

They are pictured below – Father Donald Cunningham, who served Pana’s St. Patrick Parish in his priestly capacity as pastor.

FFF remembers Father Cunningham was on loan from the Jesuits for family reasons and the failing health of his mother.  He still has relatives in the area.  He was succeded by Father Don J. Roberts, Father William Kessler, then by Father Rodney Schwartz, who is the present priest to our Parish.  Father Schwartz is a Secular Diocesan priest.

Father Daly and Father Koesterer, pictured below, we met on trips to the St. Louis White House.  We recall all three as members of the White House Retreat Center staff.


Donald Cunningham, 81, has had broad experience in Jesuit ministries including teaching, counseling, chaplaincy, pastoral and retreat work and academic and administrative work at Loyola University-Chicago, Saint Louis University and other higher-education institutions.


Denis Daly, 84, is the former long-time director of the Sacred Heart Radio Program and director of White House Retreat. He also has held several positions at Saint Louis University, including in admissions, mission and ministry, and development, where he has been an assistant vice president of development since 2001.


David Koesterer, 85, taught English, German and French at the two Jesuit high schools in St. Louis and studied music at Washington University and Ball State University. He worked in parishes in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Missouri, and lead retreats at White House Retreat center in St. Louis.  He is a pastoral minister at Jesuit Hall.


Congratulations to all – and especially Father Cunningham, who, in promoting God’s business here in the City of Roses, assisted wife Doris’ coming from a staunch Rosamond Presbyterian background to convert to the Roman Catholic faith our children, Beth, Cindy and Trish, were reared in.

And Father Cunningham has always been among our favorite clergymen!

We should add, there have been many over the years and they are of all faiths!

And we started to remember, so you the readers of FFF would know we are not “blowing smoke,” – suddenly thought of others who were also favorites, but among the many is one who stands out in mind, the Rev. Cecil Covey, pastor of the Pana Free Methodist congregation, out on the corner of Fourth and Clark, with his booming anf friendly voice.

He and Mrs. Covey had a daughter, Mary, who went into nursing and who still lives in Springfield.  Mary still keeps in touch with her classmates and is a few of years younger than FFF.

The family, the Reverend, Mrs. Covey and Mary, occupied the manse next to 208 S. Clark during FFF’s high school days.

We can still hear the Rev. Mr. Covey and his booming voice through the screens as we lay on our bed on an early summer morning, he would greet FFF’s mom with – “Hello Della!”

Other names of various clergy that come to ones mind the Revs. Kuehnert, Swantner, Pease, Busby, and so many more!


Nobody asked us but we are anxious to tell them, and all who will listen and remember – our prayers and feelings are with the country of Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a formidable, lifelong defender of his country of 7.9 million, as they sit alone amidst the Muslim states.  Some of which have declared their intent of erasing the Jewish population and their nation.

We happen to think that the nation of Israel is one of our only few friends in that part of the world or so it seems.

If any one misenturpits our feelings – they are simply this –

We would stand any time, any place, with the people of the brave nation of Isreal.

If in modern times, if ever a people, that we’ve known, has been subjected to more diobolic persecution, by Hilter and his henchmen, and now by the madness that seems to be going on in that area, and threatening to overtake all, we cannot recall.

We think, and say to the rest of the world, and those reading the “little Pana News-Palladium!”:

It’s time America, that our leadership inserts itself at the head of those it commands nd for all to see and hear!

Does anyone in these positions of power realize that each and every day that we falter to register support, in our opinion, and the lower we drop in the estimation of the worlds population.


So Long!


Anniversaries: July 21, 2014


50th Wedding Anniversary

Jerry and Elsie Hall of Tower Hill will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at the Pana Elks Lodge.

The Halls were married  July 25, 1964 at the Pana Christian Church by Pastor Jack Busby.  Their attendants were Jim Harbert of Pana and Joann Black of Herrick.  Jerry is the son of the late Clyde and Martha Hedrick Hall. He is retired after spending over 40 years working in local grocery stores including Eisner Foods, Big “D” Warehouse Foods, Johnston’s Supermarket and Niemann Foods.

Elsie is the daughter of the late Vern and Mary Weekly and V. Pauline “Peg” Enloe Ruess.  She was a stay-at-home mom but also spent time working in several factories including P.R. Mallory, GE, International Paper and Grigoleit Company.

The couple also owned and operated the Rosebud Cafe in 1976 and the Rackwagon Cafe in 1992-1993.

They are the parents of Steve Hall (Amy) of Oconee, Jolene Hall of Pana and Laura Cox of Assumption.  They are also the foster parents of Charles “Randy” Reed of Pana and the late Jerry Hutchinson of Jefferson City, MO.  Their grandchildren are Bradley Bennett, Halen Fleet, Michael Ettling, Chelsey Swisher Crow, Breanne Hall and Hadlie Wessel.

Cards can be sent to 857 East 1475 North Road, Tower Hill, IL 62571.

Oconee Lions Club Annual Pork Chop Supper

The Oconee Lions Club will hold its annual Pork Chop and Sweet Corn Supper on Thursday, July 24, in the Oconee American Legion Hall. Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

It is an all-you-can-eat event.

Meal donation is $8 for one chop or two chops for $10. Ages 3-9 eat for $6.

The public is invited to attend. Proceeds benefit Lions projects in Oconee.

Card Shower For Helen Brand

Helen Brand of Pana will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Thursday, July 31.

A card shower has been planned in her honor to help her celebrate this milestone.

Cards can be sent to her in care of Hilton Plumbing, 103 W. Second, Pana, IL 62557, by July 25. All cards will be collected and given to her at a birthday celebration on Sunday, July 27.


Back To School Bash Aug. 16 In Kitchell Park

Plans are being made for the third annual community wide “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 16, in Kitchell Park. School supplies will be handed out to children in need of assistance from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Games and snacks will be provided for all. Police officers will be on hand to help with fingerprinting children. A parent or guardian must be present the day of the event or children will not be able to participate.

Donation canisters and school supply drop boxes will be available at the Pana News-Palladium office, community Mission Center and other local businesses. All monetary donations are tax deductible.

All businesses, churches, groups, organizations and individuals are welcome and encouraged to help with this event. Planning meetings are held each Thursday evening at 5:30  in Beacon of Hope Free Methodist Church at the corner of Fourth and Clark Sts. in Pana.

Those interested in providing an activity or game or working the day of the event but are unable to attend the planning meeting, please contact Annette McNeil at the Community Mission Center, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Or, contact Dawn Elder, 565-2120 for more information.