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

Jack Michael

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.

Halloween Event Approved, Herrick

At the Oct. 7 meeting of Herrick Village Board, Amber Reatherford requested a family-type fall activity at Tom Davis Park.

Family Fun has been set for Friday evening, Oct. 17, as a result. Cocoa and coffee will be served, and plans for a band commencing at 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. were discussed.

In her presentation, Ms. Reatherford said community activities are “”all geared toward older people. People my age want fun stuff.”

She also mentioned having a haunted house to raise funds for the park.

Reatherford said she was willing to be in charge, with children in the community helping.

President Dallas Kidd and Tony Mays, trustee, said they each have a movie projector, and considered playing two movies, one for children and another for older people in the pavilion.

A bonfire at the site was considered.

Kidd said he would like to offer a free show every month.

Herrick Sets Trick-Treat Night

Friday, Oct. 31 was set for Trick-or-Treat night in Herrick.

The annual event will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Herrick Village Board approved the time and date at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Pana Fire Department Open House Sunday

Washington School Fire

STUDENTS AT WASHINGTON Elementary School show off their fireman’s hats which they received after their school-wide fire drill held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the school.

During this week, “Fire Prevention Week,” members of the Pana Fire Department have been visiting schools in and around Pana, conducting fire drills, speaking about fire safety and giving rides on fire trucks.

The Pana Fire Department has been busy during this Fire Prevention Week, visiting schools and other locations to promote fire safety. Many of the schools have been conducting fire drills as well, under the watchful eye of firemen.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, the Pana Fire Department will wrap up the week with an open house at the Pana Fire House on East First St. from 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m.

There will be a bounce house for the children and fire truck rides. On display will be the 9-11 World Trade Center steel beam which belongs to the fire department. Children will be allowed to spray the fire hose, too.

There were be a car extrication demonstation using the “Jaws of Life” at 3:00 p.m.

From 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., there will be a cook-out sponsored by the firemen featuring ribeye and pork chop sandwhiches and brats and hot dogs.

The public is invited to attend.

Loaves & Fishes Monthly Report September, 2014

September was a busy month at the food pantry. We served 109 families, a total of 355 people.

The Labor Day Parade helped a lot. We estimate that about 3,000 pounds of food was donated at the parade. Thank you to everyone who made this all possible and a special thanks to those people who came to the food pantry the next day to sort and put away the large donation.

We used over 300 pounds of meat and wieners, over 1,000 cans of fruit and vegetables, 300 cans of soup and about 600 package of Ramen noodle soup mix. A lot of other kinds of food is also used like cereal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, canned pasta and rice. This isn’t the entire list but it gives everyone an idea of what is distributed. “If it is edible, we can use it.”

Foodstuff that we do not normally put in the pre-made sacks is put on the shelf and table for our clients to take in addition to what we normally distribute.

May the Lord bless everyone who has helped us do His work.

Charlie Weers

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

FNB, Pana, Contributes To United Way Campaign


THE 2014 UNITED Way of Christian County Campaign is in full swing.

Executive Director of UWCC, Malia Hepburn, center, accepts a donation from First National Bank of Pana. Making the presentation are Chad Sutton, CFP, Vice President of Wealth Management, left and  Raedena Ryan, Vice President, right.

Peoples Bank Recognizes Long Term Employees

Peoples Bank & Trust, headquartered in Pana, is recognizing employees for their continuous service to the bank. The bank recognizes its employees for each five year increment of their service with a plaque and an award.

David Stake was recognized for 5 years of service. David serves as Vice President, Business Banking at our Springfield branch.

David lives in Sherman with his wife of 27 years, Patricia. They have two sons, Alex, a graduate of Augustana College who lives in Salt Lake City and Austin, a graduate of the University of Missouri, who lives in Kansas City.

They are members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sherman. David is a past President and current Board member of the Springfield Downtown Rotary Club. He is an Ambassador of the Hope Institute for Children and Families. David has also been active in the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce activities. He enjoys travel, music, trout fishing and ATV trips to the mountains.

Jeff Grimmett was recognized for 10 years of combined service to Wemple State Bank and Peoples Bank & Trust.

Jeff joined the bank in September 2004 and currently serves as AVP, Consumer Banking in Waverly. Prior to Jeff’s banking career, he was employed as a Human Resources Specialist with the State of Illinois Department of Financial Institutions for 21 years.

Jeff lives in Waverly with his wife, Laura. They have two children, Aurora Grimmett, a student at Blackburn College and Daniel Grimmett, a student at Vatterott College and an active member of the Army Reserves. Jeff is very active in the Waverly community, serving as Co-chairman with the Waverly Community Development Committee and Co-President of the Waverly Community Picnic Committee. Jeff has twice been elected to serve on the Waverly City Council and for a short period of time served in the capacity of City Clerk.

Jeff says, “I’m very proud to be part of this community we call Waverly. It’s not just what I do, it’s what we all do in the community, because in one way or another we all are a part of this great place we call home. I look forward to many more years of service to the Waverly Community.”

Terry Schafer was recognized for 35 years of service. Over the years, Terry has served the bank in a number of capacities.

Terry began her career in Pana as a receptionist and teller in 1979 working at the old drive up where the bank’s conference room is now located. In 1992, Terry moved to the operations area of the bank and began working with payroll and insurance. Terry currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Marketing and serves as Recording Secretary to the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Pana Chamber of Commerce.

Terry lives in Pana with her husband, Doug. They have one son, John (Andrea) and two granddaughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, playing with her horses and being outdoors. Terry has enjoyed her years at Peoples Bank. She has made many lasting friendships over the years.

“Customers appreciate having bankers that know them and understand their needs,”  said John Gardner, Peoples Bank & Trust President and CEO. “Our bank is fortunate to have long term, dedicated employees like David, Jeff and Terry. Their experience is invaluable to the bank’s daily operations.”

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with ten offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. Peoples is a full service bank offering customer service to consumers, small business, and farmers in central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

Pana Team Headed to JDRF Benefit With $2,500 Donation


TEAM FAITH HORTON, left, and Bo Christer, right, with their rubber band braclets they made for sale during their fund-raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Faith and Bo will be in St. Louis this weekend to walk in the JDRF walk.

Team Bo (Christer) and Faith (Horton) held their second annual JDRF Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Pana Save-A-Lot.  The day consisted of a cookout, bake sale, 50/50, and a basket raffle. Through the generous support of the community, they are headed to the JDRF Walk in St. Louis on Sunday, Oct. 5, with a $2,500 donation.

Faith and Bo, along with Alivia and Issabell Reed, made rubber band bracelets to sell, also. The bracelets sold for $2 apiece and they made and sold approximately 150 bracelets.

Donations are still being accepted for those who would like to support Team Bo and Faith. Donations can be dropped off at Pana Save-A-Lot, or contact Wes and Amanda Horton or Tim and Jennifer Christer.

Team Bo and Faith would like to thank Sarah Schmitz for baking the goodies, along with Faith’s family and members of Pana Christian Church.  They also thank those who donated to the raffle gift baskets: Pizza Man, Tres Compardres Mexican Restaurant, Walgreen’s, Pana Save-A-Lot, Attitudes Hair Salon, Hair Design’s II, Pizza Hut, Auto Zone and the Pana Fire Department. Also, thanks to everyone who helped during the fund-raiser.

The baskets were won by Rod Bland, Nancy Chladny, Ron Meyers and Pat Then.  The 50/50 was won by Reese Henschen.

On Sunday, Bo and Faith, along with their families, will be walking in the JDRF Walk One in St. Louis, Mo. This walk unites all families of children with Type 1 Diabetes together to support JDRF in their quest to turn Type 1 Diabetes into Type None Diabetes.