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... to two groups of McLean County teens who have been recognized for spreading the word to raise awareness and prevent domestic violence.

The statewide No More Teen Dating Abuse Video Challenge honored students from the Regional Alternative School in Bloomington and a group of teens with Hudson's Green Scouts.

Participants had to create a video portraying signs of domestic violence, especially in teen relationships.

The RAS team won first in the contest and the Hudson group won third.

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... to American Precision Assemblers, for its decision to locate in Normal and hire 40 to 55 workers — a number that could double if the economy continues to perk along, said a company official

The company makes wire harnesses and cable and mechanical assemblies for manufacturing.

The Normal facility will supply Precision Planting in Tremont, which makes agricultural equipment.

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... to Gary Tipsord, superintendent of LeRoy School District, for his selection as a superintendent of distinction by the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Principals Association and Horace Mann Companies.

He was cited for his leadership in learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement.

LeRoy is lucky to have such a dedicated superintendent and the state of Illinois is lucky to have him involved in so many programs, including evidence-based funding for schools, a key part of the new state funding formula.

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... to owners and supporters of Green Top Grocery, the co-operative store in Bloomington that is celebrating its first anniversary.

Getting the doors open was a long fight and the last year was not easy, but owners and supporters are determined to move forward and are making changes they expect willl benefit the store and its customers for a long time to come.

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... to Beyond the Books Foundation for its generous contributions to classrooms this year.

The group recently gave more than $65,000 in grants to 34 schools to bring innovative projects to students.

The Beyond the Box grant, a whopping $10,000, was given with the support of Shirk Family Foundation.

The Beyond the Books Educational Foundation has awarded $665,280 in grants since 1992. The Shirk Foundation has provided $90,000 since 2010.

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... to LeRoy native David Crumbaugh, who has donated $250,000 to Illinois State University establish the College of Arts and Sciences' first named professorship.

The professorship will honor Thomas Eimermann, who taught law-related courses for 38 years and was political science department chair from 1992 to 1998.

Greg Simpson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said named professorships are a way to recognize "outstanding scholarship and makes the university stand out."

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