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  • Public invited to Paw Paw’s Bond Election presentation
    PAW PAW – Tonight, (Thursday, Jan. 27), the Paw Paw community is invited to a public presentation and work session on the proposed May 2022 Bond Election, pending approval by the Board of Education. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Paw Paw High School’s Performing Arts Center (The PAC), located inside the Read More…
  • It’s cold, but feathered friends not bothered
    On, Friday, Jan. 21, area residents woke up to cold temperatures, reporting zero degrees. Feathered friends didn’t seem to be bothered by the chilly temperatures as they gathered on Maple Lake in Paw Paw. As the morning progressed, the sign at the Paw Paw Middle School showed three degrees at 9:14 a.m. In the state’s Read More…
  • PPFD trains for ice rescues
    On Sunday, Jan. 16, members of the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department participated in an annual ice rescue training event held on Three Mile Lake, in Paw Paw Township.Photos courtesy of Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department
  • Gobles weight room revived thanks to facelift
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Gobles football coach Greg Eichler has always seen the potential for a state-of-the art weight room at his school. Eichler, who recently accepted a job as principal in the district after several years as a social studies teacher, saw that vision come to fruition recently, when the school finished off an Read More…
  • Obituary: Joyce Carlisle
    Joyce Carlisle, a lifetime resident of Mattawan, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Her life began on Aug. 18, 1933, the daughter and second oldest child born to Lloyd and Iva Guiter.She learned the value of hard work through chores that she was assigned while living on the family farm. She graduated from Mattawan High School Read More…
  • Obituary: David “Dave” Nicholas
    David “Dave” Nicholas, 86, of Lawrence, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2021, at White Oaks Retirement Residence, Lawton, with family at his bedside. David was born in his grandparents’ home, July 13, 1935, in Lawrence, MI to Paul & Louise (Wassman) Nicholas.Those who ever spent time with Dave, know that he was a Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Get a Chuckle Out of These Laws
    From time to time, I like to delve into the ancient annals of our history books to hu-mor myself with laws our representatives have enacted. Here’s a few silly laws I found. Michigan LawsThe City of Detroit passed an ordinance that made it illegal for a pig or pigs to run free in the city, Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    “Vax or Tax” is an idea be-ing seriously considered in the Quebec Provincial Legis-lature and picking up trac-tion elsewhere.The basic premise is people who refuse to receive the full dose of the Covid-19 vac-cination are far more likely to become ill and need hos-pitalization than those who do. Even if they do not end up Read More…
  • Basketball Roundup Mattawan tames Plainwell, Lawton bounces back
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Lady Red Wolves get key win over Otsego The Paw Paw girls basketball team was able to pick up a big Wolverine Conference North Division win over Otsego on Friday, 46-43. The victory puts the Red Wolves in sole possession of first place.Taylor Ricki had 16 points to lead the way, Read More…
  • Sports Roundup – Mattawan girls win 3, Paw Paw girls 2
    By Ben MurphySports Writer Paw Paw boys nearly pick up first win on Friday at Allegan. Paw Paw’s boys basketball team was nearly able to taste victory for the first time this season on Friday in Allegan. The Red Wolves came up just a few baskets short though, losing 67-62.“The team is continuing to improve Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Why hasn’t toilet technology advanced?
    One of the great mysteries of modern technology, at least for me, is the modern toilet, or should I say the lack of improving flush technology since 1902. That year, the flush handle was added to the porcelain bowl, and Sears and Roebuck and others began selling toilet paper.Here we are 119 years later when Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    I am increasingly wary of doctrine. It is an all-inclusive wariness that covers religion, politics, science, economics and beyond. I am no anar-chist but cautious of too many laws and doctrines.Most doctrines start as someone’s idea. They cogi-tate about it until they’re convinced they have it right and proclaim it a Great Idea. After a Read More…
  • Welch’s to expand Lawton plant, add jobs
    Welch Foods expanding operations in Lawton, 57 jobs addedGov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce that Welch Foods is expanding its operations in the village of Lawton, where it will create up to 57 jobs for Michigan workers.The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $26.2 million, Read More…
  • Lowe named Lawrence “Firefighter of the Year”
    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 beyond the call of duty,” and is very instrumental in fire education prevention for Lawrence Read More…
  • County approves ARPA funds for 911 operations center
    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 911 Operations Center.Commissioners said the HVAC project consists of major HVAC improvements for the 911 Read More…
  • Firefighters battle Red Arrow blaze, $150k in damages estimated
    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 Services Fire Chief Mike Anchor said Lawrence responded to the initial call for a structure Read More…
  • County Commissioners choose new chair, vice-chair
    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 served as a county commissioner since 2019, representing District 5. He also serves on the Read More…
  • Almena building suffers fire damage
    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 building. Upon arrival, firefighters were able to quickly knock down and extinguish the fire, which Read More…
  • MSP vehicles struck on I-94
    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 parked patrol vehicle in the median of I-94 west at Mile Marker 47 around 2:15 Read More…
  • Courier Leader touts new website
    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 of our readers know, the first thing you see when visiting our website is the Read More…

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