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Welch’s to expand Lawton plant, add jobs

Welch’s to expand Lawton plant, add jobs

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20223 min read

The Welch’s plant in Lawton, pictured above on April 16, 2012, is set to expand its operations after securing grant funding.John Madill / HP file photo Welch Foods expanding operations in Lawton, 57 jobs addedGov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan…

Lowe named Lawrence “Firefighter of the Year”

Lowe named Lawrence “Firefighter of the Year”

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20221 min read

Lawrence Township Emergency Services First Lieutenant Steve Lowe, right, was named the 2020 LTES Firefighter of the Year. He recently received the award due to COVID-19 restrictions. LTES Fire Chief Mike Anchor, shown at left, said Lowe “goes above and…

County approves ARPA funds for 911 operations center

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20224 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer PAW PAW – Van Buren County Commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 11, approved a proposal to use $82,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to cover the costs of the HVAC improvements for Van Buren County’s…

Firefighters battle Red Arrow blaze, $150k in damages estimated

Firefighters battle Red Arrow blaze, $150k in damages estimated

Editorial StaffJan 19, 20222 min read

Lawrence Township Emergency Services Fire Department, with assistance from Hartford Fire Department, Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department, and Bangor Fire Department, battled a blaze early last Saturday morning Jan. 15, at 46724 Red Arrow Highway, Lawrence Township. Lawrence Township Emergency…

County Commissioners choose new chair, vice-chair

County Commissioners choose new chair, vice-chair

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

PAW PAW – The Van Buren County Board of Commissioners selected Randall Peat and Paul Schincariol as chair and vice chair, respectively, at the organizational meeting held Jan. 4.The chair and vice chair positions are selected annually. Randall Peat has…

Almena building suffers fire damage

Almena building suffers fire damage

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

On Friday, Jan. 7, at 3:58 a.m. the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire in the 25000 block of M-43 Highway, in Almena Township. The caller reported seeing flames protruding through the roof of the…

MSP vehicles struck on I-94

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

A Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper was injured in a crash in snowy conditions on Interstate 94 in Van Buren County Thursday afternoon, Jan. 6, according to Michigan State Police.Police said a small pickup truck lost control and hit a…

Courier Leader touts new website

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

By Jordan WilcoxTech Manager We here at Wilcox Newspapers are proud to announce our newly renovated website. Since we switched to a consolidated website in 2020, our news stories have had no proper online home. That changes for 2022.As many…

Area teams play contests after winter break

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20224 min read

Lawton Boys are 4-0, as of last night. They defeated Paw Paw at Lawton High School. Lawton 48, Paw Paw 35. They played Kalamazoo Christian on Friday, and lost a heartbreaker, 41-38. by Ben MurphySports Writer Paw Paw girls match…

Brown enters state rep race

Brown enters state rep race

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

SOUTH HAVEN – Former business owner, educator and school board member Annie Brown announced Monday. Jan. 3, that she is running for state representative in West Michigan’s new 38th House District.“I’m running for state representative because small businesses, small towns,…

CAVESTOCK opens on Michigan Ave

CAVESTOCK opens on Michigan Ave

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

The Greater Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Paw Paw business, CAVESTOCK, located at 309 E. Michigan Ave.,in the Paw Paw Plaza. CAVESTOCK carries a full range of products to prepare…

St. Marks hosts free community dinner

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

PAW PAW – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Paw Paw, will offer its free community dinner as a drive-thru event, Thursday, Jan. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 412 Cedar Street.The meal will consist of spaghetti pie, fruit…

Mattawan girl has been found safe

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

MATTAWAN – A 14-year-old Mattawan female, reported missing on Sunday, Jan. 9, has been located and is safely back home with her family, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post.Ajanae Raine Cretsinger was reported…

Nesbitt maintains perfect voting record

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Aric Nesbitt was present for every one of the Michigan Senate’s 494 roll call votes in 2021, according the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s watchdog site MichiganVotes.org.“I was elected to do a job; it is…

My birthday present ends up in jaws of thief

My birthday present ends up in jaws of thief

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20223 min read

Here’s a story that hopefully will provide a chuckle or two.So my birthday is right around the corner, and my son, bless him, had my gift sent by UPS to our home. Unfortunately, we were at the office and couldn’t…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20224 min read

Longtime friends shared with Pat and me in a Christ-mas letter they had returned to Orchestra Hall for the first performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchetra in nearly two years.At the end CSO director Ri-cardo Muti spoke briefly with the…

Letter to the Editor: Wildlife crossings will reduce collisions

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

Dear Editor: The next couple of months roads will be full of ice and snow, making driving conditions dangerous. While there is little we can do to stop weather related accidents, there is a source of accidents we can do…

Letter to the Editor: Tyranny of the Minority

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20223 min read

To the Editor: Tyranny of the minority …The conservative right-wing has never bought into the idea of a multicultural society …. that the birthright of all Americans is equal representation and protection under the law. Call them nationalists (mostly white),…

Obituary: Victor Robert Crane

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20222 min read

Victor Robert Crane, 84, of Paw Paw, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday Jan. 1, 2022, at his home, with his family at his side. He was born March 19, 1937, in Logansport, Indiana, the son of…

Obituary: Gary Lee Ramlow

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20221 min read

Gary Lee Ramlow, 75, of Lawton, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo.A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2pm, Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at Lakeside Cemetery, Decatur. Those wishing to…

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