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Archives for June 2015

PHS Wall of Fame Committee Invites Nominations for 2015

Nominations for the 2015 Pana High School Wall of Fame are being accepted through Saturday, Aug. 1.

As many as five living or deceased graduates will be selected from the classes of 1886 through 1995 of Pana Township High School, Pana Senior High School/Pana High School.

This will be the 14th PHS Wall of Fame induction ceremony. It was an annual event from 1997 through 2007, then became biennial after the 2007 ceremony. The purpose is to honor those graduates who have distinguished themselves in either their occupation or in some other way. Also, they may have made large sacrifices and contributions to our community or other communities or other regions.

Those inducted in 2013 were Craig A. Castle, Class of 1955 and Karen Ann Klein Grush, Class of 1964.

The criteria for each nominee include:

• Must have graduated prior to and including 1995;

• Be a humanitarian (helps/helped people in some extraordinary way);

• Have attained a high achievement;

• Have contributed to society in a positive manner.

The PHS Wall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Panthers Den of Pana High School. It is the conclusion of homecoming weekend activities.

The following information must be provided:

– Name of PHS graduate, year graduated, whether living or deceased, address if living, phone number, if known;

– Occupation(s) and achievements, civic and professional organizations, outstanding professional and civic achievements.

Along with the nomination form, send copies of newspaper and magazine articles, awards and any other significant documentation which will strengthen the nomination. Conclude with strong reasons why you believe the person should be considered.

Deadline for nominations is Aug. 1. They should be sent to the PHS Wall of Fame Committee c/o Pana High School, 201 W. 8th St., Pana IL 62557.

Gayle McRoberts, high school principal, is coordinator. She says nominations submitted in the past which did not result in selection will be considered again this year. The nominations remain on file at Pana High School. However, those who made the previous nomination are invited to furnish more documentation to enhance the information.

The Wall of Fame Committee includes one member of each from the classes of the past decades of PHS.

Pana Fireworks Show Friday Night

The annual Pana Fireworks Show will light up the sky beginning at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 3, on the Pana Tri-County Fair fairgrounds. The show is free and open to the public.

Please note the date of the show – Friday, July 3 – is a change from years past when the fireworks were held on Independence Day, July 4.

The rain date is Sunday, July 5.

Donations are still being accepted to help finance the free show. As of today, Monday, June 29, the total is just over $4,000, about $2,800 short of the goal.

Donations can be dropped off at all financial institutions in Pana, as well at the Pana Chamber of Commerce office, downstairs at Pana City Hall, Save-A-Lot Grocery Store  and the Pana News-Palladium office in downtown Pana. Pana firemen will also accept donations during the fireworks show on Friday night.

Concessions will be available on the fairgrounds.

In addition to the fireworks show, there will be entertainment during the afternoon and evening on the stage of the fairgrounds. The show starts at 3:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Pana’s Faith in Action.

More details and a list of the perfomers appears wlsewhere in today’s newspaper.

Due to the fireworks, a portion of Fairgrounds Road will be closed during the afternoon and evening. There will be no traffic allowed on the east side of the fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road between Sixth Street and Cold Springs Road.

Likewise, there is no vehicle traffic on the east side of the fairgrounds as well on Wednesday.

Entry to the fairgrounds Wednesday evening will be at the west gate at Seventh St. and Minnesota only. Once the show is over, traffic will be allowed to exit the gate on the west side of the fairgrounds on to Fairgrounds Road.

The Fair Association will have concessions available on Wednesday night.

The fair association asks those who attend the fireworks display not to bring their own fireworks or to have any type of fires on the fairgrounds.

Local Musicians Perform Friday at Fairgrounds

Faith in Action, a local non-for-profit organization, is Faith based and reaches out to those in need of rides to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, someone may need a ramp built to better access their home and many other things within the surrounding communities of Pana, Nokomis, Ramsey, Oconee and Herrick. The goal is to help those that need assistance right here at home, at no charge.

Pana Faith in Action operates on donations made by the support of giving people who want to help those here at home. “We are thankful to those that support this ministry so FIA can be better equipped to provide services that are greatly needed in our communities,” said Rebecca Carter-Beeson, Fundraising Committee Member.   

Faith in Action hosts two large fundraisers each year in order to accumulate funds to assist people in need. 

“We are really excited this year because for the first time, we will be hosting the “4th of July Patriotic and Gospel Music Event,” at the Fairgrounds, prior to the fireworks display.  We have a great line-up from right here in our home town.  Marci Cole has been instrumental in organizing our music line-up.  She has worked with most of these musicians throughout her career with the Pana School District,” said Carter-Beeson. 

Music will begin 3:30 p.m., center stage, at the grandstand featuring Brock Schoonover, followed by Eric Jostes, John Berns, Madison Hilbert, Roofus, Ryan Nance, Whitney Hill, Kendall Scott, Josh Holland and Izzy Miller.  At 8:00 pm, following individual performances, a “jam session” will break out. This evening of fun is free to everyone.   

If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact Myra Schoonover at 217-562-6236.

Dog Days of Summer at Lake Shelbyville

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites area residents and their canine pets to join them on Saturday, July 4, for the Dog Days of Summer Dog Show.  This is the 21th annual Lake Shelbyville Dog Show and it is sure to be a dog-gone good time.

The show will be held at Coon Creek Recreation Area Amphitheater, in rural Shelbyville. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 5:00 p.m.

Dogs may be entered in the following categories: Best Trick, Best Dressed, Smallest Dog, Biggest Dog, and Most Precious Puppy. Prizes and plaques will be awarded to the winners of each category. Multiple dogs per owner are allowed, but only one dog per owner is permitted in each category. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Please remember all dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length while at the show and within any recreation area at Lake Shelbyville. The leash regulation is to protect both the dogs and the people who enjoy Lake Shelbyville. Compliance with this rule allows everyone to have a fun and safe time. Dogs must also be up to date on all of their vaccines.

For more information concerning the Dog Days of Summer Dog Show, please contact the Lake Shelbyville Interpretive Services and Outreach Department at 217-774-3951, ext. 2.

Out in Left Field: June 29, 2015

OILF-294x300Noticed a lot of brooms out around Pana today.

. . . .Any of you Cubs fans out there know why?

Just thought I’d ask.


Don’t know if any of you Cards and Cubs fans noticed what happened with my New York Mets yesterday. You Cubs fans should take note as we start a series Tuesday in New York.

Making his major league debut, Mets pitcher Steven Matz put up some pretty big offensive numbers as well as doing a fine job on the hill yesterday. After surrendering a first pitch home run, the rookie from Long Island, N. Y., cracked a two-run double in his first big league plate appearance Sunday, en route to a three-hit, four-RBI day in the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Reds.

Matz became the first player – pitcher or otherwise – in franchise history to drive home four runs in his debut, and the first Mets pitcher to do it in any game since Dwight Gooden in 1990. He was the first pitcher to have three hits in his debut since Jason Jennings did it for the Rockies in 2001.

He is the first pitcher on record (since 1914) to have three hits and four RBIs in his first Major League game, and the 11th player overall. He’s also the only pitcher with four-plus RBIs in his debut, regardless of hits.

Can’t wait to see what he does his second game. . . .


See you next week!

Obituaries: June 29, 2015

Ida Mae Stahulak Garber

Ida Mae Stahulak Garber, 94, of Pana died Friday, June 26, 2015 in Heritage Health, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

James Oller

James L. Oller, 85, of Witt, died at 10:35 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015, in his residence. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: June 29, 2015


Random thoughts:

It was proved again, over the weekend in New York with the escape of two killer convicts, and their capture (one was killed) after a 22 day period, of fleeting freedom, that as always; CRIME DOES NOT PAY!!!!!

On the international scene, why are we feeling frustrated by the fooling around in Vienna, and worrying about the nuclear dealing, by, as always shown in the past, the irrational personages of Iran, which has been shown in the past?

President Obama, in our opinion, should have called our representatives, including Secretary of State, Carey, from the Vienna nuclear talks “back home” and should have long ago!

Who’s going to be the candidates for a “shot” at being our next president?  Will it be Donald Trump, R?  He impresses FFF with his down to earth rhetoric, telling it like everyone would like to say, but don’t have the guts, including FFF.

Or could it be the very intelligent lady candidate Carly Fiorinia?



We looked at the picture here, then thought about taking it home, locked drawer, to keep the reptiles shown here, apparently sunning themselves,  in a creek bed there!

But, don’t panic folks, these reptiles, who, by nature, do add to the ecological advantage, of our countryside. But the farther away, the better, when it come to snakes and spiders, thinks FFF. Even though like these are far away, an in the the photo!  Ha!

It was given to us by Randy Black, who with his wife, Rhonda live in the rural Herrick area.

Mrs. Black is the daughter of Raymond and “Effie” Bond, formerly of the rural area, south of Pana, he is now a dining companion of FFF at Hickory Estates here in Pana.

Thought the picture not only interesting to FFF, but even frightening! HA!

But we’re happy to be a “sissy” when it comes to snakes and spiders…  Ha!  And we’re not kidding!

And we think –– we THINK!! Even after we calm down, and we look and imagine being there and FFF still gets the “willy’s”!

Randy took the photo looking from above and over a bridge railing.  We thank him for the photo!


“Fourth” is coming!!  Seems strange, being a native and resident of Pana, all our life! But, not hearing any pre-Fourth Fireworks, yet!


So Long!

Pana Blood Drive July 8

Pana Community Hospital will host a community blood drive from 1:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Walk-ins are alway welcome, but if a donor would like to make an appointment, they can call the Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or visit and use code 60036 to locate the drive.

In order to combat a seasonal decline in the rate of blood donation, CICBC is offering everyone who registers to give blood this summer a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Patriot SUV. The “Made in the USA” Jeep Patriot drawing includes all prospective donors in the CICBC service region who register to give blood at CICBC Donor Centers or mobile blood drives now through Saturday, Sept. 5 (see for complete details).

The “Made in the USA” promotion was developed to support the blood supply during the difficult summer months, when the rate of blood donation drops by about 10 to 15 percent, said Amanda Hess, Director of Donor Relations. “We are so grateful to blood donors and drive sponsors who support our mission all through the year,” said Hess. “Patients receive blood transfusions to replace blood lost in surgery or accidents, to help treat cancer, and for many other reasons that occur at the same rate all year-round. That’s why we need to make sure we maintain an adequate blood supply all summer long.”

CICBC is the supplier of blood to Pana Community Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital as well as St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

School Facilities Committee Meeting

The Facilities Committee of the Pana School Board will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, in the meeting room of the Unit Office, 14 E. Main St.

Agenda items include high school boiler, Lincoln School furnace, Tower Hill property auction, stair lifts, storage options and five-year strategic plan.

Immunization Clinic at PCH Cancelled

The Christian County Immunization Clinic at the Pana Community Hospital scheduled for Thursday, July 2, has been canceled.

Contact the Christian County Health Department at 824-4113 if you have questions.