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Archives for December 2014

On To Sectional – St. Pat’s Defeats Mt. Olive For Regional Championship


SACRED HEART SCHOOL in Pana are the IESA Class 8-1A Pocahontas Regional champs after defeating Mt. Olive, 49-35, on Thursday, Dec. 4. They will play in the Sectional game on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Tower Hill gym for the right to advance to the state tournament on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Clinton.

Member of the team are, in front from left, Lizzie Epley, Hannah LeDuc, Jeannine Swenny and Olive Decker.

In back, Coach Jeff Holland, Abby Copley, Kaylee Holland, Shania Schoonover, Emily Kuhn, Josie Pauley and Coach Jeff Copley.

After a close first quarter where Pana Sacred Heart and Mt. Olive were tied, 10-10, St. Pat’s went on an 18-5 run in the second quarter and posted a 49-35 regional championship win on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Pocahontas in the IESA Class 8-1A Regional.

St. Pat’s advances to the Sectional game on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Tower Hill gym at  6:30 p.m. to face Sigel St. Michael, a 29-26 winner over Effingham Sacred Heart on Friday, Dec. 5.

Shania Schoonover was on fire, pouring in 22 points. She had a 3-pointer and was 3-of-8 at the free throw line. Kaylee Holland scored 15 points with a 3-pointer and Abby Copley added 8 points. Lizzie Epley and Emily Kuhn each scored 2 points apiece.

At halftime, St. Pat’s had a 28-15 lead and expanded it to 41-25 at the end of the third quarter.

St. Pat’s is 19-1 entering Wednesday’s sectional contest.

Methodist Church Youth Sponsoring Breakfast With Santa This Saturday


FIRST UNITED METHODIST Church youth group is sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the church from 8:00  to 11:00 a.m.  Breakfast will feature pancakes and sausage followed by a photo with Jolly Ole Saint Nick!  Each child will receive a photo and special frame for the keepsake.  The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 years old are free.

Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a great breakfast-even if you don’t want to sit on Santa’s lap!  Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the church youth group.

Pictured  are some of the members of the junior and senior high youth group of Pana First.  They are holding presents that they purchased and wrapped for needy children in the Pana community.

Seated in front Mykaela Elder and Tristan Wooldridge.  Standing:  Brevin Blackwell, Caleb Rybolt, Anna Osborn, Chayli Blackwell, Emma Dorn, Wyatt Cloe, Natalie Kirkbride and Will Kirkbride.

Rev. Lawrence E. Gibson Dies; Services Thursday


Rev. Lawrence E. Gibson, 91, of Pana, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.  He was born December 23, 1922 in Ramsey, the son of Jesse and Ida Mae Patton Gibson.

He graduated from Pana Township High School before serving in the U.S. Army, where he was a sergeant in Germany during the Korean conflict.  After returning home from the Army, Rev. Gibson married his long time sweetheart, Maxine Allen.  Rev. Eva Hunt married the couple on Dec. 8, 1955.  They made their home in Pana, where he had lived his whole life. 

Rev. Gibson started going to the Full Gospel Church of Pana, now called the First United Pentecostal Church, when he was in his early 20’s. Rev. Gibson became the church’s secretary, treasurer, and long-time song leader.  He worked all his life in heavy and highway construction work, with J.J. Borders Construction Company of Pana.  He was a life-long member of the Cement Masons Local.  He retired from J.J. Borders at age 65.  Shortly after, he took over as caretaker of the “Potter’s Field” Cemetery, which is now Twin Pines Cemetery.  A lot of hard work and many long hours were put into getting the cemetery where it is today.     

Rev. Gibson received his Doctor of Divinity in 1992 and his ordination was held in East St. Louis.  He was the pastor of the First General Baptist Church of Pana for 35 years.  He was a long-time Sunday school teacher and served on the board for the Church Association.  Rev. Gibson retired from the church on June 24, 2012.

In addition, he had served as chaplain for the Hawthorne Lodge (Prairie Rose) Nursing Home, Pana V.F.W. Post, Pana Community Hospital, Pana Eagles Lodge, and Moweaqua Nursing Home, where he also taught Bible study every Wednesday.  He was also one of the first board members of the Pana Food Pantry, and served as Pana Township Supervisor for 4 years.

Rev. Gibson was a life member of the Pana Eagles, Pana V.F.W., Pana Sportsman’s Club, and Team Gibson Hunting.  He, Maxine, and Billy Joe had also attended the baseball spring training camp in Florida for several years.  He was the Grand Marshal of the Pana Labor Day Parade in 2000.  He also planted 80 plus different tomato plants each year and made available to grocery stores, nursing homes, and general public.

He is survived by children: Larry Gibson, Pana; Don Allen and wife Marsha, Pana; Chuck Owens and wife Judy, Taylorville, IL; Dixie Fox and husband Jerry, Grand Chain, IL; Shirley Ruot, Apache Junction, AZ; Pat Lash and husband Sonny, Memphis, MO; and Billy Joe Gibson, Pana.  He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and several step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife on Aug. 26, 2009; daughter, Beverly Hayes; son, Brian Gibson; grandson, William Ross McMillen; brothers: Joe Gibson and Chuck Gibson.

Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 17 N. State St., Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60602-3315.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Robert Russell officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana with graveside military rites by Pana Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

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Lucy Kennedy Singing at IESA Championship

Lucy Kennedy, daughter of David and Tracy Kennedy, of Pana and a student at Pana Junior High School, has been selected to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Illinois Elementary School Association’s (IESA) Seventh Grade Girls State Basketball Championship Game on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Central A & M Junior High School, Assumption, is the host school for the Class 7-1A State Tournament. She will sing at 6:00 p.m., just before the state third place game.

With assistance from Jessica Miller, a CD of Lucy singing the National Anthem was submitted to the IESA selection committee. Not only was she selected to sing at this IESA state function, but she will also be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an IESA Girls State Volleyball game in March of 2015 in Decatur.

Lucy is often heard singing the Naitonal Anthem at the PJHS home games, too. She is a member of the PJHS Chorus and enjoys sharing her love of singing.

Anyone Remember These Bowlers?


THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY Historical Society recently came upon this picture from 1961-1962.

The only identification on the photo was, “Aunt Edna’s Bowling Team.”

Anyone who might know the identity of these bowlers may contact the Pana News-Palladium, 562-2111.

Obituaries: December 8, 2014

Robert Anderson

Robert H. Anderson, 76, Nokomis, died at 11:35 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. Sutton Funeral Home, Nokomis, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Fact, Fun & Fillips: December 8, 2014


Remember where you were Sunday, December 7, 1941??

FFF does!

Sitting in a big old, plain wooden rocking chair, near the big ol’ “Warm Morning” coal heating stove at the back end of the O.D. and Ida Hedrick Home Cash Grocery at 411 South Clark Street, here in Pana.   They uncle and aunt. She my mother’s sister and former Assumption jewelry store owners.  NO!  Don’t run away!!  This is going to be a short FFF today, perhaps “fairly” short.  It’s kind of hard to get FFF alias TJP, whichever you prefer, to stop writing on his favorite subjects. And the store, owned, the building by my father, T. J. and the grocery stock portion, owned by the Hedricks, always played a part of the South Clark part of the west end of town we’ve loved so much. It played a major part in our growing up, surrounded here and in the Pana rural areas by loving relatives!

My uncle “O.D.”, never Otto or Darrel, as the initials stood for, also fit glasses and repaired watches. He was a neighborhood optometrist, watchmaker and grocer.

With all the client activity for both ends of the business, most interesting to a nine year old boy, curled up in the rocker next to the “Warm Morning” on a cold winter Sunday morning.

The radio was playing, and suddenly programming stopped and a young Pana youngster was startled to hear a far off place, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor was being attacked from the air by planes, carrying the emblem of the “Rising Sun” as identification, which was to be come so familiar in months following!

The Sunday and the world were changed forever!

War with the Imperial Japanese nation was declared the next day by President Franklin D Roosevelt, declaring it a “A day of infamy”.


It’s a busy place here today, Monday at the N-P, word just being that on returning from a trip to Shelbyville for dialysis, our daughter Cindy had fallen at home, necessitating a trip to Pana Community Hospital.

She is apparently doing OK according to a report from editor and son-in-law, Tom Latonis.


No war and organized bombing going on yesterday in America — outside recovery from looting, but unrest still in Ferguson, MO, and New York City  following the incident of a man who died from an incident with police, while trying to be taken into custody concerning alleged illegal sales of cigarettes on a street of that city.


Things that happened then and what is happening now in the world lead us to think that all of us are in trouble!!!

Urgent. . . . . .  your prayers are needed in this Christmastide.

This brings to mind — an old adage . . . . .  “No rest for the wicked!”

Next question, does that mean, for FFF, you or for all of us world-wide?

If so, maybe better spend some time in our respective churches and on our knees this Christmastide



Miss you as this Christmas season is upon us, John Oller, “Bard of Bear Creek Road, who was a consistent provider of whimsical, educational and inspirational words to be reproduced in this column, and a dear friend!

John is shown here with granddaughter Joni Etichison, standing on the Schuyler Bridge at  Kitchell Park the time, both marking his and its 100th birthdays, John and the bridge, not Joni, who is a veteran  N-P staff member was accompanying him.  The photo was made in 2010; the bridge constructed in 1910!


So Long!

Upcoming School Christmas Concerts

The Lincoln Elementary, Junior High and High School band and chorus will be celebrating the Christmas holiday with a concert at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, in the high school gym.

All are welcome to attend.

Washington Elementary School will have their Christmas concert at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the high school gym.

Kindergarten, first and second graders will be performing.


In the account of the Dec. 2 Herrick Village Board meeting, it was erroneously stated that Debbie Allen had been involved in checking holiday lights. She informed the PN-P that instead, she had complained that the Christmas lights were not activated. Mrs. Allen also is not on the town’s park committee, as was stated in error.

The strings of lights, instead, had been checked by Missy Carlisle, a trustee, and Marilyn Bruns, water clerk, due to some of them not being in working order.

Anniversaries: December 8, 2014


64th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boltz, 206 Hayes Ave., Pana, will be celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

An open house is planned from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Pana Senior Center, 188 US Hwy. 51.

Mr. Boltz and the former LaVonne Sinclair were married Dec. 23, 1950 at the bride’s parent’s home in Hoopeston.

Parents of the couple are the late Guy and Marie Sinclair and the late Albert and Inez Boltz.

Richard is retired from Ameren and LaVonne is a housewife.

Their children are Cathy Allsop of Monticello, Rick Boltz, Shelbyville, Greg Boltz, Tower Hill, Shelly Reatherford, Pana and Tim Boltz, Springfield. They have 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.