For her passion and commitment to students, Donna Mann has received the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association Arthur J. Stejskal Teacher of the Year Award.

One hundred seventy-three volunteers from the Lutheran Early Response Team, Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church and Wal-mart completed work at 29 flood damaged homes on March 3 and March 10 in Watseka.

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The Central High School girls track team won an indoor meet at Braidwood Saturday and the boys finished second.

Watseka recovered from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Grant Park Monday 9-5 in a high school baseball game in Grant Park.

Conner Lober led Cissna Park High School to a 12-2 baseball victory over Judah Christian Friday in Cissna Park.

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MATTOON -- The Mattoon Lions Club recently heard a presentation from Blake Leitch, president of the Coles County Veterans Support Coalition.


TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday as some indexes recouped earlier losses set off by an overnight decline on Wall Street. Investors are awaiting the first Federal Reserve meeting under the new chairman, Jerome Powell, and anticipating the first rate increase of the year.


BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appealed to Washington on Tuesday to "act rationally" and avoid disrupting trade over steel, technology and other disputes, promising that Beijing will "open even wider" to imports and investment.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia's young crown prince has an ambitious list of to-dos: modernize his conservative kingdom, weaken Iran's hand across the Mideast and, this week, rehabilitate his country's image in the eyes of Americans.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Delegates for state political party conventions will be chosen at neighborhood caucus meetings around the state amid a climate of bickering at the Utah Republican Party over the nomination system for candidates.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The series of bombings this month in the Texas capital city of Austin has generated a vast response by state and federal law enforcement agencies that are sifting through hundreds of tips to find what Austin police Chief Brian Manley has described as a serial bomber.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of a radical Islamist cleric over a violent rally last November in Islamabad where his followers demanded the removal of a minister over an omitted reference to Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — A senior minister in the Norwegian Government resigned Tuesday for writing a Facebook post claiming the opposition Labor Party was more interested in protecting the rights of terrorists than protecting the Norwegian people.