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Barb Harrison, left, sold The Last Alarm to Rachel Miller on April 1, 2024, April Fool’s Day. Harrison owned the bar for 20 years as she bought it on April 1, 2004. Miller, who previously worked with Harrison at The Main Flower Shop, has worked at The Last Alarm for 11 years and has been the daytime bartender, learning the tricks of the trade, since 2020.

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Elizabeth Clarida was named the First National Bank in Amboy Student of the Month for April.
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Want to name an Amboy street in honor of a loved one?

A tradition started in 1997, honoring a loved one’s memory by naming a street after them, is being done again this year.

George W. Mason’s legacy lives on

AMBOY – There will be a large gathering at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Amboy Central Elementary School.

Leo Club is looking for all old sneakers

AMBOY – At the beginning of March two boxes found their way into Amboy High School.

Easter Bunny delights at Amboy City Park

The Amboy Lion’s Club held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at Amboy City Park. 
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William "Bill" Kirchhofer
Bill Kirchhofer passed away on December 24, 2023.  He requested not to have an immediate funeral, but wanted to simply have his ashen remains buried next to his wife, Ann, in the Ashton Cemetery at a time most convenient for his family.
Delbert R. Ullrich
Delbert R. Ullrich, 89, of Amboy, passed away on Monday April 8, 2024 at the Dixon Health Care and Rehab Center.
William M. “Bill” Ogan
CLINTON, Iowa — William M. “Bill” Ogan, 88, of Clinton, Iowa, died Friday, March 22, 2024, at his home. 
Colleen A. Koch
SHOREWOOD — Colleen A. Koch, 83, of Shorewood, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the home of her daughter.
Hazel Lorraine Reuter
EAST GROVE — Hazel Lorraine Reuter, 97, formerly of East Grove, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at Heritage Square, in Dixon, where she resided the last 12 years. She worked for the Lee County Soil & Water District, retiring in 1994.
Sharon L. Yocum
FRANKLIN GROVE — Sharon L. Yocum, 76, of Franklin Grove, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 11, 2024 at her home.
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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

Softball: Lady Clippers post 4-4 record as weather starts to lighten up

AMBOY – The Amboy softball team won two and lost one in its last three games.

Baseball: Amboy skunks West Carroll in five

WEST CARROLL – The Amboy baseball team didn’t take long to earn a victory on Thursday, March 28 as the Clippers skunked West Carroll, 10-0, in five innings on the road.

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