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DIXON – At approximately 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man with a gun on McGrirr Road near Interstate 39.
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Local Whiteside County 4-H clubs honored with statewide award

STERLING – Two 4-H clubs in Whiteside County were recently honored for their achievements with a statewide Excel Club Award.

Addison Shaw named Amboy High School’s February Student of the Month

AMBOY – Addison Shaw, daughter of Jay and Beth Shaw, has been named the Amboy Student of the Month for February.

‘If it isn’t you, who’s it going to be?’

AMBOY – It is well known, staffing at fire departments is dangerously low.

Sublette Antique Tractor & Toy Show is just around the corner

SUBLETTE – If spring can’t get here fast enough, neither can the 42nd Annual Sublette Antique Tractor & Toy Show.
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OBITUARIES
Mary Alice Hardy
AMBOY — Mary Alice Hardy, 79, of Amboy, passed away on Feb. 13, 2024, after facing complications from post-polio syndrome, alongside other health issues. She was born on May 23, 1944, in Dixon, the beloved daughter of Alvin Donald and Margaret (Cooper) Ortgiesen.
Sarah Hinrichs
DEKALB — Sarah Hinrichs, 92, of DeKalb, formerly of Amboy passed away on Feb. 1, 2024 at the home of her daughter in Dekalb.
Larry Glenn Hawes
GLENDALE, Az. — Larry Glenn Hawes, a steadfast pillar of the community and beloved family man, passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, 2024, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona.
Marie Miles
Marie Miles passed away early morning on January 4, 2024, surrounded by her four children and embraced by her loving husband.
Richard C. Montavon
DIXON — Richard C. Montavon, 88, of Dixon, passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, surrounded by his children.
Everett D. "Joe" Vivian
AMBOY — Everett D. "Joe" Vivian, 77, of Amboy, passed away, in his home, surrounded by his family on Friday Jan 5, 2024.
Community
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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.
Sports

Girls Basketball: Lady Clippers set sail for regional title

OTTAWA – Senior Elly Jones remembers last year’s last game as the Amboy girls basketball team was the No. 1 seed in a regional and were upset in the championship to No. 4 Polo.

Boys Basketball: Clippers play Annawan in first round of Kewanee Wethersfield Class 1A Regional

KEWANEE – The Amboy Clippers have been assigned to the Kewanee Wethersfield Class 1A Boys’ Regional Basketball Tournament to be played Feb. 19, 21, 23.

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FAFSA website meltdown: How to avoid additional frustration with financial aid applications

When Congress passed the FAFSA Simplification Act in 2020, it was touted as making it easier for more families to access the government funding they need to send their children to college. But as recent events have shown, it actually made things more complicated, frustrating and confusing. …

Why does a leap year have 366 days?

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3 ways to plan for a satisfying and successful retirement

Wealth Enhancement Group outlines three ways to get the most out of retirement.

Easy, delicious seafood options for Lent — and every day

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