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  • 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…
  • Obituary-Mable Ruth Cole
    Mable Ruth Cole, 82, of Lawton, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at her home with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 17, 1939, in Daniels, West Virginia, the daughter of Della and Edith Lester.Mable was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her time spent at home with her family Read More…
  • Obituary-David Conner
    David Conner, of Paw Paw, passed away at his home at the age of 92 on Monday, May 16, 2022. Dave was born in Three Rivers, MI, Dec. 3, 1929, the only son to the late Levi Conner and Ester (Hoger) Conner.Dave lived a fulfilling and rewarding life. He served his country in the Army Read More…
  • Palisades Nuclear Plant shuts down early
    COVERT – Control room operators at Entergy’s Palisades Power Plant safely removed the nuclear reactor from service for the final time on May 20. The plant was originally scheduled to permanently shut down on May 31, but after careful monitoring, operators made the conservative decision to shut down the plant early due to the performance Read More…
  • Lawton girls track captures regional title
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Lawton girls win regional championship, boys place thirdThe Lawton track and field teams had quite the day on their home track on Friday, when they hosted a Division 3 regional meet. The Blue Devils had the girls’ claim enough points to become regional champions, and the boys were able to rack Read More…
  • Area towns to observe Memorial Day
    PAW PAW – Paw Paw’s 102nd annual Memorial Day service, under the auspices of the American Legion McGowan-Johnson Post 68, Paw Paw, will be held Monday, May 30, with the annual parade stepping off at 10 a.m. from the 120 Taphouse & Bistro parking lot, via Michigan Avenue to the Maple City Veterans’ Memorial Park Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    By G.C. StoppelThis Memorial Day I will wear a small Sons of the American Revolution medal on my lapel.Unlike many who will attend this Monday’s local commemorations, I didn’t earn it the hard way. That was done by my seventh-generation grandfather Joseph Wells, who was a teen-ager when fought he alongside Gen. “Lighthorse” Harry Lee Read More…
  • Suspend gas tax for price relief
    By Mike WilcoxPublisherThe price for a gallon of gasoline has gotten out of hand. In the last two weeks it has risen by more than $1 for both gasoline and propane. Economists and others in the know claim the increases won’t stop. They expect gasoline to be over $5 a gallon by midsummer.The price of Read More…
  • Trailblazers cruise to victory over Watervliet in soccer
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorThe Saugatuck offense was firing on all cylinders when the Trailblazers took on Watervliet in a SAC girls soccer matchup on Wednesday, May 11.And no Saugatuck player was firing at a higher level than Erin Moerler.Moerler found the back of the net not once, not twice, but three times in leading the Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        We have four major national patriotic holidays in our country, and two of them always come near the end of May. Most of us already know about three of the major holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day.   There is another one that seems much like the over-looked and sometimes forgotten child.  This Saturday, the Read More…
  • Three people I consider heroes
    Elon Musk, Robert Kennedy Junior and Franklin Graham are three people I admire the most. Each is of a different political persuasion. Each has a different mission in life. But all three are doing the best they can to make a positive difference in our world.I was a big fan of Elon Musk, before it Read More…
  • Otsego boys secure Wolverine Conference championship
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorPAW PAW—Following a one-year hiatus, the Otsego boys track team is back atop the Wolverine Conference standings.The Bulldogs racked up 145 points at the Wolverine Conference Championship on Saturday, May 14, to easily claim the league crown.Otsego had won three titles in a row before being knocked off the pedestal by Edwardsburg Read More…
  • Residents gather for National Day of Prayer
    The Greater Paw Paw Area National Day of Prayer Gathering 2022 was held Thursday, May 5, on the steps of the Van Buren County Courthouse in Paw Paw. The event featured music of local singer, songwriter and musician Jean Watson Roberts. Several area pastors, as well as community residents offered 10 different prayers during the Read More…
  • Sports
    by Ben MurphySports Writer Paw Paw baseball plays to split at Three RiversThe Paw Paw baseball team played a Saturday doubleheader at Three Rivers. The Red Wolves dropped the opener 8-5 but bounced back with a nice 10-6 win in game two.In game one, Ethan VanderSlik took the loss, as he went four innings and Read More…
  • Five earn Summa Cum Laude honors at Lawrence
    Lawrence High School Class of 2022 Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) graduates include Mauricio Mancera Bohorquez, Omar Vasquez, Kayla Kendall-Solis, Jian Toy and Charles DeGraves.Photo courtesy of Lawrence Public Schools
  • PP Schools, Proposal 1 approved, Proposal 2 defeated
    PAW PAW – On May 3, voters in the Paw Paw Public School District said “yes’ to one bond proposal, while a second bond proposal was voted down. Proposal 1, which will generate $47.5 million, extend the current millage, but not increase the tax rate, was approved by voters, according to unofficial election results, 1,631 Read More…
  • Decatur man arrested for fleeing and eluding
    By Paul GarrodStaff Writer PAW PAW TWP. – A 25-year-old Decatur man, Dale Eugene Parish, was arrested early May 2 on fleeing and eluding charges, as well as several outstanding warrants, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said that a Van Buren County Sheriff’s Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
        Groucho Marx would famously flick his cigar, raise his eyebrows, and ask contestants on his television quiz show,  You Bet Your Life, “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb?”  It’s a quick question, and the answer is a bit further down in this column.    Grant was born two hundred years ago in late April 1822.  Until a few decades ago that two Read More…
  • Disinformation board needs to be scrapped
    Say what?I was aghast when I heard President Biden had created the “Disinformation Government Board” in an effort to combat what he and his minions think is “disinformation.”Like most Americans, I believe free speech is a God-given right protected by the United States Constitution. I, like everyone else ought to be able to say what Read More…

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