Each year the Times-Republic has the honor of recognizing people in the community for the charitable work they do.

We are blessed to have so many caring people in the Watseka area.

It’s time for us to accept nominations for those awards.

The Citizen of the Year Award goes to a person who has work on a project, or in many cases of nominees — many projects, in the past year.

Past recipients of this award include The Rev. Karl Gibbs, Richard “Dick” Arie, Sherry Johnson, Hayden Schaumburg, Jerry Gibbs and Chuck Gomez.

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a person who has committed a lifetime of work to the community. Again, this can be for one specific cause or for several.

Past recipients of this award include Jim and Carol Dexter, Jim Sampson, Jo Ann Howard, John Dowling, Martha Howe and Jack Swan.

The Times-Republic has presented the awards since the 1980s, and we are always proud to do so.

We have found that there are many deserving people, and while we could “just pick” someone, we want input from the public. We need your nominations. We know that you are aware of people who are doing good deeds and helping people in a number of ways.

Please send us your nominations. Either mail them to us: Attn. Carla Waters, Times-Republic, 1492 E. Walnut, Watseka, Illinois, 60970. If you can’t mail them, please email them to us at cwaters@intranix.com

We will take nominations until April 12. After that a committee will look at the nominations and make a decision. The winners will be announced the night of the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet in early May.

We look forward to honoring those who help our community again this year.