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YMCA to host Day of Giving as it nears fundraising goal

NILES — The Niles-Buchanan YMCA has spent the last four years fundraising for a building and programming expansion. ... Read more | Add your comment

Dowagiac hosts public hearing on MSHDA modular house

DOWAGIAC — The city of Dowagiac is moving forward with its plans to install a modular home. At ... Read more | Add your comment

Dowagiac holiday business joins Little Free Library forces

DOWAGIAC — Melissa Gunn is no stranger to the world of books. While she owns her own business, ... Read more | Add your comment

Niles previews masterplan

NILES — A sneak peek of the city of Niles’ vision for the future was given Monday evening ... Read more | Add your comment

Berrien County

YMCA to host Day of Giving as it nears fundraising goal

NILES — The Niles-Buchanan YMCA has spent the last four years fundraising for a building and programming expansion. Now, the “countdown” has begun, said Jill ... Read more | Add your comment

by Beau Brockett Jr..

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: COA hosts Mardi Gras lunch

CASSOPOLIS — Tuesday, the COA hosted its annual Mardi Gras lunch at both its Cassopolis and Dowagiac locations. To celebrate the occasion, patrons wore traditional ... Read more | Add your comment

by Sarah Culton.

College football

Collins retiring as ND announcer

Mike Collins, the public address announcer at Notre Dame Stadium since 1982, has announced that the 2020 season will be his last at the microphone ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:29 am

Column

NOVAK: Chieftains continue to rebuild tradition

It is the final week of February, which means the postseason is about to shift into high gear. Read more

by Scott Novak, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:27 am

Columns

LASATA: 2020 #SWMISpirit tournament nears tipoff

With March comes the longer, sunnier and warmer days of spring and the return of the beloved Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament, which will tip off ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:04 am

Leader Columnists

CULTON: Take a peek into the future with Horizons

While southwest Michigan may be known for its history, Thursday, Leader Publications is looking toward the future. That is when Horizons 2020, bearing the theme ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:03 am

Dowagiac

SMC Band Clinic Day becoming annual event

DOWAGIAC — Area bands should sound “fuller” playing their Michigan Band and Orchestra Association festival programs the first week in March after Southwestern Michigan College’s ... Read more

by Submitted, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:58 am

News

Two Niles men sentenced on assault charges

NILES – Two assaultive situations in the city of Niles last year have resulted in one man being sentenced to prison and another given the ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:57 am

Berrien County

Berrien County schools can opt into pre-Labor Day start

BERRIEN SPRINGS — A public hearing on potentially starting school before Labor Day ended with a definite answer: Berrien County school boards can vote to ... Read more

by Beau Brockett Jr., Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:20 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac winter guard hosts friends, family show

DOWAGIAC — Members of Dowagiac Union High School’s winter guard channeled Greek mythology as they emerged for their winter showcase with blue, scaly makeup on ... Read more

by Hannah Holliday, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:08 am

Dowagiac

DUHS students make Lego murals for Black History Month

DOWAGIAC — If one were to walk down the halls of Dowagiac Union High School this month, they would be greeted by colorful, pixelated images ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:06 am

Buchanan

Red Cross to host blood drives

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — The American Red Cross is seeking blood and platelet donations this March in celebration of Red Cross Month. Donors of all blood ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:05 am

Brandywine Education

Area students compete for ticket to national spelling bee

BENTON HARBOR — With the chance to become national spelling bee champs on the line, nearly 50 students gathered last Thursday to test their linguistic ... Read more

by Beau Brockett Jr., Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:05 am

Berrien County

Upcoming Spectrum Health Lakeland events

ST. JOSEPH — Spectrum Health Lakeland announced upcoming community health events at its locations across Berrien County. All but one event is free. • Bones ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:04 am

Dowagiac

Michigan State Police to host recruiting seminar in Dowagiac

DOWAGIAC — A statewide law enforcement agency is seeking local recruits. The Michigan State Police will host a recruiting seminar from 10 a.m. until noon ... Read more

by Submitted, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:03 am

Cass County

Cass County Parks Department hosting logo contest

CASSOPOLIS — Cass County creatives have the chance to put their mark on Cass County, thanks to a recently announced contest. The Cass County Parks ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:02 am

Business

Gabrizio Italian Café and Bakery celebrates Fat Tuesday

A local Niles eatery celebrated Fat Tuesday a day early. While Fat Tuesday is known for paczki, Gabrizio Italian Café and Bakery put its own ... Read more

by Emily Sobecki, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 9:01 am

News

Niles, Buchanan residents sentenced on charges of possession, delivery

NILES — Drug offenses led two area residents to be sentenced to prison Monday in Berrien County Trial Court. Earl Kenyatta Bostic, 49, of Maple ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:58 am

Cass County

Area history center celebrates Black History Month

NILES — History is all around in southwest Michigan, and that includes a rich African American heritage to be celebrated not only in February during ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:57 am

Cass County

Passenger injured in Howard Township crash

HOWARD TOWNSHIP — A teenager police say was distracted while driving was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s ... Read more

by Staff Report, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:50 am

Battle of the Fans IX

The Herd wins second title in three years

For the third time in its nine-year history, Buchanan is the winner of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Battle of the Fans. Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:10 am

High school basketball

Niles gets defensive in win over St. Joe

Without one definite post player on the Niles girls basketball team, the Vikings were still able to stop St. Joe and earn a 55-34 win ... Read more

by Hannah Holliday, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:05 am

High school sports

Athlete Showcase: Dowagiac’s Alex McIntosh

Alex McIntosh is a senior on the Dowagiac wrestling team. Read more

by Scott Novak, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:00 am

High school basketball

Brandywine seniors fill out their resume with BCS title

There was just one thing missing from the resume of Brandywine seniors Zakiyyah Abdullah, Megan Schmidt, Kennedy Byrd, Alexis Rhodes and Bethany Duval — a ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, February 24, 2020 10:30 am

High school basketball

Three Rivers upsets Dowagiac boys 50-48

Visiting Dowagiac dropped a pair of Wolverine Conference South Division games to Three Rivers on Friday. Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, February 24, 2020 10:28 am

High school basketball

Buchanan gets big win

An up and down week for the Buchanan boys basketball team ended on a high note Friday night. Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, February 24, 2020 10:25 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks to host annual Wild Game Dinner, auction

DOWAGIAC — To align with its mission of helping community youth, the local Elks Lodge will host an annual dinner this week. At 7 p.m. ... Read more

by Hannah Holliday, Monday, February 24, 2020 8:50 am