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United Way of Christian County

All health and human care not-for-profit agencies serving Christian County and seeking funds from United Way of Christian County for the 2016 funding year, should contact the United Way office, 108 W. Market, Second Floor US Bank Building, Taylorville IL 62568, by phone 824-8404, or by email unitedwayofcc@consolidated.net.

Agencies must be a 501(C)3 organization. Allocation applications are being distributed and are due by Monday, Mar. 30.

Allocation Hearings will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 21 and 22 and are being scheduled now.

Blood Drive In Pana March 11

To help ensure an adequate blood supply, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive in Pana on Wednesday, Mar. 11. It will be held in the First United Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell Ave., from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For donor convenience, call the blood center to sign up toll free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of blood for 15 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Pana Community Hospital, Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John’s Hospital.

School Technology Committee

The Technology Committee of the Pana School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 11, in the Unit Office at 14 E. Main St.

Agenda items are: FY15 Computer Assisted Budget Update; Update on 1-to-1 Computing Pilot; Next year’s Proposed 1-to-1 Computing Expansion; Supporting 1-to-1 Professional Development; PARCC Administration; and PEF Business Sponsors Showcase.

Manar Presents School Funding Reform to House Committee

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) testified before an Illinois House committee Tuesday, Mar. 3, outlining details of his need-based school funding reform package, Senate Bill 1.

“It’s important to start this conversation early so representatives can educate themselves and their constituents about the need for better school funding. We had some marathon meetings in the Senate last year, but this was the first formal conversation we’ve had in the House,” Manar said.

Manar discussed the updates to last year’s proposal and answered questions from the House Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Will Davis (D- Hazel Crest) chairs the committee and is sponsoring Manar’s proposal in the House.

“Senator Manar has put tremendous effort into moving this conversation forward. As Appropriations chair and House sponsor, I believe that education funding is still the most important issue facing schools in Illinois,” Davis said.

Illinois’ existing funding system assigns only 44 percent of state funding to school districts based on need. Manar’s proposal bases over 90 percent of funding on need and consolidates the existing patchwork of grants under a single transparent formula.

Manar introduced a similar proposal last April, which passed the Senate but was not debated in the House.

Manar reintroduced the proposal as SB 1 this year and included updates based on statewide input from educators, taxpayers and parents.

These changes include measures to account for regional workforce costs, a more accurate way of measuring poverty, improved funding for bilingual students and additional funding to districts with higher-than-average rates of students with special education needs.

The updated proposal also speeds up a study to determine the base level of funding needed for student growth, and it protects districts from losses that are not spending adequately.

Senate Bill 1 is still in the Senate, where it requires committee approval before a vote of the full chamber. Tuesday’s House hearing was a preliminary meeting focusing on SB 1.

January Kindness Kounts Winners at Washington School

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THE WINNERS OF Kindness Kounts Awards at Washington School for the month of January have been named.

From left are Seth Horton, Tessa Clements, Gaibe Elliott, Hayvn Evans, Adrian Rhodes, Laynee Smith and Bianca Rochkes.

In back, Mrs. Cheri Wysong, principal; Roaran Lees, Dylan Pinkston, Evan Carnahan, Avery Shipman, Ella Wingard and Mitchell Altman.

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OTHER WINNERS OF Kindness Kounts Awards are, top photo, Matthew Schneider with Mrs. Wysong and in the bottom photo is Jaycie Waters with Mrs. Wysong.Not pictured was Joshia Easley.

Pana History Museum’s Lincoln Play, Friday, Saturday

Staff of the Pana History Museum will present an original play called “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.” The play will be presented at 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Mar. 6 and 7, in the  Pana Junior High School auditorium.

The stage production, written by museum curator David Nance, chronicles President Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. Lincoln’s wit and humor as well as his ability to adapt to the difficult circumstances of the Civil War are featured in the play.

The script is based largely on the characterization of Lincoln from David Herbert Donald’s book, “Lincoln” and follows closely Lincoln’s dialogue with his cabinet and chosen advisers as he determines the course he will take in issuing the proclamation. The play will also feature songs of the Civil War period sung to music by local singers.

The museum is offering tickets for both theatre only and dinner theatre tickets.  The dinner theatre will include mostaccioli, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink catered by Oak Street Station in Pana.

Theatre only tickets will be $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for children 10 and under. Dinner theatre tickets will be $20 for adults, $18 for students, and $10 for children 10 and under.

Food will be served both nights from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Tickets for reserved seats can be purchased by calling David Nance, 217-370-9457. All tickets, including same-day tickets and reserved tickets will be picked up at the door prior to the performance.

Proceeds from the play will go to the Pana History Museum located at Oak Street Station at the corner of Oak and Second Streets in Pana.

Michael Muneses Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Eagle Scout1Michael A. Muneses, son of Dr. and Mrs. Marlon T. Muneses of Pana, formerly of Decatur, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. This accomplishment represents years of adventure, work, fun and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America, Lincoln Trails Council Troop 202, Decatur.

During the process of satisfying the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, Michael has performed community service for such programs as Teen Court and leadership for this troop.

He graduated magna cum laude, in 2014 from Eisenhower High School. He was member of National Honor Society, Gold Delta, an Illinois State Scholar, Sue Ellen Brauer Academic Scholarship recipient, individual winner of the World Wide Youth in Science and Engineering competition held at Richland Community College and Eastern Illinois University, member of Eisenhower Elite Energy Show choir from 2011-2013 and Illinois Music Education Association All State and Honors choir.

His Eagle project reflects his love for music and the music department at EHS. Along with his fellow scouts, he constructed a choral folio cabinet for the music sheets that is now part of the music room at EHS.

Michael was formally  presented the Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor ceremony at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Decatur on Feb. 21.

Pana Lions Club Breakfast Saturday

The Pana Lions Club annual pancake and sausage breakfast will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the Pana Elks Club.

Proceeds benefit Camp New Hope and other Lions Club activities. Camp New Hope is a summer camp for children with disabilities.

Tickets are available from Lions Club members as well as at the door.

CC Democrat Women Meeting March 3

Christian County Democrat Women will meet at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 3, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pana.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Pana CUSD Preschool Screening

Pana Community Unit School District #8 preschool screening is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 4, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Washington School, 200 S. Sherman.

Any child who will turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015 may be screened. Appointments are necessary. Call 824-5050 to schedule an appointment.

The screening and exit interview should take approximately one hour. Bring an original certified copy of your child’s birth certificate (hospital copies can no longer be accepted), a copy will be made and original returned. Also bring child’s social security number, copy of child’s immunization record and recent completed physical (including diabetes screening and lead test results).