Compassionate Friends Meeting This Thursday

Compassionate Friends will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Apr. 24 in the Pana High School library.

Anyone who has lost a child, parents, grandparents, friends or siblings are invited to attend.

For information contact Rosita Downing at 883-1657.

Benefit For Raymond/Cathy Pease Apr. 26

A benefit for Raymond and Cathy Pease will be held Saturday, Apr. 26, at the Wagon Wheel Cafe in Tower Hill.

The Peases lost their home to a fire on Monday, Mar. 24.

Food will be served at 5:00 p.m., with an auction at 6:00. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

For information contact Heather Rochkes or Jennifer Cole at 567-3353.

Delta Theta Tau Begins Spring Season

Zeta Theta Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority, began its spring season with a social gathering at Pizza Man of Pana. A meal, fellowship and prizes given away to some attendees was enjoyed.

The meeting began with a discussion of spring fundraisers. The sorority is a non-for-profit organization so any money earned from fundraisers is returned to the community in the form of donations to parks, hospital, scholarships, schools and individuals.

Some fundraisers include geraniums, bricks and the newest, a consignment sale.

Community Easter Service At FUMC

An estimate 70 persons attended the Easter Sunrise service, a community event, at First United Methodist Church. Host pastor, the Rev. Steve Palmer, gave an animated sermon, “He is Risen!”, using excerpts relating to today’s happenings in comparison to that which occurred when Jesus Christ’s tomb was found empty more than 2,000 years ago.

The Methodist men’s chorus sang “My Lord, What a Morning” at the main entry of the sanctuary at the onset of the service.

Call to worship was given by the Rev. Kurt Feneley, pastor of Beacon of Hope Church, with response by the congregation. Lila Chaplin, associate pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, lifted prayer for the service, also known as Resurrection Sunday. Ed Cross provided the meditation in three parts. Scripture from Matthew Chapter 28 verses 1-10 was by the Rev. Marilyn Rauch, pastor of United in Faith Church.

The monetary offering was for Servant’s Fund, a ministry of the sponsor, Pana Ministerial Association, specifically for Pana’s Community Mission Center.

Following benediction, the host church provided a casserole breakfast for all who attended, in Fellers Hall therein.

Chamber Of Commerce April Board Meeting 

The Pana Chamber of Commerce will hold their April Board Meeting at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, Apr. 15, in the Community Meeting Room at Pana Community Hospital. Guest speaker will be Chris Rogers from Air Evac Lifeteam.

The Chamber will also recognize Bohannon’s Jewelry & TAP Business Systems of Illinois as the businesses for the first quarter.

Pana Community Hospital will provide the meal. Cost is $ 6.50 per person and includes a choice of pineapple ham or chicken breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans and salad bar.

The meeting is open to the public, please RSVP no later than noon on Friday, Apr. 11, at 217-562-4240 or email at


Pana Kindergarten Pre-Registration Apr. 24, 25

Registration of Pana Community Unit School District #8 kindergarten students for the 2014-2015 school year has been set for Thursday and Friday, Apr. 24 and 25, from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., in Washington Elementary School.

Registration will be held in the library on the top floor of the school. Parents should furnish, at this time, the child’s birth certificate and any other health records they may have.

Parents will receive dental, vision, and physical exam form packets with a checklist showing what all is needed for their child when they begin kindergarten.  School law requires all students must have a physical exam and the proper immunizations before entering kindergarten.  A lead screening, dental exam, and eye exam is also required.

Students must have a physical exam and the required immunizations in order to start school in the fall.  Also, the school must have a copy of a certified birth certificate on file.  A child must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2014 to be admitted to kindergarten.

If it is impossible, because of illness or other good reason, to register on the above dates, please phone Washington School, 562-7500, to make other arrangements.  All students who will be in kindergarten next fall will be screened later on in May.  Screening appointments will be made with parents during the pre-registration.

A complete kindergarten informational letter will be mailed this summer to all parents of 2014-2015 kindergarten students.

For questions, call the school at any time, 562-7500.

Benefit For Raymond/Cathy Pease Apr. 26

A benefit for Raymond and Cathy Pease will be held Saturday, Apr. 26, at the Wagon Wheel Cafe in Tower Hill.

The Peases lost their home to a fire on Monday, Mar. 24.

Food will be served at 5:00 p.m., with an auction at 6:00. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

For information contact Heather Rochkes or Jennifer Cole at 567-3353.

PEF Mini-Grant Awarded

PEF hrabak

JANICE HRABAK, CENTER, Kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary School in Pana, received a Pana Education Foundation Mini-Grant of $800 to be used for all students at Washington School and an evening with Babaloo music.  Babaloo music helps promote family involvement, positive behavior, reading, math and auditory skills.

Also at the awards presentation were, PEF President Becky Carter-Beeson, left, and PEF Vice-President Dennis Ishmael, right.

The Pana Education Foundation’s Mini-Grant Program, through its supporters’ generous donations, has put over $140,000 in supplies, equipment, and educational opportunity back into Pana classrooms to help support student learning since the program began.

Area Arts Council Spring Lecture Series

The Taylorville Area Arts Council’s second event of the Spring Lecture Series will be held on Saturday, Apr. 5, at 3:00 p.m. in the home of Barbara Westrick, 714 N. Powers St. in Taylorville.  This event is a joint presentation by well-known local artist Amanda (Weber) Greive and Thom Whalen, Professor of Art at Lincoln Land Community College.

The title of their presentation is “Sacrosanct,” and they will explore religious roots with art. Devotion has played a central role in the life and work of both artists. Their work reflects spiritual themes: private realms of personal experience and the public realms of religious institutions, ideology and ritual. Their art reflects things powerful and transformative; things held sacred in the sanctity of each soul.

The public is cordially invited to attend and tickets are available at A Classic Bouquet, Little Luxuries and Rebecca’s Antiques in Taylorville.  Cost of each ticket is $10. Appetizers from Little Luxuries and wine, tea and coffee will be served.

‘Aw Shucks’ To Be Performed At CCA Event April 4

Aw Shucks

DURING THE PANA Community Council for the Arts “Evening with the Arts,” part of the entertainment will be these performers in the production, “Aw Shucks.”

In front are cast members, Tyler Clark, left and Eddy Cross. Second row, Katie Davis, Emma Dilley and Mary Clark. Third row, Erika Thompson (with baby), Emily Kiser, Lauren Kiser, Sarah Plants, Jennifer Cross, Director and Breana Clark.

Other performers not pictured are Nolan Bailey, Mark Davis and Allison Jones.

The Evening with the Arts is the CCA’s annual spring fund-raiser which will be Friday, Apr. 4, in the Pana Junior High School. Reservations for dinner and entertainment are $15 for adults and high school students and under, $10. Reservations are due by Sunday, Mar. 30, to Shirley Buescher, 562-2592; Reva Woolard, 562-4309; or Irma Waddington 562-3407.

A matinee of the play will be on Sunday, Apr. 6, in the Pana Junior High School auditorium. Admission is $5.