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National Veterans Honor Society Induction at Western Illinois University

MACOMB, IL – Nineteen student veterans and service members enrolled at Western Illinois University were recently inducted into Western’s chapter of SALUTE, the national veterans honor society for the 2015-16 year.   SALUTE recognizes veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard members and reservists who have been honorably discharged, or who are currently serving under honorable conditions. One of the primary goals of SALUTE is to recognize members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence and perseverance in their military endeavors and who are now showing that same commitment to their academic careers. “We are pleased to honor this select...

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Artwork With Congressional Approval

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A young Sioux Falls artist received congressional recognition Monday for his acrylic painting of Palisades Queen Rock. THE artist will have his depiction of Palisades Queen Rock hang in the U.S. Captiol. It took 20 hours for 16-year-old Will Drzycimski to paint the iconic South Dakota scene. He started with a simple picture and then added more details like leaves to his work. His painting was chosen over hundreds of others and will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year. Read the full story...

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Police Honor 6-Year-Old Who Kept Her Cool

Officers responded to a 911 call a few days ago, from a young girl reporting that her mother had been bitten by a dog. On arrival, Officer Goodrich was met by Shiya, age 6, who waved him down and told him to “follow me.” She brought the officer to her mother, who had been bitten while trying to break up a fight between two family dogs. Animal Control Officer Moran, while investigating, heard of Shiya’s response to the incident and gave her the coin to recognizer her bravery and ability to stay calm.   To read the full article,...

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Defying Odds: How One Grandma Followed Her Dream

You may have images of what a grandmother looks like. Maybe there is a vision of rocking chairs, apple pies and fresh-baked cookies. Not so. I am here to inform you this is false. Today women over 50 are not taking retirement lightly, or curling up in a ball—they are renewing a new chapter in life. So can you! Meet Liberty University grad  Barbara Conner, who majored in psychology, and graduated in 2015. As a life coach, Conner decided the time was right to get her degree. She kept it a secret from many, until her name was called...

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Military Children Honored at Knoxville Zoo Event

Well-traveled Brig. Gen. Mark Hart of the Tennessee National Guard knows firsthand the sacrifices of families — and especially children — that have members serving in the military. That’s why Hart, for the second year in a row, was proud to help recognize and honor area military children and the special contributions they make at Sunday’s “Military Kids Serve Too” program at the Knoxville Zoo. Hart presented customized challenge coins to about 75 children of servicemen and women at the second annual event, hosted by the American Red Cross of East Tennessee. Read the full story on Knox...

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