Allen-Harlow Family Reunion August 31

The Allen-Harlow family and friends reunion will be held at noon, Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Chautauqua auditorium at Pana Kitchell Park.

The potluck meal will begin at 12:30 p.m. Bring covered dish. Fried chicken will be provided by the reunion fund along with plates, cups, utensils, drinks, etc.

Nice items are needed for the auction. Anyone with family photos or information on the family tree are encouraged to bring those items.


Peoples Bank Recognizes Employees for Service

Peoples Bank & Trust of Pana is recognizing two 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.

George Heintz, Community Bank President in the Pana branch, is being recognized for 15 years of service to Peoples Bank and Trust.

George joined the bank in August 1999. He is a vital part of the Pana branch and takes great pride in making sure that the branch runs smoothly and the employees and customers are his first priority.

George lives in Pana with his wife of 44 years, Dede.  They have one daughter, Sarah, and two sons, Joseph and Douglas. They have five grandchildren.

George is a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Pana and serves on the Finance Council. He is also serving as the Dean of Students for St. Patrick’s School. George is very active in the community. He serves as Oconee Township Supervisor, Vice-President of the Pana Parks Revitalization Committee, an advisor for the Pana Chamber of Commerce, Pana Community Hospital Foundation Board member and is a Board member of the Christian and Shelby County Economic Development Corporations. George served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Pana Panthers varsity football team for seven years.

Barbara Price was recognized for 15 years of combined service to White Hall Bank and Peoples Bank & Trust.

Barb joined the White Hall National Bank in June 1999.  Barb lives in White Hall with her husband, R. V. Price, a self employed farmer.  They have two daughters, Rachel Price, a student at Illinois State University and Kari Burton, the Director of Rehabilitation at Hardin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  In her spare time, Barbara does sewing for her craft company, Sugar & Spice. She attends and displays items at local craft and flea markets.

“I’ve enjoyed my fifteen years at the bank,” Barb says.  “I work with an amazing group of people that I love being around each day.  It really has made the time just fly by.”

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

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed independent community bank with offices located in Pana, Taylorville, Altamont, Tower Hill, Charleston, Springfield, Morrisonville, Palmyra, Waverly and White Hall. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate offices in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.


Benefit For Austin Kirk Saturday

A dance benefit for Austin Kirk of Vandalia, will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at Pla-Mor Danceland, 1300 E. Third, Pana. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Austin, 12, son of Wendy Weaver, is dealing with Late Infantile Finnish Form Batten Disease. It is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system. He requires round-the-clock care. He also needs a variety of medical equipment to make the remainder of his life comfortable.

There is a $7 cover charge to attend. Music will be provided by “Country Cookin” from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. A concession  meal of pulled pork sandwich, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

A gun raffle will be held at 9:00 p.m., with the winner receiving a Henry Golden Boy Rifle. Also at 9:00 will be a 50/50 drawing. Winners need not be present to win. Donations can also be made in Austin’s name at any Land of Lincoln Credit Union.

For information contact Jodie at 618-283-1314.


Reminder For Red Roses Trip

Red Roses of the Red Hat Society will be traveling to Clinton on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The group will leave the Methodist church parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Lunch will be at LaTeaDa at 11:30 a.m.

For reservations call Judy Crosby, 562-4695

New Property Management Co. For Pana

On Monday, Aug. 18, it is anticipated the opening of a new property management company  in Pana.

The name has not been officially approved by the State of Illinois Secretary of State’s office and consequently will not be formally announced until notification is given.

A manager for the new business has not been selected. However, an ad was listed in the Monday, Aug. 11, issue of the Pana News-Palladium for both the manager position and a head maintenance person for the new company.


PHS Classes Holding Joint Reunion

Pana High School classes of 1945, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50 will be holding a joint reunion at Oak Terrace on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 11:00 a.m.

The reunion will include a luncheon at a cost of $16 per person. All members of these classes and their guests are invited to this fun event.

Any member that doesn’t have a reservation at this time and wants to attend should contact their class chairman by Sunday, Aug. 17.

Class chairmen are: Class of 1945, Mary Castle, 217-562-4266; Class of 1946, June Jeffrey, 217-562-4492; Class of 1947, Cotton Spinner, 217-562-4339; Class of 1948, Charlie Downs, 217-562-4829; Class of 1949, Mary Tappero Buck, 309-246-8426.

Virginia Maton Stocker 90th Birthday Celebration

Virginia Maton Stocker will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house on Sunday, Aug. 31, in Rushville.

Virginia was born to Charles and Pauline Maton in Pana on Aug. 25, 1924.

In celebration of her 90th birthday, her daughters, Pauletta Vancil, Gail Kotter, and Rosalee Ross invite family and friends to the open house. It will be held in The Virginia, Scripps Park, Rushville, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. No gifts, please.

Cards may be sent to: 400 W. Logan St., Apt A3, Rushville IL 62681.


First Week at Millikin University

First-year students at Millikin University will get a jump start on their college experience during Millikin’s 2014 First Week program held Aug. 19-24.

The week of activities is designed to help students become acclimated and immersed in their new Millikin home before regular classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25. First Week activities begin with Move-In Day on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 24.

An integral part of the First Week experience is the University Seminar course. University Seminar is intended to be a unique learning opportunity for first-year students entering Millikin University. The seminar introduces students to college-level academic inquiry by focusing on two key skills: critical and ethical reasoning, and reflection.

In addition, University Seminar blends theory and practice by engaging students in service learning and by addressing specific student success topics. The seminar also provides an opportunity for first-year students to make important connections with faculty members and First-Year Experience Mentors.

A highlight of the week’s activities will be the Class of 2018 Day of Action. This year’s Day of Action will take place on two days: Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Day of Action is Millikin’s opportunity to give back to the Decatur community by sending students into the neighborhoods for service opportunities. This year, Millikin will be combining with the United Way’s Day of Action to perform services at 21 different sites including the Decatur Fire Department, Dennis Elementary Lab School, Tanglewood Village, and Easter Seals of Central Illinois.

The week concludes with Opening Convocation on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, where Millikin faculty and students, new and old, gather to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. The program will feature Millikin faculty and student speakers.

For more information on First Week, contact the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217-424-6335.


Quincy Beyers Travels With Global Leadership Adventures

Quincy beyersQuincy Beyers of Shelbyville, daughter of Matt and Stephanie Beyers, returned July 18, from a 10-day trip to Liberia, Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures. GLA is an organization headquartered in San Diego, considered a Peace Corp for teens, to perform community services in various parts of the world.

Some of the places GLA serves are Ghana, Tanzania, Bali, Thailand, India, Galapagos, Costa Rica and Guatemala, to name a few.

Quincy began the adventure on July 8, flying from St. Louis to Miami and then to Liberia. The services were performed in the rural parts of the Village of LaCruz, outside of Liberia.

She, along with 66 students from across the United States, began each day at 6:30 a.m., with breakfast, 7:30 heading to the work sites and began working at 8:00 at the local school and church until noon. Work performed by the group included digging holes for fences, painting church walls and large recycled tires for children to play on, hauling and leveling soil for walking lanes, mixing cement and clean trash from around the work area. They also interacted with the children in the school by making bracelets, dancing, coloring, drawing, playing soccer and communicating/talking with children through minimal Spanish and charades.

During the afternoon and evening hours, the group spent time at lectures, in workshops discussing and exchanging their ideas of the work day, their thoughts on the world situations and how each day in LaCruz affected their lives and outlook on the world.

One of the requests of GLA was for the teenagers, if they wished, to bring various supplies for the children for their schools such as pencils, notebooks, markers, chalk, balls, colored pencils, jacks, jump ropes, construction paper and other various school supplies.

Through the generosity of donations from the parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church and the Knights of Columbus, Quincy was able to take a large 50 lb. bag of supplies for the children.

Quincy told of her experiences working in 94-degree temperatures but they did have some fun times swimming in waterfalls, hiking a volcano and hike in the rainforest. She found the country to be beautiful, food very good and the people, although poor, to be happy, friendly and helpful.

Quincy is the granddaughter of Bob and Paulette Hall and Bill and Kathi Beyers of Pana.

Geri Kirkbride Earns Doctoral Degree

Geri Kirkbride of Pana,  earned a Ph.D. in nursing service administration at the University of Iowa. Kirkbride received the honor at the UI Graduate College Commencement Ceremony May 16 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Kirkbride’s dissertation, “Exploring how nurses make sense of smart infusion pump technology” focuses on nurses’ perceptions of smart technology used for intravenous medication administration. Professor Jill Scott-Cawiezell was Kirkbride’s dissertation advisor.