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  • Make every day count
    We all need to spend today and the rest of our lives more wisely. With inflation at a 40-year high, we are all having to spend our hard-earned paychecks with care. Life is the same. We have less life today than yesterday. We are all clueless to how much life we actually have left to Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    By G.C. StoppelEach week I read publisher Mike Wilcox’s editorial, then go for a walk. Sometimes it is to cool down; other times to think over what he wrote and how it can be applied. The June 9 edition when he wrote about the need to teach civics classes in our schools was the latter.My Read More…
  • Monday winds do extensive damage to museum
    The Van Buren County Museum received extensive structural and water damage from Monday night’s double storm punch. Museum President Sandy Merchant was at the museum early Tuesday morning assessing the damage, along with other museum volunteers and Van Buren County maintenance crews. The north portion of the museum roof was blown off. Damage also occurred Read More…
  • GoblesFest set for June 25
    GOBLES – GoblesFest, scheduled June 25, from noon to 5 p.m. in Gobles City Park, plans to raise funds for a new fence to be placed around new playground equipment in the park.A Rainbow Flyte Aerial Arts performer will be at the event. In addition, area magician John Dudley, will provide a magic show.Al-Van Sociey Read More…
  • 12-year-old holds up Hartford gas station
    HARTFORD – A boy faced seven criminal charges in Van Buren County Thursday, June 2, accused of robbing a gas station clerk at gunpoint after firing a warning shot.The 12-year-old boy had walked about a mile to get to a gas station on East Main Street in Hartford Wednesday, June 1, according to the Hartford Read More…
  • Ex-con shoots two in Hartford trailer
    The Michigan State Police (MSP) Paw Paw Post is investigating a shooting and unlawful imprisonment that occurred early June 8, around 5:30 a.m. in the 62000 block of 63rd St., Hartford Twp. Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, held two individuals he is acquainted with against their will inside Read More…
  • My father, my hero
    (I wrote this a year ago but wanted share it again. Heck I might share this column over and over for years to come. The man meant so much to me)This week I give pause to reflect on my hero, my father. Although he was buried eight years ago, there isn’t a day I don’t Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
           I have been waking up well before dawn this spring, and it is all my wife’s fault.  No, she is not pulling the blankets over to her side on cool mornings, or sprawling across the bed, shoving me closer to the edge.  Rather, it is a book that she gave me for Christmas, entitled Bird Songs in Love Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        James Barrie, best remembered as the author of Peter Pan, also wrote a short play he called, “The Old Woman Shows Her Medals.”  It is a sad tale of an elderly widow who would periodically go to the local train station, and if she saw a soldier home on leave from the Western Front in France Read More…
  • Bring back Civics classes, initiate term limits
    I fear for our democracy. My fear is rooted in the fact that most citizens don’t really care about what is happening at their federal, state and local governments. Only fifty percent of us bother to vote, and once the vote is complete, we forget that part of our civic duty is to play watchdog Read More…
  • Lawrence to honor lifelong resident
    By Paul GarrodStaff Writer LAWRENCE – A lifelong resident of Lawrence and an active community member will be honored June 11 by the community during an open house.Charles “Chuck” Moden, 89, graduated from Lawrence High School in 1951, where he played baseball and basketball. He then went to work as a meat cutter at the Read More…
  • Traffic stops view poppies in bloom
    This newly constructed home on County Road 653, north of 52nd Avenue, Paw Paw, saw traffic stop and take photos during the past week of the field of poppies that had been planted earlier and were in full bloom.Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod
  • PPPS seeks public input to advance goals
    PAW PAW – Paw Paw Public Schools invites parents/guardians and students to help advance two goals of the PPPS Strategic Plan in the areas of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Creating a Culture of Kindness, Respect, and Safety.1) PPPS parents interested in learning more about and reviewing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) resources for themselves to come to Read More…
  • Masonic Lodge donation earmarked for statues
    Paw Paw/Lawton Masonic Lodge 25 recently donated $2,400 to the Paw Paw American Legion to provide funding toward the purchase of the major war statues at Maple City Veterans Memorial Park. Making the presentation Memorial Day were four Masonic members, from left, Mendez Holliday, Kevin Nichols, Dave Sage and Adam Shipley.Photo courtesy of the Paw Read More…
  • Area spring sports teams close out May
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Lawton track and field takes seventh at D3 team finals The Lawton girls track and field team competed in the MITCA Division 3 track and field team state finals on Saturday, in Clare. The Lady Blue Devils were able to finish in seventh place.They had Tiara Ellis finish eighth in the Read More…
  • Area communities pay tribute to soldiers who died for us
  • Stop talking and provide meaningful action to curb school violence
    Here’s a sobering statistic. There have been 2032 school shootings in the U.S. since 1970 and the number of shootings is increasing in frequency. Yet very little is being done to help our vulnerable school children.We can talk. We can be angry and call for justice in the name of our dead children. But until Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
       We know the well-established choreography after every mass shooting: Politicians, police officers, and other head to the microphone and trot out the well-known, safe and approved line, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims….”  Immediately afterwards there is the kickoff of the usual and obligatory debates over how we can prevent Read More…
  • Obituary-Nola R. Geissel
    Nola R. Geissel, age 97 of Kalamazoo, died on May 18, 2022. She was born on April 10, 1925, in Almena Township, Michigan, the daughter of Rellie and Lavina (Soloman) Masten. At her parent’s cider mill, Nola met the love of her life Emil Geissel. They were married on March 3, 1945, and shared 66 Read More…
  • Obituary-David Ward Hartwell
    David Ward Hartwell, 80, of Paw Paw, passed away at his home Sunday, May 22, 2022, with his loving wife by his side. He was born Sept. 11, 1941, in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of the late Vern Ward Hartwell and Irene Belle (Mochmer) Hartwell.Dave proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps Read More…

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