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AMBOY – Fireworks lit up the sky Saturday, July 6 in celebration of the Fourth of July.
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T-Rexplorers roar at Pankhurst Memorial

David Howe, a paleontologist who shares his dinosaur dig discoveries through his program T-Rexplorers, interested children and adults during an exhibit at the Pankhurst Memorial Library Tuesday, July 2 in part of the library’s Summer Reading.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office releases smartphone app

DIXON – Lee County Sheriff Clay Whelan is excited to announce the release of a custom smartphone application. The app will serve as an innovative way for the Sheriff’s Office to connect with Lee County residents and visitors, providing information quickly and efficiently to anyone with a smartphone.

Amboy High School track is being constructed; finished by end of summer

AMBOY – Summer meetings for Amboy Community Unit School District #272 Board of Directors usually don’t have much meat.

‘It’s great to see the city working the way that it is’

AMBOY – The June 17 meeting for the Amboy City Council was uneventful.
Obituaries
OBITUARIES
Gary M. Lauer
DIXON – Gary M. Lauer, 58 of Dixon passed away on Saturday July 6, 2024 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
B. Joyce Setchell
PRINCETON – B. Joyce Setchell, 91, formerly of Mendota, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2024, at Country Comfort in Princeton where she had resided for the last four years, with her three daughters at her side.
Del Bonnell
SUBLETTE – Del Bonnell returned home to Heaven on Tuesday June 18, 2024 at the Phoenix VA in Arizona.
Curtis G. Floto
AMBOY – Curtis G. Floto, 87, of Amboy, died Wednesday June 26, 2024 at his home.
David Reinhold
DIXON – David Reinhold, 56, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2024 after a six-year-long battle with cancer.
Grace Elaine Willstead
HARMON – Grace Elaine Willstead, 83, of Harmon, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Froedtert Hospital, in Milwaukee, WI, surrounded by her family.
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Rep. Fritts honors Candlelight Inn Restaurant for December Local Business Highlight
DIXON – For his December 2023 local business highlight, State Representative Bradley Fritts (R-Dixon) chose to highlight Candlelight Inn Restaurant in Rock Falls.
School events clicking on all cylinders; Electric school buses on the road
AMBOY – The Amboy School Board met in regular session on Thursday, December 14 and opened the meeting with a public hearing on the 2023 tax levy.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Henry to get donation of body armor
DIXON – Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Henry will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Gingerbread realty best at FFSB
The First Federal Savings Bank in Amboy won the FFSB Gingerbread House Contest as all branches battled each other for prime Christmas treat real estate. Photo contributed
The Pratt family is known for its volunteering. Katie Pratt (far right) learned from her parents and now shares the love of community involvement with, left to right, husband Andy, daughter Natalie, and son Ethan. George Howe/Amboy News
Meet Your Neighbor: Katie Pratt
AMBOY – It takes a special kind of person to dedicate a good part of their life to help serve others.
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Amboy City Park Disc Golf Course holds grand opening festivities

Members of the Amboy Lions Club and disc golfers from all over the area created history Saturday, June 29 as the disc golf course at Amboy City Park held a grand opening ceremony and a disc golf seminar.

Amboy girls basketball camp kicked off the summer

AMBOY – The Amboy girls basketball camp ran eight days, May 29-June 1 and June 3-6, to kick off the summer.

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The 5 most popular international summer travel destinations in 2024

Airalo compiled a ranking of the five most popular international summer travel destinations using information from Google Flights.

Give Your Grilling Game a Flavor Boost: 3 tips to make summer meals deliciously memorable

(Family Features) Make sure your grill game is on fire this summer. The right prepping, seasoning and grilling techniques can help you serve your favorite foods.

Netflix cancels cheapest plan as subscribers have to choose

Giant Freakin Robot reports that Netflix is phasing out its cheapest ad-free subscription tier for existing subscribers and asking them to choose a new plan to stay tuned into the world's largest streamer.

How does sleep affect the weight loss journey? We asked a husband-and-wife team of medical experts

(BPT) - As a sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Christopher J. Allen knows well the importance of sleep health, which is not only defined by the number of hours the individual sleeps, but also the …