By Sandra Haschemeyer
For the Star-Gazette
Mike Wikens, site superintendent of the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area, was the keynote speaker at the annual Beardstown Chamber of Commerce membership dinner held Thursday, March 13, at the Elks Club.
Panther Creek is a popular recreation area, one that is right in our own backyard. The site has over 800,000 visitors per year, numbers which have steadily grown, Wikens said, There were 695,544 visitors in 2011, 760,310 in 2012, and 801,645 in 2013.