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Mike’s Musings: Open the spigot now and prevent further aggression

Mike’s Musings: Open the spigot now and prevent further aggression

Editorial StaffMar 2, 20223 min read

I sometimes wonder why I watch cable news but that watching was reinforced this past week. The images of the heroic Ukrainians and their comedian elected president and world heavyweight boxing champion turned Kiev mayor, pulled at my heart strings.Cable…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffMar 2, 20225 min read

By C.G. StoppelAllegan County News advertising agent Karen Allen when she responded to my “What’s new?” saying she was having wonderful evenings reading ancient stoic philosophers’ biographies.That reawakened memories of studying stoicism from university days, both as a student and…

Lawrence recognizes emergency service employees

Lawrence recognizes emergency service employees

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20221 min read

The Lawrence Township Emergency Services (LTES) recently paid tribute to several of its members for their years of service. At left, LTES Fire Chief Michael Anchor presented plaques to William Gaborik, second from left, five years of service; Morgane Curtis,…

Paw Paw man wins lottery

Paw Paw man wins lottery

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

A Van Buren County man describes winning a $282,589 Fantasy 5 jackpot prize as “life-changing”.David Flory, of Paw Paw, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the Feb. 13 drawing to win the big prize: 06-07-13-29-38. He bought his winning ticket…

Mike’s Musings: High cost of energy fuels inflation

Mike’s Musings: High cost of energy fuels inflation

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20223 min read

Inflation is at a 40-year high in the United States. Prices that were stable a year have taken a 7.5% jump. Going to the grocery store has put a strain on most of our pocketbooks. Used cars are 41 percent…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20226 min read

Marinell Barretta of north-ern Italy died at age 70. That part, with the mortality rate holding steady at 100 per-cent, was not surprising. What followed was.Local authorities found her mummified remains Feb. 4 some two and a half years after…

Area teams fared well at wrestling regionals

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20224 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer The Lawrence wrestling team sent two grapplers to the girls regional on Howell on Sunday. Both will move on to the state finals thanks to their top eight finishes.Kennedy Edson is a regional champ in the…

Mattawan lifts mandate, but strongly recommends masks

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20224 min read

MATTAWAN – This week, the Mattawan Consolidated School District updated its mask status to strongly recommend for staff, students, and visitors in all grades, in all buildings, and at all events.The move went into effect on Monday, Feb. 21, the…

Former Lawton community center director facesembezzlement charges

Editorial StaffFeb 23, 20222 min read

By Paul GarrodStaff Writer LAWTON – The former director/coordinator of the Lawton Community Center faces felony embezzlement charges following her arrest last October by the Lawton Police Department.Ryan Kay Caldwell, 43, of Lawton, is accused of embezzling approximately $14,725 from…

Paw Paw girls, boys victorious; Mattawan wins two

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20226 min read

by Ben MurphySports Writer Paw Paw girls bounce back with wins over Allegan, Three Rivers The Paw Paw girls basketball team had little trouble with visiting Allegan on Friday. The Lady Red Wolves won the Wolverine Conference North game handily,…

Obituary: Ruth Elizabeth Heinzen

Obituary: Ruth Elizabeth Heinzen

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20222 min read

Ruth Elizabeth Heinzen was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world suddenly from her home in Paw Paw, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at age 82. Ruth was born to Guy and Kathryn Allen, Aug. 29, 1939,…

Obituary: Betsy Evans

Obituary: Betsy Evans

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20222 min read

Betsy Evans passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. Betsy was born October 7, 1942 in Dowagiac, daughter of the late Bernard and Louise Frank. Betsy was a long-time member of the Paw Paw…

Obituary: Darryl Charles Schoudt

Obituary: Darryl Charles Schoudt

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20221 min read

Darryl Charles Schoudt, 59, of Paw Paw, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in Paw Paw. He was born Jan. 18, 1963, in Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Wayne Schoudt and Gealdine (Saxton) Woodruff.Darryl, an avid sports fan,…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20225 min read

It’s the time of year when aspiring writers get out pens and big legal pads of lined yellow paper. Others find their grandparents’ manual Underwood or Royal type-writer, spray WD-40 on the ribbon to refresh it after dec-ades in the…

Mike’s Musings: Release Assange now, he has endured enough punishment

Mike’s Musings: Release Assange now, he has endured enough punishment

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20223 min read

There are so many innocent people jailed for crimes they haven’t committed. I worked for a time, helping to expose some that were incarcerated, yet innocent. One of those, a man I truly admire is Julian Assange, and I hope…

Longtime Lawrence Township Sexton and LTES member honored

Longtime Lawrence Township Sexton and LTES member honored

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20222 min read

Charles “Charlie” Moses was honored last Thursday, Feb. 10 for his many years of service as Lawrence Township sexton and as a member and past fire chief of the Lawrence Township Emergency Services. In photos, Moses is shown with State…

Trinity Lutheran supplies free food to area children

Trinity Lutheran supplies free food to area children

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20221 min read

Trinity Lutheran School and Church, Paw Paw, recently started a new mission, Feeding Kids Ministry. Currently, there are over 30 children in Paw Paw Public Schools and Trinity Lutheran School enrolled in the program, which provides a weekend supply of…

EGLE sues Breedsville for improper filling of wetlands

Editorial StaffFeb 16, 20223 min read

After repeated warnings from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Village of Breedsville faces civil litigation for improperly filling a regulated wetland area and riverbed, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.In the complaint, filed…

Mike’s Musings: A day I don’t want to repeat

Mike’s Musings: A day I don’t want to repeat

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20223 min read

Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. One of those days was last week, when I boarded anairplane in Orlando to Detroit.Now all I had heard days before is how this once-in-a-decade blizzard was blanketing Michigan. Iassumed…

Trailblazers avenge previous defeat against Lawton

Trailblazers avenge previous defeat against Lawton

Editorial StaffFeb 9, 20222 min read

Saugatuck’s Lauren Miller (left) and Jenn Schock try to haul in a loose ball. (Photo by Scott Sullivan) Erin Moerler drives to the basket for Saugatuck. (Photo by Scott Sullivan) By Jason WesseldykSports EditorBack in December, the Saugatuck girls basketball…