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Overcoming Anxiety Support Group

Oct 13th, 2015

Southeastern Illinois Center for Pastoral Counseling is sponsoring a FREE Overcoming Anxiety Support Group Meeting at the First Christian Church, 8th & Market Streets, Mt. Carmel, from 7-8:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct 13.  (This group usually meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month)  For anyone who has experienced anxiety, worry, fear, dread, or panic.  The group is led by Brenda Knuckles, MAMFC, LCPC.  For more information, call 618-262-5921 or visit

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Brownsville Chili Supper

Oct 15th, 2015


On Thursday, October 15, 2015, Brownsville School will host its annual Open House and Chili Supper from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Chili, drink and dessert or 2 hot dogs, drink and dessert will be served from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for $5.00 a person.  Carry-out will also be available.  Prizes will be raffled as well as themed baskets from each classroom.  Prize drawings will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Tickets may be purchased in advance and at the door.

Brownsville School, 1187 Co. Rd. 700 E., Carmi, IL is a public school attendance center operated by the Carmi-White County Unit #5 School District.  The school serves students with special needs who live in Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, Wabash,Wayne and White Counties.  For more information, call 618-265-3256.

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Haunted Forest

Oct 15th, 2015

Coleman Tri-County Services will hld their 23rd Annual Drive Thru Haunted Forest at the Ridgway Park in Ridgway, IL. Thursday, Oct. 15 6:30-9:00 pm ... Friday, Oct. 16 6:30-10:30 pm ... Saturday Oct. 17 6:30-10:30 pm.  Admission is $8 per vehicle.  Hayrides available.  If you bring a non-perishable food item, $2 will be deducted from admission.  For more information or to be a volunteer in the Haunted Forest, call 618-378-2191.

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Hope Center Feed The Family

Oct 17th, 2015

The next Hope Center Feed the Family will be Saturday October 17th. The House of Prayer will be assisting with setting out lots of food, clothes and misc. items.  The start time will be around 9am. Please bring a box or bags to take items home with you. The Hope Center is located at 23 West Cherry in Albion.  With the weather starting to get cooler the Hope Center will be accepting new and used coats and jackets plus any new or used boots or shoes.  

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White County Republican Breakfast

Oct 17th, 2015

White County Republican Party 

                will be serving 

                Breakfast on

   Saturday, October 17, 2015

  at the Carmi American Legion 

       from 6:30am to 10:00am  

     Pancakes & Sausage Patty 


           Biscuits & Gravy 

              $5 per person

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Trivia Night to Benefit Hamilton County Band Program

Oct 17th, 2015

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Trivia Night

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Sponsored by

Band Boosters

October 17, 2015

1st General Baptist Church


Doors open at 6:00 pm

Trivia starts at 7:00 pm

*Teams consist of up to 8 players

*$10 per player

*light refreshments provided

*tricky trays

Proceeds to benefit Hamilton County Band program

For more info, or to sign-up, Contact:

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Carmi League of Arts Meeting

Oct 17th, 2015

The Carmi League of Arts will meet Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9am at the First United Methodist Church.  The group will discuss their December production of ""The Littlest Angel".  The meeting is open to the public.  For more information about the League, like their page on facebook.

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Harvest Day at Mill Shoals Baptist Church

Oct 17th, 2015

Harvest Day will be held at Mill Shoals Baptist Church on Saturday, October 17.  Festivities will begin at 2pm and go to approx. 5pm.  Free chili, hot dogs, cookies and drinks will be served.  There will be games, crafts, and inflatables for the kids.  Gerry Tipton of Evansville & friends will provide music for the afternoon.  A pie & dessert auction will be held approx. 4pm.  Proceeds will be donated to local charities.  Everyone is welcome.  

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Emmanuel UMC Youth Chowder 10/17

Oct 17th, 2015

Emmanuel United Methodist Church Youth will be having a Chowder as a fundraiser
Saturday October 17th 4pm-7pm
Chowder, Dessert, Drinks provided
Donations only. Carryouts are availible, bring your own container.

The chowder will be at the new church location at 203 Edgewood Lane in Carmi
Please come to support our youth!

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Norris City General Baptist Homecoming

Oct 18th, 2015

Norris City General Baptist Church will hold their Homecoming at 11am, Sunday, October 18.  Morning speaker will be Brother Joe Patton.  Catered lunch at noon.  Afternoon singing at 1:00 pm by The Glory Road Travelers.  Everyone welcome.  There will be no Sunday evening service.

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Discovery Tours at Crab Orchard NWR

Oct 18th, 2015

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will be offering the Crab Orchard Discovery Tour on October18 and 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Last year, more than 1,000 visitors enjoyed seeing a variety of plants and animals during the self-guided auto tour.

The Tour will begin at the Visitor Center and meander through the back roads of the Refuge for approximately 14 miles.  Roads are easily traveled by passenger vehicles, but are not open to buses.

The Tour is located in a portion of the Refuge normally not opened to the public and provides visitors an opportunity to observe and learn about the Refuge and its wildlife management practices.

Highlights of the Tour include the Refuge’s diversity of wildlife habitats, remnants of some of the World War II munitions plant , historic cemeteries, and an abundance of autumn colors.

Come out and visit your National Wildlife Refuge on October 18 and 27 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., and don’t forget your binoculars and camera!

Refuge staff and volunteers will be available along the tour route to distribute the Crab Orchard Discovery Tour brochure and answer any questions.  For more information, stop in at the Refuge Visitor Information Center location on State Route 148, 2 miles south of State Route 13 or call (618)997-3344. 

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Upcoming events at SIC

Oct 20th, 2015

The Mary Jo Oldham Center for Child Study young artists will show their work: Small House, Big World beginning Oct. 5 and running through the end of the month. Art will be displayed in the SIC Art Gallery in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center. This show will run in conjunction with the fall theatre production, Snoopy: The musical. Snoopy inspired artwork has been created using many different media. SIC Art Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 20, 6 p.m. -- The Southeastern Illinois College Board of Trustees will meet in the Rodney J. Brenner Board room at SIC.

Oct. 21, 9 a.m.- noon – Community Health Fair in the Harry Crisp Student Center at SIC.  Screenings, flu shots, health awareness information, refreshments. Free admission.  For more information contact Donna Hearn at 618-252-5400 ext. 3213.

Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. -- Phi Theta Kappa Red Cross Blood Drive in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center Lobby (VPAC) at Southeastern Illinois College.

Oct. 25, 2 p.m. – Cultural Arts Series: Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin perform in the George T. Dennis Visual & Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Contact Kellye Whitler at 252-5400, ext. 2486 or 841-4649 for more information.

Oct. 27 9-11 a.m. – Southeastern Illinois College will host the Illinois Regional College Fair in Deaton Gymnasium. Representatives from many transfer colleges will be available for information.

Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – The Workforce and Illinois Small Business Development Center (WISBDC) at SIC will host a Managing a Multi-Generational Workplace class presented by Kristin King, H.R. & Employment Manager at Southern Illinois Healthcare. This class will be held at the WISBDC (second floor of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, formerly Old National Bank) in Harrisburg. For further information, or to register contact Debbie Hadfield at 252-5001 ext. 5 or

The 38th Annual Heritage Festival will be held Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southeastern Illinois College.  More than 120 vendors will be on hand and there will be live demonstrations.  Food will be available from SIC’s Falcon Pointe Bistro. SIC Junior Falcon Productions will perform Honk! The Musical on Saturday at 2 p.m. Harry Crisp Student Center. On Sunday, the Eldorado Alumni Band will perform at 2 p.m. in the Student Center. For more information, contact Donna Hearn at 618-252-5400, ext. 3213.                                                                

Visit Southeastern Illinois College’s website for more upcoming event information.

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Sustainable Living Expo

Oct 24th, 2015

A Sustainable Living Expo will be held at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9am-4pm.  Admission is free and it is open to the public.  There will be informative presentations, demonstrations, exhibits, local artisans and vendors.  Bring the whole family.  There will be a kid's activity area and food court.  To become a sponsor, vendor or more information, visit  Questions?  email: or call 618-695-4917.

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Make A Difference Day

Oct 24th, 2015

Egyptian Health Dept & Fowler Bonan Foundation are joining together to Make A Difference on Saturday, Oct. 24.  Items will be collected at Wal-Mart in Harrisburg & Carmi or Shawneetown Dollar General on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8am-12noon.  Items of need include:  Shampoo & conditioner, house cleaning supplies, deodorant, lice treatment kits, hair elastics & barettes, laundry detergent, shaving supplies, brushes/combs, toothbrush/toothpaste, toilet paper.  For more information, call the Egyptian Health Dept. at 618-273-3326, ext. 2214 or email

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White County Genealogical Society annual meeting 10/24

Oct 24th, 2015

The 13th annual luncheon meeting of The Genealogical Society of White County, Illinois, will be held Saturday, October 24th at the Carmi American Legion.  The meeting beginsat 12 noon, and is open to both members and non-members.

Sue Berry will speak on finding and documenting ancestors who fought in the Civil War.  She will be attired in an antebellum dress, half navy blue (representing Union forces) and half gray (representing Confederate forces).  Her father was born in Kentucky (Confederate territory), and mother in Illinois (Union territory).  Thus far, Sue has located and genealogically linked thirteen Union soldiers and seven Confederate soldiers into her database.  Much of Sue's work was completed at the DAR Library and the National Archives, located in Washington, D.C.

Reservations for a fried chicken and baked ham buffet may be made by telephoning Linda Kuykendall---618.966.3831 or Nancy Hays---618.265.3197.  The price of this buffet meal and program is $15.00 per person.  Please make your reservations by October 17.

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Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Assn. Autumn Walks

Oct 25th, 2015

The Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis Association is excited to announce our upcoming annual Autumn Walks. These fundraising walks will take place:


Sunday, October 25, 2015, Moreland Park, Owensboro, KY

Registration 12:30 pm   Walk 1:30 pm


Sunday, November 1, 2015, Harrison High School, Evansville, IN

Registration 12:30 pm   Walk 1:30 pm


The annual Autumn Walks are held to promote public involvement and raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. There will be a one mile walk, a silent auction, food, prizes, and more! All money raised at this fundraising event stays in the tri-state area to support individuals and families coping with Multiple Sclerosis.


You can help by forming a Family & Friends Team and start collecting donations today! We also need sponsors and gladly accept donations of auction items and baskets. The event is free to all who want to come out and support the Tri-State MS Association. Prizes will be awarded for those who raise $50 or more.


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the Central Nervous System. The disease occurs in young adults between the ages of 20-40. Symptoms include fatigue, pain, numbness, weakness, and cognitive changes. There is no cure at this time but medications do help control the symptoms!


For more information, please contact Tri-State MS Association at 812- 423-5943 or Toll Free at 1-866-514-4312 or visit our website at

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Greif Support Meeting - Mt. Carmel

Oct 27th, 2015

Southeastern Illinois Center for Pastoral Counseling is sponsoring a FREE Grief Support Group Meeting at the First Christian Church, 8th & Market Streets, Mt. Carmel, from 7-8:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 27.  (This group usually meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month)  For anyone who has experienced a loss (death of a loved one, divorce, long-term illness, etc.) The group is led by Brenda Knuckles, MAMFC, LCPC.  For more information, call 618-262-5921 or visit

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Halloween Alternative/Fall Festival at Trinity Assembly of God

Oct 31st, 2015

Trinity Assembly of God will be hosting a Halloween Alternative/Fall Festival on Saturday, October 31st.  The doors will open promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.  This event will be located at 1600 Saunders Avenue in Carmi.  We provide a safe and fun environment for the children to experience.   All the children in the community are invited to attend.  Come dressed up in your favorite positive character.  There will be lots of games, snacks, candy, and prizes given away.  A hay ride will also be provided if weather permits. 

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Teutopolis Museum Hours

Nov 1st, 2015

Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on the first Sunday of the Month, April - November.

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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Emmanuel United Methodist Church Shawneetown Concert

Nov 5th, 2015

The Emmanuel United Methodist Church of Shawneetown, IL will be hosting the BLACKWOOD BROTHERS QUARTET on November 5, at 7 pm.  HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Josh Gray Memorial Cornhole Tournament

Nov 7th, 2015

The second annual Josh Gray Memorial Cornhole Tournament will be played November 7 at the Grayville American Legion. Registration is from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. with the double elimination tournament to begin at 10:00 a.m.  There is a $40 registration fee per 2-member team.  The first place team will be awarded $200; second prize is $100.  A silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, a bake sale, as well as porkburgers, hamburgers, and grilled tenderloin sandwiches will be available throughout the day of the tournament.  Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Josh Gray Memorial Scholarship fund.  Josh, the son of John and Debbie Gray, died in an automobile accident in November 2013 at the age of 25.

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Grief Support Meeting - Carmi

Nov 12th, 2015

Southeastern Illinois Center for Pastoral Counseling is sponsoring a FREE Grief Support Group Meeting at the First United Methodist Church, 100 South Church Street, Carmi, IL, from 6-7pm on Thursday, Nov 12.  (This group usually meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month)  For anyone who has experienced a loss (death of a loved one, divorce, long-term illness, etc.) The group is led by Brenda Knuckles, MAMFC, LCPC.  For more information, call 618-382-5548 or visit

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Strong For Life Fitness Program @ Senior Citizens Center

Dec 31st, 2015

Strong For Life is a chair / exercise program designed for older adults.  The program will be offered once a week at the White County Senior Citizens Center and will meet on Monday mornings at 10:00am.  

Participants may join at any time.  There is no fee for the program, but donations are accepted. 

Strong For Life is funded in whole or part by Title III of the Older Americans Act and through Southeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging.  For more information contact the Senior Center, or call Donna at 618-516-2188.

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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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Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group

Dec 31st, 2015

Phoenix Rehabilitation and Nursing Care has announced that a new Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group will meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  The support group will meet from 6 to 7 pm at 615 W. Webb Street and is open to newly diagnosed patients, caregivers, family members, and any member of the public interested in the diseases.  Guest speakers will be featured and refreshments will be served.  CEU hours for those in the nursing community will be available some months.  For more information, contact Tami Jackson at 618-382-7270.

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