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Obituary: Mary Louise Sherburn

Obituary: Mary Louise Sherburn

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

Mary Louise Sherburn passed away Dec. 20, 2022, at home, with many family members in attendance, surrounding her with love, prayers, and memories. Mary was born Nov. 28, 1934, in…

Obituary: Sandra Mitchell Wallace

Obituary: Sandra Mitchell Wallace

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

Sandra Mitchell Wallace, 76, of Paw Paw, passed away Dec. 21, 2022. She was born Aug. 18, 1946, in Paw Paw, the daughter of the late Dorothy (Klazura) and Joseph…

Obituary: Harold H. Anderson

Obituary: Harold H. Anderson

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20222 min read

Harold H. Anderson, age 80, of Lawton, MI, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, AZ with family by his side.He was born March…

Snow plows busy as up to 15 inches of snow drops

Snow plows busy as up to 15 inches of snow drops

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20221 min read

Van Buren County Road Commission snowplows were out in full force late last week and holiday weekend, keeping up with the December blizzard which brought 15 inches of snow to…

South Haven roads impassible due to wind

South Haven roads impassible due to wind

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20221 min read

Many county roads in the South Haven and Pullman areas have become impassible. These photos taken this morning by SHAES on 66th Street between 106th and 103rd in Casco township…

Fire bell moved to PP fire department’s new location

Fire bell moved to PP fire department’s new location

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20221 min read

The old Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department fire bell, shown during the fire department’s Centennial Celebration in 1968, was moved last week to its new home at the new Paw…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20229 min read

   No doubt you have seen a televised insurance company commercial where an older fellow is trying to help a group of young people avoid turning into their parents.  It is such…

Mike’s Musings: Taxpayer money wasted on silly projects

Mike’s Musings: Taxpayer money wasted on silly projects

Editorial StaffDec 28, 20224 min read

I agree with Sen. Rand Paul on some initiatives and disagree on others, but one item we are lock step with is federal spending. I believe our money (the taxpayers…

Obituary: James O. Castner

Obituary: James O. Castner

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20221 min read

Age 98, died peacefully on December 16, 2022, at his home. Jim was born January 20, 1924 in Lawton, the son of Orville and Vera (Reynolds) Castner. Jim owned and…

VB Commissioner honored for over 50 years of service

VB Commissioner honored for over 50 years of service

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20223 min read

Van Buren County Commissioner Don Hanson, center, who chose not to see re-election, and opted for retirement at year’s end, received state and local honors for his 54 years of…

Newspaper, businesses fulfill Christmas wishes

Newspaper, businesses fulfill Christmas wishes

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20222 min read

By Gari Voss Beginning in November, a Wilcox Newspapers headline read, “Do you need help? Write us!” By the middle of December, the mailbox had received nearly 150 requests.A query…

Ice skating rink proposed for Lawton park

Ice skating rink proposed for Lawton park

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20223 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer LAWTON – A proposed update at a Village of Lawton park will see the departure of a longtime wooden playground structure, but in turn, will see…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20227 min read

     For all true geeks and geekettes, December 12th was a milestone day on the calendar,  a seventy-fifth anniversary of considerable importance.     That was also the day I walked into a friend’s shop…

Mike’s Musing: The true meaning of Christmas more than presents

Mike’s Musing: The true meaning of Christmas more than presents

Editorial StaffDec 21, 20223 min read

I always felt guilty as a child on Christmas morning, when I opened a treasure trove of presents. I say guilty because I knew next door or down the road,…

Mattawan boys, girls basketball score two wins

Mattawan boys, girls basketball score two wins

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20226 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer Mattawan girls bounce back with pair of winsAfter opening the season with a loss, the Mattawan girls basketball team was able to bounce back with a…

Obituary: Anne E. Coombs

Obituary: Anne E. Coombs

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20224 min read

Anne E. Coombs passed away on Dec. 2, 2022, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. Known affectionately as “G.G.” or “Gram,” Anne was a mother…

Lawrence celebrates Christmas in the Village

Lawrence celebrates Christmas in the Village

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20221 min read

The Village of Lawrence celebrated “Christmas in the Village,” Dec. 10, with a full day of events, culminating with a Light Up Christmas Parade that night. Events included a benefit…

Parade, tree lighting ushers in Lawton holiday celebration

Parade, tree lighting ushers in Lawton holiday celebration

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20221 min read

The Village of Lawton ushered in the holiday season with a Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 9, that featured floats from the Lawton Lions Club, among others, as well as a…

Mike’s Musings: Here’s why your local newspaper is important

Mike’s Musings: Here’s why your local newspaper is important

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20223 min read

I have a confession to make. I’m a local newspaper addict. I write them, I sell them, and most importantly I read every single one I can get my hands…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffDec 14, 20227 min read

  If anyone knows where you can find one of those ugly little soft rubbery-like coin wallets, please let me know. If it is before Christmas, bring it over to our…