Oconee Lions Club Annual Pork Chop Supper

The Oconee Lions Club will hold its annual Pork Chop and Sweet Corn Supper on Thursday, July 24, in the Oconee American Legion Hall. Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

It is an all-you-can-eat event.

Meal donation is $8 for one chop or two chops for $10. Ages 3-9 eat for $6.

The public is invited to attend. Proceeds benefit Lions projects in Oconee.

Card Shower For Helen Brand

Helen Brand of Pana will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Thursday, July 31.

A card shower has been planned in her honor to help her celebrate this milestone.

Cards can be sent to her in care of Hilton Plumbing, 103 W. Second, Pana, IL 62557, by July 25. All cards will be collected and given to her at a birthday celebration on Sunday, July 27.


Back To School Bash Aug. 16 In Kitchell Park

Plans are being made for the third annual community wide “Back to School Bash” on Saturday, Aug. 16, in Kitchell Park. School supplies will be handed out to children in need of assistance from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Games and snacks will be provided for all. Police officers will be on hand to help with fingerprinting children. A parent or guardian must be present the day of the event or children will not be able to participate.

Donation canisters and school supply drop boxes will be available at the Pana News-Palladium office, community Mission Center and other local businesses. All monetary donations are tax deductible.

All businesses, churches, groups, organizations and individuals are welcome and encouraged to help with this event. Planning meetings are held each Thursday evening at 5:30  in Beacon of Hope Free Methodist Church at the corner of Fourth and Clark Sts. in Pana.

Those interested in providing an activity or game or working the day of the event but are unable to attend the planning meeting, please contact Annette McNeil at the Community Mission Center, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Or, contact Dawn Elder, 565-2120 for more information.


Tent Revival At Hopewell Baptist Church

Hopewell Baptist Church will be hold a tent revival at 7:00 each evening, Wednesday, July 23 through Friday, July 25, at their Poplar Street ground.

Be part of great gospel singing and share God’s Word proclaimed by Evangelist Jon Groves and family. Seating is furnished and everyone is welcome.

For information contact Pastor Don Pease, 217-783-2469.


Oconee Lions Annual Pork Chop Supper

The Oconee Lions Club will hold their annual Pork Chop and Sweet Corn Supper on Thursday, July 24, in the Oconee American Legion Hall. Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

It is an all-you-can-eat event.

Meal donation is $8 for one chop or two chops for $10. Ages 3-9 eat for $6.

The public is invited to attend. Proceeds benefit Lions projects in Oconee.


Don Bettis At Pana Senior Center Aug. 6

Don Bettis of Taylorville will be the entertainment during the Pana Senior Citizens catered meal on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Senior Center.

All area seniors are invited to attend.

Community Blood Drive Results

Thanks to all who supported the community blood drive on Wednesday, July 9.  The blood drive was held at the First United Methodist Church of Pana and was conducted by Central Illinois Community Blood Center (CICBC) in conjunction with Pana Community Hospital.  CICBC is the sole supplier for blood and blood products for the hospital.

Thirty-seven donors presented and 37 units of blood were collected.  Donors included:  Harold Simmons, Mary Cottrell, Pattie Gatons, Bob Smith, Kevin Duez, Ronald Tipsword, Amy Funneman, Kirby Casner, Jennifer Wellbaum, Lisa Bloemer, John Scott, Joe Karback, Carl Cloe, Peggy Christer, Angie Miller, Terry Henschen, Christy Overby, Myra Mathias, Sherri Oller, Susan Hippard, Nancy Alexander, Ruth Eilers, Jim Eilers, Bonnie Frye, Lynette Barringer, Judy Marley, Bert Crowe, Melvin Green, Sarah Stupek, Linda Christer, Marvin Morey, Joyce Morey, Ed Clavin, Haley Cohan, Angela Hurst, Nelainey Harris and Eric Jostes.

Melissa Rybolt, coordinator of the blood drive, extends her thanks to all the donors, volunteers, PCH dietary department, First United Methodist Church and Glenn Schneider who set up for the blood drive.


Manar Education Funding Meeting

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on Monday, July 21, in Edinburg as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Edinburg Community Building at 105 W. Masonic Street.

Manar regularly hosts “Capitol on your Corner” events in communities across the 48th District to meet with constituents and answer questions about state government. But with the recent action in Springfield on Manar’s proposal to reform school funding, Manar anticipates the discussion at the event to focus on education.

“Illinois has the second-most inequitable school funding system in the nation. Our current funding system is doing a disservice to taxpayers, school districts and, most importantly, our children,” Manar said. “The funding system we are proposing will better address student needs, such as socio-economic background, language ability or special learning needs, while also accounting for a school district’s ability to raise funds locally.”

In early April, Manar introduced the School Funding Reform Act, a proposal to streamline the current hodgepodge of funding sources into one funding formula that would account for school districts’ funding needs. Today, only 44 percent of the state education spending is balanced against a local district’s ability to pay.


Adam Sullivan, Grandson of Pana Couple, Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout:SullivanAdam Sullivan, 14-year-old son of Greg and Karla Sullivan of Palmer, recently earned his Eagle Scout rank from Boy Scout Troop 74, Morrisonville.

He is the grandson of Sam and Sue Grotts of Pana and David and Diane Sullivan of rural Morrisonville.

Adam joined scouting as a third grade Bear Cub Scout.  He crossed over into Boy Scouts in February, 2011 at the end of  fifth grade. He has been very active in the troop attending most fundraising events, service projects, campouts, and just finished his fourth year of summer camp where he completed the 50 miler award.

He attended the 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  He returned back to the Summit four weeks ago to spend a week  as a member of the Order of the Arrow, completing trail work in a national forest as a community service.

For his Eagle Scout project, he tore down the old wooden shade structure at the Palmer Park basketball court and planted a tree in its place,  painted the basketball poles, and installed a bench by the basketball court and a second bench by the playground.

Adam wants to thank everyone who helped in any way with his project, it could not have been done without  support from the community.


Christian Church Hosting Mission Group

Pana Christian Church is hosting a small mission group from Crown Point, Ind., the week of July 14.

Joe Mollet, former minister to Pana Christian Church, is leading this group in the effort to do general cleaning and painting in the Pana Downtown Mission. They are asking for volunteers from the community to help with this effort.

The planned hours for work will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided each of these days at Pana Christian Church.

Those who have an hour, a day or can help every day, will be much appreciated and as the saying goes, “paying it forward” is a nice thing to do.

For more information, call the church between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.