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PP Library celebrates Police Week

PP Library celebrates Police Week

Editorial StaffMay 22, 20241 min read

The Paw Paw District Library’s Color Me Happy group recently celebrated police week by coloring vibrant pictures with police themes. Paw Paw Police Department Lieutenant Sam Carlsen stopped by the library to accept the many pictures. The Color Me Happy…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20247 min read

    If you don’t mind me saying so, I think the world is getting a bit too spooky.  This war in Israel has been going on for months and tempers are getting short about the number of civilian casualties – and rightfully…

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Mike’s Musings: Homeless woman found in sign, RFK’s brain eaten by worm

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

I thought I’d take time out from writing about politics to offer a few weird, or absurd items that appeared in the news last week. It seems some news stories are getting weirder and weirder as weeks and months go…

Paw Paw baseball splits with Otsego

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent
PAW PAW – Paw Paw played a varsity baseball doubleheader Wednesday at home against Otsego and came away with a split.In game 1 the Red Wolves scored five runs in the first and held on for a 10-8…

Obituary: Margaret “Peg” A. Woods

Obituary: Margaret “Peg” A. Woods

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20242 min read

Margaret “Peg” A. Woods, 72, of Paw Paw, gracefully departed this world surrounded by the love of her family on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Rose Arbor, Kalamazoo. Born on Sept. 30, 1951, in Akron, Ohio, Peg was the cherished…

Obituary: Louise Lynnea Nelson

Obituary: Louise Lynnea Nelson

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20243 min read

Louise Lynnea Nelson, age 80, of Gobles MI, died on Monday, May 6, 2024, at home under hospice care and in the presence of her family. Louise was born in St. Joseph, MI, on August 27, 1943, to Arthur C.…

County Sergeant credited with saving man from burning residence

County Sergeant credited with saving man from burning residence

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20242 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer ANTWERP TWP. – A Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office sergeant is being credited with saving the life of a man who was unable to get himself off his burning bed early Tuesday morning May 7, according…

Modified “live hand grenade” found in Columbia Township

Modified “live hand grenade” found in Columbia Township

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20241 min read

COLUMBIA TWP. – On Friday, May 10, Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott reported that Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 50000 block of County Road 388 in Columbia Township at approximately 6:34 p.m. for a report…

Mattawan school voters approve two bond issues

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20244 min read

MATTAWAN – Voters in the Mattawan Consolidated School District said “yes” to two bond proposals, resulting in a total investment of $110 million toward the betterment of the district’s students and community. “This momentous achievement marks a significant milestone in…

Van Buren District Library millage proposal passes

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20242 min read

DECATUR – On May 7, Van Buren County residents showed their support for the Van Buren District Library by voting to approve a millage increase. This decision will provide vital funding for library services.Dan Hutchins, Van Buren District Library director,…

Area News Briefs

Editorial StaffMay 15, 20242 min read

Adventure begins at the Van Buren District Library DECATUR – Starting Saturday, June 8, the Van Buren District Library extends an invitation to everyone to pick up a reading log and begin a great summer adventure. This year’s summer reading…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20245 min read

Life some of you, during long hot summer days when we played or worked outside, if we were thirsty we’d open up the spigot of a garden hose, run it until the hot water was gone, and then start drinking…

Mike’s Musings: Taxes just keep piling up

Mike’s Musings: Taxes just keep piling up

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

Like many of us I struggle with having to pay taxes each year. I often wonder why I put aside more and more each year to pay the government yet get lesser and lesser services.For instance, I’m drawing social security.…

Village of Lawton Road construction project currently underway

Village of Lawton Road construction project currently underway

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

The Village of Lawton road construction project is currently underway as drivers and pedestrians maneuver downtown. The project is scheduled to be completed by August. The Village of Lawton has provided information for drivers and pedestrians as they travel downtown.Courier-Leader…

Obituary: Betty Turner

Obituary: Betty Turner

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

Betty Turner, 84, of Paw Paw, passed away peacefully, April 28, 2024, at White Oaks Nursing Assisted Living, Lawton. Betty was born in Danville, Alabama, Oct. 3, 1939, to Adell and Arley Weaver.She married Bobby Turner Oct. 10, 1955, in…

Obituary: Mary F. Sutherland

Obituary: Mary F. Sutherland

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20243 min read

Mary F. Sutherland, 91, of Almena, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at her home. She was born Nov. 18, 1932, in Scotts, Michigan, the first child of Lee Phillip Schau and Gertrude Carrie Brooks.She attended McCain’s Corners Primary School…

Arnold honored by Mattawan Fire Department

Arnold honored by Mattawan Fire Department

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

Phil Arnold, a member of the Mattawan Fire District since 1983, was recently named as an Honorary Lifetime Mattawan Fire District member.Photos courtesy/Mattawan Fire District

National Day of Prayer observed in Paw Paw

National Day of Prayer observed in Paw Paw

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20242 min read

Two Paw Paw schools took part in a local National Day of Prayer service on the steps of the Van Buren County Courthouse here, Thursday, May 2. Trinity Lutheran School and St. Mary Catholic School students took part in the…

Paw Paw ties Edwardsburg

Editorial StaffMay 8, 20241 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PAW PAW – Paw Paw’s girls soccer team continues to improve.Last week at home the team tied Edwardsburg 2-2Megan Cox and Victoria Lopez scored for Paw Paw.“We played a great possession game with 15 missed shots on…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMay 1, 20245 min read

Democrats and Republicans will hold national conventions this summer in Chicago and Milwaukee, respectively.I advise you avoid traffic snarls at these mutual admiration society meetings. Prices are apt to inflate then and there as well.Protesters are sure to turn out…

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