CEFS Utility Assistance Program Starting Soon

The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is now taking applications for the 2015 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

September and October are priority months reserved for those households which either have a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.

Starting Oct. 1, applications will be accepted from households that have children under age 6.  Proof of age will be required.  Households who are disconnected from their utilities will also be allowed to make application for the program during October.

Appointments for LIHEAP can be made by contacting the C.E.F.S. Christian County Outreach office at 311 S. Main St. Taylorville, phone 217-824-4712 or 715 E. Lincoln St. Pana, phone 217-562-2311, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Funding for LIHEAP is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).  C.E.F.S. is the local administering agency for Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby counties.

Vendor Space Available For PCH Bazaar

Vendor space is now available for the Pana Community Hospital Auxiliary Annual Holiday Bazaar.

Last year, 37 vendors displayed their products at this well-attended event, and additional space is available this year.

The bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, in the First United Methodist Church, Pana. Display hours are 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Booth space is limited and will be allocated at the discretion of the Auxiliary Chairpersons based on vendor type, vendors’ past participation and timely return of applications. No bakery or specialty food items unless cleared with the auxiliary in advance.

Single booth space is $25 and double booth space is $40. Vendors may bring their own tables or tables may be rented for $5 each. There are limited spaces with electricity available for an additional $5 charge.

Contact Vicky Gullion at 217-254-6457 or Beth Hilton at 217-820-6384 for a vendor application or with questions.

Oconee American Legion Fish Fry

Oconee American Legion will begin their annual fish fry on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Legion Hall. They have been doing the fish fry for 25 years.

Times are 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., serving walleye, slaw and drink for all you can eat.

Pana Chamber Announces Block Party Date

The Pana Chamber of Commerce has selected Tuesday, Oct. 7, as the date for the third annual Fall Block Party. The event will be held on Locust Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Vendors may begin to set up at 4:00 p.m.

The Chamber is looking for  businesses, churches, organizations, clubs and vendors who are interested in having a booth to provide a fun, inexpensive family evening. Contact the Chamber Office at 217-562-4240 for more details.

The evening will include a pet costume contest, a handmade mask contest, raffles, kids games, bake sales and food available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

Gladys Merkel Celebrating 100th Birthday Sept. 20

GLADYS MERKEL of Pana, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 20, with an open house from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Nokomis United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Gladys and the late Chester Merkel are parents of two children, Loren and wife Phyllis and Barbara Kook and husband Bill, all of Pana. She has three grandchildren, Brian Merkel, Christine Flynn and Karen Kook, and one great-grandson, Gunnar Merkel.

She resides at Hickory Estates, 101 N. Hickory, Apt. 42, Pana. She requests, no gifts please.

Roberta McAfee Celebrating 90th Birthday

The family of Roberta McAfee of Pana, invites everyone to a card shower for her 90th birthday.

Cards may be mailed to her at 7 W. Third St., Pana, IL 62557. A reception for family and close friends will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Spring Garden Restaurant, 16 S. Poplar St., Pana.

Roberta Durbin was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Ohlman. She graduated from Nokomis High School in 1942. She married Charles J. Hopwood of Nokomis in 1944. He died in 1986. They had two sons: James Hopwood and Rodney Hopwood, who died in 2013. She married Darrell B. McAfee of Rosamond in 1994. He died in 2011.

Her family includes her sister, Shirley Boland of Nokomis; sister-in-law Melba Cassidy of Ohlman; son James (Linda) Hopwood of Paola, KS; daughter-in-law Kay Hopwood of St. Peters, MO; stepchildren Dwain (Rhonda) McAfee of Pana; Denise (Jim) Downs of Pana; and Diane (George) Stone of Spaulding; and Kris McAfee of Steamboat Springs, CO (widow of Delmar McAfee, who died in 2012); and on the Hopwood side, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and on the McAfee side, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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