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January Kindness Kounts Winners at Washington School


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.



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).

Shelby County Farm Bureau Scholarships

Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering 23 scholarships for students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The applicant or parents must be a member in good standing of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, a permanent resident of Shelby County and must be pursuing a field of study in agriculture or an agriculture related field.

The Chris Barker Family will be giving away four $1,000 scholarships. The Buffet Foundation will be giving away five $2,000 scholarships. The John Culumber Family will be giving away four $1,000.00 scholarships. Shelby County Farm Bureau will be giving away 10 $1,000 Scholarships.

Scholarship applications can be obtained at the Shelby County Farm Bureau office, 1361 State Highway 128, PO Box 409, Shelbyville. Qualified applicants must complete an application; enclose an official high school or college transcript, and a minimum of two letters of recommendation.

Scholarship applications are due no later than Friday, Mar. 27, 2015. For additional information, please contact the Shelby County Farm Bureau at 217-774-2151 or

Formed in 2007, the Shelby County Farm Bureau Foundation’s objective is to provide scholarships to outstanding students in Shelby County, members in good standing of the Shelby County Farm Bureau and who are pursuing a field of study in agriculture or an agriculture related field.

Since the Foundation’s inception, over $108,250 in scholarships have been awarded to students in Shelby County.

Accident Near Kincaid Claims Second Victim

A second person has died as a result of a two-vehicle accident which occurred on Illinois Route 104 near Kincaid on Feb. 4. Katherine Coval, 19, Kincaid, died in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, on Thursday, Feb. 19.

She was a passenger in a car driven by her 16-year-old brother, Andrew Gatton, who struck a pick-up truck head on in an accident on the snow slickened road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Upcoming School Christmas Concerts

The Lincoln Elementary, Junior High and High School band and chorus will be celebrating the Christmas holiday with a concert at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, in the high school gym.

All are welcome to attend.

Washington Elementary School will have their Christmas concert at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the high school gym.

Kindergarten, first and second graders will be performing.


In the account of the Dec. 2 Herrick Village Board meeting, it was erroneously stated that Debbie Allen had been involved in checking holiday lights. She informed the PN-P that instead, she had complained that the Christmas lights were not activated. Mrs. Allen also is not on the town’s park committee, as was stated in error.

The strings of lights, instead, had been checked by Missy Carlisle, a trustee, and Marilyn Bruns, water clerk, due to some of them not being in working order.