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Ribberfest in Mt Carmel April 24-25

Apr 23rd, 2015

The stage at the Wabash Ribberfest BBQ Championship in Mt. Carmel this Friday and Saturday will be filled with over 15 hours of live entertainment. Opening again in 2015, at 3pm on Friday, will be Micah Carter on keyboard and Tim Mitchell on percussion offering, simply, “BBQ music at its best!” At 5:30, it’s the 7 piece Honey Roy Band, bringing the sweet sounds of R&B and Jazz, and featuring Roy Carter on the sax. Headlining the evening will be “The IDGITS”, a hit last year who specialize in Western Swing Country with a hint of the Blues. Chris Cochran, John Snider and Cory Folz form the group, on stage from 8-10pm.

Saturday begins early with John Caddell and Jonas Owen bringing Blues and original music to the stage at 10:30am. At 1pm, Mt. Carmel natives Moneka Fullop and Shawn Storkman cover four decades of the best. Ribberfest is excited to bring to bring the Scott Mason Band to the stage at 3pm. With Scott are legendary musicians John Rochner on bass guitar, Danny Erkman on drums and Bob Green on keyboards and sax. Rounding out the day from 6-8pm will be the regionally renowned “Hawf Family String Band” led by Doug Hawf, who along with wife Tonia and their talented family use the guitar, upright bass, dobro, mandolin, violin and more to bring the sounds of Country Bluegrass to the Ribberfest stage.

It’s always Free Parking, Free Admission and Free Entertainment at Ribberfest in Uptown Mt. Carmel. Go to for more information.

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Upcoming Events at SIC

Apr 24th, 2015

April 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. – SIC Theatre presents The Addams Family in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center at SIC.  Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students, staff and seniors. For more information, contact the box office at 618-252-5400, ext. 2486 or 2487 or call 618-841-4649.

April 25, 1-4 p.m. –Uncle Fester’s Laboratory for K-5th at Southeastern Illinois College.  Cost is $30 and reservations must be made by April 20th. Attendees will engage in hands-on science, tour the theatre, and receive a T-shirt and snack.  Call 252-5400 x2486 or 841-4649.

April 28, 6:30 p.m. -- Southeastern Illinois College will hold its annual Honors Night in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center.

April 30, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.– Circle K Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in the Southeastern Illinois College George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center Lobby. $8 per person, dine in or carry out. For tickets call 252-5400 ext. 3208. 

 May 3, 1-3 p.m. – The Southeastern Illinois College Student Art Show Reception will held the in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center. This show will display art created by the SIC students throughout the academic year. Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Contact Sara DeNeal at 252-5400 ext. 2232 for more information.

 May 3, 2 p.m. – Southeastern Illinois College Community Chorus and Broadway Voices presents Broadway’s Golden Era in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. For more information call 252-5400 ext. 2486 or 2487 or 841-4649.

May 4, 4-6 p.m. – Southeastern Illinois College will hold a Rock ‘n Roll Kids’ Fair. This event will have free admission, food and fun. The fair is designed to help promote reading, education, health, nutrition and safety in a fun manner. For more information call 252-5400 Ext. 3213.

May 5, 6 p.m. – SIC Board of Trustees meeting in the Rodney J. Brenner Board Room at SIC in Harrisburg.

 May 8, 4-5 p.m. -- Southeastern Illinois College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students and Practical Nursing (PN) students will have a pinning ceremony in the Joseph Deaton Gymnasium at SIC.  The ceremony will precede commencement exercises on this day.

May 8, 7-9 p.m., Commencement exercises will be held in Joseph Deaton Gymnasium. The 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, Deidre (Wallace) Lhamon, Founder and Executive Director of The Covering House, will be the keynote speaker. A reception will follow in the Harry L. Crisp Student Center. 

Visit SIC’s website for more upcoming event information.

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Wabash Christian Therapy Collecting for Guardian Center

Apr 24th, 2015



WABASH CHRISTIAN THERAPY & MEDICAL CLINIC (WCTMC) invites you to celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month by joining with them to promote awareness for the prevention of child abuse.

Since April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the therapists of Wabash Christian Therapy & Medical Clinic will be collecting items from April 13 to April 24 for the Guardian Center, a local non-for profit childcare advocacy center in Carmi, Illinois. The center focuses on children and families who have experienced sexual and severe physical abuse.

Items needed include: children's games such as cards or board games, individually packaged snacks, gas cards, and gift cards to local restaurants.

All items will be utilized to provide improved care for children and families affected. Gas cards and gift cards are necessary for advocates to perform outings with children. Items can be dropped off at WCTMC 1112 Oak Street, Carmi IL between the hours of 7am and 5pm during April 13-24th. Each person participating may register for a gift bag provided by WCTMC.

This month and throughout the year, Wabash Christian Therapy & Medical Clinic and The Guardian Center encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Carmi a better place for children and families.

To learn more about Wabash Christian therapy & medical clinic visit For information regarding the guardian center visit 

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Uncle Fester's Laboratory

Apr 25th, 2015

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Shane Farris Memorial Jam Session

Apr 25th, 2015

It's Always Rockin!  The Shane Farris Memorial Jam Session will be held on Saturday, April 25th at the Elks Lodge in Carmi, beginning at 6 p.m.  Acts performing include:  Six to Midnight, HYJYNX, Long Hard Road, and Blue Shadows.  $5 cover charge for this fundraiser.  

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Electronics Recycling Event

Apr 25th, 2015



(Must provide proof of residency)


Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


LOCATION:  520 North 3rd Street  Carmi, IL 62821


Recycle Old TV’s and Electronics

We Will Take                                          We Will Not Take

Computers                                                 White Goods

Televisions                                                 Refrigerators

Radios                                                        Batteries

Cell Phones                                                Mercury Containing Items

Laptops                                                      Thermostats

Servers                                                       Light bulbs

DVD’s                                                        Air Conditioners

Stereos                                                        Explosives

All Computer Parts                                   Liquids




Vacuum Cleaners


For more information call:   Sandra at City of Carmi   618-384- 2001

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Agape Night at Plainview G.B. Church

Apr 26th, 2015

Agape Night will be Sunday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m.  This session will be held at Plainview General Baptist Church in Norris City.  All youth(6th grade & up) are welcome to attend.  There will be a Super exciting speaker of the Word, Lots of good food, Great worship music and some prizes to be given away.  Brought to you by: Plainview General Baptist Church, Crossroads Bible Church, Ditney Ridge Baptist Church, United Cumberland Presbyterian Church(all of Norris City) & Enfield Christian Church.  Join us in worshiping and fellowshipping together.

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Red Cross Blood Drives

Apr 29th, 2015

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Saline County


4/29/2015: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., New Hope Christian Academy, 1520 W. McHaney St.



Mount Carmel

4/30/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 2010 N. Cherry



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Carmi Farmer's Market to open May 2

Apr 23rd, 2015

The Carmi Farmer’s Market will kick off the season on Saturday, May 2 from 8am-11am in the 1st United Methodist Church parking lot, on Church Street in Carmi. 

The Farmer’s Market will be open every Saturday through the summer. The Farmer’s Market is looking for people to get involved, especially those crafters looking to sell their products.

Anyone interested in setting up tables or booths may contact Larry Stocke at (618) 382-3268

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Gospel Concert & Talent Search Benefit

May 2nd, 2015

A Gospel concert & Talent search will be held May 2 at the Wayne City, IL high school. This is a concert for 5 local Wayne County high school students that will be traveling to Europe this summer as student ambassadors with the People to People organization. 

Registration for the talent search will begin at 8am. There will be a category for solo & groups. The winners of each category will have the chance to perform that afternoon & will win a day of recording at Declaration 212 studios in Harrisburg for 10 songs.  

The concert will be at 2pm & will feature some top notch gospel acts. The Nehrkorn's, The Rainey's, & Annette Bingaman. This will be an awesome concert & an awesome afternoon of praising GOD.

This will be a fundraiser to help send the kids on a learning trip of a lifetime. While there they will be learning about different aspects of England & the UK.

If you have questions, clal 618-842-7149.

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Teutopolis Museum Hours

May 3rd, 2015

Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

The hours are from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. We recommend you come early to see the many unique and interesting articles on display. Admission for adults is $5.00 and $1.00 for children.

The Museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building which is located behind St. Francis Church in Teutopolis. A chair lift is available for visitors who have difficulty with stairs.

Besides its collection of articles used by the Franciscan Friars, the Museum is also known for Bibles and books in different languages, some from the 1700’s. The “pioneer wing” features items used by early Teutopolis pioneers, including farm tools, furniture, clocks, quilts, toys, various household and grocery store items. These articles are on display in the former “cells” or bedrooms of the Novices.

The tour also includes the Mausoleum and St. Francis church with stained glass windows which depict highlights in the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Volunteers are available along the tour to explain displays and assist visitors.

Special group tours for adults or school groups can be arranged on days other than the scheduled Sunday openings. Contact Joyce and Ray Vahling at (217) 857-3586, Teutopolis, IL 62467. Regular, scheduled museum opening dates are the first Sunday of the months April thru November.

For more information go to the parish website: or to the town’s website at and click on “Tourism” or the pair of wooden shoes.

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Rock 'N Roll Kids' Fair Coming to SIC

May 4th, 2015

Juke boxes, records, bobby socks and poodle skirts will take over Southeastern Illinois College May 4, from 4-6 p.m. for this year’s Rock ‘N Roll Kids’ Fair.

This free event, made possible through a community partnership with Egyptian Health Department, Harrisburg Medical Center, WADI Head Start, and Harrisburg District Library, is for children ages 0-5th grade.  Registration is in B/C lobby with games and information in Deaton Gym and B-hall. 

Community vendors representing 25-30 public agencies, civic organizations and local businesses will provide fun activities, games and prizes for the children.  There will be a life-sized Juke Box and a photo op area, and cameras or cell phones are encouraged.  This fair is designed to help promote reading, education, health, nutrition and safety in a fun manner.

Free food will be served in the SIC Harry L. Crisp Student Center/cafeteria provided by WADI, Harrisburg Medical Center, Pepsi Mid-America and SIC. Also, a DJ will be playing dance music with an area for dancing in the cafeteria.

This year’s free program will be selections from the spring musical The Addams Family presented by the SIC Theater Department. The program will be held in lecture hall B-126.

Little Obie, a scale model of a real locomotive and caboose, will again thrill kids of all ages with rides around campus.  Little Obie is sponsored by the Canadian National Railway.  There is expected to be a fire truck, police car, classic cars and possibly an ambulance that the children can look inside and talk with the drivers.

This event is provided by the Community Education Department at Southeastern Illinois College.  For more information call 252-5400 Ext. 3213.

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PBIS 5K Run/Walk

May 8th, 2015

Carmi-White County Junior High is teaming up with Peoples National Bank to host the annual PBIS 5K Run/Walk. The Glow Run will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday, May 8.

Age group winners in nine age categories will be recognized, as well as the top three walkers.  All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

This year's 5K promises to be even more fun than last year's. Those taking part in the race will glow up the night throughout the 3.1 mile route, and participants are encouraged, but not required, to wear bright colors. Glow necklaces and other light-ups will be available for purchase. 

The corporate sponsor for the event is People's National Bank of Carmi.

Other sponsors include:  Carmi Family Dental, Roark Trucking, Banterra Bank, Hargrave Mums & More, Campbell Oil Services of Illinois, LLC, First Bank, Eastern Services, Nancy J. Winter, CPA, Brown's Feed & Chemical and Botsch& Associates, CPA.

Entry forms are available at Peoples National Bank, Carmi-White County Junior High school, and the school district's Website, Before April 24, the registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for those ages 14 and under. Registration after the deadline is $25 for adults and $15 for 14 years and under.  The run/walk begins and ends at Washington School, 205 West Main Street, Carmi, IL  62821.

All proceeds will benefit Carmi-White County Junior High School.

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Catfish Fry Benefit

May 8th, 2015

Catfish Fry Benefit for the family of Dave Madding May 8th Elastec Parking Lot in Fairfield. Starts at 5. This is to help pay medical expenses. Fee for dinner is donation of your choosing. Raffle of various local vendor items also!

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3rd Annual Car Show at RLC MarketPlace

May 9th, 2015

Springtime brings with it warm weather, sunny days, and for local residents, the annual Car Show at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. This year, the show will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 9.

Interested patrons can register their vehicles from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for $10 in the east parking lot of the MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon. The first 100 registrants will be given a dash plaque for participating. All of the proceeds from the Car Show’s registration will go toward RLC student scholarships in the Automotive Technology program.

Around 10:30 p.m., judges will begin inspecting every car on the lot for a 2 p.m. trophy presentation. The awards this year include Best of Show, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, Best Street Rod, Best Truck, Best Rat Rod, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Motor, Top Five 1995 and Newer, Top 15 1974 through 1994, and Top 25 1974 and Older.

For more information, contact Nigel Thompson at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1806 or

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Ascension Quartet at Enfield Methodist Church

May 16th, 2015

Ascension Quarter, from Lebanon Missouri will be performing at the Enfield Methodist Church, Saturday night May 16th at 6pm. Come out & enjoy a good time. There will be lots of food following the singing provided by the Methodist & Wesly Chapel churches.  Hope to see you there.

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3rd Annual Eldorado Hardee's Cruize Inn

May 23rd, 2015

The 3rd Annual Eldorado Hardee's Cruize In will be held on Saturday, May 23 from 11am - 4:30pm  (Rain date May 30). Registration starts at 10am.  Dash plaques to first 50 entries.  There will be food, music, games, free entry, raffle, dunk booth.  Awards will be given in several categories.  All proceeds will go to the Children's Hospital in St. Louis.  For more information, call Lynlee Phelps at 618-269-0611 or Matt Adams at 618-926-4890.

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Poker Run to Benefit The Guardian Center

May 30th, 2015

Danny’s Pool Room will once again host a Poker Run to benefit The Guardian Center for its work on behalf of abused children.

On May 30th, the Poker Run will be held for motorcyclists (cars and trucks are welcome as well), who will enjoy a free breakfast, BBQ dinner at the , prizes and raffles.

The Ride will begin with registration from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  at Danny’s Pool Room, where the route will begin and include stops at the Oasis in Ridgway, the New Haven Legion, the Mt. Vernon Legion, and Chappy’s in Grayville.

For more information call 618-382-8247.

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Relay for Life of White County

Jun 19th, 2015

Relay for Life of White County will be held on Friday, June 19th from 6pm-12am at the Carmi White County High School.  For more information, visit or

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Our Savior Lutheran Church Food Pantry

Dec 31st, 2015

The Our Savior Lutheran Church food pantry is still open on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday and Thursday from 9am - noon.  There is also an ongoing rummage sale during pantry hours.  Call 618 - 838 - 6653.  The food pantry is located behind CVS in Carmi.

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Narcotics Anonymous Meeting

Dec 31st, 2015

A new Narcotics Anonymous meeting is being held in Carmi. (There hasn't been an NA meeting here in a very long time.) We hope to provide a safe place where recovering addicts can share their experience, strength, and hope with one another. This is an open Narcotics Anonymous meeting, which means that non-addict guests are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held every Tuesday from 6-7 PM at the Cherry Street Annex at 298 3rd Street.

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Chute Shooting Camp

Jul 1st, 2015

The Chute Shooting Camp will be held at Carmi-White County High School on July 1 & 2 (8:30-11:30 am, 9th-12th Grade girls & boys, 12:30-3:30pm, 4th-8th Grade boys & girls). Cost is $70.00. This camp will teach 3 steps to great shooting … technique, attitude, & practice. Visit to download an application and check out the camp schedule, or call 712-272-3115 for more information. Forms can be turned in to Coach Steed at Carmi-White County High School and are due April 8th.   

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Jefferson School Collecting General Mills Boxtops

May 31st, 2015

Jefferson Attendance Center is collecting General Mills Boxtops for Education.  General Mills will pay .10 cents for each label that is on their products.  The money goes into the PTO to help pay for field trips, classroom supplies and items to enhance the student's learning process.

They also collect empty inkjet cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics.  There is a container just inside the door by the school office that these items an be dropped into.  

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