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Upcoming School Christmas Concerts

The Lincoln Elementary, Junior High and High School band and chorus will be celebrating the Christmas holiday with a concert at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, in the high school gym.

All are welcome to attend.

Washington Elementary School will have their Christmas concert at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the high school gym.

Kindergarten, first and second graders will be performing.


In the account of the Dec. 2 Herrick Village Board meeting, it was erroneously stated that Debbie Allen had been involved in checking holiday lights. She informed the PN-P that instead, she had complained that the Christmas lights were not activated. Mrs. Allen also is not on the town’s park committee, as was stated in error.

The strings of lights, instead, had been checked by Missy Carlisle, a trustee, and Marilyn Bruns, water clerk, due to some of them not being in working order.

Readers Reply: ‘Are You Going Shopping Thanksgiving Day?’

In the week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, followers on the Pana News-Palladium FaceBook page were asked, “Are you going shopping on Thanksgiving Day to get any special deals?” and “What are you going for specifically?”

A sampling of the answers include: Donja Small  – ”No. Thanksgiving is a day for thanks and family, not materialistic things. Time with my family is far more valuable and that can’t be bought in any store.”

Mary Kay Holthaus, Sherman – “Although I won’t be shopping on Thanksgiving, I support those who are working because they need the holiday pay.”

Michele Shelite, Herrick – “Well, I guess I am outnumbered, but I am shopping on Thursday, in Pekin, with my sister. We love our Black Friday annual fun! I never shop for anything specific, but if I see a good deal, I’ll buy!”

Bill Endris – “Remember all the holidays of my youth in Pana were days to spend with family and friends! No need to change a good thing.”

Tiffany Welburn – “No! Time spent with my family is more important!”

Mike Barnes – “No I will not shop on Thanksgiving. It’s a day for family and everyone should get that opportunity. There is nothing I need that bad that can’t wait.”

New Books At Pana Library

New books on the shelves at Carnegie Schuyler Library in Pana:

Fiction Books

“Revival” by Stephen King

“Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwell

“Blue Labyrinth” by Douglas Preston

“Private India: City on Fire” by James Patterson

“Inferno” by Dan Brown

“The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

“The Job” by Janet Evanovich

“Goodbye Piccadilly” by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

“The Escape” by David Baldacci

“The Cinderella Murder” by Mary Higgins Clark.

Community Blood Drive Results

Thanks to all who supported the community blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 12.  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.

Forty-one donors presented and 37 units of blood were collected.  Donors included:  Zack Apke, Lisa Bland, Morgan Bland, Lisa Bloemer, Barb Bock, Peggy Christer, Linda Christer, Ed Clavin, Mary Cottrell, Kay Duduit, Kevin Duez, Linda Eck, Larry Epley, Amy Funneman, Pattie Gatons, Terry Henschen, Susan Hippard, John Hippard, Tina Janssen, Eric Jostes, Joe Karback, Sandy Koontz, Judy Marley, Linda Marsh, Myra Mathias, June Miller, Angie Miller, Joyce Morey, Marvin Morey, Michael Moss, Sherri Oller, Christy Overby, Mary Richardson, Sarah Rochkes, John Scott, Harold Simmons, Lorene Sims, Bob Smith, Joe Weishaar, Diana West, and Maggie West.

Pana Community Hospital thanks all the donors and volunteers who donated their time to serve refreshments supplied by the hospital Dietary department. Volunteers were Tammy Rhodes and daughters, Aubrea and Adrian. Special thanks to First United Methodist Church and Glenn Schneider who set up for the blood drive.

Huge Undertaking To Bring You Today’s Newspaper



IT WAS A mammoth effort to put together this week’s Pana News-Palladium newspaper you received. Several workers put together the eight inserts you find today, filled with “Black Friday” and holiday shopping bargains.

Those inserts are from County Market, Rural King, Walgreens, two inserts from Menard’s; Dollar General, Wal-Mart and the 2014 Pana News-Palladium Holiday Gift Guide.

In the top photo, those assembling the section are, at the back table, Bev Rossman (back to camera) and Aaron Vandenburgh. In the foreground are Don Werner (back to camera) and Kathy Lynch.

Another worker, Jean Gitcho, surveys the stacks – 25 in each stack – of completed inserts waiting to be placed in today’s publication.

(Joni Etchison/Tom Latonis Photos)

4-H SPIN Club Donating First-Aid Kits

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THE 4-H MEDICAL SPIN Club is donating first-aid kits as a community project for this year.

With some of the kits donated are, from left, David Bruns, Providers Assistant; Dale McKinney, PA-C; and Lindsay Stine, Providers Assistant.

The 4-H Medical SPIN Club’s community service project for the 2014-15 year is collecting donations and supplies to make first-aid kits for patients who come to Tzedakah Christian Health Center.

Tzedakah is a free medical clinic located in Decatur for paitents who do not have any medical insurance including Medicare or Medicaid. The club has made over 30 first-aid kits to be given away.

Persons needing to make an appointment for medical care may leave a message at the health center at 217-330-6076.

Blood Drive Wednesday

A Pana community blood drive will be held in the Pana First United Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell Street; 1:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Call the blood center to sign up toll free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and appreciated.

CICBC is the provider of life-saving blood for 15 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Pana Community Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital, and Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital.

Seniors Warned About Grandchildren Scam

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp is reminding area senior citizens about a financial exploitation scam which focuses on grandparents. These scams are a growing problem throughout the United States and in Christian County.

Recently, an area resident was a victim of a scam and lost approximately $6,500. The victim received a call from an individual who pretended to be a police officer and told the victim their grandson had been arrested and needed bond money. The victim was instructed to purchase Green DOT Money cards and later the officer called the victim again to obtain the code number for the money orders.

Another grandparent in our area was also contacted concerning the same situation as described above, but thanks to an alert employee of Walgreens in Taylorville, the scam was averted.

Sheriff Kettelkamp is asking all retail stores who sell money order to senior citizens to check with other family members before selling the money order to the seniors.

Charlie Weers To Celebrate 90th Birthday


Charles D. “Charlie” Weers of Pana will mark his 90th birthday on Sunday, Nov. 16, in Oak Street Station-Pana History Museum, 38 Oak St. in Pana. The open house is from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend the celebration.

He was born Nov. 16, 1924, the son of Henry and Emmer Hoover Weers. He married the late Aida “Dolly” Fiore Weers on Dec. 5, 1948. They are the parents of a daughter, Elizabeth (Steven) Jackson, Decatur. They have a grandson, Keith William Redman, Perry, Okla.. and two great-grandchildren, Alexander Dean Redman and Jonathan William Redman, Decatur.

Retired from Caterpillar, Charlie has been active recently as the president of the Pana Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry Board and has worked with the Food Pantry for many years.