Holiday season begins

As we enter the season of holidays and gatherings, we are thankful for the many wonderful things about living in Southwest Michigan. Our fall colors were stunning, and we are doing our best to enjoy the last of a glorious autumn.

November is always a busy month for families, but we hope you can slow down and appreciate the time together that Thanksgiving offers.

Covid tests available

Free Covid tests are available at the Vicksburg District Library. For more information, call (269) 649-1648.

Many thanks

Studies continue to show the benefits of gratitude, and we at the South County News are thankful for our readership partners and advertisers. Have a wonderful November!

Fall updates in our area

We are proud of this edition which includes pictures of our area high school sports teams. From our readers’ comments, we know this means so much to our athletes, families, and school communities.

A letter of thanks

Debbie Hyndman.

Vicksburg Postal Clerk Deborah Hyndman retired. Below is her letter to the community.

“To all the residents of the Village of Vicksburg and surrounding area, My name is Deborah (Debbie) Hyndman, and I have been the window clerk at the Vicksburg Post Office for the past 23 years. On August 31, 2023, I retired.

I thoroughly enjoyed serving Vicksburg for all these years. Many of you have come into the post office to mail letters and packages, or to buy stamps with me. I have developed relationships with many of you, and some of you are my friends as well as my customers.

Although I am ready to retire, it is bittersweet for me. I will truly miss all of you and my co-workers.
Thank you for allowing me to serve all of you and for touching my life.”


The name of Vicksburg Village Council member Carl Keller was misspelled in an article in the September issue of the South County News. We apologize for the error.

Getting ready for fall

How can we be turning the page on the calendar already? Fall sports are in full swing and gardeners are gifting zucchinis and tomatoes. September is here!

Looking for collectors and recipes

Please continue to send us your collections and recipes. We know people enjoy reading these, but our reserves are running low. Send to

Zhang Senior Center Fundraiser to benefit South County area

Saturday, September 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Portage Zhang Senior Center is holding a 2023 Purse, Jewelry, and Accessories Sale at 203 East Centre Avenue in Portage. The event also includes a silent auction and prizes. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its many programs, classes, and activities that serve over 3,500. People can donate gently used purses and accessories by taking them to the Vicksburg District Library.

Our apologies and some clarity

In our July edition, the headline for a combined Villages of Schoolcraft and Vicksburg feature read “Schoolcraft Fire Authority buys new tanker truck.” The article that follows explains the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority’s plan to purchase a new tanker with approval from the two villages and the townships, which is accurate, but the headline was not. We are sorry for the error.

Many thanks

As always, we appreciate our loyal advertisers and donation partners. You make this publication possible.