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HCE Chocolae Tasting Contest

Nov 21st, 2014

HCE is having their annual  chocolate tasting contest On November 21st from 4pm to 7pm at the Farm Bureau Building For It’s White County Christmas.   You can vote to choose the best top 3 from about 10 different samples this year.   Drinks of coffee, hot chocolate, and water include.  The cost is $3.00 for the prize money.  

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Holiday Family Feud Charity Event

Nov 22nd, 2014

Holiday Family Feud will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 2:00 at the First United Methodist Church in Carmi. The game-show is being sponsored by First Bank in conjunction with the “It’s a White County Christmas” celebration. At this fun charity event, teams will attempt to guess the responses to holiday-related questions from a local survey.

Up to eight teams of five will compete in Holiday Family Feud. Teams can consist of family members, friends, coworkers, or members of local clubs or organizations. The entry fee is $50 per team. Half of each team’s fee will go to the charity of the team’s choice, and the other half will be donated to the charity of the winning team’s choice. To sign up, email or call 382-5872. 

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Blood Drive at Carmi Library

Nov 22nd, 2014

The Carmi Public Library will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, November 22, from 10am - 3pm in the Community Room of the library at 103 Slocumb Street in Carmi.  

Please call the library at 618-382-5277 to schedule your appointment or go online to and enter sponsor keyword:  READABOOK.  All blood types are needed.  Each donation can help save 3 lives.  

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Carmi Senior Citizen Soup Luncheon

Nov 22nd, 2014

The Carmi Senior Citizens Center, 113 S. Walnut Street, Carmi, IL will hold an "All you can eat" soup luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:30am - 1:30pm. Your choice of soup (potato soup, vegetable soup, french onion, clam chowder & chili), beverage and drink. 

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Tumble Time Chili Dinner Fundraiser

Nov 22nd, 2014

A chili dinner will be held from 10-1 on November 22 at the Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Church streets in the basement. The cost is $5.00 and that will include chili, hot dog, desert, and a drink. Proceeds go to Tumble Time Booster Club to help the children pay for competition fees, uniforms, etc. throughout the cheer and tumbling season.

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Grief Support Meeting - Carmi

Nov 25th, 2014

The Southeastern Illinois Center for Pastoral Counseling is sponsoring a free Grief Support Group Meeting on Thursday, October 16, at the First United Methodist Church, 100 South Church Street, Carmi from 6-7pm.  The meeting is for anyone who has experienced a loss (death of a loved one, divorce, long-term illness, etc.) The group is led by Brenda Knuckles.  For more information call 618-382-5548 or

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Carmi Free Thanksgiving Meal

Nov 27th, 2014

A Free Carmi Thanksgiving Meal will be served on Thursday, November 27 from 11am - 1pm at the First Christian Church (corner of Plum & Bohleber in Carmi).  Meals will be served at the church and home deliveries will be provided.  Transportation will be available for those who may need a ride to the church to enjoy the food & fellowship on this Thanksgiving Day.

Everyone planning to attend or receive a home delivered meal needs to call no later than Tuesday, Nov. 25th and let them know if you will be eating on sight, need transportation, or desire a home delivered meal.  The phone number is 618-382-8082.  

This is a combined effort of Churches, businesses, Civic organizations, and individuals within the Carmi Community.

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It's A White County Christmas Vendor Bazaar

Nov 29th, 2014

A Vendor Bazaar will be held in conjunction with "It's A White County Christmas" on Saturday, November 29 from 9am - 3pm at the Farm Bureau Building, 304 E. Robinson Street, Carmi & at the Elks Lodge, 217 E. Cherry Street in Carmi.  The Bazaar will benefit the "Shop With A Cop" program and The Guardian Center.   Vendor spaces are still 618-926-3888 for details.

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Carmi Library Historic Replica

Dec 1st, 2014

The Friends of the Carmi Library is pleased to announce their latest fundraiser with the arrival of the historic replica, the Emmanuel United Methodist Church.  The congregation can trace its roots to 1856 and has occupied its current location at the corner of Third and Sycamore in Carmi since 1874.  The full color replica is part of a series of local historic building replicas the Friends have sponsored, with proceeds supporting the Carmi Public Library. Due to the high level of interest, individuals collecting numbered replicas will be assured the reservation of their specific number until December 1st.  Replicas may be purchased for $25.00 at the Carmi Library.

All proceeds support the resources and programs that the library provides the Carmi community.  For more information,contact the library at 382-5277.

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Farm Bill Informational Meetings & Workshops

Dec 2nd, 2014


The following meetings will be held at the Hamilton County Farm Service Agency office.  To register, please contact the local FSA office at 643-4326, Extension 2.

Suggested items to bring to the meeting: 

1.    Letter dated July 28, 2014 from Farm Service Agency along with the enclosure Reported Commodity Crop History Summary

2.    Crop Insurance Production and Yield Report

3.    Calculator

 Tuesday, December 2, 2014           8:30AM            Informational Meeting

 Thursday, December 4, 2014          1:00PM            Informational Meeting                          

Tuesday, December 9, 2014           8:30AM            Informational Meeting

Tuesday, December 9, 2014           6:30PM            Informational Meeting  

Thursday, December 11, 2014   6:30PM            Workshop         

 Tuesday, December 16, 2014      8:30AM                                Workshop

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Gospel Concert in Grayville

Dec 6th, 2014

The Grayville Ministerial Alliance will hold a gospel concert at 6pm, Saturday, Dec. 6 at Wabash Theater in Grayville.  Jamie Layton & Abundance Quartet from Branson, MO & Ken Turner & Valor III from Stateville, NC will perform.  Tickets are $10 each.  For tickets contact Norman O. Martin with Eastern Sky Ministries at 618-375-7806.  This is a fundraiser to purchase food and clothing for families in need at  Christmas.

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Friends in Christ S.S. Class Annual Cookie Sale

Dec 6th, 2014

The Emmanuel United Methodist Church Friends in Christ Sunday School Class wll hold their 24th annual cookie sale on Saturday, December 6 from 9am - noon at the church, 700 3rd Street, Carmi.  This year they will be adding all kinds of baked goods to the table.  Proceeds from this sale go to Emmanuel's new building.  There will be a variety of cookies, candy, and baked goods ready to be served at any Christmas party.

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Faith Bible Church Christmas Concert

Dec 7th, 2014

Faith Bible Church, located 5601 Oak Hill Rd, is hosting their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 6pm featuring the Good Shepherd Band from Clearnote Church in Bloomington, Indiana.

Dan Gelok, Elder at Faith Bible Church says, “We look forward to a great time of celebrating the birth of our Savior and having an opportunity to share Christ with our friends and neighbors.”

Seating is limited and tickets for the concert can be obtained by calling Dan Gelok at 812-629-5511 or email

For more information go to or call the Faith Bible church office at 812-437-2424.

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Christmas in New Harmony

Dec 5th, 2014

Christmas in New Harmony is in its 30th year and gives everyone a way to get in the holiday spirit. Always held on the first weekend of December.

The annual event is sponsored by New Harmony Business Associates, it brings local business and nonprofit organizations together to provide activities and shopping in the historic town.

Most shops and galleries will have special events to help celebrate the weekend. There’s always unique gifts for the season and treats such as cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and other various goodies.

The biggest event will be the shopping gala held in the Ribeyre Gymnasium on Saturday and Sunday with vendors from all over the tri state area. There will be a large variety of merchandise for your shopping needs. Vendors will be selling hand made purses, jewelry, baby hats, blankets, American Girl clothes, button flowers, beaded ornaments, stained glass, bullet jewelry, quilts, hooked rugs and all sorts of baked goods just to name a few.

One vendor “Three Chicks Fudgery” will be selling several different flavors of fudge, chocolate, peanut butter, salted caramel and more. Rachel Rainey opened her fudge business almost two years ago in Mt. Vernon, In. and has proven to be a success. She will also be selling other holiday items.

You won't want to miss the "Artisan Market" at the Rapp-Owen Granary, where you will find a mix of Fine Crafts and Art.

Food will be served at the Granary and the Ribeyre Gymnasium both Saturday and Sunday along with our New Harmony Restaurants and a booth or two on the street.

Other events for the weekend will be the Christmas Tree Lighting at New Harmony Inn & Resort Center on Friday evening
Family events will be breakfast with Santa, Christmas Parade, Carriage rides and make and take Crafts and Decorations.
Music and entertainment will include River Bend Brass Band, Shade Tree Dulcimer Players, Children’s Nutcracker Ballet and Strolling Santas.

Christmas in New Harmony is a great way to spend a weekend and get your Christmas shopping done early, so come on Friday for the tree lighting and spend the weekend. Save the date
December 5-7, 2014.

You can print out a schedule and map of New Harmony on the website. New Harmony is located 30 miles northwest of Evansville, IN, from interstate 64, take exit 4 then travel 7 mile south to New Harmony.

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GED Testing at SIC

Dec 9th, 2014

GED testing will be held at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg in Room A-144a from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm on the following days: Dec. 9.  Register online at  Testing is $30 per module ($120 total).  Fees may be paid online by debit, credit card or voucher purchased from Regional Office of Education.  Testing fees do not include the cost of Illinois High School Equivalence Certificate ($10)/Official transcript ($3).  Testers under 18 must provide a withdrawal letter e-mailed to ICCB at from last high school attended, or may be faxed to 217-558-6700.  For questions, Call Donna at 618-252-5400, ext. 3213. 

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Relay for Life Informational Booth

Dec 9th, 2014

The White County Relay for Life will be hosting an informational booth in the lobby at McDougal-Evers Gymnasium in Carmi in December 9, 2014 starting at 6:15 p.m. during the ballgame between the Carmi White County Bulldogs and the Fighting Cardinals of NCOE. Survivors are encouraged to wear their purple survivor shirts. The booth will be stocked with information about Relay as well as the American Cancer Society. We will be registering survivors and new teams for the 2015 White County Relay for Life and answering any questions that anyone may have. The White County Relay will be held June 19, 2015 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Carmi White County High School track and football complex. 

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Vendor & Craft Fair

Dec 13th, 2014

A Vendor & Craft Fair will be held from 9am-3pm, Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Floral Hall at the Fairgrouds in Carmi, IL. Several vendors will be on hand.  Food & drinks will be served.  They will be collecting new & used items for children with cancer.

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Carmi Library Pecan Sale

Dec 20th, 2014

The pecans have arrived and the annual Friends of the Library pecan sale fundraiser has kicked off!  These new crop Mascot Pecans, never stored or frozen, are brighter in color and are the freshest product available direct from the pecan orchards in Georgia.  Among the delicious varieties available are:

16oz. Mammoth Halves.........................$10.00
16 oz. Medium Pieces............................$  9.50
12 oz. Roasted & Salted Pecans.............$  9.00
12 oz. Roasted & Salted Cashews..........$  9.00
12 oz. Milk Chocolate Pecans................$  9.00
12 oz. English Walnuts..........................$   9.00
10 oz. Cinnamon Glazed Pecans...........$   8.50
8 oz. Glazed Pecans..............................$   7.00
8 oz. Pecan Caramel Clusters................$  8.00
4 oz. Pecan Log.....................................$  5.00
7-Way Tin Assortment......................... $25.00

These make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season, with many varieties being packaged in gift foil.  Plus, nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack.  All proceeds benefit the Carmi Public Library including purchasing new materials and equipment, and supporting the children's summer reading program. Your support of the library through your purchases is greatly appreciated.

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Our Savior Lutheran Church Food Pantry

Dec 31st, 2014

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, 2014

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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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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