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.


Lenten Lunch Wednesday At United In Faith

This week’s Lenten lunch, sponsored by the Pana Ministerial Association, will be held at noon, Wednesday, Mar. 26, at United In Faith Church.

A guest speaker will follow lunch. Everyone is invited to attend.


Sacred Heart Preschool Registration

Sacred Heart preschool registration will be held From 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Apr. 24-25.

Parents are to stop at the parish office and see Chrisy for tuition and then the school office and register with Teresa.

Bring the following to the school office during registration or by the first day of school:

•Copy of birth certificate


•Copy of immunizations

•Copy of lead screening

If your child was in the preschool program last year, the school office has these forms filed and you do not need to bring them again.

For information contact Teresa at the school office, 562-2425.


Music Boosters Variety Show This Weekend

The Pana Music Boosters Variety Show is Friday and Saturday, Mar. 21, and 22. Shows are at 6:30 p.m. nightly in the Pana Junior High School auditorium.

Master of Ceremonies for Friday night is Gayle McRoberts, Pana High School principal. The bands of Pana High School and Pana Junior High School and the Pana High School Chorus will start out the evening. There will be nine vocal solos, three vocal duets, Mrs. Heather Strom will play her trumpet and Ms. Theresa Steiner will play her French horn.

Saturday night, the Master of Ceremonies is Regina Hilbert. The Community Choir will sing three selections, followed by 13 vocal solos, a mother-daughter piano duet, two piano solos, two vocal duets, three trios and the Drama Club will present a skit directed by Mrs. Heather Strom.

A full list of the program for each night will appear in the Thursday, Mar. 20, issue of the PN-P.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Proceeds go to the Pana Music Boosters which in turn will benefit the music department of the Pana School District.


Pana Unit #8 Preschool Screening

Pana Community Unit School District #8 preschool screening will be held from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 19, at Washington School, 200 S. Sherman.

Any child who will turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014, may be screened. Appointments are necessary. Call 824-5050 to schedule an appointment.

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