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Watseka Mayoral Candidates Speak at Luncheon

The four Watseka mayoral candidates addressed a crowd at the Iroquois County Women’s Republican Club’s Spring Luncheon Thursday.

John Allhands, John Burch, Mike Marcier, and Carol Nutter (who spoke on behalf of her husband Bill) each got a chance to speak about their platforms for mayor. The topics briefly discussed included improving downtown Watseka, economic development, water rates, flood control, and an open and transparent government.

The four candidates will gather again Monday night for a forum hosted by the Watseka Chamber of Commerce at the Unit 9 building in Watseka. Doors open at 6:30pm with the forum beginning at 7:00pm.

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Hoopeston Woman Allegedly Hits Man with Car

Hoopeston Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Monica L. Zamora of Hoopeston for aggravated domestic battery with great bodily harm and aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

Police responded to a call in the 800 block for a male lying in the street with injuries. At the same time, police reportedly received calls from Zamora stating she hit him with her car due to a domestic issue going on. The man was taken directly to Carle Hospital in Urbana for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident.

Zamora was taken to Hoopeston Carle Hospital where she was treated and released to custody of the police.

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Iroquois County Historical Society Seeking Stories/Recipes for 50th Anniversary

The Iroquois County Historical Society is seeking stories and recipes as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.

The stories will be used to put together the sixth book of “Stories of Iroquois County People.” This book is for everyone who has been or is still connected to the county to share their stories.

The recipes will be used in another book to celebrate the anniversary.

If you have a story or recipe to share, they can be mailed to or dropped off at Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry in Watseka as soon as possible. For more information, call the museum at 815-432-2215.

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Red Cross Calls for Type O Negative and AB Blood Donors

The American Red Cross has issued a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to donate.

Type O negative blood and type AB plasma are two of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals. The demand increased even more after severe weather in some parts of the country forced the cancellation of thousands of donations this month.

Eligible donors can learn more, find a donation opportunity and schedule an appointment by going to redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733- 2767

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Riverside Healthcare Gives More Than $10,700 to Local High Schools

Riverside Healthcare's annual Scores for Schools program has given more than $10,700 to 16 area high schools this year.

Each year a check presentation is held at the Riverside Medical Center to celebrate the athletic achievements of the area high schools. Schools have the opportunity to earn $25 for every home varsity football touchdown, $20 for every home volleyball game won, and for those schools without a football program, $10 for every home varsity boys’ soccer goal.

Local schools who participated include:

Central High School - $695

Herscher High School - $830

Manteno High School - $955

Momence High School - $615

St. Anne High School - $300

Watseka High School - $965