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Obituary: Augusta Jean (Montai) Dahms

Obituary: Augusta Jean (Montai) Dahms

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

Augusta Jean (Montai) Dahms, 92, died peacefully on Feb. 16, 2024, at Maple Lake Assisted Living, Paw Paw. She was born March 26, 1931, in Watervliet, MI, to August and Gertrude (Heuermann) Montai.Jean graduated from Watervliet High School in 1950.…

Gobles eighth-grade girls triumph

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent GOBLES – The eighth girls basketball team is at 4-5 with 21-13 win at home v. Delton-Kellogg last week.The Tigers came out pressing and playing tough defense and fell behind 2-4 after the 1st quarter then after…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20244 min read

If you are a Republican, the Democrat next door is not your enemy, nor vice versa. If you are pro-life and your neighbor down the street supports Planned Parenthood, he or she is not your enemy.  If you believe in enforcing gun laws,…

Almena Township Board asks for Supervisor’s resignation

Almena Township Board asks for Supervisor’s resignation

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

With no contact from the Almena Township Supervisor Bill VanTassel to the Almena Township Board since early last December, the Almena Township Board at its Wednesday, Feb. 21, meeting, approved a resolution requesting his resignation. Township board members are shown…

Metzger named new probate judge

Metzger named new probate judge

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20242 min read

Susan Metzger LANSING – On Feb. 13, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Susan Metzger to the Van Buren County Probate Court. It was one of four appointments announced by the governor.Metzger is a solo practitioner with a primary practice of domestic…

Paw Paw Township receives MSHDA grant

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer PAW PAW – Newly appointed Paw Paw Township Supervisor Tom Palenick announced on Monday, Feb. 26, that Paw Paw Township was the recipient of a recent MSHDA grant Under the Housing Readiness program. Palenick had applied…

Nearly 20 fire departments battle late Feb. 25, blaze near Marcellus

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

The late Sunday night, Feb. 25, structure fire at 51540 M-40 Highway, Marcellus, that destroyed Tri-Star Molding facility, a custom plastics injection molding company, saw nearly 20 area fire departments from two counties battle the blaze. Paw Paw and Mattawan…

Township Board approves funds for new fire department equipment

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20241 min read

PAW PAW – The Paw Paw Township Board at its Feb. 12 meeting, approved $15,000 to the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new equipment.Township board members also approved a $1,000 for employee township apparel purchase.Township Clerk…

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Mike’s Musings: Sport allows me to leave my troubles behind

Editorial StaffFeb 28, 20243 min read

Today’s a great day. I have a cold now running on 8 days, my bank account is in the negative, and my ex-wife has called for the umpteenth time- and it hasn’t even reached noon on my wall clock.But hey…

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…