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Warren Knoles, Project Manager, Engineering Consultant for Projects

knowlesWarren Knoles of Springfield, past senior vice-president and chief technical officer of Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, is nominated to the 2015 Pana High School Wall of Fame. Knoles is a 1966 graduate of PHS.

Along with Springfield, the headquarters, CMT has offices in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Peoria and Edwardsville; St. Louis, Missouri, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio.

He and two other nominees will be inducted in a ceremony at 2:00  p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at the PHS Panthers Den. The public is invited to attend. A reception will follow.

Presenter for Mr. Knoles will be Marsha J. Woodruff, D.D.S., his sister.

Knoles, who retired in 2012 from CMT after 35 years with the engineering consulting firm, “exemplifies professionalism, integrity, leadership and commitment to quality and innovation described one person who nominated him for the award.

Said another, “Warren has always valued education highly and he is appreciative of all of the teachers and administrators that made such a strong impact on his life, both professionally and personally.”

The son of the late Carroll and Helen Marsh Knoles, Warren was born Aug. 3, 1948 in Pana. In 1976 he married Deborah Curry. They have two children, Julie and Brian.

His great-uncle, Albert Marsh, a scientist, was named to the Wall of Fame in 1997; he was a 1897 Pana Township High School graduate.

High School

Warren excelled as a Pana High School student. During high school he was involved in such activities and organizations as Boys Major Letter Club, Young Citizens of Central Illinois, Sons of the American Revolution, and he served as president of the Student Council as a senior. (See more information beneath Knoles’ senior picture.).


Among his accomplishments with CMT, Knoles was principal in charge for Prairie Crossing, the commercial subdivision development; project manager, planning, design and inspection of Parkway Pointe retail center, and for site development for Target Greatland store, and for site master planning and development for West Side Christian Church, all in Springfield. In addition, he was project manager for University of Illinois/Capital Development Board project to reconstruct three streets, and prepare the site for a new major U of I campus building in Urbana. He also was roadway design engineer for the terminal area site development at the U of I Willard Airport.

Pana High School ‘Moon Buggy’ Team Prepares for 2016 Event


FAYTH STOUT, LEFT, and Andy Schloz, of the Pana High School Moon Buggy  team show off the team’s current rover which will be retired and used as a training vehicle.

Pana High School’s Rover Challenge Team is planning on participating in the 2016 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge race at Marshall Space and Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Pana is the only high school team from Illinois currently participating in the challenge.

Due to major rule changes, the team will focus on designing, constructing and testing technologies for a new rover to perform on different terrains. This will provide valuable experiences which will engage students in the use of science, technologies, engineering, math and concepts which will be needed in future space exploration missions.

It will be a challenge for the students in building a new rover, both  financially and creatively. The team is actively looking for sponsors to support the effort. Sponsors will be fostering the growth of future technicians and engineers.

All sponsorships would be recognized in many ways, such as, having their name on T-shirts, media outlets and a sign will be created and mounted on the buggy which will be viewed during live video streaming at the race.

For more information, contact Pana High School, 562-6600.

PHS Boys Golf Team Gets Win On Senior Day


SENIOR BOY GOLFERS of the Pana High School golf team were honored prior to play on Senior Day at Oak Terrace on Thursday, Sept. 17.

From left are seniors Webber Jacobs, Blake Ade, Cody Bland, Jim LaMarche,  Michael Blackwell and Case Hudlin.

(Cathy Jones Photo)

Both boys and girls golf teams of Pana High School hosted a match at Oak Terrace on Thursday, Sept. 17. It was Senior Day for the boys golf team.

The boys were the winners in the triangular meet. They shot a 174 with Taylorville second with a 189. Effingham St. Anthony was third with a score of 193.

Medalists were Kody Bland and Jim LaMarche who both carded 42’s.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the boys went to Girard for a meet with North Mac, Lincolnwood and Staunton. No report was available.

Girls Golf–

The Panthers girls golf team hosted Lincolnwood, Effingham St. Anthony and Taylorville at the same time.

Pana was third with a team score of 222. Lincolnwood got the win, shooting a 204. St. Anthony was second with a 206.

Monday, Sept. 21, the girls will be hosting Teutopolis, Greenville and Williamsville at Oak Terrace.

The girls traveled to Effingham to play Effingham, Robinson, and Teutopolis on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The girls did a fine job on a tough course.

Pana was second with Effingham being the top winner. Those that played were Josie Pauley, Teagan Strom, Anna Osborn, Rebecca Miller and Olivia Kamer .

The Panthers hosted a match at Oak Terrace with Hillsboro and Litchfield on Wednesday, Sept. 23. This was Senior Night for the two seniors, Rebecca Miller and Anna Osborn.

There was no report from the match.

Pana Runners At Shelbyville Cross Country

The Pana High School cross country team went to Shelbyville Tuesday, Sept. 22, for a meet with Shelbyville, Sullivan, Central A&M and Cowden-Herrick. While Pana did not compete as a team, individually, they did well, according to Coach Mark Magnussen.

Junior Claudia Magnussen was first overall for the girls with a time of 18:42. Sixth was Pana’s Natalie Kirkbride, finishing in 21:36. Lauren Merrifield placed 11th as she covered the course in 24:05.

In the boys division, junior Jacob Latonis was second with a time of 17:46. J.T. Bland, Sullivan, was first with a time of 17:41.

Michael Hrabak had a time of 19:32 for 14th place and Pat Clark was 25th, 21:05 over the 3-mile course. Brian Housh, was 28th in a time of 28:45.

The team will be at Sullivan on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 29, for their next meet.

Panthers Score 2 Late Goals To Beat Roxana Shells


MATT COPLEY OF the Pana Panthers (white jersey, center) heads the ball to a team mate during action on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Tanner Field between Pana and the Roxana Shells.

A pair of late goals in the game gave Pana a 2-1 win and boosted their South Central Conference record to 5-1.

At left are Pana’s Jake Trexler, number 7 and Jacob Latonis. To the right is Logan Dameris, number 12.

(Tom Latonis Photo)

Goals by Jake McLeod late in the second half propelled the Pana Panthers to a 2-1 victory over visiting Roxana on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Tanner Field. It was a South Central Conference game and Pana moves to 5-1 in the league and 9-2 overall.

The game was changed to Wednesday due to a conflict with the Roxana School District. It had been scheduled to be played today, Thursday, Sept. 24.

There was no scoring in the first half and the Shells drew first blood 10 minutes into the second half. Landon Godar launched a shot from about 25 yards out which sailed over the outstretched arms of Pana goalie Jack Epley as the ball floated just under the goal crossbar.

It almost looked like the goal would stand up, but with 8:11 left in the game, McLeod got the equalizer as a tipped ball came to him just outside the goal mouth and he punched it into the net.

With time running out, McLeod got the game-winner off a pass from Tristan Wooldridge. As he was falling to the ground, an out-stretched McLeod got his right foot on the ball and guided it past goalie Brenden Jones with 1:19 left in the game.

Pana did get 19 shots on goal and Jones had 7 saves. Meanwhile, Epley saved 6 shots, facing 13 Roxana shots on goal.

Vs. North Mac–

The goals came rather infrequently, but Pana managed to shut-out the North Mac Panthers at Tanner Park on Monday, Sept. 21, 3-0.

Actually, the first goal of the game came rather early, just a minute-and-a-half into it. Jake McLeod, unassisted, scored with 38:26, left in the first half, almost before spectators got their popcorn and drink and settled into their seats.

The half would end with that score, and it wouldn’t be until the 33:11 mark of the second half before McLeod made it 2-0. He scored off an indirect free kick by junior Jacob Latonis with 33:11 left in the game.

Senior Rhett Zahradka got an insurance goal at the 2:49 mark as he hit the back of the net from about 22 yards out to make the final, 3-0.

The Panthers had 35 shots on goal and their keeper made 14 saves. Jack Epley of the Panthers faced 10 shots with 4 saves to his credit. This is his fourth shut-out of the season.

It’s a rough stretch of the schedule for Pana as they have 3 games in 4 days, but the good news is 2 of them are at home. Saturday, Sept. 26, Pana will play host to non-conference opponent Effingham St. Anthony. Kick-off is at 11:00 a.m. On Monday, Sept. 28, the Panthers will be at Taylorville for the “Battle of Route 29.” The game will start at 4:30 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Pana will entertain conference foe Hillsboro in a contest set for 4:30 p.m.

Junior High Girls Basketball

The 2015 Pana Junior High School basketball teams begun their season Friday night, Sept. 18, in the Pana Junior High School gym. The eighth grade was a 34-20 winner. There was no score from the seventh grade game.

Pana led, 7-4 after the first quarter, then pulled ahead, 19-8 at halftime.Pana out-scored the visitors 15-12 in the second half.

There were no individual scoring statistics reported.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the girls will be in Blue Mound for games with Meridian.

Out in Left Field: September 24, 2015

OILF-294x300Sad news Wednesday as the news of the death of long-time New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra died. While I never got to see him in his prime, I do remember the stories which my dad would tell about the stout little catcher from “The Hill”in St. Louis.

Who could imagine – two great baseball prospects – Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra and Joe Garagiola both grew up in this venerable St. Louis neighborhood. Hard to believe the Cardinals thought Garagiola was a better prospect than Berra when they started out.

I had a deep respect for Berra, but not for just his talents as a player. He also closely resembled my three Italian uncles – Robert “Nick” (Hoot), Julio and Orlando “Bucky” Viola – three brothers who served in the military during World War II, all at the same time, all three in Europe. In fact, Uncle Nick served in the “Battle of the Bulge.”

Anyway, I don’t think there was ever a better catcher in the Major Leagues. At least in my mind, the closest to Berra would have been Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds of the 1970’s. But Bench never got 10 World Series titles with his team!

I remember him as the manager of my New York Mets during my high school days and the great memories of the 1973 Fall Classic against the Oakland A’s. Was my first fall away from home at SIU-C, but Yogi and the Mets were the “homesick pill” I needed, even though they didn’t win the series. . . . But they did take it to seven games.

But one of the most unusual things ever – I read Yogi’s autobiography many years ago. Wonderful story, but – all the time I was reading it, I heard Yogi’s voice, like he was reading it to me. And I can assure you, this was no book on tape!

Another weird note – same thing happened when I read Bill Clinton’s autobiography! Wow!

Anyway, to borrow one of his many “Yogi-isms,” “It ain’t over until it’s over. . . .”

You’re right, Yogi. While you may no longer be with us in the flesh and some may think, “it’s over,” you’ll always be a bright star in the memories of millions of fans.

Hope you and your beloved Carmen enjoy a cannoli at a sidewalk cafe in Heaven.


I’m sure it’s his preferred newspaper to read when he is visiting our country, so, You Holiness, Pope Francis, welcome to the United States!

Hope you have a great time while here and we pray for the success of your mission!

From local news sources, it appears our Springfield Diocese will be well represented on the East Coast. Fr. Dan Willenborg of neighboring Nokomis Parish will be in the audience on the lawn of the Capitol, courtesy of Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

Hope to get a report from the good Father when he returns.


Jumping all over the place with this column. . .

I’m becoming a little concerned over the numerous commercials about these fantasy football leagues and the gambling which it is perpetuating.

I know, according to the “experts,” it’s not gambling because you create a “pretend team” and you’re are not “betting” on the outcome of a particular game. Sorry – but where I come from, when you “put some money down” on a certain athlete or athletic event, you are betting on it. If you want to look at it as a group of individuals, in my mind, you are selecting several individuals – a team, so to speak – and you are wagering your picks will beat the other guy’s picks.

I don’t think you get your money back if your “group of individuals” doesn’t win. So, in all the sense of the word, you are gambling! These company’s brag about giving away millions of dollars – even billions – to winners.

Like my dad always told me, “Son, they didn’t build those big casinos in Las Vegas by giving away money.”


Okay – that’s it for today. . . .


See you next week!

Obituaries: September 24, 2015

‘Peach’ Coleman Furness

Beverly “Peach” Coleman Furness, 60, of Moweaqua, formerly of Pana, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 in her home. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Rita Dial

Rita Dial, 68, of Assumption, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Margaret Korbar

Margaret Korbar, 95, of Witt, died at 1:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, in Hillsboro Area Hospital.Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Mundell Kehrkamp

Nancy Mundell Lehrkamp, 68, Tucson, Ariz., a native of Pana, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, in Tucson.

Patricia Van Winkle Pease

Patricia Van Winkle Pease, 65, of Galesburg, formerly of Tower Hill, died at 12:25 a.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 in the Marigold Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Galesburg. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Fact, Fun & Fillips: September 24, 2015


Hi. . . . . . . .

It is a beautiful day, Wednesday, Sept. 23, the first day of Autumn!


Going to take advantage of it.

Leaving Pana, “The City of Roses” and going for a ride north, for medical reasons to Decatur, the “Soybean Capital of the World”!

FFF asks that in the meantime you take care of not “Waters world”, but “FFF’s world”, dear old Pana, and possibly to be in the not too distant future, “Trump’s World”; heh, heh!

And if that doesn’t get some people agitated or riled, well up, we’ll try again! Ha!

Don’t give up on us! Ha!

We should be back later today.


Today ‘s Thursday – “N-P Day”, Pardon FFF – but, the “old man” thought yesterday was Thursday – and he had to get the column out early before leaving.

FFF did, but we misplaced a day.  Therefore, this part is being written today, Thursday, Sept. 24.

We did make our trip to Decatur. Visited a “skin man”, a real doctor, Dr. Lee of The Lee Institute of Skin and Laser, who removed 2 growths, one a mole on the left side of our cranium (didn’t really think anything was alive and growing up there! And it’s doesn’t anymore!! Not even hair!) And a patch of questionable origin on our chin. Reports on tissue back in a couple of weeks.


To Pana Panther gridders all, and especially young Mr. Rhett Zahradka, both your Dad, Mom and “Grandma Z” up “there” and especially the “Admiral” and Jerrie are proud of you and the rest of the Pana Panthers footballers FFF knows. Keep it up! – From one of your biggest Pana fans of all, FFF.  Four and Zip – Fantastic! Panthers play Piasa on Friday night – there!


Also! Don’t forget that Friday, October 2nd the Pana Chamber of Commerce will have it’s 11th annual golf outing at the Pana Country Club. It’s a 4 person, 18 hole scramble with a shotgun tee at 1:00 p.m.


So Long!

Donation To CMC Presented

CMC Donation

FIRST UNITED METHODIST Church recently made a donation to the Community Mission Center in Pana.

Steve Neece, Administrative Board Chairman, right, presented the check to CMC board members, Peggy Heaton, left and Linda Dunseth, center. Not pictured is Dave Slater, FUMC Finance Committee Chairman.

The donation is for the purchase and remodeling of a new center, located at 133 South Locust Street in Pana.  The Community Mission Center provides clothing, furniture, household goods and personal hygiene items to those in need in Pana and surrounding communities.

It continues to operate at the 34 South Locust location on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Monetary contributions may be made to Community Mission Center, P.O. Box 75, Pana, Il  62557.