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Cass County sees increase in concealed carry permits

CASS COUNTY — The demand for firearms in Cass County is on the rise. According to data provided ... Read more | Add your comment

Brandywine Community Schools to hear public comment Monday, vote next week

NILES — As the deadline for having 2020-21 school year Preparedness Plans approved by school district boards draws ... Read more | Add your comment

Buchanan begins search for next city manager

BUCHANAN – The Buchanan City Commission’s search for a new city manager kicks into high gear this week ... Read more | Add your comment

Apple Fest organizers to debut Harvest Market

NILES — Large event cancellations have been a hallmark for the summer amid changing COVID-19 mandates and recommended ... Read more | Add your comment

Cass County

Cass County sees increase in concealed carry permits

CASS COUNTY — The demand for firearms in Cass County is on the rise. According to data provided by Cass County Clerk Monica McMichael, the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Max Harden.

Buchanan

Buchanan begins search for next city manager

BUCHANAN – The Buchanan City Commission’s search for a new city manager kicks into high gear this week with interviews scheduled Wednesday and Thursday with ... Read more | Add your comment

by Debra Haight.

Adult baseball

Rain alters adult baseball schedule Sunday

The weather played a factor in the second week of the Thomas Stadium Adult Baseball League schedule at Thomas Stadium. Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, August 3, 2020 2:00 pm

Youth sports

Niles rocket football cancels season

The Niles Rocket Football board announced Sunday that it has decided to cancel the 2020 season. Read more

by Scott Novak, Monday, August 3, 2020 12:01 pm

News

LEO launches digital hub to help Michigan workers displaced by COVID-19 crisis boost skills

LANSING — The coronavirus crisis has created record unemployment across the country and a complicated employment landscape in Michigan. Now more than ever, Michigan workers ... Read more

by Submitted, Monday, August 3, 2020 11:18 am

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township trustee faces larceny charges

CASSOPOLIS — An Ontwa Township trustee is facing larceny charges stemming from incidents occurring at a Cassopolis cemetery. Dan Stutsman, of the 24000 block of ... Read more

by Staff Report, Monday, August 3, 2020 9:07 am

Profressional wrestling

GALLERY: HCW wrestling at Thomas Stadium

NILES — Wrestling returned to Thomas Stadium for the first time since the 1990s on Saturday. As a fundraiser for renovations to the historic stadium, ... Read more

by Scott Novak, Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:42 pm

Dowagiac

Dowagiac woman to celebrate 95th birthday with ‘ride-by’ celebration

DOWAGIAC — Dowagiac resident Ruth McDonald will be turning 95 on Sunday, and her church community is making sure it will be a day she ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:18 am

Leader Columnists

NELDON: Remembering a Michiana legend

Like many from this region, I grew up viewing Regis Philbin as an icon. When I was very young, I enjoyed starting my summer mornings ... Read more

by Ambrosia Neldon, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:17 am

News

Pucker Street Dam removal, river restoration continues

NILES — The Pucker Street Dam structure is shorter than it was at the end of April. The manual gates from the dam have been ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:15 am

Berrien County

Area senior centers seek millage approvals on Tuesday’s ballot

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Services for southwest Michigan’s senior citizen population will be on the ballot Tuesday. Senior centers across Berrien and Cass counties are seeking ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:15 am

Berrien County

Berrien County election candidates, proposals for Aug. 4 primaries

Berrien County Prosecutor — Steven Pierangeli, R Sheriff — Paul Bailey, R Clerk — Gwen Swanigan, D; Sharon Tyler, R Treasurer — Troy Rolling, R; ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:14 am

Berrien County

Berrien County treasurer candidates prepare for election

Two Republican candidates are vying for the position of Berrien County Treasurer during the Aug. 4 primaries. Leader Publications conducted a Q&A session with both ... Read more

by Max Harden, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:13 am

Cass County

Cass County election candidates, proposals for the Aug. 4 primaries

Cass County Prosecutor — Victor Fitz, R Sheriff — Richard Behnke, R Clerk/Register of Deeds — Monica McMichael, R Treasurer — Hope Anderson, R Surveyor ... Read more

by Staff Report, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:11 am

Berrien County

Berrien, Cass County commissioner candidates prepare for primaries

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN — Listed below are Q&As with county commissioner candidates from Berrien and Cass counties who are running for contested seats in Tuesday’s primary ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:09 am

Columns

WILSON: Wanderlust 2020 tour part six: Welcome to Miss Monetta’s Cottage

The best parts of my “tours” are that I usually have no idea where I am going, what I am going to do, or where ... Read more

by Larry Wilson, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:08 am

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Join in voting for Larry Walton

On Aug. 4, each one of us have the opportunity to elect individual to represent us, and I choose Larry Walton for the 59th State ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:06 am

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cast your vote on Aug. 4 for Larry Walton

Larry Walton’s campaign brochure says his experience and involvement in our community have uniquely prepared him to be our next 59th District State Representative. How ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:05 am

Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support Larry Walton for the 59th District State Representative

As we embark on a very important election year, we encourage you to consider supporting Larry Walton for State Representative for the 59th District of ... Read more

by Submitted, Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:03 am

Running

Retro Steve’s Run registration at Olympia Books through noon Saturday

Registration for Southwestern Michigan College’s virtual Steve's Run is closed, but interested participants can still register for this retro run and walk on the original ... Read more

by Submitted, Friday, July 31, 2020 5:50 pm

Cass County

Dowagiac resident sentenced to probation, jail

CASSOPOLIS — A Dowagiac man who shot into the ground at his wife’s feet earlier this summer was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court ... Read more

by Debra Haight, Friday, July 31, 2020 1:03 pm

Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg landscaping project moving full steam ahead

EDWARDSBURG — A community beautification project months in the making is moving full steam ahead in Edwardsburg. Earlier this year, Edwardsburg received a $25,000 matching ... Read more

by Sarah Culton, Friday, July 31, 2020 11:55 am

Dowagiac

City of Dowagiac partners with Mno-Bmasden on business incubator service

DOWAGIAC — A Dowagiac business group is teaming up with the city of Dowagiac in hopes of cultivating new, local businesses. The Dowagiac City Council ... Read more

by Max Harden, Friday, July 31, 2020 10:52 am

Education

Niles High School staff reunites woman with charm bracelet after more than 30 years

NILES — Each charm on a charm bracelet bears a different meaning to its wearer. Throughout the past 37 years, Niles High School secretary Rhonda ... Read more

by Christina Clark, Friday, July 31, 2020 9:37 am

Dowagiac

Two arrested following traffic stop in Pokagon Township

POKAGON TOWNSHIP — The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team announced that on Thursday, A county deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Commercial ... Read more

by Staff Report, Friday, July 31, 2020 8:02 am

Buchanan

Honor Credit Union voted one of America’s best-in-state credit unions

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Honor Credit Union has been named as one of America’s Best-In-State Credit Unions 2020. According to Forbes.com, Forbes partnered with Statista to ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 30, 2020 5:00 pm

Berrien County

Gov. Whitmer amends MI Safe Start order to limit indoor gatherings

LANSING. –Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-160 and Executive Order 2020-161, amending Michigan’s Safe Start Order and issuing revised workplace safeguards. Under the Safe ... Read more

by Submitted, Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:59 pm