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Donation To CMC Presented

CMC Donation

FIRST UNITED METHODIST Church recently made a donation to the Community Mission Center in Pana.

Steve Neece, Administrative Board Chairman, right, presented the check to CMC board members, Peggy Heaton, left and Linda Dunseth, center. Not pictured is Dave Slater, FUMC Finance Committee Chairman.

The donation is for the purchase and remodeling of a new center, located at 133 South Locust Street in Pana.  The Community Mission Center provides clothing, furniture, household goods and personal hygiene items to those in need in Pana and surrounding communities.

It continues to operate at the 34 South Locust location on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Monetary contributions may be made to Community Mission Center, P.O. Box 75, Pana, Il  62557.

P.E.O. To Award STAR Scholarship

P.E.O. International will award the 2015-2016 STAR scholarship to exceptional high school senior women. The scholarship of $2,500 was established in 2009 and each year over 250 are awarded nationally. Last year, seven recipients were from Illinois.

To be eligible a woman must exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities and community service. The senior student must have a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

Applications for the STAR scholarship may be picked up in the guidance office at Pana High School or by contacting Sue Ade, 539-4336. Application deadline is Oct. 8, 2015.

Senior Volunteers Recognized

GC volunteer day

SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS WHO assist at the Pana Senior Citizens Center, South Route 51 in Pana, were recently honored for their sevice. The group helps Jean Nicolas, site supervisor, with the daily chores.

From left are Jerry Witt, Bob Calvert, Rosemary Ruot, Vernon Benson, Shirley Jones, Arlin Campbell and Wanda Hutchison.

Golden Circle Nutrition Program hosted a volunteer day recently to honor those who assist with the meals at the Pana Senior Citizens Center. They received cards of thanks with a Payday candy bar, along with great pride they are able to be big help to Jean Nicolas, the site supervisor.

Jean said the program would not be able to run without all the volunteers. The presentations were made Friday, Aug. 18,  at the Pana Senior Center.

These volunteers help serve and deliver meals. Many seniors who come to eat at the senior center are very grateful for their help. Those volunteers are Jerry Witt, Bob Calvert, Rosemary Rout, Shirley Jones, Wanda Hutchison, Vernon Benson and Arlin Campbell.

Volunteers who were not able to attend were Art and Janet Hoehn, Marvin Cervin and Judy Holthaus.

Golden Circle is very greatful for all the extra work that the deliveries do to see that a senior gets one hot meal a day.

Pana Lions Resume Regular Schedule

The Pana Lions Club will resume its regular schedule of meetings starting Monday, Sept 21. The club meets the first and third Monday of the month, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the Pana Country Club.

The club had an active late summer with a tailgate, float and selling grandstand tickets at the fair. The next project will be the Halloween parade.

All members are urged to attend the meetings for good food and fellowship, and to contribute advice and ideas for future projects.

Ewing Recipient of Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship, TMH


KELSEY EWING OF Pana, center, was awarded the 2015 Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship administered by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Foundation’s “Signature Event” held in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Janice Hopper Auditorium.

From left are Lori Kramer, Ann Butterfield Kramer, Kelsey Ewing, Raedena Ryan, Executive Director of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation and Eric Kahle, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Board Chairman.

Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced Kelsey Ewing of Pana is the 2015 recipient of the Carolyn M. Butterfield Trust Nursing Scholarship.

Raised in Christian County, Kelsey is the daughter of Missy Ewing and the late Brent Ewing. A graduate of Pana High School, Ewing continues to work at Bob Ridings in Pana on the weekends and her school breaks. Ewing is a junior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville studying to receive her Bachelors in Nursing and hopes to work in a hospital and eventually work as an oncology nurse.

“It was truly an honor to be a part of the process to award Kelsey this post secondary scholarship, said Raedena Ryan, Executive Director of the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation.  “Kelsey has a bright future in healthcare and will make a positive impact on the patient experience when she becomes a nurse.”

At the time of her passing in 2000, through her trust, Mrs. Butterfield provided the Hospital Foundation a gift that funds scholarships annually. As one of the charter members of the St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Foundation, Carolyn Butterfield understood the importance of a rural community hospital. It was her wish to financially assist students from Christian County pursuing a career in healthcare especially in the field of nursing.  Her hope was to help in the decreasing shortage of these professionals in hospital’s service area.

Kelesy was awarded the post secondary scholarship at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation Signature Event held in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Janice Hopper Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit, incorporated as a 501(c)3 and organized in 1995 and supports the Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Tower Hill Senior Citizens Potluck

Tower Hill Senior Citizens held their monthly potluck at noon on Monday, Sept. 14 with 26 seniors present, including six veterans.

There were no September birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate.

The $5 door prize was won by Eva Roberts. Entertainment after lunch was country music.

The next potluck will be held the second Monday in October. All seniors are welcome.


Quad County Honors Memory Of Jim Downs at Parade


QUAD COUNTY HOME Health and Hospice participated in the 2015 Pana Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 7. They walked in honor of their employee, Denise Downs, and in memory of her husband, Jim Downs, wearing shirts with “In Memory of Jim Downs 1958 – 2015” on the back.

Those participating were, in front from left, McKinley Hippard, McKenna Hippard, McKayla Casner and Laura Pauley.

In back, Mallory Casner, Susan Hippard, Rachel Springate, Tammy Casner, Joyce Sims, Angie Hurst, Carol Chandler and Denise Orton.

In the carriage are members of the Downs family, Cara Lewis, Cayla Beyers, Phiona Beyers and Denise Downs.

Sunday Fire Does Little Damage

Pana firemen were called to the scene of a grass fire south of Pana at the old Peabody Mine Site at 125 N. 235E Road on Sunday, Sept. 6, at about 2:08 p.m.

According to Pana Fire Chief Rod Bland, the fire consumed mainly grass at the facility which is owned by John Allen. The fire did burn some old cars, some stacked lumber and old tires. It burned up to a bulldozer and a concrete building but did no damage.

Bland said because of the high temperature on Sunday, additional personnel from the Tower Hill and Oconee Fire Departments were called to the scene to spell firemen who were battling the blaze.

No one was injured and there was no damage.

Alana Yucaneer Graduates Basic Training

Army National Guard Pvt. Alana J. Yucaneer has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S. C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Yucaneer is the daughter of Christine and Jeffrey Yucaneer, Owaneco. She is a 2015 graduate of Taylorville High School.