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Obituary: Duncan Erric Newcomb

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20242 min read

Duncan Erric Newcomb, 59, of Bangor, passed away peacefully, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, at home. He was born Jan. 27, 1964, in Kalamazoo, the son of Lloyd Newcomb and Velma (Spangler) Newcomb.Duncan loved to watch and play sports; his favorite…

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Mike’s Musings: Recognizing Washington and Lincoln- two of the best

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Presidents’ Day has come and gone but I can’t help but reflect on two of my favorites, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Washington was our first president. He led an army of rag tag colonists of victory over the well-trained, formidable…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Step back in time to midsummer in Paris, 1945. After five years of German occupation, the war in Europe had ended. Paris had been liberated the previous August.At first the city was full of joy again. Despite the Bavarian corporal’s orders,…

Paw Paw boys defeat Three Rivers

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PAW PAW – Paw Paw’s boys basketball team defeated Three Rivers 81-55 to improve to 9-12 on Feb. 19.Paw Paw had quarter leads of 15-8, 35-17 and 60-33.“Paw Paw came out of the gates hot and continued…

Lawton Council seeks answers from MDOT before signing contract amendment

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20245 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer LAWTON – During the Lawton Village Council’s Tuesday, Feb. 13 meeting, the council approved a motion to table a resolution to amend a contract between the Village of Lawton and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).…

Mattawan HS student performs at Carnegie Hall, and to perform at Royal Festival Hall

Mattawan HS student performs at Carnegie Hall, and to perform at Royal Festival Hall

Editorial StaffFeb 21, 20243 min read

Mattawan High School musician, Hazel Arugaslan, was selected for the High School Honors Performance Series at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New Yok City, held Feb. 10. Arugaslan performed voice – alto with the Honors Concert Choir. She was also…

Obituary: Gregory A. Banfield

Obituary: Gregory A. Banfield

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20242 min read

Mattawan Age 60, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Greg was born in Oxnard, California on May 20, 1963, the son of the late Robert and Nancy (Roose) Banfield. He was a 1981 graduate of Portage Central High School…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

One day, after a salesclerk said, “Have a nice day,” I turned towards her with my bleakest expression and replied, “Thank you, but I have other plans.” When I bought a couple tomatoes from her later, she said, “Have a good…

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Mike’s Musings: Stop Electing Representative Who Have Spent Their Lives as Politicians

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

I’ve written about this many times, but as we prepare to vote this year, I would ask you to be mindful of this- we keep electing leaders that have long past the age where we receive social security checks. Age…

Team junior sparks Mattawan

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent MATTAWAN – Dom Vezeau is a junior center who is also a key player for Mattawan’s hockey team, said his team’s season so far “is not going the way we would like but I think we’re turning…

History in the making- Women wrestlers win

History in the making- Women wrestlers win

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20241 min read

Many are saying that this photo will go down in history as it marks the first year the Wolverine Conference is acknowledging women’s high school wrestling. The Paw Paw Red Wolves have not one, but two conference champions and two…

County Clerk announces early voting site in Hartford

County Clerk announces early voting site in Hartford

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20242 min read

The Early Voting Polling Site is in the Human Services West Building, 57418 CR 681, Hartford. Early Voting for the Presidential Primary will be Feb. 17 – 25. The site will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day…

Charges being sought on pair who eluded authorities

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20243 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer A Lawton man and Mattawan woman face charges following a high-speed chase last month through Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties where they managed to elude authorities before their eventual surrender nearly a week later in Van…

PPFD performs hard extrication when vehicle rolls in Almena

PPFD performs hard extrication when vehicle rolls in Almena

Editorial StaffFeb 14, 20241 min read

The Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department responded Friday night, Feb. 9, to the 25000 block of M-43 in Almena Township for a single vehicle rollover. Paw Paw Fire Department Chief Jim DeGroff said it was “a hard extrication. Our members…

Obituary: Terry Dunlop

Obituary: Terry Dunlop

Editorial StaffFeb 7, 20242 min read

Terry Dunlop was born April 17, 1947, at Fort Sheridan, IL. He became a child of God shortly thereafter when he was baptized. At age two, he contracted viral Encephalitis, which left him with Cerebral Palsy.Terry graduated from Paw Paw…

Obituary: John Edward Conner

Obituary: John Edward Conner

Editorial StaffFeb 7, 20242 min read

John Edward Conner, age 75, of Lapeer, (formerly of Kalamazoo) died on Sunday, January 14, 2024.John was born April 15, 1948, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, class of 1966. He went on to…

Mike’s Musings: Close the Border no, not later

Mike’s Musings: Close the Border no, not later

Editorial StaffFeb 7, 20243 min read

I don’t understand why we can’t close off the border and allow legal immigration to take place.In the last three years, over 5,000,000 illegals have crossed into the United States. That’s 5,000,000 people taxpayers are housing, feeding and transporting all…

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 7, 20247 min read

 My late friend George was a researcher.  If it interested him, and everything did, there was no subject too great or small for him not to devote considerable time and energy into looking into it in detail. A year or so…

Missing 14-year-old found safe, South Haven man facing nine felony charges

Missing 14-year-old found safe, South Haven man facing nine felony charges

Editorial StaffFeb 7, 20244 min read

Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott, shown at podium, held a press conference Friday, Feb. 2, at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Paw Paw, with Van Buren County Prosecutor Susan Zuiderveen. Sheriff Abbott announced that Keith Daniel Freerksen, 30,…

Second annual “Shine Together Gala” to benefit Luc’s Light to be held

Second annual “Shine Together Gala” to benefit Luc’s Light to be held

Editorial StaffFeb 7, 20241 min read

PAW PAW – The second annual “Shine Together, an evening of magic, music and art to benefit Luc’s Light Youth Music and Arts Foundation, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Paw Paw High School’s Performing Arts…