Bald Knob lights up cross for Easter Sunday - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Alto Pass, IL

Bald Knob lights up cross for Easter Sunday

Bald Knob lights up cross for Easter Sunday
By: Carly O'Keefe

ALTO PASS, Ill. - Easter Sunday, voices rose in Alto Pass in the very cold morning air, singing "Old Rugged Cross." It was the 71st Easter Sunrise Service at the Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

Bald Knob has itself become an old rugged cross. It's been ravaged by time and vandals. Members of the Board of Directors spent the night reinstalling white tiles that had fallen from the cross and replacing lights. "We put in the lights last night and we'll take them down today, but one of these days, they'll be back on all the time," said Board Member Tom Heil.

For many, it was a sight to behold; for the first time since vandals destroyed the lighting last month, Bald Knob Cross shone brightly again, as the beacon it has been for the past 71 Easters.

Bundled in blankets, wool caps and winter coats, the faithful huddled together to hear the Easter sermon. While the cold kept attendance lower than it's been in previous Easter sunrise events, some Christians went away from the service with an additional message of unity. "In particular here--looking at the decrepit shape of this cross... We as Christians need to come together like we've never come together before. We need to stop fighting about who's in control and all that. And it goes beyond this cross. This cross is just an indicator. It goes to all denominations in Southern Illinois, we need to come together," said service attendee David Fletcher of Carbondale.

A community group that is not affiliated with the Bald Knob Board of Directors plans to hold a gospel and bluegrass concert at Cobden High School, Saturday, April 28. All proceeds will be put toward repairing and cleaning up the cross.

To help with repairs, you can make donations directly by check to:

Bald Knob Board
P.O. Box 35
Alto Pass, IL 62905.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Cause of gas leak undetermined in Benton, IL

    Cause of gas leak undetermined in Benton, IL

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-08-16 02:29:02 GMT
    A Franklin County Emergency Management Agency Duty Officer has responded to a large gas leak. Buildings around the incident have been evacuated. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)A Franklin County Emergency Management Agency Duty Officer has responded to a large gas leak. Buildings around the incident have been evacuated. (Source: Chris Drury, KFVS)

    A large gas leak has caused a hazmat situation in Benton.

    A large gas leak has caused a hazmat situation in Benton.

  • Kennett, MO warehouse fire considered a total loss

    Kennett, MO warehouse fire considered a total loss

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:27 PM EDT2018-08-16 02:27:59 GMT
    The warehouse is where Bullock Furniture stores all of their inventory (Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)The warehouse is where Bullock Furniture stores all of their inventory (Source: Don Frazier, KFVS)

    Crews responded to a structure fire in Kennett, Missouri on Wednesday, August 15. 

    Crews responded to a structure fire in Kennett, Missouri on Wednesday, August 15. 

  • Poplar Bluff Animal Control identifies owner of 8 puppies left in box

    Poplar Bluff Animal Control identifies owner of 8 puppies left in box

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-08-16 02:26:52 GMT
    Daryl Scarlet was being held pending formal charges (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)Daryl Scarlet was being held pending formal charges (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)

    Animal Control officers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri said they are looking for the owners of eight puppies left in a box. 

    Animal Control officers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri said they are looking for the owners of eight puppies left in a box. 

Powered by Frankly