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Dowagiac tree farm sees business soar amid pandemic

DOWAGIAC — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hindered businesses across the state, but for one local Christmas tree ... Read more | Add your comment

PHOTO STORY: Niles Amtrak depot gets dressed for Christmas

NILES — Opening plastic tubs and boxes full of decorations, looking for just the right ones, is an ... Read more | Add your comment

Business owners adapt to unusual Small Business Saturday

NILES — The Saturday after Thanksgiving is traditionally Small Business Saturday, following Black Friday, famous for its sales ... Read more | Add your comment

Niles woman sentenced for drug possession

NILES — A Niles woman is receiving probation following a narcotics possession case in Berrien County. Heather Staggs, ... Read more | Add your comment

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following Thanksgiving weekend, Michigan reports 360,449 cases, 9,134 deaths

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — COVID-19 did not break for Thanksgiving, with case numbers continuing to rise, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. ... Read more | Add your comment

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Dowagiac

SMC Foundation Board stakes annual appeal to Strong Start

DOWAGIAC — Southwestern Michigan College Foundation’s annual Campaign for Students raced off to a strong start thanks to its Board of Directors donating more than ... Read more | Add your comment

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College football

Two Spartans earn weekly honors from Big Ten Conference

Senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and redshirt senior kicker Matt Coghlin has earned Big Ten ... Read more

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College basketball

Irish rout Miami of Ohio for Ivey’s first win

Under normal circumstances, the green glow sticks would have been twirling and green coupon cards distributed for hitting the famous 88-point marker, but the No. ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, November 30, 2020 12:59 pm

Dowagiac

PHOTO STORY: Town and Country Garden Club decorates downtown Dowagiac

DOWAGIAC  — The Town and Country Garden Club recently decorated planters in downtown Dowagiac for the holiday season. The planters, filled with holiday greenery and ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, November 30, 2020 12:11 pm

Lifestyles

50 Years of Optimism

In observance of “Respect for Law Day,” Noon Optimists of Niles, in May 1973, presented Mrs. Steven DeVries with a plaque honoring her late husband, ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, November 30, 2020 12:04 pm

Lifestyles

Pet of the Week

Dawn is 2 to 3 years old. This sweetheart would love nothing more than to show you affection, according to volunteers. She is tolerant of ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, November 30, 2020 12:03 pm

Cass County

One injured by falling tree

PENN TOWNSHIP — An area man was hospitalized Sunday, after becoming trapped under a fallen tree, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Richard ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, November 30, 2020 10:48 am

News

City of Niles receives grant award for home repairs

NILES — The City of Niles has received a $20,000 grant from the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation’s Help for Homes Fund to support emergency repair ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, November 30, 2020 8:30 am

High school football

Buchanan dominates BCS All-Conference team

Led by the offensive and defensive most valuable players, the Buchanan Bucks dominated the All-BCS Conference football team, which was released recently. Read more

by Scott Novak, Sunday, November 29, 2020 3:25 pm

Cass County

Two killed in Cass County house fire

PORTER TOWNSHIP — Two people died in a Porter Township fire Friday Saturday afternoon, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The department was called ... Read more

by Staff Report, Sunday, November 29, 2020 7:39 am

College basketball

Short-handed Irish fall at Ohio University in Ivey debut

The No. 22 nationally-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball squad erased a 14-point deficit in the third quarter at Ohio, but ultimately got edged out in ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, November 28, 2020 4:05 pm

Edwardsburg

Facebook matching offers ESC new opportunity on Giving Tuesday

EDWARDSBURG — A Facebook initiative could help one local nonprofit organization reach its fundraising goals. Earlier this month, the Edwardsburg Sports Complex began asking for ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:13 am

Business

Sister Lakes Brewing Company to open Town Hall event space

SISTER LAKES — As soon as Sister Lakes Brewing Company owner Joe Morin stepped into the brewery’s new Town Hall event space, he began pointing ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:09 am

Cassopolis

Cassopolis set to take a Christmas Cruise

CASSOPOLIS — In many communities throughout the state of Michigan, holiday plans have had to be altered, postponed or canceled all together. The village of ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:06 am

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Five reasons to shop local

This week, our tummies were stuffed with turkey and all the fixings. We’ve taken advantage of Black Friday deals at larger retailers, and now it’s ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:05 am

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A new era of honesty, integrity, competence has begun in America

A fresh breeze is blowing across our national political landscape, bringing with it a new era of honesty, integrity, and competence. Despite the persistent efforts ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:04 am

Columns

WILSON: I am worried

I am worried. Folks are starting to get just a little bit testy. Mumbled grumbles and disquieting comments are beginning to erupt from a growing ... Read more

by Larry Wilson, Saturday, November 28, 2020 9:04 am

Cassopolis

Village of Cassopolis approves resolution to co-sign EDA Grant for MEC

CASSOPOLIS — The Cassopolis Village Council met via ZOOM for a special meeting to approve a resolution to co-sign an Economic Development Administration Grant application ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Friday, November 27, 2020 2:06 pm

Business

Cassopolis manufacturer donates to ACTION Ministries

DOWAGIAC — A Cassopolis business is doing its part to make sure a nonprofit stays safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CHT USA, 805 Wolfe ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, November 27, 2020 11:42 am

Cass County

Woodlands receives grant to provide support to inmates facing addiction

CASSOPOLIS — Thanks to a recently awarded grant, one area agency is taking steps to help keep current and former Cass County inmates from falling ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, November 27, 2020 11:11 am

Education

Niles fine arts teacher awarded grant

NILES—On Monday, Niles High School Assistant Principal Chris Porter and Fine Arts Teacher Peter Helm received a $1,000 grant from the Niles Education Foundation. Helm, ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, November 27, 2020 9:45 am

Dowagiac

Dowagiac nonprofit donates Thanksgiving baskets to families in need

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac nonprofit made sure families had a filling Thanksgiving this year. St. Francis Outreach distributed 35 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, November 27, 2020 8:57 am

Giving

Drive-up Thanksgiving event serves 300

NILES — On Thanksgiving Day, the Wortham family helped feed 300 people by 12:45 p.m. The family and volunteers celebrated together as they cleaned up ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, November 27, 2020 7:27 am

Cass County

Police investigating suspicious death of 29-year-old found in vehicle

CASS COUNTY — A woman was found dead inside a vehicle in Cass County on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Police ... Read more

by Staff Report, Thursday, November 26, 2020 5:33 pm

Berrien County

Berrien County Farm Bureau donates turkeys to families in need

BERRIEN COUNTY — What started as an idea three years ago has grown into an event that fed more than 1o0 families in Berrien County ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:00 pm

Berrien County

LMC continues remote delivery options for spring semester

BENTON HARBOR — Due to the ongoing pandemic and the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state, Lake Michigan College will continue its five ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:00 am