Blood Drive Wednesday

A Pana community blood drive will be held in the Pana First United Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell Street; 1:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Call the blood center to sign up toll free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.

CICBC is the provider of life-saving blood for 15 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Pana Community Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital.

Seniors Warned About Grandchildren Scam

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is reminding area senior citizens about a financial exploitation scam which focuses on grandparents. These scams are a growing problem throughout the United States and in Christian County.

Recently, an area resident was a victim of a scam and lost approximately $6,500. The victim received a call from an individual who pretended to be a police officer and told the victim their grandson had been arrested and needed bond money. The victim was instructed to purchase Green DOT Money cards and later the officer called the victim again to obtain the code number for the money orders.

Another grandparent in our area was also contacted concerning the same situation as described above, but thanks to an alert employee of Walgreens in Taylorville, the scam was averted.

Sheriff Kettelkamp is asking all retail stores who sell money order to senior citizens to check with other family members before selling the money order to the seniors.

Charlie Weers To Celebrate 90th Birthday


Charles D. “Charlie” Weers of Pana will mark his 90th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 16, in Oak Street Station-Pana History Museum, 38 Oak St. in Pana. The open house is from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend the celebration.

He was born Nov. 16, 1924, the son of Henry and Emmer Hoover Weers. He married the late Aida “Dolly” Fiore Weers on Dec. 5, 1948. They are the parents of a daughter, Elizabeth (Steven) Jackson, Decatur. They have a grandson, Keith William Redman, Perry, Okla.. and two great-grandchildren, Alexander Dean Redman and Jonathan William Redman, Decatur.

Retired from Caterpillar, Charlie has been active recently as the president of the Pana Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry Board and has worked with the Food Pantry for many years.

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DYLAN BROWN was first place winner in the Oct. 30 Halloween Parade, in Kitchell Park.

He was the only entry in that category.

(Millie Meyerholz Photo)

Brothers Collect Donations For Loving Arms Center


LOGAN, CAMERON AND Tysen Goatley continued a tradition of raising money for the Loving Arms Pregnancy Center in Taylorville. They walked about the community on Saturday, Sept. 27, and collected $2,100.

Logan has been doing the collection for several years and his brothers joined him this year.

Linda Dressen, of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, right, presented the boys with a check for $100 from the sorority.

The boys are the children of Aimee and Keith Goatley and the grandsons of Ron and Peggy Christer and Wilbur and Peg Goatley.

Pana Lincoln School Honor Roll

Lincoln Elementary School announces its first quarter honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year:

Third Grade

Exceptional Honor: Riley Beard, Chloe Bland, Ethan Carnahan, McKayla Casner, Katie Christer, Leah Christman, Tyson Clements, Owen Combs, Bailey Evrley, Delayni Jones, Ryan Karbach, Griffin Kimbrel, Andie Koontz, Anna Macari, Claire Osborn, Cierra Patnode, Simon Rickett, Logan Sims, Marissa Sisk, Laney Wafford, Noah Weeden, Zoie Wemple, Clayton Worker.

High Honor: Addison Bailey, Lexus Brilley, Dalton Cole, Devin Coleman, Faith Cothern, Nash Denton, Ethan Hicks, Trevor Lebon, Tayla Rhodes, Mya Smith, Kyle Spinner, Jessica Vaughn, Rylen Warren.

Honor: Lauren Ade, Hayleigh Chronister, Alyssa Cothern, Ryan Cothern, Cole File, Brandon Lehman, Elijah Lindsay, Lillian Simpson, Kaleb Walker.

Honorable Mention: Kilbourne Brookshire, Emmaleth Keathley, Samuel Lehr, Megan Scoles.

Fourth Grade

Exceptional Honor: Aryn Alde, Olivia Anderson, Chloe Ashcraft, Legacy Ballew, Emily Bock, Brant Bowker, Mason Clardy, Camren Cook, Bethany Cothern, Gabriella Cutler, Khloe Cyrus, Noah Ellsworth, Grace Gordon, Siara Hammond, Bo Hilbert, Faith Horton, Bayle Jewsbury, Elizabeth Kime, Myranda Kloever, Carter Manuel, Hayleigh Manuel, Karsen Manuel, Kayla Moore, Heaven Nichols Green, Kasandra Nicol, Aubrea Rhodes, Sierra Richards, Alexis Star, Alexis Strohl, Tessa Strom, James Welburn.

High Honor: Ace Armstrong, Madison Clark, Dylan Cloe, Hailey Durham, Macey Ermovick, Jaida Golden, Zoey Herbord, Stanley Holshouser, Donnor McGlauchlen, Paige Morrell, McKea Rhoades, William Rutherford, Bryce Schoonover, Virgil Shallenbarger.

Honor: Haliegh Brown, Kayden Buerk, Raven Clements, Briahna Edwards, Alton Foster, Branaya Frederick, Journie Jones, Brock Kircher, John Miller, Paige Moss, Damion Pizzo, BreAnna Stalets, Isaac Wafford, Alexandra Welburn, Jadyn Woolard.

Honorable Mention: Noah Bray, Kyle Collins, Brian Durbin, Carson Kaiser, George Kennedy, Jordan Morgason, Logan Temmen, Montgomery Weddle, Kaitlyn Weed, Lanaea Woods, Lindsay Yates.

Fifth Grade

Exceptional Honor: Trevor Baker, Jadyn Bearup, Jacob Chaurero, Benjamin Chesterman, Jessie Clardy, Malachi Cox, Kirsten Cravens, Grace Fitzpatrick, Grace Harmston, Lainey Hicks, Sierra Hocq, Jaidyn Julius, Austin Karbach, Charnyl McFarland, Sallie Miller, Kaitlyn Mizeur, Kadan Moon, Alexis Nicol, Kadence Perry, Lauren Phillips, Jaxon Rhoades, Ian Rickett, Aislyn Roe, Elizabeth Schafer, Chase Sewell, Sophia Wade, Kassie Weideman.

High Honor: Carli Bonn, Izabella Brown, Bryson Fellows, Gage Fitzgerald, Kylie Hendrickson, Matthew Hendrickson, Corbin Moore, Daniella Ricohermoso, Hayley Rosenberger, Hunter Sarver, Jasey Shanholtzer, Kaylee Sisk, Dawson Ward.

Honor: Camryn Adams, Drake Bland, Madison Eilers, Tysen Goatley, Jory Hays, Carter Hocq, Lauren Kiser, Jacob LaBrie, Grant Lynch, Owen McKenna, Donald Miller, Hayden Roeder, Leonna Smith, Connor Taylor, Aaron Waterman, Asa Weekly, Haley Whitlatch.

Honorable Mention: Cody Carrell, Thessa Carter, Canyon Dickey, Kaleb Kay, Allison Murray, Carlee Radford, Quentin Toney, Logan Weaver.

Washington School Holds ‘Pennies For the Cause’ for United Way

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DURING THE FIRST part of October, students in Washington Elementary School collected “Pennies for the Cause,” for United Way of Christian County.

Students showed every penny counts as they raised $805.20 for United Way. A representative of each classroom at the school presented the check to Carol Schramm, center, a director of the United Way of Christian County Board.

Some students emptied their piggy banks, some collected from family members, and some even donated pennies they found on the ground. Students in Mrs. Barb Tarter’s class was the overall classroom winner with $69.97, and they will be celebrating with Dairy Queen treats.

A special thank you goes to Mrs. Nancy Voudrie for picking up the donation cans and to the First National Bank of Pana for counting the coins.

Tower Hill Seniors Monthly Potluck

Tower Hill Seniors held thei monthly potluck on Monday, Oct. 13. There were 21 present with six veterans.

Four October birthdays were celebrated: Frank Ruhohl, Bob Barnes, Stan Rich and Carolyn Bouchez. The door prize of $5 was won by Carolyn Bouchez with #12.

Entertainment was by Kenny and Larry Smart, Wally Bechtel, Russell Young, Dick Rauch and Stanley Rich.

The next potluck will be held Monday, Nov. 10.

Medical Benefit for Rita Flesch Ruot Nov. 1

Rita Ruot

A medical benefit is being planned for Rita Flesch Ruot, Tower Hill, to be held in the Pana Eagles Lodge, Saturday, Nov. 1. A number of activities are planned.

Rita was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian and uterine cancer in January, 2013. This year, on Aug. 6, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She is currently going to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for radiation treatments.

Family and friends are getting together to celebrate her life and help with her medical expenses. She herself has worked in the health care industry and also worked as a baby-sitter for many community members.

Activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a Bean Bag Toss Tournament. Sign-up is from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. There is a $20 entry fee which includes a T-shirt. Call Meghan Ruot, 217-690-8258 to enter or for more information.

Then at 4:00 p.m., Prairie Sky Cam will have a Ball Drop Contest. It is not necessary to be present to win. Tickets are on sale now. There is also a raffle for a 48-inch Vizio flat screen TV.

A pulled pork meal will be served at 5:00 p.m. at the Eagles.

There will be an auction of donated items beginning at 6:30 p.m. Price-Spracklen Auction Group will conduct the sale.

Following the auction, there will be music by the Bearup Brothers Band.

Cash donations are accepted at any time. An account has been set up at Peoples Bank and Trust in Pana where the donations can be brought.

Rita is the daughter of the late Leo and Eleanor Temmen Flesch of Oconee. Rita and her husband, John “Beans” Ruot, live in Tower Hill. They have three children, Lea (Kenny) Jackson, Taylorville, Chrissy (Shawn) Ruot, Tower Hill and Jake (Meghan) Ruot, Pana. They also have six grandchildren.

Those who would like to donate or would like more information may call any of the following: Sandy Pinkston, 827-5899; Phil Holthaus, 827-8401; or Linda Schmitz, 562-4487.

Jack Michael 90th Birthday Party

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Jack Michael of Ohlman will celebrate his 90th birthday with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

It will take place in the United Methodist Fellowship Hall on Union Street in Nokomis.

Family and friends are welcome to stop by and wish Jack a happy birthday. The gift of your smile and attendance will be appreciated. No gifts please.