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Full service blog site created to serve the residents of Pike County, IL. Our goal is to help our residents stay aware of the events & opportunities available to them.

UPDATED: Donations needed for victims of Capps Apartment fire in Pittsfield, IL

Thank you to the community for their generosity in donating! All clothing donated that was not claimed by the residents has been taken to the Samaritan Closet (old Red Cross building) in Pittsfield.  If you are in need of clothing, please visit the Samaritan Closet, open Wednesday & Friday.  We will continue to assist the families affected in any way possible.  Housing is still an unmet need for several families.  If you have information or can assist, please contact the Pittsfield Assembly of God Church staff and they will take down your information to pass on to the residents.

Drop Off Locations:

  • Temporary drop off location at the Calvary Baptist Church (180 S. Franklin St., Pittsfield behind the First National Bank of Barry and across the street from Green Acres Motel) on Friday, September 23 from 6-7pm
  • The Samaritan’s Closet will be open Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 1 pm.  They have infant through adult size clothing for free.  They are also happy to accept donations for the fire victims.  Please be sure to let them know if your donation is one for the fire victims at drop off.

     Sunday, September 25 PCH will be hosting a donation drive at the Pike County Senior Center located at 220 W. Adams in Pittsfield.  We will accept all donations from 2-4.  From 4-5 we will be open to the affected families to receive current donations and sign up to receive any financial donations that are received by PCH.

  • Future donations should be taken to the Pittsfield Assembly of God church located at 575 Piper Lane.

Items you can donate:

  • Towels & washrags
  • Blankets & bedding
  • Pillows
  • Pet supplies
  • Gift certificates
  • Non-perishable food and ready-to-eat meals
  • Baby items

Toiletries are always needed and appreciated.  The following are great suggestions for donation:

  • Soap (body or bar) and body poofs (for gel soaps and body soaps)
  • Feminine hygiene products (menstrual pads and tampons)
  • Shampoo & conditions
  • Disposable razors and shave cream
  • Deodorants
  • Baby soap & lotion
  • Baby wipes & diapers
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Hair brushes & combs
  • First aid supplies such as bandaids, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies such as laundry detergent, baking soda, dish soap & gloves


Vin Fiz Festival – August 20 – Nebo, IL

This annual festival was inspired by the reenactment of Cal Rodgers’ first transcontinental flight and features a pageants and contest, food, stage entertainment, kids’ games and rides, a car show, and a parade.

Times: 8 am – 8 pm.  Parade Sat. at 11:00 am (Assemble at Nebo Church of Christ).

Vendors, food, Baby contest, Prince & Princess contest, Queen contest. Lip Sync competition.

Contact: Melissa Scranton 217-491-7088, email:

89th Annual Hull Town Picnic – August 19 & 20 – Hull, IL

Since 1932 the community of Hull gathers for a variety of delicious chicken dinner and a full day of family fun including children’s activities. Friday night starts with the Jr. Miss & Miss Hull competitions, food and refreshments, and live entertainment. Things get started again on Saturday with the annual Hull of a Race, a run to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. Baby, Miss and Master Tiny Tot, and Little Mr. and Little Miss contests are held in the morning. A parade starts at 1 pm and afterwards there will be games, activities, and food all day, as well as a pet show, talent show and live entertainment. The Hull Lion’s Club supper begins at 4 pm.

Show your support for the Hull Town Picnic by purchasing a T-shirt! All proceeds go to the Hull Town Picnic.

Visit their Facebook page at:

For information call 217-432-5749

Parade is Saturday, August 20th 1:00 PM (sharp) Line up from 12 PM– 12:25 PM. Assemble at Grade School Parade contact: Deb Austin 217-740-6902 or by email at

Baylis Highpoint Glory Days Festival – August 12 & 13 – Baylis, IL

Come and enjoy a fun filled weekend to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.

At 5 pm on Friday enjoy the start of the Festival with the parade of Marshals followed by the prince, princess, Jr. Miss and Queen Pageant contest and the Jr. and Sr. Farm King contests along with the Sour Prune Jr. and Sr. contests. A street dance follows the contests.

Saturday morning there will be the Baby, Lil Miss and Mister Tiny Tot, and Lil Miss and Mister Pageants beginning at 9 am. A car and bike ride will start at 9 and return at 2 pm for a parade followed by more entertainment. A chicken and fish fry will be held from 4 pm – 7:30 pm or until food runs out. Other food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There will live entertainment beginning at 6 pm. There will be craft vendors and flea market booths both days.

For information call Sharon Rennecker 217-617-6864 or visit their Facebook page at


Pleasant Hill Fourth of July Celebration – July 2 – Pleasant Hill, IL

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Featuring: Hypnotist William Mitchell, Frank Hawkins Nitty Gritty Old Dude’s Band, Food, and Fireworks!

Parade is Saturday at 11 AM, Assemble at the Pike Co Fairgrounds. For parade information contact Kylee Orr (618) 806-2547 Fireworks Saturday night at dusk

Pike County Fair – July 12 thru 16 – Pleasant Hill, IL

The Pike County Fair features all the attractions normally associated with county fair. Features are top rated society horse shows, tractor pulls, pageants, and carnival attractions. The weekend also features live entertainment and a talent show on Saturday and a mud bog on Sunday.

8 am – 10 pm daily

201 West Clay Street, Pleasant Hill, IL

For information call 217-754-2456
or visit


Pike County Pig Days – July 8 & 9 – Pittsfield, IL

For more than 25 years Pittsfield has celebrated Pike County’s large pork industry with their annual Pig Days festival. In honor of the pig there are activities such as longest pig tail contest and hog calling contests. There are arts and crafts, kids games, and live entertainment. And as you would expect, food stands offer some tasty pork specialties.

Event is to be held on the Courthouse Square in downtown Pittsfield. Friday 5 pm – 10 pm and Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm

Contacts: for General information & Vendor forms call the Charlie Gates at 217-285-4905; for the Little Miss Piglet and Little Mr.Pork Chop contests call Sharon Springer at 285-5760.

New Women’s Bible Study coming to the Detroit Christian Church starting Jan 13, 2016

We are excited to announce that Detroit Christian Church will be hosting a new women’s Bible study beginning Wednesday, January 13 from 9:30-11. The focus will be on younger women in similar phases of life: marriage and/or motherhood. We will be studying what the bible has to say about these subjects as well as engaging in book studies and discussion. We aim to grow deeper in our walk with God while having other women surrounding us with prayer and support. We hope you will join us!

We are looking for childcare providers to assist us. We expect to have anywhere from 4-10 young children. Please contact Becky Fitzmaurice if you are interested.

Royal Spa LA Grand Opening – Dec 6 – Louisiana, MO

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Royal Spa LA Grand Opening in Louisiana, MO on Sunday, December 6 from 11-7

Royal Spa is celebrating the opening of its newest location in Louisiana, MO.  The salon will be open to the public from 11 am to 7 pm with great prizes to be given away during this event.  Be sure to come and enjoy cupcakes, snacks and wine as they celebrate.  Royal Spa LA is located at 2201 Georgia St. in Louisiana, just east of the Pike County Memorial Hospital.

Senior Stylist Nickie Johns (owner of Royal Spa, Pleasant Hill, IL) and Junior Stylist Kayla Latham will be on hand to answer questions and schedule appointments.  Nickie is well known for her big city style and amazing color abilities and her amazing 3-D nail art, gel nails and more.  Kayla is ready to serve customers with great cuts and styles for men, children and women. Walk-ins are always welcome.  Call 573-560-4408 or 217-917-2600 with questions or to set up your appointment.  Be sure to visit Royal Spa’s Facebook page at to see what Royal Spa and Royal Spa LA can do for you.