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St. Paul’s Holding Retirement Reception For Irma Waddington

St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a special reception on Sunday, Aug. 30, to honor Pana resident, Irma Waddington who has retired as the church’s head organist and choir director after almost 64 years of service.

The reception will be held in the church basement from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Irma’s relatives, friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.

Irma began serving as St. Paul’s head organist in late 1951. She has provided music for countless weddings, funerals and civic events, and is well-known for entertaining area residents with her musical skills at many other churches, organizations and activities. In addition to playing the organ and piano, she has led and participated in numerous choral groups. She was co-founder of a multi-congregation Reformation Day Service held (on a rotating basis) at six central Illinois churches and has served as choir director for a mass choir that performed annually at those services.

The church is located at the corner of Fourth and Kitchell streets in Pana. An elevator is available for those needed assistance to attend the reception.

For more information, contact the church at 562-4731.

Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show

The annual Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show will he held just prior to the parade, Monday, Sept. 7, at approximately 9:30 a.m., at the Wallace Bros. Stable (former stockyards) at the intersection of Poplar Street and Cold Springs Road (1 block west of Parkway Apartments and Kitchell Park).

The grounds will open at 8:00 a.m. to riders and horses. In addition to the awards for the Oldest and Youngest Riders, prizes will be awarded in the classes of Pony, Hitch, Western, and Parade/Costume.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to participate. The show is for fun. The only requirement for entering is riders have a horse or pony.

Following the show, all horses may be ridden in a caravan via Cold Springs Road and Hickory Street to join the parade line-up on East Second Street.

For additional information, call 217-562-7202. In case of inclement weather on Labor Day morning, call 217-565-2332 to inquire if the show will be held.

Debbie Jensen Dust Benefit This Saturday, Eagles Club

Debbie Jensen Dust benefit will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, at Pana Eagles Club.

Bean bag toss sign up is from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. Contact Jerry Koons, 476-2503 or Jed Stevens, 820-8652.

A ball drop, sponsored by Prairie SkyCam will be held at 4:00 p.m. Need not be present to win. A pulled pork meal will begin at 5:00 p.m. with auction of donated items at 6:30. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. Entertainment for the evening will be Big Shake Daddies at 8:00 p.m.

Cash donations are accepted any time at National Bank of Pana. Auction items may be dropped off at the home of Dale and Debbie Batton, 41 US Hwy 51, Pana, 217-561-6307; Super Starz Beauty, Sandy Pinkston, 11 E. Second, 562-4136 or 827-5899.

For additional information contact a committee member: Deanna Rhodes, 217-294-1011; Valerie Lynch, 217-825-8484; Crissy Nollman, 217-825-9899.

Debbie suffered an ischemic stroke on Saturday, June 6. She is learning how to speak, eat, walk and concentrate on being able to use her left arm and leg again. She has always put others’ needs before her own. She has volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, served as an alderman for Pana and daycare provider.

Proceeds from the benefit will help with the family’s  expenses.

Tri-County Fair Talent Show Sept. 3

The Tri-County Fair Talent Show this year will be  7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3. Master of Ceremonies this year will be Ed Cross, Wand TV newscaster.

There are three divisions.  The first is the Junior Division. All contestants must be 14 years of age or younger. The second division is Senior Division.  The  contestants must be between the ages of 15 years of age and 21 years of age.  The third division is open division.  Anyone can compete in this division,  however this open division is not allowed to move on to state competition.  The Junior and Senior will be allowed to enter state competition at Springfield in January 2016.

Prize money for the Tri-County Talent Show is as follow for both Jr. and Senior Division:  1st place, $75; 2nd place, $50 and 3rd place, $25.  Open Division is 1st place, $100; 2nd place, $75; 3rd place, $50.

Floor mics and sound system will be furnished.  There is a timed set limit of three minutes to set up.  Any act cannot perform over four minutes or they will be disqualified.

The judges scoring is as follows:  Costume, 10% Audience Appeal, 10%; Stage Presence, 30% and Talent, 50%.

Entry fee is $5. Deadline for entry is Monday, Aug. 24.  You may go online at for the rules and application. If you have any questions you may call, text or e-mail Marci Cole, talent show director at 618-292-3421 or

Crowds Gather in Kitchell Park For Hammer-In, Tractor Show


THE CHUGGING OF antique tractors and the pounding of an anvil were prevalent during the Pana Blacksmith Hammer-In and the Old Tyme Tractor Show held Saturday, Aug. 8. Kitchell Park served as the backdrop for this popular summer event.

Owners brought tractors from all over the region and they held a tractor parade, going through the streets of Pana making out to the local nursing homes for residents to view the mix of popular farm tractors.

(Tom Latonis Photos)


KITCHELL PARK SERVED as a shady spot for enthusiasts to gather and discuss “the good old days” down on the farm when many of these farm tractors ruled the rural landscape.

More than 50 tractors – both the large variety and smaller lawn tractors – were on display during the event held Saturday, Aug. 8.


DURING SATURDAY’S EVENT, a blacksmith pounds out a shape on his anvil in Kitchell Park.

City Of Pana Fire Hydrant Flushing/Testing Aug. 17-28

Brian Blodgett, superintendent of water says the City of Pana Water Department will begin its fire hydrant flushing and testing program on Monday August 17th and finish on Friday August 28th. Testing will occur 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The flushing will start with the hydrants closest to the water treatment plant, moving west to the end of the distribution system at National Greenhouse, located at the industrial park.

The importance of implementing this program is to ensure the greatest quality of water throughout the entire system. Hydrant flushing allows for higher water flow velocities to produce better scouring of pipes. This process will dislodge and remove mineral deposits that have accumulated in the water mains.

The benefits include maintaining and potentially improving the water quality level in the mains. This method also will reduce bacteriological growth, restore disinfection residuals, improve color and turbidity, control corrosion and can help restore flow and pressures in the distribution system.

Additionally, this testing process confirms that hydrants are in working order and available water flow is sufficient for use in fire emergencies.

Due to the increased chlorine residuals needed for the flushing program, residents may notice a stronger than normal chlorine (bleach) odor in their water. There also may be a slight drop in pressure or a presence of discoloration from the minerals and sediment that are being flushed out of the system. Service should not be disrupted during the flushing process.

Although your water may not be visually appealing for this temporary period of time, it is SAFE TO DRINK!! This dåiscolored water due to flushing meets all federal and state drinking water standards. There is no health hazard associated with the discolored water!

The City of Pana urges residents to use caution while traveling around water department employees and their vehicles and while entering areas of water accumulation during the work.

Fins And A Film Night At Pana Pool

Pana Chamber of Commerce is hosting an “End of Summer Family Fun Night,” with fins and a film, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, at Pana Pool.

Everyone is invited to swim and watch the Dreamworks movie, “Home.”

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Admission is $5 which includes night swim, movie and bag  of popcorn.

Community Mission Center Topic Of Rotary Club Meeting


JOHN METZGER, LEFT, and Annette McNeill, right, representing the Pana Community Mission Center, were guests at the Pana Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, July 29, in the Pana Country Club. They are the President of CMC board and Executive Director, respectively.

John and Annette discussed the Community Mission Center and the exciting changes they have with their move into a larger building. The Community Mission Center provides clothing, furniture and many other items for families in need.

Annette does not draw a salary for her work at the Community Mission Center.  There is always a need for items for families in need and volunteers.

In the center is Rotarian Mike Foster.

BREAKING NEWS: Body Discovered in Pana Lake

The Pana Police Department, Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations, Illinois State Police Crime Services, Christian County Coroner and the Christian County State’s Attorney are conducting s death investigation of a body discovered in Lake Pana.

At 7:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Pana Police Department received a call of a body floating in the lake. They body was recovered from the lake with the assistance of the Pana Fire Department and the Taylorville Fire Department Dive and Rescue Team. The young, white adult male has not been officially identified pending confirmation of identity and notification of family.
An autopsy will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 6. The case remains under investigation.

Pana Lions Sell Sweet Corn

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MEMBERS OF THE Pana Lions Club have been raising money for their charitable projects this summer by selling sweet corn. On Saturday, Aug. 1, members of the club were on the corner of Second and Poplar Streets (former Downs Motor location) with their golden ears.

From left are Jim Wilcox, Stan Elvers, Earl Baker and Tom Jones.

The sweet corn project has been a project of the Lions for two years.

They are awaiting for the next batch to mature and they should have more corn for sale in about three weeks.

DRIVE-UP SERVICE – Lions members Earl Baker (inset) makes a sale to a customer parked on the lot during Saturday’s session.

(Tom Latonis Photos)